With the launch of their editorially-driven online shop, Park & Bond not only became the most recent retailer to adopt the "curated' approach, but with it introduced a vintage watch store that makes it easy to find that ultimate man's accessory. Here we highlight our favorites from the crop of statement-makers they debuted today, along with some others we're currently coveting from similarly great resources.
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Park & Bond's perpetually rotating inventory of vintage timepieces are chosen primarily by "a gentleman who lives, breathes and sleeps watches," explains Divisional Merchandising Manager Brooke Cundiff. Working side by side, the top-secret buyer and Cundiff seem to know what they're doing; Breitling's 1970s Navitimer ($5,500) is one of our all-time favorite vintage watches. Beautifully-designed dials feature a circular slide rule and multiple rings of numbers for timing and calculating, and the colorful hands give it a subtly sporty edge. The 1950s LeCoultre ($8,495) 3 register chronograph has an uncommon dial with raised dots at the hour marks, lending a functional detail for a dressy watch with a twist. Rolex's late 1960s GMT Master ($7,150) has a bi-colored bezel that brings all of the fun without crossing into gimmicky territory.
From the 19 watches currently stocked by Stockholm's Herr Judit, we were drawn to the Zenith and Omega dress watches—the crisp dials of the two brands' post-war dress watches can't be beat. From the '60s-era Omega that has an Italian leather band (€3,500) to a steel Zenith two-tone from the '40s (€3,500) and a 1950s Omega with an elegant black clock face and genuine lizard leather band (€3,200), these are all classics without an overly antique look.
Former Jack Spade designer Matt Singer has a natural talent for scouting classically masculine and American military-style watches that are easy to wear, and look just as good in the office as they do on the weekend. Due to his keen eye and lower price points, his stock often sells out fast, like the Helbros manual wind chronograph ($985) that has a 30-minute register and lizard leather band. The others that caught out attention are a 1951 Omega Seamaster featuring a Swiss-made 17-jewel movement ($975) and a 1966 Benrus black dial manual wind military watch with the serial number and date engraved on the back ($475).