Have you purchased a new watch recently? Cool, me too.
Do you remember what box it came in? Of course you do. It was probably way too large for housing what is – quite honestly – a rather small object meant to comfortably fit on your wrist day in and day out. That box you’re picturing is probably taking up space in your closet or on your desk right now, right? Maybe it’s even stacked on top of your other empty watch boxes, each vacated of their precious contents, now forming a shrine – or tomb, depending on your perspective – of empty plastic, discarded paper, and maybe a loose watch pillow or two.
It wasn’t always like that, believe it or not. There was a time, decades ago, when watches were delivered in slim, leather-bound boxes that matched their era; before conspicuous consumption become a buzzword. And when you were buying a watch, you were doing it because you needed something to tell the time. And if you could afford to buy a luxury watch, it was delivered in memorable packaging to commemorate the occasion.
You might even be able to name a few examples off the top of your head. Think Patek Philippe and the iconic cork box that housed the original Nautilus ref. 3700. Or the famous wooden octagonal home for various Audemars Piguet Royal Oak references. And when you notice a green box out of the corner of your eye at your next local watch meet-up, you know there’s only one answer to what’s inside.
You’ve seen them before. Whether it was on an episode of Talking Watches, or even while perusing an online auction listing, a good quality presentation box can add so much value and visual interest to a vintage watch. You might have even seen a box by itself, sans watch, selling for four figures (or higher). That’s how cool these boxes are for so many of us.
But it’s a lost art, replaced by mass-produced containers that wouldn’t look out of place at your local big box retailer. That’s not what watch collecting is about. And today, we’re hoping to bring some of that magic back to your watch collection.
Meet the Concorde Single Watch Box, a soft-to-touch Napa leather-wrapped, Alcantara-lined wooden box that’s been crafted entirely by hand and is now available in five different colors (Blue, Grey, Burgundy, Green, and Tan) for $ 220 each – exclusively in the HODINKEE Shop.
The Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H
That’s not all we have for you today.
We’re also building out our selection of Hamilton watches with the brand-new, manual-wind variant of the popular Intra-Matic Chronograph.
This attractive, no-date reissue of one of the great Chrono-Matic Hamiltons dates back to the 1960s, when then-American Hamilton acquired the Swiss company Buren. Before long, the two brands were collaborating and sharing expertise and resources, with some Hamilton watches benefiting from Swiss manufacturing, movements, and components.
In 1968, Hamilton released a beautiful “panda”-dial chronograph that featured the Swiss-made Valjoux 7730 manually wound chronograph movement inside. Hamilton honors this watch – and caliber – with the new Intra-Matic Chronograph H.
Offered with either a silver “panda” or black “reverse-panda” dial execution, and with either a Milanese bracelet ($ 2,045) or classic black leather strap ($ 2,095), the Intra-Matic Chronograph H is available now in the HODINKEE Shop.
More Accessories, Tools, And Books In The HODINKEE Shop
You thought we were finished? Not just yet.
On top of that, new prints from Brooklyn studio Spring + Gears have just landed in the HODINKEE Shop, featuring the Omega Caliber 3861 and Tudor MT5402. You can check those out right here.
And you won’t want to miss out on the latest additions to the HODINKEE Library, plus our current deal on bundles of HODINKEE Magazine – purchase three or more copies and you’ll receive an automatic discount at checkout.