Wall Street Journal: Gary Shteyngart on his Rolex GMT-Master found by Eric Wind

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Gary Shteyngart, author of a number of best-selling novels, wrote a piece on one of his favorite watches, a Rolex GMT-Master reference 1675 with an amazing history, for the Wall Street Journal Off-Duty section. In it, Gary states:

The key to everything is building a relationship with a watch dealer you can trust, and in Eric Wind, formerly of Christie’s and now the proprietor of his own e-commerce site WindVintage, I have found one of the smartest, most well-read and curious people in the business.

When I told Eric I was looking for a GMT, I expected something in excellent condition, but he went beyond the call of duty and got me a piece that not only had history but the documents to prove it. My GMT came with all of the paperwork one could hope for, including its original chronometer certificate, showing the results of its accuracy tests in Switzerland. According to Eric, watches that come with “papers,” are worth a premium of about 25% over those without. “What is notable about the watch is the condition,” Eric told me, “the glossy dial with ‘gilt’ or gold text is absolutely flawless while the steel case has also never seen a polishing wheel and can be given the rare and highly desirable term ‘unpolished’ by serious collectors.” 

You can read the full article here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-rolex-with-a-fascinating-nasa-past-1538567217

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