The overarching goal of Alpha Hands is to educate collectors through primary and secondary research, and improve transparency of the market. This effort includes resources not available elsewhere, including:

  • Reference research:
    • Follow serial numbers of particular references over time to see if changes have been made to the piece and not disclosed by the seller
    • Deep dives – what is a correct dial, hands, case, etc.
    • Serial number databases and price trend charts to make sure the ask/your offer is in line
  • Stolen watch registry
    • The largest free stolen watch database in the world – free to add, free to search
  • How to buy a vintage watch
    • Where to buy from and who to trust; auction houses and dealers
    • What to look for in a vintage watch; research to do before buying
  • Resources
    • Production tables
    • Key blogs, podcasts, publications and articles
    • Dates of production, import codes, watchmaking schools
  • Care and Servicing
    • Wearing and use
    • Insurance and safes
  • Events
    • Auction dates and locations
    • Speaker events and gatherings
  • Goods
    • Accessories: loupes, springbar tools, straps
    • Books: technical, reference, historical

If you have any suggestions for what would be useful to include, please contact me.

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