When we do our Market Watch(ing) picks, it’s all very independent. We’ll occasionally talk about the ones we want to write about, but we’re all pretty much finding out the others’ picks upon publishing. That’s why when a theme developed for this week, the coincidence of it was kind of exciting. Taking one look at our lineup, you can see we all picked unknown and/or under-appreciated watches. The Patek will stick out a bit, but it’s certainly not talked about much relatively speaking. At any rate, I think we have a great set of picks this week, so get your wallets ready!

Neil’s Picks

Seiko Bullhead*Chronograph 6138-0049

As we have said time and again, Seiko, as a whole, is one of the best brands in terms of quality and value. They have consistently produced outstanding watches for decades. Some of their pieces are beloved and get the credit they deserve while others still seem to be just shy of their day in the sun. One of these references is the Seiko Bullhead. While it has a strong cult following, it’s never garnered mass appeal. As a buyer or collector, this is certainly an advantage.

This example looks to be in original condition with minimal abuse. Both the dial and hands have a good amount of patina without looking damaged. While the bezel insert is often seen far beyond “faded” or “aged” on these models, this one still looks great. What’s more, this model features the original fishbone bracelet, which is not common.*I still regret passing up on a quality example in a vintage shop in Seoul. These bullheads are a great find and have that vintage 70’s vibe that’s just killer.

Enicar Sherpa Guide

Yes, we’ve picked this Enicar before, but they’re so damn cool that we just can’t help ourselves. Besides, that one is long gone so here’s a second chance. Similar to a lot of the less mainstream vintage dive watch manufactures, Enicar makes some fantastic looking pieces that can be had for a good deal. This Sherpa Guide is their GMT model featuring the in-house developed Enicar 166 movement.*The outer bezel shows worldwide cities and the red index can be rotated 360į to keep track of any of the cities featured. Tracking a second timezone, the inner bezel is rotated with the crown at 2. These are often found faded and abused – used for their intended purpose I imagine. However, the condition of this all-original piece is quite literally astounding.*At 42mm this is an easily wearable watch and it’s guaranteed to stand out from the crowd.

Vintage diver? Check. Bright colors? Check. Cushion case? Check. GMT complication? Check. Inner rotating bezel? Check. Just buy this watch already.

Dean’s Picks

Gallet Clamshell Chronograph

This week, I’m looking at a couple of watches that prove there is more to a watch than just a brand name. Both the watches I’ve picked are absolute show stoppers. Old, great condition, great complications, respectable movements. What more can you ask for? Reasonable prices? You got it.
The first watch is from Gallet. Believe it or not this now little known brand actually may have the longest history of any watchmaking house, dating back to 1466. Gallet’s biggest claim to fame in the modern age however is its wonderful Multichron chronographs produced during the mid 20th century. Vision Vintage Watches has a beautiful Multichron 30 up for sale on its site and the tachometer snail dial is truly mesmerizing. Is the dial all original? Well the site doesn’t make a claim one way or another so I’d check into it. The case however looks great and the price is under 4K GBP (which isn’t crazy if the dial is original).

Record Datofix

Ready for obscure brand number B? How about Record Watch Co? Well, Record doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, so I can’t toss around interesting factoids like I’m some big swinging watch dick. What I can tell you is that Record was founded back in the heady year of 1903. It operated independently up until 1961 when it was purchased by Longines, and then subsequently went belly-up during the quartz crisis. Before they were bought up, they made this gorgeous Datofix. It sports a triple date moonphase complication, which may be my favorite complication out there (unless there is a watch that mixes a perfect Miami Vice that I don’t know about). This particular Datofix looks to be in top condition, with a gorgeous 18k pink gold case and a clean dial with applied numerals. At 35mm, with this complication, I’m sure its a dream on the wrist. Wanna Buy a Watch out in LaLa has it up for sale for $4,650.

Isaac’s Picks

Seiko 6159-7001

Tool watches — and lately vintage pieces specifically — always have been, and always will be a large part of what drives us, and captivates the majority of our horological interests, here at Wound For Life. Lasting bonds and memories are formed with these watches through the adventures on which we take them, and the physically demanding trials that they witness while sitting on your wrist. Seiko has always been known for producing no-nonsense, functional timepieces that can handle just about whatever you throw at them, and this important dive watch is surely no exception.
Being one of the brandís earliest dive releases, the 6159-7001 is very highly regarded by collectors for itís beautifully intricate aesthetic, and overall level rarity in that it was only produced for just under two years. This example just popped up for sale on Instagram from ď@soultimerĒ last night, and it really is a winner. All original, matching patina, and itís even mounted on an XGL-731 rubber strap. Ultimately, this one has a lot going for it and then some, which makes buying a vintage piece comically easy. Jump on it!
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Patek Philippe 5101P

Patek Philippeís 5101P is quite simply a badass watch, in the most elegant way possible. Itís almost as if a group of industrial designers, watchmakers, and collectors sat down at a table, went over a bunch of things that they appreciated from various notable watches, and found a way to work it all into one. Whatís that? Youíre a fan of stepped bezels? Well, this piece has a triple stepped bezel. Movement symmetry is important to you, huh? Check out the Cal. 28-20 222, itís practically perfect. Oh, and did I mention it has a tourbillon and applied black Breguet numerals? Yes, it really is that good.
Iíve always found that this piece doesnít get enough love from the collectors, and maybe thatís because itís not exactly a ďquintessentialĒ Patek, and has quite the hefty list price, but at the same time that makes it all the more intriguing and desirable. On a serious note, if you donít see the appeal in this reference, give me a call. Weíll need to have a long talk.
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Shane’s Picks

Tissot Sideral S

I’ll be upfront on this one. I’d never heard of the Tissot Sideral S before I came across this example yesterday. Learn something new everyday, right? The Sideral was made in a few different flavors, but this one has the all fiberglass case (!) and rotating bezel. Out of the variants I researched, I think this one is the most appealing and wearable. Interestingly enough, the fiberglass case is very water resistant, and along with the dial, forms a Faraday cage to provide magnetic field resistance. It doesn’t have any complications, but the spiral track on the dial allows for more accurate time reading, which could be used for elapsed time tracking if the minute hand is reset to 12:00. It’s a really cool piece that I was happy to learn a little about, and at $425, a somewhat guilt-free purchase.

Glycine Airman

Arguably the standard-setting 24-hour watch, the Glycine Airman has a great history. First introduced in 1953, it beat the GMT Master to market as the first two timezone watch. Although the GMT Master had a fourth hand, they both relied on the bezel for reading the second timezone. “Firsts” aside, the Airman is a very interesting reference that gained in popularity during the Vietnam War with pilots. They seemed to have blown up in size a bit in recent years, but this vintage example is a conservative 36mm. The overall condition is fantastic for a 50 year old watch, and it comes from a serious Glycine collector. Patina fans will be pleased with the nicely yellowed and matching markers and hands. Beyond the rotating bezel, the Airman had a few other interesting points like the bezel-locking crown at 4:00, and the hacking pin which holds the second hand at the top of the dial when the setting crown is pulled. Upon pushing the crown back in, the pin retreats back into the dial and releases the second hand. Like I said, interesting. We get caught up in the vintage Rolex and Speedmaster world pretty often, but here you have an incredibly quirky, cool, and historically significant piece for under $1,500.

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