Daniel Somlo comes from a family in the watch dealing business.

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1 How did you get your start?

Watch dealing is a family business for me. My grandfather actually started in the business, stalling out at Portobello road and a few other markets selling pocket watches, keys and chains as well as other antiques.

It was my father who set up the business as we know it today, progressing to a brick-and-mortar shop and choosing to specialise in watches. I caught the bug while taking some time away from an architecture degree and helping in the shop and have been head-over-heels ever since.

2 What projects have you worked on lately?

We have in recent times been focusing on bringing the business into the 21st century by exploring social media and making YouTube videos. The aim is to help make vintage watch collecting more accessible and highlight the importance of speaking to experienced dealers in the industry.

Something you’d love to get your hands on - a ‘holy grail’ in your area?

A Patek Philippe Reference 2497. It’s a perpetual calendar dress watch with a centre seconds hand. I think it’s one of the most beautiful and elegant watches made. It’s a very difficult thing to pull off a highly complicated watch, that conveys a lot of information, in such a simple package. Sadly, I think I’ve missed the boat on ever affording one now.

4 One item you couldn’t do without?

My 1967 Speedmaster. Of all the watches I have access to, it’s the one I always go back to. I love the style and the history and it’s been with me at a lot of important moments.


Daniel Somlo's 1967 Omega Speedmaster (ref105.012-66 CB).

5 Real ale or espresso martini?

Real ale but, if they don’t have any, Scotch!

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