Rolex Explorer II 1655
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.
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).
Rolex Sub – Gold and Steel – 16803
The Rolex 16803 is the first real two-tone subs created after the all gold 16808.
I had long had my eye on a mix of gold and steel, and lastly this was the one I got.
- Because the 16803 is more rare than the 16613
- Because the black dial together with gold and steel is much more stealthy
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.
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.
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.
Always remember the days.
- Mon = Subs
- Tue = Omega Speedmaster
- Fri. = Root Beer
- Sat. = Gold
- Sun. = Free choice
So here comes Speedy Tuesday
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.
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!!
The subject here is to name 3 iconic watches, that any WIS person can relate to.
Lets start with the biggest watch company and with the best know brand.
The iconic watch – is the Rolex sub no-date.
From the early models, to the latest. But If I should select only ONE – it would be the 5513.
Next brand that have a iconic watch is Omega – the Omega Speedmaster is a must have for anyone interesting in the history of watches.
The Omega Speedmaster have remained unchanged for plus 50 years.
And last the iconic watch to have is the ….
Well I have to think a little more about this, I have more than one watch and brand in mind.
It could be a IWC, Heuer, Patek, or something different.
Omega Speedmaster MkII racing dial
The Omega Speedmaster MkII was supposed to go into space as replacement from the initial Omega Speedmaster cal 321. But this never happened.
NASA would not let new watches through the process of approval – take time and cost money, when they already did have a perfect good and approved watch.
So even if the Speedmaster MkII was made for “NASA” it never really went into space.
My Omega MkII is the little more special version – the MkII racing dial version.
Why always rolex – is it not dull?
Well for my point of view – the rolex brand have always been a brand that is very conservative in relation to putting out new models.
When I compare Rolex to some of the other brands that just keep pumping out new models and new versions, I feel more at home with a brand that focus on watches, rather than fashion.
Eg. Fossil group is the forerunner in relation to pumping out watches in the same degree as the fashion industry. They are producing 4 releases every year, and with every release there is hard targets for sales. There watches are to be used in a limited period, as the latest colors in t-shirts, and then let it be forgotten, as a new model is to be released.
The “old” watch industry have one period ever year (SIHH and BASEL) http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=threadt&frm_id=124
And this is the place to view new models and watch news in general.
Then back to Rolex.
It always makes a top story when Rolex comes with a new version, and even more if a new model.
Why, because it doesn’t happen that often, and when it happens, the models and version can be expected to be around for some time.
But other brands – Like Panerai – the come with multiple numbers of new models every year. And the news it a little lost on their side.
So that’s is why I like the Rolex brand.