If you’re accustom to keeping up with Internet chatter concerning the watch industry, to any extent, you’ve undoubtedly heard the name, Jose Pereztroika and, therefore, the website, perezcope.com. First I’d heard of the gentleman was in a phone conversation with Jake Ehrlich. As in Jake Ehrlich of rolexmagazine.com.
Jake described Jose as a kind of horological forensics investigator, with a particular expertise in vintage Panerai. Pay a visit to perezcope.com and you’ll find all of Jake’s words to be true, and then some. Although, if you’ve heard Jose’s name in recent days, it was most likely because of yet another name in watchmaking: Rolex.
Jose Pereztroika will henceforth forever be known as the man who has incredibly compiled the complete historical timeline of the Rolex Sea-Dweller in one concise, but highly comprehensive, JPEG. How is a JPEG comprehensive? Well, because with Jose’s timeline, you don’t only have the reference by reference run down of what’s-what. He’s also listed historical events that put the Sea-Dweller’s existence in perspective like never before.
Examining Jose’s Sea-Dweller timeline, you’d be right to conclude that this required a substantial bit of work. He had help of the greatest kind — namely that of Jake Ehrlich, John Goldberger and Luc Broussaud — but still a labor of some heft.
You could try and celebrate the Sea-Dweller’s 50th anniversary with another form of an homage, but unless you’re Rolex and have the capability to put out a Single-Red Sea-Dweller in modern dimensions, then chances are Jose’s got us all beat.
Did you know, though, that just about the same time he also published yet another info-graphic? This one’s of Panerai. Now, Panerai history is not for the faint of heart. There’s the basic Marina Militare storyline, but beyond that there’s so much depth and breadth to it that even skimming the surface triggers debates the likes of which have the potential to divide the best of friends.
This isn’t, however, Jose’s first rodeo. He’s already done ones tracing the Evolution of the Angelus 240, the Evolution of Cortebert 618 vs. 616 just to name a few. What is most amazing about Jose’s work — IMHO — is the forensics. None of what he publishes is a matter of opinion. It is all a matter of his investigation and the facts that arise as a result. It is, therefore, information; unadulterated and uncensored. Which means to say that it is information that isn’t going to get too many people’s approval. But it does make it hard to deny when facts are laid bare before you.
With the new Panerai timeline, Jose, for the first time, will be producing large prints in two variations [150cm x 85cm (59 x 33 inch)]. A regular version for €120 and a limited run of 50 pieces for €350 numbered and signed by Maria Abetti Panerai, the widow of Giuseppe Panerai in her Villino Panerai (Panerai Villa) in Florence.
Best believe these are getting snapped up fast. If you’d like a copy of either version, drop Jose a line at the soonest. Or if you’d rather the Sea-Dweller timeline then stay tuned, Jose will be announcing the sale of that soon enough.