Part of being a watch-head is selling, buying, and trading watches. With 2018 coming to a close, we thought it’d be fun to get the Worn & Wound team together to share our favorite pickups of the year. As always, let us know what your favorite 2018 pickup was by leaving a comment below.
Mark McArthur-Christie – Pinion Atom
If they were giving out awards for sheer grit and determination, Piers Berry—the man behind England’s Pinion—should be top of the list. It makes it all the sweeter to see the watchmaker featured alongside the big boys, as, on my wrist as I type this is a Pinion Atom. Honestly, I wasn’t sure about the watch at first, and I wondered how often I’d pick up the simple, three-hand Atom. It’s a testament to Piers’ design skill that the answer is “more and more often.” Each time I wear it, I find something else to like—from the Atom’s “50 paces” clarity to the flatted, bead-blasted case, the smooth winding action, and the Clous de Paris dial. And the English leather strap is one of the most comfortable and substantial I’ve worn. This one’s a winner.
Allen Farmelo – ’73 Rolex Datejust Ref. 1603
I bought this 1973 36-millimeter Rolex Datejust out of a beautifully curated small offering of vintage Rolexes at Nashville’s Keep Shop. This was an entirely impulsive acquisition, executed randomly from within a still-inebriated early-morning haze, and horribly timed financially. But this Ref. 1603 lured me to with unknown powers and then whispered in its steely Swiss-French accent, “Take me with you on this road-trip. Free me from this place!” I tried to find a reason not to buy it, but the sharp casework is perfectly in tact, the stainless-steel engine turned bezel still sparkles, and the dial is one of the cleanest I’ve seen on a silver Datejust this age. Further, it had been recently serviced and came with a one-year warranty, making it impossible not to splurge. Zero regrets, totally in love, and I have barely taken it off since that fateful, hung-over morning.