Parting shot: the record-setting LeCoultre Deep Sea alongside the author’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande GMT

You Are There: Experiences And Lessons From The Multi-Record-Breaking Phillips’ ‘Winning Icons’ Auction In New York

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, you are well aware that on October 26, 2017 Phillips conducted an auction in New York City at which the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona owned by Mr. Newman himself was sold for more than $17.5 million, a record price for a wristwatch of any kind. I was fortunate to attend the auction and its attendant events: there was much more to see and some lessons to take away, about both the current state of the vintage market and bidding at auction.

Exercise in coherence: Rolex GMT Master II

Focus On Materials: Primer On The Science of Steel, The Stuff Of Cases, Mainsprings, Hairsprings, Pinions, Escapements And The Backbone Of Watchmaking

Today I want to talk about steel: the metal that made the world! Watch cases and other movement components are commonly made from certain stainless steels, 304 and 316L being the most common. It also happens that some brands hold exclusive rights to use specific alloys in the production of its watches. Here’s what you should know about steel.

Tiffany Rolex Submariner Reference 1680 owned by Sylvester Stallone from from 'A Man and His Watch'

Book Review: ‘A Man And His Watch’ Features Personal Watch Stories And A Few WIS Surprises

‘A Man and His Watch’ by Matt Hranek is full of interesting horological stories of personal histories and backgrounds to well-known figures in the watch world, semi-famous New Yorkers, and famous vintage watches. Here you can meet Paul Newman’s own Rolex Daytona, Sylvester Stallone’s favorite watch, and RedBar co-founder Adam Craniotes’ very first timepiece.

Rolex GMT Master II: too hot, too cold, or just right?

Great Rolex Experiment With The GMT Master II Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Crown (Archive)

The last time I wrote here on Quill & Pad about my relationship with the world’s greatest mass luxury brand was last year when I explained ‘Why I’ve Never Owned a Rolex – And Why I Might Yet.’ Well, to know me is to know that if I say I “might yet” buy something it’s likely only a matter of time. So, too, with this Rolex: the GMT Master II BLNR “Batman” with black-and-blue bezel.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional

Trends: Not All Watches Are Created Equal

Trends rule a larger part of our lives than many of us wish to admit. Sometimes we follow trends consciously, but often we are subconsciously influenced in the choices we make. All brands perform a delicate tightrope walk, but they differ in how successful they are. Let’s take a look at how trends affect or don’t affect now-iconic timepieces.

Some Friends’ Rolexes as Seen at a Recent Group Lunch

Why I’ve Never Owned A Rolex – And Why I Might Yet (Update: I Do Now!)

Once in a while on the collector forums, a question is posed: is there anyone in the collector community who has never, ever, owned a Rolex? As a general rule, respondents to these queries tend to express disbelief that such a creature could possibly exist given the quality and ubiquity of the brand’s watches. Well, folks, I’m here to tell you that such people do exist, and that I’m one of them. How could it be?

Seiko Prospex Monster

5 Tool Watches I’d Buy If I Didn’t Want to Spring For A Rolex Submariner

If I were to recommend a brand new functional dive watch to a friend who was looking to spend within a certain price range, here would be my suggestions. Or, more specifically, here is what I would purchase myself in a variety of price categories.

Subtle grain: ivory dial, Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona

Hello, Newman: A Collector Looks Askance At The Cult Of The Paul Newman Rolex Daytona

For watch lovers, the name “Paul Newman” is associated first and foremost with Rolex, and in particular with a subset of that brand’s Daytona watches with specific dial characteristics, including a recessed outer seconds track and subdials that feature block-shaped hash marks and Art Deco-style Arabic numerals. But what does it mean for these references on the vintage market?

Rolex Cellini Moonphase

Rolex Cellini Moonphase: Past As A Teacher, Future As A Leader

The launch at Baselworld 2017 might typify one of the longest awaited “simple” complications from Rolex ever: the Cellini Moonphase. Here Joshua breaks down what makes this romantic complication such a standout for the Geneva brand.

Eric Clapton Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is Lot 88 at the Bonham's June 21, 2017 “Fine Watches and Wristwatches” London sale

Bonham’s June 2017 Auction Features Eric Clapton Rolex Daytona, Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 2, Blancpain L-Evolution Carrousel Saphir Volant Une Minute, And Patek Philippe Ref. 5004P

Rare and unusual watches continue to pop up at auction this spring, and here I’d like to highlight a few that caught my eye coming up in the June 21, 2017 “Fine Watches and Wristwatches” London sale at Bonham’s.