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Rolex Root Beer GMT 16753 Rolex
Root Beer GMT
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3466 Patek Philippe
Rolex Rolex
"Red" Submariner Date
Million Chronograph Million
A. Lange & Sohne WWII Pilots 127-560A-1 A. Lange & Sohne
WWII Pilots
Rolex Chronometre 6284 Rolex
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6262 Rolex
Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263 Rolex
Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263 Rolex
Cosmograph Daytona
Heuer Carrera Heuer

Rolex Sports Models

Rolex Gilt Dial Submariner 5512 Rolex Gilt Dial Submariner
Ref 5512
Rolex Sea-Dweller Submariner 200 1665 Rolex Sea-Dweller Submariner 200
0 Ref 1665
Rolex Sea-Dweller 16660 Rolex Sea-Dweller
Triple 6
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Rolex Submariner Date
Ref 1680
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Rolex GMT-Master
Ref 1675

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

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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What a cool brand name Late night at MBI headquarters. Beautiful example of a Breitling Co-pilot. The most iconic Rolex ever produced.  The A nice chunk of platinum.  Patek ref 2488. A 1960s gentleman's watch. Great sigma dial Daytonas by Rolex. What a workhorse and beautiful model. love the breguet numerals on this simple steel 1940s Patek Philippe steel pocket watch. My client was prepared to take delivery of the 6264 Newman today with his white shirt and white Guccis. Biscayne Bay Miami. Love the look of the gilt writing on the black original dial Rolex chronograph ref 6238 One year ago today I purchased this Patek Philippe ref 2499 in rose gold.  One of the most 10 important watches in the world.  I want to thank all my followers in sharing my watch passion. Been wearing these two for the last few weeks.  Great vintage with functions.

Rare 1960's Aero Compax

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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