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You might try Hatton Garden, which is London's jewelry district. It caters more to diamond and bridal jewelry (as do most of these sorts of districts) but there are many shops that carry pre-owned watches - though on my last walk through there was a massive Rolex bias. You can find pretty much any kind of basic GMT, Sub or Datejust in windows there. Many BLNRs were out. Haven't seen a whole lot of the haute horology stuff, but that doesn't mean it can't be found.

 

I guess it must be as Tried and True says of 47th. You've got to learn the lay of the land and get familiar with the goings on before you'll be at ease finding what you're looking for.


Agreed. As I feel like I just woke up in a dumpster after a 5-day horological bender, I'm not in the market for anything this trip, so no worries there. But it's always interesting to look at eye candy of one sort of another. I enjoy wandering around the stores specializing in scientific instrument antiques in the area north of Covent Garden, for example. Thanks for the tip!

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I've not found myself in that part of NYC in a long, long time. Come to that I've not found myself in NYC at all in a long, long time. Too long. Anyway, speaking of poking around a city's seedy underbelly, I'll be in London over Thanksgiving. Is there a an area (preferably of Central London) that has an interesting concentration of used watch emporia? I know of the vintage Rolex dealer in the Burlington Arcade, but that's about it. Anywhere else worth a browse?

Try Austin Kaye on the Strand http://www.austinkaye.co.uk

and this place at the top end of Bond St http://www.watchcentre.com
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+1 for Austin Kaye. Very friendly. Wide selection. Prices seem fair. I bought my Speedy there. The Rolex place on Burlington Arcade is very pricey, but probably can be in that neighbourhood. Further down there's Armour Winston which has some nice Cartier pieces. There's another small arcade off of Old Bond Street - forget the name - entrance near DKNY - but it has Watch Club for a browse, as well as Cleverley if you like shoes, Meyrowitz (sp?) for interesting eyeglasses, and some other odds and ends.

That whole area is worth a mooch around. The Ralph Lauren store is nice for a poke about if you like that kind of thing. Savile Row and Jermyn Street are nearby. Then around the corner is Cecconi's, which will fix you a good martini and some nice food.

Towards the opposite end is a Wempe. I almost forgot, there is also a big Watches of Switzerland.

I wouldn't make a special journey to Hatton Garden. The watches are an after-thought as the main focus is diamonds and other jewellery. If you do go there then be sure to have a pint at the Mitre Tavern.
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^ Piccadilly Arcade
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I always visit the Jermyn Street-Savile Row-Clifford Street area at least once when I'm in London. Drake's, Anderson & Sheppard Haberdashery, Burlington Arcade for window shipping, Budd, Floris in Jermyn St, Bates, Paxton & Whitfield (okay, not menswear-related but a wonderful place all the same) are all places I have to visit. Some just to stock up on essentials, some just because they're always interesting.

 

The Rolex shop in the Burlington Arcade is always fascinating if for nothing else than their windows display of Rolexes by year!

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Why buy a fancy watch when you can tell the time with your iPhone...Have any of you picked this up ?

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Why buy a fancy watch when you can tell the time with your iPhone...Have any of you picked this up ?

 

I see you picked just the right watch that fits your personality perfectly.

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I wouldn't be caught dead wearing that travesty. Or a smart watch, too, come to that.
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New restaurant recommendation for New York: Scalinatella (on 61st).

 

Though I will warn you, it's a hedonists-only kind of place.

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^Sounds like you're enjoying your NYC trip!
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Sure am Tiger.

Hello from Señor Speedy
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I'm not sure if this has been posted here before but I thought it was a really cool story

http://www.watchuseek.com/site/Memovox_Restored.pdf

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Nice read. Quite touching! Good example of a watch being far more than just a time-keeper.

Some folks would not want that dial restored, and I get it..... but I do think the result is pretty sweet. Great pics of the "after".

And I suppose his wife really did have a point, didn't she? That seemed convincing in this case....very personal decisions when it comes to such things.

Thanks for posting!
Edited by Keith T - 11/11/15 at 11:43am
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Very interesting read - I quite like the part where he compares idolizing patina on a dial to the idea of encouraging rust to form around the wheel wells of a vintage car. Never thought about it this way (we're all drawn to the idea of patina, identity, personal history, battle scars, etc.) but put like this, it's reasonable. 

 

The only thing I ask myself is if the dial, in all it's newfound glory, is the original or a replacement/NOS piece. It's in so like-new condition!

 

The man sure did have an interesting life, no one can say otherwise!

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I may differ on the patina-love front. I prefer things to look as pristine as possible as a rule (with the exception of some footwear). Probably why I'm a fan of brushed surfaces. But if something on my watch gets old and worn, I won't hesitate to recondition or replace it (as long as the part is OEM).
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