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    Friday Watches - April 2021

    Another month and once again the stats shine a light in to the darker recesses of our collective watch wearing habits. You should know the routine by now, you are going to have to read on to find out what that may be.

    A chilly April has passed us by. Those of us who tend gardens and veg patches may have been concerned by the lack of the showers that are usually associated with this month. The sudden appearance of photographs of watches posed with pints in various beer gardens prove that many members braved the single digit temperatures to take advantage of the latest relaxation of virus related restrictions. Some members, unable to attract anonymous donors, were forced to to put watches on sales corner to drum up funds for home improvements.

    Unable to continue the momentum which we built up from the start of the the year the forum collectively bent double with our hands on our knees to get our breath back. Numbers were way down from the highs of March, with only 138 watches being posted on the 2nd, the second lowest weekly count this year and 21% fewer than the week before. Numbers recovered as the month wore on, topping out at 179 on the 16th but a long way off the Himalayan peaks of the previous month. The monthly total eventually reached a healthy 813 (working out at an average of 162 per week), boosted by April's theft of a Friday from May.

    It was nip and tuck between the top three with Seiko taking the weekly honours thrice, Rolex once and Omega, took one as well. Omega had a remarkable month. They started the month with only 6 on show, the lowest this year and the second lowest ever, but finished the month with 25, a new weekly record for them. Rolex too had a slow start to the month with only 15 recorded and limped to a high of 24 on the 16th. Seiko started the strongest of the three and managed to maintain a steady showing before storming to a massive 31 on the 23rd (helped by 6 Tuna in one day). They are the first brand to exceed 30 watches in a week this year. Yes, this does mean we have a new monthly Top Brand, Seiko took the honours with 105, narrowly pipping Rolex (101) into second place.

    And here we have our next statistical insight. Those of you have been paying attention may remember that Rolex were only denied the monthly top spot once last year. That was back last April and yes it was Seiko who did it. Contain your incredulity for a moment longer because it gets better. Not only did Seiko beat Rolex in April last year but they did it by recording the highest weekly score (37) in Week 17 (the 24th). They have exactly the same this year in the same week. Last month's worms suggested that we are creatures habit, this just adds weight to that suggestion.

    Lower down the order there were a number of points of interest. Vacheron recorded their highest weekly count this year, as did Tissot and Zenith (4, 3 and 6 respectively). Zenith translated this to a new monthly high of 17. We saw 3 Ming in a week which is a new high too. Steinhart have had quite the resurgence this month recording a new monthly high of ten. Helped in no small way by Wallasey Runner deciding he likes Steinhart afterall. Conversely the house brand hasn't had such a good month, recording the lowest weekly count this year of 4 on the 2nd, they did break into double figures on the 23rd but only just, this lead to a monthly low for the year of 32 which let Tudor into fourth overall for the month with 38.

    Despite the low numbers 135 different brands were represented in April, 12 of which were new to the year (including Armida, Invicta and Cyma). A further 11 brands were new to the Friday thread. We had a bit of sniggering when an Altanus appeared but we also saw such names as 40Nine, Makara and Stanley. More excitingly an MB and F snuck in.

    I can't show the numbers without first mentioning my highlights of the month. As well as the MB and F HM10 we saw a lovely Jean Marcel Quadrum II from redmonaco, Alfat33's Depthomatic and PeteS' Offshore Professional. We even managed to squeeze in three Fortis Cosmonautes in one day


    Anyway, it is late and I have gone on for far too long. Here are the numbers:

