venerdì 21 agosto 2015

Museum Collection - The List (15)

The chronological list of the 100 "must-haves" making up The Museum Collection book features an obvious 5 Star pick at number 15 - the Rolex Oyster. The excerpt taken from the text focuses on the origins of the waterproof winding crown that started the brand's rise to worldwide recognition.
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Defying the elements
★★★



Rolex Oyster
1926
 ... Hans Wilsdorf bought their patent and submitted it in London as an assignee. The founder of Rolex was finally close to the solution of the problem haunting him since the inception of his business back in 1905. The screw down bezels and backs Rolex had been using for a few years were not enough - something needed to be done about the winding crown ...
Overall condition report* 7/10  
Price estimate* EUR 2,500-3,000 

sabato 15 agosto 2015

venerdì 14 agosto 2015

Museum Collection - The list (13)

The chronological list of the 100 "must-haves" making up The Museum Collection book features a chronograph signed by Hausmann & Co. at number 13. In this and a few other cases, my choice is meant to suggest a style or type of timepiece that the prospective collector should look for, rather than a precise indication. However, the condition report and price estimate refer exactly to the illustrated example.
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Stylish timing
★★★



Hausmann & Co.
1923
As a bespoke model by the jeweller and watchmaker Hausmann of Rome, this chronograph has a distinctive characteristic making it particularly attractive: a bicolor case in gold and silver that was more frequently found in uncomplicated timepieces.
Overall condition report: 8/10
Price estimate: EUR 3,000-3,500


 

giovedì 6 agosto 2015

Museum Collection - The list (8)

The chronological list of the 100 "must-haves" making up The Museum Collection book features this Hy. Moser model at number 8. The excerpt taken from the text points out that its additional functions put it on the same technical level as pocket watches, thus enabling the wristwatch to build up a better reputation among customers. 
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Enter the calendar
★★★



Hy. Moser
1916
Presumably the earliest wristwatch with multiple calendar complications, this model proved that small timepieces wearable on one's arm could be equipped with the same functions as the bigger pocket watches.
Size Diameter 33 mm, thickness 10 mm.   
Case Silver, hinged back cover, snap-on back.