Beckertime, LLC Pre-Loved Rolex & Luxury Timepieces Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:56:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Affordable Mens Gold Oyster Perpetual Rolex Watch Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:22:13 +0000 With a history that spans over a century, the Rolex catalog is brimming with choices. And that includes affordable gold Rolex models too. In fact, you can pick up a mens gold Rolex watch for less than $5,000—you’ll just have to go the vintage route. Let’s take a look at some affordable vintage Oyster Perpetual mens gold watches from Rolex.

Vintage Oyster Perpetual Mens Gold Timepieces

Today, we’re examining the vintage Oyster Perpetual gold mens watch with the four-digit reference numbers. There’s the Oyster Perpetual ref. 1002 with the smooth bezel, the ref. 1003 with the engine turned bezel and the ref. 1005 with the fluted bezel.

Vintage Oyster Perpetual 1002

The gold versions of these mens Oyster Perpetual watches are fashioned in either 14k or 18k yellow gold. As a dress watch, the vintage Oyster Perpetual ref. 1005 (and its siblings ref. 1002 and ref. 1003) sports a 34mm Oyster case—a very common size for men’s watches during the era. The four-digit Oyster Perpetual No-Date watches were manufactured from the 1960s up until the 1980s. Today, the 34mm men’s gold Oyster Perpetual watch is an ideal choice for someone who prefers smaller and classic Rolex watches.

As is common with vintage models, these mens gold vintage Oyster Perpetual models are available with several bracelet options such as leather, Oyster Rivet, and Jubilee. Due to their age, the watches sometimes come with aftermarket bracelets. There are even some mens gold Oyster Perpetual models outfitted with solid gold President-style bracelets for a more luxurious way to way the vintage Rolex.

Mens Gold Oyster Perpetual No-Date

The Oyster Perpetual is a time-only Rolex model without a date function. Subsequently, the dials of the mens gold Oyster Perpetual models are sumptuously symmetrical. For the most part, the OP ref. 1005 comes equipped with dials in neutral shades such as such as champagne, silver, white, or black, along with simple stick hour markers and center hands in matching yellow gold.

Vintage Oyster Perpetual 1005

Although they are vintage models, the Oyster Perpetual ref. 1005, 1003, and 1002 are indeed automatic chronometers, certified by COSC. Running on either Cal. 1560 (early models) or Cal. 1570 (later models), the mens gold Oyster Perpetual all include the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” text on the dial. One of the major differences between the Caliber 1560 and the Caliber 1570 are the frequency rates—18,000 vs. 19,800 beats per hour respectively. Furthermore, Cal. 1570 includes the hacking feature where the seconds hand comes to a complete stop when the winding crown get pulled out.

Aside from their classic Rolex looks and precise and reliable automatic mechanical movements, another great benefit of vintage mens gold Oyster Perpetual watches are, as we mentioned, their prices. So if you’re in the market for a solid gold Rolex watch but don’t want to break the bank, then check out the mens gold Oyster Perpetual No-Date models.

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Examining the Mens Two Tone Oyster Perpetual Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:13:07 +0000 While today, only stainless steel versions of the Oyster Perpetual are available, this wasn’t always the case. Take for instance the mens two tone Oyster Perpetual models. Although these particular two tone Rolex watches are no longer in production, there are a few interesting examples in the secondary market. Let’s delve into some vintage and retro references of the mens two tone Oyster Perpetual.

Vintage Mens Two Tone Oyster Perpetual Watches

Mens Two Tone Oyster Perpetual 1005

The vintage men’s two tone Oyster Perpetual ref. 100X series was a long-running collection, in production for 30 years from the 1950s well into the 1980s. The models sported a 34mm two tone Oyster case in 14k yellow gold and stainless steel and bezels varied according to the reference numbers. The men’s two tone Oyster Perpetual ref. 1002 includes a smooth bezel, while the more ubiquitous ref. 1005 dons a fluted bezel. There’s also the rare Rolex Zephyr ref. 1008 that includes the characteristic two tone case, but along with an engine turned gold bezel and crosshair dial.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches are no-date time only models. Early models of the two tone Oyster Perpetual ref. 100X series ran on the Cal. 1560 automatic mechanical movement with a frequency rate of 18,000 beats per hour. Later models came equipped with the Cal. 1570, boasting a higher frequency rate of 19,800 beats per hour. Both movements are COSC-certified, thus the dial of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual ref. 1002 and ref. 1005 carry the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation.

Retro Mens Two Tone Oyster Perpetual Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 14203 Two-Tone

Following the above vintage models, Rolex unveiled the updated five-digit mens two tone Oyster Perpetual in the 1990s. Although the watches retained the 34mm sized Oyster case, the yellow gold was upgraded to 18k. Also, the mens two tone Oyster Perpetual ref. 14203 includes a smooth bezel while the Oyster Perpetual ref. 14233 has the fluted bezel.

Both models come along with the signature two tone Oyster bracelet with yellow gold center links flanked by stainless steel outer links.

As a more modern Rolex watch, the Oyster Perpetual ref. 14203 and the Oyster Perpetual ref. 14233 are powered by the Rolex Caliber 3000 with a frequency rate of 28,800 beats per hour and a power reserve of 42 hours. Of course, these OP watches are indeed COSC-certified chronometers.

Rolex offered a number of dial options on the Oyster Perpetual ref. 14203 and the Oyster Perpetual ref. 14233 including 3,6, and 9 Explorer-style layouts, straightforward stick indexes, and ones with Roman numerals.

Mens Two Tone Oyster Perpetual Watches Prices

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 14233 Two-Tone

As Rolex no longer manufactures mens two tone Oyster Perpetual watches, the secondary watch market is where to source them. For vintage versions carrying the 4-digit reference numbers such as a pre-owned Rolex ref. 1005, prices start from about the mid $2,500 to about $3,500. For newer models, such as a pre-owned Rolex ref. 14203 or a used Rolex ref. 14233, expect to pay anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000 depending on condition, year, and availability of packaging and paperwork.

The mens two tone Oyster Perpetual watch takes a straightforward time-only Rolex watch and offers more luxury thanks to the use of yellow gold. Given its iconic Rolex design, COSC-certified movements, varied dial options, and accessible price points, these models are a great way to wear a low-key everyday luxury watch.




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The Rolex Caliber 1160/1161 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:59:03 +0000 Rolex’s 1000 series of automatic calibers debuted in 1950, with the base model, the Cal. 1030. It marked the company’s first bi-directional self-winding movement—a highly reliable and accurate 18,000bph mechanism that found great success inside that era’s Submariner, Oyster Perpetual and Explorer range.

From that basic, no date architecture, the Cal. 1030 went through a number of variations, with GMT and calendar complications being added where needed, along with Rolex’s characteristically relentless upgrades as their technology progressed.

In 1964, the series entered its third generation when the Cal. 1160 and 1161 were released simultaneously. With the new calibers came an extra jewel; up to 26 from the previous 25, along with a new balance frequency, increased for the first time to 19,800bph, or 5.5 beats per second, with the inherent increase in accuracy and shock resistance.

Rolex Caliber 1160

By that time, the Sub, Explorer and several other of Rolex’s simple, three-hand watches had found new engines with the 1500 family of calibers, the last low-beat movements the brand produced.

The 1160 ran alongside the various iterations of the hugely popular 1500 series for a number of years. Rolex have always preferred to gradually phase in replacements for their calibers, rather than with a sudden, jarring leap. In the seventies, the 1500 series would go through a similar process itself when it was superseded with the 3000 range.

For the Cal. 1160, its modest dimensions saw it used in just one model in the Rolex catalog. At only 20mm wide and with a height of 5.4mm, it powered nearly 30 different references of the Oyster Perpetual series.

The Cal. 1160 at Work

Introduced in the 1950s, the brand’s simplest watch has one of the most confusing names. Every automatic, waterproof Rolex wears the Oyster Perpetual tag—the self-winding mechanism the company patented in the 30s is called the ‘Perpetual’ movement, and the impenetrable shell they are housed in, formed by screwing the bezel, case back and winding crown down against a solid midsection, has been known as the ‘Oyster’ case since the 1920s.

However, a particular collection of watches is also titled the Oyster Perpetual range, regarded by some as Rolex’s most versatile. About as basic as a watch can possibly be, the series has been in constant production for more than six decades and gone through a countless number of variations of materials and colors.

As popular with women as with men, the Oyster Perpetual has always been available in a slew of sizes, from 26mm to 36mm, and 2015 saw it joined by another edition when a more modern 39mm was added to the lineup—not a monster by any means, but one keeping up with the fashion for larger timepieces.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual with Cal. 1160

The Cal. 1160 began service in 1964 in the ref. 6544, a midsize, steel example of the range, and ended in the early seventies in the ref. 6807. It was replaced by the Cal. 1570, which introduced a seconds hacking feature.

Although often regarded as the entry-level Rolex, and the watch that represents the buy in to the brand for new collectors, the Oyster Perpetual range still benefits from the same level of engineering excellence and attention to detail as anything else that bears the Rolex name, and nowhere more so than in its mechanism.

The Cal. 1160 is a chronometer certified movement, rated accurate to within -4/+6 seconds a day. Its free-sprung Nivarox hairspring features a Breguet overcoil, and it has a power reserve of 42 hours. Its balance wheel is regulated by Rolex’s Microstella system, two pairs of weighted screws on the inside of the balance rim that makes the wheel more aerodynamic and its adjustment easier to fine tune.

The Outsider

The Cal. 1160 is one of Rolex’s lesser-known movements, with a relatively limited production run. Serving as the forerunner to the 1500 series, among the most popular and enduring family of calibers in the brand’s history, has consigned the 1160 to dark horse status in the history books.

However, as owners of vintage Oyster Perpetual watches will tell you, they are a precise and reliable performer, a simple and robust movement with a fine pedigree.

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The Ladies Gold Oyster Perpetual is the Little Black Dress of Womens Watches Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:32:12 +0000 In my opinion, a ladies gold Oyster Perpetual watch is the equivalent of that little black dress every fashionable lady has in her wardrobe. Ever faithful and dependable, it can be worn almost anywhere at anytime and never be inappropriate. In addition, the watch’s signature “Rolex” look, precious gold, and prestigious name make it stand out. Yet, its classic design, minimalistic dial, and smaller size keep the timepiece understated and chic. Perhaps the best part, however, is its price. The ladies gold Oyster Perpetual is significantly less expensive than its more famous sister, the gold Datejust. Besides, what stylish lady doesn’t enjoy a good deal? Read on to find out more about the ladies gold Oyster Perpetual Rolex watch.

Ladies Gold Oyster Perpetual 67197

The Evolution of the Ladies Gold Oyster Perpetual

The ladies gold Oyster Perpetual watch was part of Rolex’s catalog for a long time. This means that there are several models to choose from. While there are older models, we’ll pick up from the seventies and take a look at the collection’s evolution from there.

Rolex produced the ladies’ gold Oyster Perpetual ref. 6718 with the smooth bezel and the ref. 6719 with the fluted bezel from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. Also, these particular models sport cases that measure about 24mm and the dials are protected by a plastic crystal.

In the mid-1980s, the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal was introduced to better protect the dials. From this era, there’s the choice of the ladies’ 14k gold Oyster Perpetual ref. 67197 with a fluted bezel, the 18k gold ref. 67198 with a fluted bezel, the 14k gold ref. 67187 with a smooth bezel, and the 18k gold ref. ref. 67188 with a smooth bezel.

Then, in the late 1990s, Rolex crafted all versions in 18k solid yellow gold. Choices include the Oyster Perpetual ref. 76198 with the fluted bezel and the Oyster Perpetual ref. 76188 with the smooth bezel.

Unfortunately, Rolex no longer manufactures a gold version of the ladies’ Oyster Perpetual. But, lucky for us, there are plenty to choose from in the secondary market.

Ladies Gold Oyster Perpetual 67188

Style Variances and Customization Options of the Ladies’ Gold Oyster Perpetual

There is a variety of dial colors across all versions of the ladies gold Oyster Perpetual. Shades range from matching champagne to rich black to fresh white and some others in between. There’s also a choice between stick indexes and Roman numerals. However, it’s worth noting that a popular move is to customize ladies’ gold Oyster Perpetual watches with diamond hour markers. A dash of diamonds certainly never hurt anyone!

Bracelet varieties include gold three-link Oyster bracelets for a sporty touch or the gold five-link Jubilee bracelet for a dressier look. I’ve even seen some ladies’ gold Oyster Perpetual outfitted with the coveted President style bracelet with the semi-circular links. While I appreciate a solid gold bracelet, one of my favorite things to do with a yellow gold Rolex watch is to wear it on a leather strap. Not only is it much lighter to wear, but I love the sophistication and elegance of a classic leather strap—neutral or bright colors, it all works. It’s a simple and economical way to completely change the look of your Rolex!

So if you’re searching for a yellow gold woman’s Rolex to add to your watch wardrobe, then explore the ladies’ Oyster Perpetual collection. You may just find a watch that’s as perfect as your faithful little black dress.

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The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1990s Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:50:12 +0000 By the start of the nineties, the name Rolex had become inextricably linked with notions of success and achievement. While there are some that give the company’s marketing department the lion’s share of the credit, the brand’s faultless public image had been established first and foremost on the back of an exceptional range of products.

What had made Rolex stand apart from other luxury goods makers was its overwhelming focus on quality. When you bought a Rolex watch, you were aware you were buying something very special; a piece of engineering excellence that was going to outlast you and be passed down to subsequent generations.

From an economics standpoint, it was a vastly different strategy from other vendors of high-end items. While slick advertising might convince you that you needed a certain type of car or a more powerful computer, such companies were reliant on customers replacing their products at a relatively high frequency. It all helped keep the wheels of production turning.

Rolex is different; from its origin way back at the start of the 20th century, its focus, or its obsession might be more accurate, was to build watches that lasted as long as possible and were as good as technology allowed—and if that wasn’t good enough, they would take it upon themselves to invent new technology.

The result was, when a customer acquired a Rolex watch, they were also getting a pedigree that went far beyond the monetary value. They were buying a product that was manufactured without any form of compromise in its construction, with little or no concession to the fickleness of fashion, and something that would accompany them through the major milestones in their lives. It gave people a genuine emotional connection that was unlike practically any other luxury product.

So it was ironic that, after the disastrous effects of the quartz crisis, it had taken the absolute antithesis of those exact values to rescue the Swiss watchmaking industry.

The Swatch, a cheap, trendy and above all, disposable watch, encapsulated everything Rolex was not. Nevertheless, it had sold, and continued to sell, in its millions, pouring desperately needed funds back into Switzerland. The Swiss had beaten Japan at its own game, using a quartz watch to end the quartz crisis and giving traditional firms the budgets to create pieces that made people fall back in love with the artistry and craftsmanship of mechanical watches again.

Rolex in the 1990s

While Rolex had dabbled in quartz technology, their focus was still very much on the watchmaker’s art—using decades of expertise to keep its range of classic timepieces at the pinnacle of what was possible with gears and springs.

The nineties saw the introduction of an all-new watch from behind the velvet curtain of Rolex HQ, an event as commonplace as spotting a unicorn in the wild. And it was also the decade that saw the end of one of their greatest and longest-serving creations.

Below, we’ll highlight the most popular Rolex watches of the 1990s.

The Yacht-Master ref. 16628

There is an unconfirmed story, as the vast majority of stories about Rolex tend to be, that the original Yacht-Master came into existence because the company decided to completely revamp the look of its most beloved and successful design, the Submariner.

Rolex Yacht-Master 16628

After working on a modernized version of the world’s favorite dive watch for an unspecified length of time in the eighties, senses were finally come to and the plans to replace it were scrapped. However, the new watch the team of Swiss boffins had come up with was deemed too good to leave on the shelf, and it was decided to release it as a completely separate nautically themed piece, unapologetic in its luxuriousness.

Why Rolex would ever choose to replace one of horology’s first real icons has never been properly explained by the rumor mill, and if it was ever a genuine notion, it was not, thankfully, one that stuck around for long.

What is in no doubt is that 1992 saw the appearance of the first all-new watch to emerge from Rolex since the Daytona was launched in 1963.

Of course, in this case, the term ‘new’ was stretched to near breaking point. When the Yacht-Master made its debut, its similarity to the Sub was evident to pretty much anyone blessed with the gift of sight. Its lines were somewhat softer and more rounded, and its all gold construction underlined its status as the deluxe version of the tough-as-nails tool watch.

Rolex Caliber 3135

Water resistance of 100m as opposed to 300m, and a gold bezel that rotated in both directions further cemented the Yacht-Master’s rightful place as above the waves rather than below, but otherwise, the two watches shared a caliber, the Cal. 3135, along with identical hands and dials.

Although it has never matched the incredible appeal of the Submariner, which is a statement that applies to just about every watch ever made, the Yacht-Master has remained one of Rolex’s most popular designs and one that neatly sums up the prevailing spirit of the post-quartz crisis nineties. Unwilling, and unable, to compete with electronic watches on price and accuracy, the Yacht-Master continued Rolex’s advance in the opposite direction. High quality mechanical watches, while still extremely impressive in terms timekeeping precision, were now more likely to be worn as symbols of advanced status and outward expressions of accomplishment. This new addition had no allusions to be anything other than a beautiful timepiece designed to catch the eye while lounging on deck or strolling through the privileged environs of the yacht club.

It also became the first of the Oyster Professional range to be made available in three sizes, with a mid-size 35mm standing alongside the ladies’ model and the full-size 40mm.

Today, it continues in the same luxurious vein, with precious metal-heavy versions in 40mm and 37mm, and bezels made from gold and platinum or Rolex’s ceramic compound Cerachrom.

Whatever the tall tales as to its origin, the Yacht-Master has proved itself worthy of its place in the Rolex canon; and for lovers of the all conquering Submariner, we can breathe a sigh of relief that the original is still very much alive and kicking.

The GMT-Master ref. 16700

The long, illustrious, yet confusing history of Rolex’s flagship aviator’s watch took another turn at the end of the nineties, when the last of the GMT-Masters bowed out, leaving the GMT-Master II with the playing field all to itself.

Rolex GMT-Master II 16700

Uniquely, the two series’ had run concurrently since the introduction of the Fat Lady in 1983, with the ref. 16760 debuting as the first model of the new range. While it’s often quoted as the being the watch that introduced the Quickset GMT hand feature, the major defining difference between the two groups, it was a previous reference of the original GMT family that holds that distinction. The ref. 16750 had been the watch to uncouple the 24-hour hand, allowing wearers to set a new time zone independently.

The 16750 had said its farewells in 1988 to be replaced by the ref. 16700, the last chapter in a story that went all the way back to 1954. The link between the GMT-Master and Pan Am is well known, as are the varied nicknames for its run of two-tone bezels. The initial blue and red color scheme was instantly christened the Pepsi; a functional as well as an immediately recognizable aesthetic stamp, it differentiated between the night and daylight hours as transcontinental travelers crossed time zones.

Following it, the black and red bezel quickly became known as the Coke, while the brown and gold surround garnered its moniker of the Root Beer, or alternatively, the Clint Eastwood. Unkindly likened in some quarters to the kind of upholstery usually found in 1970’s caravans, it was something of an opinion splitter.

The ref. 16700, the last of the original GMTs, seemed reluctant to be accept retirement and, for a watch at the end of its run, said a surprisingly long goodbye. Starting out in 1988, it eventually ended production in 1999. Made in much smaller quantities than the GMT-Master IIs of the same era, it was nevertheless a popular reference with fans, benefitting from near identical looks but with a more affordable price.

Rolex updated its movement to the newer Cal. 3175, which introduced the Quickset and hacking features, proving it wasn’t a watch to just go gently into that good night. Along with an upgrade in caliber, the 16700 also became the first of the pioneering series to be fitted with a sapphire crystal.

Even so, the GMT-Master was definitely winding down. Although it was given a new, slimmer profile, its case was only ever forged in steel, while its soon-to-be replacement was starting to appear in 18k gold, both yellow and white, from the depths of Rolex’s own foundry. Moreover, the 16700 came with just the Pepsi bezel, a classic look to end a staggeringly successful 45-year run.

At the end of the decade, Rolex stopped production and left the GMT-Master II to hold the distinction as its main pilot’s watch. While it has gone on to enjoy major upgrades itself, with Cerachrom bezels and evermore sophisticated internal mechanics, the original references have become increasingly revered as vintage purchases—a surprisingly attainable gateway into Rolex collecting for such an emblematic creation.

The nineties saw Rolex as a company at ease with itself. It had weathered the storm from the east far better than most, and its lifelong efforts to produce the finest timepieces possible had secured it an insurmountable reputation. Its stature as a brand now went far beyond horology. As Andre Heiniger, the company’s second CEO, said, “Rolex is not in the watch business. We are in the luxury business.”

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Iconic Rolex Sports Watches Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:51:18 +0000 There are two very distinct sides to the Rolex lineup: the dress watches and the sports watches. Whereas by nature, Rolex dress watches are designed to look great, Rolex sports watches are designed to look great and to serve a specific purpose. In fact, all Rolex sports watches began as a purpose-built tool for a specific audience. Rolex even specifically labels them as Professional Series watches, although they’re more commonly referred to as Rolex sports watches by non-industry folk.

Although many of these timepieces are not actually used to their full potential today but rather, worn more for their style, the origins and functionality of Rolex sports watches still evoke plenty of admiration and respect among watch fans worldwide. Let’s take a closer look at some iconic Rolex sports models and highlight their beginnings, evolutions, and current standings.

The Explorer

1953 Rolex Explorer

While by today’s standards, the Explorer may not be the first watch you think about when considering a Rolex sports watch, this model was in actuality the one that started it all. In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made it to the top of Mount Everest and there were some Rolex Oyster watches along for the ride.

Later that year, Rolex introduced the Explorer watch not only as a tribute to that historic climb but also as a tool watch for the adventure-set. With its robust stainless steel construction, waterproof case, and clutter-free luminescent dial, the Explorer was built to withstand harsh conditions, thus ideal for adventure seekers. Today, the 39mm stainless steel Explorer is the most understated and affordable Rolex sports watch available.

The Submariner

1953 Rolex Submariner

Also in 1953, Rolex launched what would later become their most famous sports watch ever—the Submariner. Instead of tops of mountains, this time Rolex constructed a watch for divers to use while venturing deep under water.

In addition to being the first diving watch water resistant to 330 feet, the Submariner also came equipped with a rotating bezel to keep track of immersion times. The inaugural 36.5mm stainless steel Submariner has come a long way over the last six decades. There have been size increases, design enhancements, and improved water resistance and functionality. Today, the Submariner measures 40mm, is water resistant to 1,000 feet, and includes a unidirectional bezel for better safety. Plus, the Submariner is available in a range of materials—steel, gold, and two-tone steel and gold—and colors, and comes with or without the date function.

The GMT-Master & The GMT-Master II

1955 Rolex GMT-Master

Riding the jet age boom, Rolex literally reached for the sky with the introduction of the GMT-Master in 1955. At the request of Pan Am airlines, Rolex developed the GMT-Master watch, whose main function was to indicate two time zones simultaneously. With its center hands, extra 24-hour hand, and rotating bicolor bezel marked to 24 hours, the GMT-Master watch allowed pilots to read their local time as well as their home time.

Eventually, Rolex unveiled the GMT-Master II model, which permitted the tracking of three time zones since the 24-hour hand was made to be set independently from the main hour hand. It’s important to note that many GMT-Master I and GMT-Master II models sport a distinct two-color bezel. For instance, there’s the red and blue Pepsi bezel, the black and red Coke bezel, and the brown and beige Root Beer bezel. Today, the 40mm GMT-Master II Rolex sports watch is the quintessentially luxury watch for world travelers, offered in a slew of metals and bezel options.

The Cosmograph Daytona

1963 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

In 1963, Rolex revealed their sportiest watch to date with the Cosmograph. Given its ability to time events via the stopwatch function, the then-new Rolex chronograph was created with motorsports in mind. So to underline that connection with automobile racing, Rolex quickly added the “Daytona” name to the collection—the city widely considered as the capital of car competitions.

Over the course of its history, the Daytona went from a 37mm manual-wind chronograph in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, to a 40mm automatic modified Zenith-movement chronograph in the late 80s and 90s, to finally, an entirely in-house built automatic chronograph from 2000 onwards. Similar to the Submariner and GMT-Master II, the Daytona is offered in an assortment of metals, colors, and styles. From stainless steel models to full gold versions to two-tone editions to platinum examples, there’s a Daytona to suit almost anyone’s taste. Today, vintage, discontinued, and current Daytona chronograph watches are some of the most coveted sports watches in the market.

The Sea-Dweller

1967 Rolex Sea-Dweller COMEX

In the 1960s, the French commercial diving company, COMEX, was in need of an even more capable tool watch to accompany their commercial divers. So Rolex obliged and presented the Sea-Dweller in 1967 with water resistance to 2,000 feet. In addition to the increased water resistance, the Sea-Dweller also came equipped with the Helium Escape Valve. The HEV allowed for the automatic release of built up gasses from the watch that occurred during diver decompression times in specialized chambers, thus preventing damage to the timepiece.

The Sea-Dweller underwent several modifications over the years including better water resistance, newer calibers, and sapphire crystal. However, Rolex did discontinue the 40mm Sea-Dweller for a short time in 2008 to make way for the larger Deepsea model. However, the brand brought back the SD in 2014 with a new Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Finally, in 2017, Rolex released a new 43mm Sea-Dweller sporting, for the first time, a Cyclops lens over the date window.

The Explorer II

1971 Rolex Explorer II

In 1971, Rolex decided to take the Explorer watch legacy even further by creating the Explorer II watch. Specifically built for extreme adventurers such as spelunkers and polar explorers, the stainless steel Explorer II featured a 40mm case, a highly luminescent dial with a date window, a fixed bezel marked to 24-hours, and an extra 24-hour arrow-tipped orange hand. The combination of the extra hand and bezel permitted wearers to differentiate between day and night hours even when clouded in darkness for long periods of time.

While the Explorer II remained as a 40mm steel sports watch, in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, its look changed to include round lume plots, Mercedes style hands, and a red 24-hour hand that could now indicate a second time zone since it was independent of the main hour hand. In 2011, Rolex unleashed a larger 42mm version of the Explorer II, along with the revival of the famous orange hand.

The Yacht-Master

1992 Rolex Yacht-Master

In the early nineties, Rolex announced a brand new collection inspired by a nautical lifestyle, dubbed the Yacht-Master. To emphasize the luxuriousness of this then-new Rolex sports watch, the inaugural Yacht-Master was a full yellow gold model with a 40mm Oyster case and matching Oyster bracelet. A couple of years later, Rolex offered a 35mm midsize version and a 29mm ladies’ version.

During its short 25-year history, the Yacht-Master has become one of the company’s most versatile sports watch collections with a wide assortment of models. In addition to size variations, there are plenty of material choices too. There are Rolesium models that combine steel and platinum, two-tone models that combine either yellow or rose gold with steel, and Everose gold models with the innovative Oysterflex black rubber bracelet.

The Yacht-Master II

2000 Rolex Yacht-Master II

While the Yacht-Master is a casual chic Rolex sports watch, the Yacht-Master II was made with the competitive sailor in mind. Making its debut in 2007, at the heart of the Yacht-Master II is a regatta chronograph with the world’s first programmable countdown with a mechanical memory. Furthermore, the countdown is cleverly operated via the bezel, also known as the Ring Command Bezel.

The 44mm Yacht-Master is one of the larger Rolex sports watches available in a variety of metals. Depending on your preference, there are steel, two-tone steel and Everose gold, white gold and platinum, and full yellow gold models to choose from.

The Deepsea

2008 Rolex Deepsea

A relatively new model, Rolex released the Deepsea in 2008 to replace the Sea-Dweller. As the most extreme Rolex diving watch available, the steel Deepsea measures a very robust 44mm. Its Oyster case is resistant to an incredible 12,800 feet thanks to the Ringlock system featuring a nitrogen-alloyed steel central ring, a 5mm‑thick domed sapphire crystal, and a titanium caseback.

While the inaugural Deepsea includes the signature black dial, in 2014 Rolex launched a special D-Blue dial to commemorate James Cameron’s historic dive in the Deepsea Challenger submersible to the earth’s deepest point. The D-Blue dial gradients from blue to black to represent the darkness of the deep, while the “DEEPSEA” label features the same green color as the submersible.

Whether you’re into diving, flying, mountaineering, sailing, or cave exploring, there’s a Rolex sports watch to accompany you on your adventures. Whichever Rolex sports watch you decide on, they all boast incredible history, impressive longevity, fantastic practicality, and to top it all off, enviable looks too!

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The Rolex Caliber 3000 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:40:39 +0000 The Rolex 3000 family of calibers started to appear in 1977, phasing out the first of the brand’s entirely in-house manufactured range of movements, the 1500 series.

It was an extended process, with the two groups running simultaneously for a number of years. It wasn’t until 1990, for example, that the Cal. 1570 was replaced in the Air-King ref. 14000 models with the new Cal. 3000.

Rolex Caliber 3000

One of the simplest movements in the series, the Cal. 3000 became the last caliber Rolex created themselves to not feature a Breguet overcoil on the hairspring.

The hairspring, or balance spring, can be thought of as a watch’s heartbeat. An extremely fine metallic spiral attached to the balance wheel at one end, it causes an oscillation that controls the speed at which the gears of the watch, and ultimately its hands, turn.

The problem with flat hairsprings is their variation in tension, or pull, on the balance wheel as the watch winds down. As the spring loses its power, the swing of the balance wheel is reduced, causing the watch to speed up.

Louis Breguet solved this more than 200 years ago in 1795. By taking a traditional hairspring and bending its final coil back over the top of the spiral, the new system secured the spring’s pivot point closer to the center and ensured it stayed concentric in form, providing an equal amount of pull over a wider range of tension. It afforded a vast improvement in accuracy as well as giving greater shock resistance.

Today, you will find the Breguet overcoil in all of Rolex’s movements, as well as those of practically every other high-end watchmaker.

Rolex Caliber 3000

While it was unusual for a caliber to come out of Rolex’s industry-leading manufacturing plant without such a fundamental and well proven system, the Cal. 3000 was still a highly reliable performer and able to gain the coveted Chronometer Certification from the COSC, designating it as accurate to within +4/-6 seconds a day. The quality of engineering ensured the movement achieved the sort of precision Rolex, and its customers, expected.

Measuring 28.5mm in diameter, with a thickness of 5.8mm, the Cal. 3000 is a relatively large mechanism, a factor that gives it an inherent strength ideal for life powering a number of the crown’s professional tool watches. The 27 jewel, bidirectional automatic winding caliber continued the high-beat 28,800 BPH balance frequency that had been ushered in by the first of the series, the Cal. 3035, in the mid-seventies. It gave the characteristic eight ticks per second sweep to the seconds hand that had become Rolex’s calling card.

It enjoyed an 11-year long run, replaced in 2001 by the Cal. 3130, which, along with a return to a Breguet overcoil, also updated another of its predecessor’s idiosyncrasies; its hairspring was fastened to a full balance bridge as opposed to a balance cock on the Cal. 3000.

The Cal. 3000 at Work

The simplicity and robustness of the Cal. 3000 was perfectly suited to three of Rolex’s most uncompromising designs. The Air-King, the Submariner and the original Explorer represented the kind of understated style that had put the brand on the map in the first place—modest, no date, three-hand watches built to last a lifetime and beyond, and tough enough to survive anything.

The Air-King ref. 14000

One of a series of ‘Air’ watches released during the dark days of WWII, the Air-King lined up alongside the Air-Giant, Air-Lion and Air-Tiger as Rolex’s tribute to the heroics of Britain’s RAF pilots. By war’s end, only the King had survived, and it has stayed in near continuous production to the present day, with just a short sabbatical from 2014 to 2016.

Rolex Air-King 14000

The Cal. 3000 was the engine inside two references of the classic aviator’s watch, both released at the end of the eighties—the ref. 14000 and 14010 are essentially identical save for the 14010’s engine turned bezel. They replaced the enduringly popular 5500 series, a range that had gone largely unchanged for 37 years.

Along with the upgrade in movement, the new models replaced the former’s high-sided acrylic crystal with a flatter, scratch-resistant sapphire.

Sometimes referred to as the entry-level Rolex, the Air-King has always had a strong cult following amongst fans. With its single-minded economy of design, it has long been the favorite of the true blue brand purist—a watch of the utmost efficiency and no superfluous complications.

The Explorer ref. 14270

Another example cut from the same austere cloth, the Explorer runs the Air-King close in the simplicity stakes. Released in the same year, 1989, as the above ref. 14000, the ref. 14270 had arguably even bigger shoes to fill.

Rolex Explorer 14270

Replacing the beloved ref. 1016, a watch with 25 years of history behind it, the Rolex designers adopted an if-it-ain’t-broke mentality to the new model’s styling. They retained the essence of straightforward unfussiness that has always set the Explorer apart, ensuring it as eye-catching only to those with a real appreciation of fine timepieces.

It is a watch for watch lovers, a sort of dark horse, anti-Rolex that is perfectly comfortable relinquishing the limelight to the likes of the Daytonas, GMT-Masters and Presidents of the world. The Explorer is the versatile, sophisticated choice for those who want faultless reliability inside a handsome shell rather than a status symbol.

However, there were a few concessions made to luxury. The ref. 14270, along with its new movement, was also the first of the series to receive the protection of the recently introduced sapphire crystal that now covered the Air-King. Its matte dial was replaced with a glossier, lacquered face and the newly applied hour markers were fringed in decadent white gold. It all served to take the Explorer subtly upmarket, a more go-with-any-occasion watch than its rough and ready forerunner.

Nevertheless, it managed to achieve that most difficult and thankless of tasks; pleasing the Rolex traditionalist. Many lovers of vintage watches point to the Explorer as the model that has stayed closest to the brand’s tool-like roots. Whereas the majority of the company’s sports offerings have appeared in various precious metal outfits, with a ceramic bezel thrown in here and there for good measure, the Explorer has only ever been forged from the toughest of stainless steels.

It’s still the watch that would show you exactly what time you conquered Everest.

The Submariner ref. 14060

Those traditionalists we talked about earlier have been known to refer to the Submariner ref. 14060, undoubtedly Rolex’s most recognizable creation, as the ‘last of the best’. Launched in 1990, this edition of the world’s favorite, and most counterfeited, dive watch marked a significant advance over the legendary 5513 it replaced.

Rolex Submariner 14060

With its Triplock crown uprating the water resistance to 300m from the previous 200m, along with a new sapphire crystal all pointing the way into the modern era, the 14060 still retained its classic Sub proportions—before the later Maxi case references lent it a more beefed-up, broad shouldered look.

The dial, too, remains one of the most admired. Lovers of uncluttered symmetry prefer the balance of a no-date display, especially as it does away with the undoubtedly handy but nonetheless controversial Cyclops lens. The minimal two lines of text added a further knowing nod to Subs of the past.

Inside, the Cal. 3000 provided a high-beat replacement to the former 1520 movement, its increased frequency giving a watch designed to handle tough situations an extra degree of shock proofing.

In production until 1999 when it transitioned into the ref. 14060M, an outwardly identical watch but housing the upgraded Cal. 3130, the purist’s preferred Sub managed to blend contemporary technology with the best of Rolex’s vintage identity.

Manufactured in huge numbers during its nine-year run, the ref. 14060 is an easily found and affordable gem from the history books.

The Rolex caliber 3000 is just about as simple a movement as it is possible to get from the Swiss watchmaking giant. With a level of reliability and sturdiness that has become the standard for others to follow, it has provided faultless service in some of the brand’s best-loved creations.

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The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1980s Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:17:07 +0000 A Decade of Redemption

Between the rise of the yuppie, the larger than life cultures in music and fashion, and the general ‘greed is good’ mentality of wanton excess, the 1980s can seem like the decade subtlety forgot. After the relative drabness and austerity that characterized the 70s, the 80s were all about color and capitalism. Leading up to the era of Rolex in the 80s, the ever present threat of mutually assured destruction set a hedonistic tone. This tone was — spend now and worry about it tomorrow…if there is one.

For Swiss watch manufacturers, however, it was a decade of redemption. The quartz crisis had taken the industry by the throat in the seventies and did not let go. As a result, it was reduced to a pitiful shadow of its former glory and threatened to annihilate it completely. It finally reached the final point of do or die in 1982.

Japan had already taken the crown as the world’s leading watch producer. They were exporting huge numbers and were sealing the fate of over a thousand Swiss brands. Also, employment in the sector reduced its peak of 90,000 in 1974 to just 28,000 at its lowest point. Clearly, something drastic had to be done.

In much the same way, at the end of the sixties several major Swiss firms came together to form a consortium. They held the sole purpose of saving the industry they had spent centuries creating. The newly-established organization, the SMH, merged two huge but struggling umbrella corporations comprising of the SSIH. These were made up of Omega and Tissot among others. Additionally, this included the ASUAG, a group that included the likes of Rado and Longines.

The Swatch

In 1983, the SMH launched the Swatch on an unsuspecting public. A cheap, mass produced Swiss watch, it took the world by storm, helped by innovative marketing and skillful promotion. Fun, fashionable and disposable, it sold in the countless millions. It also poured much needed funds back into Switzerland and salvaged the remains of their manufacturing base.

Two years later, the Plaza Accord effectively broke the back of the Japanese Yen while strengthening the U.S. Dollar and Swiss Franc, rebalancing the power and essentially ending the quartz crisis.

Rolex in the 80s

For Rolex, this was the decade that saw the company finally acknowledge their complete turnaround in USP. They continued going through the motions of producing quartz watches. But, it was obvious they viewed electronics with a certain amount of distaste.

Even so, they recognized that the highest precision mechanical calibers couldn’t possibly compare with the worst of the cheap Japanese quartz movements in terms of accuracy. And Rolex’s were among the best ever made

They had weathered the storm better than most, thanks to their streamlined production methods and unrivalled reputation. However, it became acutely evident they would have to find another way to compete if they were going to survive.

The Transformation

It was the eighties then that saw the start of the transformation of Rolex. Now they went from being the world’s finest tool watches to becoming the universally accepted symbol of wealth and achievement. Sports models that could withstand the kind of punishment that only professionals could dish out were now much more likely to be found around a boardroom table. No longer are they only behind the wheel of an endurance race car or on the wrists of explorers, both above ground and underwater.

To Luxurious Watch Collecting

Through the kind of marketing that inspires PhD theses by the score, the name Rolex became just a quicker way of saying luxurious and aspirational. Watch collecting became a phenomenon. Affluent new connoisseurs began scouring the current and back catalogs of the major Swiss players. They were looking for that exclusive rarity to set them apart in the corridors of power. It could have been a recipe for Rolex to consign the roles of modernization and functionality to afterthoughts in favor of simply manufacturing bigger and prettier pieces to appeal to their fresh, upwardly mobile audience.

In fact, the opposite was true. The company continued to pioneer breakthrough technologies. They made relentless upgrades to their unequaled collection. In effect, they cemented their rightful place at horology’s top table.

It was a decade that saw some of the most enduringly popular versions of a number of venerable classics. Below, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites.

The Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16520

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Perhaps Rolex’s biggest success of the eighties emerged from one of its most uncharacteristic missteps. The Daytona had been born in 1963 to a reception that was overwhelming in its apathy. Examples languished unloved on dealer’s shelves for years. In fact, there are reports that Rolex gave some away as a free incentive with the purchase of more desirable models.

Even the patronage of genuine Hollywood royalty did little to boost its appeal. Also, t he so-called Paul Newman exotic dial Daytonas proved just as, if not more, difficult to shift.

Automatic Movement

That changed practically overnight with the release of the second generation of the chronograph. The 1988 launch of the ref. 16520 saw the watch gain its first automatic movement. This was a heavily modified caliber from legendry Swiss manufacturer Zenith, called the El Primero. Previous versions had been reliant on the Valjoux Cal. 72, a beautifully made and highly reliable mechanism, but with the insurmountable drawback of being manually wound. In the quartz age, winding your watch every day was as outdated as the Ark.

For the 16520, Rolex customized the El Primero almost beyond recognition. They retained fewer than half its original parts. Furthermore, they did away with the date function and fit it with a new escapement and balance spring with a Breguet overcoil. The 36,000 VPH frequency was dropped to 28,800 VPH to help increase the watch’s power reserve and accuracy and require less frequent servicing. It also ensured the distinctive Rolex sweep to the seconds hand.

Renamed the Cal. 4030, it was the catalyst for the Daytona to become one of the most sought after watches of the era. It’s a distinction it holds to this day. Because of the time burden of having to rely on a third-party manufacturer to provide the movement, demand soon outstripped supply, with waiting lists stretching off into years and huge premiums being put on new models for well-heeled fans who just couldn’t wait.

The Vintage Watch Market

Along with the convenience of a self-winding caliber, the Daytona also grew to a larger 40mm from the previous 37mm. The dials now had lacquer instead of matte or metallic. And the iconic sub dials ringed with a contrasting outer track. Protecting it all was a new scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

The launch of the next generation model and the discontinuation of the last, saw the appeal for both reach epic proportions. Utlimately, it’s the Daytona that takes credit for starting the vintage watch market as we know it today. Possibly, it was possibly the most important sports watch ever made. No doubt, it was the eighties that saw it start its climb towards becoming the world’s favorite chronograph.

GMT Master II ref. 16760

Rolex in the 80s - 1983 Rolex GMT-Master II

By contrast, with the slow burn appeal of the Daytona, the GMT Master series was a hit from the very beginning. So much so, that when the first of the GMT Master II range launched in 1983, it ran concurrently with the triumphant original for a further 16 years.

The New Caliber 3085

That initial reference, while strikingly similar in design to its predecessor, contained a critical new caliber, the Cal. 3085. A long-awaited and logical addition to the archetypal traveler’s watch, it allowed, for the first time, wearers to uncouple the hour hand from the GMT hand. Although the Quickset date function had to be sacrificed, it meant setting the second time zone at a destination was now instantaneous, with the arrow-tipped 24-hour hand able to move independently. As a result, it was now even possible to track a third time zone by reading it off the rotating bezel.

With the new caliber came a thicker case. Its enhanced proportions garnered the 16760 the nickname the ‘Fat Lady’, along with a never before seen color scheme. Joining the blue and red of the Pepsi and the brown and gold of the Root Beer from previous incarnations, the first of the GMT Master II’s sported a black and red surround instantly labeled, naturally enough, the Coke.

