Jacob & Co made a watch for petrolheads - it's called "Oil Pump"
Watch collectors and manufacturers are a bit highbrow, if we're honest. The vast majority of watch brands you know and appreciate were founded over a century ago. It's basically a closed circle and they want to keep it that way.
Over the last few years, several high-end manufacturers have been trying to gain access to a chair in this exclusive boardroom and only a few actually managed, one of them is a New York-based manufacturer called Jacob & Co. It was founded in 1986 by an Uzbek-born American diamond designer called Jacob Arabo and they quickly gained popularity because of the astonishing attention to detail in their timepieces. One of the watches they make is called the Oil Pump, and we're going to talk about that in a minute, but before we get to that, I want to share some photographs of the various versions of their flagship 'Astronomia' model, including the Astronomia Dragon and the Astronomia Casino, and the Godfather to explain, visually, what I mean when I talk about "attention to detail".
Nothing you see here is CGI or Photoshop, this is what their watches actually look like. A wristwatch is a relatively small thing and to fit thousands of components like that requires a certain degree of A, madness and B, skills. Furthermore, everything you see has a purpose, it isn't just for show. The globe in the Astronomia rotates following the movement of the watch, and so does the small astronaut. Anyway, let's get back to the Oil Pump.
The Oil Pump is 49-mm watch made of 18K Rose Gold and Sapphire , powered by an in-house Manual-Winding movement with a 60-hour power reserve. As ever with any Jacob watch, everything you see has a purpose. The oil pump actually moves as seconds go by.
It also has double-axis tourbillon and it is technically water resistant. Mind you, I'd never ever let this watch go anywhere near water. Two different versions have been made with minor differences. The other version has a different type of oil barrel (bottom right) showing the name of the brand, and the oil pump is also a bit different.
Production is limited to 88 pieces. The retail price is $380,000 but you couldn't buy one new because there are waiting lists and, par for the course, known buyers and customers of Jacob's are prioritized. I found a few (very few, actually) pre-owned Jacob & Co watches on sale and they're selling for a lot of money over retail price.
Most of their watches are tacky and wacky. It's a bit too much but still, I kinda find them amusing.