The Heuer Monaco is quite simply one of the most iconic chronographs ever produced.
Perhaps the only vintage Heuer model to have stood the collective test of time, the Monaco is still being produced today in relatively unchanged form, despite the fact that when it was introduced it was a slow seller. That changed when Steve McQueen strapped one on the wrist of his character Michael Delaney in the 1971 film Le Mans - and since then the watch has reached levels of popularity matched by very few other historical timepieces.
While the "McQueen" variant with a blue dial may be the first version to come to mind, they were also produced in a variety of gray and silver dials in limited numbers, which are far less common finds on the market today. These versions do not command the same premiums as their blue dialed brethren, but in our eyes are every bit as alluring - perhaps even more so. Essentially, these versions are a great way to get into a proper vintage Monaco without selling a kidney!
This particular example is a Reference 1533G and features the Heuer Calibre 15, originally designed to be a "budget version" of the Calibre 11 movement from the late 1960s. This revised movement replaced the 12 Hour Register typically found at 9:00 with a subsidiary sweep seconds hand, letting the wearer know with a quick glance that the watch was keeping time. It also features a 30 Minute Counter at 3:00 and a date function at 6:00. With a large red central sweep chrono hand, this movement proves to be every bit as functional (we'd even argue moreso with the subsidiary seconds) than its Calibre 11 counterparts.
Overall, this is a fantastic example of one of the world's most desirable sporting chronographs that doesn't show up often, and makes one hell of a statement on the wrist. With appreciation and market values for vintage Heuer chronographs on the rise, it is quite likely these models won't remain priced as low as they are for much longer.
So, strap on this stunning "budget" Monaco, hop in your Porsche 917, and blast down the Mulsanne Straight as God (and Jack) intended.
We've said it over and over again - the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust might just be the perfect watch. Coupling perfect proportions, simple dial layouts, and robust movements, Rolex's most prolific model is an icon of timekeeping that has been in continuous production for decades. We're always on the lookout for excellent examples, and brightly colored dials are a perennial favorite!
Dating from 1977, this particular Datejust Reference 1601 features a steel case, white gold fluted bezel, and a lovely blue pie pan dial with sunburst patterning. As simple a watch as the Datejust may be, it succeeds on every level, and make for excellent daily-wearable pieces. We have a constant demand for "exotic" dial Datejusts, so don't miss out on this guy!
Tudor has been hitting it out of the park these past few years with their modern line and return to the U.S. Market, and appreciation for their vintage models is at an all-time high!
Particularly desirable is their Submariner line, which was produced for decades alongside their siblings - the iconic Rolex Submariners. Tudor Subs feature the same cases, crowns, and build quality as their "Big Brother" Rolex models, but were fitted without the in-house movements that gave Rolex their price tag.
While Tudor Submariners from the 1970s and early 80s are incredibly cool, here's something earlier and even more impressive: A reference 7928 Tudor "Rose" Submariner with a gilt dial and chapter ring!
Dating from the 1960s, this is an early execution gilt dial with radium markers, outer chapter ring and silver script. The original dial has an incredible patina and no signs of damage or reprinting. For comparison purposes, if this piece were a Rolex model from the same era and with the same attributes (gilt, chapter ring, gorgeous patination), it would be pushing $20K on the collector market. This is an incredible opportunity to pick up something truly special for a fraction of the price.
Perhaps even more alluring than the price is the package that the piece offers over all - a perfect balance of originality and condition that won't scare you away from wearing this watch every single day. We don't know too many gilt Rolex owners who could do that! Whatever way you slice it, Tudor represents a fantastic way to get into collecting "serious" timepieces without a serious price tag.
For now, anyways...
More info on these great pieces can be found HERE, at Tudor Collector!
Most of the time, our passion runs to classic, iconic vintage design. Occasionally we find something modern and alluring that captures our attention. But rarely, if ever, do we stumble across a timepiece that blends classic and modern elements in such a harmonious way- especially one that came before its time, and no yet recognized by the consumer market.
The Patek Philippe reference 6000 is one of those pieces, in our mind. Mixing classic Calatrava design and dress watch proportions with a crisp, modern, sporty dial layout, the 6000 is a piece that really hasn't caught on with collectors yet - and in our eyes, that makes it all the more interesting!
Adding to the allure of this already unusual piece is the functionality of date calendar, set around the dial in an outer ring and set by positioning (via micropusher) a red half-moon date hand. With subsidiary seconds offset between 4 and 5, the dial of the Ref. 6000 is a sight to behold, and has a lot going on for such a classically sized wristwatch. On the underside of the case, the Calibre 240 automatic movement with microrotor (with engraved Calatrava Cross) can be seen dancing away with the refinement and accuracy you'd expect from the most respected brand in the business.
This particular example comes from the personal collection of a passionate collector in New York City, and has been worn and maintained with love in all his years of ownership. Clad in white gold, the case does show some light markings, which could easily be cleaned up with a professional polishing job. The prior owner opted not to do so to keep the originality pure, but it has been serviced and maintained regularly.
It may be some time until the Reference 6000 is fully understood by the greater collector community, but in our minds it is one of the most enticing models to come from the hallowed halls of Patek Philippe in the past decade. With crisp, classic case design, a sharp dial with asymmetrical layout and calendar function, and a high grade movement, the 6000 has all of the elements of a contemporary classic from a transitional age in modern timepiece design. We wouldn't be surprised to see these models ultimately explode in popularity down the road. For now, they are just awesome timepieces to wear and enjoy. Consider yourselves notified.
We are a couple of guys based in New York City with a passion for bespoke style, substance, and authenticity. Admittedly, we appreciate ALL well-crafted and precious things, from fine single-malts to handmade cordovan bluchers, but we have a special and earnest love for the world of vintage goods, in particular, the world of vintage and luxury timepieces. We love the stories and histories vintage watches contain and the unparalleled craftsmanship with which they were made, often harkening back to an era when raw value was respected and a firm handshake was unflappable. Most importantly, we enjoy them for the works of wearable art that they are. We've had it with digital...we are 100% analog.
Our goal is to find and bring to market a small collection of exceptional vintage and contemporary timepieces. All of our items are hand-picked by our team, representing horologically interesting, important and desirable pieces. Essentially, we scour the market for the best available wristwatches, authenticate them and present them to you in an honest and straightforward manner.
We are here to help you buy a watch — not sell you one.