My dream came true in an unexpected way

Oct 06, 2021,13:59 PM

In 2012 or so, I was admiring Speake-marin pieces on this forum. The “Foundation” hands were something different, with the hour hand looking like a heart. The lugs were radically different. The case shape was inspired by a watch holder he used when working in Renaud and Papi.

It is 2021 now. Many things have changed. The namesake genuis Peter Speake-Marin whom I admire, has left the company. I still listen intently when he speaks, or writes, via his website thenakedwatchmaker. 

There is clarity, a certain charm to his character which is unique. Values which are often reflected as slogans on his watches resonate with me - resilience, love, perseverance.

And I must admit I am a huge fan of Pierce Brosnan. I enjoyed the movie where he played the role as a watchmaker where he was assembling a Speake-Marin watch. 

I was browsing through the marketplace for used watches a few days ago, and saw a SM Piccadilly for sale at AUD5k with papers. I could not believe what I saw, and immediately wrote to the seller. So here it is, my dream to own a Piccadilly is complete. It came with his “autograph” on the certificate, which is a wow to me. 

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I have never seen this one

 By: penfriend : October 6th, 2021-14:04
but I love the enamel dial and the hands especially!! Congrats!

Thanks buddy

 By: Cookies : October 7th, 2021-12:38


 By: Lankysudanese : October 6th, 2021-15:04
I, too, am in the market for a 38mm PSM from back when he was running the company. I didn’t know about the pierce brosnan movie. Which one is it? I’ll have to check it out Enjoy the Piccadilly, and wear it in good health

You must watch it

 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-20:08
The movie is called Survivor (2015). In this movie Brosnan plays the bad guy.

Speake Marin

 By: banderlero : October 13th, 2021-12:21
Hi, i am currently looking to sell my Spirit Pioneer if you are interested

You can post it on the Buy/Sell section

 By: Cookies : October 13th, 2021-17:58
I already have one SM, and it’s good enough. Funds are limited though my wishes are unlimited. Wish you luck to sell it.=D

What a beauty!

 By: paneristinumerouno : October 6th, 2021-15:27


 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-20:09
It is a joy to wear. A warm feeling in the heart when seeing it

Here the same

 By: Weems@8 : October 6th, 2021-15:32
What’s the movie PB plays a watchmaker? The man who introduced Omega as the only tru Bond watch. 😉my opinion. A little water to the wine, Rolex is also the only tru Bond watch. Nice to read your Speake Marin journey. I like the Speake Marin watches also, ... 

What a cool PSM 👍

 By: Mike H : October 6th, 2021-19:56
I totally share your enthusiasm and fully relate to your story. I remember Peter in Basel some years back now showing me some unpublished pics with Pierce Brosnan, we were both quite excited. So good memories…

Amazing memories

 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-20:12
It was an important chapter in watch history. Curiously, when this piece was posted on the market here, I believe not many people knew it’s true value. It was sold in a page where people buy and sell Rolexes and Omegas mostly. Have a great day Mike

I wish more moments like this comes

 By: Cookies : October 7th, 2021-11:35
I particularly like Paul Gerber’s triple rotor watches, and some older designs from Sarpaneva.

U must watch it

 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-20:09
It’s called Survivor. Cool movie you will like it I believe so. Wow, an auction! I hope you win the bid!

Yes they said the explorer 1 is closest

 By: Cookies : October 7th, 2021-12:39
Closest to the version Ian Flemming wore himself.

Thanks Fab

 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-20:13
It was a “too good to be true” moment which was true.

Simple and beautiful!

 By: APROchrono : October 6th, 2021-16:49
Enjoy it in good health!


 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-20:17
Thank you. This piece will attract the right attention I believe so. Not many people know of this piece so it will escape attention from middle aged ladies at the butcher/market.


 By: APROchrono : October 6th, 2021-23:27


 By: Cpt Scarlet : October 6th, 2021-17:25
I’m sure you made a great choice. Enjoy !

Thanks Cap’N

 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-20:15
And such a bargain I got it for…

Huge Congrats .excellent catch . Beautiful dial

 By: Watchonthewrist : October 6th, 2021-19:13
I also love the PSM from day one and was lucky to find a older model last year . My PSM says hi ...  


 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-20:15
Yours has the lumed hands. I think the Foundation hands are beautiful when lumed, especially the heart shaped hour hand.

I hope you find one too

 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-21:09
Esp the lumed hand versions. They look so cool in the dark. Or those with the curley hands too. It must be pre-2017, before he left the company. Then u will get the certificate with his signature hand signed on it.

Ah here it is

 By: Cookies : October 7th, 2021-03:16
It looks like a spinning widget. Very fun to fiddle with it. ...  

Very cool indeed

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : October 7th, 2021-11:28

Here’s another pic I took today

 By: Cookies : October 9th, 2021-14:38


 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : October 9th, 2021-15:32

Congrats on the PSM! It’s a lovely piece.

 By: mj23 : October 7th, 2021-05:07
Mine says hi. ...  

Superb piece Mario

 By: Cookies : October 7th, 2021-05:10
Jawdropping. You have a world class collection. Wish I can reach your level.

Congrats on this one.

 By: Jay (Eire) : October 7th, 2021-12:43
I recall the first time I saw one, mid 2000’s and a Paneristi friend of mine had just bought one having met Peter at some place or other and being completely sold on Peter and the watches. I recall meeting Peter at some point in the mid 2000s too but hone... 

Sounds great, here it is

 By: Cookies : October 7th, 2021-13:15
17cm wrist I recall. This piece is a 38mm. I believe the 42mm piece will be too large for me. ...  

Thanks. It’s helpful to see how the watch sits.

 By: Jay (Eire) : October 7th, 2021-18:18
Conclusion for me; too large. I have a smaller wrist than yours so even the smaller case (due to those lugs, which are a real feature of the watch) would be too much. I will continue to admire from a distance !

Luckily you’ve asked

 By: Cookies : October 8th, 2021-00:25
Yes the lugs flare out a lot.

You may need to turn yourself in with the Authorities for stealing this watch

 By: Brandon Skinner : October 7th, 2021-19:30
Congrats on your amazing and highly economical find. My wife’s Serpent Calendar says hello. ...  

I see Elmo shoes

 By: Cookies : October 8th, 2021-00:20
And a nice SM on stingray leather. Have not heard from u from a while B, it’s good to hear from you.

Here are more pics taken yesterday

 By: Cookies : October 10th, 2021-15:24

That dial is gorgeous 🔥

 By: holdemchamp1225 : October 10th, 2021-21:38

Beautiful piece there

 By: Cookies : October 11th, 2021-21:36
Do u wear it often?