Are there special vintage watch dial variations named after notable women in a vein similar to that of the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona? Nick Gould was wondering just that and researched. Finding a photo of Vanessa Redgrave wearing a Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 with “Explorer” dial in 1966, he ruefully opines that this rare model would sound so much cooler as the Rolex “Vanessa Redgrave” Submariner rather than what collectors call it now: Rolex Reference 5513 Submariner with Explorer dial.
It appears that both U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden have go-to watches, and they are both from Cartier. Biden’s is a small, gold, quartz-powered Panthère de Cartier, while Harris opts for a two-tone automatic Ballon Bleu de Cartier. Is there a significance to this? Elizabeth Doerr has some thoughts.
Larry King (1933-2021) worked his way to fame with his hallmark rolled-up shirtsleeves and suspenders through half a century’s worth of interviews. In tribute to these years of great “infotainment” following his unfortunate passing on January 23, 2021, Elizabeth Doerr lists four times King showed that his watch taste was at least as good as his skill in drawing people out on air to say interesting things.
As the resident Quill & Pad watch spotter, Nick Gould spends hours on random searches looking for interesting horological finds. Most of the time he finds nothing, but occasionally he discovers nuggets of gold. Here are four of his favorite wrist spots for 2020.
Both Joe Biden and John F. Kennedy share an obvious love of Omega watches. But there are more similarities between these two presidents than their Omega watches. And there is one more cool thing you may not have known about one of Joe Biden’s daily wearers: it was a Bond watch.
In 1954, famed photographer Yousuf Karsh took a portrait of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in which he is wearing a late 1940s Jaeger-LeCoultre Reference 2722 triple calendar with moon phase and gorgeous teardrop lugs. Where is that watch today? Expert spotter Nick Gould may just have unearthed its whereabouts.
In the 1968 film ‘The Thomas Crown Affair,’ Steve McQueen played the title character, a millionaire businessman and avid sportsman involved in a cat-and-mouse game with an insurance claims investigator played by Faye Dunaway. McQueen chose two of his personal watches to wear in the film: an elegant Cartier Tank Cintrée and a Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox. But when Nick Gould looked further into this, he discovered that contrary to popular opinion McQueen also surprisingly owned a Tank.
Van Halen was the catalyst kicking off Elizabeth Doerr’s lifelong passion for rock music as the first band she stumbled across in this genre (but most certainly not the last). One cursory listen to “Eruption” and she was hooked on rock for life. With the sad news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing on October 6, 2020, she therefore takes a look at three tasteful and fun watches the guitar god owned and wore.
The first spinoff film from The Fast and the Furious franchise, ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw,’ was released on August 2, 2019. It features two great characters from the previous films: Luke Hobbs played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham. Both Johnson and Statham are known to be watch lovers and frequently wear their own timepieces in movies. Here Nick Gould identifies what’s on their wrists in the film.
In 1952, after a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants, the teenage king of Iraq, Faisal II, met the Dodgers’ second baseman, Jackie Robinson. In a photo taken of the young royal while chatting with the baseball legend, Nick Gould noticed a watch peeking out from underneath his sleeve. In plain sight was a hint of the dial, the case including crown, and one of the two chronograph pushers. It was a previously undiscovered Patek Philippe Reference 1518!