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Matthew's Top Picks

Matthew Bain closely inspects a rare vintage watchMatthew Bain is a world reknown 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

Dato-Compax watchesWhen I hear the term Dato-Compax my first thoughts are a Rolex 1950's reference 6036 triple date calendar chronograph watch. This is the nickname of one of the most sought-after complicated Rolex watches. The Rolex Dato-Compax is quite rare and to find a nice example in today's market it would cost north of $100,000…Read more

Vintage Longines chronographsThe vintage Longines chronographs from the 1930s to the 1960s are highly sought-after and have exceptional quality. Unlike most watch manufactures from the time period, Longines made their own in-house movement instead of contracting an outside company…Read more

Patek Philippe watch ref #96When I started collecting vintage watches back in the late 1980s there were a lot less brands to collect especially with modern watches. On the vintage side it was Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, and Rolex…Read more

Rolex Chronograph 1969 James BondThis is an incredible and extremely rare find. This is the actual Rolex Chronograph that was worn by George Lazenby as James Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majestys Secret Service. It is the classic Rolex chronograph ref #6238 or known as the Rolex pre-Daytona…Read more

Rolex Bakelite bezel GMTThe bakelite bezel Rolex GMT is a true collector's item, and to find the 1955 version is an impossible feat, especially one with all the proper original features…Read more

Rolex 8171 MoonphaseBack in the 1950s Rolex made several complicated wristwatches of which included the reference 8171 moon phase. This particular version is made of stainless steel, but it was also made in yellow and rose gold. The Rolex moon phase reference 8171 is an automatic watch and features a triple date calendar…Read more

Rolex Paul Newman Cosmograph Tropical watchWhen I initially began to collect watches in 1988 I had a strong interest in Rolex sports models which includes Submariners, GMTs, Explorers and Daytona's. In the beginning of this market in the late 1980s collectors desired perfect dials with unchanged color…Read more

Audemars Offshore Volcano watchWe are extremely happy here in Miami with the acquisition of Lebron James and must say he has excellent watch taste. On his big decision day on a nationally televised ESPN program, Lebron James was wearing an Audemars Piguet Offshore Limited Edition Volcano watch…Read more

A. Lange & Söhne 1940s pilots watchA. Lange & Söhne, which is a German watch company, is one of my favorite watch brands due their strong design and incredible quality. Today I am featuring the original A. Lange & Söhne pilots watch from the 1940s made for the German Air force. The massive watch is 55 millimeters and was made this size to fit over the pilots suit.  There were other brands such as Laco and Stowe that made similar watches but the quality of the A. Lange & Söhne was the best…Read more

Blancpain Aqualung watch 1950sThe Aqualung is a dive watch that was developed by Blancpain in the early 1950s and was one of the first serious dive watches ever produced. It is part of Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms dive watch line which also includes the bathyscaphe and air command chronograph…Read more

Omega Cosmic Moonphase watchLast week we spoke about great patina, and now we are talking about new old stock. This is Omega's 14k Cosmic Moonphase, one of Omega's most complicated watches from the 1950s…Read more

Seamaster Chronograph Soccer Timer wristwatchIn honor of FIFA's World Cup we are featuring Omega's most collectible Seamaster Chronograph Soccer Timer wristwatch…Read more

Rolex Red Submariner watchThe Rolex Submariner reference 1680 with red writing was made approximately between 1967 and 1973…Read more

Rolex Precision Dress WatchSince the 1940's Rolex has been making a series of round dress watches that do not get much attention but are quite rare and beautiful…Read more

Omega Seamaster Chronograph Big Blue watchThis Omega Seamaster Chronograph was launched in 1973 and was Omega's first chronograph to be certified up to 120 meters…Read more

Jaeger-LeCoultre PolarisOne of my favorite diving watches is the Jaeger-LeCoultre "Polaris" which was launched in the mid 1960's. The Polaris has always been a very collectible  watch due to its limited production run of approximately 1700 pieces…Read more

Patek Philippe watch reference 2526The Patek Philippe reference 2526 was introduced in the early 1950s and is considered it to be the most iconic time only wristwatch by many collectors…Read more

Omega Railmaster antimagnetic watchSince the 1950s several watch manufactures have produced a special series of "antimagnetic" watches designed for people who work around magnetic activity…Read more

The Heuer Solunar has been made since the 1940s but its design has changed over the years…Read more