Waldan, a Storied American Watch Brand, Ticks Again

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Waldan, a Storied American Watch Brand, Ticks Again

Postby Darksider » April 22nd 2016, 9:01am

Nobody knows when Oscar Waldan’s 100th birthday will take place. In fact, it may have passed. Such uncertainty about time is ironic for a man whom some regard as an unsung master American watchmaker of the 20th century.

He was born in Dobczyce, Poland, and any record of his birth date is among the things he lost during internment in two Nazi concentration camps: Buchenwald in Germany and Theresienstadt in present-day Czech Republic.

But Waldan International, the boutique luxury watch company he founded in 1979, is poised to make a comeback, driven by its new chief executive: his 23-year-old son, Andrew Waldan. Watch industry insiders, who regard Waldan watches as something of a secret, are applauding its return.

The watches, which are made in Switzerland and cost $8,000 to $36,000, are known for the high number of complications — which are everything a watch does in addition to telling time, like displaying the date or moon phase — and relatively modest price, said Daryn Schnipper, Sotheby’s senior vice president and chairman of its international watch division. “They’re very highly jeweled, they’re well finished and they are attractive, and their price point is very reasonable,” she said.

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