Written by: K. Amanuel
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, which is the world’s largest indoor antique show returned to the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach on January 31st 2013 and lasted until February 4th. The appraisal day was held in the afternoon on Saturday, February 4th from noon to 6:00 p.m. This show is one of the biggest antique and art shows in the country and known across the globe. The event gathers hundreds of established dealers and vintage watch collectors from different countries with various items, which include exquisite and timeless watches. During the most recent show, each show attendee was allowed to bring one item for valuation by a Worthologist – a WorthPoint subject-matter expert, who gave verbal appraisals of each item’s fair market value for free. Using the latest technology, the Worthologist gave participants insight in to the value of their antiques and gave them tips on how to best buy and sell antiques.
The show is a great avenue for watch lovers to see and purchase some really rare and cool watches. Both modern and vintage watches are abundant at the show. Vintage watches ranging from brands like Omega to Rolex could be seen. The show even attracted celebrity John MayerTwo featured exhibitors at the show are Matthew Bain and Bob Maron. Bob Maron had several Daytonas and Day-Dates. The Red Daytona 6241 is one of the vintage watches at the show. Daytona Ref. 6241 watches are known for their exotic dials and unique design and style. One watch on display was the Ultra black gold Rolex Oyster chronograph (ref 6034). This fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch has luminous hands and hour and minute markers with outer telemeter and tachymeter scales and three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers. Several other vintage watches could be seen at the show, including a beautiful Monobloc 3525. The rare stainless steel chronograph with circular case had a striking dial with two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register. Another watch was a rare Rolex Milgauss with flat bezel (US only). This Rolex sports model (ref 6541) in unique in design and the movement was specially made for this reference with antimagnetic cover on top to protect it.
Other collector watches seen at the show include a Hans Wilsdorf Geneva, Rolex chronograph with perforated vintage racing straps, Blue Prototype Rolex Cosmograph and vintage AP triple date + the 3970P on canvas strap. There were many timepieces from major vintage dealers with rare dial and reference configurations. As in the previous year, this year’s show seems to have been a hit as people continue to hunt for rare and beautiful treasures.
For more information on Miami Antique Show, please visit http://www.originalmiamibeachantiqueshow.com/