Blog posts from Andy Callan

Rolex’s Most Important Milestones

It is fair to say that Rolex has done more than any other manufacturer to develop the concept of the wristwatch. Throughout its history, now comfortably into its second century, it has consistently led from the front with a series of groundbreaking innovations in both technology and design; pioneering breakthroughs that have formed the basis […]

The Watch Collector Series: Watch Shows

It is fair to say that high-end mechanical watches have rarely been more popular than they are today. Despite living in an era of breathtakingly fast technological development, or maybe because of it, traditional timepieces are enjoying another golden age. Whether brand new models or vintage grail pieces from fabled makers, or a limited edition […]

Vintage Rolex

Looking for a way to spend a fruitless and frustrating afternoon? Try getting a bunch of horology experts to agree on when they think a watch officially becomes ‘vintage’. Unlike other subjects (cars, for instance, are formally termed vintage if they were made between 1919 and 1930), there has never been a hard and fast […]

The Watch Collector Series: Communities for Collecting

Some of the great joys of watch collecting are the people and communities for collecting beautiful timepieces that you meet along the way. What was once an extremely niche pastime, practiced by the select, usually very wealthy few, is now open to enthusiasts from every walk of life. It is still a fairly new phenomenon. […]

The 31mm Rolex Watches

31mm Rolex watches are fast becoming the most popular size among female wearers, granting a significant step up in wrist presence over the time-honored and more traditional sub-30mm pieces. They offer a versatile middle ground between conventional ladies watches measuring 26mm or 28mm, and the modern fashion among women to opt for models more usually […]

The 24mm Rolex Watches

Even though the bigger-is-better spirit in watchmaking is perhaps showing its first tentative signs of slowing down, there is still nothing in the current Rolex family weighing in at the truly diminutive 24mm. The smallest in the range is a full two millimeters larger; also a tiny model but nevertheless a noticeable difference. It is […]

The 29mm Rolex Watches

The 29mm Rolex watches are particularly few and far between. In fact, the modern lineup doesn’t have any examples in this size. However, in the vintage archives there are only two models that measure up. Fortunately, both of them are real beauties. Each one, the Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster and the Lady Yacht-Master, were originally the smallest […]