Used Watches

•18 April 2017 • Leave a Comment

Prices of some used wristwatches:

Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak Chrono (Blue): $11,000 Russia, $14,000 US (Joma/MSRP: $24)

Patek Philippe – Calendar Naut: $31,500 US (Joma: $40. MSRP: $44)

Patek Philippe – Travel Naut: $50,000 US (Joma/MSRP: $56)

Patek Philippe – The 5270G: $97,000 US (Joma: $147. MSRP: $164)




Watches, Differently Organized

•9 April 2017 • Leave a Comment






A Dream Of Spring

•3 April 2017 • Leave a Comment

Here’s a dream, then:

April 2017: Head up to Kingfield. Finish studying for, & take, the GMATs. Hope that the world melts enough to do some practice hiking. Spend a week in Seville (!) visiting Cousin Abigail (!!!).

May – July 2017: Start my flip-flop. Head to Harper’s Ferry and start hiking north. Hope to hit Katahdin by the last day of July.

August 2017: Come home. Perform Rosalba’s wedding. Submit my bschool applications. Hike the Long Trail.

September 2017: Perform Zach and Mary’s wedding. Take the shuttle back to Harper’s and start hiking south.

November 2017: Hear back from bschools. Head to Auckland and start hiking south on Te Araroe.

April 2018: Finish the TA. Fly home by means of Bangkok. Spend a week relaxing. Head to Sukumvhit and have a bespoke suit tailored. Fly to San Diego and start the PCT nobo.

May-August 2018: Hike as much of the PCT as God allows.

September 2018: Start business school – with a good suit.


•3 April 2017 • Leave a Comment

Two watches. One for each wrist. Both based around the 5711/1A-010 (blue Naut).

Watch on left: central hours, minutes, seconds. crown on right. pushers on left force an indexing travel time hand, as the 5990/1A-001.

Watch on right: no time. crown on left. pushers on right drive a central chronograph, displayed by central hands for hour, minute, and second. rattrapante.


•25 March 2017 • Leave a Comment

Central hours, minutes, seconds. Day, date, month, and year, in apertures. And a sector dial, because, sector dial. patek-annual-ideal-2-e1490453841254.jpg


•21 March 2017 • Leave a Comment
I will be leaving from Boston the evening of the 27th of April, arriving in Madrid the morning of the 28th. I will then be in Madrid until the 2nd (unless I take a day trip to Salamanca or Toledo.)
Then I will take a 2 hour train ride to Seville (perhaps stopping at Cordoba on the way down). I will then be in Seville until the 7th.
I will then take the train back to Madrid (probably stopping at Grenada on the way back), and then will fly home to Boston on May 8th.

Eine Kleine Uhrmusik

•6 March 2017 • Leave a Comment

A few months ago I began learning about wristwatches. (My interest was one part professional, one part natural, and fourteen parts post-surgical analgesics.)

I’m pleased to say that I now have a sound understanding of What’s Out There in the watchworld. I’m also pleased to say that I have rather exhausted my interest in the topic. It is always nice to descend, locust-like, upon a new subject; explore it; enjoy it; and burn it out. It does not do to linger. To be a dilettante of one thing is to have a little hobby and be a little man; but to be a dilettante of all things is to be alive.

But at the end of my time with the subject, something occurs to me: I don’t know what watch I want.

There are thousands upon thousands of wristwatches. But they offer more than just aesthetic variety. They have different functions – not just mechanical functions, but uses to a person. They say different things. And I’m not entirely sure what I want to say.

And that is because I don’t know what I want to be.

For example: if I was to be a businessman, I expect I would want something that is masculine, expensive, and goes well with a suit or a polo shirt. A sport-watch, maybe a diver. Probably in steel. A Subby or a Speedy if we’re being classical; a Polar Explorer or a PAM560, a little more interesting; a Ploprof or a Naut or a Bremont-WT, unconventional but still appropriate. Whereas if I was to be a lawyer I might want something simpler, dressier. Maybe something halfway between sport and dress, like a sector-dial JLC Master Control or Calatrava; or a sportier watch with a gold touch, like a Breguet Marine (5827) or a Sedna Speedy; or a pure archaism, like a Senator Chronometer or Cornes de Vache. And if I was  going into tech, I might want something simpler, like a Sinn or Stowa; or something far more complicated, like a Portugieser Perpetual or a tourbillon. And if I was going to Hollywood I expect I would want to stand out in my fashion, and would get a Snowtrooper or a Panerai LAB-ID.

Whereas, at the moment, I would be very happy to take up any of these careers. I am an ambitious and capable man, and I am unemployed as the day is long. This is not a situation to which I would like to match a wristwatch – any more than I’d like to determine what wine to pair with a Big Mac and pack of Camels.

It is hard even for me to dream. Because if I got my foot in the door at a white-shoe law firm, I expect that I should be very happy to spend the next forty years of my life at the law. And if I got my foot in the door in an investment bank, I would absolutely relish the opportunity to earn my weight in gold. And if I could join a startup I would work eighty hours a week, week in, week out, to make my fortune and that of those around me.  I know which of these I would prefer – but at this point, if one presents itself, then that is the one I shall take – shall fucking pounce on.

As a result, until my life has a bit more direction, I shall have to content myself with the knowledge that the world offers great lives and great things to complement them. And hopefully I will find one for myself. Hopefully – for the love of God.

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