    1Seiko105
    2Rolex101
    3Omega84
    4Tudor38
    5Timefactors32
    6Panerai30
    7Sinn22
    8Grand Seiko21
    9Breitling20
    10Zenith17
    11IWC17
    12Damasko16
    13G Shock13
    14Oris12
    15Blancpain11
    16Steinhart10
    17Jaeger-LeCoultre7
    18Bell & Ross7
    19Patek Philippe7
    20Ming7
    21CWC7
    22Vacheron Constantin7
    23Hamilton6
    24Tissot6
    25Citizen6
    26Tag Heuer6
    27Linde Werdelin6
    28Dekla5
    29Glaschutte Original5
    30Synchron5
    31Fortis5
    32Pulsar4
    33Garmin4
    34Bulova4
    35Longines4
    36KMK4
    37Christopher Ward4
    38Heuer4
    39Apple4
    40Yema4
    41Oceanx3
    42Halios3
    43Certina3
    44Orient3
    45Sterile3
    46Casio3
    47Eterna3
    48Habring3
    49Vostok3
    50Hanhart2
    51Moser2
    52Anonimo2
    53Helm2
    54Alexander Shorokhoff2
    55Doxa (modern)2
    56Boldr2
    57Armida2
    58Nomos2
    5940Nine2
    60Invicta2
    61Jean Marcel2
    62Maranez2
    63Audemars Piguet2
    64Newmark (Modern)2
    65Corum2
    66Glycine2
    67Poljot2
    68Steeldive2
    69Wolbrook2
    70Universal Geneve2
    71Revue Thommen2
    72Stowa2
    73A. Lange & Sohne1
    74Armand Nicolet1
    75Ball1
    76Borealis1
    77Boschett1
    78Bremont1
    79Dornbluth & Sohn1
    80Frederique Constant1
    81Girard Perigeaux1
    82Laco1
    83Makara1
    84Margrette1
    85Mido1
    86Ollech & Wajs1
    87Paul Smith1
    88Altanus1
    89Aquastar1
    90Archimede1
    91Breguet1
    92Cartier1
    93Heimdallr1
    94Lemania1
    95M B & F1
    96Meister Singer1
    97Smiths1
    98Tauchmeister1
    99Bailly & Banks1
    100Favre Leuba1
    101Franck Muller1
    102Helson1
    103Helvetia1
    104Majex1
    105Nodus1
    106Squale1
    107Stanley1
    108Wm Forbes1
    109Artya1
    110Crepas1
    111Cyma1
    112Damas1
    113Gruppo Gamma1
    114Le Monde1
    115Marloe1
    116Mondaine1
    117Rado1
    118Rodania1
    119Soundbrenner1
    120Ulysse Nardin1
    121Valimor1
    122Zeno1
    123Animal1
    124Anordain1
    125Ebel1
    126Helbros1
    127Ingersoll1
    128Mappin and Webb1
    129Obris Morgan1
    130Offshore Professional1
    131Spinnaker1
    132Suunto1
    133Tactico1
    134Vertex (Modern)1
    135Zelos1


    As we have yet to see the machinations of the weekly Top Ten this year, the bonus content for this month is just that. Here they are:

    on Flickr
    Last edited by Wimm; 8th May 2021 at 09:07. Reason: Spelling

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    A hearty read over breakfast, very well written and interesting.

    Pity I seem to be the only one with a Majex on show... but there is plenty of time to educate the masses.

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    Thanks as usual for this! Great read


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    A great read, almost poetic. Brilliant insight into the Friday thread, thanks very much.

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    Thank you for the latest bulletin, entertaining and informative.

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    Brilliant as ever - you’ve really put a great stamp on these updates :)

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    Excellent read and thanks for the name check

    I think the Steinhart increase was helped by the 39mm Vintage GMT heads up thread with a few buyers, although as usual a few found their way to SC including mine, so expect the numbers to drop a little next month unless the new owners are keen to show them off.

    I'll have a go at increasing the CWC numbers during May.

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    Thanks again for the entertaining analysis.

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    Very interesting analysis thanks for posting


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    Thanks for the entertaining round-up @Wimm - I now realise I missed some interesting stuff and need to go back and re-browse some of the threads.

    Oh-no.

    More watch-porn.

    Life is hard...

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    Very interesting analysis and read!


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    Thank you for the effort in producing the analysis, it's always fascinating.

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