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Longines Diver Longines
Diver
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Rolex
Explorer II
Rolex Padellone 8171 Rolex
Padellone
Rolex GMT-Master 16750 Rolex
GMT-Master
Rolex Gilt Dial GMT-Master 1675 Rolex
Gilt Dial GMT-Master
Breitling Unitime 1765 Breitling
Unitime
Patek Philippe Tonneau-Shaped Dress 3579 Patek Philippe
Tonneau-Shaped Dress
Rolex Double Red Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000 1665 Rolex
Double Red Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6284 Rolex
Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Rolex
Sea-Dweller

Rolex Sports Models

Rolex Explorer II 1655 Rolex Explorer II
Ref 1655 aka Steve McQueen
Rolex GMT-Master 16750 Rolex GMT-Master
Ref 16750
Rolex Gilt Dial GMT-Master 1675 Rolex Gilt Dial GMT-Master
Ref 1675
Rolex Double Red Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000 1665 Rolex Double Red Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000
Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000 Ref 1665
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Rolex Sea-Dweller
Ref 1665

Rolex Oyster Case Production Dates By Serial Number

28,000 1926 2,163,900 1967
30,430 1927 2,426,800 1968
32,960 1928 2,689,700 1969
35,390 1929 2,952,600 1970
37,820 1930 3,215,000 1971
40,250 1931 3,478,400 1972
42,680 1932 3,741,300 1973
45,000 1934 4,004,200 1974
63,000 1935 4,267,100 1975
81,000 1936 4,539,000 1976
99,000 1937 5,006,000 1977
117,000 1938 5,482,000 1978
135,000 1939 5,958,000 1979
164,600 1940 6,434,000 1980
194,200 1941 6,910,000 1981
223,800 1942 7,386,000 1982
253,400 1943 7,862,000 1983
283,000 1944 8,338,000 1984
348,000 1945 8,814,000 1985
413,200 1946 9,290,000 1986
478,300 1947 9,766,000 1987
543,400 1948 R000,000 1987 1/2
608,500 1949 L000,001 1989
673,600 1950 E000,001 1990 1/2
738,700 1951 X000,001 1991 3/4
803,800 1952 N000,001 1991 3/4
950,000 1953 C000,001 1992 1/4
999,999 1954 S000,001 1993 3/4
200,000 1955 W000,001 1995
400,000 1956 T000,001 1995 1/2
600,000 1957 U000,001 1997 1/2
800,000 1958 A000,001 1999
1,100,000 1959 P000,001 2000 1/2
1,402,000 1960 K000,001 2001 1/2
1,480,000 1961 Y000,001 2002 3/4
1,558,000 1962 F000,001 2003 3/4
1,636,000 1963 D000,001 2005 3/4
1,714,000 1964 Z000,001 2006 1/2
1,792,000 1965 M000,001 2007 1/2
1,871,000 1966 V000,001 2008 3/4

Grail Watches

1950s patek philippe perpetual chronograph ref 1518

Patek Philippe Perpetual Chronograph Ref 1518

There were a total of 281 Patek Philippe reference 1518 models produced between 1941 and 1952. The one pictured here is a later version from the 1950s in mint condition with the Patek Philippe only signature on the dial. The Patek Philippe reference 1518 is one of my favorite perpetual calendars produced due to the simplicity of the case, the complication and beauty of the dial.…Read more

lemon paul newman and cherry logo rolex daytona

Rolex Daytona Reference 6264

Considered one of the rarest reference Daytona models ever produced, the Rolex Daytona ref. 6264 was a transitional model made for only one year, 1969. The watch on the left is the "Lemon Paul Newman" and on the right is an extremely rare variation known as the "Cherry Logo" (an example is described in Pucci Papaleo's 'Ultimate Rolex Daytona' book on page 300.)…Read more

1950s vintage panerai marina miltare 6152-1

Vintage Panerai Marina Miltare Ref 6152-1

This an incredible example of a 1950's Panerai Marina Miltare ref 6152-1 which was produced for the Italian Royal Navy. This Panerai watch is extremely rare and approximately only 100 are known to the market. The case and the movement are signed by Rolex as Panerai contracted Rolex to make these watches. The case features the crown protecter and the rare military markings…Read more

Universal Geneve split second chronograph

Rare Patek Philippe Ref 2499, 4th Series

This is an exceptional example of a Patek Philippe reference 2499 from the 1980s which is considered the last or fourth series of the 2499 model. The 2499 is one of the most desired and iconic models ever produced by Patek Philippe. The fourth series 2499 was the least produced model among the other three series. Collectors are highly attracted to this model due to…Read more

Universal Geneve split second chronograph

Rare Universal Geneve Military Chronograph

This extremely rare Universal Geneve split second chronograph is one of the most coveted Universal Geneve watches ever produced. Only a few of these models have ever showed up for sale. Sold by the Rome retailer, A. Cairelli, this chronograph features a 24 hour dial…Read more

