The holiday you’ve all been waiting for is here — it’s President’s Day weekend! Okay, maybe it’s not that exciting. But, hey. There’s never a poor excuse to scour the forms and eBay for awesome watches for sale. If a dead guy with wooden teeth and a penchant for chopping down cherries trees isn’t cause enough for a two hour Watch Recon detour, I don’t know what is. Anyway, let’s get down to this week’s Market Watch(ing) picks.
Rolex Submariner Lapis and Onyx Dials
Those that know me will know that I like to refer to the stainless steel Rolex Submariner as the “white t-shirt of watches”, since you can wear one everyday with just about anything, and confidently face any conditions with one on your wrist. It’s just that versatile, durable, and classic. With that said, not all Submariners are created for the faint of heart, and are more akin to a french cuff dress shirt. Not following? Well then, take a look at these two Submariners that Luca Musumeci has available, both in 18 karat yellow gold, with genuine lapis and onyx dials. As far as semi-modern Submariners go, these are just about as rare as it gets, and the fact that they pass as standard gold Submariners to the untrained eye makes them all the more appealing in my opinion.
Omega Suveran ref 2400-7
On a much more easily attainable note, what we’ve got here is an Omega Suveran – a watch I’ve spoken about in the past, and still strongly believe to be a great deal that still goes unnoticed in the market for vintage watches. They’ve got the “it” look, a legendary caliber beating on the inside, and are almost always seen with rather exciting dials. This example I came across on the forums is no exception, as it’s tropical dial with all its lume still intact makes for quite the impressive overall aesthetic. At only $680, I find it hard not to like this piece.
Alright, last week I took a dad pass but this week I am back with a couple of picks to balance out Isaac “6 figure vintage Patek” Wingold and the Military tool watch twins. So let’s get into it.
Rolex “Red ” Submariner ref 1680
Vacheron Constantin Triple Date Moonphase
Lemania RAF Monopusher
Since I’ve picked a military watch in just about every Market Watch(ing) so far, I guess I should keep the train rolling. Here we have a Lemania Monopusher made for the RAF. It features an oversized 40mm asymmetrical case that’s perfect for today’s size standards. The dial lume is practically perfect, and it contrasts really nicely with the black dial. The hands look a little green, but that’s not out of the ordinary for a military watch of its age. All in all, this is a fantastic example at a reasonable price.
Wakmann 2 Register Chrono
Going even further down the budget road, here’s a Wakmann that’s currently sitting at $370 with 6 bids. The overall condition looks pretty solid, though I would like to see movement shots. I’d bet there’s a manual wind Valjoux 7733 inside, but confirmation is always nice. What I like about this piece, aside from the condition, is the reverse panda dial, nicely aged markers and hands, and the orange accents. Based on the dial layout, there’s an obvious “Top Time” vibe going on. If this can be grabbed for under $600, I think you have yourself a steal.