The GMT Coke

As a two tone combination, the Coke made the most sense in relation to the GMT’s original purpose. Primarily intended as a way for international travelers, and pilots specifically, to tell at a glance what part of the day they would be flying into, the black half of the bezel representing the night and the red half for the daytime made the readout perfectly legible.

Along with its updated movement and unfamiliar colors, the Fat Lady also added a couple of other firsts for the GMT series. Its acrylic crystal was replaced with a sapphire for the first time. It used white gold to surround its hour markers. These two advances became standard issue on all subsequent releases.

Caliber 3185

Although it enjoyed a well-received outing, the 16760 only had a relatively short production run. It was replaced in 1988 by the ref 16710, powered by another new caliber, the Cal. 3185. While identical in functionality, the movement had a slimmer profile that allowed the return to a more slender case.

With a host of novel features, coupled with its ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ lifespan, the ref. 16760 has become one of the most desirable vintage Rolexes on the market. Only available in all-steel construction and always with the black and red two-tone bezel, the Fat Lady is an uncompromising beauty.

Submariner ref. 16610

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To end with, no review of the standout Rolexes of the 80s is complete without mentioning the most popular edition of the brand’s most popular model.

Just sneaking into the decade with a 1989 release date, the Submariner ref. 16610 has become the last of the non-ceramic Subs. Running all the way to 2010, its replacement was the first of the breed to feature a Cerachrom bezel—a cutting-edge material that not only resists fading and wear but also goes some way in solving the one dark side to the 16610’s success; forgeries.

Ruthless Perfectionism

The Rolex Submariner holds the dubious distinction as the most counterfeited luxury watch in the world. In fact, it’s estimated there are now more fakes than genuine articles on the pre-owned market.

So, while the latest example is more difficult to replicate, many fans of the brand point to the 16610 as the most versatile and aesthetically pleasing iteration of the 60-year old classic—the culmination of a lifetime of ruthless perfectionism.

From the very first Submariner released in 1954, it’s recognized as the professional tool watch that could get you in anywhere. Whether it was worn with a wetsuit or a tuxedo, there was nowhere the Sub couldn’t go and no outfit it couldn’t make better.

The 16610 took that concept to new heights, with lines even more graceful and refined than its predecessor, the 1680, along with the same sapphire crystal cover and subtle white gold upgrades to the hour markers as on the new GMT Master II. Still with a 300m-water resistance and, of course, that iconic unidirectional bezel, the 80s saw the ultimate dive watch become the only timepiece you would ever need.

The Vintage Market

Today, it’s the reference that represents something of a gateway into the world of vintage watch collecting. With its 21-year production run, there is no shortage of models on the market at attainable prices. The darling of the true blue aficionado, the 16610 is also first choice for those who want that one very special watch that can do everything.

For Rolex in the 80s, it was a decade that saw the first shoots of recovery for the Swiss watch industry after the mauling it had taken at the hands of the Japanese quartz phenomenon. With a cheap, throwaway fashion watch to thank for their salvation, along with a booming economy, the highest of the high-end manufacturers saw their artistry, tradition and craftsmanship find a new appreciative audience of people with money to burn.

Next week, we’ll delve into the nineties and the first new watch Rolex released in nearly 30 years.

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A Closer Look at the Midsize Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht Master Wed, 01 Nov 2017 22:58:56 +0000 In the 1990s, Rolex unveiled a nautical-inspired timepiece they named the Yacht Master. Emphasizing the company’s affiliation with sailing lifestyle, the Yacht Master quickly became one of the brand’s most popular and most diverse collections. The midsize stainless steel and platinum Yacht Master ref. 168622 is an appealing model in the Rolex catalog for several reasons. Firstly, it combines two materials on different ends of the preciousness spectrum. Secondly, it sports a size that’s ideal for both men and women, hence its midsize label. Thirdly, as with all modern Rolex sports watches, it’s robust and technically sound, yet is unapologetically luxurious. Let’s take a closer look at the midsize stainless steel and platinum Yacht Master.

What is Rolesium?

When Rolex brings together rugged stainless steel and lavish platinum on a watch, they call it Rolesium. Rolesium made its debut in 1999 on three Yacht Master models—a men’s size, a women’s size, and a midsize version. Given the nature of steel and platinum—one is ubiquitous and affordable while the other precious and rare—these two metals are infrequently seen together on the same piece. In fact, in the Rolex lineup, the Yacht Master is the only collection that offers Rolesium models.

Combining these two metals may seem questionable at first since they are quite similar in color. However, Rolex cleverly makes a distinction between the two materials by sandblasting the platinum on the bezel and the dial. Therefore, the Rolesium’s look is centered on differences in texture rather than color contrasts.

The Design Details of the Midsize Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht Master

Rolex Yacht-Mmaster 168622

The midsize stainless steel and platinum Yacht-Master ref. 168622 sports a 35mm Oyster case, which suits either a man’s or woman’s wrist. As with all Rolesium Yacht-Master watches, the midsize version boasts a platinum bidirectional rotating bezel that features raised numerals rather than an insert—a style unique to the Yacht-Master collection.

The sandblasted dial, a.k.a the platinum dust dial, captures the light beautifully and sets the stage for the round lume plots, luminescent Mercedes-style hands, and red lollipop seconds hand. There’s also the date window at 3 o’clock, magnified by the Cylops lens affixed onto the sapphire crystal.

Its Oyster bracelet is entirely in stainless steel, yet also offers a contrast in texture thanks to the brushed steel links framing the polished center links. Securing the bracelet is the Fliplock clasp with the famous Rolex coronet.

The Functionality of the Midsize Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht Master

Rolex Caliber 2235

Encased within the midsize stainless steel and platinum Yacht-Master ref. 168622 is the in-house Rolex Cal. 2235 automatic mechanical movement. Operating at 28,800bph, the COSC-certified Caliber 2235 offers 48 hours of power reserve, as well as, the quickset date function.

Seeing as the Yacht-Master was built to accompany those who enjoy the open seas, the watch is equipped with the Triplock screw-down winding crown to keep the water out. Moreover, with its water resistance to 330 feet, the Yacht-Master can safely go for a swim anytime.

The epitome of casual chic, the Rolex Yacht-Master ref. 168622 is a luxury sports watch not to miss. Whether worn by him or her, the midsize stainless steel and platinum Yacht-Master will always turn heads wherever it goes.

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The Rolex Caliber 1555/1556 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:39:46 +0000 It will seem strange to anyone with even a passing acquaintance with Rolex that the fiercely self-sufficient Swiss watchmaking giant didn’t start manufacturing its own calibers until 1957. Until then, the movements in its ever expanding and increasingly popular catalog had been sourced from the likes of long-term partner Aegler.

That all changed with the introduction of the 1500 series, the first mechanisms made completely in-house by Rolex themselves. Starting with the base model, the Cal. 1530, the range grew to consist of a slew of variations on its basic architecture to cover the diverse functionality of the brand’s watches.

With Rolex notoriously making very few models with radical complications, several of the 1500 series were able to find homes inside more than one famous name. The long-running Cal. 1560 and 1570 for example, powered everything from the Explorer to the Submariner to versions of the Datejust—simple, three-hand watches with nothing more demanding than a date function to contend with.

When Rolex did decide to come up with a more complicated piece however, it was with their typical obsessiveness for detail and a healthy dose of panache.

One and Only

Rolex Caliber 1555/1556

The Rolex Day-Date, perhaps better known by its unofficial nickname The President for its long and illustrious association with the great and the good, was first seen just a year before the introduction of the new range of movements. To that point the only watch from any manufacturer to simultaneously present both the date and the day of the week spelled out in full, the President quickly took the crown as the brand’s flagship creation.

With its unique complication, the Day-Date was in need of a caliber all to itself. While the first two references in the series continued to use third-party movements, by 1959, Rolex had perfected the Cal. 1555; a variant of the 1530 with the added utility necessary to drive the second calendar display.

The ref. 1803 ushered in the next generation of the Day-Date. With its upgraded engine affording a slimmer and more graceful profile than its predecessors, it still had a substantial weight and presence thanks to the all precious metal construction—a tradition that continues to this day, nearly sixty years down the road.

Although the new caliber had the same diameter as the rest of the 1500 series at 28.5mm, it was the thickest out of the entire range, measuring 7.03mm top to bottom. The 18,000 VPH frequency gave the Day-Date a five ticks per second beat, not quite the smooth sweep of later models, but still highly accurate and steadfastly reliable.

Rated as a 25-jewel movement, it actually contained an additional three or four jewels in the calendar mechanism that, while not the handy Quickset version that made its debut in the seventies, benefitted from the instantaneous midnight date change system still used by Rolex today.

In common with its sibling calibers, the 1555 shared the same setup of free-sprung Nivarox hairspring with Breguet overcoil and a balance wheel regulated by Rolex’s patented Microstella screws. Protected by KIF Flector shock absorbers, it used a traditional stone lever escapement and had a power reserve of 42 hours.

The 1555 was produced from 1959 to 1967, overlapping in some models of the Day-Date with its successor, the Cal. 1556, released in 1965.

Ostensibly identical, the only major difference between the two movements was a considerable rise in balance frequency. The later caliber followed the example set by the rest of the 1500 series and saw its rate increased to 19,800 VPH. As well as a marginal improvement in accuracy, the higher beat gave the mechanism an added imperviousness to shocks.

In addition, the 1556 was rated as a 26 jewel movement, with the top end of the center wheel receiving the extra stone, although it too had supplementary jewels in the calendar that weren’t included in the official count.

At the start of the seventies, the whole of the 1500 family of calibers received their biggest update when the hacking function was introduced. Now, pulling out the winding crown stopped the seconds hand, an innovation intended to help make setting the exact time easier.

The 1556 was the last of the series to power the Day-Date. It was replaced in 1978 by the Cal. 3055, which brought with it the convenience of the Quickset date change to the newest version of the President, the ref. 18038.

In all, the 1555 and 1556 powered more than a dozen different models of Rolex’s crowning achievement. With the exquisite design housing the ultra reliable workhorse, they formed an impeccable partnership for nearly 20 years.

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The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1970s Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:41:16 +0000 As the 1970s began, Switzerland’s almost total dominance of the watchmaking industry was suddenly faced with its biggest challenge to date. Since the end of WWII, they had been enjoying a virtual monopoly, producing mechanical wristwatches that were so far in front of any other nation in terms of style, innovation and accuracy that they commanded somewhere in the region of ninety percent of the market.

Ironically, it was the country’s spirit of constant invention that brought their industry to within a whisker of destroying itself. Shortly following the war, a Swiss engineer named Max Hetzel, working for Bulova, pioneered a new type of watch, with an electronically charged tuning fork powered by a 1.35-volt battery replacing the balance wheel. Called the Accutron, it was released commercially in 1960, ushering in the first rumblings of what was to become known as the quartz crisis.

Mechanical Versus Quartz

Mechanical VS Quartz

Mechanical watches were a product of their time. Enjoying their heyday in the fifties and sixties, their technology remained at the cutting edge throughout the post-war era and into the jet age.

The seventies were altogether different. America had conquered the moon, the world was deep into the space age and even the remarkable engineering present inside Switzerland’s finest marvels was starting to look a little old fashioned. People were demanding more precision, more convenience and lower costs.

Enter quartz. An abundant natural crystal found all over the world, its unique properties had been attracting the interest of watch manufacturers for almost a decade before any major breakthrough occurred—in particular, the mineral’s piezoelectric effect, its ability to vibrate at a definite frequency when an AC voltage was passed through it.

Several prototype watches had emerged, from Europe, America and Japan, all looking to address the inherent limitations of mechanical calibers; namely, the inaccuracy of an unwinding spring when compared with that of an electronic movement, no matter how painstakingly engineered that spring might be.

Along with better timekeeping, quartz also had mechanics beaten in the robustness stakes, as the oscillating movement of the traditional balance wheel was always at the mercy of temperature shifts, the effects of magnetic fields or shock. Removing the balance wheel and substituting it with crystals also removed the problems. In addition, quartz watches needed no costly servicing and their batteries lasted for years and were easily and cheaply replaced.

Switzerland, for the first time, was caught napping. Even though it was one of their own countrymen who had laid the foundations for the new technology, quartz watches were seen by many in the industry as a passing fad. As the fad did anything but pass, and the benefits of these relatively inexpensive and extremely accurate timepieces saw them explode in popularity, a consortium of twenty Swiss manufacturers was formed, called the Centre Electronique Horloger (CEH). A research organization, it was charged with developing quartz movements to allow the home of mechanical watchmaking excellence to compete in the electronic market.

While the CEH, which counted Rolex as one of its major shareholders, experienced a certain amount of success, the damage had already been done. The quartz crisis acted as a virtual cull of the Swiss watch industry, bankrupting two thirds of the country’s manufacturers.

The Beta-21 and the Rolex Date 5100

Rolex Beta 21

In 1970, the first movement produced by the CEH was launched. The Beta-21 powered watches from sixteen different companies, including Rolex, who fitted it inside what was, for the time, an enormous 40mm case. Officially known as the Rolex 5100 Beta-21, its dimensions and the fact that it was only released in 18k yellow gold saw it quickly nicknamed The Texan.

While the watch was a huge success for Rolex, with the limited run of 1,000 selling out before production even began, the new movement was less well received. Large, ungainly and above all, expensive, the Beta-21 seemed to miss the whole point of quartz technology, and the much cheaper and just as accurate watches from Japan and America continued to decimate the Swiss firms.

More importantly for Rolex, the awkward shape of the movement meant it couldn’t be shoehorned into an Oyster case, the very element upon which they had built and maintained their peerless reputation. The 5100 became their most technologically advanced and costliest model, its modern tonneau styling and round dial signifying a considerable design departure for the brand. It was also the first watch to be launched by Rolex featuring a sapphire crystal and Quickset date function.

However, after the initial sensation, interest in the 5100 quickly died off and it was discontinued in 1972, the same year Rolex parted ways with the CEH in order to do that most Rolex-esque of things; develop their own quartz technology.

The Rolex Oysterquartz

Rolex Day-Date 19018

Never a company to be rushed, it took them five years. In 1977, two brand new and completely unique quartz calibers were introduced—the Cal. 5035 for the Datejust ref. 17000 and the Cal. 5055 for the Day-Date ref. 19018. After decades spent in the obsessive pursuit of traditional watchmaking perfection, these 11 jewel, analogue thermocompensation quartz movements were, and still are, the most accurate calibers Rolex has ever made.

It was five years of research, design and testing well spent. With a 32khz oscillator and the latest in CMOS semi-conductor technology, Rolex’s first and only in-house quartz movements were certified to COSC chronometer standards of +/- .07 seconds a day. Even their own mechanical calibers, recognized as some of the best in the world, couldn’t get close.

The watches themselves, while bearing familiar names, looked very different from their traditional counterparts. Andre Heiniger, Rolex’s second CEO and the man most credited with making the company what it is today, was adamant his quartz pieces should bear as little resemblance to the originals as possible. While they were now housed in Oyster cases, both watches became even more sharp and angular than the original 5100, bearing more similarities with the AP Royal Oak than the graceful curves of Rolex’s signature style. The solid link integrated bracelet further distanced quartz design from the mechanical.

Further proof of the brand’s reluctance to engage with the revolution any more than was absolutely necessary is found in the number of these watches made. Whereas for the last 40 years, Rolex have produced somewhere around one million mechanical pieces a year, between the Oysterquartz’s launch in 1977 and its eventual demise in 2003, only 25,000 examples passed through the factory gates.

The two references sold fairly well, helping Rolex weather the storm that was swallowing up so many of its contemporaries in the seventies. A big draw for consumers was the watch’s relatively affordability.

The labor intensive nature of constructing mechanical calibers, requiring watchmakers who are equal part scientist and artisan, puts an unavoidable premium on the cost of manufacture. With quartz movements, this assembly is much less intricate, leading to a corresponding drop in price. While this was good news for potential customers, the reduced profit margins made them unpopular with retailers, who stocked them only out of sufferance.

Rolex Quartz Today

It would be fair to say that the only thing Rolex do better than making watches is selling watches. Their marketing strategy is held up as the most consistently effective of any luxury brand.

By their own standards, the marketing of their quartz models was fairly lackluster. One of the better examples of them pushing the positive attributes of their new calibers happened in 1978, when Oysterquartz watches accompanied Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler as they became the first men to climb Everest without additional oxygen.

It was a neat dovetail with Hillary and Tenzing’s achievement 25 years previously, also wearing Rolexes, as well as going someway to dispel the public notion that quartz movements were more fragile than their mechanical equivalents.

Even so, it was obvious that Rolex was merely treading water with quartz technology, just waiting for the resurgence in demand for traditional watchmaking. While they continued to produce prototype quartz movements throughout the seventies and eighties, including smaller calibers for the ladies range, only one, the 6621 found inside some of the Cellini range, ever went into mass production.

The extreme rarity and unusual quirks of the quartz Datejust and Day-Date have made them highly desirable among hardcore Rolex collectors. Probably the least well known of any of the vintage models, their scarcity makes them extremely tricky to find.

Coming from some of the darkest days for the Swiss watchmaking industry, Rolex’s quartz watches are a bona fide slice of horology history.

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A Stainless Steel and Platinum Ladies Yacht Master to Match Yours Thu, 26 Oct 2017 21:39:04 +0000 His and Hers Watches for Rolex Watch Enthusiasts

You know what I love? Matching his and hers watches. Especially Rolex watches. They’re similar in concept to engagement and wedding rings, but for Rolex watch enthusiasts! And there’s no better pairing than the Rolesium stainless steel and platinum Rolex Yacht Master for him and her—especially if you like luxury sports watches. So if you are the lucky owner of a men’s Rolesium Yacht Master, then you should definitely look at getting your lady a stainless steel and platinum ladies’ Yacht Master to match.

The Stainless Steel and Platinum Ladies Yacht Master vs. The Mens Version

His and Hers Watches - Rolex Yacht Master 169622

While both versions of the Rolesium Yacht Master are similar in design, the Rolex Yacht Master ladies steel platinum, ref. 169622 has a few notable differences. The first and most obvious difference is the size.

The ladies stainless steel and platinum Yacht Master sports a 29mm Oyster case—substantially smaller than the mens 40mm size. However, the construction is similar to the mens watch. For instance, the stainless steel Oyster case includes a platinum bidirectional bezel. The bezel on the Yacht Master ref. 169622 is especially attractive thanks to the contrast between the sandblasted platinum background and the polished platinum raised numerals.

The dial of the ladies stainless steel and platinum Yacht Master is also comparable to the mens models. Although done on a smaller scale, the womens Yacht Master ref. 169622 also sports the “maxi style” dial with round lume plots, luminescent Mercedes-style hands, and a red lollipop seconds hand. In fact, the ladies Yacht Master timepieces are the only womens Rolex watches to have a sporty dial like this.

Identical to the mens model, the ladies Rolesium Yacht Master is also presented on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet, albeit smaller. Again, there’s a contrast here where the center polished links are flanked by brushed finished links.

Although the Rolesium Yacht Master with the platinum dust dial is essentially one color (except for the red accents on the dial), Rolex plays with textures and shades to make the watch visually alluring.

The Functionality of the Stainless Steel and Platinum Ladies Yacht Master

His and Hers Watches - Rolex Yacht Master 169622

One of the most appealing benefits of a woman’s Rolex watch is that they run on automatic mechanical movements rather than the quartz movements typically found in ladies timepieces.

Powering the ladies stainless steel and platinum Yacht Master is the in-house Rolex Cal. 2235 self-winding movement. Like all modern-day Rolex watches, the Caliber 2235 is certified by COSC, hence the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation on the dial. The womens Yacht Master watches all come equipped with a quick-set instantaneous date function magnified by the Cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal.

Finding The Stainless Steel and Platinum Ladies Yacht Master

Since the ladies stainless steel and platinum Yacht Master ref. 169622 is no longer in production, the only place to find them is in the secondary market.

In fashion and beauty, womens products tend to be more expensive than mens items. However, this is not the case when it comes to luxury watches, particularly pre-owned Rolex watches. Depending on the model, condition, and year, pre-owned ladies stainless steel and platinum Yacht Master watches range from $5,000 to about $7,000.

Perhaps it’s time to get a head start on some holiday shopping! Take a look around to find the perfect his and hers watches with the ladies stainless steel and platinum Yacht Master to match the one on your wrist.

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The Rolex Caliber 3055 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:12:49 +0000 Modern Rolex movements are variations on the theme of a handful of base calibers, with the company systematically upgrading components as technology progresses or adding functionality where needed. For a brand that produces as many watches as Rolex, it makes sense not to have to reinvent the wheel every time a new model is launched.

In the case of the Cal. 3055 released in 1977, it formed part of the 3000 series of movements that ushered in the high beat frequency era, giving the emblematic flowing seconds hand of all latter day Rolexes.

Like its foundation movement, the 3035, the Cal. 3055 has a balance speed of 28,800vph, producing an eight ticks per second sweep, while also adopting the other party piece of the 3000 series, the Quickset date function. Whereas previous calibers had called for wearers to wind the hands through 24-hours to advance the day of the week, the new movement featured a second position for the crown, enabling it to be pulled out halfway to set the date independently of the time. It was a simple innovation that solved one of the biggest problems for the brand’s calendar watches and was incorporated into every Rolex date caliber by 1983.

Delving into the depths of the Cal. 3055, the 27 jewel, self-winding movement has a 42-hour power reserve and uses the series-wide arrangement of free-sprung Nivarox hairspring with Breguet overcoil and Glucydur balance wheel, regulated by Microstella screws.

With a balance wheel made from beryllium, copper and iron, working together with a nickel/iron alloy hairspring, the 3055 practically eliminates the effects of temperature variation on the movement’s isochronism. The Microstella system does away with the need for balance screws, replacing them with four timing weights placed on the inside of the balance rim—a design that creates greater inertia and less drag, with a more precise adjustment to the rate.

As a free sprung caliber, the 3055’s hairspring is able to contract and expand concentrically, giving it a great deal of stability across different positions and, as there’s no regulator for it to come into contact with, the subsequent reduction in friction reduces the amount of wear on the component.

The Cal. 3055 at Work

Rolex Caliber 3055

An unusual aspect of the Cal. 3055 is, unlike the vast majority of Rolex’s engines, it was only ever used in one model of watch. More general purpose movements from the brand find homes inside a variety of different cases; the 3135, for example, powered everything from the Submariner to the Yacht-Master to the Datejust.

The rare Rolex calibers that are created for just a single piece tend to be the most complicated. The Cal. 4130 chronograph was built specifically for the Daytona; the Cal. 9001 was needed to run the ultra-complex Sky-Dweller. For the 3055, with its dual calendar function, there was only going to be one port of call.

The Day-Date ref. 18038 was the continuation of Rolex’s masterpiece flagship that debuted in 1956. The first wristwatch to display both the date and the day of the week, it was and still is the pinnacle of the brand’s considerable catalog.

For the 1977 edition, the 36mm ref. 18038 was released in 18k yellow gold with a fluted bezel, and came with a new sapphire crystal—a virtually scratchproof shield for the elegant dial. Inside, the Cal. 3055 brought instantaneous midnight changes for both the day and the date but, as a single Quickset movement, only the date could be adjusted with the crown. President wearers would have to wait until the 3055’s successor, the Cal. 3155, to arrive in 1988 for the convenience of a double Quickset function.

Alongside the ref. 18038, Rolex also brought a different slant to the Day-Date when it launched the ref. 18078. While identical internally, the ‘Bark President’ featured a textured dial reminiscent of tree bark that was carried over onto the center links of its bracelet. It remains one of the most unusual and distinctive versions of the piece, even among the countless other finishes in which it has been made.


The Cal. 3055 enjoyed a successful 11-year run, providing the kind of understated reliability that characterized all of Rolex’s 3000 series calibers.

The watches it powered are now considered classics of the era and, as smaller 36mm versions of the legendary President, are highly sought after by both male and female vintage collectors.

A product of the brand’s relentless pursuit of perfection, the Cal. 3055 is a true symbol of engineering excellence.

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Why the Rolex Ladies’ Yacht-Master is A Great Women’s Sports Watch Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:53:23 +0000 While Rolex offers a wide range of ladies’ dress watches, women’s sports watches are somewhat lacking. There aren’t, after all, women’s versions of the Submariner, Daytona, or GMT-Master. Women can, of course, wear these iconic sports watches, but a 40mm case may wear a little too large for many women. But thankfully, there is a Rolex sports watch collection made with women in mind—the ladies’ Yacht-Master line up. And it’s a great Rolex women’s luxury sports watch. Let’s find out why.

The Ladies’ Yacht-Master Offers Variety

Rolex Yacht-Master 69628

The ladies’ Yacht-Master is a beautifully chic Rolex sports watch for women. It’s sized at a very wearable 29mm and comes equipped with the signature metal rotating bezel with polished raised numerals. Moreover, the Oyster bracelet is comfortable to wear, fabulous to look at, and keeps the Yacht-Master securely in place.

One appealing aspect of the ladies’ Yacht-Master collection is the variety of metal options. For an ultra-luxurious version, there are the full gold ladies’ Yacht-Master watches (ref. 69628 and ref. 169628) available with a range of dial colors, as well as some gem dial choices.

On the other hand, for a sleek white metal option, there are the stainless steel and platinum–aka Rolesium–ladies’ Yacht-Master timepieces (ref. 169622). Although the metals are similar in color, there’s still a contrast between the shine of the steel and the sparkle of the sandblasted platinum on the bezel. This is especially true of the Rolesium ladies’ Yacht-Master models with the sandblasted platinum dials.

Finally, for a women’s Rolex watch that will match almost anything in one’s wardrobe, there are the two-tone steel and yellow gold–aka Rolesor–ladies’ Yacht-Master watches (ref. 69623 and ref. 169623). The two metal shades on the watch will match gold and/or silver jewelry impeccably, thus making the Rolesor ladies’ Yacht-Master a super versatile everyday woman’s luxury sports watch.

The Ladies’ Yacht-Master Runs on an Automatic Movement

Rolex Caliber 2235

The great thing about women’s Rolex watches is that they run on mechanical movements just like the men’s Rolex watches. Too often, luxury women’s watches from other brands are powered by quartz movements—but not Rolex. The Swiss watchmaker equips their women’s timepieces with in-house automatic mechanical movements certified by COSC.

Depending on the model, beating at the heart of ladies’ Yacht-Master watches is either the Rolex Caliber 2135 or the Caliber 2235 self-winding movement. Along with the time, there’s also the date function, which is both a quick-set and instantaneous. These Rolex movements operates at 28,000 bph and offers about 48 hours of power reserve.

The Ladies’ Yacht-Master Prices Are More Affordable

Rolex Yacht-Master 169622

It’s important to remember that among Rolex sports watches, the Yacht-Master is one of the brand’s more luxurious models. However, a big advantage to the ladies’ Yacht-Master watch is that it is more affordable than the men’s versions. The 29mm ladies’ Yacht-Master timepieces are in fact no longer in production. Therefore, the secondary market is the place to source them—which means even better prices!

On average, for a ladies’ full yellow gold Yacht-Master, expect to pay around $7,500 – $10,000 depending on the model, year, and condition. The gem dials are of course much more, starting at around $10,000. The two-tone steel and yellow gold ladies’ Yacht-Master watches can start at less than $5,000 to about $9,000, while gem dials start at about $13,000. For the stainless steel and platinum ladies’ Yacht-Master, prices range from about $5,000 to about $7,000.

The combination of killer looks, first-rate mechanical movements, and attractive price points in the secondary market makes the ladies’ Yacht-Master a leading choice for a women’s luxury sports watch.

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The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1960s Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:53:19 +0000 Aspirational Vintage Rolex Timepieces

The 1950s had been a decade of incredible inventiveness and creativity for Rolex. It saw the Swiss giants bring us a series of watches that would become benchmarks. Not just for the brand itself, but for watchmaking in general. Names such as the Submariner, the President, and the GMT-Master represented the pinnacle of engineering excellence. These were among the most coveted and aspirational timepieces in production.

As the 1960s arrived, Rolex set about the process that has secured them as the most successful watchmakers on the planet to this day. They were persistent with their never-ending improvement of their already state-of-the-art designs.

The pace of change at Rolex is relentless. Their constant evolution in technology and performance saw the 1960s produce some of the most well-loved and collectible versions of their signature models.

But the decade also saw one more iconic watch launched on an unsuspecting public. It was the last all-new creation to emerge from the company for more than 30 years. And it was something very special indeed.

We’ll save that one till last, as we look at some of the most popular Rolex watches of 1960s.

The Submariner ref. 1680

Popular Rolex Watches of 1960s - Rolex Submariner 1680

Rolex’s relationship with the ocean goes back almost to the formation of the company. The Oyster became the first commercially viable waterproof case in the 20s, proving its worth on Mercedes Gleitze’s cross-channel swim. Buoyed by early successes, Rolex challenged itself to produce the ultimate companion for divers and all underwater explorers. The Submariner was the result.

By the time the ref. 1680 first appeared in 1969, the Sub had already been through several revisions following its 1953 debut. So what makes the 1680 so special?

To start with, it was the first of the series to feature a date function. They magnified the window at 3 o’clock by a Cyclops lens set into the Plexiglas crystal. To accommodate it, they replaced the caliber in the previous model, the Cal. 1570, by the Cal. 1575. This was  identical in every way save for the new complication.

All About The Dial

However, what really sets the 1680 apart and makes it one of the most desirable of the early Subs and something of a gateway into the heady world of vintage Rolex collecting, is the dial.

For devotees, the dial is everything. In fact, a subtle feature of the text on the 1680’s face puts it near the top of the list for ardent fans. With the rest of the writing in traditional white, the name Submariner is picked out in red. It’s just a single line but it makes the 1680 a highly prized and cherished edition. It is known universally as the Red Submariner.

Although the reference was in production for 10 years, only the models released before 1973 featured the different color text. Also, their relative scarcity only added to their value. In addition, they released it with seven dial variations during its run. Each had just enough subtle distinctions to confuse all but the most obsessive.

Numbered Mark I to Mark VIII, they released two of the dial versions, II and III, simultaneously. Because of a manufacturing flaw, several of these earlier dials faded from black to brown, an imperfection so rare it makes them the holy grail for Submariner collectors.

Water Resistance to 200m

But beyond all the minutiae, the 1680 remained completely true to its pedigree. While it may have had the all-encompassing good looks that go with anything from business suit to jeans and t-shirt, it was still the ideal watch to accompany enthusiastic divers—with its rotatable bezel helping keep track of immersion time and its waterproof rating now upped to 200m.

Rolex produced their most successful and emulated creation in hundreds of different versions during its lifespan. However, the 1680 remains a standout example.

Sea-Dweller ref. 1665

Popular Rolex Watches of 1960s - Sea-Dweller 1665

Although the  diving communities preferred the Submariner as the companion for those embarking on the new sport of recreational SCUBA diving, the professionals who made their living working at the fathomless depths of commercial saturation diving needed something more. A lot more.

In much the same way as Pan Am nearly 10 years previously, French deep-sea specialists Comex (Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises) partnered with Rolex in 1963 in the design of a watch able to withstand the rigorous demands of their profession.

With Comex’s crews needing to spend many hours deep underwater breathing helium-rich mixtures, the gas’s tiny molecules would penetrate the cases of their standard issue watches. These bubbles would expand rapidly upon ascent and the pent up pressure eventually blew out the watch’s crystals, often with significant force.

Helium Escape Valve

To combat the problem, Rolex devised the Helium Escape Valve, or HEV. This was a mechanism to allow the steady release of the gas before it caused any damage. Also, they retrofitted the first HEV to the ref. 5513 Submariner, renamed the 5514. This proved so successful for Comex it paved the way for the Sea-Dweller series.

The official name of the first reference, the 1665, was the Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000, alluding to the watch’s uprated water resistance of 2000ft. Like the Submariner ref. 1680 we looked at above, it garnered an unofficial nickname by picking its title out in red text on the dial, this time over two lines—the 1665 is known to collectors as the Double Red Sea-Dweller, or DRSD.

Double Red Sea Dweller (DRSD)

To further distinguish it from its smaller sibling, and leave no one in any doubt over its capabilities, the DRSD adopted a thicker case and a domed crystal to give an extra dimension of protection against the crushing pressures of deep sea operations.

In production until 1977, when it was replaced by the Great White, the Double Red also went through a number of variations. The first generation was only produced for a year and in severely limited numbers. Some estimated that not more than 100 were ever made. The ‘patent pending’ engraving on the case back, referring to the new HEV technology, is the easy way to spot these especially desirable rarities.

Although with a more niche audience than the all-conquering Submariner, the Sea-Dweller has proved extremely popular among Rolex fans. While the Sub has gone on to become almost a fashion statement, released in precious metal versions and with eccentric color schemes, the Sea-Dweller has doggedly remained a watch for serious professionals.

Strong enough to withstand practically anything, it is a hugely impressive example of fine watchmaking.

The Daytona ref. 6239

Popular Rolex Watches of 1960s - Daytona 6239

There was once a time when the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona didn’t exist. Even more unbelievably, there was also once a time when nobody wanted to buy one.

Rolex launched their current hottest property in the horology world in 1963. However, it was met with a huge collective shrug of indifference. Rolex dipped its toe into the world of the chronograph before, but they were relatively half-hearted attempts. The brand preferred the simplicity of the three-hand watch. Other manufacturers had been making chronographs better for longer.

But, much like their connection with the pioneers of underwater exploration, Rolex also had a long and fruitful association amongst those with an unquenchable thirst for speed.

Sir Malcolm Campbell

Sir Malcolm Campbell, the British land speed record holder, had become the first male sports testimonee for the company in the 30s, piloting his Bluebird racer to greater and greater feats, and wearing a Rolex Oyster Perpetual as he did so. He broke his own record on the hard packed sands at Daytona Beach, Florida a total of five times.

Le Mans

By 1962, they replaced the sands with a Super Speedway, and Rolex was sponsoring their annual 24-hour endurance race, an event as important in the motor racing calendar as the legendary Le Mans. To celebrate, Rolex launched their new flagship chronograph. The earliest examples actually featured the name Le Mans before it was changed to appeal to a larger American audience.

Manually-Winding Valjoux Movement

The initial reference, the 6239, debuted with a manually-winding Valjoux movement. They heavily modified it, particularly with the inclusion of Rolex’s own shock absorption system. Additionally, it stayed as the engine inside the Daytona until 1988. Then, Rolex replaced it with the watch’s first automatic caliber, the El Primero, from Swiss watchmaker Zenith.

And that was the problem. Manually-wound watches were becoming old fashioned even as the Daytona was making its entrance. As a result, dealers found themselves barely able to give the watch away. Examples that are now sold at auction for incredible sums sat gathering dust on shelves for years.

The Vintage Watch Market

By the late eighties, having to wind your watch daily was a relic of another time. It also was the introduction of the first automatic Daytona that opened the current frenzy. Credited with starting the vintage watch market as we know it today, the overwhelming popularity of the modern pieces sparked collectors to rediscover the earlier models.

The ref. 6239 became especially sought out. It was the genesis for the most popular chronograph in the world. Its efficient and clearly legible design and the simplicity of its operation have stayed the same for the last 50 years.

An original 6239 example is now one of the most desired classic watches among discerning collectors. Released in a number of variants, there is one particular style that stands head and shoulders above the rest, possibly the most valuable vintage timepiece it is possible to buy.

Exotic Dials

The exotic dial Daytonas, with their Art Deco motifs and multicolored dials were even more disliked on their release than the standard models. Today, they sell for figures that read like phone numbers. As a result, it is all down to their association with one man.

Paul Newman

Movie legend Paul Newman was gifted an exotic dial ref. 6239 by his wife Joanne Woodward in 1972 to celebrate the start of his professional motor racing career. That reference, and five others with similar designs released in the years that followed, we will know forever as the Paul Newman Daytonas. If you have a spare $10m, you can bid on Newman’s original model as it goes under the hammer at auction in New York this year. During this time, the experts predicted it will become the most expensive Rolex ever sold.

The Daytona is an institution in the world of watchmaking. No longer merely the archetypal driver’s watch. It now transcended its speed king heritage to become a striking expression of status and success. The chronograph all others are compared to, it is possibly the most important sports watch ever made.

The 1960s were a decade of improvement and perfection for Rolex. Their stable was now full of timeless designs. Their brand continued to lead the way in pioneering technology. This ensured their creations stayed at the forefront of what was possible.

It is a philosophy they have followed ever since. It has also secured their reputation as the finest watchmakers in the world.

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A Rolex Timepiece for Every Type of Luxury Home Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:47:26 +0000 Luxury Homes and Rolex Luxury Watch Lifestyle

As a partner and licensed real estate agent of Points West Agency, I have the honor of helping my clients find their dream home. What I’ve learned over the years in real estate is that luxury comes in all shapes and sizes. These range from lakefront compounds and beach houses, to horse ranches and high-rise condominiums with sweeping views of the city. Just as there is a luxury home for every buyer, there is also a luxury timepiece for every consumer.

This week, I teamed up with preowned online Rolex retailer, Together we bring you the best Rolex watch models that pair perfectly with the most luxurious types of homes. Rolex watches are regarded as one of the most sought-after timepieces in the same sense that luxury homes are a highly sought-after asset to own.

Check out my luxury homes and Rolex pairings below to find how much these two luxuries have in common!

Rolex Yacht Master + Beachfront Home

Luxury Homes and Rolex Yacht Master

Sleek, sporty and distinguished. The Rolex Yacht Master is the watch of the open seas. The Yacht Master is just as at home aboard an ocean-bound yacht as it is on a beachfront deck while sipping a cool drink and overlooking the waves.

The Rolex Yacht Master blends function and style in the same way that beachfront homes give owners direct access to the beloved seas. This is both in casual and high-end settings. From clean, modern builds, to luxurious beachfront cottages, waterfront homes are highly desirable. Beachfront properties are often more than double the value of homes overall. According to Zillow, the most expensive and luxurious properties can be found in Hawaii, California, and the coast of the Long Island Sound.

Finding yourself surfside soon? Don’t forget to pack your Rolex Yacht Master. Shop’s selection of authentic used Rolex Yacht Master watches.

Rolex Air King + High-rise Condominium

Luxury Homes and Rolex Air King

The Rolex Air King is a classic. It is a timeless model that pays homage to the pioneers of flight and mile-high aviation. So, it’s only fitting to pair with a high-rise condominium for you and your timepiece to live among the stars.

A simple yet refined watch is perfect for the buyer who appreciates door service, valets, hardwood floors, marble baths, and a private elevator. In the market for sweeping views from above the city? Find inspiration from Points West Agency’s recently sold high-rise luxury condo in the Turtle Creek neighborhood of Dallas.

Meanwhile, let your taste for all things sky-high begin by viewing’s selection of preowned used Rolex Air King watches.

Rolex Explorer II + Lakefront Compound

Luxury Homes and Rolex Explorer II

The Rolex Explorer II is great for the outdoors. However, it will also stand out stylishly in your next board meeting. In fact, Rolex Explorer II watches have redefined luxury with a sexy, yet substantial look. By the same token, lakefront compounds have come a long way. With panoramic views, spacious living, custom details, outdoor pavilions, extraordinary boat docks and recreational vehicles, you have finally met a luxury watch that loves sporting and adventure as much as you do.

Check out this listing, a lakefront compound on Possum Kingdom Lake, to see if you and your Rolex Explorer II are ready for the outdoor adventures ahead.

Rolex GMT Master II + Ranch Property

Luxury Homes and Rolex GMT Master II

Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and trail riding, not to mention a horse barn and airstrip with a private hangar. These are just a few of the activities that await you on a luxury ranch property, such as Driftwood Ranch in Fort Worth.

Likewise, the Rolex GMT Master II combines functionality with rugged good looks. Whether taking your GMT Master II for a trip on a private jet, or riding off into the sunset, this watch is versatile, resilient, and ready for any adventure and occasion.

Shop’s full selection of preloved used Rolex GMT Master II watches.

Rolex Datejust + Mediterranean Mansion

Luxury Homes and Rolex Datejust

Castle Creek Lane seems more than fitting for the address of this recently sold luxury Mediterranean home in Plano, Texas. Mediterranean-style homes reflect those traditionally found in Spain, France and Italy. In addition, they are known for low-pitched roofs, arched windows and openings, wrought-iron detailing, and expansive outdoor living areas. Just as Mediterranean-style homes are easily recognizable and highly prized, so is the classic Rolex Datejust. This luxury watch’s aesthetics and function transcend time and trends. It continues to amass global appeal. A mainstay in the lineup of Rolex brand watches, these are meant to be owned and cherished.

No matter the types of luxury homes and Rolex watches you prefer, Points West Agency and BeckerTime are here to help you tap into your life of luxury. Contact us today to get started!

About Ryan Pafford

Fulfilling a lifelong desire to serve the community, Ryan Pafford is one of the partners and real estate agents at Points West Agency. Ryan specializes in working with buyers and sellers of both luxury properties and commercial land for development in the Denton, Parker, and Tarrant Counties. His personal mission is to provide unmatched service with the highest standards. Equally important, he understands each client’s individual needs with thoughtful listening and communication.

Ryan started his professional career in IT, then transitioned to marketing. Finally, he pursued his calling in real estate when he joined as a partner at Points West Agency. Ryan co-founded the Agency to bring something genuine and fresh to the real estate marketplace. Any client who has worked with Ryan knows what this fresh approach means; he and his team of professional agents are communicative, attentive, knowledgeable about the communities they serve, resourceful, friendly, honest, energetic, creative, and make it a point to go above and beyond their clients’ expectations. This fresh approach also means shunning the traditional brokerage model of cut-throat agents competing against each other. Rather, Points West Agency fosters a culture of partnership in which all clients and listings are represented in a cooperative environment by all its agents, thereby ensuring its clients and listings have and maintain the competitive edge.

A resident of Aledo, Ryan is proud to call Parker County home with his wife and young son. If you’re considering buying or selling a home, or if you simply have questions about the area or need a local referral, Ryan welcomes your phone call or email any time at (817) 717-6036 or

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The Unisex Rolex: Midsize Yacht Master Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:44:44 +0000 Rolex Midsize Yacht Master Options – A Diverse Model

With its 35mm Oyster case, the midsize Yacht Master is ideal for both a woman’s or a man’s wrist. Although Rolex no longer manufactures the midsize Yacht Master, it remains a popular luxury sports watch in the secondary market. Additionally, the Rolex midsize Yacht Master options feature a diverse model that is available in three different metals and an assortment of dials. Find out what they are here.

