Is Rolex a boring watch

Well yes and no.

Sometimes the classic Rolex watch can be a little boring.


But it also make the brand what it is today.

The evolution of Rolex have been very slow and with minor changes.

This might be right on the old days. But lately the changes in Rolex policy have given us many new watches from their side. 


I’m looking forward to the Basel show this year (next month).  Will Rolex jump on the wagon and keep the changes to a minimum or will they take a chance and introduce something special.

Time will show.

But I think Rolex should be careful. The success of Rolex have been that watches have been like small children that grow up. 

But time will tell.

Ultimate Watch – The Rolex Daytona Zenith

Somehow this watch have/is the most ultimate watch out there.

It have a history that is special. And from way back the story was that you only could get this watch if you were lucky enough to be on the waiting list for one. And then maybe after 5 years waiting – you would be able to buy one for a very high price.

This caused the used prices of this watch to be much higher that the official listing.

My Zenith is from 1990 and is just perfect. I like the Zenith model better than the latest version of the daytona. I’m a sucker for the classic look – from the period before watches became fashion items.

Military watches – Hamilton from 1973

Somehow I have 3 Military watches – I will not be able to get my grail watch – the Rolex 5517 – with sword hands.

So I got myself 3 military watches that are all within the reach of everybody.

A complete Hamilton Military issued watch – complete with wax paper and delivery notes.

This watch is just beautiful and comes with the same information as the rolex mill spec. watches.

Fixed bars

(T) dial and Arrow on dial

And the engraving on the back is just perfect.

 

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 is good for you

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 latest watch – Rolex 16803 – Gold and Steel

Rolex Sub – Gold and Steel – 16803

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The Rolex 16803 is the first real two-tone subs created after the all gold 16808.

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I had long had my eye on a mix of gold and steel, and lastly this was the one I got.

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  1. Because the 16803 is more rare than the 16613
  2. Because the black dial together with gold and steel is much more stealthy

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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