Category: Watches

Rolex Explorer Reference 1016

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Rolex Explorer Reference 1016

The 1016 might be my favorite Rolex of all time. Well, maybe not… But, it’s certainly the most versatile. And it used to be that they were also the most affordable of vintage Rolexes. As this example proves, this is no longer the case. I’ve always wanted one, but I waited to long and now they are out of my reach.

That said, I am trying like hell to build my own version out of scrap Rolex parts and a 1958 Oyster Perpetual.

Source: 1984 Rolex Explorer Reference 1016 – HODINKEE Shop

The New Weiss Field Watch: Made In America (For The Most Part)

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The New Weiss Field Watch: Made In America (For The Most Part)

So, we’ve established that Shinola is full of shit with their “made in America” claims… But is there a watch company out there that actually makes their watch from cases to movements in America? Yep. Weiss.

I’d love to own one of these. They are only going to increase in value.

Source: Special Issue Field Watch Green Dial | American Made Field Watch – Weiss Watch Company

The $400 Watch

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The $400 Watch

So, I’m asked this a lot:

“If you had $400 to spend on a watch, what would you buy?”

My initial thought for a new watch guy is always buy Seiko. In fact, if I had $400 and no watches I’d probably buy something like a Seiko Padi Turtle reissue. It’s an automatic, it’s built well, and it keeps time better or as well as any mechanical watch in the world. And if the thought of spending just less than $400 on a watch offends you, you could always just get a venerable Seiko SKX007/009 for under $200 and then add a StrapCode bracelet for another $100 to end up with a cheap watch that feels pretty damned high-end and works just as well as a $7000 Rolex.

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