Yellow Gold Midsize Yacht Master

Rolex Midsize Yacht Master Options - Yellow Gold 68628

The yellow gold midsize Yacht Master ref. 68628 made its debut in 1994 as the first 35mm model within the collection. As with all yellow gold Yacht Master watches, topping its gold case is a bidirectional gold bezel with raised numerals rather than a bezel insert. The Oyster bracelet is also fashioned in 18k yellow gold, which makes the midsize Yacht Master ref. 68628 an ultra luxurious Rolex sports watch.

Early editions of the midsize Yacht Master ref. 68628 included a white dial with non-luminous black indexes that are instead accented with triangles that glow in the dark for lowlight legibility. Other dial options followed over the years including slate, champagne, and navy. An especially lavish midsize gold Yacht Master is one equipped with a mother-of-pearl dial embellished with ruby indexes.

Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold Midsize Yacht Master

Rolex Midsize Yacht Master Options - Two Tone 68623

For a midsize Yacht Master that’s both sporty and luxurious, there’s the two-tone steel and yellow gold version. Rolesor is Rolex-speak for watches that combine both steel and gold and the Rolesor Yacht Master is a signature look for the Swiss watchmaker. Securing the sapphire crystal to the stainless steel Oyster case is the yellow gold bezel, while the two-tone Oyster bracelet features yellow gold center links framed by steel links.

There are two versions of the two-tone midsize Yacht Master. The first model is the Yacht Master ref. 68623, which made its debut in 1995 and runs on Rolex Caliber 2135. Rolex then updated the model in 1999 with the Yacht Master ref. 168623 with the then-new Caliber 2235.

Stainless Steel and Platinum Midsize Yacht Master

Rolex Midsize Yacht Master Options - Steel Platinum 168622

Whereas, Rolesor refers to the combination of steel and gold, Rolesium is when Rolex combines steel and platinum on a watch. And the Yacht Master is the only Rolex watch so far to combine rugged steel with precious platinum.

The Rolesium, Rolex Yacht Master midsize steel platinum ref. 168622 came out in 1999 along with the larger 40mm and smaller 29mm version. Like all Rolesium Yacht Master models, the midsize ref. 168622 sports a stainless steel Oyster case and stainless steel Oyster bracelet. The rotating bezel, however, is crafted entirely in platinum, where the background is sandblasted while the raised numerals are polished. The sandblasted platinum carries through onto the dial, lending spectacular texture to the monochromatic Yacht Master.

Whether in full yellow gold, two tone steel and yellow gold, or steel and platinum, the Rolex midsize Yacht Master options offer a luxurious Rolex sports watch for both him and her. A true unisex Rolex timepiece.

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Don’t do Counterfeit Rolex Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:20:09 +0000 Two Types of Buyers of Fake Rolex Watches

Fake Rolex and Other Watches

As we have covered here before, counterfeit watches are big business with the Swiss watchmaking industry. It is estimated that tens of millions of counterfeit (a.k.a. knock-off) watches flood the market every year creating billions dollars in revenue. There are two types of buyers for fake Rolex watches: Those that don’t know and those that do know.

Street Seller Scam

The Scammers

When traveling, be wary of people attempting to sell you a watch on the street. Especially if they are trying to pass it off as being genuine. In my travels in Mexico, people selling “Rolex” watches have approached me saying that they are made in Rolex’s Guatemalan factory. Or, that their father owns Rolex (yes, I have actually had someone tell me that their father owns Rolex). In Europe, hawkers have approached friends attempting to sell a “Rolex” for pennies on the dollar because the original owner needed quick cash.

Obviously, these people are trying to scam tourists. Legitimate retailers of authentic timepieces will not be selling on “the street” as they will have a storefront. It is not to say that all watches purchased from a storefront are authentic, so caution is still advised. Don’t allow emotion to overtake common sense. If the deal is too good to be true, it most likely is. Learn more about buying genuine Rolex pieces by checking out how to authenticate rolex watches.

Rolex Daytona Replica

For Those That Know

For those that know, it seems they purchase knock off watches thinking that they are costume jewelry purchased on vacation and that they will have a nice watch that matches the fashion of the day. Or to artificially elevate one’s perceived stature by wearing a fake watch and passing it off as genuine. They may believe that they do no harm.

Consequences of Counterfeit

Fake Watches

All of these temptations bolster the counterfeit industry for which the Swiss watchmaking industry and legitimate businesses that revolve around the Swiss watch market, such as BeckerTime, all suffer. Counterfeit watches violate trademark and are illegal to import into the United States as well as other countries. Counterfeit watches also fund criminal and terrorist organizations. As a result, they hurt many innocent people. So if a counterfeiter approaches you, tell them you are not interested. If they persist, walk away.

Bottom line, don’t do counterfeit!

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The Rolex Caliber 2130/2135 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:06:45 +0000 Rolex’s second generation of their in-house 2000 series calibers first appeared in 1983. As scaled down versions of some of their most trusted and widely-used movements, specially engineered to power their range of women’s watches, the Cal. 2130 and 2135 replaced the initial Cal. 2030/35 that had found success inside the Ladies Oyster Perpetual, as well as the ladies and midsize Datejust.

During the 13-year run of the initial series of calibers’, Rolex had been busy making their typically relentless incremental advances to not only the functionality of their movements, but also to their accuracy. When the updated range was released, the level of precision Rolex had achieved set a new benchmark for mechanical watches. The Cal. 2130 and 2135, the no date and date versions respectively, have the highest first time pass rate of any movement tested by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute. To gain the distinction, every mechanism is subjected to a grueling 15-day certification schedule, with tolerances of just -4/+6 seconds a day, measured against two atomic clocks. Each is tested in five different positions and across a range of temperatures, from 46.4ºF to 100.4ºF.

The feat was made even more impressive by the extremely small size of the components involved. At just 20mm in diameter and 5.83mm in height, the 29-jewel calibers still manage to provide a 42-hour power reserve. The automatic, self-winding movements beat at 28,800vph, the standard frequency of all modern Rolexes that provides the characteristic eight ticks a second smooth sweep of the seconds hand, as well as giving an increased shock protection.

Rolex Caliber 2130

Similarly to their predecessors, both the 2130 and 2135 feature a Glucydur balance wheel, an alloy of copper and beryllium that is non-magnetic and particularly resistant to variations in different temperatures. Their Nivarox hairsprings utilize a Breguet Overcoil, where the last spiral turn is bent back over the top of the spring to provide a more consistent tension over a broader range, further increasing the watch’s accuracy.

Both calibers are also protected by the Kif shock absorption system, which allows slight lateral and vertical movement of the watch’s balance staff to prevent it from snapping, using a spring-mounted jewel setting.

One real and very welcome difference between the two generations of the 2000 series is found on the 2135. It became the first of the ladies’ movements to include a Quickset date function, allowing wearers to adjust the calendar complication by simply pulling the crown out to the second position and winding through the days of the month. Previously, changing the date had required the tedious process of spinning the hands through 24 hours.

The 2130/2135 at Work

The new convenience of the Quickset function, sometimes known as the rapid calendar advance, made the Cal. 2135 the ideal engine for both the ladies and the midsize Datejust. In all, the movement was used in nearly a dozen different versions of Rolex’s long-running and hugely popular dress watch, starting in 1983 with the 29mm ref. 68240 and culminating at the end of the caliber’s production run in 1999 in the 31mm ref. 68273.

Rolex Caliber 2135

A Watch for the Open Seas

In 1992, Rolex introduced their first all-new model since the Daytona had been released nearly 30 years before. The Yacht-Master, very much a luxurious version of the venerable Submariner, turned out to be a success in its own right—so much so that, two years later, it became the first of the brand’s sports watches to be made available in three different sizes.

The 35mm and 29mm edition of the Yacht-Master were launched in 1994 to sit alongside the full-size 40mm model, and the Cal. 2135 proved the perfect fit for these smaller nautically-themed timepieces.

For the simpler Cal. 2130, it took the place of the 2030 inside the elegant shell of the Ladies Oyster Perpetual range, surely the most uncomplicated yet tastefully sophisticated of the women’s collection. Powering a total of seven of the OP series, it provided a wholly accurate and reliable movement for both 26mm and 31mm sizes.


There have only been three generations of the 2000 series of smaller calibers for Rolex’s catalog of women’s watches. The 2130/35, the middle child of the range, are the subject of the brand’s incessant striving for the ultimate in precision and dependability. The most consistently reliable movements tested by the COSC, they are testament to Rolex’s perfectionism.

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Everything You Need To Know About the Ladies Two Tone Yacht Master Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:55:05 +0000 As we continue our spotlight on the luxurious, yet sporty, Rolex Yacht Master collection, we now turn our attention to all about the ladies two tone Yacht Master. If you’ve had your eye on this special timepiece, either for yourself or for someone special, here’s everything you need to know about this Rolesor beauty.

The First Ladies Two Tone Yacht Master Watch

Rolex Yacht-Master Lady 69623

The very first ladies two tone Yacht Master ref. 69623 made its debut in the mid-1990s, crafted in both stainless steel and 18k yellow gold. It’s important to remember that Rolex refers to the material combination of steel and gold as Rolesor.

As a ladies model, the Rolesor Yacht Master ref. 69623 sports a case sized at 29mm. Although small, it’s still very sporty thanks to its design. Firstly, there’s the stainless steel Oyster case outfitted with a Twinlock winding crown. Then, topping the case is a stunning 18k yellow gold bi-directional bezel with raised numerals. Furthermore, the precious metal carries through to the sporty Oyster three-links bracelet. As with most Rolesor models, the Oyster bracelet of the ladies two tone Yacht Master ref. 69623 features stainless steel outer links flanking 18k yellow gold center links. Securing the Oyster bracelet is the Fliplock clasp.

The ladies two tone Yacht Master ref. 69623 runs on the Rolex Cal. 2135 automatic mechanical movement, operating at 28,000 beats per hour and offering around 48 hours of power reserve.

The Second Ladies Two Tone Yacht Master Watch

Rolex Yacht-Master Lady 169623

In 1999 Rolex updated the ladies two tone Yacht Master with the introduction of the ref. 169623. While the look of the Rolesor women’s Yacht Master remained largely the same, the biggest change was the movement within.

Powering the then-new ladies two tone Yacht Master ref. 169623 was the highly reliable, robust, and precise Rolex Cal. 2235 self-winding movement. Just like its predecessor, it beats at a rate of 28,000 bph, includes 48 hours of power reserve, and includes a quickset date function.

The ladies two tone Yacht Master ref. 169623 comes with a range of dial options including white, champagne, slate, and navy blue. For added luxury, there are also mother-of-pearl and diamond dials to choose from. Similar to the first generation, the dial of the ladies’ Yacht Master ref. 169623 includes round indexes, Mercedes-style center hands, a lollipop seconds hand, and a red YACHT-Master label. The versions with the black indexes are, in fact, not luminescent but rather are accented with small triangles that glow in the dark to provide low-light legibility.

The Ladies Two Tone Yacht Master Watch Is No Longer in Production

Unfortunately, since 2012 Rolex stopped manufacturing the ladies two tone Yacht Master. But thankfully, both Rolesor Yacht Master ref. 69623 and ref. 169623 watches are still available in the secondary market. Depending on the reference, year, dial, and condition, a pre-owned ladies two tone Yacht Master can start at less than $5,000. That’s undoubtedly a bargain for a two tone steel and gold women’s Rolex sports watch!

Despite the fact that the ladies two tone Yacht Master is currently out of production, it remains a classic luxury sports watch for women. Offering both elegance and sportiness, the Rolesor Yacht Master for ladies is one not to miss.

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Short History of Women’s Wristwatches Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:38:48 +0000 Womens Wristwatches - Vintage Womens
Converted pocket watch to be worn on the wrist for women

Womens Wristwatches Began in the Early 1800’s

Finding a comprehensive history of womens wristwatches in the watchmaking history books is somewhat difficult. This is because the start of wristwatches was back in the early 1800’s. At that time, they were not considered serious timepieces. As a matter of fact, the first chronicled wristwatch was designed for a woman. Combined with the influence from the watch world that was primarily a male dominated industry, the history of womens wristwatches is very fragmented. Wristwatches for women were commonly known as “Wristlets.”

The “Strap Watch”

Caroline Murat (Queen of Naples 1808)
Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples (1808)

In fact, the first womans wristwatch is credited to Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) who made the watch for the Queen of Naples on June 8, 1810, and Patek Philippe made a wristwatch for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary in 1869.  During this time, and onward for the next 100-120 years, men viewed wristwatches as women’s items. As a result, men would carry pocket watches in their waist coat.

The Boer War

It was not until the Boer War (South Africa 1899-1902) that the notion of wristwatch for men became to take hold.  During the Boer War, Africa’s climate was too hot for a jacket or vest/waist coat to carry pocket watch. Subsequently, soldiers would begin wearing a small pocket watches on their wrists. World War I soldiers also wore wristwatches. But the fashion during this period was for pocket watches. Men considered wristwatches only for women. However, Louis Cartier (1875-1942) is credited for making the first mans wristwatch in 1904 for his friend Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont. Santos-Dumont was an early aviation pioneer. Subsequently, he needed a timepiece for his flights.  However, if a man wore a watch on his wrist, it was considered a “strap watch”  to discern it from the perceived feminine model.

After World War I

During the late 1920’s, womens wristwatches prevailed, as men continued to see wristwatches as feminine. Wristwatches did not see widespread use until the 1920s, or even 1930s as evidenced below:

“…after the end of World War I, a lawyer was arguing a point of law in court when Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis noticed that the lawyer was wearing a wristwatch. The judge halted the lawyer in mid-sentence and asked him if he served in the war. When the lawyer responded he had not, Judge Landis ordered him to remove the watch, admonishing him that it was inappropriate for non-veterans to wear a wristwatch. Judge Landis was appointed the commissioner of Major League Baseball to clean up the sport’s image after the “Black Sox World Series” scandal in 1919. This involved “Shoeless” Joe Jackson of the Chicago White Sox and seven of his teammates. Landis ruled baseball with an iron fist from Nov. 12, 1920 to Nov. 25, 1944.”

— Frederic J. Freidberg, “The Illinois Watch”

Womens Wristwatches - Mercedes Gleitze
Mercedes Gleitze entering the English Channel wearing a Rolex

Mercedes Gleitz

In the famous 1927 “Daily Mail” image of Mercedes Gleitz English Channel swim, shows eight man’s wristwatches, two pocket watches, and fifteen lady’s watches. Rolex’s 1930 product line also reflected the preference for lady’s wristwatches featuring 79 lady’s watches and only 37 men’s models, and, well 23 pocket watches.  Also, Rolex capitalized on its 1920 offering of the men’s Prince model with a women’s model known as the “Princess.” Rolex’s Princess was marketed for its accuracy carrying a Kew A Certificate, and for years was the most expensive watch Rolex sold.

The Tool Watch

Womens Wristwatches - Mercedes Gleitze Rolex

It was not until the 1930’s that men’s “strap watches” became wristwatches. They no longer considered them feminine. The 1950’s was the breakthrough decade for widespread wristwatch use when Rolex and other Swiss watch companies pushed the concept of the “tool watch” as a necessary tool worn on the wrist. Learn more complete fascinating details about Rolex and its rich history.


The Best of Time Rolex Wristwatches. 2006.  James Dowling and Jeffrey P. Hess.  Write Time Partners II.
The Rolex Report: An Unauthorized Reference Book for the Rolex Enthusiast. 2002.  John E. Brozek  4th Edition. InfoQuest Publishing

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The History of the Men’s Yellow Gold Yacht-Master Ref. 16628 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:47:33 +0000 In 1992, Rolex unveiled a brand new model dubbed the Yacht-Master. While the name wasn’t new—Rolex had actually made a prototype in the late 1960s called the Yacht-Master Chronograph with only three known pieces to exist—the watch sporting the vintage name was definitely new. The very first model that launched the Yacht-Master collection was the men’s yellow gold Yacht-Master ref. 16628. Let’s get a closer look at the finer details.

First in Line: The Men’s Yellow Gold Yacht-Master


While the Yacht-Master collection eventually had a wide assortment of sizes and materials, the inaugural model was the Yacht-Master ref. 16628. It was a men’s yellow gold Yacht-Master with a 40mm case. From its Oyster case to its Oyster bracelet, the Yacht-Master ref. 16628 was crafted entirely in 18k yellow gold—a luxurious take on a sports watch if we’ve ever seen one!

Powering the men’s versions of the Yacht-Master watch is the famous Rolex Cal. 3135 automatic mechanical movement. Aside from the time, the Yacht-Master also includes a date window at 3 o’clock. Naturally, like the majority of Rolex date watches, the Yacht-Master is also equipped with the Cyclops magnification lens on the sapphire crystal for better legibility of the date.

Particularly interesting was the Yacht-Master ref. 16628’s new style of bezel. The full gold bezel with a sandblasted finish includes polished raised numerals for a dramatic look. While the 18k yellow gold bezel is certainly precious, it’s still functional as a time-lapse bezel thanks to its ability to rotate both ways. Whether or not the men’s yellow gold Yacht-Master is ever used to time how long it takes to get between two positions while sailing is beside the point. But, if the need arises, the Yacht-Master can do it.

Another noteworthy design touch on the very first Yacht-Master ref. 16628 was the use of black hour markers with yellow gold surrounds. Those dark indexes really pop against the crisp white dial. However, because of their material, they do not glow in the dark. Rather, accompanying the black hour markers are small luminescent triangles that aren’t that noticeable in daylight but come to life in darkness. Therefore, the triangles, coupled with the luminous Mercedes-style hands provide optimal visibility in low light.

The Later Years of the Men’s Yellow Gold Yacht-Master


A couple of years after the Yacht-Master ref. 16628’s debut with the white dial, Rolex added a blue sunray dial. This time, the blue background housed white lume plots. That contrast, coupled with the red YACHT-MASTER label on the dial came together for a fantastic version of the Yacht-Master ref. 16628. Over the ensuing years, more dial options were added to the men’s yellow gold Yacht-Master including mother-of-pearl, champagne, and others.

The men’s yellow gold Yacht-Master was only in production for less than 20 years. The ref. 16628 is, in fact, the only reference number for a men’s yellow gold Yacht-Master. Rolex discontinued all full yellow gold Yacht-Master watches in 2011 and never replaced them with updated versions.

Although today the stainless steel and platinum versions of the Yacht-Master are more ubiquitous, we’ll never forget the first. And here’s hoping that Rolex will someday bring back the men’s yellow gold Yacht-Master!

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The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1950s Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:45:58 +0000 The American Dream

While there’s healthy debate over whether the 1950s was, in fact, the greatest ever decade, one thing is undeniable; the world was owed a holiday after suffering through the horrors of the deadliest war in history.

It was an era that certainly had plenty going for it, in America particularly. After years of financial penury, the US economy skyrocketed with huge growth and low debt. Also, unemployment was at its lowest level in generations.

The American Dream was in full flow, translating into a massive explosion in purchasing power. People suddenly found themselves with money to spend, and were looking for ways to spend it.

WWII Boosted Rolex Reputation

The Second World War had been kind to Rolex in a number of ways. Firstly, as Switzerland had stayed officially neutral during the conflict, their watchmaking industry had powered on as usual. In the rest of the world, watch factories were appropriated by the war effort, more or less ending them as competition. It left the Swiss firms with the market practically to themselves at the end of hostilities. It was something they took full advantage of.

And secondly, Rolex’s conduct throughout WWII only added to their reputation. However, not just as manufacturers of the highest quality, but also as a company with a strong sense of morality. The firm’s flagrant support for the allies was something not soon forgotten. In fact, everything from their anti-Nazi marketing stance to their help for captured POWs brought them an appreciative and fiercely loyal fan base.  Learn more about this fascinating time period for Rolex and their vintage Rolex watches 1940s era.

Popular Vintage Rolex 1950 Watches

Of course, the peerless creations emerging from behind the curtains of rolex HQ helped it along. Whether or not the 1950s was America’s best decade, for the crown, it is hard to think of one better or more successful.

Names that have since passed into watchmaking folklore made their first appearance in the 50s. In fact, of the five most popular vintage Rolex 1950 watches ever, three were born in this one decade alone.

A New Age

With its mood of unbridled optimism and adventure, the post-war years brought a new age of exploration; of brave pioneers tackling the planet’s most extreme environments and pushing themselves to the limits. And whether at the top of the world or the bottom, their trusted companion was Rolex.

Below, we’ll look at some of the most popular watches from perhaps the brand’s most important decade.

The Explorer ref. 6350

Rolex Explorer 6350

Of all Rolex’s sports watches, so often overlooked, it’s the Explorer that has the longest and richest history. And it all started on top of the highest peak on earth.

Rolex had been sponsoring expeditions to conquer Mount Everest since 1933.  They attempted to collect important data on the performance of its watches in the harshest conditions imaginable.  This was also the kind of brand advertising that money can’t buy.

By 1953, it had backed a total of nine abortive efforts. These included one a year before featuring Tenzing Norgay.  He got within an agonizing 300 meters of the summit. The Nepalese Sherpa gave a gold Datejust from the company for his efforts.

Sir John Hunt’s Expedition

Sir John Hunt’s expedition of ’53 saw a small group of 15 tackle the ascent. This included Norgay and New Zealand mountaineer, Edmund Hilary, finally conquering the summit at 11.30am on the 29th May. The pair wore Oyster Perpetuals supplied free by Rolex. This was on the condition they would be sent back to Geneva for testing once they returned home. The climbers duly sent both watches back after their successful attempt, along with letters of thanks.

The Oyster Perpetual Explorer Launch

The notoriously secretive watchmaker never revealed what tests were performed on those fabled timepieces. Yet, within a few months, the first Oyster Perpetual sporting the Explorer name launched, with the reference number 6350.

It was the start of a series still going strong today, more than 60 years later, and with a design that, even by Rolex’s standards, has barely altered. In stylistic terms, the Explorer range is among the simplest three-hand watches in the brand’s lineup; a perfectly legible, starkly beautiful example that has avoided the precious metal versions and gemstone enhancements of the rest of the sports collection. For true Rolex purists, the Explorer is the last of the real tool watches, and the one that has stayed closest to the company’s original philosophy.

Rolex 6350 Set the Standard

Those first 6350 references set the standard the rest of the range has followed ever since. Always with a black dial and the characteristic 3,6,9 Arabic numerals, even the case size has only undergone minor changes. Where the first examples were a traditional 36mm, today’s Explorer has stubbornly resisted the current trend for oversize watches and stayed sub-40 at 39mm.

The legend that started on top of the world shows no signs of stopping; the Explorer will always be the watch that conquered Everest.

The GMT-Master ref. 6542

Popular Vintage Rolex 1950 GMT Master 6542

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. WWII had been the first conflict to see aerial combat play a major role in total victory and the speed of aircraft development had been immense, as both allied and axis powers fought to maintain supremacy of the skies. While turbine engines had come too late to play a significant role in piloted aircraft, the jet-powered German V-1 and V-2 rockets had decimated London.

As the 1950s dawned, so did the jet age. The new engines opened up transcontinental routes, as airliners were able to fly much higher, faster and further than ever before.

Pan Am Airways

One side-effect of this revolution was the phenomenon of jet-lag. Passengers and crew alike struggled with the effects of travelling between different time zones. In an effort to help their pilots, Pan-American World Airways, known to you and me as Pan Am, approached Rolex with a request for a watch that could display both the local and home time simultaneously.

In 1954, Rolex obliged with the first of the GMT-Master series, the ref. 6542. It was an immediate hit with business travelers as well as professional aviators. The combination of a 24-hour hand and the two-tone bezel representing night and day were ideal tools. These helped combat the psychological strain of international travel.

The Popular Pepsi

Although that first reference had only a relatively short production cycle, they replaced it in 1959 by the long-running and hugely popular ref. 1675. Its distinctive looks, so different than anything that had come before, secured the GMT-Master’s reputation. They immediately nicknamed the blue and red color scheme ‘Pepsi’. Even today, it is still one of the most recognizable watches in Rolex’s catalog.

It was short-lived, thanks mainly to the need for crown guards and for the fragile Bakelite bezel to be swapped for an aluminum one. However, the ref. 6542 did find one superstar endorsement. In that greatest of all Bond movies, Goldfinger, the titular antagonist’s female pilot sports a ref. 6542 as she fights a losing battle against the super spy’s prodigious charms.

The first of the GMT-Master series, therefore, will forever be known as the Pussy Galore.

The Day Date ref. 6511

Popular Vintage Rolex 1950 Day Date 6511

Until the mid-fifties, the Datejust had been considered Rolex’s flagship—a watch worn only by the privileged few, with its status cemented by its place on the wrists of such luminaries as Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower.

In 1956 however, Rolex outdid themselves. As if to celebrate their rank as the most respected and aspirational watchmakers in the world, they released an unashamedly elitist new creation, a piece that symbolized success more than any other.

The Day Date was and is, for Rolex, a complicated watch. On its launch, the ref. 6511 became the first timepiece from any manufacturer to display both the day of the week written out in full as well as the date. The additional mechanics needed to facilitate all this led to an uncharacteristically bulky appearance for a dress watch, and the initial reference spent only about 12 months in production. Its ref. 6611 replacement was ostensibly identical but enjoyed a more svelte, slimmed down profile.

The Prestigious President

Regardless, the Day Date immediately became a must-have for those who shaped the destinies of companies or entire countries. Owning the most prestigious watch from the most prestigious watchmaker was seen as the ultimate statement of intent. Soon it was found at the head of every boardroom table in every size and shape of office—including oval.

The Day Date’s nickname, the President, was adopted after Lyndon Johnson officially became the first commander in chief to wear one in 1963. Technically, Kennedy had taken ownership of a yellow gold example, albeit briefly, 12 months before, when Marilyn Monroe presented one to him as a gift following her scandalous rendition of Happy Birthday Mr. President.

“JACK, with love as always from MARILYN”, it said on the back.

“Get rid of it”, said JFK to an aide.

The President Bracelet

While the President name has never been formally linked to the watch itself by Rolex, it was indeed the name the company gave to the bracelet specially designed for its launch. The semi-circular, three-link design of the President bracelet is a mixture of elements from the two other metal Rolex bands, combining the elegance of the Jubilee and the masculinity of the Oyster. It is an unmistakably luxurious addition to the brand’s premier watch, and is always fitted with the Crownclasp, giving it a seamless connection.

The Jewel In The Crown

The Day Date, like its bracelet, has only ever been crafted from platinum or 18k gold. Today, the vast choice of styles available reflect the different tastes of the President’s wide-ranging and diverse admirers. Everyone from heads of state to hip hop moguls wears Rolex’s finest with pride, and the Swiss giants accommodate their individual sensitivities with models of the utmost subtlety through to brash showstoppers dripping with gemstones of every color.

Whichever of the dozens of varieties it comes in, the President Day Date remains in the same position it has occupied for the last 60 years; as the absolute jewel in the crown’s crown.

The Submariner ref. 6204

Popular Vintage Rolex Submariner 6204

Any list of the most important and popular watches, from any manufacturer of any decade, must include the Rolex Submariner.

The blueprint for virtually every dive watch that followed, it would be rude to say its design has been plagiarized by legions of competing brands; perhaps ‘emulated’ would be a kinder word.

Rolex already had a long history of creating waterproof watches by the time the first Sub put in an appearance. The revolution of the Oyster case had played a major role in propagating the wristwatch as a concept for men way back in 1926. Then in the 30s, they partnered with fellow Swiss maker Panerai in supplying timepieces to the Italian Navy.

Learning from these various experiences, and with the encouragement of Rolex director and keen amateur diver Rene-Paul Jeanerret, the early fifties saw the company set out to create a true tool watch to survive the trials of a life aquatic. And the Submariner ref. 6204 was the result.

Auguste and Jacques Piccard

True to form, Rolex had tested the prototype of the watch to the extremes. In 1953, father and son duo Auguste and Jacques Piccard set a world diving record when they took their bathyscaphe to a depth of 10,335 feet, with a specially made version of Rolex’s newest creation strapped to the hull. The watch, with the reference 6200, was functioning perfectly on its return to the surface.

Jacques Cousteau

A further marketing coo took place the same year when legendary underwater innovator Jacques-Yves Cousteau, a close friend of Jeanerret, wore one of the first models prominently in his Oscar-winning documentary The Silent World, about his adventures exploring the ocean depths.

So when the Sub made its debut at the 1954 Basel Watch Fair, it was already a highly sought after piece. It was the first watch to boast water resistance of 100m. The ref. 6204 was tough enough to satisfy those indulging in the popular new sport of SCUBA diving while, crucially, being stylish enough to wear to just about any occasion.

Today Most Iconic and Timeless

Pretty soon, it was the only watch to be seen with. Its discreet, minimalist design somehow spoke volumes, identifying wearers as men of both action and excellent taste. The first reference was in production for only a year. Subsequently, it set the basic DNA for every model that has since come along for the last 60 years.

Put a 6204 next to one of today’s range of Subs, and the similarities are glaring. That famous bezel may be made of ceramic now. The proportions have beefed up somewhat. But a 21st century Submariner is still recognizably a very close relative to the 1950s original. It is perhaps the most iconic and timeless watch design ever created.

Birth of the Milgauss

The 1950s was a golden era for Rolex, a decade when they could simply do no wrong. Together with the emblematic pieces we’ve looked at above, it also saw the birth of the Milgauss. This included its huge anti-magnetic resistance and the introduction of the Cyclops lens that magnified the date window in a number of their models.

Next week, we’ll groove into the sixties and the first sighting of Rolex’s fabled chronograph.

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The Rolex Caliber 3135 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:36:26 +0000 Rolex 3135 Sets the Standard

One of the major contributing factors to the incredible success Rolex have enjoyed during their more than a century in existence is their stubbornness in sticking to an overriding philosophy—creating timeless designs and subjecting them to constant and relentless improvements to keep them at the forefront of modern technology. It’s an ethos that has seen the outward appearance of the majority of their watches change relatively little over the years. However inside, the movements powering them have gone through innovation after innovation. Arguably, their most successful and widely-used caliber, the Rolex 3135, is just such a movement.

Reliable, Accurate, and Robust Movement

In continuous service since 1988, they have updated and tweaked it numerous times, with little or no fanfare. And sometimes so subtly that even experienced watchmakers struggle to see the difference. But the unceasing evolution of its no-nonsense, utilitarian design has seen it remain the first choice caliber for some of the crown’s most iconic timepieces.

Below, we’ll take a closer look at what many experts consider the most reliable, accurate and robust automatic movement ever made.

The Cal. 3135

Rolex 3135

Ground-breaking advances and high-tech materials make up the Rolex 3135. Yet, for nearly 30 years as Rolex’s go-to-movement, the element that has had the biggest influence is its physical size. At 28.5mm in diameter and 6mm in height, it is particularly large by modern standards.

When it launched in the late eighties, the trend for bigger watch sizes was starting to gather pace. This gave Rolex the freedom to create a larger caliber.  Learn more about this trend for mens full size Rolex watches and the model options that are available. This trend increased the inherent strength of each separate component. It is this fundamental solidity that has given the 3135 the ability to endure the rigors of everyday use. Rolex intended their watch owners to wear these professional watches in the harshest environments imaginable.

A Higher Frequency

The 3135 is a continuation of the 3035 series. Rolex launched it in 1977 and was profoundly different from its predecessors. As the company’s first high-beat movement, it increased the balance speed from 19,800 BPH to 28,800 BPH. This higher frequency has since become the standard across all of Rolex’s range. It also allowed the caliber to provide more accurate timekeeping and better withstand outside influences, such as shock.

Also in keeping with the 3035, the 3135 includes Rolex’s Microstella system. This did away with balance screws and replaced them with just four timing screws on the inside of the balance rim. It kept the wheel’s diameter as large as possible without any increase in its mass. Also, this created greater inertia and less drag, allowing for a more precise adjustment.

Rolex made the free sprung balance wheel in the 3135 from a high performance alloy of beryllium and copper known as Glucydur. Many of the world’s top watchmakers favor its rigidity and resistance to the effects of temperature variations. Used in conjunction with a Breguet overcoil, the earlier examples of the 3135 featured a hairspring made by the Swatch Group-owned company, Nivarox. Rolex has always been fanatical about manufacturing every element that goes into their watches themselves. In fact, it took more than five years of research and development before they perfected their own in-house hairspring in 2000.

The Parachrom Bleu, now used in all of the brand’s watches, is made up of niobium and zirconium. It’s treated with an oxide coating that gives it its distinctive blue coloring. The alloy is said to be ten times more resistant to shocks than the previous hairspring. In addition, it is completely anti-magnetic. (The name comes from ‘paramagnetic’ and ‘chrome’, Greek for ‘color’).

The Winding System

Rolex introduced the first automatic winding rotor, or ‘Perpetual’, movement way back in 1931 and have been perfecting their design ever since. Read more interesting facts on the Rolex Perpetual Movement and its launch. The bi-directional and highly efficient rotor system in the 3135 has a couple of uncharacteristic quirks. For instance, the two gears that allow the mainspring to be wound in either direction are coated in PTFE, otherwise known as Teflon. This increased its efficiency and also colored the gears a deep red. This is a trait specific to Rolex and used to identify many a counterfeit in the past.

The other unusual feature in the movement is the use of synthetic rubies to mount the rotor. Most other manufacturers embed the axle of the rotor mechanism in ball bearings. Whereas Rolex   elected to do away with any moveable parts in order to reduce the amount of wear. It is a system that works beautifully. Also, the fully wound mainspring in the Rolex 3135 gives a healthy power reserve of 50 hours, but does mean sticking to the prescribed servicing and lubrication schedules is particularly important.

The Cal. 3135 in Action

The list of watches that utilize Rolex’s 31-jewel workhorse caliber reads like a who’s-who of the brand’s greatest creations. The caliber is used in just about every one of the company’s three-hand timepieces at some point and in some form since its inception.

The Submariner and the Deepsea

Rolex 3135 -Rolex Submariner 16610

While the Sea-Dweller 4000, the forerunner of today’s version, was using the 3135 up until 2008, the latest iteration relaunched this year has the all new Cal. 3235 ticking away inside its controversial freshly fattened up body. Check out a more detailed look into this next generation movement, the new Rolex Caliber 3235.

The two other Rolex mainstays; the Submariner, easily the world’s favorite dive watch, and the insanely tough Deepsea, are both still championing the older caliber. These watches are designed for everyday wear. While many of them are not bought by the sort of underwater adventurers the Rolex marketing department would have you believe, they are still likely to suffer a heavy amount of daily mistreatment. The Rolex 3135 has always been a match for the worst their owners could throw at them.

Similarly, the most recent 40mm Yacht Master is essentially a Submariner in a fancy suit, and powered by the same movement.

Datejust 36

Rolex Datejust 36 Ref. 16233

The unassuming 36mm Datejust series is the perfect setting for the eminently functional, down-to-earth nature of the 3135. The two are both beautifully crafted archetypes, with no superfluous details or exotic complications.

While a 41mm model launched this year with the same updated movement as the new Sea-Dweller, there is no sign of Rolex’s longest-running classic replacing its engine any time soon.


With the exception of some of their Cellini range, there are no Rolex watches with a transparent case back to allow wearers to see the movements in action. Accordingly, Rolex calibers have never been manufactured to look pretty. They’ve always been designed to be completely practical, wholly reliable and to last a lifetime.

The Rolex 3135 is an almost faultless example of that spirit. It might be modest in its appearance and functionality, but it remains a caliber by which all others are still judged.

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NOMOS Has Struck Gold Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:41:56 +0000 NOMOS Glashütte

Glashütte is a very famous watchmaking town in Saxony, Germany. It is also home to a real powerhouse in top-end horology and watchmaking, A. Lange & Söhne. Within this Mecca of watchmaking in Germany is another brand that has been making waves in the last 20 or so years. If you have not heard of them before, this company is NOMOS. This company has a really strong identity and ethos, which has led to much of its success. Also, they are renowned for their Bauhaus inspired designs for their watches. But more importantly, all of their movements are made in-house and have been since 2005. How many watch companies can boast that? NOMOS Glashütte is a manufacturer at its very best. It produces great movements, timeless design, and last but not least, the portfolio is very affordable.

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It currently consists of a number of models, some of which I really like, such as the Orion, Tangente and also the Zurich.

The NOMOS Lambda

At Salon QP in 2013, NOMOS released two new models that sit at the very top of their product portfolio. These are the Lambda and Lux. Today I will write about the Lambda, as it is one of my new favorite watches. This inspires me as I’m sure it happens to you guys when you see what these wondrous watch companies keep producing!

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Lovingly Produced in Glashütte

The Lambda is a new watch in solid white gold or rose gold, with an ultimately minimalist design that is so achingly elegant. Needless to say, I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. Sporting a new handwound movement named the DUW1001, it features two mainspring barrels which allow for an 84 hour power reserve. Also, a trademark Glashütte three quarter plate has been adorned with a sunbeam polished pattern. This is only found at NOMOS. Another trademark detail is the hand-engraved balance cock which is engraved with the words, “Mit Liebe in Glashütte gefertigt.” Literally meaning, “Lovingly Produced in Glashütte.”

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Lambda With Blued Hands

The dial is a true piece of minimalist art, displaying obviously the time, but also at the 12 o’clock position. The oversized 84 hour power reserve indicator is accurate to the hour. Also featured is a small seconds sub-dial just under the center of the dial. All very crisp and clean. However, my only criticism, and this is true in both the white and rose gold versions, is that the hands are too similar a color to the dial, making it hard to read. Luckily NOMOS are not so arrogant to not take on-board feedback. They have already managed to produce a white gold Lambda with blued hands, which I prefer. What do you think?

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Just take a look at the picture of the movement on its own. I took this wth the camera on my phone! Unprofessional, I know, but just look at it! Beautiful.

It really felt great on the wrist, not too big, not too thick, and I almost walked off with it…

This is the sobering part of this article. All of this comes at a price. The rose gold is £11800/ $17800 USD, the white gold is £12800/ $18800 USD.




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Check Out BeckerTime in VoyageDallas! Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:32:36 +0000 Matthew Becker


Did you see BeckerTime in VoyageDallas last week? VoyageDallas sat down with Matthew Becker to discuss all things BeckerTime. Matthew shares everything from challenges he has overcome along his journey to success. He also discusses his plans for BeckerTime in the future. He shows readers his personal side, while also giving a more in-depth look at how BeckerTime started. In case you haven’t seen it, find some highlights below.

BeckerTime in VoyageDallas Highlights:

  • BeckerTime was born simply out of a passion for collecting watches between father and son.
  • Of course, one of the most difficult moments Matthew has dealt with after almost 20 years of business is when his father passed away.
  • Every business has challenges; it is all about finding solutions for those challenges so you can remain on a successful trajectory.
  • BeckerTime is a leading online retailer of pre-owned luxury timepieces, with nearly 20 years in business, tens of thousands of five-star reviews, and one of the largest inventories of authentic pre-owned Rolex watches in the world.
  • BeckerTime is getting ready to celebrate its 20th year in business.

VoyageDallas is an online publication that promotes collaboration and support for small businesses, independent artists and entrepreneurs, local institutions and more that make the city of Dallas interesting. Therefore, they spotlight various business owners across the DFW metroplex and tell their interesting and unique stories.

Read the entire article at VoyageDallas and visit our Facebook to let us know your thoughts!

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The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1940s Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:31:24 +0000 Vintage Rolex Watches of World War II

As the 1940s dawned, the war that would soon engulf the entire world had already been raging in Europe for several months. German forces swept across the continent almost unopposed. During this time, the Treaty of Paris in 1815 ensured Switzerland the policy of self-imposed neutrality.

In reality, finding themselves surrounded by Axis forces and occupied territories on every border, the country’s military mobilized against possible invasion in just three days. Their long history of democracy and upholding of civil liberties brought passionate criticism of Hitler’s fascist atrocities. As a result, the Swiss government refused to deport any of their Jewish citizens into the hands of the Nazi regime.

However, one part of Switzerland that did uphold its neutrality was its watchmaking industry. The country’s many manufacturers had no qualms about selling their products to the governments and militaries on both sides of the conflict. With one exception.

Wilsdorf’s Support For The Allies

Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf was German by birth, but had spent much of his life in Switzerland. Subsequently, he was unequivocal in his support for the Allies. His company’s advertisements from the era speak of the pursuit of freedom and defiance of tyranny.

Wilsdorf even had a policy of sending replacements for the confiscated watches of Allied officers held as prisoners of war. Of course, this was based on the understanding the recipients would send payment for them once they returned home.

The quality of Rolex watches was already making them highly desirable. Particularly amongst pilots in the British RAF. They preferred their increased legibility and robustness over that of standard issue military timepieces.

Popular Vintage Rolex Watches 1940s

As for the watches themselves, the 40s saw the introduction of yet another Rolex innovation introduced into the design of one of their most iconic creations ever. Also, along with the definitive Rolex, the turbulent decade conjured up other familiar names that are still going strong today.

Below, we’ll look at some of the most popular vintage Rolex watches 1940s decade.

The Datejust

Vintage Rolex Watches 1940s - Rolex Datejust Ref-4467-1947

For many people, the Datejust is Rolex. Debuting in 1945 with the ref. 4467, it was launched to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the company. It has been in constant production ever since. On its release, it married the two ground breaking revolutions that had put the Rolex name on the map. Then it added a third: housing the Perpetual movement inside the Oyster case. Now, it became the first waterproof, automatically-winding wristwatch to also display a date aperture.

Originally, it was only available in yellow gold with a cream dial. It was also unveiled in Geneva at an event hosted by Wilsdorf himself and sat on the first in-house bracelet Rolex crafted specifically for the piece. The Jubilee bracelet had its elaborate five link design. This lent an even greater sense of occasion to Rolex’s flagship watches for the last 70 years. Additionally, it gave them a dressier and less sporty look.

The Rolex Bubbleback

That first 36mm Datejust was nicknamed the ‘Big Bubbleback’ for the enhanced proportions it needed to house its movement. This was arguably the model that ushered Rolex into the major leagues among watchmakers. World War II had secured the reputation of the wristwatch as a vital accessory; more practical and convenient than a pocket watch, they were also able to better withstand tougher conditions. The simple, modest design and faultless reliability of Rolex’s newest offering signified everything people were searching for. As a result, sales of the Datejust skyrocketed.

In 1948, the company achieved another milestone when their 100,000th watch rolled out of the factory gates. They celebrated by presenting British Prime Minister Winston Churchill with a specially-made rose gold version of the Datejust. This was complete with the Churchill family coat of arms engraved on the case back. It was the kind of luminary endorsement Wilsdorf loved. No doubt, this only served to increase the status of Rolex as a brand favored by the elite.

