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Patina

'Patina' means an oxidation layer on metal objects. Think, for example, of the gray-green layer that you often see on copper and bronze objects. The formation of a beautiful natural patina layer can take decades.

Patina

Patina layers can be formed naturally, but metal objects can also be artificially patina coated by the use of chemicals. This is called with ‘Patination’. For example, this technique is often used in bronze sculptures, where artists use patina layers mainly because of the beautiful shiny structure. Various colors can be obtained by using different chemicals. For example, ‘liver of Sulphur’ or ‘potassium-polysulphide’ is used for a gray to jetty black color, iron nitrate for brown and copper nitrate for green, but numerous applications of chemicals and colors are possible. This technique can also be used for 'discoloration' of, for example, a dial.

Mistakes new watch guys make

Everyone was once new to watches. Even the biggest collectors were once at the point of getting their first watch.


I like to compare sports watches with cars: A Land rover Defender is a beast, no one can deny this. It can drive through almost any condition, and it’s hard to tame.  But if you forget to change your oil, your offroad beast can be killed by something as small as carelessness.  Same goes with watches. The Omega Speedmaster has been to the moon, and the Rolex Sea-dweller can go as deep as 3900 meter, but it’s really easy to damage your watch if you don’t handle it with the right care. 


1: make sure the crown on your dive watch is always screwed down.

This might sound obvious, but you have no idea how many watches get send for a repair with water damage. Once water gets in your watch and you don’t fix is as soon as possible, your movement will start to rust. 


2: After swimming, wash your watch with fresh water

Salt from the sea and chlorine from the pool can get in your bezel. It won’t destroy your watch, but it makes it easier for dirt to build up in your bracelet and bezel. This makes it easier for your bezel to get jammed up, and it can be solved with a little water. 


3: don’t change your date between 9PM and 3AM.

In short: it’s really bad for the gears of your watch. If you do want to change the date, change the time to 6:30, set your date and set your time back right. Boing it once won’t destroy your watch, but doing it for years puts extra stress on the gears, resulting in a more expensive maintenance. Better safe than sorry.


4: don’t change the time backwards.

With most watches, turning the hands backwards when changing the time can also be really bad for your gears. This problem is solved with some modern watches, but once again; better safe than sorry.


5: Check the waterproofing of your watch every few years.

It’s important to check your watch on waterproofness every few years. Rubber gaskets can dry up and lose strength, letting water in. What’s the point of having a dive watch if your rubber gaskets don’t keep the water out? Getting your gaskets changed is relatively inexpensive.

Vintage inspired watches – Reissues are trending

Vintage inspired watches are hot. The prices of vintage watches are rising quickly, and most brands want to jump on the hype. Sadly, most vintage inspired watches look nothing like their grandfathers. Today, we are going to focus on 3 popular, modern watches that were inspired on vintage.


Tudor Black Bay 58

The Black Bay 58 was a huge hit at Baselworld 2018. The release was a bit overshadowed by the release of the Tudor Pepsi, but it still was a big win.  The 58 is based Tudor Submariners from the fifties. this can be seen in the smaller case, the gild dial and the rivet bracelet.


Breitling Navitimer 806

The Breitling navitimer reissue based on the 806 was just released this year at Baselworld. Brietling did their best to make it look as much as possible like the original, and it worked!


Omega Trilogy collection

This collection was introduced at Baselworld 2018, and was sold out in a hartbeat. It features three watches: a ... Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster  All 3 models were based on their ‘parents’ from 1957

5 things you didn’t know about Rolex

Rolex is one of the most well known and most respected brands in the world. Even if you don’t know anything about watches, you have heard of Rolex.


1: The name Rolex means... nothing.

Hans Wilsforf wanted a name that could be pronounced in every country and language. Looks like he succeeded, because it’s impossible to butcher the name Rolex. You think that’s a stupid motivation? Have you ever heard an American pronounce ‘Jaeger Le-Coultre’?


2: Rolex is 114 years old

Rolex was founded in 1905, which is relatively young, compared to it’s competitors. Blancpain, for example, is from 1735.


3: Rolex wanted to send the Daytona to the moon.

Rolex lost the space battle to Omega. The Daytona was first named ‘cosmograph’. This is actually pretty ironic: The Omega Speedmaster was designed to be a race watch, but ended up being a moonwatch, and the Rolex Daytona was designed to be a moonwatch, but ended up being a race watch. Nevertheless, both ended up in a good place.


4:The most expensive Rolex sold for €15.500.000

The most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction was the original Paul Newman Daytona. It was also the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction. The watch belonged to legendary actor and playboy Paul Newman, and had a major influence on today’s vintage market.


5: Rolex makes their own gold

To ensure the best quality of gold, Rolex has its own foundry inhouse. Rolex is actually the only watch brand in the world that makes its own gold.

5 things you didn’t know about Omega

Scarface wore an Omega

In the 1972 classic Scarface, Tony Montana, played by Al Pachino wore a gold Omega. He wore an Omega La Magique, a rare model of wich only 261 pieces were made.


Ringo Starr was a big Omega fan.

Ringo Starr wore an Omega time computer LED. He had received this watch from his good friend Keith Moon, who was the drummer of The Who. The watch was sold at auction to a Beatles fan for about €10.000.


