Talking Watches: With Jason Singer
1930s Rolex Bubbleback 'First Series'
Singer has a world-class determination of Rolex Bubblebacks – in addition to the fact that they made up a huge piece of his assortment in the good ‘ol days, however they likewise caused him pay for clinical school. These two first arrangement Bubblebacks from the 1930s are a few of his favorites.
1920s Patek Philippe Cushion Case
When I was first acquainted with Jason Singer, the discussion encompassed Patek Philippes – and kid has he owned a few executioners. His absolute first Patek came to him through eBay during the 1990s. It is a little pad case watch with an etching – from a mother to a child in 1920.
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 2438 Yellow Gold
Okay, how about we get into some weighty stuff. This is a reference 2438 in yellow gold. As such, it’s a vintage unending schedule from Patek and with Jason, you’ll notice immediately that he is a quality expert. On the off chance that a watch looks as though it’s even been in a similar room as a cleaning wheel, he’ll pass. This yellow-gold screwback interminable is proof.
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 2497 Rose Gold
The sibling to the 2438 is the 2497 – they share a similar development yet the 2497 is a snapback while the 2438 is a screwback, making it water safe. The 2438 is marginally more uncommon and wanted in view of the beefier case, however Jason’s 2497 turns out to be in pink gold and totally dead-stock mint. It is a genuinely, really staggering watch.
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3450 'Red Dot'
The 3448 and 3450 are those awesome temporary watches from the genuine mid-century vintage into the semi-present day age. The 3448 was Patek’s first self-winding ceaseless schedule, and truth be told, the principal self-winding interminable schedule ever – unquestionably a fundamental achievement thinking about what as an unending really does. The 3450 followed up the 3448 and utilized exactly the same development, however now with a jump year pointer. The 3450 “Red Dot,” as we see here, shows a little gap at 4 o’clock that is white three out of four years. In the jump year, the dab will turn red.
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3450 Roman Numeral
The other kind of 3450 (at directly in photograph above) highlights genuine jump year cycle sign, showing which of the four years it is through Roman numerals in the gap at 4 o’clock. Jason’s 3450s are totally wonderful and sharp. Obviously, he has a yellow 3448, too.
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3448 White Gold
While the 3450 is the further developed watch of the two vintage self-winding perpetuals, it is the 3448 that is generally alluring to me. The equilibrium of the dial, the enormous 38 mm breadth, and a plan that is very psyche century and present day simultaneously. By far most of 3448s were made in yellow gold, one in pink , and a few in white gold. Alright and two in platinum, as found in Jean-Claude Biver’s assortment . The 3448 white is, as my companions will validate, my “fantasy ordinary watch.” The 3448 can be worn so nonchalantly on a pleasant stitched calf lash ( like Matt Jacobson wears his – tie accessible here ), or on an outlandish, it gets somewhat dressier . Yet, in white gold, the watch draws in basically no (negative) consideration. Jason Singer’s 3448 white is truth be told the most delightful example I have at any point seen, and that incorporates the two that sold at closeout this past month.
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Reference 2499 Third Series Rose Gold
Finally, we show up at one of Jason’s 2499s. For those curious about the reference, read this HODINKEE Reference Points and you will have an incredible comprehension of why this watch is so exceptional. Jason has owned a huge number, including at a certain point, this accurate pink-gold 2499 second arrangement , however the watch we see here is a third arrangement watch is totally mint condition. Jason can launch into a talk on the benefits of each arrangement of 2499 whenever, however today, as we were talking about quality, this third arrangement example was a pleasant example to show. Goodness, and did I notice it’s rose gold? No doubt. Alright. Moving along.