The First U.S. President To Own A Rolex

A few years later, in 1951, Dwight D Eisenhower became the first US President to own a Rolex. The company sent the five-star General a Datejust of his own to mark the production of their 150,000th piece.

Today, the watch is available in just about every conceivable configuration of metal, dial and color. It is still one of the best sellers the brand produces. It also follows that it is a testament to the agelessness of the design that the modern version is still very recognizably from the same DNA as that first reference.

The Air King

Rolex Air King Air Tiger 1940

Aerial combat had come of age in WWII. The daring exploits of both Allied and Axis pilots quickly became the stuff of legend.

Hans Wilsdorf produced a line of ‘Air’ watches following the Battle of Britain of 1940. This served to pay tribute to the brave Royal Air Force and their desperate struggle to preserve superiority of the skies over England. RAF pilots had been paying for their own Rolex Oysters since the 30s. They found them to be much better suited to the rigors of battle than the 30mm Speedkings that were standard government issue at the time. In time, the Rolex founder discovered the high regard his watches were held in. So, he set his company to make a series of manually-wound models designed specifically for aviation. With names like Air-Tiger, Air-Giant, Air-Lion and Air-King, they were larger than the typical Rolex pieces of the day. Finally, all the better for reading at a glance in stressful situations.

The Vintage Pilot Watch

By the end of the war, only the Air King remained. It was available in four sizes—31mm, 34mm and 36mm, with a lady’s version at 26mm. Christened the ‘Warrior’s Watch’, stylistically it was, and still is in the modern-day version, one of the simplest designs the brand makes. It was an uncomplicated three-hand timepiece. However, it had no date function, but it did have a beautifully stark and clearly readable dial.

It was such a popular model that the Air King has joined the Datejust as one of the longest serving pieces in the Rolex catalog. This model enjoyed numerous updates in its unbroken production run up until 2014. After a brief hiatus, the much missed pilot’s watch reappeared two years later with an all-new version. Because, it was still among the most practical and least fussy layouts from the brand.

With everything you need from a watch and nothing extraneous, the Air-King was a fitting tribute to the heroes of aviation.

The 3525 Chronograph

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Unusually for a company responsible for so much progress in the development of the wristwatch, Rolex struggled to come up with a viable chronograph of their own for many years. It wasn’t until the legendary Daytona emerged in 1963 that it can be said they experienced any significant success. Until then, many other brands had been making them better for longer.

One of the exceptions—and the first chronograph to sit inside an Oyster case—was the ref. 3525. Actually launched in 1939, the Second World War saw it gain an enthusiastic and very specific audience.

Upon capture, British Prisoners of War would routinely have their watches confiscated, as their German guards remained wary of the Allies’ ability to hide tiny silk maps, magnetized compass needles or other paraphernalia that could aid their escape inside the cases. Incredibly, Rolex ran a system that allowed these prisoners to request a replacement directly from the company, with the understanding that they were to “not even think about payment” until they were home and safe.

The Rolex 3523 Monoblocco

Rolex sent out more than 3000 new watches to internment camps during the war, many with personalized letters from Hans Wilsdorf himself. The most sought after was the chronograph Rolex 3525. Nicknamed the ‘Monoblocco’, (from the Italian for ‘one block’, as the case and bezel were formed from one solid piece of metal) the 3525 series housed calibers from the Swiss manufacturer Valjoux, who were still making chronograph movements for Rolex until as recently as 1988.

The Great Escape

But it was Rolex’s reputation for faultless accuracy that has sealed the 3525’s place in the history books, and popular culture. Several of the pieces made their way to a POW camp in what is now Poland, called Stalag Luft III. It was here in 1944 that one of the largest mass breakout attempts of the war took place, immortalized in the movie The Great Escape.

For over a year, some 600 prisoners dug three tunnels, Tom, Dick and Harry, under the camp fences, with only Harry being completed; of the other two, one collapsed, the other was discovered by the Germans. For more interesting stories about Rolex, check out more facts about Rolex.

Glow In The Dark Watch

Several of the escape committee, when they found out about Rolex’s offer of supplying replacement watches, ordered the Rolex 3525 specifically for its renowned precision and reliability, and used them to time the exact movements of the prison guards. The radium lume on the hands and dial was also a vital feature, making the watch easier to read in the darkness of the tunnel and during the night flight through the surrounding forests.

In all, 70 prisoners escaped before the attempt was discovered, with all but three being rounded up in the days that followed. An enraged Hitler ordered 50 of those recaptured men to be executed in violation of The Geneva Convention.

Of the men that survived and returned home after the war, many kept the watches that had been sent to them and presumably, with the honor of British officers at stake, paid their bills to Mr. Wilsdorf.

While the 1940s marked some of the darkest days in history, for the Swiss watchmaking industry, it was the decade that saw them achieve total dominance. With watch production effectively halted in other countries, and America especially, to concentrate on manufacturing for the war effort, it saw Rolex emerge at the top of the tree—the biggest and most recognizable name in luxury watches, a place it has occupied ever since.

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Four Fast Facts About the Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht Master Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:45:31 +0000 Among all the different Rolex Yacht Master models, it’s the stainless steel and platinum Yacht-Master that’s the most popular. In fact, it’s the only remaining version from the 1990s Rolex is still manufacturing today since both the solid yellow gold and two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel models are no longer in production. Here are four fast facts about the steel and platinum Yacht Master to consider.

The Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht Master is Dubbed Rolesium

When the stainless steel and platinum Yacht Master made its debut in 1999, it was the first time that Rolex had combined both those materials in one watch. And in true Rolex fashion, the brand gave that combination a special name—Rolesium. While the combo of steel and 18k gold is labeled as Rolesor in Rolex-speak, Rolesium is the marriage of 904L stainless steel and 950 platinum.

Rolesium is actually exclusive to the Yacht Master collection. On the Rolesium Yacht Master, the case and bracelet are crafted in steel while the bezel with raised numerals is in platinum. There are also some versions with a platinum dial for even more luxuriousness.

There are Four Sizes of The Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht Master

Rolex Yacht-Master Stainless Steel and Platinum

The first steel and platinum Yacht Master watches were available in three sizes. There’s the men’s Yacht-Master ref. 16622 at 40mm, the midsize Yacht Master ref. 168622 at 35mm, and the ladies’ Yacht-Master ref. 169622 at 29mm.

Then in 2012, Rolex updated the men’s steel and platinum Yacht Master 40 with the ref. 116622. This particular model is still manufactured today.

Four years later in 2016, Rolex introduced a completely new size of the steel and platinum Yacht-Master with the 37mm ref. 268622. The new Yacht Master 37 replaces the previous 35mm and 29mm versions. For those two latter sizes, the secondary market still has them available.

Three Different Movements Power the Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht Master

Rolex Caliber 2236

While all Yacht Master models feature three center hands and a date window at three o’clock, depending on the model, there are three different movements within the steel and platinum Yacht Master lineup. The 40mm versions run on Cal. 3135, the 29mm and 35mm versions run on Cal. 2235, and the 37mm versions run on Cal. 2236.

Of course, all the above calibers are in-house automatic mechanical movements certified by COSC.

The Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht Master is a Favorite Among Celebrities

Like so many Rolex sports watches, when the steel and platinum Yacht Master came out in the late 1990s, it was a huge hit. So much so that waitlists quickly formed at boutiques around the world—some years-long! In addition to regular Rolex fans, the Rolesium Yacht Master was especially coveted by celebrities too.

From actors like Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen, and Bruce Willis to celeb chef Emeril Lagasse to musician Phil Collins, the steel and platinum Yacht Master is a must-have within the A-list set.

Although unexpected, the ruggedness of stainless steel pairs remarkably well with the preciousness of platinum. However, with Rolex at the helm of this unusual match, it’s not surprising really. Taking nautical inspired looks and combining it with the technical superiority of Rolex in-house automatic movements, the steel and platinum Yacht Master continues to make waves almost two decades after its release.

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Take Your Pick From These Five Men’s Yacht-Master Watches Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:39:53 +0000 While Rolex built the Submariner to dive deep underwater, the Yacht-Master is more at home navigating the waves aboard a luxurious boat. More cruise wear than dive suit, the men’s Yacht-Master is casual chic at its best. In the past 25 years since the men’s Yacht-Master made its debut, Rolex has consistently changed up the assortment by discontinuing some models while adding other ones.

Despite the variety, all men’s Yacht-Master watches have design elements in common of course. These include a 40mm Oyster case and a bidirectional rotating 60-minute graduated bezel. Furthermore, the dials include a date window, and luminescent indexes and Mercedes-style center hands. Also, since the Yacht-Master was created for nautical adventures, it boasts the Triplock screw-down winding crown to keep the water out. Should the Yacht-Master find itself overboard, it does have water resistance to 100 meters (330 feet).

Now that we’ve established the similarities among all men’s Yacht-Master models, let’s have a look at the differences across five models.

Yellow Gold Men’s Yacht-Master

Rolex Yacht-Master Yellow Gold

The yellow gold Yacht-Master ref. 16628 was, in fact, the first of the collection. Along with its solid gold Oyster case, the men’s Yacht-Master ref. 16628 also includes a solid gold Oyster bracelet completing the look of the ultra-luxurious sports watch. Although there are other dial colors such as navy, slate, champagne, and mother-of-pearl, the most common dial color is white studded with black indexes. Interestingly, the black hour markers don’t actually glow in the dark but rather, there are small luminescent triangles next to them that do.

Rolex no longer produces a yellow gold men’s Yacht-Master so the secondary market is now the place to source them.

Two-Tone Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold Men’s Yacht-Master

Rolex Yacht-Master Two-Tone

For a men’s Yacht-Master that balances ruggedness and luxury, there’s the yellow gold and stainless steel two-tone version. The Yacht-Master ref. 16623 is the men’s version of the Rolesor Yacht-Master. Interestingly, the first two-tone Yacht-Master models were only available in the ladies 29mm size and the midsized 35mm editions. The 40mm men’s Yacht-Master ref. 16623 only joined the lineup ten years later in 2005.

Just like the full yellow gold version, the two-tone yellow gold and steel men’s Yacht-Master is also no longer in production.

Stainless Steel and Platinum Men’s Yacht-Master

Rolex Yacht-Master Stainless Steel and Platinum

Hands down the most popular men’s Yacht-Master model is the stainless steel and platinum version. The combination of steel and platinum, dubbed as Rolesium by Rolex, is exclusive to the Yacht-Master collection. The platinum bezel combines a sandblasted background with highly polished raised numerals. Some versions also include a platinum dial, which makes the watch glisten beautifully in the sunlight.

There are two references of the men’s Rolesium Yacht-Master. Rolex introduced the first model, the Yacht-Master ref. 11622, in 1999 and followed it up with the updated ref. 116622 in 2012. The current men’s Yacht-Master in stainless steel and platinum includes an improved clasp, in addition to the bezel with 120 clicks.

Everose Gold and Rubber Men’s Yacht-Master

Rolex Yacht-Master Everose Gold and Rubber

At Baselworld 2015, Rolex unveiled a brand new men’s Yacht-Master in Everose rose gold along with the novel Oysterflex bracelet. Everose is Rolex’s patented rose gold alloy that will never fade, while the Oysterflex bracelet is the brand’s version of a rubber strap that is actually composed of a metal blade coated in black elastomer. Moreover, the Yacht-Master 40 ref. 116655 also includes the black Cerachrom ceramic bezel.

This is by far the most unique looking men’s Yacht-Master within the catalog, replete with Rolex innovations and inventions.

Two-Tone Stainless Steel and Everose Gold Men’s Yacht-Master

Rolex Yacht-Master Two-Tone Stainless Steel and Everose Gold

Finally, the newest men’s Yacht-Master that sailed onto the scene is the two-tone Everose gold and stainless steel Yacht-Master ref. 116621. Introduced just last year at Baselworld 2016, this is the current version of a two-tone Yacht-Master for men. The chocolate brown dial is especially attractive paired with the warm tones of the rose gold details.

With the fleet of available options, it can be challenging to pick out just one men’s Yacht-Master among the lineup. However, no matter which one you settle on, the Yacht-Master is one of Rolex’s most elegant sports watches out there.

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Celebrities and Their Luxury Timepieces Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:01:43 +0000 Famous Watches of Celebrities

You might be sitting in the swivel chair waiting to get your hair cut wondering what hairstyle is right for you. If you are like many, you will likely request a hairstyle worn by your favorite celebrity. Who can blame you? After all, you can’t go wrong walking into work looking like Daniel Craig from the forehead up. Celebrities are at the core of style and fashion. We see a movie star wearing a certain style of jeans and we rush to Macy’s to buy the same style. The only problem with this is that we are just copying them. For instance, we copy their hairstyles, their brand of jeans and the shoes they wear. Of course, there is a better way to emulate your favorite personality and keep your individuality intact. Simply wear one of the famous watches of these well-known superstars.

Not All Celebrities Wear Rolex

Famous Watches - Luxury Timepiece

Seriously, celebrities love their luxury timepieces. Often, we see them sporting their trend-setting choices of wrist wear. Now, if you were to pick one of our many preowned Rolex watches, you would be wearing the same brand watch worn by many top stars.

However, you would not necessarily be copying any of them. That is, nobody will accuse you of wearing a Rolex watch because Jeff Bridges wears a Rolex. But not all celebrities wear Rolex watches. So, we’ve listed  famous watches worn by top names in the industry. In addition, you may want to check out these celebrity watches worn by the top NFL Quarterbacks.

The Luxury Timepieces of the Celebrities:

Jeff Bridges– As mentioned before, Jeff bridges does wear a Rolex watch, a Submariner to be more precise.

Brad Pitt– Brad Pitt prefers to wrap a Patek Phillipe around his wrist. Also, it has been confirmed that Mr. Pitt is a watch enthusiast and owns an extensive collection of luxury watches.

Matt Damon– Matt Damon is a fan of Rolex watches as well. If you happen to run into him on the street or at the airport, check his wrist. It is likely he is wearing a vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer. Also, there’s  a rumor that Matt gifts Rolex watches to friends.  This is one very good reason to send him a Christmas card next year.

Jessica Simpson– Jessica Simpson owns an extensive collection of Rolex watches and enjoys showing them off to the world. There is photographic evidence she owns a gold Rolex President, a Submariner and a gold Day Date.

Orlando Bloom– It is common knowledge that this actor owns a collection of rare watches including a very rare Rolex Milgauss.

Leonardo Dicaprio– We know Leonardo for his excellence in acting and his choice in timepieces. During a recent premier of his new film, he was spotted wearing a TAG Heuer Calibre, a very nice watch indeed. We just wonder what watch he will wear when he wins that elusive Oscar for best actor.

Danica Patrick– There are no laws that state only movie stars can wear luxury watches. Danica Patrick was once seen wearing a white Tissot T-Race watch. Very nice.

Eric Clapton– In fact, even iconic rock stars wear luxury watches. Eric Clapton is an avid watch collector and loves his collection of vintage Rolex watches.

So there you have it. The famous watches worn within this celebrity watch collection presents us with a wide selection from which to choose.

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The Rolex Caliber 2030/2035 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:20:10 +0000 The Rolex Caliber 2030 and 2035 Movement for the Lady’s Collection

Before Rolex emerged as a major force in the horology world, watches worn on the wrist were the preserve of ladies, and aristocratic ladies at that. From as far back as 1810, queens and countesses commissioned ‘wristlets’. These were little more than costume jewelry and not much use as accurate timekeepers.

Rolex’s innovations of the 1920s and 1930s were responsible in many ways in popularizing the wristwatch as an option for men. Throughout the company’s long history, they focused the  majority of their creations on the male wearer.

The collection of women’s Rolexes today generally consists of scaled down versions of selected men’s models. But while there may not be as comprehensive a choice, there is no difference in the levels of engineering excellence or quality of the materials used across both ranges.

The same is also true for the calibers that power the pieces. If anything, the smaller sizes of the movements used inside the women’s watches is an even greater test of the watchmaker’s art.

Of the family of mechanisms built specifically for the lady’s collection, the long-running 2000 series is recognized as one of the most successful. Also, this was housed by several of the crown’s trademark pieces.

The Rolex Caliber 2030/2035

Rolex Caliber 2030 and 2035 Movement - Cal. 2030

The first generation of the series ran for 13 years, from 1970 to 1983 and consisted of the Cal. 2030 and Cal. 2035; the no date and date version respectively.

Both 28-jewel self-winding movements, they borrowed many of the technical enhancements first seen in the all-conquering 1500 series. In addition, they released them at the end of the fifties. This proved to be very reliable in some of the most popular watches in the men’s collection.

Their balance speed of 28,800bph gave the characteristic, eight ticks per second, Rolex sweep to the central seconds hand, as well as ensuring an even higher level of precision and greater resistance to shocks.

With a stone lever escapement, Breguet hairspring and Glucydur free sprung balance wheel, the Rolex caliber 2030 and 2035 movement proved accurate and robust enough to win chronometer certification from Swiss regulating authority, the COSC. Tested over fifteen days and in several different temperatures and positions, only movements able to maintain their timekeeping to within -4/+6 seconds a day are awarded the mark.

But it’s the size of the calibers that is perhaps their most impressive element. Measuring just 20mm in diameter and 5.4mm in height, they are able to sit comfortably inside the type of diminutive watches that look so graceful on women’s wrists. However, they are still able to generate a power reserve of 42 hours.

The Cal. 2030/2035 at Work

Rolex Caliber 2030 and 2035 Movement - Cal. 2035

In common with the majority of Rolex’s movements, the Rolex Caliber 2030 and 2035 movement were used in a wide range of different models during their production.

The simpler, no date 2030 found the ideal platform in the Ladies’ Oyster Perpetual series. These began in 1970 with the ref. 6706. Modestly elegant, the OP is a classic Rolex design, available in sizes as small as 26mm to suit the slenderest of wrists. The 2030 powered more than 20 different variations of the Oyster Perpetual, ending with the ref. 6771 in 1983.

With its greater functionality, the 2035 was the obvious choice for both the lady and the midsize Datejust.

Rolex released a ladies’ version of their flagship chronometer in 1957. They had all the same innovations that put the men’s model at the top of the horological tree. The instantaneous date change at midnight and the Cyclops lens carried over onto the smaller watch. This was in addition to a waterproof case up to 100m.

The Cal. 2035 was used in both the 28mm and 31mm Datejusts, starting with the ref. 6824 and eventually going on to include more than two dozen variations, ending with ref. 6933.

Rolex’s range of women’s watches have an inherent femininity in both design and dimension. This is goes along with the sort of accuracy and strength for which the brand is so celebrated.

Crafting the impossibly intricate movements that drive them is both a science and an art form. The Rolex Caliber 2030 and 2035 movement are perfect examples.

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Do Rolex Papers Matter? Tue, 03 Oct 2017 06:12:28 +0000

Purchasing a New Rolex

A Rolex wristwatch, when purchased new, comes complete with a cardboard outer box and inner spring loaded presentation box. Also, a watch cushion that fits in between the watch and the band. It also includes an owner’s manual and a Genuine Swiss red chronometer hang tag. Sometimes Rolex includes a Rolex Swimpruf green hang tag with the watch’s model number and a warranty card. The diving models such as the Submariner sometimes include a metal anchor. Many times, there is a plastic bezel protector and cleaning cloth also included in the presentation box.

Purchasing a Pre-Owned Rolex

However, when purchasing a pre-owned Rolex, do Rolex papers matter? It really depends on whether the buyer is purchasing a watch, or the watch complete with the watch’s provenance. Similar to art, antiques, and other historical items, any extra item that contributes to the story of the piece increases its value. The original boxes, papers, and sales receipts all contribute to the provenance of a watch. For older vintage watches, the original paperwork helps verify authenticity. In addition, it adds to the watch’s provenance, especially when the original owner was famous. Watches worn by famous people, especially during historic events, fetch a premium at auction versus the same watch from the same era without any contributing provenance.

Purchasing A Vintage Rolex

That said, should the absence of box and papers prevent a buyer from purchasing a watch that speaks to them? The answer is certainly not. Unless you buy a vintage watch and the price is based on the watch’s provenance. Then it could add to its value. However, the original box and papers do not increase the value that much. Buying a watch is not like buying an automobile. A  legal document isn’t required for transferring ownership. However, sales receipts and watch documents do help in verifying authenticity and legal ownership.

But, a network of dealers transfer many Rolex watches within the secondary market. The watches are in fact authentic and the dealers legally own them. Yet, the original paperwork and packaging may have fallen by the wayside. Or they sold the presentation box separately. If the watch is relatively new, especially if less than two years old, the warranty card should be included as the watch is still under warrant by Rolex. Also, if a Rolex Service Center recently serviced the watch, they will issue a new warranty card to re-affirm a two-year warranty by Rolex.

Purchasing a Pre-Owned Rolex At BeckerTime

Beckertime watches do not have box or papers as they were not retained by the original owner. Most Beckertime watches come with a 1 year warranty, operating instructions, and a lifetime trade-up certificate to exchange your Beckertime watch for another one carried in the store.

So, if the Rolex speaking to you is a collector’s item, with high value because of the provenance associated with it, box and papers are certainly justified, especially if the watch is going to stay in a box for display. If the Rolex speaking to you does not have box and papers, it should not be a deal-breaker because it would be hard to wear the box and papers on one’s wrist.

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NFL Quarterbacks: Who Wears What (Rolex)? Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:08:32 +0000
NFL Quarterbacks who wear Rolex - Dak Prescott
NFL football player Dak Prescott, of the Dallas Cowboys — Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Rolex Celebrity Watches Worn by Top NFL Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott – Datejust 41

Cowboys’ superstar quarterback, Dak Prescott, wore the impressive Datejust 41 model to this year’s ESPY Awards. The smooth features on the Datejust 41 complimented Prescott’s style perfectly as he took the stage. He wore the watch to receive the award for “Best Breakthrough Athlete.” The model is a new take on a classic look – something one could say of Dak Prescott as well! With 28 touchdowns under his belt and less than two years in the league, Prescott is sure making a name for himself in the NFL.

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NFL Quarterbacks Who Wear Rolex - Cam Newtom Rolex Yacht-Master Platinum

Cam Newton – Rolex Yacht-Master II

Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, is seen wearing the Yacht Master II. Additionally, like Newton, this line is known for its perfect blend of function and style. Newton was the NFL’s first overall draft pick by the Panthers in 2011. The Yacht Master II is our first pick when it comes to the ultimate combination of performance and flair. Undoubtedly, Newton’s flashy post-touchdown dances are the embodiment of the Yacht Master II.

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Tom Brady Rolex Milgauss GQ

Tom Brady – 50th Anniversary Rolex Milgauss

Just as Tom Brady holds a special place in the history of football, the 50th Anniversary Milgauss model holds a special place in the history of Rolex. Brady is one of only two players to win five Super Bowls. Additionally, he remains the only player to have collected the trophy while playing for a single team. Just as the Milgauss is Rolex’s only watch to use colored sapphire glass. All in all, the legendary quarterback and time-honored watch are a perfect match for each other.

NFL Quarterbacks who wear Rolex - Russel Wilson

Russell Wilson – Rolex Datejust

Winning is no new feat for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Before his time as a Super Bowl XLVIII champion, Wilson and his high school team appeared in Sports Illustrated after winning state. Just as Wilson has been a timeless asset to the world of sports, the Rolex Datejust has managed to transcend time and fashion. Since 1945, the Datejust remains an iconic style and is one of the most recognized watches.

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The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1930s Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:35:17 +0000 With the dawn of the 1930s, the world suddenly found itself facing an almighty hangover following the carefree hedonism of the Roaring Twenties. The Wall Street crash of October 24th 1929 ushered in the era known now as the Great Depression, the longest and most severe economic slump ever suffered by the industrialized world.

But while the west agonized, and America in particular, with unemployment rising as high as 25%, it marked a turning point for Swiss watchmaking dominance. Their federal government acted quickly in battening down the hatches to weather the worst of the recession, outlawing the export of watch components to other countries for assembly and taking strict control of every aspect of the industry, from production techniques to pricing.

Although FDR’s New Deal brought the first signs of recovery as early as 1933, it wasn’t until the end of the decade that the economy returned to pre-depression levels, by which time the world had even bigger problems.

For Rolex, shielded at the heart of the insular Swiss watchmaking industry, it was a time of even greater innovation—continuing the strides it had made in 1926 with the Oyster, the first truly waterproof case, and their ongoing efforts to popularize the men’s wristwatch.

With the problem of protecting their timepieces from the elements essentially solved, Rolex turned their attention to cracking the last remaining issue—manually wound movements.

Having to wind your watch daily was more than a simple inconvenience; with the Oyster case, the crown was the design’s only potential weak point. Although hermetically sealed once it was firmly in place, unscrewing it each day eventually caused the interior waterproof seals to wear out, allowing moisture and dust to enter the mechanism.

The Perpetual Movement

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 1933

The first self-winding wristwatch had been invented in 1923 by John Harwood, from the Isle of Man in the U.K. Although the Harwood Self-Winding Watch Company owned the patent on the idea and had put the system into production, it had not been a huge success and the company fell victim to the Great Depression in 1931.

With the concept now up for grabs, Emile Borer, the head of research at Rolex’s long-time partners Aegler, developed on Harwood’s original design, replacing the semi-circular weight with a unidirectional rotor able to turn through a full 360 degrees.

The winding crown now used solely for setting the time, Rolex’s watches became instantly more secure and durable, and because the rotor delivered a constant tension to the mainspring as it moved, their accuracy was also vastly improved.

It was the development that finally sealed victory over the pocket watch, as the relatively small amount of motion experienced by a watch kept in a vest pocket as opposed to on a wrist would never be enough to automatically power a movement.

The first Rolex ‘Perpetuals’ were launched in 1933 and, because of the extra bulk of their new mechanisms, required a correspondingly thicker case to accommodate them, thus starting the longstanding tradition of unofficial nicknames being given to the Swiss watchmaking giant’s creations. These early pieces with their rounded exterior were immediately christened ‘Bubbleback’.

Below, we’ll look at some of the most popular watches from the 1930s that made use of this ingenious new system which still forms the basic architecture of almost every modern automatic watch today.

Rolex Bubbleback 3131 & 3132

Rolex Bubbleback 3131

The earliest Bubbleback models, starting with the ref. 1858, featured a three-piece case construction with a deeply convex back to house their various calibers. By 1935, Rolex had refined their movements with a simplified balance wheel, known as the ‘Super Balance’ and a year later included it in mechanisms powering two of the most important watches in the company’s history.

The references 3131 and 3132, both introduced in 1936, were the first Oyster Perpetuals to appear with a two-piece case and were among the first from the company as a whole to be made available in a range of different materials. Along with a choice of 9, 14 and 18k pink or yellow gold, the new models also launched in Steelium, Rolex’s stainless steel alloy, and Rolesor, their combination of steel and yellow gold that is still extensively used across the current lineup.

Inside, the ref. 3131 used the latest 620 caliber, with the 3132 containing the 630. Virtually identical, the only difference was in the seconds hand—the 620 had the standard central sweep seconds and the 630 a subsidiary seconds hand on a sub dial.

Stylistically, it’s easy to look at these two watches from way back in the 1930s and see in them the basis for all future Rolexes. The round cases have moved away from the rectangular and cushion-shaped Art Deco designs of the ‘20s, taking with them much of their jewelry-like quality and ushering in a new role as robust and reliable tools for a more serious age.

Packed full of the sort of innovations for which the name Rolex was starting to become synonymous, the ref. 3131 and 3132 mark a significant chapter in the brand’s story.

The Rolex Oyster and the Quest for Adventure

Rolex Oyster 1930

While the world may have been reeling in economic turmoil, the spirit of the adventurer in the 1930s was as strong as ever. It was the decade that saw incredible feats being achieved both in the air and on land. And the intrepid pioneers who pushed their bodies and their machines to the limits presented Rolex with the perfect opportunity to test their own creations—and gain the kind of publicity money just can’t buy.

In 1933, the Houston Expedition, commanded by the gloriously named RAF squadron leader Douglas Douglas-Hamilton (or Lord Clydesdale to give him his proper title) completed the first ever flight over Mount Everest. At a time when Hillary and Tensing were still barely teenagers, the two Westland bi-planes of the mission circled 100 feet above the summit of the highest peak on earth, relying on the fragile mechanics of their engines in the thin and frigid air.

Not only did the crews return safely to their base in Purnea, India, but the Rolex Oysters worn by all four aviators proved completely reliable, despite having to deal with the vicious gradients in temperature and pressure and the brutal humidity of the region.

Back on the land, and the relentless pursuit of speed was also in its golden age. On the 3rd September 1935, Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first man to break through a major milestone when he piloted his Bluebird racer to over 300 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The British Royal Air Force Captain had been breaking his own speed records for eleven years, including five times at a place that will be forever linked with Rolex—Daytona Beach, Florida.

The conditions under which these achievements took place, with the hard-packed surfaces producing huge amounts of fine debris, coupled with the bone-jarring vibrations the watches were subjected to, were perhaps the sternest test to date for Rolex’s engineering. Campbell wore his Oyster on several of his triumphant runs, as well as when he successfully switched to breaking water speed records, and they remained as precise and robust as ever.

In a telegram to the company, Campbell wrote, “Rolex watch worn during record attempt and still going splendidly, notwithstanding rough usage received”. He became the first male sports figure to become a Rolex testimonee, although he always refused any fees from the company and bought all his watches himself. As an ambassador for the brand, Campbell was in a league of his own.

The 1930s were a turbulent decade and led to some of the darkest days in history. But as is so often the case, out of great adversity came great achievement. For Rolex, with their unrivalled innovations in the Oyster case and now their new Perpetual movements, it marked the start of their domination of the watchmaking industry.

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The Rolex Caliber 3035 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:08:57 +0000 The 1960s was a golden age for Rolex and saw the company in full swing, launching a number of its most important and enduring creations—in both the watches themselves and in the movements that powered them.

Of these, the 1500 series of calibers stand out as enduring classics and are still very much revered by collectors and enthusiasts today. The 1570 in particular, one of the last of the series and the engine inside signature watches from the brand such as the Explorer, Submariner and Sea-Dweller, is widely regarded as one of the best mechanical movements ever made.

So its replacement in 1977 had a tough act to follow.

When the Cal. 3035 ended the 12-year run of the 1570, it became the first high-beat caliber Rolex had ever made. By increasing the balance speed from 19,800bph to 28,800bph, the new movement was able to offer an even greater level of accuracy and robustness than the already formidable abilities of its predecessor.

It was this new speed on the 3035, causing the seconds hand to ‘tick’ eight times per second, that introduced the smooth sweep that is so characteristic of Rolex watches.

Along with upping the movement’s frequency, which has since been adopted by every subsequent model Rolex has produced, the Cal. 3035 also led the field in another aspect; it was the first automatic caliber to feature a quickset function.

Known alternatively as the ‘rapid calendar advance’, the quickset function on the 3035 allowed the wearer to change the date on their watch simply by pulling out the winding crown to the second position and turning counter clockwise, needing one and a half rotations to advance each digit. It was the development that eliminated the tedious process of having to wind the hour hand through a 24-hour cycle and was a significant improvement on the previous movements.

Internal Similarities

Much of the basic architecture of the 1570 was carried over onto the newer 3035, Rolex seeing very little reason to meddle with a well-proven and successful formula. Both calibers use a free sprung balance with Breguet overcoil although, of course, the 3035 has a higher speed.

Rolex Caliber 3035

They both also combine it with Rolex’s Microstella regulating system, an arrangement of four timing screws that act as weights on the balance rim, changing the inertia of the balance itself when moved towards or away from its center. It allows for a much higher level of precision when adjusting the rate than using a regulated balance with a traditional hairspring.

The 3035 also saw Rolex change to a fast rotating barrel, improving the stability of the drive train and upping the power reserve to 50 hours from the previous 42 hours.

Proportionally, there is little difference between the two, with the 3035 measuring a little more than half a millimeter thicker than its forerunner, and it is a 27 jewel movement as opposed to 26.

The Cal. 3035 at Work

Some of the most sought-after vintage models in Rolex’s recent history have housed the Cal. 3035. Below, we’ll take a look two enduringly popular examples.

The Sea-Dweller ref. 16660

Rolex Sea-Dweller 16660

An important part of the Sea-Dweller’s continuing saga, the 16660, known as the ‘Triple Six’, was released in 1978 and became the first of the line to contain the new caliber.

Considered a transitional reference, it ran concurrently for a number of years with its predecessor, the ref. 1665, or the ‘Great White’.

Although they shared a model name, there were more than a few differences between the two. Most importantly, the new watch was rated waterproof to 4,000 feet—more than double that of the previous piece. It also boasted a larger Helium Escape Valve to allow gases to release safely during ascents from great depths.

The Triple Six was the first Sea-Dweller to have its dial protected by a sapphire crystal, today something that is customary across the entire Rolex range, and it switched to a bezel that only rotated in one direction. For divers, it was a crucial safety feature that eliminated their chance of underestimating their time underwater.

Inside, the Cal. 3035, with its increased frequency bringing a greater accuracy and resistance to shocks, was a welcome addition for a dive watch designed for professionals working in the harshest environments.

The ref. 16660 was a big step forward for the Sea-Dweller and remains a highly-coveted piece in the vintage collector’s market.

The Datejust 36mm

Rolex Datejust 36mm 1977

Rolex’s longest running model, the 36mm version of the Datejust was powered by the Cal. 3035 from its introduction in 1977 until it was replaced by the current movement, the 3135, in 1988.

The company has often used the Datejust to trial their major upgrades, and so was the case here when it became the first in the lineup to feature the new mechanism.

Perhaps the watch that is the most quintessentially Rolex, the Datejust is the epitome of simple, functional design and found the perfect complement in the thoroughly practical and beautifully designed 3035.

Available in dozens of variations of dial, color and material, outwardly the Datejust always has a style to match any occasion. Inside, the caliber ticks away with a faultless reliability that ensures the watch lasts several lifetimes.

The Cal 3035, with its high beat frequency, introduced the smooth tick that has become trademark Rolex. A painstakingly engineered and wholly dependable workhorse, it was a worthy successor to the celebrated 1500 series.

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Nerding Out on The Modern Milgauss Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:13:00 +0000 The Milgauss is Rolex’s antimagnetic watch that can withstand up to 1,000 gauss of magnetic forces. It was presented in 1956 for scientists and technicians who had to deal with magnetic fields in their day-to-day professional lives. Although the Rolex Milgauss was in production for over three decades, it was never a blockbuster like the Submariner or GMT-Master. So Rolex eventually discontinued the Milgauss watch in 1988.

However, in 2007, Rolex brought back the Milgauss to the surprise of almost everyone in the watch community. As is characteristic of the brand, Rolex kept signature details of the vintage Milgauss collection but presented it in a completely contemporary fashion. Let’s delve into the modern Milgauss ref. 116400 and nerd out on this awesome scientist’s watch.

Similarities and Differences between Vintage Milgauss and Modern Milgauss Watches

Vintage VS New Rolex Milgauss

Vintage Milgauss watches sport a 38mm case, which for its era, was considered a large size for a men’s watch. Today, Rolex increased the size even more to 40mm to fit into current watch trends. To also match modern tastes, the Milgauss ref. 116400 includes a bolder dial with thicker luminescent indexes and plenty of colors.

Very early editions of the Milgauss (ref. 6543 and ref. 6541) included a rotating and graduated bezel similar to the Submariner. This bezel was eventually replaced with a smooth bezel in the 1960s with the ref. 1091. Similar to the ref. 1091, the modern Milgauss ref. 116400 is also equipped with a smooth stainless steel bezel.

But most importantly, the modern Milgauss ref. 116400 comes along with the distinct lightning bolt seconds hand. Rolex introduced this unique detail on the early Milgauss watches as a nod to the scientific community the watch was created for. The thunderbolt was then dropped in the ref. 1091, but thankfully it’s back. Plus, to really show it off, the lightning bolt hand is in a vibrant orange color—as is the MILGAUSS label, in addition to other elements on the dial. A very modern color choice indeed.

How Does Rolex Make the Modern Milgauss Anti-Magnetic?

Rolex Caliber 3131

Magnetic forces have serious effects on watch movements. However, living up to its name, the Milgauss is able to keep accurate and precise timekeeping even when exposed to high levels of magnetism.

Like vintage models, the current Milgauss protects its automatic movement with a shield. If you were to take off the screw-down caseback,  the capital letter ‘B’ with an arrow above it–the symbol for magnetic flux density–engraved into the shield.

The shield protects the Rolex Caliber 3131 mechanical movement powering the Milgauss ref. 116400. The anti-magnetism of the caliber is further enforced thanks to the paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. The in-house self-winding Caliber 3131 offers 48 hours of power reserve.

What is Milgauss Glace Verte and Z-Blue?

Rolex Milgauss 116400GV

When the revamped Milgauss made its debut in 2007, there were three versions: one with a white dial, one with a black dial, and one with a black dial and green sapphire crystal. In fact, the model with the green sapphire crystal carries the reference number 116400GV where “GV” is “glace verte” or “green ice” in French. Scratchproof and fade proof, the green tint on the sapphire crystal lends a futuristic glow to the timepiece. Rolex claims that it took years to develop the green crystal concept and weeks to produce each one. As a result, they didn’t even bother to patent the process!

Seven years after the first modern Milgauss, Rolex offered another version with a Z-Blue dial. The Z-Blue dial is also exclusive to the Milgauss collection and its vibrant color pairs so well with the green crystal, in addition to the orange details. It’s a look that is instantly recognizable and charismatically contemporary.

Rolex essentially took a little bit of this from vintage models and added a little bit of that from modern styles and innovations, and created the modern Milgauss—much like a scientist does in the lab!

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In-Store vs. Online Purchases Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:03:10 +0000 Comparison: The In-Store vs Online Shopping Experience

Consumers often think buying from bricks-and-mortar retail stores is safer than purchasing a product online. Is this really the case, though? Since the launch of e-commerce, consumers have become smarter when shopping online. Consumers have learned about knowing what questions to ask, what research to do and how to protect yourself while shopping. All too often, we wait until we have a bad shopping experience to research and learn about the store we chose to purchase from. BeckerTime CEO, Matthew Becker, shares insight on some of the common myths surrounding  in-store vs online shopping.

MYTH: Salespeople ensure a safer shopping experience.

In-Store vs Online Shopping - Online Purchase

Consider the human interactions you have when shopping in-store. There are people all over the store. Salespeople are constantly greeting you and someone is always asking if you need any help finding something. The entire mall shopping experience is based on letting your guard down in hopes of being able to sell something to you. Overall, it is a very hectic shopping experience as opposed to the laid back atmosphere we indulge in when shopping online. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the various people and sounds. Unfortunately, this typically results in you looking through your shopping bags when you get home and asking yourself, “Why did I buy this?”

Compare that experience to any human interaction you may have while shopping online, if any. Unless you’re sitting with a friend or family member, online shopping tends to be a very solitary, calming experience. This allows for more concentration. Meaning you’re much more likely to do your due diligence and research before purchasing something. It allows for a more “thought out” shopping experience. This usually results in a purposeful and safe online purchase.

MYTH: Shopping in person ensures a positive after-sale experience.

In-Store vs Online Shopping - In-Store Purchase

Contrary to popular belief, in-store shopping is not as personal as shopping online. Once you make your store purchase, you no longer exist to the company. You give them your money and in exchange, you receive something you may (or may not) have wanted. This is due to the fact that brick-and-mortar retailers do not understand the massive impact one bad review can have on a company. These retailers usually do not feel or see the effects of a bad experience, considering how large they are in size. While the in-store experience may feel very personal, the overall experience is usually more impersonal. Issues and conflicts can slip through the cracks of a big retailer.

On the other hand, online retailers are extremely Internet savvy and know about the power of a bad review, so they don’t let anything slip through the cracks. An online store with bad customer service has the potential to go viral. This makes the after-sale experience of online shopping a much more positive one.

MYTH: Dealing with post-shopping issues is easier if you deal with an in-store associate.

In-Store vs Online Shopping - In-Store Returns

Brick-and-mortar store systems seem to be getting hacked more and more often nowadays. It’s becoming easier for hackers to steal your information when you physically swipe your card at a store. Thanks to encryption programs, online payments have become more secure throughout the years. There are extensive protection measures that have been put in place dedicated to protecting online shoppers. Paying in cash is even more dangerous because there’s no way to track your purchase. Should you be dissatisfied and have to work through a return, exchange or refund, there’s no record to work off of which could result in lost funds and a purchase that is of no benefit to you. To think that paying in-store is safer than online is an outdated myth.

These common misconceptions about shopping in-store can be extremely dangerous to the common consumer. It tricks you into handing over the protection of your purchase. It also doesn’t allow you to do proper research into the company you’re giving your money to. Shopping in-store is not necessarily safer if you haven’t asked the right questions to ensure a positive and safe shopping experience.

As one of the world’s premier pre-owned luxury online retailers, our experts at BeckerTime are here to help ensure you find the perfect watch at the right price. View our authentic selection of pre-owned Rolex watches and other luxury timepieces online today at or give us a call at (817) 503-2334.

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The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1920’s Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:51:17 +0000  The Vintage Rolex 1920s Oyster Innovation

To kick off our series covering the most popular watches from Rolex’s long and illustrious history, we’ll begin way back in the 1920’s.

It was the decade in which Rolex truly became Rolex. It was finally transitioning from the original name of Wilsdorf and Davis, and starting to build the reputation for unparalleled excellence that continues today.

The ‘20s was also the decade that saw the men’s wristwatch start to increase in popularity. Up until then, they were seen very much as feminine items. As a result, men traditionally opted for pocket watches on a chain. After the First World War and the rigors of battle,  however,  the practicality of wearing a watch on the wrist proved itself and the concept slowly started to catch on.

Still in its infancy and under the guidance of founder Hans Wilsdorf, the name Rolex was already starting to be associated with the highest levels of timekeeping accuracy. In 1910, his obsessive focus on precision had seen the fledgling company produce the first ever wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision from the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne. A few years later, in 1914, another creation achieved a class ‘A’ certificate from the Kew Observatory in the UK. This was an award previously only granted to marine chronometers.

The Roaring 20s

So with these early successes, it was a logical progression for Wilsdorf to shift the whole operation from its original base in London to the Swiss city of Geneva in 1919. Switzerland was already the watchmaking capital of the world. And now, surrounded by the finest precision engineers, Rolex was able to start making strides in the development of the wristwatch.

And it was the roaring 20s that saw them achieve one of their most successful innovations ever—The Oyster.

Below, we’ll take a look at the development of the first of the vintage Rolex 1920s Oysters, along with some of the other most popular designs of the time.