The most expensive Omega

The most expensive Omega ever sold at auction was sold for 1,428,500 Swiss francs, which is about 1.2 million euro. It looks very normal and minimalist, but it’s a really important watch, historically speaking. This watch was one of the very first to employ a tourbillon in a wristwatch. It was made in 1947. Back then, tourbillons were only made for desk clocks. This watch is in a way the father of tourbillons as we know them.


Omega is the official Olympic timekeeper

This is a title that Omega has earned, not bought. They have been the official timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932, and have never disappointed.


The Seamaster is the oldest model in the current line

The Omega Seamaster was launched to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the brand in 1948. It has been in production ever since, making it the oldest model in the current line.

How smartwatches have influenced the (luxury) watch industry

In my humble opinion (and I could be wrong), they haven’t.

Let me explain. People who buy luxury watches don’t buy them for the sole purpose of knowing the time on their wrist. They buy watches because they like what the watch represents. Knowing the time is a ‘fun bonus’. People who wear a luxury watch won’t suddenly stop wearing their watch and trade it in for a Fitbit.  Brands that should get scared are brands that sell watches in the same price point as most smartwatches. Mainly fashion watches, digital watches and cheap quartz watches feel the heat of the smartwatch industry.

Which watches are most likely to increase in value?

In today’s market, steel is the way to go. Almost every steel sport Rolex is impossible to get without getting put on a waitlist. Pieces like the 116500 Daytona and GMT Pepsi even sell for +50% retail price on the grey market. Some AD’s even closed their lists for some models. Same goes with any stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus.


In today’s market, the best watches to ‘invest’ in are steel sport models from Rolex and Patek Philippe. Of course, if you manage to get one at retail price.  This is of course just speculation. The market could turn of the bubble could burst. The same thing happened to two tone watches in the nineties.

5 unpopular Patek Philippe models

Today, Patek Philippe is one of the most respected watch brands. They have a rich, interesting history, and they keep delivering the most interesting and innovating timepieces. Their vintage watches keep breaking records at auctions. But still, this seemingly ‘untouchable’ brand has made some weird looking timepieces. Today, we will focus on the 5 ‘ugliest’ Patek Philippe watches. Of course, these are just opinions.

Neptune 5080 & 5085

Patek Philippe has 3 nautical/sea inspired sports watches. The Nautilus, the Aquanaut, and.... the almost forgotten Neptune The Neptune line has always been an odd ball in the Patek line up. It was never really popular, and still stays under the radar today. Maybe one day, collectors will hype it up? Who knows!


5524G Calatrava pilot travel time

The Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is one of those ‘you love it or you hate it’ watches. To me personally, it feels off. The Calatrava line is all about elegance, so a pilot watch with big travel time pushers just feels weird.


5520P travel time alarm

To me, this watch has exactly the same issues as the 5524G, plus one extra pusher. Don’t get me wrong, the movement and complications in this watch are amazing. I have had the chance to hear the alarm in real life, and it’s one of the most clear ‘dings’ I have ever heard. But still, it doesn’t feel like a classy watch.  If I had to spend 200.000 on a grand complication, this one wouldn’t be it.


5720/1G-001

Even though the price of this watch stays really stable (and high), it’s the strange cousin in the Nautilus family. While Patek wants to be known for making elegant watches that can be handed down from generation to generation, this is the exact opposite. Full diamond set with a colourful dragon screaming on the dial and bezel isn’t really Patek-ish. 

Vintage inspired watches – Reissues are trending

Vintage inspired watches are hot. The prices of vintage watches are rising quickly, and most brands want to jump on the hype. Sadly, most vintage inspired watches look nothing like their grandfathers. Today, we are going to focus on 3 popular, modern watches that were inspired on vintage. 

Tudor Black Bay 58

The Black Bay 58 was a huge hit at Baselworld 2018. The release was a bit overshadowed by the release of the Tudor Pepsi, but it still was a big win.  The 58 is based Tudor Submariners from the fifties. This can be seen in the smaller case, the gilt dial and the rivet bracelet. 

Breitling Navitimer 806

The Breitling Navitimer reissue based on the 806 was just released this year at Baselworld. Breitling did their best to make it look as much as possible like the original, and it worked!

Omega Trilogy collection

This collection was introduced at Baselworld 2018, and was sold out in a hartbeat. It features three watches: a ... Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster  All 3 models were based on their ‘parents’ from 1957

5 Omega models you didn’t know existed

Omega today exists for the majority of Seamasters and Speedmasters. Even though their modern line-up is way bigger than these two, the Seamaster and Speedmaster claim most of the attention. Here are 5 Omega models you did not know existed.

Speedmaster 1045 TV dial

The Speedmaster TV dial is a weird one. Omega made some Speedmaster with LCD screens, but this one attracts the most frowns. Due to low success, it was quickly discontinued and forgotten.

Omega Triple date moonphase 2471-1

This watch was made in the late forties and early fifties, and looks just amazing. I wouldn’t mind if Omega would bring these back.

Omega Cosmic 1951

This is the least Omega looking Omega.

Omega La Magique

The Omega La Magique is a rare bird, only 216 pieces were ever made. It also has a famous fan: Tony Montana. In the 1983 classic Scarface, Al Pachino wore an Omega La Magique.

Megaquartz Seamaster 1000

This one is actually a prototype. It was never in production, but can be found in the Omega museum. It has a lot of DNA of the Ploprof.