1971 Rolex Paul Newman Ref. 6262

Rare 1971 Rolex Paul Newman Ref. 6262

This is a rare variation of the Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona from 1971. It is the reference 6262 which was the successor of the common reference 6239 Paul Newman. What makes this Rolex Paul Newman a grail watch is…Read more

Rare Rolex James Bond Ref. 6536 Submariner

Rare Rolex James Bond Ref. 6536

This week we were lucky enough to find the elusive Rolex Submariner reference 6536, an extremely rare James Bond variation. It is said approximately 100 pieces were produced and only for 1 year, 1955. What makes this watch unique is…Read more

Rolex GMT Master 6542

Barn Find with Incredible Provenance

Today I found the best Rolex GMT reference 6542 I have ever seen. The reference 6542 is the first GMT Master ever produced. It featured a Bakelite bezel which is very fragile and rarely survived. I purchased the watch from the the son of the original owner who kept it in a lead case since 1960 because he was scared of the radioactivity of the watch…Read more

Patek Philippe reference 2526

Grail Watch: Patek Philippe Ref. 2526

The Patek Philippe reference 2526, first manufactured in 1953, is one of the most iconic time only Patek Philippe watches ever produced. The 2526 reference is one of the very first automatic watches made by the company and is powered by Patek's caliber 12-600. The 2526 is also highly sought after by collectors for its porcelain dial …Read more

Rolex Daytona Paul Newman 6263

Grail Watch: "Panda" Newman

This is a grail Rolex Daytona Paul Newman reference 6263 from the early 1970s. The 6263 model Paul Newman with the screw down pushers is a very rare model especially compared to a Paul Newman with pump pushers like the references 6239 and 6241. This Rolex watch is known as the "Panda" due to the black and white color of the dial and is highly sought after by Daytona collectors…Read more

Patek Philippe Ref. 1518

Grail Watch: 1940s Patek Philippe Ref. 1518

This is the first Perpetual Chronograph by Patek Philippe, reference 1518. Introduced in the 1940s, this is an early version with the Patek, Philippe and Co signature on the dial which is highly desirable. The Patek Philippe reference 1518 is one of my favorite perpetual calendars produced due to the simplicity of the case, the complication, and beauty of the dial…Read more

Grail 1950s Rolex James Bond Submariner Ref. 6538

Grail Watch: 1950s Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538

This is an incredible example of a 1950s Rolex Submariner reference 6538 known as the big crown "James Bond." This James Bond Submariner is in mint condition with a very sharp case, beautiful original glossy dial, original bezel insert, and a very tight original Rolex oyster band. What makes this reference 6538 even more special is…Read more

Grail Omega Speedmaster

Grail Watch: Omega Speedmaster Ref. 2915-1

This is the reference 2915-1 which is the the very first Omega Speedmaster produced from 1957. The 2915-1 is one of the most difficult speed masters models to find especially in such complete and nice condition. The bezel of the 2915-1 is made of a thin metal material and typically they are destroyed or not even on the watch…Read more

Patek Philippe ref 3450

Patek Philippe Reference 3450

This is my favorite Perpetual Calendar Moon Phase ever produced by Patek Philippe due to its large size 37mm and the simplicity of the case design. This is Patek Philippe's reference 3450 in 18k yellow gold from the 1980's. There were approximately 240 of these watches produced between 1981 and 1985. The 3450 is the successor of the reference 3448 with the added leap year function at 4:00 and an improved movement featuring the caliber 27.460qb. The reference 3450 is one of the last classic vintage designs produced…Read more

Patek Philippe ref 2499

Grail Watch: Patek Philippe Ref. 2499<

This is a second series rose gold Patek Philippe reference 2499 from 1950s which is extremely rare and considered to be the best design of all four series for this reference which was produced up to the 1980s. Until today, there are only five of these models known and maybe several more that have not surfaced. The Patek Philippe reference 2499 features a perpetual calendar moon phase and chronograph and is the most highly sought-after reference by Patek Philippe collectors all over the world. What stands out on the second series 2499, which the other series don't have, is…Read more

Patek Philippe reference 5004

The Ultimate Contemporary Patek Philippe: Ref. 5004

This is the highly complicated Patek Philippe reference 5004 in platinum from 2010 which has now been discontinued and highly collectible. The reference 5004 was introduced in 1996 and there was an estimated 12 pieces made each year until the Patek Philippe reference 5204 was introduced in 2012. What is amazing about this watch…Read more

Patek Philippe reference 2499 and 3970. Early to late 1980s

Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 vs. Patek Philippe Ref. 3970

Here is a comparison of the last series Patek Philippe reference 2499 from the early 1980s to the first series reference 3970 from the late 1980s. Both models are from the same family and feature a perpetual moonphase chronograph…Read more

Get an Inside Look at our Studio

October 4th, 2013 - The good folks at Hodinkee recently stopped by our South Beach studio. Today they described what they found with this "mega photo report". Check it out and be sure to leave a comment! View article


