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Timepiece Tuesday: Own Burt Reynolds’s Watches

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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

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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: Louis C.K.’s Rolex

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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

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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

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...