Posts Categorized: Rolex

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Rolex Air-King

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Keeping with the aviation theme from last week’s article on the Stowa Flieger Klassik 40 Baumuster B, we come to this week’s featured timepiece: the Rolex Air-King. This series is one of the longest-running production models within Rolex’s modern lineup, with only the iconic Datejust and the original Oyster Perpetual rivaling it for longevity. The […]

Close-Up: Rolex Yacht-Master in Rolesium (With Video)

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The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, a sailors’ watch introduced in 1992, underwent a major facelift recently in both its design and technology. In 2012, Rolex released a version with an Oyster case made of its patented alloy Rolesium, and a cool, blue dial with brushed sunray pattern. Rolesium, a material developed by Rolex and used […]

Fratello Friday: My Top 3 Rolex GMT-Master Watches

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Many visitors to my blog, Fratellowatches.com, absolutely love Rolex watches. Whenever I write something about this brand, whether it’s about new product introductions at Baselworld or something involving vintage Rolex watches, I receive a great deal of commentary and questions. One of the most often-asked questions is,“What is your favorite Rolex model?” My personal pick […]

The Legend of the Rolex GMT-Master, the Ultimate Two-Timer

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In this feature courtesy of our friends at WatchTime Middle East, Dubai-based Christie’s watch specialist Remi Guillemin traces the evolution of the Rolex GMT-Master —the iconic Rolex dual-time watch and among the most collectible models to date — through six important references. Developed during the 1950s, the Rolex GMT-Master exemplifies the extraordinary success achieved by Rolex sport models. Among the most collectible timepieces to date, […]

Five Rare Vintage Rolex Watches in Phillips’ May Auction of Steel Chronographs

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On May 15 at Geneva’s Hotel La Réserve, Phillips auction house, in association with Bacs & Russo, will host “Start, Stop, Reset,” an auction devoted to important stainless steel chronograph watches, including some highly coveted vintage models from Rolex. Here are the top five Rolex watch highlights, as per Phillips’ Head of Watches for America, […]

Rolex Sea-Dweller Resurfaces with Larger Case and New Movement

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It’s another big year of anniversaries in the luxury watch world. While Omega marks 60 years of the Speedmaster and Patek Philippe, 40 years of the Aquanaut, Rolex celebrates the half-century mark for its extreme divers’ watch, the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller, by launching an all-new model, with a larger case and modern caliber, at Baselworld […]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Rolex GMT-Master II

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Over the past 100 years or so, Rolex has produced more than a few “dynasty” series of watches — from the Datejust to the Day-Date, to the Explorer, Daytona, and Speedking, to the piece we will be focusing on today: the GMT-Master II. These watch collections originally built much of their reputations on functionality and […]

8 Highlights from Christie’s All-Rolex Watch Auction on May 15

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It’s all Rolex, all afternoon. At its May 15 Important Watches Auction, Christie’s will dedicate its entire afternoon session to Rolex watches. The 116 watches, in 55 different references from the 1930s to the modern day, is the largest assemblage of Rolex timepieces any auction house has ever offered in a single afternoon, with estimates ranging from $2,000 to $ […]

When Rolex Went Quartz: A Tale of the 1970s

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How did mechanical-watch king Rolex deal with the arrival of quartz in the 1970s? What follows is an excerpt from the book “Electrifying the Wristwatch,” by WatchTime contributor Lucien Trueb. The book, illustrated with photos of pieces from watch collectors Günther Ramm and Peter Wenzig, tells how quartz-watch technology evolved. André Heiniger, second Rolex president […]

Design King: Updating the Rolex Datejust

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The modern Datejust that Rolex unveiled at Baselworld 2016 scarcely differs from the Rolex Datejust II. The similar design characteristics set Rolex watches apart from other brands. Learn more details in this feature article from WatchTime’s Special Design Issue 2017 (available for download in the WatchTime Shop). A fluted bezel, a Cyclops magnifying lens above […]