The long trip to Basel Switzerland is over, as always the section page gives you a little snippet of the trip and some of the highlights. Enjoy the pics and we will cover some of the specifics in the next couple weeks. CTWG.
Just a tease till I get over to Basel Switzerland tomorrow, the new offerings from Rolex seem to be outstanding this year. A commemorative Daytona, a new color GMT and a steel Yachtmaster II. There are many others, which we will cover, but for the “Watch Guys” these we’re the most anticipated amongst the new. The steel Yachtmaster II has been a customer request for some time and will be highly sought after. Stay tuned, one more day and I will be shooting pics of all the Basel offerings. CTWG
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Athletics catcher John Jaso poses for a photo with his new Rolex watch, a thank you gift from Mariners.
Nothing like a little perk for catching the perfect game! John Jaso was the lucky recipient of this fine Rolex watch for his catching abilities and now will always be on time for practice. Looks like a steel and gold GMT? CTWG Nice!
Have you wondered how the hands come off your watch without breaking? Imagine a pair of very small chopsticks with little V cuts at the end. They wedge under the hands and lift, but first a layer of soft plastic is applied over the top to stop scratching. Lift and remove.
Step two, removing the dial. If you look closely at the sides of the watch movement there are small screws that that connect to what we call dial feet. You slowly un-screw those three connections and the dial is not stable anymore and can come off. Remove and place to the side with a soft wedge instrument.
We now have the dial train open to view and can see the wheel system in all its glory. Next step is removing the hour wheel which can be done with tweezers. Once that is placed to the side we go after the cannon pinnion with the specialty instrument below. We will save this for our next lesson and look at the ratios for the hour wheels etc. CTWG
It has been talked about that this year may be the introduction of the new Steel Daytona. I wondered your thoughts on this, being such a hard watch to obtain is it still something you would put on your grail list or not? Many people sit in waiting, for that first prized Daytona, but will it be the new or the older style that you receive and would you care? I am playing the card that it is going to be introduced and that is not a for sure by any means. My guess is that it is coming out and will have a subdial variation. Let me know if you think a new Daytona is on the horizon?
There has been some excellent entries into the Omega line, the Basel Seamaster Chronograph “Race” with the column wheels have made their way to the case, and my personal favorite the new Aqua Terra GMT with the Omega caliber 8605 with the double barrels and the first of the 8500′series to sport the GMT function. The Race comes in at a modest 40mm and the Aqua Terra GMT a little more bold at 43mm. Both are excellent pick ups, and a great edition to any collection.
Remember the jump in movement quality is quite substantial and the price points are in that range now also. The race is $4700.00 and the GMT is $7900.00, be good to your Valentine. CTWG
Is it still ok to wear the 36mm President Rolex even if you are a man? Seems like a strange question, but with the rush of ladies taking over that size in the Rolex category it plagues some guys at the counter. My answer is a resounding yes, it is fine. The trend is for ladies and the classic style is just as suave for guys today as it has ever been. Regardless of your wrist size the 36mm President has great prescence and will hold true for many years to come. You may glance at the 41mm pieces and think it is the right thing to buy now, so many are wearing them , but for many the feel of the large watch will never have a place. Hold true to your traditional values these trends will come and go, “that watch” will be classic forever. CTWG
Did you get that watch you have been lusting after for the Holidays? I hope some of you did and for the others, I hope you strive to get that one piece you always wanted. Life, family, kids take precedence and should when it comes to getting new and fun watches. Still, don’t forget yourself when it comes to a luxury item. It is great to strive and work hard for something you want. Mark your course this year and go get that Grail piece you desire. Good luck. CTWG
The cross over from watch guys to pen collectors is a very small gap. Countless collectors enjoy both with equal vigor. If you enjoy the attributes of a fine watch, the better made writing instruments are a natural slide over. If you jump in the game names like, Mont Blanc, Waldmann and Visconti will become more familiar. Nibs, rollerball, ball point (tip styles) all have their place for the pen collectors, and each collector has their favorite. It can be a fun collectors niche, just save some cash for the watches.CTWG
Shopping on the go is synonymous with the busy season. If you find yourself stretched for time and need a preview peek at a Watch, grab your smartphone and go to Hennejewelers.com.
From a quick glance you can get a nice cross section of what we carry at Henne Jewelers and get yourself one step closer to finishing that Holiday list. We hope you have a Blessed Holiday season and if your schedule permits, stop by the store with your family. CTWG