23-59.NET – New Store Site

If you’re single and have a passion for watches, the only thing that can hold you back is your bank account. You see a watch, fall in love with it and buy it! Simples! If, however, like me, you have a wife and children, you’ll have learnt early on the Oxford dictionary meaning of the word “compromise”..

23-59.NET

Now, I’ve never really been the collecting type. I’ve tried it but it doesn’t really do it for me. I enjoy the research and the chase but once the watch has arrived with me the novelty wears off fairly quickly. Part of the reason for this is if I own say ten watches, I’ll have one clear favourite and that one will be worn 99.9% of the time. The other nine will just sit in a box in my drawer until one day I decide to sell them. So, a while back I bit the bullet and went down to a single watch and that suited me perfectly except for one area.. photography. My favourite genre is macro photography and my favourite subject is watches. That becomes difficult if you only own one watch. Sooo, what to do, I pondered? Then an idea hit me and I chatted it over with my wife. We’ve agreed that I can purchase as many watches as I like as long as I simply photograph them, play with them for a couple of weeks, maybe do a write-up or two and then put them straight back up for sale. Result!

This plan suits me down to the ground as I’d like to make THIRTYFIVEMILL into a real haven for those who are searching for half-decent images of various watches and now I can buy and photograph watches that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise owned. I’d like to bring in some unusual watches, brands you don’t often hear much about. I’m particularly looking for watches from the 60s and 70s with a leaning towards divers, pilots and world timers and chronographs.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll also know I prefer my watches to be in as close to mint or NOS condition as possible, not just because I’m a fussy so and so but also because I want to try to show what these watches would have looked like back in the day if you walked into a shop and asked to peruse their latest and greatest.

Up until now my For Sale section has always been fairly sparse. I’ve sold the odd watch in there but they’ve been few and far between. This new project will change that quite dramatically, I suspect. There should be a fairly steady flow of interesting watches being put up for sale there. My philosophy will be to cover costs. I’m not looking to open a shop or make a business from watches, simply to cover the costs of buying, shipping, servicing (when needed) etc..

The big change is that I’ve decided to list all watches for sale at a new site that I’ve built. The main reason for this is that none of the available “store” software worked very well with all the other plugins I have running on 35mm. I also thought it would be keep things tidy and simple and not cause 35mm to become sluggish and slow. The new site can be accessed by clicking the “23-59 STORE” link in the main navigation menu above. I hope it proves popular with the readers and that it sometimes provides a few bargains and some very interesting watches.

NOS 1970s PRECIMAX Chronograph – Valjoux 7733

PRECIMAX CHRONOGRAPH

This has to be one of the prettiest chronographs I’ve ever seen. I’m not normally a fan of gold coloured watches but this one is actually more like bronze. In fact, I’m not sure if it is bronze or brass. It doesn’t appear to be plated so I’m guessing it’s one of these. Gonna need to research this one a bit more. What I do know is it has the legendary Valjoux 7733 movement, as used by Breitling in many of their high end chronos during the 70s.

PRECIMAX CHRONOGRAPH

It’s completely unused, new old stock, complete with the original tag for the strap! On the case back below you can still see parts of the original, clear sticker!

PRECIMAX CHRONOGRAPH

1970s PRIM Date – Unadulterated Czech Class

1973 Rumanel ETA Automatic Dive Compressor

MEISTERANKER 25 Jewels Dive Compressor

Vostok (Boctok) CCCP 80 Amphibian

NERI Chronograph Diver

BENRUS AUTOMATIC

ROAMER SEAROCK

TRANSGLOBE Cockpit Watch

TRANSGLOBE COCKPIT WATCH

Now here’s an extremely rare and unusual watch that is not seen every day. It’s a Transglobe Cockpit watch that is worn on the side of the wrist. This means that when you’re holding a joy stick the watch is facing upwards towards you allowing you to clearly the see the watch whilst flying. I’ve never seen one of these before and there is very little information about them available, so if anyone knows more about this watch I’d be interested to hear from them. The chocolate sunburst patina on the dial is quite stunning and has formed in the exact way you often see on revered vintage Rolex dials.

The lugs are huge, rounded affairs and interestingly have two sets of lug holes; one close to the case and another set at the end of the lugs, allowing to to be worn in different positions.

TRANSGLOBE COCKPIT WATCH

1970 MORTIMA SUPER 28

Vintage BASIS World Timer & A Cunning Plan.. 23-59

VINTAGE BASIS WORLD TIMER

If you’re single and have a passion for watches, the only thing that can hold you back is your bank account. You see a watch, fall in love with it and buy it! Simples! If, however, like me, you have a wife and children, you’ll have learnt early on the Oxford dictionary meaning of the word “compromise”..

Now, I’ve never really been the collecting type. I’ve tried it but it doesn’t really do it for me. I enjoy the research and the chase but once the watch has arrived with me the novelty wears off fairly quickly. Part of the reason for this is if I own say ten watches, I’ll have one clear favourite and that one will be worn 99.9% of the time. The other nine will just sit in a box in my drawer until one day I decide to sell them. So, a while back I bit the bullet and went down to a single watch and that suited me perfectly except for one area.. photography. My favourite genre is macro photography and my favourite subject is watches. That becomes difficult if you only own one watch. Sooo, what to do, I pondered? Then an idea hit me and I chatted it over with my wife. We’ve agreed that I can purchase as many watches as I like as long as I simply photograph them, play with them for a couple of weeks, maybe do a write-up or two and then put them straight back up for sale. Result!

