Bright Idea: Nick’s Polar

Once upon a time – not long ago – I had big dreams of being a watch dealer. Like most people, I wanted to make a living doing what I love. I thought I had what it took: An extensive background in sales, money saved-up, and I considered myself pretty-knowledgeable about watches – especially Rolex…

Paris Is Always A Good Idea: Nick’s Datejust

The most incredible, memorable day of my life took place on September 19th 2014 – the day I married the love of my life. But before that amazing day, April 21st 1998 was the highlight of my life: That was the day I bought my first Rolex. During my junior year of high school I…

Up For Grabs: Original-Owner ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona

Twice a year I really-look forward to the Fine Timepieces auction conducted by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. THIS Monday, April 20th, the wait is no more. At their Chicago-based office the hammer will come down on sixty-nine lots, including one very-important wristwatch featured here. The auction house has been a Chicago institution for over thirty-years. They have a wealth of experience dealing in all major categories of collectible…

A Watch With ‘Sole’ : Steven’s Turn-O-Graph

Last month, while on vacation in New York City, my wife and I dropped by Leffot – completely unannounced – so I could introduce myself to owner Steven Taffel – someone I had never emailed or spoken to before, let alone met. Leffot is a men’s shoe boutique located in the West Village. They offer the…

Lemme Upgrade U: My Wife’s Rolex Explorer I

This story is about a special watch I gave to the love of my life – my wife. We finally said “I Do” about five months ago after being together for nearly ten years. You can bet we know each other pretty-well after dating for so long. She’s well-aware of my obsession with watches and…

‘Mint’ To Be: Justin’s GMT

A couple of Sundays ago I was invited to the home of Justin Vrakas to watch some playoff football, enjoy a few beers, and of course…talk watches. Justin is the founder of watchsteez.com – an online showcase of carefully curated vintage watches that focuses on affordable, unique chronographs. Besides bookmarking his site, you can follow him…

All In The Family: Arlington’s DeepSea

It’s only fitting the story behind Arlington’s DeepSea begins with a brief story about a Submariner. But not just any Submariner, THE Submariner. Yes, I’m talking about the no crown guard variety worn by a certain British Special Agent who always got the bad guy AND the girl. Arlington was a teenager back in the…

Hard To Say Goodbye: Bill’s Rolex Submariner

One theme I’ll never get tired of chronicling is a new watch commemorating an occasion in someone’s life. This was the case 22 years ago when Bill chose a Two-Tone Rolex Submariner to mark earning his MBA. Anchoring the tug toward buying a Submariner were two of his friends: one had a Stainless-Steel version, the…

Love At First Sight: Nick’s Rolex Explorer II

When I think back on the purchase of my Explorer II I remember discovering the ‘For Sale’ listing on the TimeZone Forum and immediately being enchanted by the sellers’ photography of the watch. In all my days (and nights) lurking on the Sales Corner I had never been as captivated by a series of shots.…