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Jason Pitsch

Crown & Caliber Heuer 100 Sale

Jason Pitsch

Over the past few years, Atlanta-based online pre-owned watch retailer, Crown & Caliber, has acquired 70 rare and important vintage Heuer timepieces in anticipation of their upcoming Heuer 100 Sale that will last from Monday, September 19th to Thursday, September 22nd. Crown & Caliber says this will mark the first time a sale like this (100 total Heuer watches) has been executed by a retailer, as big single-brand themed vintage watch sales usually take place at auction houses, such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips. According to Crown & Caliber, the sale will work like this: “On Monday, the minimum suggested sale price will be listed live on the site at noon EST, after which bidders may submit non-binding offers on the watches in the collection. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the current highest offer on an item will be published at

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Two new Alpina Heritage timepieces, and the vintage watches that inspired them

Jason Pitsch

A trend in recent years has been for watchmakers to produce timepieces heavily inspired by past designs from within their archives. Longines has an entire collection of modern timepieces influenced by their past models, including, most recently, the Heritage Military COSD, and the Longines Heritage Diver 1967. Oris too, has started recreating past models, starting with the Sixty Five Diver, which looks practically the same as the original model from which is was designed, and it has been so success that they have already created additional variations, such as the Deauville blue version. Tudor, who has essentially relaunched their brand around the best selling Black Bay range, used inspiration from multiple past models to create a look the harkens back to models from the 1950s and 1960s. This year, Alpina has followed suit, starting with the launch of the Seastrong

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Josh Shanks

Pre-owned Heads and Tails with Govberg Watches

Josh Shanks

Many people know Govberg watches, they’ve been around since 1916. They’re one of the east coast’s premier authorized dealers of Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and many others. However, you may not know that outside of selling new watches, they do a brisk pre-owned business. ProfessionalWatches is partnering with the folks at Govberg to bring you inside of their pre-owned vaults. Over the coming months, we’ll be bringing you thematic coverage of some of our favorites pieces in their vast inventory. Today’s edition: Summer watches As summer approaches, many of you may be looking for the perfect swimsuit or beach attire. Have you thought about what watch you’re going to wear? Maybe you have a dress watch and need a good dive watch. Perhaps your vintage diver isn’t the best option to go swimming in the ocean with. On a

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Josh Shanks

Pre-Owned Heads and Tails with Govberg watches

Josh Shanks

Many people know Govberg Jewelers, they’ve been around since 1916. They’re one of the East Coast’s premier authorized dealers of Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and many others. However, you may not know that outside of selling new watches, they do a brisk pre-owned business. ProfessionalWatches is partnering with the folks at Govberg to bring you inside of their pre-owned vaults. Over the coming months, we’ll bring you thematic coverage of some of our favorites pieces in their vast inventory. Today’s edition: Textures In horology, textures can come in many different forms. Perhaps it’s the texture of a dial, a supple rubber strap, the feel of an exotic leather strap, or simply, the feel of a sharp crown. After a working our way through Govberg’s pre-owned inventory of nearly 1,000+ watches, here are some of my favorites: Texture: Rubber This

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Josh Shanks

The Wish List: A horological couple reviews the upcoming Geneva auctions

Josh Shanks

What we’d buy – A his/hers approach to the upcoming November auctions Many sites offer various market/auction reviews and recaps—but we’re going to try something a little different. We’re approaching the upcoming Christies, Phillips, and Antiquorum auctions from a couple’s perspective. Far too often, sites are curated with a man’s eye, but the woman’s perspective is lost. Since Brenda and I collect with consensus, we’ll each pick five watches we like and would actually buy. Enjoy! Antiquorum, Geneva - November 8, 2015 Christies, Geneva - November 9, 2015 Phillips Watches, Geneva - November 7 & 8 Brenda’s picks – When it comes to horological investments, I’m very particular and rarely find more than one every few months that I consider adding to the collection. This upcoming crop of auctions is pretty flush with great finds, though. Christie’s Lot 150 Patek

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Worn: Bulova Apollo 15 Lunar Surface Chronograph

An absolutely epic Bulova chronograph is coming up for sale next week. From October 15th to the 22nd, you will be able to bid on a watch worn on the moon by Commander Dave Scott of Apollo 15. As stated in his 5-page letter of authenticity, Scott explained, “The primary use of the wrist chronograph on the surface of the Moon was to track…the elapsed time of consumables use (oxygen, water, and battery) in the Portable Life Support System (PLSS) backpack.” In the letter Scott went on to say, “Knowledge of precise time remaining was essential…as a backup to the standard issued Omega chronograph, I carried and used a Bulova chronograph on the lunar surface…this unique strap was…worn during…each of my three EVAs on the lunar surface.” Paying $50,000 or more for a Bulova watch may seem ridiculous, but, in

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series Video Review

In this video, Steve Hallock of TickTocking, gives an excellent breakdown of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 5402 A-Series. This is a mint condition example of the original Royal Oak from 1972, powered by caliber 2121. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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Phillips Auction Results Exceed Estimates

Phillips held their first auctions this past weekend in Geneva, and not surprisingly, the results exceeded expectations. With Aurel Bacs – the most renowned watch auctioneer in the world – at the helm, lot 123, an exquisite and very rare stainless steel single-button chronograph from Patek Philipp sold for 4.6 million CHF, setting a record for any stainless steel wristwatch sold at auction. It is one of only two examples of this model, both of which were made for a retailer in South America, the other is a highlight of the Patek Philippe Museum. A Rolex Daytona “Albino” sold for 1.3 million CHF, which according to Phillips, broke the all-time record for any Rolex ever sold at auction. Also, see the results of the four Rolexes we wrote about last week. In total, the inaugural Phillips watch auctions realized 29.6

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Rolexes to watch at upcoming Phillips Auction

Rolex Submariner 5510, caliber 1530, 1958, 60,000CHF-80,000CHF, considered the rarest of the Big Crowns as it was only produced for one year and there are believe to have only been 300-600 ever made Lot 114 The much anticipated Phillips “Geneva Watch Auction: One” takes place this Sunday. And for this article, we selected four of the most uncommon Rolexes from the upcoming sale – excluding the Daytonas – which we already know can exceed a million Swiss francs. Here is the list: 1- 6452 GMT-Master with Bakelite bezel, 2- Submariner 5510 Big Crown, 3- Submariner 5513 with Explorer underline dial 4- 6541 Milgauss with honeycomb dial and “lightning bolt” hand. In total, these four Rolexes are expected to fetch between 340,000 CHF to 610,000 CHF. That’s a huge range, but considering the auctioneer is Aurel Bacs – the sky’s the

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Rolex GMT Master 1675 with Blue Bezel

Antiquorum’s upcoming New York watch auction takes place April 15th, and today we’ll show you one of our favorite pieces: a Rolex GMT Master 1675 with Blue Bezel. Sometimes referred to as the “Blueberry” GMT. The look of the blue bezel is great, which makes it really stand out from the more common blue and red Pepsi bezel GMTs. That said, a real blue bezel 1675 is extremely rare, and this particular piece does not have an original bracelet (it is head only), and no paper work, so it is hard to say if the blue bezel is original.

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