Posts Categorized: Rolex

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 […]

5 Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors

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Rolex is the most recognizable and most coveted watch brand in the world, with prices that can be prohibitive to some. However, we found five popular Rolex watch models that are in stores now and that offer accessible (for Rolex, that is) prices for collectors looking to spend under $10k.* Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rolex calls […]

Swanky Sailor: Reviewing the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master

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In this feature from the WatchTime archives, we take a close look at the new version of Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, with black Cerachrom bezel and Oysterflex bracelet. Original photos are by Nik Schölzel. A water-resistant Oyster case, large hour markers and bold hands are essential elements of Rolex’s Submariner, introduced in 1953 and made […]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Rolex Explorer I

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In the world of horology, there are many uncertainties. These span from concerns about the security of the industry in an uncertain economic climate, to wondering about the next technology a brand might bring into its watches, to a question that many enthusiasts consider: will my watch be able to maintain or gain value over […]