The Rolex Art Deco Telephone Dial

Vintage Rolex 1920s Oyster - Rolex Art Deco Telephone Dial

Think of the 1920s, and your mind immediately conjures up images of the insouciant decadence of The Great Gatsby and the burgeoning of the Jazz age. But, perhaps most of all, it’s the decorative stylings of the Art Deco movement that best define the decade. It’s personified by the bold lines and sleek, streamlined forms taken from Cubism and the Bauhaus School. In fact, Art Deco influenced everything from fashion to architecture and furniture making to product design.

One of the most popular Rolex series of the era, the ladies ‘Telephone Dial’ watches, were steeped in the design motifs of Art Deco. The Arabic or Roman numeral hour markers were given the elegant flourishes of what was known as the ‘Empire’ style. They set them with long, graceful cathedral hands.

The cases were sometimes circular or in softly curved geometric shapes. They were small and delicate, housing the manually-wound ‘Rebberg’ movements from Rolex’s longtime cohort, the legendary Swiss watchmaker Aegler.

Aegler specialized in making the particularly intricate calibers to fit inside lady’s watches. Also, they manufactured lever escapement mechanisms when the majority of other firms were still producing the less accurate cylinder escapements.

The ladies Telephone Dial watches are among some of the most tasteful and aesthetically refined models Rolex have created. They perfectly reflected the opulence and richness of the period.

The Rolex Prince

Rolex Prince 1930

Another design dripping with Art Deco influences was the Rolex Prince range. These date back to 1928 and continue even today under the Cellini name—Rolex’s line of stylish dress watches.

With its distinctive rectangular case, the shape allowed for a dual dial display. The top for the hours and minutes hands, while an only slightly smaller sub dial underneath marked the seconds. The legibility of the lower dial quickly led to the Prince series. They referred to this as ‘the doctor’s watch’, as it made the timing of a patient’s pulse rate much easier for physicians.

With a movement again sourced from Aegler, the Prince range set new standards for precision and simplicity in a wristwatch. The shaped caliber had the winding barrel at one end and the balance at the other. This left room for a longer mainspring to provide a 58-hour power reserve. The large balance wheel delivered a greater accuracy.

Of the long line and many variations of the Prince range, the first two models released remain the most well-known. The Classic, ref. 1343, had the clean rectangular lines of the period. Yet, the Brancard, ref 971, featured the elegantly flared sides its name suggests. ‘Brancard’ in French means ‘stretcher’.

Made from a variety of precious metals, the Prince was available in yellow gold, platinum or sterling silver. It was an unashamedly luxurious and beautifully sophisticated watch. It was a real product of its age because its irregular shapes represented the experimental, tradition-breaking ethos of the 1920s.

The Rolex Oyster

Rolex Oyster 1926

Rolex launched the Oyster in 1926. It was t he first truly pioneering innovation from Rolex. It was also one of the most significant in watchmaking history up until that point,

Rolex had been evolving the concept of a waterproof timepiece for some time. The simple snapback cases used for pocket watches for hundreds of years had always been plagued by moisture entering the fragile internal mechanism.

They had previously developed their Hermetic watch, featuring a screw down cap that sealed in the entire movement. Although effective, the winding crown was the Achilles heel in any water resistant watch design. Typically because it had to be contained inside the case. That meant having to completely open up the watch to wind it or adjust the time.

The Oyster had the first ever serially produced waterproof case. As a result, Rolex changed the way wristwatches were regarded by the world. They were no longer seen as delicate items of jewelry for women or little more than gimmicks for men. By introducing the idea of screwing down the bezel, case back, and winding crown against the solid middle case to form an impenetrable shell, the wristwatch was suddenly a robust tool. It became a practical, durable device that was impervious to the elements and the worst that life could throw at it.

The cushion-shape of the original Rolex Oyster watches is another example of typical Art Deco design. While today they use almost exclusively round cases for their creations, Rolex developed the now iconic dive watch for the Italian watchmaker Panerai from the shape of those early Oysters.

The First Celebrity Endorsement

Along with founding a whole new direction in engineering, the Oyster also introduced another first—the celebrity endorsement.

More than anything else, Hans Wilsdorf had few equals as a marketer. He was among the earliest in any industry to recognize the value of aligning his brand with extraordinary people. He enabled them to tell the story of his products for him. So, in 1927, when he learned of the British professional swimmer Mercedes Gleitze’s attempt to swim the English Channel, he seized the opportunity to raise awareness of his new waterproof watch by persuading her to wear one during her crossing.

It was, in fact, her second time at the challenge. Her first claim to have successfully achieved the feat had been subject to allegations of cheating so, just 14 days after that initial attempt, she set off again. This time, the icy waters of the Channel defeated her. Consequently, they hauled her out of the water barely conscious, a mere seven miles shy of the coast.

Regardless, the Oyster she wore around her neck for the 10-hour endeavor worked faultlessly, cementing the reputation of Rolex’s technical wonder. Before long, their authorized dealers were displaying models suspended in fish tanks as testament to their water resistance.

The 1920s was a pivotal decade for the young Rolex company, and one that laid the groundwork for the relentless series of innovations that have set the company so far apart from every other watchmaker today.

Next week, we’ll look at the most popular Rolex watches of the 1930s, and see how the company coped with the highs and lows of the decade.

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What are the Differences Between Oysterdate, Date, and Oyster Perpetual Rolex Watches? Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:27:01 +0000 There Is a Difference

The Oysterdate, Date and Oyster Perpetual watches are three of Rolex’s everyday luxury timepieces. While they have their own distinct design and functionalities, these particular Rolex watches are often mistaken for each other. Let’s have a closer look at this trio of timepieces to highlight their similarities and differences.

The Rolex Oysterdate Precision

Oysterdate, Date and Oyster Perpetual - Rolex Oysterdate 6694

A standout detail of the Oysterdate Precision watch is that it’s a manual-winding timepiece rather than an automatic one. Rolex manufactured the Oysterdate Precision from 1950 until the late 1980s. It’s perhaps surprising to some that Rolex would have kept a manual-winding Oyster watch in their catalog as late as the 1980s since the brand is so famous for their in-house “perpetual” movements. Furthermore, the Oysterdate is not a certified chronometer, hence its “Precision” label rather than the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation.

As its name suggests, the Oysterdate Precision offers a date function, in addition to the hours, minutes, and seconds. Early models of the Oysterdate did not include the Cyclops lens over the date window while later models did. Although there are several Oysterdate Precision references, the most famous and longest running one is the Oysterdate Precision ref. 6694.

Design wise, the Oysterdate Precision sports a 34mm stainless steel case and matching steel Oyster bracelet. There are a few dial color options, as well as, a variety of numeral styles.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500

Similar to the Oysterdate Precision, the Oyster Perpetual Date, a.k.a. the Rolex Date, timepiece was also born in the 1950s. Moreover, it also includes the date feature. However, unlike the Oysterdate, the Rolex Date watch runs on an automatic mechanical movement. The Rolex Date is also known as the Oyster Perpetual Date, thus, signifying that it’s powered by a self-winding caliber. Remember, when looking at Rolex watch names, “Oyster” refers to the watertight case and “Perpetual” refers to an automatic movement.

In the 1960s, Rolex unveiled the Date ref. 15xx series, which the company would manufacture until the 1980s, at which point it was replaced with the ref. 15xxx series. While there are smaller versions of the Rolex Date, the men’s versions are identical in size to the Oysterdate with 34mm cases. Vintage Rolex Date watches are available in steel, gold shell, solid yellow gold, and two-tone. Today, however, the current Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 115200 is exclusively in steel.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Oysterdate, Date and Oyster Perpetual - Rolex Oyster Perpetual 1024

Here’s where things can get a little tricky. “Oyster Perpetual” is a label that Rolex attaches to their watches that include the water-resistant Oyster case and an automatic movement. Yet, there is a specific collection of Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches as well, which is what we’re discussing here.

Yet again, just like the Oysterdate and the Date, Rolex introduced the Oyster Perpetual watch in the 1950s. But unlike the above two models, it is a non-date Rolex watch. The Oyster Perpetual collection is an abundantly varied one with a slew of sizes and materials to choose from. Vintage Oyster Perpetual men’s watches have 36 or 34mm cases while today there’s also the larger Oyster Perpetual 39 timepiece that made its debut in 2015.

To Sum Up: Oysterdate, Date and Oyster Perpetual Watches

So to sum up, the Oysterdate is a steel 34mm manual-winding model with a date function. On the other hand, the Oyster Perpetual Date is a 34mm automatic model with a date function presented in a variety of materials. Finally, the Oyster Perpetual is an automatic no-date model available in a variety of sizes and materials.

When deciding between the Oysterdate, Date and Oyster Perpetual, it’s important to take into consideration which sizes, functionalities, and aesthetics work best for you and your lifestyle.

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Lightning Bolts and Stars: Celebrities Who Wear the Stainless Steel Milgauss Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:24:30 +0000 While there are plenty of flashier Rolex watches out there like the President and Daytona favored by celebrities, there’s another quirkier model that has its own fan base among the A-list crowd too—the stainless steel Milgauss! Let’s discover the celebrities who wear the stainless steel Milgauss, shall we?

What’s the Rolex Milgauss?

Rolex Milgauss 116400

The Rolex Milgauss is brand’s antimagnetic watch. As its name denotes, it’s resistant to one thousand gauss of magnetism. This is thanks to a clever shield protecting the movement within. One of Rolex’s longest standing collections, the Milgauss’ origins date back to the 1950s. Rolex introduced it specifically for scientists required to work in high magnetic fields to do their jobs. Although Rolex discontinued the Milgauss in the late 1980s, the company brought back the model in 2007 with the modern stainless steel Milgauss ref. 116400.

While the Milgauss is still very much a scientist’s watch in spirit complete with its anti-magnetic powers and lightning bolt seconds hand, it has also gravitated towards another clique comprising of actors, professional athletes, and well-known personalities.

Male Celebrities Who Wear the Stainless Steel Milgauss

Celebrities Who Wear The Stainless Steel Milgauss - Tom Brady
Tom Brady – © Getty Images

We’ve spotted several male celebs sporting the stainless steel Milgauss. First up is top quarterback for the New England Patriots, Tom Brady. Even if Brady is actually an ambassador for TAG Heuer, he still wears the Milgauss ref. 116400 on both the stainless steel Oyster bracelet, as well as, a leather strap. Another athlete who wears a stainless steel Milgauss is French tennis player and Rolex ambassador, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  You can also learn more about other sports icons and their Rolex.

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig – © Just Jared

Moving over to the silver screen, Daniel Craig, who famously plays James Bond while wearing Omega watches, likes to wear his Rolex Milgauss when not on set. Also, Orlando Bloom, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame, is a fan of the stainless steel Milgauss. A watch enthusiast, Bloom actually owns both a modern Milgauss watch—which has a custom black PVD coating—in addition to a vintage Milgauss that he wears on a leather fat strap.

Usher – © Haute Time

Finally, musical artist, Usher, is another well-documented devotee of Rolex watches. He has several models in his collection including a platinum Day-Date, a yellow gold Daytona, and a stainless steel Milgauss with the distinct green sapphire crystal.

Female Celebrities Who Wear the Stainless Steel Milgauss

Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston – POPSugar

Despite the fact that the 40mm stainless steel Milgauss ref. 116400 is marketed as a man’s watch, it has also found an audience among female celebs. Hollywood actress, Jennifer Anniston is often seen wearing men’s Rolex watches. Her signature timepiece is a solid yellow gold Day-Date 36 Rolex President. However, she sometimes switches that out for a custom black PVD Milgauss too.

Nicky Hilton
Nicky Hilton – Blogger

Fashion designer, socialite, hotel heiress, and model, Nicky Hilton is yet another female celebrity that enjoys wearing men’s Rolex watches. She alternates between her Everose gold Daytona, stainless steel Daytona, and her stainless steel Milgauss with a black dial.

Given that the stainless steel Milgauss is not a lavishly expensive Rolex watch but still a fave among the celebrity-set, speaks volumes about its appealing design. A vibrant orange lightning bolt to match the shine of these stars is the perfect style combo.



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The Rolex Caliber 1560/1570 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:27:02 +0000 The Rolex 1560 and 1570 Movements

In the early days of the company, Rolex sourced the intricate movements that powered their watches from the likes of Aegler, one of Switzerland’s finest watchmakers. It wasn’t until 1957 that they developed their own truly in-house movement, the 1500 series. They became a mainstay of the company, remaining in production for 20 years. Rolex proved themselves as thoroughly reliable engines inside a number of Rolex’s most iconic designs. Two of the most dependable and hardworking iterations were the Rolex 1560 and 1570. They base these movements on the same architecture as the first caliber in the series, the 1530. But where the 1530 wasn’t a chronometer grade movement, meaning it hasn’t passed the vigorous testing set down by the COSC (the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute), both the 1560 and 1570 were.

To gain certified chronometer status, the calibers had to prove themselves accurate to within -4/+6 seconds a day over a 15-day period. They performed testing in a variety of temperatures and positions. Only the movements that passed were able to display the text ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ on their dials.

Below, we’ll take a closer look at the Rolex 1560 and 1570 movements and the watches that housed them.

The Rolex Caliber 1560

Rolex 1560 and 1570 - Rolex Caliber 1560

The 1560 was the start of the second generation of the 1500 series calibers. They released this movement in 1959 and it remained in use until 1965. With a 26 jewel self-winding automatic movement, it had a Rolex p/n 7980 balance assembly with Microstella screws, a Bregeut free sprung hairspring. It also had a frequency of 18,000 bph. Furthermore, the KIF Flector shock absorbers protected the 1560. Also, it used a traditional stone lever escapement and had a power reserve of 42 hours.

Rolex released this series with a date function version, the 1565, and with the addition of a 24-hour hand in the 1565GMT. Although there was no Quickset mechanism, the 1500 calibers came with the cam and jewel system. This system was able to create an instantaneous date change at midnight, still used by Rolex today.

The unfussiness of the original, no-date movement made it the ideal caliber to sit inside the Oyster Perpetual series. This began with the ref. 1002 released at the end of the fifties. Its modest height of 5.75mm and diameter of 28.5mm, or 12.5 lignes, allowed it to fit comfortably in the 34mm to 36mm cases of the range.

Moreover, they also used this movement in two more of today’s most highly coveted vintage watches.

Rolex Sports Models

The Rolex Explorer ref. 1016 is considered by purists to be one of the brand’s most starkly beautiful designs. Also, it’s one that changed very little in its long production run from 1963 to 1989. Originally powered by the 1530, it was soon replaced by the more accurate and chronometer certified 1560.

As one of Rolex’s sports watches, it was always somewhat overshadowed by the likes of the Daytona and the GMT Master. These models were given significantly greater updates over the years. But, as a discreet and extremely simple three-hand timepiece with no complications, the Explorer 1016 is a timeless and elegant example.

The other model to house the 1560 was anything but overshadowed. The Submariner 5512 was launched in 1959, again with the quickly exchanged 1530. It remained in production for nearly 20 years.  In fact, the Submariner became an icon of the Rolex brand and one of the most influential designs ever made. Today, the ref. 5512 Submariners are a huge favorite among collectors; a surprisingly attainable classic that represents an important milestone in Rolex history.

The Rolex Caliber 1570

Rolex 1560 and 1570 - Rolex Caliber 1570

The movement that superseded the 1560 shared the vast majority of its elements, with a few notable improvements. The 1570 marked the third generation of the 1500 series. It comes with the balance assembly Rolex p/n 8106, again with a Breguet hairspring. However, it’s with a higher frequency of 19,800 bph, or 2.75Hz.

The main difference between the two calibers came in 1972 when the 1570 gained a hacking feature. It was now possible to stop the sweeping seconds hand by pulling out the watch crown, activating a hacking lever that interrupted the balance wheel and simplifying the act of setting the watch accurately.

The 1570 became one of the most popular and highly regarded movements Rolex had so far produced. Used in the continuing series of Oyster Perpetuals, it was still powering the 5512 Submariner in 1978 and even the Explorer ref. 1016 until the end of its run in the late eighties.

Similarly to its predecessor, Rolex also manufactured it as a date and GMT version, the 1575, which proved the perfect companion to the Explorer II released in 1971, as well as the GMT-Master and Datejust series.

In 1967, it was the obvious choice for Rolex’s newest and toughest model, the 1665 Sea-Dweller. A dive watch made for the high pressures of professional saturation diving, it boasted a water resistance of 2000ft and was the first commercially available watch to be protected by a Helium Escape Valve.

The 1500 series of movements were the start of a long line of calibers. In fact, Rolex manufactured these entirely in-house. Also, the Rolex 1560 and 1570 were two of the most successful. In keeping with the ethos of the company as a whole, they were beautifully engineered and elegantly simple, and broke new ground in precision and reliability.

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Three Quick Facts About the Stainless Steel Oysterdate Ref. 6694 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:28:04 +0000 Want to learn more stainless steel Oysterdate facts about the ref. 6694 Rolex watch? Then here’s all the important info that you need to know broken down into three easy-to-digest facts.

1. The Stainless Steel Oysterdate Ref. 6694 Is No Longer in Production

Stainless Steel Oysterdate Facts - Ref. 6694

Following some earlier Oysterdate models, the Rolex Oysterdate mens stainless steel ref. 6694 made its debut in 1958. Rolex continued to manufacture it until the late 1980s, making it the longest running Oysterdate reference. Because of its production dates, all Oysterdate models today are indeed vintage Rolex watches. That is, they are all over 30 years old, which is the commonly accepted age to have the vintage watch designation.

Our stainless steel Oysterdate facts show that during its three-decade production span, several dial variations were offered including different colors and different hour maker styles. However, the Oysterdate ref. 6694 was exclusively available in stainless steel and always sported a 34mm case and Oyster bracelet. Furthermore, the bezels are domed and the crystal protecting the dial is acrylic.

2. The Stainless Steel Oysterdate Ref. 6694 is a Manual Winding Rolex Watch

Stainless Steel Oysterdate Facts - Ref. 6694

Unlike the Datejust, Date, and Oyster Perpetual watches, the Rolex Oysterdate watches have always been manual-winding timepieces. This, of course, includes the stainless steel Oysterdate ref. 6694, which runs on the hand-wound Rolex Caliber 1225. A non-chronometer certified movement, the Cal. 1225 includes 17 jewels and beats at a frequency of 21,600 bph.

In addition to the time, the Oysterdate also offers a date window at 3 o’clock along with the famous Cyclops magnification lens. Also, bear in mind that the Cal. 1225 is a non-quickset date movement.

While some may find it cumbersome, I personally enjoy the hands-on manual winding required to keep the stainless steel Oysterdate ref. 6694 running. It emphasizes the vintage appeal of this particular Rolex watch.

3. The Stainless Steel Oysterdate Ref. 6694 is One of the Most Affordable Rolex Watches

Rolex Oysterdate 6694

A main draw of the stainless steel Oysterdate ref. 6694 is that it offers signature Rolex design and functionality without a hefty price tag. Equipped with the iconic Oyster case, Oyster bracelet, and time and date functions, an Oysterdate ref. 6694 in solid condition hovers around the $2,500 price point.

That’s an absolute bargain for a top-notch luxury Rolex watch—particularly one with the practicality of a date feature.

A simple and straightforward approach to a classic Rolex everyday timepiece is what the stainless steel Oysterdate ref. 6694 brings to the table. And for those who appreciate manual-wound movements, the Oysterdate provides that too!



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The Electrifying Three-Part History of the Rolex Milgauss Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:05:45 +0000 Rolex Milgauss History – Three Parts

By the mid-1950s, Rolex had already developed tool watches for adventurers (Explorer), for divers (Submariner), and for pilots (GMT-Master). The company then turned their attention to another community in need of a specific type of watch—scientists. Due to the nature of their work, scientists, engineers, and medical professionals required a watch that could withstand high levels of magnetic forces. Magnetic fields are very detrimental to watch movements and can cause them to become magnetized. A magnetized timepiece will, in fact, speed up, thus rendering it useless as a timekeeping instrument. Rolex’s answer to the dilemma? The Milgauss watch. Read on for a quick three-part Rolex Milgauss history lesson on its anti-magnetism and appeal.

Milgauss History Part I

Rolex Milgauss History - Ref. 6543

The name Milgauss is a portmanteau of the French word for 1,000, “mille,” and the unit for measuring magnetism, “gauss”. Therefore, as its name suggests, the Rolex Milgauss can take on 1,000 gauss of magnetic forces with no harm to the movement. This is because of an iron shield protecting the automatic movement within the case. To prove the Migauss’ resistance, Rolex had the watches tested by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)—the world’s leading particle physics lab.

According to this Rolex Milgauss history, the inaugural Milgauss made its debut in 1956 as the ref. 6543. This was quickly followed by the ref. 6541 that same year. Since only very few examples of the Milgauss ref. 6543 were ever made, it’s an elusive model that shows up rarely in the vintage watch market. The ref. 6541, on the other hand, is a popular vintage Rolex and is often (incorrectly) cited as the original Milgauss.

At first glance, the Milgauss ref. 6541 looks very much like a Submariner of the same era thanks to its steel Oyster case, black rotating bezel with 60-minute markings, and red text on the dial. However, exclusive to the Milgauss is its signature design detail, the lightning bolt seconds hand, emphasizing its connection to the scientific community. Another coveted design touch of the Milgauss is the honeycomb dial housed within its large (for the times) 38mm case. In addition to its attractive style, the honeycomb dial is said to have played a part in beefing up the watches resistance to magnetism on account of the two metal layers of its construction.

Milgauss History Part II

Rolex Milgauss History - Ref. 6541

In the 1960s, Rolex replaced the Milgauss ref. 6541 with the updated Milgauss ref. 1091. Surprisingly, many of the design details that made the Milgauss stand out in the first place were no longer there. Gone was the thunderbolt seconds hand in favor of a red-tipped straight seconds hands. Furthermore, the black honeycomb dial made way for a plain black or white dial. Plus, a smooth domed bezel took the place of the original rotating graduated black bezel.

While the ref. 1091 was a very different looking watch to its predecessors, technically it still held up its promise of ultra resistance to magnetic forces. Rolex eventually discontinued the ref. 1091 in 1988. And with that, they laid to rest the Milgauss collection …temporarily.

Milgauss History Part III

Rolex Milgauss History - Ref. 116400

Almost two decades after suspending Milgauss production, Rolex Milgauss history shows us that they revived the scientist’s watch with a completely modern iteration. They introduced the Milgauss ref. 116400 at Baselworld 2007.

To keep up with today’s style trends, the modern Milgauss ref. 116400 sports a larger 40mm stainless steel Oyster case, along with a matching steel Oyster bracelet. The first editions of the Milgauss ref. 116400 offered two dial options in black or white. But most importantly, the iconic lightning bolt seconds hand has returned, and in a vibrant orange color no less. Rolex also included a special anniversary edition of the modern Milgauss with the ref. 116400GV where GV stand for “glace verte”, which translates to “green glass”. Hence, protecting the face of the Milgauss ref. 116400GV is a green sapphire crystal that gives a futuristic aura to the watch.

In 2014, Rolex enhanced the collection with the Milgauss ref. 116400GV Z-Blue dial edition. The vibrant blue dial coupled with the ultra modern green crystal come together in one of the most distinct looking Rolex watches to date.

Perhaps the quirkiest member of the Rolex lineup, the Milgauss, illustrates the Swiss watchmaker’s obsessive pursuit to create watches that are both beautiful to wear and practical to use in a range of environments, whether the bottom of the ocean, high-up in the sky, or in the middle of a laboratory.

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6 Facts About Rolex You May Not Have Known Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:16:55 +0000 Interesting Facts About Rolex and its Brand History

They may be the most famous watchmakers in the world. However, the Swiss colossus that is Rolex is notoriously secretive about the goings-on behind its walls. Even the most basic information remains a jealously guarded secret; no one outside the company, for example, even knows exactly how many watches they produce each year.

Their insistence on keeping every detail of their operation a mystery only deepens the enigma surrounding the brand. Of course, this leads to a healthy fund of rumors and wild stories.

Its true, that the inscrutable horologists remain tightlipped about the outlandish tales dreamt up on internet forum gossip. But there are a number of facts that have been backed up by stone-cold evidence.

Here, we look at six facts about Rolex and explore some of the lesser-known particulars that every Rolex fan should know.  For a more in-depth look, you can refer to Rolex and its Rich History and Timeline.

Born in England

For a name that has become synonymous with Swiss watchmaking, Rolex started out as neither watchmakers nor Swiss.

Founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf, a German, and his English brother-in-law Alfred Davis, the company that would go on to become Rolex was originally christened, you’ll be amazed to learn, ‘Wilsdorf and Davis’.

Wilsdorf & Davis

They Operated from premises in Hatton Garden, London’s prestigious jewelry quarter. Initially, they participated in the watch assembly. They sourced the best parts from a number of different Swiss manufacturers and combined them inside English watchcases. As a result, jewelers bought the resulting fine timepieces and sold them under their own name.

Rolex First Logo

It wasn’t until three years later that the company started making its own watches and adopted the name Rolex. In 1919, following World War 1 and the resulting astronomical hike in import and export taxes in Britain, production finally shifted to Geneva where it has remained ever since.

The Name Rolex Doesn’t Mean Anything

Over the years, there has been a great deal of overthinking on the origins of the name Rolex. Some have suggested it’s a derivation of the apt phrase hoROLogie EXcellence, for example. In fact, the name itself has no meaning. It is similar to George Eastman’s reasons for branding his photographic company Kodak. He chose it for completely practical reasons.

Firstly, Rolex is pronounced the same in any language, anywhere in the world. It doesn’t resemble any other word so can’t be confused with another name or product, and it is easily memorized. It’s also short enough to fit comfortably on a watch dial while still remaining legible.

There are other rumors as to its roots. One is the belief that Wilsdorf thought the name sounded like a watch being wound. You can judge that one for yourself!

Rolex Has Seen the Top of the World

Facts About Rolex - Rolex at Everest

Rolex made their reputation by supplying the true adventurers of the world with tools. They designed these tools to survive the most challenging environments imaginable.

In 1953, Rolex was among the sponsors of the expedition that saw Kiwi mountaineer Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay conquer the highest peak on earth. The company supplied the team with prototype Oyster Perpetuals. Also the team understood that they would return these prototypes for testing, when, or if, they made a safe descent. Incredibly, the watches performed perfectly throughout the climb. And the men who conquered Everest did, indeed, send them back to Geneva for analysis.

Nobody quite knows what testing Rolex carried out. However, those pieces from the top of the world formed the basis for the first of the Rolex Explorer series.

…and the Bottom

Deep Sea Prototype

In 1960, the U.S Navy bathyscaphe Trieste became the first vessel to explore the deepest part of the ocean. This was  a small valley in the floor of the Pacific’s Mariana Trench known as the Challenger Deep. Rolex’s association with underwater exploration had been going on for several years. It was by this point that they tested their designs for the ultimate waterproof watch. When the monumental dive into the Challenger Deep took place, a prototype Rolex Deep Sea Special accompanied the Trieste to its 35,814ft target. They strapped it to the outside and subjected it to pressures of more than a metric tonne per square centimeter.

After its safe return, one of the submersible’s pilots, Jacques Piccard, sent a telegram to Rolex HQ reading, ‘Happy to announce your watch works as well at 11,000 meters as it does on the surface’. The Deep Sea Special No. 3 currently sits in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

The Most Expensive Rolex Ever Sold… For Now

The name Rolex tends to conjure up a number of word associations. Key among them are the likes of ‘exclusive’, ‘luxurious’ and ‘success’. But at the forefront of most people’s minds when they hear the name will always be the word ‘expensive’.

While the buy-in price certainly seems high, Rolex’s remain one of the very few luxury items that appreciate in value the longer you own them. Particularly, if you buy pre-owned, you can be reasonably assured that you will be able to sell your watch in the future for at least as much as you paid for it. This means you have spent years wearing a beautiful timepiece for free. So in real terms, Rolex’s are not expensive at all.  Especially if you take advantage of BeckerTime’s LifeTime TradeUp benefits with their pre-owned Rolex Watches.

Facts about Rolex - Most expensive Rolex sold to Bao Dai

There are, of course, exceptions. In May this year, a yellow gold Rolex Triple Calendar Moonphase ref. 6062, the only one of its kind with a black dial and diamond indexes, sold for a staggering $5,060,427 at auction in Geneva. Belonging to Bao Dai, the playboy last emperor of Vietnam (and known as the Bao Dai Rolex) it became the most expensive example from the brand ever sold.

Paul Newman’s Cosmograph Daytona

That sum may soon pale into insignificance however when, in October, the absolute holy grail of Rolex’s goes under the hammer in New York as Philips auctions off Paul Newman’s Paul Newman. The exotic dial Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6239, the first of a number of the Daytona range owned by the great actor, was considered lost for decades. This was before it reappeared last year to the unbridled frenzy of every Rolex collector in the world. Far from missing, Newman had gifted the watch to an ex boyfriend of his daughter, Nell in 1984, who remained unaware of its significance for 30 years.

They are now selling it to help fund the Nell Newman Foundation, a charity set up to carry on her father’s philanthropic work.  Experts are predicting a possible sale price of somewhere in the region of $10m.

Without Rolex, There Would Have Been No Great Escape

During the Second World War, British officers captured by the Nazis and held in prisoner of war camps would routinely have their watches seized by their captors. But amazingly, Rolex allowed them the opportunity to order replacements and sent them. The Swiss company, while officially neutral, made no secret of their support for the Allied forces and sent new watches to the camps for free, on the understanding that prisoners would pay for them upon their release—the honor of British officers being beyond doubt.

Several of the RAF pilots imprisoned in Stalag Luft III, the camp in what is now Poland that was immortalized in the movie The Great Escape, received a selection of Rolex watches, which were highly prized even then for their precision and, crucially, the brightness of the radium lume in their hands and dials—handy should you find yourself in the dark for an extended period of time.

They used the watch’s extreme accuracy to time the movements of the prison guards. This aided the escape of more than 70 prisoners through the tunnels dug under the camp.

(If you’ve never seen the movie, they all get away and live happily ever after!)

So without Rolex, we would have been robbed of the sight of Steve McQueen, the coolest man who ever lived and the only prisoner of war to wear a leather jacket as a military uniform, leaping barbed wire fences on a motorbike.

Those are six facts about Rolex that we do actually know about the world’s number one watchmaker. As you’d expect with a history as long and illustrious as Rolex’s, there are a wealth of other stories and legends surrounding the brand. It’s up to you to choose which ones to believe.

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Sports Icons and Their Rolex Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:49:30 +0000 Prominent sports icons and their Rolex connection to fine timepieces is a relationship that will continue for many years to come. Rolex has long had an association with the famous and the infamous from every walk of life. Over the years, their creations have adorned the wrists of a hugely diverse list of luminaries; everyone from presidents to rock stars, religious leaders to Hollywood royalty.

From the outset, the company has aligned itself with the very highest of high achievers. Rolex leaves it to their ultra exclusive clientele to show off their creations. Ultimately, they tacitly say more about the brand than any slick advertising campaign ever could. Discover more about Rolex sponsorships in sports. Because the only thing more sophisticated than a Rolex watch, is Rolex marketing.

A Perfect Match

One particular group of individuals has always presented an especially tempting target. Elite sports stars are the superhuman men and women who compete at the pinnacle of their respective fields. They encompass all the values of dedication, resilience and relentless pursuit of excellence that have been the backbone of the Rolex name for over a century.

You’ll find the watchmaker’s colors displayed prominently at a host of prestigious sporting events. They are the official timekeepers of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and F1 Grand Prix. They also sponsor everything from major golf tournaments to a number of global yacht races.

While the highly lucrative role of Rolex ambassador is reserved for those rare few who can be described as true sporting legends, it seems just about every top athlete is a fan of the brand.

Below, we’ll take a look at some of the most prominent sports icons and their Rolex connection to the many fine timepieces that they wear.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather & McGregor

During the buildup to their long-awaited Nevada showdown, the two not-at-all shy and retiring fighters waged a war of wealth on each other in a protracted psychological battle for supremacy. The pair’s Instagram feeds showcased the lavishly opulent lifestyles they had earned for themselves. They also displayed, among many other things, the incredible number of watches they had amassed.


Drenched In Precious Stones

For sheer bling factor, it was a walkover. ‘Money’ Mayweather’s collection of some of the most expensive timepieces available is estimated to be worth well in excess of $7m. In addition, the undefeated champion has a particular fondness for the crown. Not content with their already significant price tags, his Rolex’s have been encrusted from top to bottom with every conceivable precious stone until they prove as big a threat to the eye as the recent solar eclipse. Among the most extravagant are two of the already heavily embellished special edition GMT Master II range released in 2007, the ref. 116759 SARU and SANR. Mayweather has upped the ante by dripping the dials, bezels and bracelets in diamonds as well, until there’s barely a square millimeter that doesn’t glisten. His countless assortment of Datejusts, Day Dates, Yacht Masters and Sky Dwellers have all received similar treatment.


By comparison, Conor McGregor has remained uncharacteristically discreet with his collection. He’s happy to take his watches as they come and restrains from adding any extra touches.

Even so, he’s not immune to the allure of gemstones. His pool of 40mm Day Dates have diamond hour markers. He also has a choice of models cast in platinum, Everose or yellow gold in a selection of dial colors.

‘Notorious’ has also accumulated several gold Sky Dwellers. However, he’s seen most often wearing the 44mm yellow gold Yacht Master II.

With the monster payday both fighters enjoyed following their bout, we can only guess at what further additions they’ll be making.

Roger Federer

Sports Icons and Their Rolex - Roger Federer

Considered perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time, Federer holds the record for the most Grand Slam men’s singles Championships, with 19.

His relationship with Rolex has been long and lucrative. He signed one of the biggest sponsorship deals ever in 2006. Additionally, a note that he’s worth $15m a year for over 10 years.

The choice of Federer as a Rolex ambassador was a logical one. Hailing from Basel in Switzerland, home of the world’s largest luxury watch trade fair, he is the living embodiment of the ideals Rolex has always lived by; sophisticated, modest, graceful and better than just about anyone else out there.

As for his watches, he has been most often associated with the company’s flagship dress watch, the Day Date, aptly nicknamed The President. Some of the most important figures in recent history wear this model. Clearly, it is a fitting choice for the legendary player.

This year, after missing six months of the season with a back injury, Federer defeated arch rival Rafael Nadal in a bruising five-set encounter to win the Australian Open. Hoisting the trophy, the bezel on his GMT Master II BLNR proved a nice match to the blue of the courts inside Melbourne Park. This was the  first Rolex to sport a two tone Cerachrom surround. The blue/black coloring earned the watch the unofficial label of Batman.

Reportedly the owner of a formidable collection of the brand’s premium offerings, he has said his most treasured watch is the vintage Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6263. His wife, former professional tennis player, Mirka Vavrinec, gave it to him for his 30th birthday.

Sir Jackie Stewart

Sir Jackie Stewart

One of motor racing’s true icons, Sir Jackie Stewart, is otherwise known as ‘The Flying Scot’. He racked up 43 podium finishes in his nine-season career, including a total of 27 wins.

His involvement with Rolex dates back to 1966. This is when he used part of his first substantial paycheck for qualifying for the Indy 500 to treat himself to a yellow gold Day Date. Two years later, he signed the contract that still holds to this day as a Rolex Testimonee. That same year, the company also adopted two other titans of sport icons, golfing great Arnold Palmer and skiing champion Jean-Claude Killy.

Although his racing career was relatively short, Stewart packed in three world championship victories. To celebrate the first of those wins, Andre Heininger, the second chairman in Rolex’s history and the man credited with making the company what it is today, presented Stewart with the special edition King Midas watch. All gold with an unusual asymmetrical case, it was only made in limited numbers, with one going to another king—Elvis.

Today, the racing legend owns somewhere in the region of two dozen Rolex watches. Many of them awarded as prizes for Grand Prix triumphs. He won at Monaco three times, the most challenging circuit on the F1 calendar. Yet, it’s the Daytonas that he particularly values. Last year he was presented with a new model to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first Monte Carlo win.

A Class Act

Jackie Stewart has been a Rolex ambassador for the best part of 50 years now. The two brands have been very good for each other. Stewart is exactly what the watchmaker looks for in one of its advocates. He continues to remain a class act both on and off the track. And for his part, Stewart has always gone out of his way to promote his sponsor’s products. He even has his left shirt sleeves tailored to be slightly shorter. All the better to see the beautiful creation on his wrist.

The Definitive Expression of Success

For decades, epic sports icons and their Rolex relationship are definitive expressions of success. An aspiration by everyone driven to be the very best. So it’s natural that those in the ultra-competitive world of professional sports turn to the Rolex brand. It’s their ultimate reward for when they reach the heights the rest of us can only dream of.

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Comparing The Duo of Stainless Steel Oysterquartz Watches Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:14:16 +0000 The Two Steel Editions Available

Although Rolex manufactured several Oysterquartz models over the watch’s 25-year production span, there are only two steel editions available. The first is the stainless steel Oysterquartz Datejust ref. 17000 with a 36mm case and smooth domed bezel. The second is the stainless steel Oysterquartz Datejust ref. 17014 with an 18k white gold fluted bezel on its case.

Let’s delve into the details of this duo of stainless steel Oysterquartz watches by going through the three main components: the movements, the dials, and the bracelets.

The Movements of the Stainless Steel Oysterquartz

The stainless steel Oysterquartz ref. 17000 and ref. 17014 run on Caliber 5035—one of only two in-house quartz calibers ever offered by Rolex. The Cal. 5035, along with the Caliber 5055 for the Oysterquartz Day Date, debuted in 1977 after five years of research and development by Rolex. These calibers were actually a follow-up to the Beta-21 quartz caliber, developed by a group of top Swiss watchmakers including Rolex.

Oyterquartz Caliber 5035

The first batches of the Caliber 5035 quartz movements were not certified by COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres a.k.a. the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute). In 1979, however, Rolex attained the COSC certification for the Caliber 5035. Consequently, early editions of the stainless steel Oysterquartz ref. 17000 watches from 1977 and 1978 are not officially certified chronometers, while models from 1979 onwards are.

On the other hand, the steel and gold Oysterquartz Datejust reference 17014 only joined the collection in the 1980s. Subsequently, all versions of the Rolex ref. 17014 are COSC-certified.

The Dials of the Stainless Steel Oysterquartz Datejust

Pre Owned Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Oysterquartz Datejust with Silver Dial 17000

Due to the lack of COSC certification, early models of the Rolex Oysterquartz mens stainless steel ref. 17000 have dials with only “OYSTERQUARTZ” text on the bottom portion of the watch face. Once the quartz Caliber 5035 received certification, the dials changed accordingly. To leave room for the “SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED” designation above 6 o’clock, the OYSTERQUARTZ name moved up, finding a place in between ROLEX and DATEJUST. The non-chronometer dials are also known as the three-liner Oysterquartz Datejust or Mark I dials and are more rare to find than their chronometer counterparts.

In addition to the SCOC dials and non-SCOC dials, there are also a variety of dial colors available on the stainless steel Oysterquartz. There’s also a gray dial with diamond indexes for an even more luxurious Oysterquartz Datejust.

The Bracelets of the Stainless Steel Oysterquartz

As well as the famous angular case shape of the Oysterquartz, another critical component of the model is the integrated bracelet. The stainless steel Oysterquartz Datejust ref. 17000 comes equipped with a steel Oyster style integrated bracelet with 13 links. The bracelet shares the same reference number as the watch—ref. 17000 or, in some cases, ref. 17000B—which can clearly be seen engraved on the back of the bracelet.

Oysterquartz 17014

Conversely, the stainless steel Oysterquartz ref 17014 with the gold bezel dons a steel integrated Jubilee style bracelet. The white gold bezel in addition to the Jubilee bracelet makes this particular model a dressier version of the Oysterquartz Datejust. Also sporting 13 links, the steel Jubilee bracelet of the Oysterquartz ref 17014 carries the reference number 17010.

All bracelets on Rolex Oysterquartz watches taper towards the folding clasp for a very recognizable look.

The above modifications to, and variety of, the stainless steel Oysterquartz Datejust illustrate the evolution of the model over the years. Whether you opt for the full steel Oysterquartz ref. 17000 or the steel with a gold bezel Oysterquartz ref. 17014, all stainless steel Rolex Oysterquartz watches are a joy to wear!




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What is the Rolex Oysterdate Precision Watch? Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:30:38 +0000 The beauty of studying and writing about a subject as rich in history as Rolex is that there is always something new to discover. Yes, this mega Swiss luxury brand has produced countless ultra famous watches like the Submariner, the Daytona, and the President that need no introduction. But tucked away in their past are some not so famous models that are fun to unearth and learn about. If, like me, you weren’t that familiar with the Rolex Oysterdate Precision watch, read on and perhaps you’ll learn a thing or two like I did.


The Rolex Oysterdate Precision is a Vintage Watch


The history of the Rolex Oysterdate Precision watch dates back to 1950. They sport 34mm Oyster cases, which means Rolex built them with water resistance in mind. Rolex, after all, did invent the first water resistant watch in 1926 — a feat they continue to build upon even today.


Very early models of the Oysterdate Precision from the 1950s include ref. 6094, ref. 6294, and ref. 6494. These references often have sword style hands, roulette date wheels (where the dates alternate between black and red) and the first two references didn’t have the Cyclops magnification lens.


However, the most ubiquitous Oysterdate Precision is the ref. 6694. Rolex produced the Oysterdate Precision ref. 6694 from about 1958 to the late 1980s. The Oysterdate 6694 has a 34mm stainless steel case, domed bezel, and typically comes with a steel Oyster bracelet.


The Rolex Oysterdate Precision is a Manual Wound Watch


While most watches run on the (automatic) Rolex Perpetual movement, the Oysterdate ref. 6694, like its predecessors, is in fact, a manual-wound watch. Beating at the heart of the timepiece is the Rolex Caliber 1225 manual-wound mechanical movement. It operates at 21,600 beats per hour and has 17 jewels.


It’s also worth mentioning that the Cal. 1225 is not chronometer-certified, hence the “PRECISION” label on the dial rather than the “SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED” text. However, despite the lack of the chronometer certification, the hand-wound vintage Oysterdate Precision ref. 6694 still keeps great time. I’d expect nothing less from Rolex!


The Cal. 1225 of the Rolex Oysterdate Precision ref. 6694 does not have the quickset date function. This means that to change the date on the window at 3 o’clock, the center hands must be turned accordingly until the correct date shows up. Magnifying the date is the famous Cyclops lens that sits on the thick acrylic crystal protecting the face of the watch.


