With The Horological Minute, Eric Ku and 10 Past Ten engage in a fascinating dialog with collectors and members of the watch industry, as they discuss anything and everything about watches. Think of it as the Proust Questionnaire for the watch aficionado.
A steel Timex I was given by my parents sometime before I was five, it was the first thing I owned superior to my older brother and became the catalyst for my continued obsession with all things watches; I still have it, on the original strap too.•
I spent two years trying to get the original owner to sell me his fantastic Explorer Ref.1016 and I just received it Tuesday. I sold it the same day; another of those I wish I could keep.•
No doubt vintage, as I expect most of the people you ask do. There’s something personal about vintage, maybe because as wealthy as you are, unless you’re willing to research yourself or benefit from receiving educated advice, you can’t just decide one day to buy a great vintage watch, it takes patience and understanding. If I see someone in public wearing a Patek 5102 I think ‘he’s a wealthy guy’, if I see someone wearing a Rolex 6541 I think ‘he loves watches’ and usually say hello.•
This is a tough one as I love food, but I love virtually all food and so a great meal to me depends on the company I’m in rather than what I’m eating. Recently I had the blackened salmon salad at Taste on Melrose in Los Angeles with great friends and my family, it was sunny and the laughter flowed, that to me is a great meal, the food wasn’t bad either.•
A Rolex Explorer 1016 from 1960 with light brown tropical dial.•
I love that it’s a vintage watch you can actually use regularly and we are still discovering little variations in versions, relatively speaking the Rolex sport market is still very young. Mostly though I love the fact you can wear a vintage Rolex daily and only very few people will recognize it as being valuable, but’s it’s those few that make it worthwhile.•
NATO strap, on virtually everything.•
Submariner, I was given a 1680 red Sub in 1990 after working for George Somlo in London for 10 years and have been a fan ever since. Besides, there was a reason James Bond wore one.•
Considering the size of their RND department it would be great to see Rolex release a sports model with a new (non precious) case material that gives an option to steel. Personally I’m surprised they haven’t already released a special-edition black ceramic Daytona- just so they can start the lawsuits!•
I honestly don’t know if I have just one; I’ve been lucky to have uncovered a few with great stories and each is a favorite for a different reason. Possibly the most interesting was the Patek Philippe unique minute repeater Ref.2419, just because it was a previously unknown model, looked like nothing Patek had done before and required a vast amount of research. Knowing it was retailed by Cartier and then discovering, I think at around 3am one morning while reading through a huge stack of books, that Cartier had held a joint event with PP in New York exactly one year before the watch was delivered was akin to a sleep-deprived ‘lightbulb’ moment.•
A gold 1680 Submariner with blue dial and bezel, it is summer after all.