Blog posts from Andy Callan

The Grail Series: Explorers—of Earth and Beyond

For this post in our grail watch series, we’re going to take a look at two examples from Rolex’s perpetually underappreciated Explorer range. ‘Two examples’ may be a slight overstatement however. These are, in every other respect bar the name, the exact same watch. One represents possibly the longest continuous production run of any Rolex […]

The Rolex Caliber 3130

In the multifaceted and often confusing world of Rolex calibers, not only does form always follow function, but sometimes, a less complicated version of a base movement is introduced long after its more complex brethren. Such is the case with the Cal. 3130. Identical in practically every way to the series foundation caliber, the Cal. […]

The Rolex Caliber 4130

Anyone with even a passing interest in fine watches knows the name Daytona. For Rolex fans it’s the word that will forever define this year, with that holiest of all holy grails, the example once belonging to Paul Newman, becoming the most expensive watch ever when it sold for $17.7m in October. It was an […]

The Watch Collector Series: Watches and Cars

Watches and Cars Connection Scratch any enthusiastic watch collector and it’s a good bet you will also find a car collector, or budding car collector, lurking just below the surface. The two worlds have always been intrinsically linked. They share a number of overlapping qualities that inspire equally obsessive passions. Watches and cars are essentially functional […]

The Grail Watch Series: The Paul Newman Daytonas

The Grailiest Of Holy Grails On paper, it makes no sense. A mass-produced, unpopular version of an already unpopular item, powered by technology that was outdated before it even began (and made by a third party to boot) somehow becoming responsible for starting an entire multi-billion dollar industry. However, what we are talking about here […]

The Future Grail Series: The Green Submariners

A mid-life crisis can take many forms. For some, it involves nothing more harmful than looking up old flames on Facebook or developing an overwhelming urge to learn the guitar. For others, it can lead to spending the kid’s college fund on a Porsche or excruciating attempts to flirt with people 20 years their junior. […]

Future Classics: The Rolex Day-Date Rose Gold ref. 1803

Rolex, famously, like to stay in control. Of everything. Their production base is one of the most comprehensive, vertically-integrated manufacturing facilities on earth, with essentially every component that goes into every one of their watches starting life inside their vault-like compound. The only element of the whole process over which they can exert no real […]