Well, you requested it. You got it. Today we are pleased to launch an entirely new HODINKEE unique video arrangement. We’re calling it “Talking Watches,” and these recordings are just that: us, talking watches with our companions, new and old. Essentially, we will utilize these monthly – indeed, you’ll get a new scene each month from here until eternity – recordings to give you insight into the personalities of watch collectors you might not come across in your every day life. Folks like John Mayer.
In this first video, I sit down with John to talk about how he got into watches, what his first great pieces were, and what’s he’s been wearing on his latest tour. Since John and I first connected a few years back, I’ve gotten to know him well by means of multi-day conversations about twofold references, short-lived bezel tones, and what the ideal lume plot should resemble. John is as genuine a watch darling as anybody I’ve at any point met. In fact, he’s downright fanatical. And keeping in mind that Patek and Rolex might dominate his internal narrative these days, he adores all watches, from top to bottom. Here we’ll give you a quick glance at a portion of his favorites, as found in the video above.
Patek Philippe 5164A
This is the Aquanaut Travel Time, a watch I reviewed here . The movement here is actually a great one, and with an international tour this fall, (he is, at present, somewhere between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Atlanta, Georgia) this one just bodes well. The Aquanaut comes on an elastic strap, which might seem like heresy to some Patek sweethearts, but consider the fact that he’s performing (read as “sweating intensely” for a few hours, five nights of the week) it’s perfect. His is additionally Tiffany-marked.
Rolex GMT-Master 116710 BLNR
The other watch that he’s brought on tour with him is another cutting edge travel time – the spic and span Rolex GMT-Master II Reference 116710BLNR. Once more, a straightforward current watch with travel time functionality that he can undoubtedly wear in front of an audience. He calls this one the best contemporary movements Rolex makes.
IWC Big Pilot Reference 5002
This is the Big Pilot Reference 5002. This is a watch that is often associated with John. He’s owned it for more than ten years and it was one of his favorite watches for a significant number of them. This is a watch that lives outside the large watch furor. You will discover a lot of pictures of John wearing this one on and off stage.
IWC Aquatimer Jacques Cousteau
Everyone needs a great vacation watch – though I don’t recommend you try telling that to your sweetheart on the off chance that you want to be taken truly until the end of time. This is John’s. Nothing extraordinary about it truly, he just loves it. Sometimes that’s all it takes.
Rolex Submariner Reference 1680 Issued To COMEX
COMEX-gave plunge watches are actually not that uncommon. Clearly they are much, much more uncommon than your typical commercial Rolex jumper, but there is actually a well established market for the COMEX-gave 5513s, 5514s, and more present day references. Perhaps the most only occasionally seen reference COMEX watches is the 1680 – indeed, the 70s Sub with a date. The story goes that the 1680s were given to officials and administrators at COMEX, while the no-date folks were given to the jumpers. This is an exceptionally cool watch, and as John says in the video over, this is a watch that no one would at any point take a gander at twice, except if they knew exactly what it was.
Rolex Military Submariner Reference 5517
You saw this watch in the absolute first article John wrote for us . This is a reference 5517 “MilSub” that just has a beautiful look to it. It’s one of my undisputed top choice watches, and as he says in the video, while it might cost a few pennies today, this is one watch you can treat as nonchalantly as you like. Nothing you can never really will be worse than what its generally lived through.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263
The Daytona 6263 is one of the absolute best watches at any point made. I solidly accept that, as does John. This is a straightforward chronograph with a fundamental Valjoux-based movement, screw-down pushers, and dark acrylic bezel. This is the solitary Daytona you’ll ever need.
Patek Philippe 5970G
Finally, we have the 6263 of the world of Patek Philippe. The 5970 is, again, perhaps the best watch, from top to bottom, at any point made. This watch pre-dates the in-house 5270 and utilizes a Lemania-based movement, and as per numerous collectors it is truly perhaps the finest watch a man can purchase. John’s here is in white gold, and keeping in mind that the platinum variant might be most attractive, he accepts the “G” to be probably the safest investment in watches. When I think of John, I see him in a 5970.