""I have had thousands and thousands of watches in my hands and I'm still finding variations I have never seen.""

Jacek Kozubek  //  THE HOROLOGICAL MINUTE
Jacek Kozubek

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THE HOROLOGICAL MINUTE

INTRODUCING

Jacek Kozubek

This week, we feature our very near and dear friend Jacek Kozubek. One of the hardest working guys in the vintage world, Jacek brings to market on a daily basis a wide assortment of watches collected from all corners of the world. He is half of the HQ Milton team based in San Francisco, and is well known and regarded by collectors and other dealers alike. When he's not selling watches, Jacek can often be found in the driver's seat of a racing car carving up the likes of Laguna Seca or Sonoma raceway. Jacek is this week's Horological Minute.

What was your first watch?

My first watch was a meters first 5513 that I bought from Eric Ku, before 10 Past Ten even existed! I remember how crazy it was to spend a month's salary on a watch.

What was the last watch you bought?

I bought a new old stock 1601 18K Datejust from the son of the original owner yesterday. The caseback sticker was still on the watch. There where a few other pieces from him, since his father used to own a Rolex store in Africa, but that one stood out the most.

Do you prefer vintage or modern?

Honestly I love both. For me it depends where I am going to wear the watch. On most days I wear a vintage piece. Nothing can replicate what I like to call the softness of a vintage watch. New pieces are sometimes jarring in how sterile they feel. But, I appreciate the innovation and the "newness" of modern pieces. Nothing makes you appreciate a sapphire crystal like flooding a vintage Daytona.

Can you remember your last great meal? Where was it and what did you eat?

I had dinner at Spruce a few nights ago with my wife. We love to walk in and have dinner at the bar. I ordered the 34 once Jorge cut... It was a good night.

Do you remember what watch you were wearing?

A gilt dial 5512.

What do you love about vintage Rolex?

I love the variations in the design. I have had thousands and thousands of watches in my hands and I'm still finding variations I have never seen. The fonts, colors, and small nuances capture my attention.

Strap or bracelet?

Always a bracelet.

GMT/EXPLORER/SUB/DAYTONA or........?

At the end of the day my favorite watch is a 1675.

What do you want to see come out from Rolex at the next Basel Fair?

I am looking forward to Rolex making a Stainless Steel Pepsi GMT

What's on your wrist today?

A Rolex 1675 Radial Dial GMT with the ever so rare all blue bezel.

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