If you've never heard of Gallet, pay attention.
One of the oldest manufactures in Switzerland, Gallet has been around since 1466, and has a colorful and diverse history of watchmaking tradition. From one-off handmade pocket watches for kings to some of the first mass produced wristwatches in history, there is little road in the timekeeping industry on which Gallet hasn't tread in their 500+ year history. Gallet timepieces have been worn by individuals from every walk of life, including presidents, racing drivers, soldiers and pilots.
Since the dawn of the 20th century, Gallet has been manufacturing high-grade chronographs such as this one for sports timing and aviation use. The brand has an outstanding portfolio of innovations and world firsts, including the first wrist-worn chronograph, the first waterproof chronograph, the first regatta timer, the first chronograph with GMT hand and the first chronograph with built-in worldtimer...just to name a few.
This particular piece, a Multichron Pilot, dates to the late 1980s and features a twin-register layout with an incredible silver sunburst dial. In time-capsule like condition, this watch features a Venus 188 manually-winding chrono movement with sunsidiary seconds and 45-minute counter, a step up from the budget versions being offered to the American market at the time, which leads us to believe this was originally sold in Europe. Also featuring a uni-directional outer rotating bezel with 12-hour scale, this gorgeous aviator's watch is as functional as it is beautiful, and wears great at a smidge under 38mm.
For an understated chronograph from a brand with a load of history, this is an absolutely tremendous value. Don't miss it!
For more information on the Gallet brand and their fantastic chronographs, check out GalletWorld, HERE.
There is no question that we have a passion for timepieces with tradition, style and value. When these elements combine, an icon is formed - and it is hard to get more iconic than the brand with the big crown. Rolex is, without question, the best-well known watch brand in the business, and one of the three best-known brands in any industry globally (the other two being Coca-Cola and Mercedes-Benz).
While most people are liable to think of the modern incarnations of the Submariner or Day-Date when they think of a Rolex, you know better. You know that this storied brand has an incredibly diverse portfolio of timepieces worthy of admiration, and while you might have a matte dial Submariner or an 18K Day-Date earmarked for future purchase, you know you don't have to drop a load of coin to get something truly awesome while building your collection.
When it comes to "budget Rolex", in our opinion there are few watches more pleasing than the Oysterdate Precision. With perfect proportions, robust movements, and timeless styling, the Precision series might just be the most versatile and wearable watches ever designed. And the best part? Manually-winding movements. Unlike their "Perpetual" brothers, the Precision series have hand cranked mechanical movements, making them an incredibly cool - and reliable - way to enjoy vintage.
This particular example, a Reference 6694, dates from approximately 1974 and features a classic 34mm steel Oyster case, silver sunburst dial and a smooth steel bezel. Replete with terrific luminous hands and stick hour markers, this piece checks all the right boxes for both the beginner enthusiast and experienced collector alike.
Simple and beautiful is the name of the game, and this one wins it.
Is it selfish to want to keep this Sub tucked away in our vault? Perfect Reference 1680 Submariners don't come along everyday...can you blame us?
We don’t need to tell you that the Rolex 1680 Submariner is a classic, and there’s good reason why almost every collector winds up with a vintage Rolex sports model in their stash eventually- these are timeless, tough, do-anything, go-anywhere tool watches. Rolex has been producing Submariners uninterrupted since the watch was introduced at the Basel Fair watch exposition in 1954, and while those first Big Crown subs are truly incredible pieces, we’ll have to wait for our lottery numbers to hit to get one of those strapped to our wrist.
The 1680 comes from the time when Jacques Cousteau had the world enthralled with life underwater, SCUBA’s popularity was booming and the greatest depths of the oceans were being explored for the first time. Rolex created the Submariner with the tagline “A diver’s dream come true!” in a testament to the tool watch embodied in the waterproof Oyster case, rotating dive timer bezel, luminous hands and markers and large (for the time period) steel case.
Generally, 1680s are easily available on the market, but we’re privileged to present a 1680 that is extremely uncommon. Part of the charm of vintage watches is that they show their history and tell a story with every scratch and ding about their previous owners and where they’ve been.
But we’d be lying if we said that there isn’t something very special about a watch that has been worn sparingly and carefully, and that has never seen a watchmaker’s polishing wheel. This piece is one of those special vintage watches, a simply stunning, unpolished and creamy 1680.
Unpolished is a very charged term in the vintage world, one that is often overused to misrepresented. Many Rolex cases are redone to mimic the original factory brushing and bevel chamfers, but an honest, collector-quality Sub is seldom offered for sale. Unfortunately few Submariners were purchased new in the 60s and 70s by people who share the sensibilities of today’s originality-obsessed collectors, so most were polished at every service, leaving their cases in sad states.
Luckily we are here to save you from having to wade too far through the morass of over-polished and incorrect Subs to find one worthy of your wrist. Few things are certain in life, but we can say with complete confidence that this particular 1680 is going to make someone very, very happy.
The Explorer II is definitely a timepiece for the man who craves something a little different from his sport model Rolex. Released in 1971 as a follow up to the original Explorer made famous by mountaineers in the 1950s, the Explorer II utilized a larger Oyster Case-design more in line with the sports models already offered (the Submariner and GMT). Featuring a four hand display with a large and distinctive 24-hour pointer hand, the Explorer II was essentially a GMT Master with one notable difference: a fixed steel bezel was installed in place of the characteristic two-tone from the aviator's model.
The reason for this fixed bezel was the target demographic: Speleologists - subterranean explorers. This hearty breed of mankind spends days on end underneath the surface of the earth and without seeing the sky, are prone to losing track of daytime hours. The 24-hour hand would point to the appropriate place on the fixed 24-Hour bezel indicating whether it was AM or PM. Essentially, while the original Explorer was designed to go into the clouds, the Explorer II was designed to descend into darkness. Pretty cool, right?
Although the Explorer II was produced in far fewer numbers than its Sub and GMT counterparts, it has been in constant production since its inception, with several modifications and improvements made through the years. This particular example is a Reference 16570 and dates from roughly 1994. With case proportions of the original 1655 model, this generation was fitted with an improved movement that offered a 12 Hour hand that could be independently set (that also doubled as a semi-quickset date function). It also features a sapphire crystal and a heavy duty Oyster Bracelet with flip lock clasp, enhancing the daily wearability significantly.
The 16570 also did away with the oversized orange 24 Hour hand that was the signature of its predecessor, but also a polarizing design element. In essence, this model offers all the usability of a second time zone without the loud colors of a GMT, and a wrist presence similar to the far more common Submariner. If you're looking for a great modern daily you can bang around and depend on, but want something just a little different than every other Sub at the water cooler, this is your watch!
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.