Patek Philippe Waterproof Chronograph Reference 1463 New Old Stock
The 1463 is maybe Patek’s most adored vintage chronograph, and indeed its absolute first waterproof chronograph with a screwback case. These watches are an unquestionable requirement have in any vintage assortment, and obviously, Jason’s is maybe the best I’ve seen. Why? Since it’s new. Like, in reality new. In addition to the fact that this is 1463 in rose gold – really more uncommon than even steel – but at the same time it’s endorsed by an Italian retailer from Genoa and completely new old stock. That implies this watch holds its unique box, yet additionally its tie, clasp, and hang tag! Allow me to rehash, this is a fresh out of the plastic new, 70-year-old, twofold marked, pink-gold Patek Philippe waterproof chronograph. Now at HODINKEE, we are about wearing watches, yet Jason has, in the years that he’s owned this extraordinary watch, concluded that he proved unable, and shouldn’t, wear this 1463. He is a scholar of vintage Patek, and this example may be one of the lone completely protected examples of one of Patek’s most significant references, thus he keeps it unworn so his friends may concentrate how this watch looked when it left the plant. This watch is unreal.
1980s Patek Philippe Waterproof Chronograph 3651 (One of Three?)
Bet you’ve never seen one of these. This is a reference 3651, and it’s a waterproof, round-pusher chronograph – from the 1980s! Many accept the previously mentioned 1463 to be the solitary vintage waterproof chronograph, yet indeed, the ’80s yielded one more reference. Think about that during the ’80s we saw minor moves up to works of art, similar to the 2499/100 and the 3450 (both seen above) and however the world of mechanical watches was as yet in something of a break, Patek would make these uncommon watches for unique customers. The 3651 is maybe the most special of these extraordinary watches. It utilizes a similar type found in the 1463 from the 1950s, however the remainder of the watch is completely unique. The case is chunkier, the bezel completely level and wider, with bigger pushers and crown. Just two of these watches have at any point surfaced, with sequential chronic numbers, and creation dates to 1988! Indeed, 1988. The starting points of the 3651 are indistinct, yet it is accepted that an exceptionally little small bunch were made for Patek’s best customers. Just two have surfaced, Jason accepts there are likely just three of them in the world. You are taking a gander at unadulterated unobtainium, people.
A few Unique Patek Philippe Watches
I was first acquainted with Jason a few years back when I had heard there was an American who had been working to make some totally momentous unique complicated Pateks. I’m talking specials sets of 5970s and 5004s. Jason did this years prior, before Patek was doing any of this freely, and to the most amazing aspect my knowledge, he and a specific English guitar player were among the few who were the fortunate customers. Here are only a couple examples.
Patek Philippe 5004 In Stainless Steel On Gay Frères Bracelet Circa 1957
One of without a doubt the coolest present day Patek Philippes made in sequential is the restricted release steel example made for Patek’s best customers . We all know how astounding this watch is, and Jason in reality is one of the fortunate few to own it, yet he has made it one stride further by adding a vintage dots of-rice Gay Frères arm band from 1957 to his. As far as I might be concerned, this is painfully cool.
1940s Rolex Triplec Calendar Moonphase Reference 6062 In Stainless Steel
Would it stun you in the event that I said that out of the multitude of extraordinary watches Jason showed me on our day together in his home, this was my top pick. The 1940s and ’50s complicated Rolex watches are a portion of my actual dream watches, showing a restriction and spotlight on plan that we didn’t see during Rolex’s prime (late 1950s-1970s) when we saw those extraordinary Submariners, Daytonas, and GMTs. This triple schedule moonphase reference 6062 is an authentic dream watch, and I basically can’t reveal to you how unique it is to see one in this condition.
Rolex "Padellone" Reference 8171
The sibling to the 6062 is the 8171, which includes a bigger case however similar complications. Jason’s example in yellow gold on matching arm band is only a shocker. Take a gander at that condition!
Rolex GMT-Master 6542
Something that may shock many is that Jason Singer is a latecomer to Rolex sport models. He says that during the ’80s, no one was paying attention to them as collectible, intriguing watches. They all appeared to be identical and it essentially wasn’t something he and numerous others focused on. That changed as of late for Jason and he’s now zeroing in somewhat on these game Rolex watches – the 6542 being his favorite.