Chasing Time

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Chasing Time

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240 Pages, Format : 21 x 24.1 cm
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Available in English

The Books Introduction:

Herein lies a serial archive of watches I—a British collector of interesting and largely chronograph watches— owned and sold over a fifteen-year period of importance, as it spans a time that mechanical watches quite rightly retook their place in the world market. The online collector world has reinvigorated wayward brands like Zenith; dragged Rolex up to date; shone a light back on Jaeger; and introduced some new people like M, B&F, Bremont, Urwerk, and Roger Smith. I come from a background in film, and collecting has been my passion; I started my website in 2002, offering fully restored and serviced watches in excellent condition from little known brands with model names like “Super Flighmaster,” “Aviator SeaDiver,” and collector names like “Heuer Dato 45” and “Omega Plo Prof,” which by the turn of the twentieth century had become distant memories, as were the companies that manufactured the watches. To be honest, I am amazed at just how many brilliant watches were available from resources like Ebay and collector forums. Many of my purchases were made completely on trust with people all over the world. The collector scene has been a constant marvel and I have met a lot of very decent people interested in the same things . . . quality, history, design, and excellent engineering. It was my pictures and research that got me into these groups and my willingness to share information. Indeed, although I was “selling” watches I would still give advice to a collector to help with a restoration as many collectors do. Introduction The level of trust was amazing. I originally aimed just to buy and sell a few watches until I had my own collection complete, but I soon found myself approached by luxury brands to create vintage collections for shops, which led me to becoming a full time watch dealer. This is a sampling of some of the hundreds of watches I have had go across my desk over the years. Many of them were unknown at the time but are now famous within collector circles. The pictures are a creative view of what I think is beautiful about each watch. I included in my descriptions what I knew about the watches at the time, what I thought about them, and I have to say, what I even dreamed about them. The watch specs are accurate but only a guide—a good read to go along with the pictures. There is enough information on each watch to understand them, and as every watch was owned and restored by me faithfully, the pictures can be used as a reference guide, like my website www.atgvintagewatches.com and forum http://forum. atgvintagewatches.com/forum.php are used by people visiting with searches on watch reference material. Enjoy the book! It has been a passion of mine to unearth and photograph these watches, which even my sons, Luke and Jack, now enjoy. Regard Alistair