As the inhabitant Quill & Pad watch spotter, I spend numerous hours on arbitrary searches searching for fascinating horological finds. More often than not I discover nothing, however occasionally I discover chunks of gold.
The year 2019 was a serious productive one for me regarding uncovering some intriguing Wrist Watching stories, yet 2020 has been one extremely weird year. The photograph beneath from 1953 of two refined men carrying a couple of monstrous showcase watches sort of summarizes the assumption, with the heaviness of time apparently on everybody’s shoulders.
Without further ado, here are four of my number one spotting finds for 2020.
Astronaut Wally Shirra and his Rolex Daytona
My first find was hiding by not really trying to hide for a very long time. Wally Schirra (1923-2007) was a NASA space explorer who holds the distinction of being the first to go into space multiple times and the simply one to be engaged with the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs.
While perusing pre-mission photos of Apollo 7, I noticed a chronograph on the wrist of Schirra in his official mission picture. From the start, the timepiece appeared as though the NASA-gave Omega Speedmaster. On closer inspection, I understood that it was not the Speedmaster because of its penetrated hauls, screw-down pushers, and above all a coronet on the crown.
Philip Corneille, author of Moonwatch Universe , furnished me with another photo of Schirra remaining with individual Apollo 7 crew individuals Walter Cunningham and Donn F. Eisele.
This gave the confirmation: it showed Schirra wearing a Rolex Daytona, no doubt Reference 6240 with a silver dial with contrasting black aggregators. Schirra knew about Rolex as he was talented a Reference 1675 GMT-Master by the U.S Naval Academy Alumni Association in 1965.
The Italian Job: Michael Caine, Michael Standing, and the Omega Speedmaster
My next find has something to do with the Omega Speedmaster, this time in the 1969 film The Italian Job featuring Michael Caine.
I came across a photo of a hall card from the film while perusing Getty Images. The photo appeared beneath is from the scene in the film where Caine articulates the popular line “You’re simply expected to pass the bleeding entryways over!” to his co-star Michael Standing .
What stood apart promptly to me was the recognizable Omega Speedmaster chronograph on Standing’s wrist. I understood that the photo appeared above was taken at a somewhat extraordinary point to the actual film in the film, which didn’t permit a clear perspective on the watch on Standing’s wrist.
Yogi Berra and his Rolex Oyster Perpetual
When a celebrated individual’s timepiece comes available to be purchased, now and again there is no accompanying photo showing the individual wearing it, simply a letter of provenance authenticating the watch.
This was the case back in 2017 when Heritage Auctions sold the Rolex Oyster Perpetual with a special dial commemorating his group’s success of the 1956 World Series having a place with amazing New York Yankee Yogi Berra (1925-2015).
I discovered this photograph from 1968 of Berra wearing the timepiece while eating with actress Angie Dickinson and her second spouse, Burt Bacharach. You can undoubtedly see the watch’s distinctive bracelet on Berra’s wrist.
Rolex Submariner MilSub
The admired Rolex Submariner has been utilized by military forces around the planet, remarkably among them the British Navy and its jumpers with the special Reference 5517, which is currently known as the “MilSub” in collector circles.
I came across a photo taken by American photographic artist John Dominis while he was on task in Taiwan in 1958 during the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis.
He perfectly captured two Taiwanese jumpers wearing Rolex Submariners, in all likelihood Reference 6538 Big Crown, referred to the present time as the “James Bond” after Sean Connery wore a similar model in four Bond films.
The composition of the shot caught my consideration as it perfectly captured the jumpers and their apparatus watches. After five years, in 1963, Dominis would capture Steve McQueen wearing his Hanhart 417 chronograph (see it in The Steve McQueen/Loren Janes Rolex Submariner 5513 Coming To Auction: How Long Did He Own It, How Often Did He Wear It, And How Much Survived The Fire ?).
Quick Facts Rolex Daytona Reference 6240
Case: 37.5 mm, hardened steel
Development: physically twisted Valjoux Caliber 722, 17 gems, 2.5 Hz/18,000 vph frequency, column wheel chronograph
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; 30-minute chronograph
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