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2017

PAUL NEWMAN’S ROLEX SELLS AT AUCTION FOR A RECORD $17.8 MILLION.

Vintage watches, with their sophisticated beauty, will always entice collectors. These timepieces serve as a reminder of happy days gone by or of the fact that time marches reassuringly on. Either way, 1stDibs has an excellent selection of authenticated watches from important makers of the finest luxury collectibles.

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2017

PAUL NEWMAN’S ROLEX SELLS AT AUCTION FOR A RECORD $17.8 MILLION.

Vintage watches, with their sophisticated beauty, will always entice collectors. These timepieces serve as a reminder of happy days gone by or of the fact that time marches reassuringly on. Either way, 1stDibs has an excellent selection of authenticated watches from important makers of the finest luxury collectibles.

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Rolex first served as the official timekeeper of the Daytona auto races in 1962. The Daytona 6263 is considered by many to be the most desirable wristwatch in the world. This example of an honest, original watch stands out not only for its innovative chronograph design but for the weight of history it has accrued from past owners.

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Rolex first served as the official timekeeper of the Daytona auto races in 1962. The Daytona 6263 is considered by many to be the most desirable wristwatch in the world. This example of an honest, original watch stands out not only for its innovative chronograph design but for the weight of history it has accrued from past owners.

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SELLER SPOTLIGHT

When Frank McKenzie told his wife that he and their son Joe were going to start an online business, she had one question: “Are you sure that’s a good idea?” As it happens, it was a very good idea. Today, their company, XUPES, is one of the U.K.’s most prestigious retailers — not just of pre-owned and vintage watches but also of top brand-name handbags, jewelry and artworks. The men clearly share a collecting gene. Frank has been buying and selling art and antiques since leaving his job as an accountant in 1988 — and Joe started collecting vintage watches while studying photography at the University of the Arts in London in the mid-2000s.

Tapping into the then-new phenomenon of e-commerce in the late 1990s, he began to search for and buy models online and soon noticed a lack of attention to retail essentials like repair and warranties, customer service and beautiful presentation. “There was a strange gap in this luxury category.” He began to service and photograph the watches he bought before reselling them, with considerable success.

At first, they worked out of Frank’s home office in the small market town of Bishop’s Stortford (in Hertfordshire, 27 miles northwest of London). By 2013, however, the business had expanded considerably, and they moved to a 17th-century thatched-roof barn on a former farmstead just outside the town center. As for their new premises, Joe says “We decided it should feel like being welcomed into a house.”

They designed the interior of their new headquarters from the ground up, with a special space for a full-time photographer and rooms for repairs, polishing and shipping, as well as a showroom to display their most alluring pieces. “One of the most important things for us is that we want you to have the same experience, or better than if you were to buy your watch from Cartier or your bag from Hermès or another big-name brand that we sell,” Frank says.

In the early 1970s almost no one wanted Daytonas. Now Jay-Z gives them out as party favors.

Vetting at 1stDibs

In Pursuit of Authenticity

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21 Years of Discovering Heirlooms

A Token of Affection

“This watch is part of me. I’ll have it for the rest of my life. I would love to be able to hand it down to someone so they can say 'this is what happened when my relative worked really hard.' Maybe it will be a symbol for that person to work really hard too? I definitely want to keep it in my family.”

Telisha, Customer

From Introspective

The notable art consultant is turning his keen eyes to watches, starting with a few select pieces by meticulous makers.

21 Years of Dreams Realized

Convey So Much

"A Birkin is like a fashion passport. Without me ever uttering a word, people know I'm discerning and tasteful. Since I was a teenager, I've wanted to own a Birkin so when I could, I finally made my dream come true!"

Diane, Private Client Customer

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