Richard E. Gilbert
was born in Abilene Kansas in 1944. He has been a horologist for over
40 years and is a lifetime member of the NAWCC. In addition to his
Bachelors and Masters degrees in Science, Mr. Gilbert trained under
three European watch and clock experts from 1962 to 1971. He has
co-authored the Complete Price Guide To Watches since 1992. He is also
the co-author of the Price Guide To Antique Jewelry.
Gilbert established Ashland Investments in 1961. Ashland Investments
has grown to become one of the world's largest antique watch dealers
with both a national and international clientele of watch collectors.
Ashland is proud to claim the world's largest inventory of collectors'
pocket and wrist watches. Mr. Gilbert annually sets the market prices
for watches outside of the auction arena, handles numerous watch and
jewelry estates throughout the country and prepares numerous trust
Gilbert is a well recognized figure at the finest auctions in Europe
where his expertise is undisputed. He is also a sought after lecturer.
His most current lecture was delivered in Torquay England entitled
"The Patek Phillipe Wristwatch". Mr. Gilbert currently resides in
Sarasota, FL, with his wife of over 40 years, Joanne.
Richard M. Gilbert
received his BA in Business
Administration and Management from Flagler College. He spent his
college summers in the offices of Ashland Investments apprenticing
under numerous highly skilled watch makers. He officially began his
full time career with Ashland Investments in 2003, where he is
presently employed today. While working for Ashland, Mr. Gilbert
established Richard M. Gilbert Enterprises in 2004. He attends watch
auctions in both Europe and the United States and has been an active
member of the NAWCC since 2004.
Jim Miller was born in
Kansas City, MO and moved to Sarasota in 1956. I attended school and
college locally and received an AA degree in business. I started
collecting at 14 years of age, when I began to amass writing
instruments and cigarette lighters. Since then my attention has varied
from staplers, vintage pad locks and tools, advertising signs,
conductor’s punches, coin operated machines, old cars, and watches
(primarily wrist). I tend to be interested in the history behind the
collectibles as much as the items themselves. Most of my time off is
used seeking new additions to my diverse collections. Richard Gilbert
hired me on April Fool’s Day in 1995. I have experienced many
different job descriptions at Ashland. Most of them I still continue
today, with my dual responsibilities to both Ashland and eAshland.net.
Mark Malek was born in
Warsaw, Poland and immigrated to the United States in 1981. I became
an American citizen in 1984. I earned my Masters degree from the
University of Warsaw majoring in History of European Literature &
Culture. After graduation, I was a producer and director of a TV
station for 10 years. In 1972, when my hobby of restoring old watches
became more serious, I attended the Watchmaker's School located in
Glashutte, Germany. I successfully made my Masterpiece (complete
pocket watch movement) after only 3 1/2 months of attending the
school's practices. I specialize in very old and complicated
Thomas Pakula is a
certified watchmaker with 36 years of experience, trained in Poland by
my father. I received my first diploma of watch repair in 1972. The
second diploma I received was from the college of Art Craft, also in
Poland, that I attended in 1975. I fix all types of pocket watches and
vintage wristwatches. I specialize in most complicated mechanical
watches and types of fusees, as well as accutrons. I have been
repairing watches for Ashland Investments for over 15 years and am
happy to now include eAshland.net as another of my clients.
Rod Wolf was born in Sao
Paulo, Brazil and moved to Sarasota in 2003. Being an expert jewelry
designer and stone setter, Rod has always been creative. His hobbies
include martial arts, cars of all types and continuing his watch