My journey to adding a Speedmaster to my collection started a few months ago, when I went to see the NASA Heavy Rocket IV space shuttle launch in Cape Canaveral.Read More
There are a few major benefits to having a Timegrapher. If you like to buy pre-owned, especially vintage watches, it's a fast way to get a snapshot of the movement you are dealing with so you know if you need to bring it in for service right away (or return it)...Read More
Instagram is the perfect medium to showcase one's love of watches. From regular folks to the super rich, a wrist shot is easy to take once a day and there seems to be an entire crew of people showing their timepieces on the daily.Read More
They first had me when I laid eyes on the Cal.3120 22ct solid gold rotor. Even though I knew AP was a 'holy trinity' brand (alongside Patek and Vacheron, and in my opinion Breguet and A.Lange & Sohn), it was that stunning rotor which captivated me.Read More
My Daytona was an anniversary gift from my wife that she left under my pillow the night of our 10th anniversary. It was completely unexpected and probably carries the most sentimental value of any of my watches.Read More
As not only a watch fanatic, but a gadget lover that has made most of his living off of applications and sites for Mobile and connected devices, I have a huge stake in whatever products Apple puts forward. We knew an iWatch was coming, we weren't sure when, but they began to feel inevitable. During the keynote, Apple proceeded to sell the Watch as hard as possible, citing millions of personalized options, three metals including Rose Gold and Gold, and a whole menagerie of straps using a quick change strap system they came up with.Read More
User MrSimba on the Rolex forums has posted the first picture of the hotly anticipated Rolex Ceramic Pepsi GMT, available exclusively in white gold. Check his pic out below and let us know what you think!Read More
Although I am a big fan of the new ceramic bezels Rolex and other brands came out with a recently, the era of faded and discolored bezels is officially dead. Older bezels from various models have added so much character to vintage watches: blacks changing to blues, reds to pinks, blues to purples, grey 'ghost' bezels and all the variations in between.Read More
I came to know Joe from the insightful posts he writes on The Rolex Forums and I'm excited to bring you his story. He has also expressed an interest in being a contributor to WristTimes, so you may be hearing more from him in the future!Read More
Do you love the look of the vintage Rolex Daytona's? Do you not have $30k+ in highly disposable income? Well have I got news for you. During the same time Rolex was making the now highly priced four-digit Daytona references, they were also making a nearly identical watch under their sister brand, Tudor.Read More
I recently acquired a vintage Rolex 1675 which came on the original Jubilee bracelet. The bracelet was stretched out from age and use, so I thought it was a good opportunity to see if the legend lived up the the hype.Read More
What is your name? Rich C
How old are you? 39
What do you do for a living?
Army officer working in human resources.
What got you interested in watches and what do you love about them?
I have always been interested in watches since I was a young boy. I absolutely love them. I think that for me it's the typical gadget thing that some folks are attracted to. I particularly like to collect vintage Rolex watches, and enjoy the different look each provides. They are all very unique and are much different than their modern day counterparts.
Do you have a favorite watch brand? If so, what is it and why?
Rolex. I believe the brand stands for excellence and perfection it's a historic watch company and has a great history. Especially as a military serviceman, rolex has a connection to military service. I also have an Omega Speedmaster Professional [below] and think that brand is also super fun to wear.
What watch(es) are getting your wrist time lately?
Rolex 5512 [pictured at top] and my Rolex 1675 [pictured at bottom]. I treasure both, but the 5512 is my favorite by far. I also love my Rolex 1680 white, but wear it more as a winter watch.
What watch that you own or owned had the best story you could share?
Rolex 14060M [below]. It was my first Rolex, and I bought in 2004 with my father . It's a great memory and special watch I won't sell since I waited a long time for this purchase and my father bought another rolex at the same time. One day - hopefully way in the future- I will give to my son.
What advice would you give someone just starting out as a watch enthusiast?
Buy the seller! Do research and ask questions. The forums are a great way to learn and link up with folks who know what they are talking about.
For a time I owned a 1941 Universal Geneve Bi-Compax chronograph. It was a fantastic watch and was made of the most amazing red gold, however something about it baffled me. On my watch, and I soon noticed on others from the same time, there were elogated lines in the minute totalizer at three minutes, six minutes and nine minutes. It was so specific and done across nearly every brand, from Longines to Wittnaur to Rolex to Breitling, I knew there had to be an explanation.
I turned to the great minds in the Reddit watch community and was told a very interesting answer, which I thought needed to be shared.
It all comes down to the telephone. According to a watchmaker and enthusiast, I was informed that back in the 40s, 50s and early 60s when these watches were being produced, people used payphones regurarly. Cell phones obviously didn't exist and many people didn't have landline in their home yet. When using a payphone at the time, the money you put in got you three minutes of talk time, and you were cut off abruptly when your time was up.
The lines on the chronograph simply help you keep track of your telephone call. You'd start the chronograph, put in your money, and easily be able to know when to put more money in or to finish your conversation. Most calls were likely under 10 minutes, which is why only the first three-minute markers look like this.
And for your enjoyment, a gallery of vintage chronographs with the lines. You'll see that some companies put them at 4, 8 and 12.