1. What watches do you currently own?
The internet is a source of knowledge but serves the knowledge of all kinds of people without choosing who. My favorites are vintage chronograph timepieces, be they in steel or gold. Originally, I started collecting Rolex but have widened my focus in the last years.
2. Currently, what is your favorite watch that you own, and why?
One of my most preferred timepieces is a Rolex GMT reference 1675 in yellow gold called the Concorde as it was a watch that Rolex made only for about one year in 1968. This watch was displayed in an advertisement with a Concorde and therefore is called the “Concorde GMT”. A wonderful timepiece with a brown nipple dial and straight hands. The hour hand does not have the Mercedes star as the regular gold GMT reference 1675 has.
3. What is your grail watch and why?
My grail watch would be a watch with an exceptionally beautiful movement. Something along the lines of a Lange & Söhne Datograph or Double Split, or an Andreas Strehler Papillon d’Or (picture taken by myself below – Datograph in Rosegold), a watch which looks like it has a butterfly bridge and a skeleton dial although it is not really a skeletonized timepiece. All of these timepieces are unaffordable for me, but it is good to foster dreams. Dreams are what we live for.
4. In your opinion, what is the best “bang for the buck” watch available today? (new or used)
If best “bang for the buck” means a watch that is keeping value best, then look at Rolex Sports watches, either GMT, Submariner or Daytona (picture taken by myself – Rolex 5513 and Daytona 16520). If you mean a watch that is fun yet affordable, then look at Seiko, great quality and longevity, nearly on a comparable level to Rolex.
5. What is the URL of your watch website, when did you start it, and how do you plan on making it stand out?
I am both a watch dealer (with a focus on vintage watches) and a watch blogger. My primary focus is dealing with watches though which helps me meet people to photograph watches for my blog. My blog is currently located at www.watchesandart.com, and on top of my blog, you find icons to see a choice of my watches for sale. I have plans for some changes early next year and will update here when I am done with my changes.