Derek Dier

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VINTAGE BY DEREK DIER: 9 things you need to know before buying an Omega Constellation

The Omega Constellation is so easily wearable. It's one of those vintage watches almost every collector seeks at some point in their perpetual search for another piece to add to their collection. First appearing in 1952, the Constellation was designed to be Omega's bellwether watch. This was the brand's first mass-produced chronometer grade wristwatch and the brainchild of designer René Bannwart (who later founded Corum.) The Constellation was originally called the 'Globemaster' in the USA, though it was dropped in 1956 as Douglas Aircraft, manufacturers of the huge transport planes of the same name, held the trademark on the name.…

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VINTAGE BY DEREK DIER: A first date with an Angelus

'Firsts' of any event are ingrained into our memory. Who doesn't remember their first kiss, or the taste of a new flavour on the palate? As we age, time becomes even more fluid, seconds and minutes becoming increasingly less important compared to a lifetime of firsts and lasts, events and data. This is when we begin to feel that time truly does fly, even if our watch hands continue to tick at the same rate as ever. The golden Arabic numerals and pyramid shaped raised markers were thoughtfully planned. The sleek and elongated Feuille-style hands stretching across the dial are…

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VINTAGE WITH DEREK DIER: How to Spot a Real Ghost

Editor's Note: Derek Dier ain't afraid of no ghosts. So when a Tudor Submariner with a ghost bezel walked into his shop recently he knew exactly what to do… Recently, a gentleman walked into my store with his Tudor Submariner 9411/0 he had purchased in the mid-70s and my eyes widened. I had to have it. The watch had been in storage for a number of years, and it was distinguished by the mysterious and beautiful "ghost bezel". Being able to speak to the original owner , and learning he used to dive frequently, I felt comfortable that the faded…

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VINTAGE WITH DEREK DIER: Episode 2 – Watch you looking at?

Ed's Note: Our resident vintage watch expert, Mr Derek Dier, goes behind the scenes of Hollywood to explore the immense amount of effort that goes into selecting a watch that may only be on-screen for a few seconds – and why that fleeting glimpse can make or break a scene. To be swept away into a new era – forgetting all your troubles as your eyes gorge on the make-believe. You feel you are there… smelling the scene and living the moment. This is a magic of cinema at its best. Magic brought to you by the best property masters…

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VINTAGE WITH DEREK DIER: Episode 1 – Mad Men tilts a glass to Tudor

Introducing our inaugural Time+Tide columnist, Mr Derek Dier: Ed's Note: If Derek Dier were a wine, he'd be a well-matured, cool-climate (Canadian) drop appreciated by connoisseurs. From real estate agent to watch dealer to prop consultant, his fine taste and discerning eye has made his brand. You don't become the go-to watch guy for tastemakers like the creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, without being an equally exceptional human being. Less madman than master, Derek's is a voice that cuts through in a noisy room when the subject is watches.  In the first of a regular series of columns for Time+Tide Derek…

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