The Cultivated Wrist
This week’s edition of The Cultivated Wrist features picks from you, our StockX Watches users. Our selections this week are all watches that have Bids (good ones, at that) but no Asks. These are the watches that you’re looking to buy this week, and so far, no sellers have come forward to help you out. Hopefully, we can change that. So where’s the demand? Unsurprisingly, there’s some Rolex in there, but there are also some unexpected watches that we love seeing Bids on. Let’s take a look.
The Villeret is Blancpain’s most classically style line of watches, named after the brand’s native village. This example features a textured sunburst dial in deep blue, along with date and retrograde seconds display. That last bit means that the seconds hands will complete an arc every 30 seconds before rushing back to the beginning to start again. The applied Roman numerals jump off the blue dial with style and waving texture demand a closer look. In the pre-owned market, this model can fetch anywhere between $13,500 and $17,000. There is currently a Bid of $13,999 on this watch, with no Ask listed.
Last year, Tudor created a special edition of their wildly popular Black Bay specifically for the famed London retailer, Harrods. What set this watch apart from other Black Bays was the unique color scheme, which puts a just-right shade of green against a matte black dial with a gilt minute track. Okay, so maybe it’s not so different from other Black Bays, but the green really elevates the watch to another level. Couple that with the exclusive nature, and you’ve got a watch in high demand. We’ve fielded multiple Bids on this watch, the highest at the moment is $5,500. MSRP at Harrods was £2,630 (approx. $3,550).
The newest Oyster Perpetual watches from Rolex hit all the right notes thanks to a perfectly sized case at 39mm, a simple dial design with subtle hints of color, and an accessible price point. What’s not to love? This example has a grey sunburst dial with blue hour plots outside the applied sticks. Pre-owned prices for the Rolex OP can vary, but our last sale was $4,250, and the current high Bid sits at, you guessed it, $4,250, inclusive of box & papers.
The Rolex Yachtmaster II was their first watch to feature a “ring command” system that can now be found across the Sky-Dweller range of watches, making it one of Rolex’s more complicated watches. The watch also includes a 10-minute timing function, as is the tradition for Yacht Timing watches. It’s 44mm, it’s white and blue, it’s instantly recognizable. Our last sale of this watch was $12,000 even, and the highest current Bid is $12,050 (cheeky), not box & papers needed.