‘Graph Paper’ 3505 IWC Ingenieur SL

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Graph paper isn’t the sexiest thing in the world. And, yet, put it on an IWC dial as texture and it just might be. One of the best parts about this mid-sized Ingenieur from the early 80s is that there are multiple generations that each have equally attractive personalities. Are you a COSC kind of…

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Beyer Dial 3417 Patek Philippe Amagnetic

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The late ’50s were a time when the world had absolute faith that science would solve its problems and deliver a future worth being excited about. But if you were an actual scientist, working hard to lead the space race or keep the cold war on ice, you were in all kinds of generated high-strength…

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135.004-63 Omega Railmaster

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Of the original Omega trilogy, it’s always the 2914 that’s the odd man out. It may not have the sexy car racing and moon landing image of the Speedmaster or the diving practicality and Royal Navy pedigree the Seamaster offers, but it’s every bit the watch those other two are. And anti-magnetism is arguably an…

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2914 Omega Railmaster

There aren’t many truly underrated references in Omega’s back catalogue anymore. Every collector knows and loves the early Seamasters, Ultraman 145.012s, Mad Men Constellations, hell even Schumacher’s Daytona is on the rise these days. However, amongst the dazzling base 1000 bezeled 2915 Speedmasters and tantalizingly-lollipopped 2913 Seamaster 300s, it’s easy to overlook the more reserved third musketeer. That’s a shame,…

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E168 Jaeger-Lecoultre Geophysic

It’s not often a vintage watch is so well-preserved that you could easily mistake it for its reissue. That’s exactly the case here. Despite what the exterior looks like, this watch was made in 1958 and is testament to JLC’s insane quality. But it’s also a model that strikes core to JLC’s values: aesthetic purity,…

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6541 Rolex Milgauss

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Rolex’s storied professional line conjures images of Pan-Am, Comex, Hillary, the Daytona 500, and, if you like 5s on your dial, the British RAF (Air-King). Yet there is one professional’s tool which often received little or no mention. Many Rolexes today a marketed under the heading ‘rare’. The 6541 Milgauss, an antimagnetic scientist’s chronometer, was…

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Value Proposition: SBGX341 Grand Seiko Anti-Magnetic Quartz

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To many of you, I know, this will be sacrilege; a site literally called The Hairspring featuring something with as many mechanical components as a Playstation 5. This is the Ferrari SUV; a distinctly upmarket brand engaging with something many would consider well beneath them aspirationally. For the militant-anti-quartz among us; hear me out. An…

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Value Proposition: 2914-3 ‘First’ Omega Railmaster

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There aren’t many truly underrated references in Omega’s back catalogue anymore. Every collector knows and loves the early Seamasters, Ultraman 145.012s, Mad Men Constellations, hell even Schumacher’s Daytona is on the rise these days. However, amongst the dazzling base 1000 bezeled 2915 Speedmasters and tantalizingly-lollipopped 2913 Seamaster 300s, it’s easy to overlook the more reserved…

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Black Dial 1019 Rolex Milgauss

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Amongst the soon-to-be-discontinued Z-blue, CERN, and white-orange dialed Milgausses (Milgausss, Milgausses, or Milgaussi?), it’s easy to forget the that antimagnetic Wilsdorf family member can sport a more subdued tone. In black, the 1019 looks absolutely pedestrian in the best way possible; mostly because it is absolutely anything but. The level of significance this steel sports…

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A 5513 with a PhD: the 1019 Milgauss

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What you are looking at is not hype or hollywood-adjacent marketing. I like to think of it this way: a 5513 with a PhD. The Milgauss was created in the 6541 generation to meet the demands of scientists working in heavy magnetic fields. The level of significance this steel sports Rolex holds is, in my…

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