1. Geneva Watch Auctions – Fitting in when your Ferrari is made by Bburago
Although the watch industry in general isn’t doing too well, the market for vintage watches continues to thrive. Every May and November, the large auction houses like Christie’s, Phillips, and Sotheby’s will hold auctions in the city of Geneva, and the last auction saw a couple of records for vintage Rolex watches broken. For vintage watch lovers and collectors, these auctions are exciting times, but what really goes on behind the scenes? This article shows you.
2. Astronaut Sues Over Bulova Ad Campaign
Col. David Randolph Scott may not be a household name, but he spent over 540 hours in space on three missions. He was also the seventh man to walk on the moon and the first to ever drive on it. But more significantly, of the 12 astronauts who have walked on the moon, Scott was the only one who did not wear an Omega. Instead, he wore his own Bulova because the Omega he was issued stopped working during the mission. Interestingly, that very Bulova that he wore, was recently auctioned off for a cool $1.6 million. To commemorate this special watch, Bulova recently released a new special edition Moon Watch, and therein lies the problem. Now, Col. Scott is suing Bulova for misappropriating his name, image, and likeness in promoting, marketing, and selling the watch. You can find out more about this case here.
Source: Courthouse News Service
3. Watch Prices Are Unlikely To Change Soon
Watch companies won’t openly admit it, but they are feeling the strain from increasing prices too rapidly over the past couple of years. Now that demand is weak, the high watch prices that they have set for themselves are not doing any favors. The simplistic response to this would be to cut prices. But as this article will explain with easy to understand mathematics and examples, it is not as easy as that. Still waiting for that price cut on your favorite watch? I won’t hold my breath if I were you.
Source: Watch Ponder
4. The Breitling SuperOcean Family
Breitling is usually regarded as a specialist of aviation watches, and rightly so. The company has supplied instruments to air forces even before they created their iconic Navitimer watch. But Breitling also has a strong history in dive watches. In fact, not long after the first Submariner was released around 1953, Breitling released its own dive watches in 1957. They were called the SuperOcean and there were two models. The ref. 1004 was a three-hander and the ref. 807 was a manually-wound chronograph. Hit the link below to find out about the wonderful history of Breitling’s SuperOcean dive watches.
Source: Vintage Watch World
5. The Most Complicated Watch In The World – The Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4
This is a watch that you don’t see often. It is the Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4, otherwise known as the most complicated wristwatch in the world. Created in 2010, the Aeternitas Mega 4 consists of an incredible 1,483 components and has 36 complications. To give you an idea of how impressive that is, consider this: the Patek Philippe Caliber 89, which was once the most complicated watch in the world, has 33 complications. Equally staggering is its price- the Aeternitas Mega 4 costs a whopping 2,700,000 Swiss Francs.
Source: Time and Tide Watches