The Watch Worthy of an Astrophysicist

Last Friday, my colleague Dave Kaiten wrote about the Constant Escapement LM from Girard-Perregaux. The Constant Escapement won the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix  in the recent Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve. Being somewhat of a scientist, I wanted to briefly write about another Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve category winner (the Horological Revelation Watch category), […]

New Rolex clasp in the works?

Over the decade, Rolex has been making slow improvements to their bracelets and clasps. Before the early 2000’s, Rolex utilized what is known as the hollow link bracelet and “tuna-can” clasp. Made of 314L stainless steel, the older style tuna-can bracelets and clasps were durable, but the hollow links and what appeared to be a […]

Calling all Clark Gable Fans

What’s a Hollywood Memorabilia Auction Announcement Doing on a Watch Blog? Guess I have auctions on my mind these days. Coming up next Monday is an auction of Hollywood memorabilia by British auction house Bonhams at their New York location. “What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic“, curated by Turner Classic Movies, will […]

Learning A Lesson The Hard Way

Recently we had a terrible experience that I would not wish on anybody, especially not fellow watch nerds. We got burgled. This is a very traumatic time when one’s home is defiled, vandalised, and at times no longer feels like your home. It is definitely not how you should feel about your very own sanctuary […]

New case design coming to Rolex?

Rolex’s Oyster case design is both a design mainstay, and a watertight technology that many other Swiss watch companies have emulated. The Rolex Oyster case was the first water and dust proof case, a big improvement on watch durability as both water and dust are causes for making watches stop. Rolex many now be on […]

How do you like THEM auctions?

The Christie’s Rolex Daytona “Lesson One” auction of 50 beautiful Cosmograph Daytonas last weekend in Geneva may have reset the market for the venerable chronographs in one fell swoop. A total sale revenue of $13,248,167 was generated from the 50 lots, including buyer’s premium. This quadrupled the overall pre-sale estimate. I find this incredible! The […]

Introducing myself

I’m Ed Estlow, new blog post author here at Beckertime. Matt Becker wanted me to begin my Beckertime tenure by saying a few words about myself, so here goes… As I like to say, I have a long and checkered past, so let’s get that out of the way. I have a degree in aerospace […]