Fratello On Air returns with an on-location episode where we discuss overpriced vintage watches. Specifically, we bring up models from Tudor, Cartier, Seiko, and Rolex. Yes, these are fighting words, but someone had to say them! We hope you enjoy the episode!

This week, we’re together in London as Balazs traveled in for work. Close listeners on either side of Balazs’s hotel room must have thought it was a nerd convention, but, no, it was just another recording of Fratello On Air! We focus on overpriced vintage watches in this episode and question several stalwarts. We don’t dislike these watches, but we do feel that there are better options for the money.


For those who are interested, our banter lasts roughly 15 minutes. Do note that there’s a fair amount of watch content within this beginning portion. Both co-hosts brought a selection of watches for a bit of off-air show-and-tell. As far as gifts, the long-awaited, never-worn American flag Stance socks are finally with Balazs. Mike, on the other hand, is overjoyed about receiving a jar of Erõs Pista, a spicy Hungarian pepper sauce. Regarding watches, Mike is sporting his sterling silver Omega 30T2 on a new GLC fixed-lug strap that Balazs has brought. Balazs has chosen a gorgeous Angelus 250 with a 33.5mm case.

Overpriced Vintage Watches

Now it’s time for controversy as we discuss four overpriced vintage watches. Let’s make something very clear; we’re fans of these watches. Heck, we even own several of the picks. However, the current market prices have reached a level where there are better options. Of course, if money is no factor, then spend away! We discuss:

  • The Tudor Big Block, a Rolex-family chronograph with the venerable Valjoux 7750
  • Vintage Cartier watches, primarily due to their use of mundane movements
  • The Seiko 6138-8020 “Panda,” an oft-faked watch within a sea of other great Seiko chronographs
  • The almighty Rolex Daytona; it’s a lovely watch, but there are so many other great Valjoux 72-powered chronographs

We hope you enjoy today’s episode. Stay tuned for more, and if you have any additional show ideas, please feel free to let us know! Thank you for listening.