Where is Hitler’s Watch?

Hitler's watch is nowhere to be seen

People of power and renown often are associated with a particular watch. Vice President Gerald Ford and the Pulsar. Fidel Castro and Rolex. As far as chroniclers are aware, German Führer Adolf Hitler wasn’t a watch lover and never wore a notable timepiece. That said, we know something about Hitler’s watch . . .

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Rolex Datejust: First High End Watch?

Rolex Datejust at rest

Rolex prices are dropping. Now might be a good time to buy your first luxury watch. A lot of first-timers turn to the Rolex Datejust as an “entry level” or “one watch to rule them all” Rolex. At the risk of grossly oversimplifying, there are some good points about starting your high-end collection with the Datejust, and some less-than-ideal points . . .

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Control Your Watch Addiction!

Franz's watch addiction in action

Watch addiction, moi? Yes. I have enough [stylish] watches in my collection to outfit the [stylish] Italian Army. I’m chaining myself to a chair so I don’t acquire a vintage Patek Philippe. Other than the M bit of S&M, being poor is a great way to cure your watch addiction. If neither of those options appeals, try these . . .

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Gerald Genta Royal Oak and Nautilus

Gerald Genta designed Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Phillipe Nautilus. How did that happen? Start with this: we tend to define people like we put our clothes in drawers. We put the socks in one, the undies in another, the shirts in a third. Watch enthusiasts think of the man behind the Royal Oak and Nautilus as a famous watch designer. They tend to forget that Gerald Genta was first and foremost a watchmaker . . .
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