Happy Friday. In this week’s roundup of interesting pre-owned watches for sale, I’ve got several great watches that would make worthy additions to any collection. Even if you are not a serious collector, these would be great watches to own. The neat thing is, although today’s lineup of watches were all crafted by the most sophisticated watchmaking labels in the world, they are not watches you see everyday. For example, the Audemars Piguet you see above. A 36mm (yes 36mm) rose gold beauty from the “Jules Audemars” collection (and on offer at ~$10k). And another unusual AP, one of just 25 pieces created in tribute to known AP fan “The Honorable Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger.” Notably, neither is a Royal Oak. I’ve also picked an absolutely gorgeous Vacheron Constantin — very tastefully done in a 39mm yellow gold case. Lastly, a FP Journe Octa Reserve that looks straight-up amazing with its blue inlaid mother-of-pearl dial and platinum case. Have a look and see what you think, below.
First let’s start with this 40mm platinum FP Journe. Which caught my eye for a few reasons. The slight iridescence of the light-blue mother-of-pearl hour circle is a little tough to see in these pics, but it looks mesmerizing along with its silver guilloched center dial. It is finished with blued Arabic numerals and blued hands, fashioned in the typical FP Journe style. Probably not a watch for every day wear but then again why not.
F.P. Journe Octa Automatic Reserve
40mm platinum case, automatic mechanical FPJ caliber, time/date/small seconds/power reserve indicator
This piece is part of Journe’s “Collection Boutique Nacre” which means it came out of one of Journe’s ten worldwide boutiques or eight ‘espaces.’ In the U.S. that would be New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Boca Raton, Vail or Houston. And now this superlative piece could be yours — more pics and purchase details on this 40mm platinum & blue mother-of-pearl FP Journe can be found here>>>
Next is the Audemars Piguet Govenors II. Among other reasons, I am attracted to this watch (and the other AP below) because it is NOT a Royal Oak. While the Royal Oak models basically dominate AP, the manufacture makes some other very attractive models outside of this collection, and if you go back a few years you can actually find some rather compelling deals on such pieces.
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Governors II 26085ST.OO.D028CR.01
43mm steel case
As for this model here, it is a limited edition of 35 pieces, with a specially engraved caseback featuring the Seal of the Governor of the State of California and the words “The Honorable Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger.” This embellishment obviously dates the watch to a specific period in time, i.e. 2006 when this watch was introduced. As I understand it, only 10 of the 35 pieces have this special caseback. And they all went to Arnold himself. While the other 25 watches have an “Arnold’s All Stars” case back (1). I’ve also read that the first finished samples had an engraved caseback, whereas others had an embossed caseback (2). Suffice it to say, there’s still a bit of mystique surrounding this series, at least as far as my knowledge goes. That said, the minutiae need not hold us back from appreciating this watch.
As I discussed last week (conerning the Omega Torino), the special nature of this watch cuts both ways — if you are not fan of the Arnold or don’t like the embellished caseback, this one’s not for you. On the other hand, if it does appeal to you, this is an opportunity to get a good price on a unique and very limited Audemars Piguet. And one that I think looks pretty good. Not to mention that it is nicely loaded, function wise: hours, minutes, date, power reserve indicator, second time zone and AM/PM indicator. Movement is the automatic AP s Caliber 2329/2846. This AP Governors II is offered at $18,500 — more pics and details can be found here>>>
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 25955OR.OO.D002CR.01
36mm rose gold case
For the right person, this watch is a real opportunity. From the Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars collection, its definitely not a watch you see everday. It’s small (36mm), its got a well arranged and nicely finished dial, and it has an AP caliber visible through the caseback — all in all, a tasteful timepiece for the consummate gentleman. This watch has been on the market for awhile now, and so if I were you, I would put a reasonable offer and see what you can do. Full details here>>>
Vacheron Constantin Malte Dual Time Regulator 42005
39mm gold case
Lastly this week I have this elegant Vacheron Malte Dual Time Regulator. It’s a regulator which means that there is a large center-set hand which marks the minutes around the periphery of the dial, combined with a separate hour indicator with the subdial up top. All set on a matte/eggshell white dial. Note too, those flared/stepped lugs which give a unique look to the 39mm gold case. Overall, an interesting juxtaposition of details: Arabic and Roman numerals, dual time and regulator. Again, not a watch you see every day, and for those who have a preference for the road less travelled, this one’s worth a look. Check out full details, right here>>>
An interesting bunch today, I hope you enjoyed a departure from the usual. Thanks as always to Govberg Jewelers for opening up their vaults for this weekly curation. Be sure to check out their mobile app — Govberg On Time (Android & iOS). See you next time!