Eric Wind is one the most connected people in the watch industry when it comes working with Hollywood. He has helped to find a Paul Newman Rolex Daytona that was extremely valuable for a crucial scene in Crazy Rich Asians.
“For me, it’s about about educating collectors about what they’re buying,”Wind is proud of the success and dedication of Palm Beach, Florida-based Wind Vintage. “I think traditionally, many dealers and sellers of watches have just been trying to sell either the hype or just sell things without really educating the customers about the details, nuances and condition. I think people want to learn — that’s why people collect, whether it’s watches or coins or comic books or cars. You want to learn all the details.”
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Wind Vintage founder Eric Wind – Credit: Courtesy the Subject
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Wind — whose career spanned getting an MBA from Oxford to vice president of watches at Christie’s before starting his company in 2017 — believes that you treat others as you would want to be treated. He has a long list of clients who are passionate about watch history and have become a true watch historian. Randall Park, Daniel Dae KimJimmy O. Yang and Rian Johnson, Knives Out director, WME agent Doug Lucterhand (who? ), and comedian Ronny Chen (who?). The Hollywood ReporterWind was ranked among his top choices earlier in the year. “dealers you can trust.”)
The dealer also has connections with the sports world. He placed watches on two NBA draft picks. Adrian Griffin Jr., 16th pick, wore the vintage Rolex Datejust Reference 1603 in steel. Blake Wesley was the 25th pick.
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Wind, who has recently Partnered with Mr. PorterOn a curated selection of vintage watches, consults on watch placements for movies and TV shows. Daytona for Crazy Rich Asians? Kevin Kwan, a novelist, Wind also has supplied watches for ABC’s The Wonder Years reboot (a vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox E850 worn by Dulé Hill as Bill Williams, as well as a vintage Cartier Tank Cornice for Saycon Sengbloh as Lillian Williams) and FX’s The Premise (a Patek Philippe reference 3940 in platinum and a vintage Rolex Explorer 1016 with tropical dial Kim wore itDaniel Jung
Wind responds to a question about how he built the business. “A lot of it is word of mouth or people reaching out. The best referral is a personal one, friend to friend.”Watches in stock His websiteThe price ranges from about $1,000 to close to $200,000.
Wind’s focus on vintage watches and the deep research behind the watches is often what inspires collectors — including in Hollywood — to reach out. “Generally vintage means, for me, watches before 1990, [when] there was more hand work for the case, dial and parts. This was before computer-aided design and before robots got more involved in the production of the watches. I like those older watches, they have more of a handmade feel. I definitely try to promote scholarship about these watches,”Wind.
Wind Vintage inventory pieces (clockwise, starting from the upper left) include a Rolex “Big Red”Daytona Reference 6265 (6,000), a Breitling Navitimer Ear Reference 806 Valjoux 72 (6,000), a Patek Philippe Reference 3970EP (4,500) and an Enicar Sherpa Graph “Mark IV” (,900). – Credit: Courtesy Wind Vintage
Courtesy of Wind Vintage
Wind responds to questions about which models and brands are hot. “I am finding the no-date Rolex Oyster Perpetual models from the 1960s and 1970s as well as vintage Datejusts from the 1960s through 1980s to be gaining a lot of traction and interest.”
“They are pretty much all well under $10K in value and they have such a great vibe, as well as a great value compared to their modern counterparts,”Continue Wind.
“I met Eric from a cold email,”Stephen Ringer (Weepah Way for Now), a writer/director, introduced his wife. Aly MichalkaHe and his sister-in law, AJ MichalkaTo Wind. His irrepressible nature and deep knowledge base has driven the trio’s love of vintage watches. “I always liked that he was more of a scholar than a dealer and it would bother him on a professorial level if he ever lied to you. He’s honest to a fault,”Ringer has a Wind-sourced 1922 Patek Philip he purchased from Henry Phipps Jr.
The sisters — both of whom are actresses and musicians and perform as Aly & AJ — look at their watch collections as reminders of big moments in their lives, from getting married to recording albums and booking TV shows. After wrapping a summer-long world tour, the singers are on tour this fall with Ben Platt. They see the watches as family heirlooms.
AJ Michalka from AJ & Aly at a concert wearing a 1959 Audemars-Piguet 18Kat gold Audemars Paguet “Disco Volante” timepiece. – Credit: Stephen Ringer
“Steven and Aly were getting married, and I remember saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have something that’s been passed down generation to generation, and could that be vintage watches?’ That started the conversation,” says AJ Michalka (ABC’s Schooled, The Goldbergs), whose collection boasts Wind-sourced watches including a historical piece of aviation history in a 1935 Patek Philippe 404J (the engraving on the back of the watch commemorates the then-world-record flight of the French seaplane the Croix-du-Sud from Cherbourg, France to Ziguinchor, Senegal, by Henri-Laurent Dailliere) and a 1959 gold Audemars Piguet “Disco Volante.”
“I missed out on a vintage AP,”AJ explains why she bought the second watch. “and Eric, who knows my tastes so well, said, ‘Well, I have something even better for you,’ and it was the Disco Volante.”
Adds Wind “To the uninitiated, AJ’s Audemars Piguet is one of the company’s most interesting and iconic designs before the introduction of the Royal Oak in 1972. Like the Royal Oak, it was designed by Gérald Genta. The dial is an interesting sector-like dial and has the nickname ‘Disco Volante’ because the design is like a flying saucer or flying disc. Hers is a rare example with an integrated gold bracelet, while many were sold on straps.”
AJ’s sister Aly, meanwhile, has a watch collection that includes a stunning 1960s gold Omega Constellation “Grand Luxe”, a cream dial Rolex Daytona 11652 (known as a Crème because of the fading of the dial) and a gold Cartier “Jumbo”Tank, which she wore to Lollapalooza in 2021. Both were acquired through Wind. “We finally met him in person when we invited him to one of our shows and we got along so well,”Aly, who starred in five years of iZombie on the CW, says: “I definitely think the reason we’re into watches is because of Eric. I know I can just close my eyes and I know he’s getting me the best watch, at the best price but more importantly, it’s a piece with an authentic story that’s connected to the watch.”