Rolex Cellini – 3 of the Best

Rolex calls Cellini “the classical watch.” That’s a bit cheeky. Rolex is barely 116 years old. What Rolex really means by “classical”: its Cellini watches are bland. Or, to use their words, “sober and refined.” Expensive, too. I couldn’t stay awake long enough to check the prices on all 20 models but . . .

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BALL Trainmaster Railroad Standard 130 Years

To understand the BALL Trainmaster Railroad Standard 130 Years know this: once upon a time, the American watch industry ruled the world. And then it didn’t. Setting aside the factors leading to its extinction, casualties included two of the greatest watch companies the world had ever seen: Hamilton and Ball. (The latter using Hamilton movements.) Before they breathed their last, Swiss companies swooped in and bought their names. Not their designs, employees or facilities. Their names. They’re both still in business, trading off their horological heritage. Hang on. Their heritage?…

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Gandhi’s Pocket Watch – Who Cares?

“A ‘worn and broken’ pocket watch once owned by Mahatma Gandhi¬†sold at auction for ¬£12,000 ($16k),” bbc.co.uk reports. “The silver plated Swiss watch was given to the owner’s grandfather by Gandhi in 1944 as a thank-you for his devotion.” The sale of Gandhi’s pocket watch raises some important questions, like . . .

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The Presidential Presentation Pocket Watch

Back in the day, millions of Americans had their pocket watches engraved with their initials. Almost invariably, the connection between the watch’s owner and their timepiece disappeared into the mists of time. Less so for gold retirement watches (from the days before the “portfolio career“). And then there are engraved pocket watches rich with our shared history, like this 1926 Waltham Presidential Presentation Pocket Watch . . .

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