The Most Affordable Rolex

This article is part of a series called “Cost of Entry” on, and it reviews the most affordable models of watches from luxury brands such as Rolex. In fact, they start their list with Rolex, calling it “the brand millions of people around the world aspire to own”. If you want to get your…read more

A Look at 100 Years of Rolex Oyster Watches

A little over 100 years ago, Rolex was first started and the Kew Observatory in Great Britain granted a “Class A” chronometer certificate to a  wristwatch for the first time. The evolution of the Rolex “Oyster” resulted from it, and this article has photos of that timeline with models from 1926 through 2014. The milestone…read more

Eric Clapton’s Rare Rolex is For Sale

Eric Clapton is opening up his fabulous collection of rare Rolex watches and selling his Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263 Oyster Albino. The exceedingly rare Rolex will be part of the next Phillips auction, due to take place on May 10th, 2015 in Geneva. What makes this particular Reference 6263 so rare is that it is…read more

Baselworld – the Year of Evolution, Not Revolution…


… and yet the Internet’s head explodes. Go figure. And there was the smartwatch revolution instigated by Apple, with Breitling, Frederick Constant, and others launching their own connected watches. (Hint: Breitling nailed it) New movements debuted too, with Tudor (watch this space for a briefing, coming soon) and Rolex leading the way. Even the Governator…read more

Rolex’s Little Brother


Last week we touched on Tudor’s current releases, the Heritage Ranger and the Heritage Chrono Blue. These seemingly homage watches are actually extensions of popular watches of decades gone by. They represent the tip of a resurfacing iceberg. That of Tudor Watches, which in 2013 came back to US shores. Years and decades ago, Tudor…read more

Homages, Damned Homages, And Fakes – Part 2

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A few days ago I began discussing an issue which Rolex aficionados are very sensitive about – and one that hits a nerve with Rolex themselves, too. The issue of homages and fakes. Now, to be sure, there are honest homages. And lets be realistic. There are only so many ways you can design the look…read more

Why would you wear a Rolex near salt water???


I had an interesting conversation with a Facebook friend today. As a joke, I’d posted a wrist shot of my Oyster Perpetual against a background of my computer monitor wallpaper – a view of a Caribbean beach hut. My Facebook friend commented, “Why would you wear a Rolex near salt water???” I responded that I…read more

Oysters, Perpetually, Part 2


Last week we started exploring the backstory behind the Oyster Perpetual label. We looked at the Oyster case as conceived by Rolex. This post delves into the perpetual side of the equation. So if oyster is the case, perpetual must come from the movement. Rolex patented a self-winding mechanism in 1931. This mechanism wound the…read more