This plan suits me down to the ground as I’d like to make THIRTYFIVEMILL into a real haven for those who are searching for half-decent images of various watches and now I can buy and photograph watches that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise owned. So what kind of watches can you expect to see here over the next few weeks and months? Well, I’ve already bought in ten watches. Some have arrived, some are being checked over by a watchmaker and some are winging their way to me as I write. I’d like to bring in some unusual watches, brands you don’t often hear much about. I’m particularly looking for watches from the 60s and 70s with a leaning towards divers, pilots and world timers.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll also know I prefer my watches to be in as close to mint or NOS condition as possible, not just because I’m a fussy so and so but also because I want to try to show what these watches would have looked like back in the day if you walked into a shop and asked to peruse their latest and greatest.

The above pictured Basis World Timer is the first in this series of watches and gives you an insight into what’s to come. It’s one of the most beautiful watches I’ve ever laid eyes on with stunning details and incredible quality, too. I’d put it right up there with any vintage Omegas I’ve owned yet they sell for less than a third of the price of a Baby PloProf, for example. I’ll be posting a few more detailed pics of this one in the coming days.

Up until now my For Sale section has always been fairly sparse. I’ve sold the odd watch in there but they’ve been few and far between. This new project will change that quite dramatically, I suspect. There should be a fairly steady flow of interesting watches being put up for sale there. My philosophy will be to cover costs. I’m not looking to open a shop or make a business from watches, simply to cover the costs of buying, shipping, servicing (when needed) etc.. That should hopefully lead to some very reasonably priced watches coming and going here, so stop by the For Sale area regularly, please! Right, off to collect some watches from the post office!

Watch Photography – A Balancing Act – Art Or Authentic Representation?

Damasko DC66 On OEM Bracelet

I had an interesting conversation today with a friend on one of the watch forums. I’ve had a similar debate on a not so civilised forum where most of the participants couldn’t tell the difference between a DSLR and their GrandMa’s mobile phone, so the debate was a tad pointless. Today’s discussion, however, was with a guy who knows his way round a camera, particularly when it comes to watch photography, so he has my complete respect. I posted an image on the forum, as I do from time to time, and he respectfully chimed in to say that if the white balance was corrected the image, in his eyes, would be perfect.

Now this raises an interesting issue. Obviously, if we’re photographing a watch in order to sell it to someone we should be taking photographs that as accurately as possible portray the watch in question and it’s condition. No argument there. However, if we’re producing images that are “artistic” then we’re doing something quite different. Here we’re artists, painting a picture with our camera, the subject matter of which is a watch but we’re free to portray it in any which way we choose. If we want a splash of red reflection then in it goes. If a warm white balance better suits the ambience of the image we’re trying to create, then so be it, in the same way that in the days of film we chose the film which best suited what we had in our heads. Today, we develop the film in Photoshop and other such programs but the thought process is still the same.

Then we have the problem of monitors. Unfortunately, there is no standard that dictates how manufacturers should calibrate their monitors so the result is if we’re not using the identical monitor then we’re not seeing the same image that the photographer meant us to. This may always be the case so it’s simply something we’re going to have to live with and it’s unfortunately the bane of showing images on the internet.

Damasko DC66 On OEM Bracelet

For me, at the end of the day, if you’re producing artistic images, whether those images are of watches or lesser spotted Chinese Naked Dogs, you are the artist, so do what you want with them. It’s actually not possible for the white balance to be “wrong” in an artist image, or the colours too strong, the rendition too fine.. blah, blah, blah.. An artistic image is exactly that and you can take it or leave it. And you’ll do exactly that, depending on whether your eyes and brain agree with the photographer and editor or not.

That said, if you’re talking to people with great knowledge it’s always worth listening. The forum member in question played with the WB of one of my images and I personally didn’t like the result. However, as I stared at his edit I realised that a WB correction or adjustment to the bracelet alone would actually improve the images and lo and behold, when I implemented that edit, it did. So, despite my stance on artistic imagery, I still learnt something and the said forum member probably tweaked my way of editing images for the better. For the better? Well, at least in my eyes and on my monitor… So, the two images above are the ones we talked about. The second image in this article is the first image I posted. The first image in this article is the tweaked one, where the bracelet is WB adjusted to be a tad more accurate. Which do you prefer?

On a side note, I once published an image of a rather nice Rolex Datejust resting on a freshly produced dog turd.
Literally thousands of people viewed that image. Many loved it whilst others loathed it. Some reported using it as a screensaver, others posted about their inability to eat their lunch after viewing it. For me, art is just that: art. It’s where the rules are dropped and imagination is allowed to take over.

Damasko DC66 On OEM Bracelet – 30 Seconds – Industrial Series

Damasko DC66 On OEM Bracelet – Industrial Series