Here’s your historical fix for the day: this chart shows almost a century’s worth of airline companies, including buy-outs, mergers and bankruptcies, distilled into one genealogical table. The picture above is a tiny snippet covering the last 20 years, but there’s plenty more where that came from. Take a look here.
If you’re going to get into the vintage watch game, there’s one thing you’ll want to have above all else: a trusty watch guy.
Naturally, we’ve got one. He runs a little shop of vintage rarities (selling everything from outdated US currency to watch/lighter hybrids) but most of all, he’s got one stellar cache of watches. That includes the original James Bond Rolex—the 1956 Submariner model that Connery wore in the film Dr. No—but the watch that caught our eye this time around was a 1955 Rolex GMT Master.
This watch is the original model and design commissioned by Pan Am—so their pilots could keep tabs on their current time zone and GMT, the official recording time for aviation—and is most recognizable by the outer two-tone bezel (to distinguish AM from PM.)
Aside from being a historically significant piece, what really sets this GMT apart is how handsomely it's aged. The dial, once a matte black “gilt dial” has developed an incredible iridescent greenish brown hue over the past 60 years of use and wear. It’s the kind of stuff to look for in a vintage watch.
And if you happen to be in the market for a $20,000 Rolie, drop us an email and we'll see what we can do.
Pan Am was one of the better symbols of post-war Americana—from shuttling the Beatles across the Atlantic to making space flights in 2001—and it doesn’t hurt that the globe logo is one of the more iconic pieces of design to ever come out of a creative shop. Of course, they haven’t booked a flight for nearly 20 years…but that’s never stopped us before.
An outfit called Pan Am Brands popped up at the latest Project trade show with the famous globe pasted onto gym bags and weekenders—making it the perfect example of a zombie brand. But the logo's so handsome we don’t really mind. Since we can’t vouch for the quality of the bags (or the website for that matter), we’d recommend sticking to something small like a passport case—but you can count on a double-take from security.