If John Keil was to recommend a brand-new functional diver’s watch to a friend who was looking to spend within a certain price range, these would be his suggestions. Or, more specifically, here is what he would purchase himself in a variety of price categories.
Since Baselworld 2018, Rolex has subtly been revisiting its 36 mm Datejust models. The two stainless steel/white gold models revealed at Baselworld 2019 were the last of these, and Saad Chaudhry is pleased to now delve into the new and improved details of this important modern wristwatch.
From the public’s perspective, Rolex’s surge into its movement revolution began with the now anachronistic-sounding Basel 2000 World Watch, Clock, and Jewelry Show. But the evidence of a long-term engineering campaign was mounting at the patent office and in the dealers’ showrooms as this article by Tim Mosso highlights.
If you want to love Rolex, but you love mechanical movements more than you love watch brands themselves, rejoice: Tim Mosso thinks that we are living in the halcyon days of Rolex movement innovation and shares a few well-illustrated technical and movement highlights right here.
A common question in watch servicing/restoration is, “Who does the ‘best’ work?” In a word (or three), what is meant here is superficial case refinishing. And in other words: huge chamfers on Rolex cases, perfectly flat surfaces, and well executed sunburst patterns. And that’s got Aston Tracy ranting. Find out why here!
Mention the name Fidel Castro in watch circles and the first thing that springs to mind is the Rolex GMT-Master with bi-color bezel that was so frequently seen on his wrist throughout his life next to the gold Rolex Datejust that he wore on the same wrist (the consensus seems to be that Castro wore two watches to keep the time in both Havana and Moscow handy). However, Nick Gould has found yet another interesting detail pertaining to Castro’s small collection of Rolexes.
GaryG once wrote on Quill & Pad about his relationship with the world’s greatest mass luxury brand in ‘Why I’ve Never Owned a Rolex – And Why I Might Yet.’ Well, to know him is to know that if he says he “might yet” buy something it’s likely only a matter of time. So, too, with this Rolex: the GMT Master II BLNR “Batman” with black-and-blue bezel.
This is one of the most important yet under appreciated parts of a watch: the crown. The humble crown has played an extensive role in helping Rolex – and the rest of the watch industry – get to where it is today. Here’s why.
The watch nerd that WWMT is, he rarely immediately wears his new watches; he likes to put them aside for a few days and let the anticipation grow. But when the day finally came that it was time to wear his new Rolex, he took it out of the box and proudly put it on his wrist. And then horror struck. He didn’t feel anything, not a thing! Zilch, nada, niente! What to do?
In June 2018 Phillips auction house in conjunction with Bacs and Russo announced it would be auctioning a Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 given to stuntman Loren James by actor Steve McQueen. Following Quill & Pad’s Nick Gould highlighting a few serious anomalies regarding the details of this Rolex’s provenance, Phillips now releases a statement announcing the removal of it from the fall 2018 auction.