Gold or not gold.

I have never been a fan of gold watches.

I never thought that I would own a gold watch of any type. I am a steel watch type of man.

But now I see myself as having more and more watches with some gold.

From the two tone subs to root beer GMT. And ofcause the always perfect day date.

Gold or not gold

Always think of the gold watch as a kind of “to much”. A watch should only tell time.

But I have been convinced.

A gold watch, or a gold and steel watch is perfect for the man that wants something a little more special.

 

I don’t use my Rolex Day Date that much – but when I do – it just feels perfect.

 

My daily watch as of now – and that is very special for me – is the Rolex 16803 Sub.

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My latest Explorer II – 16570 with cal. 3186

My version of the Rolex Explorer II – model 16750 – is a special one, as it is the last batch of the version 16550/16570 with caliber 3186 inside.

It is also with the white dial – my first and maybe last white dial watch. I do think that I’m more a black dial guy. But if I should have a white dial – this is the model for it.

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My 1655 Rolex Explorer II

Rolex Explorer II 1655

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My rolex explorer II is a very special watch. It was the ugly duckling of the rolex family for many years. Only lately have it become a highly valued model.

My watch is from 1971 – with the original MkI dial and MkII bezel. Also the bracelet is the original from 1972 (based on stamps). And it is so sharp it looks like new.

It was created in 1970/71 as a cave exploring  (Speleology) watch, where it was possible to tell the time over a period of 24 hours vs 12 hours on a normal watch. This was in theory a Rolex GMT without the rotating bezel.

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But the change on this Rolex Explorer II was much more than that. It included – a much different dial, special hands only seen on this model. And this dial and hands have not been seen before or after on any Rolex tool watch.

The Rolex Explorer II 1655 – was a extremely specialist watch. It had NO other function that to tell the time in 24 hours. It was not possible to use this as a two-time zone watch (as the following 16550, 16570 watches).

My Rolex Explorer II – Cal 3186 – White Dial

My version of the Rolex Explorer II – model 16750 – is a special one, as it is the last batch of the version 16550/16570 with caliber 3186 inside.

It is also with the white dial – my first and maybe last white dial watch. I do think that I’m more a black dial guy. But if I should have a white dial – this is the model for it.

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Will the Rolex Deep Sea last?

Will the Rolex Deep Sea Dweller continue in the present lineup?

I’m a little unsure if this model will continue to be avaliabe in Rolex model lineup.
As of now we have 3 (4) Rolex dwellers avaliable. And I think this is one to many.

  • Rolex Deep Sea Dweller – 116660
  • Rolex Deep Sea Blue Dial – 116660
  • Rolex Dweller – 116600
  • Rolex Deep Sea Challange

We have the first Deep Sea Dweller – the (present) father of the Deep Sea dweller.


Then came Deep Sea Dweller with blue dial (aka the james cameron deep sea).
And last the dweller that is a modern clone of the old Rolex dweller.

I think that within 2-3 years the deep sea dweller will not be avaliable anymore. And only the dweller will exist.
The cost of making the deep sea, and the number being sold makes this watch more and more expensive to maintain.

What is so special about Panerai?

Well besides that they make large watches, with a distinct look. What is the story about this brand.

It was a good brand, in the early 2000 days and before. But I think that during the last many years the brand have lost some of its magic.

I really like the early versions and models. But the many new versions and models leave me a little cold.

Give me a PAM 005 or PAM 001 any day.

I for one still love my old Panerai Sub.

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Tool watch vs Normal watch vs Fashion watch

In general you have 3 types of watches.

  • Normal watch – Tell the time
  • Tool watches – made for a specific task (diving, gmt,..)
  • Fashion watches – just a watch as jewellery

And for me the real watches and their value is  based on the use.

 

Primary goal for a watch is to tell time!!!

So these watches that keep the basic look and functionality is by my account the “best” watches. Then come the tool watches, again watches made to tell the time, but with a added feature.

And ONE watch I will never own – is a fashion watch!!