#36: Time 4A Pint News - January 2018

Welcome to Episode 36 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - For those of you that are listening to this show as it comes out each week, you might be wondering what’s going on. There was supposed to be a two week break between the last show and this one, and there was a weird gap between episodes 34 and 35. And a post on instagram that looked somewhat… medical.

Well the good news is, that I am on the mend, and this week I’m going to bring you up to speed on everything that’s been going on since we last had a catchup back in November, and share with you some of the things that will be happening over the coming weeks.

Show Notes

  • Historically Important Vintage Panerai 3646 at Fellows (Perezcope) - link
  • Five Reasons The Cartier Tank Basculante Isn’t 'The Other' Reverso (Hodinkee) - link
  • #7: Driving Fast and Wearing Chopard on the Mille, with Meredith (Time 4A Pint) - link

Chris's Picks from Fellows January 30th Watch Sale

  • Lot 44  - Cartier Tank Basculante reference 2390 - This is a watch that I really don’t want to share with you, because I want it myself. That said, it’s too nice not share. A variation on the Tank theme, the Basculante offers similar function to the JLC Reverso, in that the inner section of the case rotates to protect the beautiful white guilloche dial. At 26mm wide this is not a big watch, but that’s where it’s charm lies, simple, elegant, subtle, and incredibly well engineered. It’s fitted with a signed tan crocodile strap, and Cartier steel deployant buckle. Estimated at £800-£1200 plus premium, this is a lot well worth considering if you’re looking to add a classic dress watch to your collection - link - SOLD £1,400 +27.6% buyers premium

  • Lot 74  - Chopard Mille Miglia 2003 Limited Edition reference 8932 - Whilst Chopard isn’t normally a brand I’d be drawn to, I’m rather fond of these Mille Miglia LEs, possibly because my friend Meredith, who we met all the way back in episode 7 owns a few competitor editions, including the 2003 edition. This is a retail example, rather than one awarded for competing in the historic rally, but other than the case back engraving, is otherwise identical. It has an ETA 2894-2 movement inside, giving it a traditional layout three register chronograph, with date between 4 and 5. The white dial with black text and superluminova markers makes it very easy to read at a glance, and at 40mm it’s a good fit for most wrists. Complete with box/papers/original leather rally strap and chopard buckle, it’s estimated at £800-£1200 plus premium - link - SOLD £1,500 + 27.6% buyers premium

  • Lot 188 - Radiomir Panerai  reference 3646 - Captured by a British soldier from a German diver in September 1944, after a failed attempt to destroy the Nijmegen bridge in the Netherlands, this is a watch that you buy for the story behind it, as much as it’s ability to tell time. Jose, the man behind Perezcope.com has written a fantastically in-depth article on this watch, which I’m going to link to from the show notes, please go an read it, as it provides lots of information on this watch and it’s story, and shed’s an interesting light on the history of the Panerai brand, and the watches they developed for divers. Estimated at £30-40k plus premium, I think this lot could fly if there are a few interested parties, and wouldn’t be hugely surprised to see the final price at double the top estimate - link - SOLD £41,000 + 27.6% buyers premium

  • Lot 237 - Rolex Explorer II reference 16570 - It’s no secret that this is my favourite Rolex tool watch. And this one is in the condition that I think they should all be in (excepting the incorrect dial) a little beaten up. This black dialed 16570 is from around 2002, so has superluminova on the dial and hands, and the later solid lugs. There are marks on this watch, it's been fitted with an incorrect third party/submariner dial, the crystal is chipped, the bracelet is a little rattly, but at the right price I don't have a problem with that. Buy it, get it serviced, and have a correct dial, and new crystal fitted, and then wear the heck out of it. Estimated at £2500-£3500 plus premium, I think in this condition, I’d like to see it at the very bottom of that estimate, but as we see time, and time again, people seem to leave sanity at home when it comes to Rolex, so it’s quite likely that the top estimate will be close to the final selling price despite the issues - link  - SOLD £2,600 + 27.6% buyers premium

To see the full catalogue, head to https://www.fellows.co.uk/The-Watch-Sale/2018-01-30.

If you have any questions, about any of the lots in the January 30th watch sale at Fellows, and would like to speak to a member of their team head to https://www.fellows.co.uk/contact

Correction: In the audio, Chris refers to Lot 188 as a Panerai Luminor, it is a Radiomir Panerai. We would like to apologise for this error.