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Timepiece Tuesday: Own Burt Reynolds’s Watches

  • Kempt Staff

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It would seem that Burt Reynolds has decided to clear out his garage, possibly in order to pay for it—and the rest of his defaulted $15 million home in Florida—resulting in a real treasure trove of Hollywood memorabilia hitting the auction block next week.

An Emmy, a couple Golden Globes, a helmet from The Longest Yard and a few good-looking watches...

Yep, we sifted through Burt’s art, trophies and assorted ephemera to find five great timepieces that you could snag at auction prices.

Let’s take a look, shall we...»

Timepiece Tuesday: Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex Sea-Dweller

  • Kempt Staff

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Today, one of the most important Rolex Sea-Dwellers ever is hitting the auction block: a 1967 Rolex Sea-Dweller owned by Philippe Cousteau.

Aside from the fact that it was the personal diving watch of Jacques Cousteau’s Serpico-of-the-sea son, Philippe, the timepiece itself is one of the earliest known examples of the Rolex Sea-Dweller.

Let’s take a closer look at the rare combination of provenance and stylishness that makes this watch so special...»

Timepiece Tuesday: President Eisenhower’s Rolex

  • Kempt Staff

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There’s plenty of minutiae that watch collectors obsess over, making one Rolex worth exponentially more than a virtually identical one—like red lettering or depth ratings printed meters-first.

But this Rolex has nothing to do with all that, because it’s been owned by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Which is about as fascinating as it gets when it comes to provenance. Let’s take a look...»

Timepiece Tuesday: Louis C.K.’s Rolex

  • Kempt Staff

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Of all the deep thoughts Louie has left us pondering over the past four seasons, there’s one that’s bothered us most: what the heck is that watch he’s always wearing?

In every episode. In every scene. In the pool, even. We hadn’t pegged him for a watch guy, which led us to the assumption that he was wearing some off-brand diver. But we couldn’t have been more wrong. And it turns out that the story behind it was an even better discovery.

Naturally, it’s a funny one—involving Chris Rock and Tina Fey to boot...»

The Return of Our Watch Guy

  • Najib Benouar

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It’s been a good while since we checked in with our vintage watch guy—everyone should have one—and from time to time we like to drop him a line to gauge the trade winds of the vintage market. But, more importantly, to see if he’s got anything especially spectacular hiding away in his big metal safe of curios at the moment.

Naturally, he did: a 1970s “Double Red” Rolex Sea-Dweller.

Chunky diving watches are still having a moment, yet most of the Rolexes you see out there are Submariners—this one’s a Sea-Dweller, which has a higher depth rating and a helium release valve that releases gas pressure at extreme depths. Though what really sets this timepiece apart from the ones you’ll find on #menswear wrists everywhere is the badge. Sure, it’s just two lines of red print, but it’s a rarity that watch aficionados look for and will pay dearly for (upwards of 20 grand).

If that includes you, as always, get in touch and we’ll let our watch guy know.

A Silk Knit Rolex

  • Najib Benouar

Behold: the vintage Rolex of silk knit ties.

The horology-obsessed gents over at Hodinkee have just teamed up with the perennially dapper tie makers Drake’s London to come up with two limited-edition ties based on some legendary Rolexes. Our favorite of the two is this matte gray tie with creamy polka dots that mimic the way the dial and hands of a 1972 Reference 5512 Rolex Submariner have faded. They’re available for preorder now, but you can get first crack at them this weekend in NYC during the Pop Up Flea—the mythical bazaar of menswear co-helmed by our very own editorial director...

Stay tuned for more on what to expect from the guaranteed-to-be-epic PUF V, tomorrow...

Your Vintage Rolex Hookup

  • Najib Benouar

It would be remiss of us not to point you in the direction of this handsome bounty of vintage Rolexes that has just landed over at UrbanDaddy Perks—so you can expect the watches to be selling at under market value. Of the spectacular selection, we’re particularly fond of this autumnally brown leather-strapped ’60s Datejust, this quintessential starter-Rolex Air-King with Jubilee band or this Pepsi-bezel GMT Master. All great choices among the many outstanding options. And perfect timing for adding some stateliness to your wrist for the upcoming holiday party circuit.

Natalia Uliasz Is a Professional Coral Reef Impersonator

  • Najib Benouar

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Posting Bond: Vanity Fair gets a sneak peek at a new James Bond exhibition that chronicles a miscellany of movie props from the metal jaws of Jaws, to the tuxedos, to the infamous golden gun. [Vanity Fair]

On Watch: Hodinkee finally solves a Rolex mystery they’ve been toiling over for years, thanks to this Roger Federer interview. [Hodinkee]

Endangered Breed The Rake visits a shoe sole tannery in France—one of only four operations still left that are making the leather soles. [The Rake]

Naples in Pitti: No reason you’d have to read Italian to understand the overwhelming feeling of handsomeness that happens on a visit to the Salvatore Piccolo showroom. [Men’s Reverie]

The Quintessential Vintage Rolex Submariner

  • Najib Benouar

We love a good vintage watch, but sometimes finding the ideal specimen requires a good deal of legwork.

But if you happen to be in the market for a vintage Rolex Submariner, look no further than this 1968 beauty (part of a spectacular cache of vintage Rolexes and Omegas over at UrbanDaddy Perks). A classic Ref. 5513—the same one worn by James Bond in Live and Let Die—this would be a handsome addition/start to any collection. And thanks to a quirk on the dial that displays the depth rating in meters before feet (one of the many subtle rarities that aficionados obsess over), this particular watch is even more collectible.

Now to find yourself a young Jane Seymour to match.

The Prehistoric Rolex

Most of the vintage Rolex trade specializes in ’60s-era divers, but there’s plenty of good wrist candy to be found in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, too—and some prime examples are coming up for auction at Bonhams next week.

This ’50s-era Oyster is a prime example—the wrist-wear equivalent of a gray flannel suit—but there’s plenty more, like this ’40s manual-wind or a 9-karat gold Oyster from 1936. They don’t quite have the James Bond vibe you’d get from a GMT, but we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw one of these on M.