The Oysterdate Precision is a Great Starter Rolex Watch


Given its classic Rolex looks and topnotch quality coupled with its very attractive price point, the Oysterdate Precision is a fantastic entry-level Rolex watch. Average price for an Oysterdate Precision ref. 6694 hovers around $2,500.

Not only are there several dial colors to choose from but there are also some index and hands variations. Plus, because of the presence of drilled lug holes, it’s easy to switch out the straps on the Oysterdate for a whole new look. It’s a Rolex that is as versatile as you want it to be.

So if you’re into vintage Rolex watches that are a little different from the rest, then give the manual-wound Oysterdate Precision a look. The beauty and appeal of this refined and classic luxury dress watch may just surprise you.

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A Rolex President Like No Other: The Gold Oysterquartz Day Date Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:37:25 +0000 Starting in the late 1970s up until the early 2000s, Rolex produced quartz watches that were dubbed Oysterquartz. The Rolex Oysterquartz was available in a variety of materials including steel, two-tone steel and gold, and solid gold. For a solid gold Oysterquartz however, we have to turn to the Day-Date editions. Join us as we discover the gold Oysterquartz Day Date collection.

The Origins of the Gold Oysterquartz Day Date

The Rolex Oysterquartz made its debut in 1977. While these were not the first Rolex quartz watches, they were the first to run on in-house quartz movements.

Oysterquartz Day-Date 19018

There were two main models that bore the Oysterquartz name—the Datejust and the Day Date. Rolex cleverly balanced classic design details of the traditional (i.e. mechanical versions) Datejust and the Day Date watches with traits that are exclusive to the Oysterquartz version.

For example, similar to the traditional Rolex President watch, the Oysterquartz Day-Date is only available in precious metal. In this case, there are only gold Oysterquartz Day-Date watches in either yellow or white shades. Furthermore, like their mechanical counterparts, the gold Oysterquartz Day-Date watches sport a 36mm Oyster case. However, the Oysterquartz versions actually wear bigger thanks to the distinct angular shape of the case.

Additionally, the gold Oysterquartz Day-Date watches also come with the signature President bracelet, but in an integrated style. Of course, as its name suggests, the gold Oysterquartz President timepieces also include the pair of iconic day and date windows that made the collection so famous. But, this time, powering the watches’ functions is the Rolex Caliber 5055 quartz movement.

Although early models of the Datejust Caliber 5035 were not COSC-certified, all Caliber 5055 movements beating at the core of Oysterquartz Day Date timepieces are indeed certified chronometers. As a result, all gold Oysterquartz watches will include the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation on the dial.

The Variety of the Gold Oysterquartz Day Date Lineup

During the 25-year production run of gold Oysterquartz President watches, Rolex released an assortment of references. The first and most classic choices are the Oysterquartz Day Date ref. 19018 in yellow gold and the ref. 19019 in white gold. Both these models include the iconic fluted bezel and integrated President bracelet. Dial options include stick indexes, Arabic numerals, Roman numerals, and even diamond markers.

The yellow gold Oysterquartz ref. 19048 and the white gold Oysterquartz ref. 19049 are identical to the above Day Date watches except they also include a diamond bezel with 44 brilliant-cut gems.

Oysterquartz Day Date 19028

Particularly interesting editions of the gold Oysterquartz Day Date watches are those with the pyramid design details. The Oysterquartz ref. 19028 includes an intricate pyramid motif on both the bezel, as well as, the center links of the President bracelet. On the other hand, the yellow gold Oysterquartz ref. 19038 and ref. 19068 boast both pyramids and diamonds.

There are also other ultra-luxurious iterations of the gold Oysterquartz decorated with a range of precious gems such as the ref. 19058, ref. 19078, ref. 19148, and ref. 19168.

So, if you’re looking for a solid gold Oysterquartz, then look no further than the varied Rolex Day Date President quartz collection. An interesting piece of Rolex history with a unique look that will always impress, the gold Oysterquartz Day Date is truly a Rolex President like no other.




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The New Rolex Watches From Baselworld 2017 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:00:39 +0000 Seven New Offerings

The annual watch lover’s candy land known as Baselworld acts as a seven-day springboard for the world’s premier brands to showcase their newest creations before they are turned loose on a salivating public. For 2017, the new Rolex watches from Baselworld dominated proceedings with their largest ever display, measuring over 13,000 square feet and spread across three stories.

The run up to every Baselworld event sets the rumor mill into overdrive with enthusiasts trying to second guess just what might emerge from the ultra-secretive Rolex headquarters. This year, we’re treated to new Rolex watches from Baselworld with seven new offerings from the Geneva-based giant. Below, we’ll give you the low-down on each one.

The Sea Dweller ref. 126600

The Sea Dweller Ref. 126600

As 2017 marked the Sea Dweller’s 50th anniversary, the release of an all-new version was very much expected. However, the unveiling of the ref. 126600 caught many by surprise and proved somewhat controversial.

At 43mm, it has grown significantly from its previous 40mm size. Now, it is only slightly smaller than the behemoth-like Deepsea. But, to the dismay of many purists, the new model appeared with the edition of a Cyclops lens over the date window at 3 o’clock. Now, the Sea Dweller has always had a date function. However, it has also always had a faithful following who specifically preferred the symmetry of the dial without the Cyclops. Of the brand’s range of dive watches, the Deepsea is now the only one left without magnification.

Perhaps, to appease the traditionalists, Rolex has included subtle elements that hark back to the designs of yesteryear. Most notably the name Sea Dweller picked out in red as a homage to the classic ‘double red’ models of the late sixties.

Inside, everything comes back up to date with the new Cal. 3235. This is the first movement to be named a Rolex Superlative Chronometer. It certifies that the caliber has a timekeeping accuracy of just -2/+2 seconds per day. This is twice as stringent as the industry standard. Take a closer look at a next generation movement, Rolex Caliber 3235.

The Cosmograph Daytona

The Cosmograph Daytona

The revamped stainless steel versions of the Daytona were the undoubted stars of the 2016 show. This year they added three precious metal variants—in yellow, white and Everose gold. Rolex’s most successful watch ever, the new range continues with the popular Cerachrom bezel. For the first time, Rolex offers them with the Oysterflex bracelet that made its debut on the Yacht-Master.

The elastomer strap with its nickel titanium core is supple enough to mould to the natural shape of your wrist while preserving all the strength of a metal bracelet. It also retains the rock solid Oysterlock clasp to prevent from accidental opening.

Sitting inside is the Cal. 4130, which, incredibly for a company like Rolex, is their first all in-house chronograph. Now considered one of the sturdiest and most accurate movements ever made, it has powered the Daytona series since 2000.

The new gold range with their black ceramic surrounds and the sportily informal Oysterflex bracelet project a cool, laidback attitude. Currently, the watch world’s most sought after timepiece. The only thing more impressive than a Daytona is the length of its waiting list.

The Datejust 41

The Datejust 41

The watch that is perhaps the most quintessentially Rolex, the basics of the Datejust’s discreet, understated design have barely changed over its more than 70-year history.

The new 41mm size collection was introduced last year with two precious metal versions, yellow gold and Everose and steel. As a result, 2017 Rolex answered many fans’ pleas. They launched an all stainless steel variant. This more affordable example of one of the all-time classic Rolex watches also benefits from the next generation caliber 3235 that drives the Sea-Dweller, along with a leaner case, slimmed down hour markers and a bezel in white gold.

The Datejust series has always been the most varied in the Rolex lineup. Rolex offers its line with a bewildering range of different configurations of dial colors, bracelets and indexes. Also, they offer them with either a flat or fluted bezel.

Widening the collection even further, an 18k white gold and steel model was launched alongside the 904L steel version.

The Sky Dweller

The Sky Dweller

Rolex launched its most recent creation, the Sky Dweller, in 2012. It stands as one of the most complicated and expensive watches in the lineup.

Previously only made in all gold—yellow, white or Everose—2017 saw the release of the first examples of the series in two-tone Rolesor. There’s a pair of new Sky Dweller models to choose from, in yellow gold and steel, and white gold and steel.

Along with the new metals used in its construction, which give the Sky Dweller a (relatively) more accessible price point, it has also been given a subtle facelift for this year.

The information-heavy dial gets baton indexes rather than the previous Arabic or Roman numerals. In addition, they lengthened the center hands to improve legibility. This provides a more balanced overall look.

The ingenious Ring Command Bezel stays, as does the incredible caliber 9001, making the dual time zone Sky-Dweller the ultimate watch for serious global travellers.

The Lady Datejust 28

The Lady Datejust 28

Following the trend for women wearing larger watches, the 2017 Lady Datejust ups its case size to 28mm from the previous 26mm.

The classically feminine edition of Rolex’s emblematic Datejust follows in the footsteps of the men’s watch and now comes in a stainless steel version as well as a new Rolesor model, combining steel and white gold.

This series is also available with a similarly exhaustive range of dial options as the men’s version. And, they upgraded its movement, the next generation Cal. 2236 with Rolex’s patented Syloxi hairspring. This is the first time the brand has used silicon for the component. It increases the power reserve to more than 55 hours.

The Lady Datejust range has been an elegant symbol of prestige since it appeared in the late fifties and the 2017 model continues its heritage, in a size perfectly suited for smaller wrists.

The Cellini Moonphase ref. 50535

The Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535

The Cellini series, Rolex’s line of exquisite dress watches, has always remained a little overshadowed by the all-conquering sports models. This year however, the return of a Moonphase complication has been causing an excited buzz among collectors who have been waiting for it to make a comeback since the 1950s.

The Cellini Moonphase is about as retro as Rolex gets. Its slim, minimalist design and modest 39mm dimensions are long-standing traditions of the brand. But, far from being old fashioned, the lunar phase module that sits in the 6 o’clock position will stay accurate for 122 years, thanks to a newly-improved caliber 3195. The blue enamel disk uses a piece of genuine meteorite to represent the moon. A small gold arrow at the top makes its position easily legible.

Crafted from 18k Everose gold, it also has a date feature, which you can read on the outer numerals of the simple white lacquer dial.

One of the new Rolex watches from Baselworld, the release of the Cellini Moonphase, was met with very little fanfare. However, its combination of sophisticated styling and much-missed functionality saw it become the star of the show.

The Yacht Master II

The Yacht Master II

One of Rolex’s most technically impressive and opinion splitting models, the Yacht Master II, arrived at Baselworld 2017 sporting a few subtle dial tweaks and a simplified and improved caliber, the 4161.

The definitive seafarer’s watch, the complex movement allows for pinpoint timing accuracy during regattas, with on-the-fly synchronization and a programmable countdown with mechanical memory.

A combination of pushers and a Ring Command Bezel similar to that found on the Sky Dweller control the host of functions on the Yacht Master II. This is an incredibly impressive engineering feat from a watchmaker that rarely produces complications.

New shape hour markers replace the previously square indices at 12 and 6 o’clock—a rectangle and triangle respectively. Additionally, they superseded the original thin baton hour hand by the more traditional Mercedes style, with a luminescent disc for improved clarity.

Rolex released the newest Yacht Master II in four models—yellow gold, stainless steel, steel and Everose, and white gold and platinum.

Now in its 100th year, Baselworld has become the most important destination for both the makers and lovers of fine timepieces.  And, as always, the release of these new Rolex watches from Baselworld delighted their fans and continued the brand’s heritage as the most important luxury watchmaker in the world.

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Rolex’s 3187 Movement Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:18:31 +0000

An Evolutionary New Movement

The introduction of the Rolex Explorer II 216570 revealed a few new modern touches to Rolex watches. The outside differences between the 216570 and earlier Explorer II are obvious. But what is not so obvious is the new Rolex 3187 movement inside the case. Rolex, known for its evolutionary rather revolutionary designs, introduced a new movement, the Rolex 3187 movement in the Rolex Explorer II. This adds to the venerable 3185 and 3186 caliber found in earlier Explorer and GMT watches.

Rolex 3187 Movement
Rolex 3187 Movement

Rolex’s new 3187 movement builds upon the technology and evolution found in other Rolex movements. The 3187 utilizes the same rhodium plating on the plates and bridges found on other Rolex movements. The 3187 also utilizes the same bidirectional winding rotor. Also, teflon coated wheels within the winding mechanism that are commonplace in Rolex watches. Additionally, the 3187 uses a full bridge holding the balance wheel rather than a balance cock. A balance cock is usually held by one or two screws and does not allow for adjusting balance end shake. Rolex started utilizing a full balance bridge in the 313x movements to keep the balance steady.  It also allows for balance staff end shake using two star nuts located just under the bridge.

Like the 3185 and 3186 movements found in the older GMT’s and Explorer II’s, the Rolex 3187 movement possesses a 24 hour hand and independently adjustable 12 hour hand. And like the 3186 movement, it also incorporates a Parachrom hairspring inside a Glucydur* free sprung balance wheel.  Like the 3186, the 3187 has updated drive wheels that has less hand play as compared to the 3185.

The Primary Difference

From this point on, the 3187 differ from its older brothers. The primary difference is Rolex’s use of its in-house balance staff shock system, Paraflex. Paraflex is a shock absorber developed and patented by Rolex. It claims to increase shock absorption by 50% over other industry standard shock systems such as KIF or Incablock. Rolex introduced Paraflex in the updated Rolex Day Date II / President five years ago. Like the Parachrom hairspring whereby Rolex relied upon outside manufacturers to produce, Rolex is moving away from KIF shock systems used in its watches for the last 20 years such that it is not dependent upon other companies in the supply chain.

The Rolex 3187 movement is slightly larger in diameter than the 3186 movement, and slightly thicker and one of the reasons why the Explorer II 216570 comes in at a slightly larger 42mm case over the standard 40mm cases seen in Rolex sport watches. The updated shock system, combined with the other updates (Parachrom, Chromalight, larger Twinlock crown) makes the Rolex Explorer II 216570 one of the most modern Rolex watch.

*Glucydur is comprised of beryllium, copper, and beryllium bronze iron. Glucydur is resistant to shape changes resulting from changes in temperature. Less expensive brands use a bimetallic balance wheel and some older balance wheels have expansion/contraction slices in them to allow for shape changes.”

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Flaunt Some Old School Cool With a Rolex Two Tone Oysterquartz Tue, 05 Sep 2017 06:44:32 +0000 The Rolex Two Tone Oysterquartz Datejust

The 1970s was an important time for luxury watches. It was the decade that saw the birth of such icons as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (1972), the Patek Philippe Nautilus (1976), the redesigned IWC Ingenieur (1976), and the Vacheron Constantin 222 (1977). Responsible for the design of the first three watches was none other than famed watch designer, Gerald Genta, while the man behind the 222 was Jorg Hysek—Genta’s apprentice of sorts.

With their oversized cases, strong lines, and integrated bracelets, these sporty watches took on a more casual chic approach to fine watches. Not to be outdone, Rolex also unveiled a similarly styled watch in 1977: the Oysterquartz. While certainly a product of its era flaunting distinct design codes and a very special Rolex caliber, the Rolex Oysterquartz mens two tone ref. 17013 is far from dated. Rather, it’s an interesting piece of Rolex history that’s as joyful to wear today as it was when first released. As a result, let’s celebrate an important time for luxury watches with a closer look at the two tone Oysterquartz Datejust.

The Mechanics of the Two Tone Oysterquartz Datejust

Although some important watch designs came out of the seventies, let’s not forget it was also a massively turbulent time for the watch industry. In fact, it’s a period referred to as the “Quartz Crisis” due to the availability of cheap Japanese quartz calibers. These readily available calibers threatened to topple the Swiss watch industry, which had focused almost exclusively on mechanical movements. 20 Swiss watch brands did come together in the early 1960s to develop a Swiss quartz caliber they could all use. The result was the Beta-21 quartz caliber.

Pre Owned Mens Rolex Two-Tone Oysterquartz Datejust Gold Champagne 17013

Rolex was part of that consortium and the first Rolex quartz watch ref. 5100 ran on the Beta-21. However, the company eventually left the group to make their own in-house quartz caliber and by 1977 they introduced two of them. They are the Cal. 5035 for the Oysterquartz Datejust and the Cal. 5055 for the Oysterquartz Day Date. Remember, before you balk at quartz, these are the most accurate timepiece movements ever made by Rolex. These calibers come equipped with 12 jewels and typical of quartz movements, the Oysterquartz watches tick very loudly!

As a Datejust model, the two tone Oysterquartz ref. 17013 runs on the Caliber 5035 quartz movement. The early releases of the Caliber 5035 were not certified by COSC but after 1979, all Cal. 5035 did receive the official chronometric certification. Therefore, there are two tone Oysterquartz ref. 17013 watches with the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation on the dial and a few without. They only produced the latter watches for a short amount of time, and are, of course, more rare to find.

The Aesthetics of the Two Tone Oysterquartz Datejust

Pre Owned Mens Rolex Two Tone Oysterquartz Datejust Gold Champagne 17013

The two tone Oysterquartz ref. 17013 is about as 1970’s glamorous as they get! From the sharp lines that frame the round 36mm case to the Jubilee style integrated bracelet to the familiar two-tone combination of yellow gold and stainless steel, this is a great looking luxury watch. Although they both have the same 36mm size on paper, because of its shape, the Oysterquartz version of the Datejust wears bigger than the mechanical editions.

The yellow gold accents on the two tone Oysterquartz ref. 17013 include the distinguished fluted bezel, the winding crown, and a duo of links running through the bracelet. Not only is the look of the Oysterquartz unmistakable, but the two-tone version brings some serious style to the table. Depending on the production year, Rolex produced ref. 17013 with 14k yellow gold or 18k yellow gold.

The Datejust ref. 17013 is the only two tone Oysterquartz Rolex ever made. And while it enjoyed a production span of 25 years, Rolex only manufactured less than 1,000 Oysterquartz watches annually. As a result, the two tone Oysterquartz Datejust ref. 17013 is one of the rarest Rolex watches you can get your hands on today. And, you can check out this rare find… and more… at

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The Hallmarks of the Rolex Oysterquartz Watch Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:58:46 +0000 The Rolex Oysterquartz Facts:

The Rolex Oysterquartz is a watch that marches to the beat of its own drum. It is unlike any other timepiece in the Swiss watchmaker’s lineup. And because it’s so unique, it certainly deserves some attention. So let’s dig in and take a look at the four Rolex Oysterquartz facts that set it apart from other Rolex watches.

The Oysterquartz Ticks Loudly

Contrary to popular opinion, if a Rolex watch ticks loudly, it does not necessarily mean it’s a fake. The Oysterquartz, for example, does have a loud ticking sound. Furthermore, the seconds hand moves to the next position every second rather than moving in a smoother sweeping motion. This is because, as its name suggests, the Oysterquartz runs on a quartz caliber rather than a mechanical movement.

Oysterquartz Caliber 5055

In 1977, Rolex debuted a pair of in-house quartz movements—the Caliber 5035 for the Datejust Oysterquartz and the Caliber 5055 for the Day-Date Oysterquartz collections. The Oysterquartz collections were in production for about 25 years until they were discontinued for good in the early 2000s. In terms of production numbers, Rolex only made about 25,000 Oysterquartz watches, making this a pretty low-volume collection.

The Oysterquartz Sports An Angular Case

An icon of Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches is the Oyster case water resistant to a minimum of 100 meters. The Oysterquartz Datejust and Day-Date models also sport an Oyster case, yet they are slightly different in shape.

Perfectly encapsulating the watch trends of the late 1970s and 1980s, the case of the Oysterquartz is more angular than the cases of their mechanical counterparts. The sharp edges of the Oysterquarz give the watch its distinct look. Take particular note the beautiful beveled edges too.

The Oysterquartz Wears An Integrated Bracelet

Pre Owned Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Oysterquartz Datejust with Silver Dial 17000

Along with the angular case, another major design trait of the Oysterquartz is an integrated bracelet. Yet another display of a style that was all the rage in the seventies and eighties, the bracelet style of the Oysterquartz is similar to other iconic luxury watches of the era.

While all Oysterquartz watches come with an integrated bracelet, Rolex did makes some different styles. There’s the Oyster style integrated bracelet and the Jubilee style integrated bracelet for the Oysterquartz Datejust watches. On the other hand, outfitting the Oysterquartz Day-Date is a President style integrated bracelet. There are even some very interesting President integrated bracelets with pyramid patterns or diamonds.

The company truly did a fantastic job translating these iconic Rolex bracelet styles into an integrated bracelet for the Oysterquartz models.

The Oysterquartz Has Visible Reference and Serial Numbers

Oysterquartz visible Serial Number

Rolex keeps the reference numbers and serial numbers somewhat hidden on their mechanical watches. For instance, engraved in between the lugs on the 6 o’clock side is the serial number. Conversely, the reference number is on the opposite side in between the lugs at 12 o’clock. Therefore, removing the bracelet is the only way to see these numbers on the watch.

However, on the Oysterquartz, both the reference and serial numbers are completely visible on the back of the watch. Just flip the watch over and you’ll spot them in the corners of the case. On the Oysterquartz, the reference number is in between 1 and 2 o’clock and the serial number is in between 11 and 12 o’clock.

Our Rolex Oysterquartz facts point to these four hallmarks so you can now easily spot an iconic Rolex Oysterquartz timepiece. If you’re seeking a Rolex watch that’s a little different than the norm, then you should try the Oysterquartz on for size to see if it’s right for you.

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How Not to Get Scammed When Purchasing Online: Part 4 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:59:08 +0000 Online Scams Part 4: Authenticate Your Purchase

You’ve done the research, verified the source and finally made a preowned luxury purchase. You hit complete purchase. Now, you eagerly wait to have the product show up on your doorstep. In our final Online Scams Part 4 blog series on how to avoid an online scam, we focus on how to authenticate your purchase. This final phase is short and sweet. Just two steps and you’re on your way to wearing an authentic luxury item.

Step One

Examine your Rolex

Throughout our Online Scams series, we have discussed each step necessary to help protect you from getting scammed, especially when buying preowned. First things first. When you receive your order, it’s imperative to check all parts of the item, including logos, markings, etc. Make sure they are consistent with other similar items of the same age from the same brand.

It is also important to keep in mind that products change over time…so a 1960’s item may be different than a 1990’s, etc.  If an item is different, it does not mean it is fake or wrong.  It means you need to confirm that what you received is genuine. Examining all parts is crucial when authenticating your item. It’s also helpful to check (if applicable) for a model number, a serial number, and/or a part number. Also, know where these numbers are located on the product, should you need to access it later.

Step Two

Inspect your Watch

After examining your purchase, if you want to further authenticate it, take it to a professional who is a brand expert. Having the right person authenticate your purchase is just as important as buying from a reliable retailer. Be sure to look at online reviews and experience to help find the right professional.

There are many individuals out there who lack the expertise to properly evaluate the product you’re looking to authenticate. However, the right qualified expert knows exactly what product details to analyze to validate authenticity. They are familiar with the changes and differences within a brand. For example, if you have a prized designer dress that needs cleaning, you’d take it to a dry cleaner with the expertise to handle this particular piece over another establishment who hasn’t dealt with designer items. He or she will know what chemicals, methods of cleaning, and handling procedures are best to care for the dress.  Just because a company or person is in the “trade” does not mean they are an expert in what you need authenticated.

Find The Expert

Additionally, you would be surprised by how many companies or “experts” do not want to admit they do not know something or it is beyond their level of expertise.  Receiving wrong information can be damaging…You could lose out on a good item if the authenticator provides incorrect information (stating there are authenticity and/or functionality issues with an item when there are not) or you could keep a bad item (because they stated there were no authenticity and or functionality issues with an item).

Rolex Expert Watcher

Another thing to remember is that a sales person is not necessarily an expert.  A sales person is generally trained to know what they sell.  An example is if you need to authenticate your vintage Corvette. Taking the vintage Corvette into a a dealership that specializes in new and used (modern) cars will be a different experience compared to taking the Corvette into an independent mechanic or expert that specializes in vintage Corvettes.  I would trust the mechanic or expert that specializes in vintage Corvettes over a sales person at a dealership.

That’s it. Our Online Scams Part 4 series lays out our insider tips to help you make a verified purchase and avoid an online scam. We hope you now shop the preowned market safely and with confidence. If you’re in the market for a preowned Rolex or other luxury timepiece, our BeckerTime experts are here to ensure you find an authentic watch. View our genuine selection of preowned luxury timepieces online today at or give us a call at (817) 503-2334.

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Check Out Matt Becker on CEO Blog Nation Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:41:55 +0000 Beckertime CEO, Matt Becker

CEO Matthew Becker

Did you see BeckerTime CEO Matthew Becker on CEO Blog Nation? He shared some of the biggest hurdles he faced when founding Also, eleven other CEOs and entrepreneurs were featured. They discussed their biggest business hurdles with CEO Blog Nation’s own Gresham Harkless. So, if you haven’t checked out the article, find some of the highlights below.

CEO Blog Nation Highlights

  • Starting a business can be difficult even with a strong business plan and necessary capital.
  • When dealing with high-value items, customers want to know that their product is authentic. Sometimes it is harder to earn the trust of the buyers when you launch a company.
  • You have to go out of your way to prove yourself to the buyers and build strong, lasting relationships with them.
  • One of the biggest difficulties in starting a new business is attracting the clientele needed to produce the numbers to sustain the new business.
  • Lastly, clients that waste your time, have unrealistic expectations or fail to pay on time can be a drag on business growth.

CEO Blog Nation is a community of blogs for entrepreneurs and business owners. CEO Blog Nation captures the essence of entrepreneurship by allowing entrepreneurs and business owners to have a voice. The outlet provides news, information, events and even startup business tips for entrepreneurs, startups and business owners to succeed.

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The Curious Rolex: The Oysterquartz Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:02:31 +0000 Rolex Quartz Watches

As far as watchmakers go, Rolex has certainly made a name for themselves as a manufacture of fine automatic mechanical movements. Self-winding Rolex Oyster Perpetual movements are prized—among other things—for their reliability, robustness, and serviceability. However, unbeknownst to some, tucked away in the Rolex archives are a few quartz models. Yes, that’s right, there is such thing as Rolex quartz watches. Intrigued? Read on to discover the origins, development, and departure of the Rolex Oysterquartz.

Oysterquartz Ref. 1500

The Oysterquartz Story Begins with the Beta 21

In the early 1960s, about 20 top Swiss watchmakers, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Omega, formed the Centre Electronique Horloger (CEH) consortium. The goal of the group was to research and develop a Swiss quartz movement good enough to equip the watches of these famous watch brands. In 1969, the Beta-21 made its debut. Soon after, the Swiss watch houses launched their quartz watches to the public.

One of these Rolex quartz watches was the Rolex ref. 5100—the brand’s first quartz watch and the predecessor of the Oysterquartz. Rolex eventually left the CEH in 1972 with the objective to create better quartz movements in-house.

The Oysterquartz Datejust

Pre Owned Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Oysterquartz Datejust with Silver Dial 17000

After five years of development, Rolex unveiled a pair of in-house quartz calibers in 1977. One of them was the Rolex Caliber 5035 quartz movement for the Oysterquartz Datejust.

During the 25-year production run of the Oysterquartz Datejust, there were several models available. There’s the stainless steel Oysterquartz ref. 17000, the two-tone Oysterquartz ref. 17013, and the Oysterquartz ref. 17014 in stainless steel with a white gold bezel.

A hallmark of the Oysterquartz Datejust watch is the integrated bracelet—a style that became very popular in the 1970s. Naturally, this being a Datejust model, on the dial of the Oysterquartz Datejust sits the characteristic date window at 3 o’clock coupled with the Cyclops magnifying lens.

The manufacturing of the Oysterquartz Datejust was eventually discontinued in the early 2000s and the model made its last appearance in the 2003 Rolex catalog.

The Oysterquartz Day-Date

Oysterquartz Day-Date Ref. 19018

Alongside the Oysterquartz Datejust, Rolex also offered more luxurious Oysterquartz Day-Date watches. Two popular versions of the Oysterquartz Day-Date includes the yellow gold Oysterquartz Day-Date ref. 19018 and the white gold ref. 19019. But there are plenty of other gold Oysterquartz Day-Date models with interesting pyramid details and lavish diamond adornments.

Similar to the Datejust version, the Oysterquartz Day-Date also has an integrated bracelet. However, the center links of the Oysterquartz Day-Date ref. 19018 and ref. 19019 are rounder in shape, mimicking the President bracelet of the famous mechanical Rolex Day-Date President watches.

Identical to its mechanical sibling, the Oysterquartz Day-Date also includes the pair of day and date windows at 3 and 12 o’clock respectively. But this time, the watch runs on the Rolex Caliber 5055 quartz movement. It’s worth mentioning that both Rolex Caliber 5035 and 5055 quartz movements are COSC-certified as indicated by the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” label on the dials.

Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date watches had a similar production time frame as their Datejust counterparts, finally disappearing from Rolex marketing materials in the early 2000s.

Where Are the Rolex Oysterquartz Watches Now?

Since Rolex no longer produces Oysterquartz watches, they can only be sourced from the secondary market. But, it’s interesting to note that despite its 25-year manufacturing span, less than 25,000 Oysterquartz watches—both Datejust and Day-Date varieties—were ever made. Making this curious Rolex a not so common model to find. However, you can find a great selection of pre-loved Rolex Oysterquartz mens timepieces today at

An important piece of both Rolex heritage, as well as horological history at large, the Oysterquartz gives us a glimpse of how Rolex handled the Quartz Crisis that almost toppled the Swiss watch industry.

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Three Reasons Why the Rolex Ref. 16600 is Our Favorite Sea Dweller Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:49:26 +0000 This year, the Rolex Sea Dweller celebrates its 50th birthday. While there have been six Sea Dweller models throughout its history, we are partial to the Sea Dweller 16600. Read on to find out why the Rolex Ref. 16600 is our favorite.

The Sea Dweller 16600 Model Is Both Classic And Modern

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Sea-Dweller Black 16600

Launched in 1988, the Sea Dweller 16600 was in production until 2008. The beauty of this particular Sea Dweller is that it offers modern practicality wrapped up in a classic style.

Considering the more contemporary Sea Dweller watches—the ref. 116600 and the ref. 126600—the look of the Rolex Sea Dweller mens 16600 model is more classic than current. First, there’s the aluminum bezel instead of the ceramic one. Also, the black dial sports smaller lume plots and center hands than the “Maxi dials” of future Sea Dweller references. And, unlike the most recent ref. 126600 model, the size of the Sea Dweller ref. 16600 is 40mm, and there’s no Cyclops magnification lens above the date. Learn more about Rolex’s six models in our Rolex Sea Dweller history.

The Sea Dweller Ref. 16600 Offers the Practical Aspects

Although its look may be more traditional than trendy, the Sea Dweller 16600 still includes modern-day practicality. In fact, the ref. 16600 was the very first Rolex to include solid end links (SEL) for a more robust Oyster bracelet. Moreover, the famous Caliber 3135 beating within is the same automatic in-house Rolex movement powering more modern Sea Dweller watches, as well as other Rolex timepieces.

Not only does this mean fantastic accuracy, precision, and resilience to everyday wear and tear, there are other practical aspects like quickset date and hacking function. The Sea Dweller ref. 16600 is water resistant to 4,000 feet due to its Helium Escape Valve and watertight Oyster case.The Sea Dweller ref. 16600 Offers Variety and Availability

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Sea-Dweller Black 16600

With a 20-year production run, there are a few different Sea Dweller ref. 16600 variations to choose from. For instance, early models of the Sea Dweller ref. 16600 have tritium for luminescence on the dial—indicated by the “SWISS-T < 25” label—while later models glow in the dark thanks to SuperLumiNova.

Furthermore, initial Sea Dweller ref. 16600 watches still had lug holes. These are ideal for wearers who like to change up the straps on their Sea Dweller dive watches often. On the other hand, subsequent ref. 16600 models did not include lug holes, which is a great choice for those who like a cleaner design.

Of course, with two-decades of existence, there’s a wide choice of watch condition, from the heavily worn to the lightly used. Older tritium versions of the Sea Dweller ref. 16600 may even have some coveted patina on the dial for some vintage appeal.

The Sea Dweller ref. 16600 Boasts the Best Prices

One look at the secondary market and you’ll notice that the Sea Dweller 16600 is the most affordable model amongst SD watches. Depending on year, condition, and availability of papers and packaging, typical prices range from $5,500 to $8,000, give or take a few hundred dollars.

This is a great price indeed, especially compared to the new Sea Dweller ref. 126600 (over $11,000), or the Sea Dweller ref. 116600 (over $10,000), or the Sea Dweller ref. 16660 (over $7,000) or the very expensive vintage Sea Dweller ref. 1665 models.

Given the Sea Dweller ref. 16600’s alluring style, modern practicality, availability, and value-driven price point, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s our top choice for a Rolex Sea Dweller watch. Visit us at to view our classic selection of Rolex Sea Dweller models…and more!

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How Not to Get Scammed When Purchasing Online: Part 3 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:33:08 +0000 Online Scams Part 3: Payment Methods to Finalize The Sale

You’ve done your research and decided where to purchase your next preowned luxury timepiece. It’s just about time to press “complete purchase” and celebrate your online victory. But before you get excited about the delivery notification you’ll receive, it’s important to pay attention to one last thing: payment. In our Online Scams Part 3 blog series on how to avoid an online scam, we’ll focus on payment methods used to finalize the sale. We will also discuss how to watch out for scams.

Paying with a Credit Card

Credit Cards

When it comes to buying online, paying with a credit card ensures that your order confirmation goes through. It also protects you in the event the seller doesn’t deliver on their end. As a result, if your order never shows up or you receive something completely different, you can facilitate a refund through your credit card company. If the seller refuses to help resolve any issues that result from the purchase, your credit card company can help. Credit card fraud protection works in your favor. Reversing charges is usually as simple as a phone call, as long as you act quickly.

Third Party Payment Services

3rd Party Payments

Third party payment services, such as PayPal, are also excellent choices when making an online purchase. Also, services like these add an extra layer of protection by keeping your credit card and bank information hidden from online retailers. Additionally, third party payment services typically offer buyer protection as well, in the event your orders don’t arrive. Think of it as an insurance policy of sorts.

Secure Methods

SSL Secure Payments

There’s an excitement that follows completing an online purchase and our first instinct isn’t to think of the “what if’s.” What if my order doesn’t arrive? What if it’s fake? Make sure you use a secure method of payment. It gives you, the customer, the peace of mind needed to overcome a worst-case scenario.

If you’re in the market for a preowned Rolex or other luxury watch, our BeckerTime experts are here to ensure you find the perfect watch at the right price, and not fall for an online scam. View our authentic selection of preowned luxury timepieces online today at or give us a call at (817) 503-2334.

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BeckerTime CEO Shares Tips on How to Run a Successful Online Business Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:15:16 +0000 Beckertime CEO, Matt Becker
CEO Matthew Becker

BeckerTime was featured in CEOWORLD Magazine this week!  With almost 20 years of experience in the e-commerce world, BeckerTime CEO, Matthew Becker, has a deep understanding of the ins and outs of how to run a successful retail business online. Presently, with the e-commerce boom, more retailers are turning to selling their products online. But what are the best practices to become a successful online retailer? Matthew Becker shares a few tips with readers of CEOWORLD Magazine and sheds some light on how to run a successful online business. In case you missed it, be sure to check out BeckerTime in CEOWORLD where he shares some of the highlights below.

CEOWORLD Magazine Highlights


  • You have to build trust and that does not happen overnight. Once you build trust and offer a great experience, customers will come back.
  • Always be genuinely passionate about the product you’re selling and helping your customers
  • Be able to adapt to an ever-changing market place
  • In order to keep your business growing, you must keep improving and keep reinvesting in your company.
  • Your customer base is your number one asset; show them you care about their experience and know they have other options when it comes to buying online
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative

CEOWORLD Magazine is the world’s leading business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, high net worth individuals, and the most globally powerful men and women. With content that ranges from successful business strategies and emerging trends to expert opinions and proprietary research, it’s no wonder CEOWORLD Magazine has seen more than 12.4 million page views!

Read the entire article at CEOWORLD and visit our Facebook to let us know your thoughts!

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The Rolex Caliber 3235 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:22:08 +0000 For something the majority of Rolex wearers will never see, the announcement of a completely new movement to power one of the brand’s impeccable lines of watches. The Rolex Caliber 3235 causes fans a huge amount of excitement.

In keeping with their reputation as the epitome of Swiss discretion, nothing in the Rolex catalog features a see-through case back to let you observe these miniature works of art in action.

However, just the hint of a new date-only caliber in 2015 set Rolex forums blazing. Many speculated the diameter of the movement would have to be widened if it was to accommodate a mainspring barrel capable of delivering the rumored 70-hour power reserve. That in turn would increase the size of the watch as a whole. Devoted followers prepared themselves for the likes of a 42mm Submariner.

In the end, thanks to Rolex’s typically innovative engineering processes, that didn’t happen. Instead, what emerged from the highly secretive plant in Bienne was the Rolex Caliber 3235. This is a next generation movement protected with a total of 14 patents. They designed it to run longer with even greater accuracy.

Let’s take a more detailed look.

The Rolex Caliber 3235

The Caliber 3235

The 39mm Pearlmaster was the first watch to debut the caliber at Baselworld 2015. It has since gone on to be the engine inside two more of Rolex’s especially iconic designs; the 50th anniversary edition of the ultra tough dive watch The Sea Dweller ref. 126600, and possibly the brand’s most famous and enduring design, the 41mm version of the Datejust.

The new Rolex Caliber 3235 is based on the architecture of the movement inside Rolex’s flagship, the Day Date 40. We typically know this as the Rolex President watch, released a year before. The two mechanisms share similar features although, obviously, the 3255 of the President’s watch has an additional day complication.

The caliber itself has replaced more than 90% of the parts of its predecessor, Rolex’s longest running and most successful movement, the Cal. 3135. This mechanism has found its way inside more of the brand’s offerings than any other. The Yacht Master, the Submariner and the Deep Sea still use the 3135.

True to the Rolex design philosophy of relentless improvement, of evolution rather than revolution, virtually every component in the Rolex Caliber 3235 was ruthlessly tweaked and modified to offer greater efficiency over the previous model. Learn more about what Rolex can teach us about quality.

The New Chronergy

The New Caliber 3235 Chronergy

Most significantly, there’s a new type of escapement known as the Chronergy. The escapement is the part of a watch that helps regulate the power delivered from the mainspring via the oscillator. It consists of two main components, a pallet fork and an escape wheel. That ticking sound you hear in mechanical watches is the teeth of the pallet fork engaging and disengaging with the escape wheel. This slowly releases the energy, one tooth at a time.

The new Chronergy is an improved version of the most common type of the mechanism called the Swiss lever escapement. The escape wheel was skeletonized, using a cutout design that greatly reduces its overall weight, and therefore, its inertia. The pallet fork’s teeth are only half as thick as before. However, the contact surfaces on the escape wheel have doubled. The modifications, along with shifting the components to be geometrically offset, have increased its efficiency by 15%. And, by constructing the pieces from nickel-phosphorous, they become highly resistant to magnetic fields.

As well as the new escapement, another major innovation with the Rolex Caliber 3235 concerns the mainspring barrel. This caused so much discussion on internet forums when the first whispers of a three-day power reserve surfaced. However, Rolex was able to maintain the barrel’s original size by halving the thickness of its walls.

Also, the new monobloc-shaped rotor on the self-winding module rotates on ball bearings to enhance its speed. This allows for more rapid winding of the longer, high-capacity mainspring inside.

In-House Engineering

In-House Engineering

These breakthroughs are only possible through ongoing research and development into production techniques. Rolex is fanatical about controlling every aspect of the watchmaking process. As a result, they develop everything that goes into their movements in-house.

They are also able to create the miniscule components that make up their calibers using cutting-edge technology processes such as LiGA. This is an electroplating system used to manufacture microstructures.

But, while Rolex may have the most advanced watchmaking machinery in the world, their calibers and all of the separate elements that go into a completed watch, are assembled by hand. When you think about the micron-sized parts these highly trained technicians work with, it’s extremely impressive.

Along with the hardware contained inside one of their pieces, Rolex also develops and synthesizes its own lubricants to keep everything running smoothly. For the newly optimized gear train in the Caliber 3235—the series of wheels that transmit the energy from the mainspring to the escapement—a new high-performance oil is created to give more stability and a longer useful life. By reducing the friction between parts that could slow the movement, they ensure a higher level of reliability. Uniquely among watchmakers, modern Rolex’s only need servicing every ten years.

The Future of Rolex Calibers

The Future Calibers

As well as the uprated power reserve of 70 hours, Rolex’s newest caliber consumes 30% less energy than previous movements. By maintaining the same physical dimensions as its predecessor, many experts are predicting it’s only a matter of time before it replaces the Caliber 3135 that has been the brand’s mainstay for nearly 30 years. Rolex themselves are being predictably tightlipped about it.

Along with all the new features, the Rolex Caliber 3235 contains the Parachrom bleu hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers that have become standard issue across the range and that have put Rolex’s movements at the top of the watchmaking tree for consistency and precision.

They redefined that level of accuracy in 2015 when the 3235 became the first movement to receive Rolex’s own certification as a Superlative Chronometer. Not content with the industry recognized classification set down by the COSC, the Official Swiss Chronometer Institute, Rolex laid out their own criteria for their movements that are twice as exacting. That means a tolerance of just -2/+2 seconds a day. And to make it even tougher on themselves, they test each movement a second time after they fit it into the case. No other watchmaker is quite so demanding. Discover the rich Rolex history that has led to its name becoming synonymous with quality and distinction.


Rolex have long been the benchmark in the world of fine watches. While the outside appearance of their creations is easy to appreciate, they carry over that same ethos of uncompromising quality onto the inside, as well.

Incredibly, for the new Rolex Caliber 3235, Rolex has even gone to the trouble of improving the caliber cosmetically, with beautiful beveled edging and circular graining on a number of the components.

It’s a typically understated level of grandstanding for the world’s most famous watchmaker.

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In Honor of the Solar Eclipse, Learn How Solar-Powered Watches Differ from the Rest Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:18:25 +0000 The solar eclipse that is passing through the U.S. on Monday has been generating quite a bit of buzz and for good reason. Monday is the first time in 38 years we get to bear witness to such an event. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to three hours. Thus the inspiration for us at BeckerTime to see what watches and the solar eclipse have in common. So we dug deeper into how solar-powered watches differ from mechanical and battery-powered watches.