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Solar clock Saturday.  Patek Philippe with lapis markers. Good start to the weekend.  A beautiful Rolex big crown James Bond submariner 1950s. Happy cinco de mayo!!!! Extremely rare oversize Zenith chronograph with a black original dial.  Never seen this variation. What a beautiful and rare Patek solar clock from the 1970s.  I have never seen the steel version with sapphire markers. Bye bye New York. Very happy leaving with  this well preserved Patek Philippe Ref 1518 from 1950.  Love the big ?. You don't see many vintage Rolex Daytonas like this.  Truly unpolished with the original sticker. What a beautiful vintage Omega chronograph with a  killer black dial and a very rare signature configuration. An incredible sterling silver Longines Lindbergh aviators watch circa 1930s. The best I have seen.  Early model with green enamel accents and perfect dial. Good morning.  A fresh Patek Philippe Amaganetic reference 3417. A small little rare package. What a great design.  The Bulgari Snake watch from the 1960s to the 1990s. If you know you know.

2016 Geneva Auction Experience - Part 1

sotheby's auction preview in geneva Join us for a journey through the spring auction season in Geneva. We'll provide you with insight on how to capitalize on the preview experience, discuss current market trends, and explore the auction process. We'll also introduce to you some of the most important dealers in the international watch community… Read more

2016 Geneva Auction Preview: My Favorite Picks

favorite lots geneva auction Getting ready for an auction trip to Geneva where there are 5 major auctions this weekend including a Phillips theme sale of 88 epic stainless steel chronographs. Check out some of my favorite lots in the upcoming sales.… Read more

Technology, fashion and vintage watch values

fashionable wrist watches This month I was invited along with Eric Wind and Caitlin Donovan of Christies to give a lecture at the Boca Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida in front of their professional advisory board. My lecture focused on how technology and fashion has affected the value of vintage watches. Check out pictures from this wonderful event…Read more

Watch Buying at the Miami Beach Antique Show

I buy fine antiques The Miami Beach Antique Show is always a great venue for buying and selling watches. That's why I've been exhibiting there since 1991. Check out these photos for a glimpse at what was going down during the 2016 Miami Beach Antique Show…Read more

The Auction Experience: Christie's, New York City

Check out this photo essay documenting Matthew's experience preparing for and attending a Christie's auction commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Omega Speedmaster…Read more

Smart Play: Patek Calatrava

1960s Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref 3466 and 3483When vintage Patek Philippe collecting started to become popular in the 1980s collectors favored precious metal watches such as 18k and platinum. What they did not realize at the time was that stainless steel watches were a lot more rare than precious metal watches, and the collectors started seeking steel Patek Philippe…Read more

Rare 1960's Aero Compax

Matthew's Featured Watch

Omega Speedmaster “Missions”

Exotic IWC Ingenieur

Matthew Bain on the BBC

Feb 7th, 2015 - The BBC World Service's Mike Williams interviewed Matthew Bain several times for a 18 minute segment on the The Why Factor which explores why watches are enduring status symbols. You can hear Matthew beginning at the 14 minute mark and a few more times until the 15:30 mark. »» Listen to the radio show

Rare Vintage Breguet

Matthew's Top Picks

Matthew Bain closely inspects a rare vintage watchMatthew Bain is a world-renowned watch collector, dealer and authority on fine vintage and modern watches. Here are his top picks which he believes are cool, unique, and have potential to increase in value.

9012^pthI have had both the 1965 and 1968 version of the Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris several times but have never seen or had access to the 1963 prototype which is pictured above. The Polaris was developed in 1962 and the first 50 pieces were produced in 1963 as the prototype. They were never offered for sale to the general public. These pieces were given to the employees of Jaeger LeCoultre. The Polaris was later produced between 1965 and 1970 with a total production of 1714 pieces. Jaeger gave a code name to the Polaris of E859…Read more


Military Sub WatchRolex Submariner Ref. 5513

In early to mid 1970's Great Britain used the Rolex Submariner reference 5513 as a source for its military watch. There were only a few hundred of those watches issued which makes them quite rare and highly collectible. In a sense it is limited edition watch which is an unusual item for Rolex to produce. Below are the differences between the civilian and military model…Read more


Rolex Oyster CosmographRolex Oyster Perpetual

The two watches pictured above are the older R-series manual wind Daytona reference 6265 and its successor reference 16520. In 1987 the manual wind, Valijoux based Rolex Daytona was on its way to retirement to make room for the newer highly anticipated Zenith automatic version. The last of the 6265's and the first of the 16520's share a serial number "R"…Read more


Gerald Genta Swiss Watch DesignerGerald Genta was one of the most important watch designers of the 20th century. He was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1931 and started his career at the age of 20 working with Universal Geneve. Most of the watch designers were never known in the old days but that was not the case with Genta. Gerald Genta was one of the first watch designers behind the scenes that was well known, and he eventually made his own watches and created his own brand…Read more


Vintage Cartier watches Perhaps no single jewelry or watch brand evokes more glamour, design innovation and noble ties than Cartier. Founded in Paris in 1847, the firm immediately set a high standard for style and luxury creating magnificent jewelry for some of the world's most high-profile clients…Read more