NWC magazine is a big fan of Royal Enfield and Jawa motorcycles. Great designs that mix vintage and modern technology, affordable too. In the world of watches you see lots of PR from the big Swiss brands about Net Zero, recycled watch parts like ocean waste straps, reclaimed steel used in cases and some use of old school movements like the benchmark ETA 2428 or … Continue reading The Greenest Watches Aren’t Swiss, They’re Indian
It’s Independence Day and everyone can admire the cause of freedom, representation and a government accountable to the people at the point of a gun. After some help from the French, the US colonials defeated the English and became a free nation. Rejecting constitutional monarchy, they formed a unique system of federal administration agreed by member States, who could make their own local laws too. … Continue reading July 4th Special: The Greatest Watches Born In The USA
You know how it goes on eBay, you browse around for ages and then you see a nice set of photos of a refurbished Swiss watch. It’s just £18 plus postage, from India. Hmm, worth a punt. So what did I get for my £21.65 all in? First of all, a very long wait. I bought and paid on 23rd February and the watch arrived … Continue reading Reviewed: Refurbished Vintage Atlantic From India
There are some early quartz watches that fetch incredible prices. If you have an original Bulova Accurton, a Seiko Astron from the late 60s or a Casio calculator watch from the early 80s, then you’ll be happy to know that values are rising. Of course these are ground-breaking watches of their time, and deserve respect from collectors. Seiko, more than any brand, revolutionised watch sales … Continue reading Vintage Quartz Watches, Yea or No Way?
It’s well known that fakers are out there making replicas of prestige watches. Rolex is the most popular, followed closely by Cartier, Patek Phillipe, Audemars and then lesser makes like Breitling and TAG. Really sad characters sometimes fake Michael Kors watches, such is the depth of their despair. So how do you spot a fake Patek Phillipe and why aren’t your local Trading Standards even … Continue reading Seen A Fake Patek Phillipe on Facebook? Trading Standards Are Really Not Arsed
There is one tweak that almost any watch enthusiast can do which adds value, and enjoyment, to their vintage Swiss watch; get rid of scratched or damaged crystals and fit a new one. It improves the appearance instantly and you’re learning stuff that saves a long wait at most UK jewellers or independent watch repair workshops. It is relatively easy to do this job – … Continue reading How To Fit A New Crystal to a Vintage Swiss Watch
A Heuer Carrera was sold by Bonhams last year, making over £56,000, once the property of Mike Hailwood, arguably the greatest motorcycle road racer of all time. That’s Valentino Rossi saying it, not me by the way. The inscription on the 18ct caseback from watch boss Jack Heuer reads `For a Successful 1973,’ and the story of that roller-coaster season is a tale worth telling. … Continue reading Motorsport History: The Story Behind Mike Hailwood’s Heuer Carrera
Like a nice cheap runabout car, everyone wants an affordable vintage watch. Preferably a Rolex. Only joking, even the old 1940s Rolex models are now getting expensive and given that spare parts for them can ONLY be sourced by breaking up similar examples, that isn’t a great option if you’ve got a few hundred pounds to spend on old tickers. So here are some relatively … Continue reading Affordable Vintage Watches For Men? We Have Some Winners For You