Best of Watchville A Collected Man Explores Double Signed Watches
This week on Best of Watchville, we have a superbly crafted piece from A Collected Man detailing the always desirable double marked wristwatch . What began as a matter of sheer business practicality and a means for watch brands to reach a more extensive buyer audience has brought forth a profoundly collectible portion of the watch universe. Generally, the act of double stamping watches with retailers is all however a rarity now, yet sometime in the past it was a lot of the standard. This article gives a top to bottom look that the actual watches, however a past filled with the profound established and some of the time shaky relationships that came from these partnerships.
It may seem like something basic – stamping a watch dial with a retailer brand name – however the actual cycle isn’t so straightforward. How did Swiss juggernauts like Patek and Rolex affix the Tiffany, Beyer, or any other retailer stamp to their dials? Was this done in the factory or by the actual retailers? These are the sorts of inquiries to which the article offers detailed answers – everything from the technical cycles of manufacturing and applying the stamps onto the watches, to the basic business and personal relationships that made it all conceivable in the first place.
So quite a bit of this story dates all the way back to the furthest limit of the nineteenth and start of the twentieth hundreds of years and is a testament to the development and staying force of many of these companies. You may recollect Stephen Pulvirent’s Talking Watches with René Beyer where an exceptionally special Rolex Day-Date endorsed by Hans Wilsdorf was showcased. That very watch makes an appearance in this article. And double stamping is anything but a completely dead art: right up ’til the present time, Patek Philippe actually double stamps their watches with Tiffany & Co. out of their Fifth Ave. Shop in New York. Indeed, even now, these watches are incredibly rare and end up in the hands of a select few.
The article itself contains commitments from our old buddy Eric Wind and notices HODINKEE’s Ben Clymer as well. For those searching for something that combines history with a touch more “inside baseball” technical information, feel free to give this a read.
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