The Horological Minute

With The Horological Minute, Eric Ku and 10 Past Ten engage in a fascinating dialog with collectors and members of the watch industry, as they discuss anything and everything about watches. Think of it as the Proust Questionnaire for the watch aficionado.

Roy and Sacha Davidoff
This week, we bring to you an interview with the duo behind Davidoff Brothers, Roy and Sacha Davidoff. Based in old town Geneva, Roy and Sacha have a beautiful showroom that just happens to be down the street from one of our favorite haunts, the MB&F MAD Gallery. Both brothers have had very similar paths, studying and working abroad for many years before ultimately coming back to Geneva and founding their eponymous shop together. True collectors at heart, Roy and Sacha have not only been collecting watches for many years, but have also worked in the industry, honing their chops with brands such as Bovet, IWC and Jacob & Co. The Davidoff brothers are this week's Horological Minute.

What was your first watch?

Roy: Omega Mark II Racing Dial 1969 from my Dad

Sacha: Rolex Oysterdate with stretch bracelet and mint black dial from Roy

What was the last watch you bought?

Roy: Omega Alaska re-edition

Sacha: Swatch diaphane 2001 Carousel One

Do you prefer vintage or modern?

Both: Most definitely vintage!

Can you remember your last great meal? Where was it and what did you eat?

Roy: BBQ for my cousins Bday, steaks cooked to perfection… And lots of alcohol!

Sacha: BBQ by the lake with friends, steaks...

Do you remember what watch you were wearing?

Roy : I was wearing my Seadweller 4000 with matt dial and ceramic bezel

Sacha: I wore my Tudor Black Bay Red with gilt dial

What do you love about vintage Rolex?

Both: Truthfully, we prefer Omega Speedmasters over Rolex!!

Roy: My first watch was an Omega Speedmaster, so it will always be my first love.

Strap or bracelet?

Both: Nice leater strap.


Roy: Seadweller 4000 ceramic

Sacha: Milgauss 6541 lightning hand

What do you want to see come out from Rolex at the next Basel Fair?

Both: We'd like to see some cool retro stuff, like what Tudor has been doing. Something along the lines of the ONLY WATCH Black Bay would be great!

Can you tell us about the most interesting watch you’ve ever found/owned?

Both: We recently found an incredible NOS Omega Seamster 300 from 1967 that comes with everything- Box, Papers, Hang Tags, etc. Unfortunately its at the bank, so we can't share any pics with you, but trust me. Amazing.

What's on your wrist today?

Roy: Omega Speedmaster 145.022-69 from 1971 with a tropical dial

Sacha: Longines Czech Air Force from 1938

The Horological Minute
feat. Joshua Ganjei
This week we bring to you an interview with Joshua Ganjei, a second generation watch dealer based in Boston, MA. Joshua got his start in the business early, causing trouble at the European Watch Company store at a very young age. Eight years ago, he officially joined the family business. The European Watch Company has been a fixture on Newbury Street in Boston for over 25 years, and was started by Joshua's father Albert. In the store they carry a fine selection of both new and vintage watches. Joshua's real passion lay with vintage watches, as he as worked hard to expand their business in that area with his knowledge of various different brands, not just Rolex. A genuine vintage enthusiast, we're proud to have Joshua as this week's Horological Minute.
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