Solar-powered Watches


A solar-powered watch is powered partly or entirely by solar cells. Some of the earlier solar-powered watch models were created in the 1970s. Usually, sunlight or artificial light is absorbed by a solar panel behind the face of the watch which powers the watch to function. The dial is sometimes located on the solar panel or the layer above the panel. This converts the light to electrical energy to power the watch. The watch usually stores energy in rechargeable cells to power itself during the night or when covered by clothing. Today, solar-powered watches are quite inexpensive.

Perpetual & Mechanical-powered Watches

Mens Rolex 14K Gold Shell Date Champagne 1550

People often wonder how Rolex watches are powered without a battery. Rolex does not use a battery to power most its watches but rather relies on absorbing power from natural movement. Also, the natural movement known to power Rolex watch movements can be distinguished as perpetual and mechanical movements. Perpetual movement watches are self-winding and require continuous movement to power through the day. Learn more about a Rolex Perpetual Movement. Mechanical movement watches are wound from a mainspring. The mainspring stores the energy and transfers it through a series of gears and springs. Most luxurious timepieces are perpetual or mechanical-powered to allow for the fine craftsmanship that makes these watches look and perform great.

Battery Watches

Gevril GV2 Stainless Steel Certified Chronotimer Watch 4604

A battery powered watch is exactly what it says: a watch powered by a battery. The battery is located on the back part of the watch. As a result, a jeweler usually has to change the battery when it needs replacement.

BeckerTime would love to help you choose from some of Rolex’s most popular watch models. In fact, we offer a large selection of preowned Rolex timepieces, paired with our personalized customer service, to help ensure you find the perfect watch at the right price. From now through Tuesday, shop our Solar Eclipse Sale! Customers receive $200 off all Rolex watches with a $2,500 minimum purchase using the coupon code: ECLIPSE2017. Sale ends Tuesday, August 22 at midnight PST. View our selection online today at or give us a call at (817) 503-2334.

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The Consistency of the Rolex Stainless Steel Sea Dweller Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:51:26 +0000 Part of the appeal of Rolex is how recognizable their watches are—even among those who don’t consider themselves watch enthusiasts. The Datejust, Day Date, Submariner, GMT Master, and Daytona all have their signature looks. Yet, Rolex manages to balance the familiarity with variety by offering a slew of materials, dial colors, sizes, and bracelet options. But, this is not the case with the Sea Dweller. Looking at the history of the stainless steel Sea Dweller, it’s clearly remained one of Rolex’s most consistent models throughout its 50-year existence.

The Sea Dweller Only Comes in Stainless Steel

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Sea Dweller Black 16600

Unlike most other Rolex models, the only Sea Dweller available is a stainless steel Sea Dweller—there are no gold or two-tone models to choose from. Given its status as a professional dive watch, exclusively using stainless steel makes complete sense.

The Sea Dweller was, after all, originally produced for the deep-sea divers of the commercial dive company, COMEX. Five decades later, it continues to channel those tool watch roots as a stainless steel Sea Dweller rather than taking a more luxurious turn, like its gold and/or two tone Submariner sibling.

From its steel Oyster case to its steel Oyster bracelet, we do not expect a material change to the stainless steel Sea Dweller, ever.

The Stainless Steel Sea Dweller Sports a Black Dial and Black Bezel

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Sea Dweller Black 16600

Not only is the Sea Dweller exclusively fashioned in stainless steel, it only ever has a black dial and black bezel. There are no other colors to choose from. Again, this enhances the utilitarian aspect of the Sea Dweller rather than playing to any fashion trends. The colorful dials and bezels are left to other more style-centric Rolex models.

It is worth mentioning, however, that the Sea Dweller’s black dial has undergone some aesthetic variations. From the original Double Red Sea Dweller ref. 1665 with two lines of red text to the ensuing white-only font to the most recent ref. 126600 with the “SEA-DWELLER” label back to red, there have been small, but important changes to the face of the watch.  Dive into more details about the Sea Dweller history detailing six models.

Rolex Rocked the Boat with the Anniversary Sea Dweller

Rolex Sea Dweller Anniversary

All of this consistency does not mean that the Sea Dweller has remained stagnant. On the contrary, Rolex has steadily improved and modified many aspects of their pro diver while still maintaining the fundamentals. These include movement improvements, the updated Rolex Caliber 3235, water depth rating increases, bracelet enhancements, and bezel material changes.

This year, however, Rolex added a few drastic changes to the Sea Dweller anniversary model. First, the size increased from 40mm to 43mm, making it a much larger watch than its predecessors. Plus, there’s the addition of the Cyclops lens—a detail that was never on the Sea Dweller before.

While these changes may not seem so significant at first, there’s quite a bit of pushback from Sea Dweller fans. And this is probably because up until this point, the Sea Dweller has remained so unwaveringly true to its original form that these two design alterations seem more revolutionary than evolutionary.

But the good news is, for those who prefer the original look of the 40mm stainless steel Sea Dweller without a Cyclops lens, there are plenty to choose from in the secondary market.

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A Quick Dive into the History of the Rolex Sea Dweller Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:32:30 +0000 Rolex Sea Dweller History: Six References

While the Rolex Submariner has taken a more luxurious turn during its history, the Sea Dweller has stayed true to its roots as a utilitarian tool watch. This year, Rolex’s extreme dive watch celebrates its 50th anniversary. So, let’s review the Sea Dweller history of six references that Rolex has manufactured from 1967 until today.

Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Double Red

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Sea Dweller ref. 1665 “Double Red Sea Dweller”

The inaugural Sea Dweller ref. 1665 sprung out of a collaboration with the commercial diving company, COMEX. Because COMEX’s pro divers were required to plunge to further depths than ever before, Rolex was charged with producing a diving watch that could withstand the pressure. And, the Swiss watchmaker came up with a modified Submariner and called it the Sea Dweller.

Equipped with a thicker case to accommodate the Helium Escape Valve (HEV), a domed crystal protecting the dial, and the lack of a Cyclops lens, the Sea Dweller ref. 1665 boasted a water resistance of 2,000 feet—an incredible increase from the Submariner’s depth rating of 660 feet. While the Sea Dweller’s case was substantially thicker, its diameter was identical to the Submariner at 40mm. Powering the Sea Dweller ref. 1665 is the Caliber 1575.

Nicknamed the Double Red Sea Dweller (DRSD) for its two lines of red text on the dial, the Sea Dweller ref. 1665 DRSD is one of the most coveted vintage Rolex watches today.

Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Great White

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Sea Dweller ref. 1665 “Great White”

A decade after the launch of the Sea Dweller, Rolex followed up with a revamped model in 1977, yet kept the same 1665 reference number and the same caliber.

This time however, the second version of the Sea Dweller ref. 1665 gains the nickname “Great White” since its red text was replaced by white font. Furthermore, the original “SUBMARINER 2000” label was dropped, therefore, indicating that the Sea Dweller was ready to branch out as its own collection.

Sea Dweller ref. 16660

Only one year after the debut of the Sea Dweller ref. 1665 “Great White,” Rolex unveiled the Sea Dweller ref. 16660 in 1978. However, Rolex continued to produce both Sea Dweller models simultaneously for years.

Our Sea Dweller history shows that ref. 16660 brought about a slew of improvements. Firstly, water resistance increased to 4,000 feet due in part to a larger HEV. Secondly, it came outfitted with sapphire crystal. Thirdly, the once bi-directional bezel became unidirectional for better diver’s safety. And, finally, the movement changed to the Caliber 3035.

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Sea-Dweller Black 16600

Sea Dweller ref. 16600

In 1988, Rolex introduced the Sea Dweller ref. 16600 with few, yet important enhancements. In fact, the Rolex Sea Dweller mens ref. 16600 was the first Rolex watch ever to feature solid end links on its Oyster bracelet.

What’s more, the Sea Dweller ref. 16600 ran on the then-new Caliber 3135, which remains today. Manufactured for 20 years, the Sea Dweller ref. 16600 was discontinued in 2008, marking the end of the collection to make room for the new Deepsea.

Rolex Sea-Dweller 116600

Sea Dweller ref. 116600

After a six-year hiatus, Rolex revived the collection with the Sea Dweller 4000 ref. 116600, including plenty of modern touches.

For instance, rather than an aluminum bezel, the Sea Dweller ref. 116600 has the popular Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Additionally, the Sea Dweller 4000 sports the black “Maxi dial” with larger indexes and broader hands for better legibility. Plus, its Oyster bracelet includes the Glidelock extension system for easy length adjusting.

Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600

Sea Dweller ref. 126600

Just this year, Rolex surprised everyone with a very different Sea Dweller. Not only is the new Sea Dweller ref. 126600 much larger with its 43mm Oyster case, but it also includes a wider Oyster bracelet.

But the most contentious design trait of the new Sea Dweller is the inclusion of the Cyclops lens. Prior to this year, a distinguishing factor of the Sea Dweller was the absence of the magnification lens on the crystal—a detail many fans loved.  Discover the newest creations for the new Rolex watches presented at Baselworld 2017.

Since 2017 marks 50 years of Rolex’s pro diving watch, it’s only appropriate that the new anniversary Sea Dweller pays homage to the original by including a red “SEA-DWELLER” print on the dial.

Our Sea Dweller history illustrates that it has certainly come a long way from its beginnings in the late 1960s. And the above six models each offer a different take on one of Rolex’s most celebrated sports watches.

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Rolex Water Resistance – Have You Checked Lately? Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:01:34 +0000 Aren’t All Rolex Watches Waterproof?

Similar to most Rolex owners, you probably give little thought to your Rolex water resistance rating. However, it’s a concern every Rolex owner should have, regardless of the model or how you use it.

Rolex Water Resistance

Waterproof Or Water Resistant?

Rolex does a fantastic job marketing their impressive Rolex Oyster case – used on nearly every Rolex made. In fact, many people mistakenly think that it is impossible for water to ever penetrate a Rolex Oyster case. So let’s begin by clearing up one common misconception – no Rolex watch is completely waterproof.  Instead, Rolex water resistance carries a rating which essentially certifies to what depth a Rolex will remain water resistant under ideal circumstances. A water resistant watch like a Rolex isn’t waterproof just like stainless steel isn’t stain proof. And the level at which your Rolex is water resistance rated again assumes ideal circumstances. If you haven’t maintained your watch recently, chances are its water resistance rating is considerably less than the advertised rating. So don’t take for granted that your Rolex watch is “waterproof” before going near water. Learn more about the water resistant rating here at Waterproof or Water Resistance.

I’m Not A Diver So Why Do I Care About Rolex Water Resistance Ratings?

You don’t have to be Jacques Cousteau to be concerned about maintaining the water resistance of your Rolex. Because there are many, many factors which can over time reduce the Rolex water resistance rating, making the watch susceptible to water damage from even benign, mundane every day activities. All Rolex watches have gaskets and seals around the various entry points into the case (at the crystal, the case back, and the crown). These components and their effectiveness can degrade over time under the best of circumstances. Extreme temperature inversion (such as what happens when you enter and exit a sauna, hot tub, or even a hot shower while wearing your watch) can accelerate the natural degradation of the seals. Left unchecked, that degradation will slowly chip away and reduce the water resistance of your Rolex to the point where nearly any moisture source can penetrate inside the case.

To Err Is Human

In addition, simple human error impacts Rolex water resistance levels. To wind your Rolex, you have to unscrew the crown. When you do so, you compromise the water resistance rating of the watch until the crown is screwed back down. It’s a pretty simple mistake to forget to screw the crown back down. In some cases, the crown on a Rolex will simply come unscrewed on its own and pop out. Consequently, this is easy to overlook and accidentally jump in the shower or just wash your hands.

Now, just because water is present with the crown unscrewed, it’s not an immediate death sentence for our watch. Again, there are rubber gaskets and seals that work in conjunction with the Rolex crown to keep water out. But if those gaskets and seals haven’t been changed in a while or have been degraded by other factors, water could penetrate the case.  The take away here is that everyone (not just deep sea divers) should be concerned with maintaining Rolex water resistance rating of their watch.

Rolex Water Resistance

After Market Modifications/Accessories Can Degrade Water Resistance.

To achieve industry leading water resistance levels, Rolex designs and manufactures components to highly precise and extremely specific tolerances. When you replace factory components with non-Rolex “after market” components, you risk diminishing the water resistance of your Rolex.

In some cases, people use after market components to save money. For instance, they replace their factory Rolex sapphire crystal with a sapphire crystal made by another 3rd party manufacturer. But the crystal covers a huge hole in the watch where moisture can enter. Does this 3rd party manufacturer know the precise measurements needed to ensure the crystal they are providing maintains the same water resistance when placed in your watch? Does the manufacturer have both the expertise and the machines necessary to achieve the exact measurements and tolerances that a factory Rolex crystal does? Do you even know who this 3rd party manufacturer is in order to ask these important questions? You should ask these questions if you intend to install any non-Rolex component on your Rolex for any reason.

Life Happens – And It Can Affect The Water Resistance Of Your Rolex

Normal, everyday things which just happen can and do impact the water resistance of your Rolex. Have you ever bumped your watch into something like a door knob? Chances are, such an impact won’t even scratch the finish, much less do any internal damage. But there’s a very real chance that a strong impact could unseat a seal or gasket. This would, in turn, reduce the water resistance of your watch.  The worst part is, if it happens, you won’t know it because all outward and visible signs indicate that your watch is just fine. Of course, if “life happens” and you do get some visible damage to your watch (like a cracked crystal), then repair the watch before going near water.

Rolex Water Resistance

If your Rolex water resistance rating is compromised, you might get lucky and only experience condensation forming under the crystal. Usually, if this is caught early, doesn’t translate into permanent damage. However, if you’re not so lucky, the dial will get wet and usually must be replaced. Unfortunately, if you’re really unlucky, water will seep into the movement and go unnoticed for months. Eventually, the time-keeping functions will cease altogether due to water damage. When this happens, it’s really expensive. You start asking questions like “is it cheaper to replace the movement or just by a new watch?” You don’t ever want to have to ask those kinds of questions. Because so many variables outside of their control can impact the water resistance of a watch, most pre-owned Rolex vendors do NOT warranty the water resistance of a pre-owned Rolex.

What Can I Do To Maintain My Rolex Water Resistance Level?

Regularly pressure check your watch to maintain its water resistance level. This is particularly true if you dive with your watch. But it’s also important even if your watch never sees any depth greater than your kitchen sink. The good news is that most watch service professionals have the equipment necessary to properly pressure test a watch. Generally, this is not expensive to do. Neither is it expensive to replace the rubber gaskets and seals on a Rolex. You should replace these annually, at a minimum. Keep in mind, the costs to pressure test and maintain your Rolex water resistance rating pales in comparison to the costs of repairing watch damage – which could easily equal the cost of buying another Rolex. So don’t ignore regular testing and maintenance… and remember to keep that crown screwed down at all times.

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How Not to Get Scammed When Purchasing Online: Part 2 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:41:37 +0000 Avoid Online Scams Part 2

Your intuition is your best source when making a purchase online. While you may know exactly what you want to buy, you don’t always know which website is best to complete the sale. In our Online Scams Part 2 blog series, we’re focusing on different aspects of the online buying process to help you avoid the scammers.

In our first blog post of this series, “How Not to Get Scammed When Purchasing Online – Part 1,” we advised you to do your research before purchasing from an online retailer. The key takeaway: buy the seller before you buy the item.

Along with that same vein, Online Scams Part 2 points out a few more tips to help you drill down into who you’re buying from before you hand over personal information.

Get In Touch

Get in touch

In the event that you have questions about the item you wish to purchase, get in touch with the company first. Make sure there is a valid phone number and/or email address for customer service. Is the representative friendly and helpful on the phone? Do they provide knowledgeable information about the product you are interested in? A voice on the other end of the phone will help reassure you that you’re dealing with a legitimate company and not an online scam.

Ask Questions

Ask Questions

Many companies just focus on the bottom line and simply selling product. It’s important to have a list of questions ready to ask a company when making the final decision to buy. This can help you evaluate how friendly and responsive the company is. Consider the company’s location. Ask how long it will take to get the product, and how the company guarantees authenticity. Will they insure the product? Also, do you need to sign for it upon arrival? It’s your right to ask as many questions as you wish in order to verify that the company is legitimate and selling genuine products. This helps ensure they care about more than just dollars in their pockets.

Test Their Knowledge

Their Knowledge

The online retailer you’re considering a purchase from should be extremely knowledgeable about its products. If not, and if you can’t get clear answers to your questions, you could be dealing with an online scam. Employees of the company should respond quickly and with confidence. They should have all the answers you need, whether it’s asking how to care for the item or inquiring about how the company will handle a broken or lost item. At, we have watch experts who know every detail about our products. We guarantee the authenticity of our preowned Rolex and luxury watch selections, and we take the time to educate our customers on every aspect of our products. In fact, that’s one of our favorite parts of the job. We want our customers to know what they’re buying and love their BeckerTime purchases.

Do your research


Sound familiar from our last blog post? Well, it’s that important. The company should act in a professional manner and always respond to phone calls or emails within a timely manner. If your gut is telling you something is off, do more research. Unfortunately, fake businesses do exist and there are people out there who will waste no time scamming you. If you’re unsure about a company, look to Facebook groups, forums, and other websites that verify companies, such as the Better Business Bureau. Look for news articles that talk about the company and its products., and our CEO Matthew Becker, are regularly featured in articles, ranging from Inc. Magazine and CEOWORLD to Luxury Daily and Playboy Radio. Don’t ever be afraid to do more research and ask others for opinions on their experiences.

Expect peace of mind

A company should focus on you, the customer! You are the priority for a lasting relationship. A company should always have a description of their warranty for their products or refund policies. The refund policy should be easy to read and straightforward. There should always be a description of shipping fees, processing fees, and any other fees associated with purchasing the product. In short, you should know exactly what your total cost will be. Also, you should be clear what your options are if the product does not turn out to be all you hoped. You need to be able to purchase the product with peace of mind. is proud to provide a full 30-day money-back guarantee to give our customers the peace of mind they deserve.

Our Online Scams Part 2 series recommends that even if you don’t have questions before the purchase, you still want to do your due diligence to ensure there are easy ways to reach customer service, in the event there is a problem with shipping, the product, or anything else.

Our BeckerTime experts are here to help ensure you find the perfect watch at the right price when you’re in the market for a preowned Rolex or other luxury watch. View our authentic selection of preowned luxury timepieces online today at, or give us a call at (817) 503-2334. You know we’ll answer the phone!

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The Modern Rolex Chronograph: The Rose Gold Daytona Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:57:56 +0000 While the rose gold Daytona was the last one to join the Rolex chronograph party, it seems that Rolex outfits this particular gold Daytona with its most recent innovations. Don’t believe us? Then, check out this trio of Everose rose gold Daytona watches and the innovations they boast.

Rolex Everose Gold

Not content with just creating unforgettable watch designs and technically superior watch movements, Rolex spends much of its research and development on materials too. Case in point is their patented Everose gold alloy. This masterfully blends gold, copper, and platinum for a special pink gold that will not fade over time. Launched in 2005, Everose gold Rolex watches are now a big part of the brand’s offering.

Identical to all current Daytona watches, the rose gold Daytona also features a 40mm Oyster case and a pair of screw-down chronograph pushers flanking the winding crown. As a chronograph watch, the Daytona includes a tachymeter engraved bezel to use in conjunction with the chronograph hand and subdials to time and record events. All modern Daytona watches run on the in-house Rolex Caliber 4130 automatic chronograph movement with 72 hours of power reserve.

Everose Rose Gold Daytona Ref. 116505

Mens Rolex 18K Rose Gold Daytona Black 116505

Three years after the introduction of Rolex’s Everose metal, the brand unveiled the rose gold Daytona ref. 116505 at Baselworld 2008. Interestingly, on the Oyster case was a new-style bezel with a bolder font and triangles under the numerals instead of dots. It took another eight years for Rolex to include this enhanced bezel on the two-tone Daytona (ref. 116503) and the yellow gold Daytona (ref. 116508).

To match the Everose gold case, the Daytona ref. 116505 is presented on a matching rose gold Oyster bracelet. Also, Rolex offers the rose gold Daytona with a range of dial colors including pink, chocolate, black, and ivory.

Everose Rose Gold Daytona Ref. 116515LN with Leather Strap

Rolex Daytona 116515LN

In 2011, Rolex debuted the first Daytona watch with a Cerachrom ceramic bezel. And, the rose gold Daytona was selected for the honors. Not only was the Everose Daytona ref. 116515LN the first Daytona to feature the popular black ceramic bezel, it also came equipped with an elegant black leather strap.

The addition of the ceramic bezel and leather strap lends a very distinct style to the rose gold Daytona ref. 116515LN. However, as of this year, Rolex has discontinued the leather band editions of the rose gold Daytona. Therefore, these rose and leather beauties can only be sourced from the secondary market.

Everose Rose Gold Daytona Ref. 116515LN with Oysterflex Bracelet

As of Baselworld this year, Rolex has replaced the leather strap on the rose gold Daytona ref. 116515LN with an Oysterflex bracelet, keeping the same reference number. In fact, along with the yellow gold and white gold versions, the rose gold Daytona is one of the first Rolex chronographs to sport the Oysterflex bracelet.

The Oysterflex bracelet may look like a regular black rubber strap to the untrained eye. However, this is Rolex we’re talking about, so nothing is just that simple! Instead, the construction of the Oysterflex bracelet is actually a titanium and nickel metal blade wrapped in black elastomer for supreme durability and comfort.

Due to its patented material and assortment of Rolex innovations, the rose gold Daytona is the most modern of Rolex chronographs. It proudly sports the Daytona’s iconic style in a completely contemporary way. We welcome you to view a great selection of these sports watches, as well as more iconic styles of preowned Rolex Daytona mens timepieces at

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Wear Your Used Luxury Watch With Pride But Remain Humble Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:03:49 +0000 A Watch Lovers Profile of Inconsiderate People

We have all seen them and many of you have probably even met one face-to-face. This is the type of dude who gives watch wearers a bad name. This could be the guy at work who plays the absurd game of my watch is better than yours, the very same guy who drives the oversized pickup that he doesn’t know how to park.  You know the type, they are the ones who still keep their cell phones latched to their belts and wear Bluetooth devices at all times, even when eating at a restaurant. It is really hard to believe these inconsiderate people still exist.

Anyway, we have put together a list of these inconsiderate watch-wearing dudes for your viewing pleasure.

Inconsiderate People

Brand Basher Dude

This type of dude is the one who is always putting down others by dissing whatever brand watch they happen to be wearing. In fact, it doesn’t matter the watch you are wearing. For example, if you are wearing a Tag Heuer, he will give you any number of reasons why Tag Heuer watches are subpar. Also, if he can’t think of anything bad to say about your watch, he will tell you all the cool things about his watch. We are all entitled to our own taste. So follow this rule: Never bash a brand of watch to the person wearing that brand.

Dude Who Tells Everybody, I mean Everybody, How Much His Watch Costs

If you want to impress people with your income, write a big check to a charity.

Fake Watch Dude

You’re a fool if you wear a fake watch and try to imply it’s the real deal.

If you own an expensive luxury watch, thats great. Just remain humble.  But, don’t be that dude that wears fake watches and ruins it for all watch lovers.

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The Most Varied Rolex Chronograph: The Yellow Gold Daytona Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:07:06 +0000 While the Rolex Daytona comes in a range of metals including platinum, steel and three shades of gold, no model is as varied as the yellow gold Daytona. In addition to the gold vintage manual-wound Daytona watches, there’s a very large assortment of yellow gold automatic Daytona chronographs. Read on as we review different types of automatic yellow gold Daytona timepieces manufactured over the last three decades.

Yellow Gold Daytona Watches with Metal Bracelets

Mens Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Daytona Tahitian MOP Roman 116528

The most ubiquitous of yellow gold Rolex Daytona watches are the ones whose 40mm Oyster cases come equipped with a matching yellow gold Oyster bracelet. In fact, there are three main references of this particular type of yellow gold Daytona.

First, there’s the yellow gold Rolex Daytona ref. 16528 powered by the Zenith-based Caliber 4030 that made its debut in 1988. Following that, there’s Daytona ref. 116528 that came out at Baselworld 2000 and runs on the Rolex in-house Caliber 4130.

The latest full yellow gold Rolex Daytona is the ref. 116508 that was introduced just last year with minor bezel enhancements, in addition to an improvement to the accuracy rating of the Caliber 4130 to -2/+2 seconds per day.

Yellow Gold Daytona Watches with Leather Straps

Mens Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Daytona Tahitian MOP Roman 116518

A dressier way to wear the Rolex Daytona with yellow gold is on a leather strap rather than the sportier Oyster bracelet. The inaugural yellow gold Rolex Daytona with a leather strap is the Zenith Daytona ref. 16518, which Rolex presented in 1992. The strap comes outfitted with a yellow gold folding deployant clasp.

Similar to the progression of the metal bracelet Daytona, a Caliber 4130 yellow gold Daytona with a leather strap followed in the 2000s with the ref. 116518. Although the leather versions of the Daytona chronographs are great models, Rolex recently discontinued them to make way for a new type of bracelet.

Yellow Gold Daytona with Oysterflex Bracelet


Just this year, at Baselworld 2017, Rolex unveiled a brand new gold Daytona ref. 116518LN to replace the leather models. This particular Daytona is presented on the new black Rolex rubber strap dubbed the Oysterflex bracelet. Rather than just a simple rubber strap, the Oysterflex is actually composed of a titanium and nickel metal blade enveloped in black elastomer.

Along with the black Oysterflex bracelet, the gold Daytona ref. 116518LN also sports the highly popular black Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Special Gem Edition Yellow Gold Daytona Watches

Mens Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Daytona Leopard Diamond 116518

And finally, rounding out the selection of yellow gold Daytona chronographs are some special gem edition ones. We’re not referring to the diamond dials that are an option on most yellow gold Daytona watches. We’re talking about lavish Daytona jewelry watches.

For instance, there’s the “Leopard” Daytona ref. 116598 SACO with a leopard print dial, diamond indexes, 36 cognac baguette-cut sapphires on the bezel, diamonds on the lugs, and a leopard print leather strap. Furthermore, there’s also the Rainbow Daytona ref. 116598 RBOW with, as its name suggests, 36 colorful baguette-cut sapphires on the bezel that resembles a rainbow.

As you can see, the most varied type of Rolex’s signature chronograph is the Rolex Daytona mens yellow gold timepiece. No other Daytona comes close to offering the variety of caliber choices, bracelet options, and jewelry editions as the iconic yellow gold Daytona does.

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Three Versions of the Rolex Two Tone Daytona Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:21:15 +0000 The Rolesor:  Two Tone Daytona Versions

If the Rolex stainless steel Daytona is too plain for you and the solid yellow gold version is too flashy, then there’s another model to consider. The two tone Daytona versions beautifully blend a touch of ruggedness with a dash of preciousness for a luxury chronograph that offers the best of both worlds. There are, in fact, three references of the Rolesor—Rolex-speak for two tone—Daytona. So, let’s review the ref. 16523, ref. 116523, and the ref. 116503 to examine the differences and similarities.

Two Tone Daytona ref. 16523

Mens Rolex Two-Tone 18K/SS Daytona White 16523

The two tone Daytona ref. 16523 is part the Zenith Daytona line, which made its debut in 1988. In addition, as its name suggests these Daytona watches were powered by modified automatic Zenith El Primero movements dubbed by Rolex as Caliber 4030. It was a completely new generation of Daytona chronograph watches as the preceding ones were not only smaller but also manual-wound.

As with all Rolex Daytona mens two tone watches, the ref. 16523 sports a 40mm stainless steel case with a yellow gold bezel, yellow gold pushers and winding crown, and yellow gold center links on the bracelet. It’s worth mentioning that the 18k yellow gold links on the Oyster bracelets of the two tone Daytona ref. 16523 are actually hollow, thus slightly lighter to wear.

Also, the dial choices on the Daytona ref. 16523 are numerous, including white, black, slate, and champagne. To complement the yellow gold details on the case and bracelet, there are also yellow gold accents on the dial. These include the indexes, the center hands, and on some models, the outlines of the trio of registers.

Two Tone Daytona ref. 116523

Mens Rolex Two-Tone 18K/SS Daytona Gray, Slate 116523

In 2000, Rolex unveiled an in-house movement, Caliber 4130, for their signature chronograph collection. All two tone Daytona versions were now driven by an automatic mechanical movement developed and built entirely by Rolex.

With the new engine came some changes to the exterior of the two tone Daytona ref. 116523 as well. First, the layout of the dial changed to where the small seconds subdial and the 12-hour counter switched places to now sit at 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock, respectively.

Furthermore, the Rolesor Oyster bracelet of the ref. 116523 was updated to include solid center links, solid end links, and an improved clasp. Fans of the Rolesor two-tone Daytona ref. 116523 confirm that these details add even more luxuriousness to the model.

However, due to its design popularity, the characteristic look of the gold bezel, pushers, and winding crown on the stainless steel 40mm Oyster case remained the same. In addition to several dial color options, there are also diamond dial variations for ultimate lavishness.

Two Tone Daytona ref. 116503

Rolex Daytona 116503

At Baselworld 2016, Rolex quietly unveiled an updated two tone Daytona version with the ref. 116503. The new two tone Daytona ref. 116503 features an enhanced tachymeter scale on the bezel. Not only is the font bolder, but there are also triangles under the numbers rather than the previous dots.

Also, although the Caliber 4130 retains the name number, the movement is improved to now include the standard Rolex accuracy rating of -2/+2 seconds per day. Subsequently, the latest two tone Daytona ref. 116503 comes with the new Rolex five-year warranty.

Rolesor Rolex sports watches are very popular and the two tone Daytona is no exception. Regardless if you opt for the Zenith based ref. 16523, the in-house movement powered ref. 116523, or the brand new ref. 116503 with slight modifications, they all boast that iconic Rolex two tone look that is so appealing.  We welcome you to view a great selection of used Rolex Daytona timepieces for quality and affordability.



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How Not to Get Scammed When Purchasing Online: Part 1 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:35:00 +0000 Avoid Online Scams

Every day, ecommerce sales are increasing. In fact, 79% of Americans now shop online. With so many online purchases, it’s important to know how to prevent getting scammed. With nearly two decades of experience in the ecommerce business world, CEO, Matthew Becker, has a deep understanding of online scams and how not to become a victim when purchasing online. So, I sat down with Becker to learn more about the best practices consumers should take before purchasing online. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be breaking down the best practices in a series of blogs.

Do Your Homework and Vet the Company

You’ve done your research. You’ve finally settled on what you’d like to purchase, but who you purchase from is just as important as what you purchase. With an abundance of online stores, how do you properly vet a company? How do you know what the company is selling is authentic? (This is especially important with preowned luxury purchases.) First up…

Research, research, research

You might not be able to identify online scams right away. It’s important to read reviews, look into the seller’s policies and benefits for buyers, check authenticity guarantees, browse social media pages, as well as compare companies. By doing this research up front, you’re ensuring an informed purchase decision. And, chances are, if someone has been scammed by a company in the past, they will make their experience known and you will find repeated complaints. (Beware of the ‘fake’ reviews versus the real. For example, BeckerTime has tens of thousands of positive reviews on eBay. We can’t make those up.) Remember, buy the seller before you buy the item.

Make sure the company stays true to its word

One way to spot an online scam is to see if a company stays true to its word. Does the company make empty promises? Or, do customers feel the company did a great job? One great way to find this out is to check out the company is through the Better Business Bureau. With ratings that are based on 13 elements, you’ll quickly find out if a company is genuine or scamming customers.

Is the company an expert in what it’s selling?

When you’re making an investment, it’s important that you deal with professionals who are experts in what they sell. For example, the team has decades of experience buying and selling luxury timepieces. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even ones that might seem “dumb.” A well-educated, great company will have no problem answering all your questions. If you feel the company is not an expert, it increases your chances of being scammed. Which leads me to the last tip…

Does the company focus on customer service?

When you’re dealing with a great company, the customer service is top-notch! That’s because the company puts its focus on you, the customer. Many companies only focus on the bottom line instead of fostering a lasting relationship with customers. Is the company easily accessible (i.e. does someone actually answer the phone when you call during business hours)? Do you feel that the company is responsive? Also, is the company considerate when responding? These are important questions to ask yourself to avoid online scams. Personalized communication is the key to not only creating a great pre-sales relationship, but also maintaining a great relationship that extends long after the sale. Successful companies, like, emphasize an amazing customer service experience.

If you’re in the market for preowned Rolex watches or other luxury watches, our experts are here to help ensure you find the perfect watch at the right price, and not fall for online scams. View our authentic selection of preowned luxury timepieces online today at or give us a call at (817) 503-2334. You know we’ll answer!

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The Trio of Automatic Stainless Steel Daytona Chronographs Fri, 04 Aug 2017 14:50:12 +0000 The Most Popular Options of Stainless Steel Daytona References

25 years after the debut of the Cosmograph, Rolex finally ushered in the automatic Daytona era. Prior to that, all Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches were manual-winding ones, which kept some customers away. While there are gold, two-tone, and platinum versions, stainless steel Daytona chronographs are the most popular options. Join us as we explore the trio of automatic stainless steel Daytona references.

Stainless Steel Daytona ref. 16520

Rolex Daytona 16520

It was in 1988 that Rolex unveiled a new generation of Daytona chronographs. Rather than the hand-wound movements of previous Daytona models, the new ones ran on an automatic caliber. This move quickly pushed the Rolex Daytona to the forefront of luxury chronographs, where it has stayed since.

The first automatic stainless steel Daytona watch was the ref. 16520. Equipped with a 40mm stainless steel Oyster case, matching steel Oyster bracelet, and sapphire crystal, it was an instant hit. The black or white dial variations of the stainless steel Daytona ref. 16520 featured the characteristic trio of subdials in a contrasting color.

The Daytona ref. 16520 models are often called the Zenith Daytona due to the movement within. The Rolex Caliber 4030 driving the first automatic Daytona was, in fact, a modified version of the famous Zenith El-Primero chronograph caliber.

Stainless Steel Daytona ref. 116520

Rolex-daytona 116520

Although the automatic Daytona watches were a great success, Rolex thought it was high time to have their signature chronograph collection run on an in-house movement. Therefore, in 2000, Rolex launched the latest version of the Daytona powered by the Rolex 4130 Caliber manufacture movement. It took Rolex five years to develop the 4130 Caliber and it boasts a vertical clutch rather than the more standard horizontal clutch. The new construction resulted in not only a more accurate time keeping instrument but also smoother motion of the chronograph hand. Plus, there was an increase of power reserve from 54 to 72 hours.

Amongst the slew of other metal options was the stainless steel Daytona ref. 116520. It kept its iconic 40mm steel Oyster case, steel Oyster bracelet, and pair of screw-down pushers flanking the winding crown. There were, however, a few modifications to the dial, including silver outlines on the subdials. Also, because of the new movement, the small seconds register moved from 9 o’clock to 6 o’clock.

Stainless Steel Daytona ref. 116500

Rolex Daytona 116500

In 2007, Rolex unleashed the Cerachrom ceramic bezel on the GMT Master II. Prized for its look, as well as, its resistance to fading and scratching, the Rolex ceramic bezels are simply stunning. Over the ensuing years, Rolex began outfitting their popular sports models, such as the Submariner, Deepsea, and Yacht Master with the Cerachrom bezel. The Rolex Daytona mens watches also received one, but only on more precious models such as a platinum and Everose gold Daytonas.

But finally, in 2016, the stainless steel Daytona ref. 116500 also got the Cerachrom ceramic bezel. And Rolex enthusiasts everywhere rejoiced! On both the black dial and white dial versions of the Daytona ref. 116500 sits a black ceramic bezel engraved with the tachymetric scale. Beating at the core of the Rolex’s newest stainless steel Daytona is also the unbeatable Caliber 4130.

The evolution of these automatic stainless steel Daytona references show a perfect illustration of how the Swiss watchmaking giant constantly seeks to improve their products. In turn, Rolex fans everywhere can enjoy the best luxury watches money can buy.

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The Three Main Series of the Rolex Daytona Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:59:34 +0000 The Rolex Daytona Series

In addition to being Rolex’s signature chronograph collection, the Cosmograph Daytona is, in fact, the world’s most famous chronograph watch. It is without a doubt the chronograph to which other luxury chronographs compare themselves to. Launched in the 1960s, let’s get a closer look at the three-part evolution of the Rolex Daytona series.

Part I: Rolex Daytona 62xx Series

Rolex Daytona 62xx Vintage

Although Rolex already had several chronograph watches to its name, in 1963 the brand presented a new version dubbed the Cosmograph ref. 6239. With its new tachymeter engraved bezel and contrasting colors of the registers on the dial, this was the start of the Cosmograph’s journey. One year after its debut, the “Daytona” label joined the “Cosmograph” name. This was in honor of Rolex’s sponsorship of the famous endurance auto race in Florida. The Rolex Daytona designation eventually became a permanent part of the Cosmograph and today, the Rolex chronograph is simply known as the Daytona.

The first series of the Rolex Daytona watches were made from the 1960s until the late 1980s. They carry four-digit reference numbers, such as the ref. 6240, ref. 6241, ref. 6262, ref. 6264, ref. 6263, ref. 6265, ref. 6269, and ref. 6270 Along with their distinct look, another noteworthy component of these vintage Daytona references are the engines under the hoods, so to speak. Powered by a movement based on the Valjoux Caliber 72, the early Rolex Daytona models were manual-winding ones. While four-digit Daytona references are the most popular vintage sports watches today, during its time, these manual chronographs were a hard sell.

We can’t very well speak of the evolution of the Rolex Daytona without mentioning its most famous editions—the Paul Newman Daytona watches. These particular Rolex Daytona series come equipped with a dial initially named the “exotic dial” by Rolex. These were later more commonly known as the Paul Newman dial thanks to the famous actor owning one of these special-edition Daytona watches.

Mens Rolex Two-Tone 18K/SS Daytona White 16523

Part II: Rolex Daytona 165xx Series

Finally, in 1988, Rolex presented a completely revamped version of the Daytona with the ref. 16520. The five-digit Daytona reference hailed a new era with an automatic Rolex Daytona. This time, replacing the manual movement was the automatic Rolex Caliber 4030. The Caliber 4030 is based on the Zenith El Primero movement. However, it boasts many Rolex modifications such as a new escapement, a reduction in the beats per hour rate, and the removal of the date function.

From the late 1980s until the start of the new millennium, Rolex produced a variety of automatic Daytona watches including steel, yellow gold, and two-tone versions.

Mens Rolex Two-Tone 18K/SS Daytona Gray, Slate 116523

Part III: Rolex Daytona 1165xx Series

At the turn of this century, Rolex unveiled their first Daytona chronographs driven by an in-house automatic movement—Caliber 4130. The first editions of the 4130-powered Daytona models were the stainless steel ref. 116520, the yellow gold ref. 116518, the white gold ref. 116519, and the two-tone ref. 116523.

Today, the most current versions of the Daytona still run on the famous Rolex Caliber 4130 movement, including the platinum anniversary model ref. 116506 and the newest stainless steel model with the ceramic bezel, Daytona ref. 116500LN, which came out in 2016.

It’s impressive to think that although the Daytona had a slow start over five decades ago, today it enjoys its status as the leading luxury chronograph to own. It’s a Rolex story that will undoubtedly continue to write its own history for many more decades to come. For more luxury, feel free to view a great selection of used Rolex Daytona watches here at BeckerTime.

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The Four References of the Rolex Explorer II Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:27:14 +0000 Different Rolex Explorer II Versions and Evolution

Possibly one of the most niche models from Rolex yet, the Explorer II was created with the spelunker in mind—a person who explores caves as a sport. As you can imagine, spelunkers have some very particular gear requirements due to the nature of caving. For example, they are often in the dark and in wet environments. So, in the 1970s, Rolex looked to service this particular group of adventurers with the Explorer II watch. Let’s investigate the different Rolex Explorer II versions and the collection’s evolution.

The Inaugural Explorer II Ref. 1655

Unveiled in 1971, the first Explorer II model was the ref. 1655 with a 40mm stainless steel case, 24-marked fixed bezel, black dial, and an orange arrow-tipped extra 24-hand. The premise behind the 24-hour hand was it would allow cavers to tell the difference between night and day even while they were in complete darkness for extended periods of time.

To withstand arduous surroundings, the Explorer II ref. 1655 is crafted in stainless steel and is water resistant to 100 meters, thanks to the watertight Oyster case. Also, just like the GMT Master of the era, driving the 24-hand, time, and date function of the ref. 1665 is the Caliber 1570/1575.

It’s interesting to note that while the ref. 1655 did not do well during its era, it’s now a highly sought after vintage Rolex sports watch and it’s often referred to by its nicknames. There’s the (erroneous) “Steve McQueen” moniker, as well as the Italian “Freccione” label.  Learn more about these popular nicknames for the stainless steel Explorer II.

The Transitional Explorer II Ref. 16550

In 1985, the Explorer II ref. 16550 brought a slew of modifications to the model. In fact, the face of the watch completely changed. Gone were the 24 lume plots in favor for 11 luminescent indexes. Plus, the Explorer II ref. 16550 included Mercedes-style hands, sapphire crystal, Caliber 3085, and a longer and thinner red 24-hour hand. Even the numerals on the bezel changed.

For more choice, Rolex offered both a black dial and white dial version of the Explorer II ref. 16550. Rolex enthusiasts sometimes call white dial versions of the Explorer II the “Polar.” The Explorer II ref. 16550 was only in production until 1989, thus considered a “transitional” model.

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Explorer II White 16570

The Long-Running Explorer II Ref. 16570

Although these newer Rolex Explorer II versions had a similar look to the previous ref. 16550, the white dial versions of the Explorer II ref. 16570 included black surrounds on the indexes.

In production for over two decades, early models of the Explorer II ref. 16570 ran on Caliber 3185. On the other hand, not only did later models have the then-new Caliber 3186, they also featured the new “ROLEX ROLEX ROLEX” engraved rehaut for counterfeit prevention.

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Explorer II 42mm Black 216570

The Current Explorer II Ref. 216570

On the occasion of the Explorer II’s 40th anniversary, Rolex presented the ref. 216570 in 2011. And in true Rolex fashion, the watch paid tribute to the original Explorer II while also presenting completely new features.

The Caliber 3187 powers the Explorer II ref. 216570, and measures larger at 42mm. However, as a nod to the inaugural model, both the white and black dial versions of the Explorer II ref. 216570 boast an orange arrow-tipped 24-hand.

With great style and a rich legacy, the Rolex Explorer II mens timepieces may have had a slow start, but they currently enjoy solid popularity. Even if the only spelunking-like activity you engage in is enjoying the darkness of your man cave, the Explorer II is a great Rolex sports watch to own.

