Tag Archives: wristwatches

Time on Your Hands

Each year, Skinner offers sales dedicated to clocks, watches, and scientific instruments. These auctions feature horological treasures from historic sundials and hourglasses to clocks of every description; from stately Victorian pocket watches to the most modern millisecond chronographs.

The liveliest, most popular category of timekeepers? Men’s fine vintage wristwatches. Collectors in this field, as in every aspect of collecting, have varying perspectives.… Read More

A Time for Watches

Tornek-Rayville TR-900 Dive Watch

Timekeeping devices have a long and fascinating history dating back to the sundials and water clocks of the ancient world. Increases in accuracy began with the earliest mechanical European timepieces in the 14th century. Still, for most people the clock in the church tower was more a source of wonder and pride than practical importance.

By the mid-17th century, improving technology resulted in portable timekeepers – pocket watches that allowed their noble owners to display their wealth and good taste.… Read More

The Value of Standing (or Avoiding) the Test of Time

Though the form still flourishes today, what we now consider vintage “tool” watches were produced from the 1950s to 1970s—their inherent artistry, engineering, and layout led to use at great depths, heights, pressure, speed—all manner of expedition or adventure.

When assessing today’s buyers’ views on vintage “tool” watches, whether a Rolex “James Bond” reference 5508, Zodiac Stainless Steel “Sea Wolf” Reference 722-946B, or a Rolex GMT Master II Reference 16710, never mind the myriad other makers and references that exist, it is interesting to note two sides to the value coin: patina vs.Read More

Staff Picks—Our Favorite Things: The Tornek-Rayville TR-900 Dive Watch

Tornek-Rayville TR-900 Dive Watch, serial number 0270

As a teenager in the 1980s, wristwatches, especially Swatches, were what got me and a lot of my friends into wearing timepieces. I recall owning Swatches, Seikos, and a few Victorinox “tool” watches. I remember receiving a small diameter, 34mm I think, white or ivory dial Seiko with simple stick hands and indices for my 8th-grade graduation. I loved it, but years passed and like many things it found its way to the back of a drawer (my dad found it back there—he wore it for decades, and my mother still wears it today, with an olive green leather Hirsch strap).… Read More

First Tuesday | December 4 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, December 4  | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Suhyung Kim, Jonathan Dowling & Christopher Fox will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in December:

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions.Read More

Heuer: The Timekeeper of Formula One

Wristwatches and automobile racing have been closely linked to each other since the early 20th century. In a sport so heavily reliant on speed and times, having an accurate and accessible timekeeper is paramount. Modern chronographs, the predecessor to the stopwatch, were created in the early 19th century and were primarily used for artillery. Through the 20th century, chronograph wristwatches transitioned for use into other activities such as diving, submarine maneuvering, and airplane piloting.… Read More