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BeckerTime CEO Shares Insights with Luxury Daily Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:34:34 +0000 Best Preowned Luxury Retailer Online

Did you see BeckerTime in Luxury Daily? BeckerTime CEO, Matthew Becker, shares his top insights in an article for choosing the best preowned luxury retailer online. Buying a luxury timepiece online can be daunting, and difficult to know where to start. As a result, Matthew Becker shares his knowledge with the readers of Luxury Daily on how you can make an informed decision on where to buy your next preowned luxury timepiece. So, if you haven’t checked it out, find some of the highlights below.

Luxury Daily Highlights

  • When buying a preowned luxury timepiece, consider a renowned brand like Rolex, which retains and appreciates in value if purchased right.
  • Also, look for a retailer that specializes in the brand you’re looking for. They’ll be able to be your best resource for education on everything from styles to maintenance.
  • Do your research! Consider retailers’ return policies, online reviews and even the company’s history.
  • Only buy from retailers who offer a no-hassle, money-back guarantee.
  • Always make sure to find a retailer who is willing to build a long-term relationship with you, the customer.

Luxury Daily is the world’s leading luxury business publication. This daily news resource provides news, information and resources about luxury goods, such as apparel, arts and entertainment, automotive, consumer electronics and jewelry. With content ranging from news and analysis of the world’s leading luxury brands and retailers to industry-expert opinion pieces, just like Matthew Becker’s article.

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Hunting for Golden Eggs: The Gold Shell Rolex Air King Watch Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:32:55 +0000 Since it’s the ultimate expression of prestige, there are many that dream of owning a gold Rolex watch. But perhaps some think that these luxurious timepieces are completely out of reach. While there are certainly plenty of gold Rolex watches that carry hefty price tags, there are also some that are much more affordable. Enter the Rolex gold shell Air King. Let us give you the inside scoop!

What is Gold Shell?

Gold shell, also known as gold cap or gold filled, is a process that was used by Rolex starting in the 1950s. A thick layer of yellow gold is bonded to the stainless steel case to offer the yellow gold look without the eye-popping prices.

Gold shell is not to be confused with gold plating, which has a much thinner layer of gold. Therefore, gold shell is more precious (in terms of metal component) than gold plating.

Rolex often referred to their gold shell watches as “Golden Eggs” in their marketing materials. Several vintage Rolex collections have gold shell options including Oyster Perpetual, Date, and Air-King.

The Vintage Gold Shell Rolex Air King ref. 5520

Air-King 5520 Gold Shell

Rolex produced the first gold shell Air King model with the ref. 5520. Like the majority of Air King models, the gold shell Air King ref. 5520 sports a refined 34mm Oyster case. And for this particular model, Rolex capped the stainless steel case with a heavy layer of 14k yellow gold.

The gold shell Air King ref. 5520 includes a straightforward and classic dial. There are the three gold center hands, the gold stick indexes, and the gold Rolex coronet. There’s also a little bit of text including “Rolex Oyster Perpetual,” “Air King” in the famous vintage style font, as well as “Precision.” Precision on the dial indicates that the gold shell Air King ref. 5520 runs on the Caliber 1520 automatic mechanical movement.

Air-King 5520 Gold Shell

While the dial is straightforward, there are several color variations available including silver, black, gold, and others. Interestingly, there are even some gold shell Air King ref. 5520 with the Dominos Pizza logo on the dial! In the 1980s, Dominos used to run the “Rolex Challenge” where franchises were rewarded for reaching sales goals with a Rolex watch.

The Rolex gold shell Air King ref. 5520 continued to be in the brand’s catalog until 1986 when it was discontinued. Although it’s not a particularly common Rolex watch, there are some Rolex Air King ref. 5520 available in the secondary market.

A Gold Rolex that Won’t Break the Bank

While 34mm may seem small to some, remember that many of the top watchmakers are now going back to smaller and slimmer style watches. Particularly as a dress watch, 34mm is very elegant and can easily fit under a dress shirt cuff.

So if you’re looking for a gold Rolex watch with a timeless look that will not empty your pockets, then take a closer look at the gold shell Air King ref. 5520. Whether on a matching gold bracelet or fitted with a sophisticated leather strap, you don’t want to miss this Rolex watch. For more sophistication, we welcome you to view our fine collection of used Rolex Air King timepieces here at BeckerTime.

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Three Popular Nicknames for the Stainless Steel Explorer II Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:06:16 +0000 If there’s something that the Rolex collecting community loves, it’s a great nickname! Blame it on enthusiastic auctioneers, passionate forum participants, or marketing minds, but Rolex watches—more than any other watch brand—have some of the most interesting nicknames around. Here we take a look at three popular nicknames of the Rolex stainless steel Explorer II.

The Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

The “Steve McQueen” Rolex refers to the inaugural Explorer II ref. 1655, which made its debut in 1971. This is a tricky one because there’s seems to be no evidence that The King of Cool ever wore a stainless steel Explorer II! In fact, his go-to Rolex was a stainless steel Submariner. However, the legend goes that an Italian magazine misprinted that he was wearing an Explorer II ref. 1655 rather than correctly stating that he was wearing a Submariner ref. 5512.

Nevertheless, the incorrect name stuck and it’s very common for the vintage stainless steel Explorer II ref. 1655 to be referred to as the “Steve McQueen” Rolex.

The Freccione

Rolex Explorer Freccione

Also a name attributed to the Italians, is the “Freccione” Rolex. Again, this nickname is used for the same vintage stainless steel Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655. But this time, its origin is correct.

Freccione is derived from “freccia,” which is Italian for arrow. And arrow, of course, alludes to the prominently displayed orange arrow-tipped 24-hour hand of the stainless steel Explorer II ref. 1655. This bright orange arrow allowed wearers of the Explorer II ref. 1655 to differentiate between daytime and nighttime thanks to it pointing to the 24-hour marked bezel. This function was particularly practical for adventurers such as cavers who spent extended periods in darkness.

The Polar

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Explorer II 42mm Black 216570

While the first stainless steel Explorer II was only offered with a black dial, from the mid-1980s onwards Rolex offered a white dial version too. Therefore, the Explorer II ref. 16550, Explorer II ref. 16570, and Explorer II ref. 216570 all have white dial variations in addition to the black ones.

So, while the “Polar” nickname can suggest any white dial version of the Explorer II, it’s typically in reference to the Explorer II ref. 16570 and Explorer II ref. 216570. The Polar name is especially fitting for the icy white dials of the sporty stainless steel Explorer II watches.

Whether you choose to use the Steve McQueen, Freccione, or Polar nicknames or not when discussing these particular Rolex models, what is certain is that the Rolex Explorer II mens stainless steel timepiece is one of the coolest sports watches from the brand.

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Check Out BeckerTime in CEOWORLD Magazine! Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:07:31 +0000 Did you see BeckerTime in CEOWORLD Magazine this week? With nearly 20 years of experience selling preowned luxury timepieces, CEO Matthew Becker knows a thing or two about how to choose the best preowned luxury retailer online. But, with all the online options available where do you start? Matthew Becker shares a few tips with readers of CEOWORLD Magazine to help guide you to make the best decision. In case you haven’t seen it, find some of the highlights below.

CEOWORLD Magazine Highlights

  • Determine how much you’re willing to invest. For instance, a good rule to follow is to spend about one month’s salary on your first preowned luxury timepiece purchase.
  • Understand the true value of a preowned luxury watch.
  • Do your homework! Don’t settle for the first website you look at; instead look for a seller that specializes in what you’re buying.
  • Only purchase from an online retailer that genuinely cares about the customer and isn’t looking for just another sale.
  • Look for online preowned luxury retailers who offer a warranty on their timepieces.
  • Find an online luxury retailer that creates added value for you as a long-term customer.

CEOWORLD Magazine is the world’s leading business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, high net worth individuals, and the most globally powerful men and women. With content that ranges from successful business strategies and emerging trends, to expert opinions and proprietary research, it’s no wonder CEOWORLD Magazine has seen more than 12.4 million page views!

Read the entire article at CEOWorld and visit our Facebook to let us know your thoughts!

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To Date or Not to Date? The Two Tone Rolex Air King Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:03:51 +0000 As one of the longest running Rolex collections in the brand’s history, the Air King is a varied line with plenty of different metal options. Subsequently, along with stainless steel and gold variations, there are also two tone Air King models available. Rolex no longer manufactures two tone Air King watches today. However, there are vintage and discontinued models available in the secondary market. Let’s run through some Rolex Air King mens two tone watches.

What is Rolesor?

The term Rolesor is Rolex-speak for combining both stainless steel and gold metals in a watch. Rolex coined this moniker in 1933 where “or” in “Rolesor” refers to the French word for “gold.”

Rolesor is, in fact, one of the brand’s signature looks. A Rolex Rolesor two tone watch typically boasts a stainless steel case with gold accents including bezels, winding crowns, and bracelet center links. However, two tone Rolesor doesn’t just refer to the combo of yellow gold and steel, but rather any gold. So a stainless steel Rolex watch with a white gold fluted bezel is also a Rolesor model. As is a Rolex watch that marries rose gold and stainless steel.

Mens Rolex Two-Tone 14K/SS Air-King Silver 5501

Two Tone Air King ref. 5501

The two tone Air King ref. 5501 was in production from the late 1950s until the late 1980s. Like the vast majority of Air King models, it sports a 34mm case. The ref. 5501 is available with either an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet. And since this a Rolesor two tone Air King, the center links of the bracelets are in 14k gold.

Also in gold are the fluted bezel, the winding crown, the stick indexes, and the trio of center hands on the dial. Something interesting to note on the dial, just above 6 o’clock, is the presence of “Precision,” “Super Precision,” or no text at all. If there’s an absence of text or the word “Precision” that signals the Rolex Caliber 1520 beating within. On the other hand, “Super Precision” indicates that the two tone Air King runs on Caliber 1530.

Mens Rolex Two-Tone 14K/SS Air-King Champagne 5701

Two Tone Air King Date ref. 5701

Interestingly, although the Air King is typically known for its time only functionality, Rolex did produce a few Air King Date models for specific markets. One of these models is the two tone Air King Date ref. 5701—which Rolex made for over 30 years.

Again, the two tone Date ref. 5701 boasts the iconic Rolex Rolesor style with the 34mm steel case and steel bracelet accented with a gold fluted bezel, gold winding crown, and gold center links on the bracelet. However, this time, in addition to the gold center hands and indices, there’s also the date window at 3 o’clock magnified by the famous Cyclops lens.

Whether you go for the yellow gold and steel Air King ref. 5501 or the yellow gold and steel Air King Date ref. 5701, the two tone Air King is a great elegant everyday luxury watch. And you can view a great selection of these elegant Rolex watches…and more…here at BeckerTime.

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See BeckerTime featured in Inc. Magazine Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:00:23 +0000 Did you see BeckerTime featured in Inc. Magazine this week? Writer, Brian Roberts still remembers the day he purchased his first Rolex – a stainless steel Datejust with an aftermarket diamond bezel. Since this purchase, Roberts’ curiosity on how one can succeed selling such a high-dollar specialty item online intensified. He reached out to BeckerTime to learn how we’ve thrived for the last two decades. In case you haven’t seen it, find some of the highlights below.

Inc. Magazine Highlights

  • Purchasing a Rolex marks a period of growth and transition in one’s life; it’s a major milestone.
  • BeckerTime is one of―if not the―largest seller of pre-owned Rolex sellers on eBay for a decade now.
  • BeckerTime attributes twenty years of profitable growth to great customer service.
  • When you’re selling something high-value, trust is a large part of the transaction.
  • When BeckerTime receives negative reviews we take it personally because we want every customer to not only love their purchase but also experience great customer service.
  • BeckerTime aims to treat customers like family.

Read the entire piece for yourself Inc. Magazine. Visit our Facebook to let us know your thoughts!

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Four Reasons the Stainless Steel Air King is a Great Starter Rolex Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:09:37 +0000 For those who are venturing out into the big wide world of luxury watches, a question that comes up very often is what’s the best first Rolex to invest in. There are a few common traits that new buyers tend to look for in the first Rolex they buy. Design recognition, quality, history, and accessible price point are all top factors to consider. And in our opinion, the stainless steel Air King checks off all these boxes, thus, making it a great contender as a starter Rolex—particularly for younger consumers.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll be focusing on older and discontinued stainless steel Air King models rather than the brand new one. This is simply because the new Air King ref. 116900 is nothing like preceding models. Let’s dive into four reasons why the Rolex Air King mens stainless steel model is a great starter Rolex.

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Air-King Blue 14000M

1. The Design of the Stainless Steel Rolex Air King

In terms of design, the stainless steel Air King is straightforward and immediately recognizable as a Rolex watch. It sports a restrained 34mm case, the three center hands on the dial, and the iconic Rolex logo, coronet, and “Air King” label just below 12 o’clock.

While it may be minimal, the stainless steel Air King line is most definitely not boring. In fact, it’s a varied collection with plenty of design features to choose from. For instance, you can opt for a smooth bezel or the more intricate engine turned one. Plus, steel Air King watches come equipped with either a sporty Oyster bracelet or the dressier Jubilee bracelet. Furthermore, it is the dials of the stainless steel Air King watches that offer the most diverse options. There’s a slew of colors, materials, and numeral options to contemplate over.

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Air-King Salmon Arabic 114200

2. The Quality of the Stainless Steel Rolex Air King

Since this is a Rolex watch we’re talking about, the quality of the Air King is irrefutable. From its in-house Rolex automatic movement beating within to its superb overall craftsmanship, no one can deny the incredible attention to detail that Rolex gives to all their watches.

Naturally, since Rolex are constantly improving and enhancing their models throughout the years, details differ between vintage models and newer ones. For example, while stainless steel Air King ref. 5500 and ref. 14000 included “Precision” or “Super Precision” on the dial, later models such as the ref. 114200 boasted the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” label since they were now COSC-certified.

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Air-King Silver 5500

3. The Rich History of the Rolex Air King

One of the draws of wearing a Rolex—especially for watch enthusiasts—is the story behind the watch. How the watch came to be created, some highlights throughout the years, and if it’s still around or not are great tidbits to start a long and passionate watch-centric conversation. And the Rolex Air King has a long and interesting history indeed. In fact, it’s one of the longest running collections of the Swiss watchmaking giant still in production today.

Created in 1945 by Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf, the Air King was a tribute to the bravery of the British Royal Air Force pilots during World War II. While it had a brief two-year production pause in 2014, Rolex brought back the fighter pilot tribute timepiece in 2016. That’s a story that spans over seven decades! Longer than more famous models like the Submariner, Daytona, Day Date, and GMT Master.

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Air-King Silver 5500

4. The Accessible Price Point of the Stainless Steel Air King

Perhaps the most attractive point about an Air King as a first Rolex is its affordable price (for a luxury watch). A pre-owned stainless steel Air King can be picked up for less than $2,500. However, the median price range for a stainless steel Rolex Air King in the secondary market is about $3,000 to $4,000. That’s an absolute bargain for a Rolex watch that will last you forever!

So if you’ve gained a newfound interest in Rolex watches or want to share your passion with a younger generation, it’s clear that the stainless steel Air King is a solid choice as a first Rolex watch. And, you can view a great selection of these models…and more…here at BeckerTime.

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Spotlight On: Most Popular BeckerTime Rolex Watches, Ever Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:51:46 +0000 You’ve done it. You’ve made the decision to purchase a preowned Rolex watch. But, with so many amazing models to choose from, which Rolex should you invest in? As a result, we’ve compiled the most popular BeckerTime Rolex watches of all time for a bit of inspiration as you make your selection.

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Black 16610

Rolex Submariner

Rolex is the most iconic brand of watches, and the Submariner is the most iconic Rolex. The Submariner was debuted at the 1954 Basel Watch Fair. However, the Submariner wasn’t intended as just a piece of jewelry, but as a diving tool. While popular in the diving community, it wasn’t until the Submariner appeared on James Bond’s wrist in “Dr. No” that the Submariner would become the most coveted Rolex.

One of our favorite preowned Submariner models is the Men’s Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Black 16610. A modern model from the early 2000s, this 40mm watch follows today’s trend for a larger-sized watch. Guaranteed to impress, this model features the highly desired SEL Oyster band.

The Rolex Submariner caters towards men and features only one size.  Yet, our other most popular preowned Rolex model includes several sizes perfect for both men and women.

Mens Rolex Datejust Ref 1601 Stainless Steel With Turquoise Dial

Rolex Datejust

Released in 1945, the Datejust is one of the most recognizable and desirable Rolex models. The Datejust was the first Chronometer with an automatic calendar feature, hence the name “Datejust”. Originally created to celebrate Rolex’s 40-year anniversary, the Datejust featured a new bracelet called the Jubilee bracelet. Today, the Datejust comes in several varieties, designs and sizes. Also, it’s available in both men’s and women’s models. These sizes include 26mm, 29mm, 31mm, 36mm and 41mm.

One of our favorite Datejust models is the Men’s Rolex Datejust Ref 1601 Stainless Steel with a custom refinished Turquoise Dial. So, what’s not to love about this turquoise dial? At 36mm, this watch is modern, yet continues to capture the allure of the original Datejust models, including the stainless-steel jubilee bracelet.

We would love to help you choose from some of most popular BeckerTime Rolex watches. We offer a large selection of preowned Rolex timepieces, paired with our personalized customer service, to help ensure you find the perfect watch at the right price.

View our selection online today at or give us a call at (817) 503-2334.

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Then and Now: The Rolex Air King Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:20:45 +0000 Different Iterations of the Rolex Air King Models

Although Rolex is famous for constantly improving their watches, the timepieces tend to maintain the same overall aesthetic throughout the years. In fact, today’s Submariner, GMT Master, and Daytona watches look remarkably similar to those from the 1950s and 1960s. This is part and parcel of the Rolex magic—a signature style that is instantly recognizable. However, this no longer applies to the Air King. In fact, current iterations of the Rolex Air King models look absolutely nothing like preceding models.

The Air King made its debut in 1945 as a tribute to British air force pilots of the era. The Air King timepiece was typically regarded as an entry-level Rolex watch with its smaller 34mm size, minimalistic three-handed dial, and more accessible price point. As one of the longest running Rolex collections still in production today, there have been so many different Air King references throughout its history. But we’ll focus on a few of the most popular Air King references in the secondary market, as well as a quick look at the most current version.

The Rolex Air King ref. 5500

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Air-King Silver Diamond 5500

An early model in the collection, the vintage Air King ref. 5500 launched in 1957 and enjoyed a more than 30-year production run and plenty of variations.

For instance, the mens Rolex stainless steel Air King 5500 housed two different automatic movements—the Caliber 1520 and the Caliber 1530. There are also the mens Rolex two tone Air King 5501 versions, in addition to the gold-plated ref. 5502 and ref. 5506 models. Interestingly, there’s also the Air King ref. 5504 that sported an Explorer case! Additionally, Rolex also made the Air King Date ref. 5700 models for specific markets, which as its name suggests, boasted a date window. In the mid-1970s, Rolex unveiled the Air King ref. 5520—the first gold-filled model of the collection.

The Rolex Air King ref. 14000

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Air-King Silver 14000

In 1989, Rolex introduced the then-new mens Rolex stainless steel Air King 14000 with a smooth bezel and the ref. 14010 with an engine-turned bezel. These two models—which ran on Caliber 3000—retained the 34mm case size and time-only functionality. They did, however, now feature scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting the face on the watch.

Rolex then revamped these models in 2000 with the Rolex Air King ref. 14000M and the ref. 14010M to include the Caliber 3130. It’s worth noting that these models all still included the “Precision” label on the dial.

The Rolex Air King ref. 114200

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Air-King Salmon Arabic 114200

Presented in 2007, the mens Rolex stainless steel Air King 114200 is the last of the old-style Air King watches but it came with some enhancements. Most notably, the “Precision” text on the dial was dropped for the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation since the Caliber 3130 was now COSC verified.

Along with the smooth bezel of the Air King ref. 114200, there’s also the ref. 114210 with the engine-turned bezel and the ref. 114234 with the white gold fluted bezel.

The Rolex Air King models were eventually grounded in 2014 to make way for the refreshed Rolex Oyster Perpetual models.

The Rolex Air King ref. 116900

At Baselworld 2016, Rolex surprised everyone by not only reviving the Rolex Air King models, but also by unleashing such a drastically different design. The size of the stainless steel Air King ref. 116900 grew substantially to 40mm. There’s also the dial, which unlike its predecessors, is no longer clean and simple but full of details. From the 5-minute markers to the white gold 3, 6, and 9 numerals to the green “ROLEX’ to the green seconds hands to the yellow coronet, there’s a lot to take in. Furthermore, there’s the anti-magnetic Caliber 3131—identical to the one powering the Milgauss—beating within.

It’s evident that Rolex bypassed the style of past Air Kings and opted instead to take design cues from the Rolex instruments of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car. This is certainly one of the most divisive designs from Rolex with passionate members in both the for-it and against-it camp.

If you’re looking for a straightforward and restrained take on the Rolex aesthetic, then the vintage and discontinued Air King models offer some fantastic options at easy-to-swallow prices. On the other hand, if fresh and different is more your pace, then the new Air King watch fits the bill. So, although the Air King may fly somewhat under the Rolex radar, it’s a collection that offers a little something for pretty much everyone. Also, you can view a fine selection of these referenced Rolex Air King mens models…and more… here at BeckerTime.

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The Preciousness of the Platinum Rolex Day Date President Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:46:08 +0000 The Rolex Day Date President is already the brand’s most luxurious dress watch. And the platinum iterations are the most precious of the President watches. While there are some ultra rare platinum Rolex Day Date President watches like the platinum ref. 6612—the earliest known platinum Day Date—and the ref. 1813 with an integrated platinum bracelet made especially for the Shah of Iran, here we’ll be focusing on more popular platinum Rolex Day Date President models.

The Signature Details of the Platinum Rolex Day Date President

The first thing to note about the platinum Day Date President is that Rolex exclusively uses 950 platinum. As its label suggests, it consists of 95% platinum (and 5% ruthenium), permitting the material to be strong enough for watch construction while emitting its distinct luster.

Another detail to consider on the platinum President is its bezel. Rather than the signature fluted bezels of the gold Day Date watches, the platinum Day Date President timepieces come with either a smooth bezel or a diamond-set bezel. This is to differentiate it from 18k white gold models since both metals are similar in color.

Like other Day Date watches, the traditional platinum President sports a 36mm Oyster case and distinguished President bracelet. Naturally, on the dial, there’s the iconic duo of windows displaying the day at 12 o’clock and date at 3 o’clock—hence the Day Date name.

A particularly famous dial of the platinum Day Date President is the ice blue dial. This specific shade of glacier blue is exclusive to platinum Rolex models. Therefore, it’s a quick and easy way to reveal the platinum construction of a Rolex watch housing the ice blue dial.

Mens Rolex Day Date Ref 18206 Platinum President 35ct Full Diamond

The Vintage Platinum Day Date President Ref. 18206

In 1988, Rolex introduced the Caliber 3155 to the Day Date collection allowing the two calendar functions to adjust independently from the hour hand. Dubbed the double quickset, this makes the Rolex President an especially practical everyday luxury watch. The platinum version of the Rolex President of that era was the mens Rolex Day Date ref 18206.

The Contemporary Platinum Day Date President Ref. 118206

At the turn of this century during Baselworld 2000, Rolex unveiled the most current version of the Day-Date 36. Along with the gold varieties, Rolex presented the platinum Day Date ref. 118206, which is the current model in Rolex’s catalog. Along with the ice-blue dial, there are so many dial options including a variety of colors, materials, and numeral styles. In addition to the ref. 118206 with the smooth bezel, there’s also the platinum Day Date President ref. 118346 outfitted with a diamond bezel. There’s even a diamond encrusted platinum President bracelet option as well for ultimate lavishness.

The Larger Platinum Day Date President Watches

As with the gold Day Date watches, there are also larger versions of the platinum Presidential watches. There’s the platinum Day Date II ref. 218206 with a 41mm Oyster case, broader lugs, and overall bulkier look. Although it’s a great style for men searching for a larger version of the restrained 36mm size, Rolex ceased its production in 2015. It was replaced that same year by the more refined platinum Day Date 40 model with a slimmer and smaller 40mm case. The platinum Day Date 40 ref. 228206 includes a smooth bezel whereas the platinum Day Date 40 ref. 228396TBR shines bright with a baguette diamond bezel.

The absolute king of luxury watches, nothing comes close to the preciousness and prestige of a platinum Rolex Day Date President. This watch says it all without uttering a single word. If you’re going for high-level, you might as well go for platinum status! And while you’re here, we welcome you to view the stunning pre-loved selection of a Rolex President mens platinum timepiece here at BeckerTime.

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Announcing BeckerTime’s Summer Free(ze) Event Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:35:51 +0000 BeckerTime Summer Promotion

It may be heating up outside, but we predict a cool front! In fact, now through the end of summer, cool off with our BeckerTime summer promotion: The Summer Free(ze) Event! We know you’ve been eyeing that preowned Rolex, so now’s the time to buy. Our BeckerTime summer promotion is on now and continues until September 22.  During this time, it means every BeckerTime preowned Rolex purchase will include a Rolex cleaning cloth and a genuine Rolex velvet pouch free of charge. You do not want to miss out on these free items! BeckerTime CEO, Matthew Becker, includes these among the top 5 Rolex tools you gotta to have.

Visit the official BeckerTime Summer Free(ze) Event promotions page to learn more, including which watches qualify for the promotion and our return policy.

Have additional questions? Feel free to contact us to learn more about our Summer Free(ze) Event and our preowned Rolex watches! Give us a call at (817) 503-2334 or head on over to to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

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The Warmth of the Rose Gold Rolex Day Date President Watch Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:12:49 +0000 While yellow gold and white gold versions of the Rolex Day Date President watches are common, the rose gold editions are a little more elusive. In fact, the Swiss watchmaker even stopped making rose gold Rolex Day Date President watches for a while. Thankfully, Rolex brought them back, and we’re sure glad they did.

Not as flashy as yellow gold and not as understated as white gold, rose gold happily sits in the middle emitting its warm and unique glow. Rose gold watches for men have been very fashionable for quite some time now. That distinct precious metal coupled with the timeless aesthetics of the Rolex President makes for an attractive ultra luxury watch indeed. So with that, let’s dig into the details of the rose gold Rolex Day Date President watch and find out what Everose actually is.

What is Everose?

Before we get to the watches, let’s talk gold. If you’ve spent any time reading up on Rolex literature or browsing their website, you’ll see the term Everose gold used instead of rose gold. But what exactly is Everose you ask?

Not satisfied with just regular 18k rose gold, Rolex came up with their own formula and presented it to the world in 2005. Named Everose, the Rolex patented pink gold alloy includes the perfect blend of gold, copper, and platinum to give its everlasting color. In fact, Rolex dubbed the metal Everose because it’ll never fade—forever rose.

Mens Rolex 18K Gold Day-Date President Rose Roman 118235

Today’s Rose Gold Rolex Day Date President Watches

While there are some vintage rose gold Rolex Day Date President models, they are quite rare so we’d like to focus our attention on more contemporary models. As mentioned, Rolex didn’t produce rose gold President timepieces for a while. For example, there are no rose gold versions of the ref. 18xxx. But in 2000, Rolex revived the rose gold Day Date to the delight of watch fans everywhere.

Today, the two main Rolex President mens rose gold Day Date 36 watches are the ref. 118235 and the ref. 118205. The first one includes a fluted bezel and the latter a smooth bezel. Both versions sport the traditional 36mm sized Oyster case and the solid 18k rose gold President bracelet. There is, however, the option to get the rose gold Day Date 36 on the sportier Oyster bracelet too.

In true Rolex fashion, there’s a wide range of dial choices. There are different colors, different types of hour markers, and of course, gem options too. There are even material alternatives from metal to meteorite to mother-of-pearl.

Pre-2005, the President ref. 118235 and the President ref. 118205 are constructed using 18k rose gold while post-2005 they boast the new Everose material.

Bigger Versions of the Rose Gold Day Date President Watches

If you’re looking for a larger version of the classic 36mm sized Rolex President, there are two different models to choose from.

There’s the (now discontinued) Day-Date II, which made its debut in 2008 and exited in 2015. The Everose gold Day-Date II ref. 218236 dons a generous 41mm Oyster case, wider lugs, and a broader shape for the heftiest Rolex President option to date.

In 2015, Rolex slimmed down the larger President model with the launch of the new Everose gold Day-Date 40 ref. 228235 with a 40mm Oyster case adorned with a fluted bezel and thinner lugs. There’s also the more precious Day-Date 40 ref. 228345RBR with a diamond-set bezel.

There’s really no denying the appeal of a pink gold Rolex President. It’s precious, it’s distinct, and it’s prestigious. So, for a touch more brightness in your life, forget the rose-colored glasses and opt for a rose gold Rolex Day Date President watch instead! In addition, we welcome you to shop BeckerTime for more elegant selections of used Rolex President mens timepieces.

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Q&A with BeckerTime’s CEO Matthew Becker Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:19:08 +0000 Ever wonder how BeckerTime got its start? I did too. So, I sat down with BeckerTime’s CEO Matthew Becker to learn more about the company’s history and what drives the business.

BeckerTime, Since 1998

How did BeckerTime get its start?

My father, Gordon Becker, and I have always had a lot in common: a shared love of watches, a desire to spend time together, and a deep entrepreneurial bent. In 1998, my father set out on his entrepreneurial venture to establish what is now BeckerTime. Within two years from BeckerTime’s founding, I moved to California. It was then when I joined my father in the business of buying and selling watches exclusively on eBay. During this time, I also joined his financial service agency full-time.

How has BeckerTime become so successful?

What’s so special about entrepreneurs is we create businesses of passion. My father and I were so deeply passionate about watches, the business couldn’t help but grow organically. Unfortunately, my father passed away in 2004 and cut our partnership all too short. Even more driven to keep my father’s memory and legacy alive, I focused all my energies on the business. In fact, I learned how to do e-commerce before e-commerce was a well-known industry. I learned good business practices, policies and customer service. To stand out in e-commerce, you’ve got to do business right and really embrace the online community. Within a few short years, BeckerTime became one of the largest sellers on eBay in any category, and we were starting to spread our wings on other online sites, including our own branded site.

We did not start out as brick-and-mortar, nor did we go into this business with stockholders or investors. Rather, we followed a passion and I’m proud to say that BeckerTime is now one of the largest online preowned Rolex retailers in the world.

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What makes BeckerTime stand out from the competition?

Even though we’ve achieved a great amount of success and served thousand of customers over the years, we are still a business of passion. We do something we enjoy and we’re successful at it. Specifically, we offer transparency in our listings, communication with our buyers, and, most importantly, the ability to provide a wonderful buying experience. It’s all about the experience for the buyer. If we provide a great experience, the customer will return. We are elated when the customer is happy. And our detailed seller ratings and consistent positive feedback demonstrate this.

We also offer a host of other value-added services for our customers. These services range from the BeckerTime-exclusive Lifetime TradeUp Guarantee, to our 30-day hassle-free return policy, to our free domestic insured shipping on our preowned Rolex watches.

What’s next for BeckerTime?

In 2018, BeckerTime will celebrate our 20-year anniversary. We are so appreciative to each and every customer who has been a part of our journey. But we have not yet completed this journey.  Instead, we are looking forward to the future. For now, we remain focused on delivering an exceptional experience to every BeckerTime customer and continuing to serve as the industry experts in the buying and selling of preowned Rolex watches.

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The Appeal of the Refined White Gold Rolex Day Date President Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:36:57 +0000 Key References of the White Gold Rolex Day Date President Watch

Among all the Rolex Day Date President watches, the most subtle are the white gold versions. Due to a similarity in color, white gold is sometimes mistaken for stainless steel if seen from afar. Thus, you can argue that wearing a white gold Rolex Day Date President is more for the pleasure of the wearer than to show off the presence of a solid gold timepiece. However, those familiar with Rolex aesthetics understand that the Swiss watchmaker exclusively uses gold or platinum for their Rolex President mens white gold watches—there are no steel versions available.

Regardless if the Rolex is worn for status, personal enjoyment, or both, it’s hard to deny to appeal of the elegant and refined white gold Rolex Day Date President watch. Donning a classic 36mm Oyster case in 18k white gold topped with a fluted bezel and presented on the iconic semi-circular link President bracelet, it doesn’t get more sophisticated than this. Plus, let’s not forget about the practicality of the calendar windows that display the day and the date that the watch is named after. Let’s explore some key references of the white gold edition of the Rolex President.

The White Gold Oysterquartz Day Date Ref. 19019

While Rolex certainly does not manufacture quartz models today, it was a different story in the 1970s. In 1977, Rolex unveiled the battery-powered white gold Oysterquartz Day Date ref. 19019.

Like its automatic movement counterpart, the Oysterquartz ref. 19019 was constructed entirely in 18k white gold, sported a fluted bezel, and a dial with the day and date apertures. In contrast to the mechanical Day Date watches, however, the Oysterquartz version did not have a President bracelet, but rather a flat integrated bracelet that was very much in fashion during its era.

Mens Rolex 18K Gold Day-Date President Silver Diamond 18039

The White Gold Day Date President Ref. 18039

In 1978, Rolex included the quickset feature to the automatic Day Date line to allow the wearer to adjust the date autonomously from the hour hands. Earlier versions of the Day Date did not include the quicket feature. Therefore, the center hands had to continuously turn past midnight until the correct date appeared in the window.

Additionally, the mens Rolex white gold Day Date ref. 18039 also had sapphire crystal protecting the face of the watch. Prior to the now ubiquitous sapphire crystal, Day Date watches—like all Rolexes—had an acrylic crystal on top of its Oyster case.

Mens Rolex 18K Gold Day-Date President Silver 18239

The White Gold Day Date President Ref. 18239

If two is better than one, then the mens Rolex Day Date Ref 18239 offers twice the greatness thanks to its double quickset feature. Introduced in 1988, the double quickset of the white gold Day-Date ref. 18239 permits the setting of both the day of the week and the date of the month without having to manipulate the center hands.

Mens Rolex 18K Gold Day-Date President White Roman 118239

The White Gold Day Date President Ref. 118239

The most current version of the white gold President, the Day Date ref. 118239 made its debut in 2000. A fitting new luxury watch to celebrate the turn of the century, the President ref. 118239 came along with an enhanced bracelet. The new version of the President bracelet now boasts solid links. Not only does this make the bracelet even more lavish, but it also helps prevent stretching over time.

The Larger White Gold Day Date President Watches

In addition to the traditional 36mm size of the Day Date President, there are two larger models also available. The now discontinued white gold Day Date II President ref. 218239 dons a generous 41mm size case while the current white gold Day Date 40 President ref. 228239 flaunts a slimmer 40mm size case.

This is the most discreet of Rolex’s quintessential luxury watches. The white gold Rolex Day Date President marries understated elegance and unrivaled prestige. Now, you can view more elegant pre-loved white gold Day Date selections here at

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How To Find the Best Price on a Rolex Watch Tue, 11 Jul 2017 06:03:22 +0000 Congratulations! You’re in the market for a Rolex watch. Rolex is the most iconic, most revered, most desirable watch in the world. You’re also a wise investor, it seems. Rolex watches are one of the few that actually maintain or increase in value over time. So now comes the big question.

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Where can you find the best price on a Rolex watch?

Let’s start with an important consideration: will you buy new or used? A new Rolex watch is going to be at the top price point. That’s perfectly fine if you have money burning a hole in your pocket. But considering that these remarkable timepieces maintain and even increase in value, why wouldn’t you consider a preowned Rolex watch? It’s just as reliable and durable; they maintain their value; and you’ll have access to the best prices available on a Rolex watch. Plus, if you buy a qualifying preowned Rolex watch from, you have the option to take advantage of the exclusive BeckerTime Lifetime TradeUp Guarantee program. In short, you can trade up for another qualifying preowned Rolex any time. So, after you invest in your watch, if your taste changes over the years, you’re not locked in to just that Rolex watch.

How do you find the best Rolex watch retailer with the best prices?

Keep in mind that the best price is not the only thing you should consider when purchasing a Rolex watch. You want to purchase from a retailer with a strong reputation for selling authentic, high-quality Rolex watches at great prices. For example, consistently receives superior ratings from the BBB, Facebook, Yelp, and many other reputable sites. In addition, BeckerTime offers a one-year warranty on most watches, personalized customer service, a no-hassle 30-day return policy, and free domestic insured shipping. We also offer the BeckerTime exclusive Lifetime TradeUp Guarantee program.

Rolex Mens Submariner Two-Tone

Why is the best price on a Rolex watch not the most important consideration?

When you’re ready to invest in a Rolex watch, the last thing you want to experience is poor customer service. Also, you don’t want to end up with a watch you don’t ultimately love, or a watch that breaks and you’re stuck – out of money and without your Rolex watch. It’s critical that you do your homework to find not only the best price on a Rolex watch, but the best retailer to purchase it from.

In addition, you want to buy from a retailer with an extensive Rolex watch collection. This ensures you’re getting the best price on the Rolex watch you absolutely want and love.

If you’re interested in what can offer, we invite you to visit us at Discover why thousands of customers trust BeckerTime for all their preowned Rolex watch purchases.

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The Original: The Yellow Gold Rolex Day Date President Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:44:36 +0000 In 1956, Rolex unveiled their most expensive model to date. Named the Day Date— and later known as the Rolex President—this became the quintessential luxury watch for the movers and shakers of the world. While today, the Day Date is available in three shades of gold in addition to platinum, the inaugural model, ref. 6511, was crafted in 18k yellow gold. From its 36mm Oyster case to its then-new President bracelet, the Day Date was proudly dressed in solid yellow gold. Over 60 years later, the yellow gold Rolex Day Date President remains the most popular option among the collection. You can’t argue with a classic! Let’s take a closer look at some options available within  the yellow gold Rolex Day Date President collection.

Mens Rolex Yellow Gold Day Date 1807

The Technical Side of the Yellow Gold Rolex Day Date President

As its moniker alludes, the Rolex Day Date includes two windows on the dial to indicate the day of the week (written in full) in addition to the date of the month. In fact, the Day Date was the first wristwatch to include this practical pair of apertures.

As with all Rolex collections, the Swiss watchmaker was always looking to improve functionality and technical features. So in 1972, Rolex includes the “hacking” feature to the Day Date. This feature halts the seconds hand when the crown is pulled out for more accurate time setting. In 1978, Rolex introduces the quickset date function to the Rolex yellow gold Day Date ref. 18038, where the date adjusts independently from the hour hands. Finally, in 1988, the Rolex President ref. 18238 includes the double quickset feature, where both the day and date are autonomous from the hour hands.

In 2000, the ref. 118238 debuts with identical functionality and the same movement as its predecessor, but with a heavier and improved bracelet. This is the current reference of the mens Rolex Gold Day Date President 118238.

On a side note, the Day Date is not only available with a mechanical movement, but there are ones powered by a Rolex in-house quartz movement too. The white and yellow gold Oysterquartz Day Date models began production in the 1970s and ran through the 1990s.

Mens Rolex 18K Gold Day-Date President Champagne 18038

The Many Faces of the Yellow Gold Rolex Day Date President

The Rolex yellow gold Day Date has a colorful history thanks to the varied choice of dials. While there are certainly the classics like champagne, silver, black, and white, Rolex also offers plenty of colorful dials and interesting dial materials.

Take for example the “Stella” dials of the 1970s and 1980s. Made up of multiple layers of lacquer, these vibrant dials include shades like turquoise, pink, orange, green, and others. There are also the hard stone dials like tiger’s eye, lapis lazuli, onyx, marble, and more. Plus, in the eighties, there were wooden dials available on the yellow gold Day Date including mahogany, walnut, and birch burl.

In addition to the appealing materials listed above, there are also Rolex President metal dials with attractive patterns such as honeycomb, hobnail, or linear.

For ultra precious models, there are plenty gem versions of the yellow gold Rolex Day Date President, which range from diamond hour markers to full pavé diamond settings.

The Sizes of the Yellow Gold Day Date President

Although the 36mm size of the yellow gold Day Date President is the traditional, therefore most prevalent model, there are other sizes available too.

In 2008, Rolex presented the Day Date II collection with larger 41mm Oyster cases. The Day Date II ref. 218238 models are the yellow gold editions of these bigger Rolex President watches.

Only a few years later, Rolex discontinued the Day Date II line to make way for the slimmed down Day Date 40 with—you guessed it—a 40mm Oyster case. The Day Date 40 ref. 228238 watches are the versions in yellow gold.

A king among kings, the Rolex President mens yellow gold Day Date is perhaps the most classic of luxury watches. Yet, as shown above, it’s also one of the most varied with a wide assortment of design details and technical specs to choose from. And you can now view this elegant assortment of used Rolex President timepieces here at

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Our Vote for the Rolex Day Date President Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:09:21 +0000 The quintessential luxury dress watch, few timepieces are as revered as the Rolex Day Date. In fact, so impeccable is this Rolex watch that it has been the go-to watch for countless celebrities, global leaders, business trailblazers, and even presidents for more than half a century. It even goes by its nickname, the Rolex President. Let’s find out how the Rolex Day Date President came to be. But more importantly, why the Day Date picked up its illustrious moniker.

Mens Rolex 18K Gold Day-Date President Champagne 1803

Why is the Rolex Day Date the President?

While it’s true that presidents have worn the Day Date, that’s not the only reason it’s known as the Rolex President. When Rolex inaugurated the Day Date in 1956, it was presented on a brand new style bracelet. This was dubbed as the President bracelet. Characterized by its semi-circular links, the President bracelet certainly adds an even dressier touch to an already formal wristwatch.

So the combination of the bracelet’s official name along with its status among political and business presidents led the way for the (almost official) Rolex President nickname.

The Signature Details of the Rolex Day Date President

In addition to its bracelet, the most important component of the Rolex Day Date President is, of course, the pair of windows on the dial. These windows indicate the day of the week and the date of the month. The Rolex President was the first watch to have the full name of the week displayed on the dial, along with the date. These calendar functions are super practical to have on hand.

Also vital to the Rolex Day Date President model is its material. As the most luxurious dress watch in Rolex’s lineup, the Day Date President is exclusively available in 18k gold or platinum. Naturally, there are plenty of diamond Rolex President watches too.

The Four Main Rolex Day Date President Models

Throughout the Day Date’s 60-year history, the famous Swiss watchmaking giant has produced four main versions of the Rolex Day Date President.

The first and most traditional is the Day Date 36, which as its name suggests, sports a 36mm Oyster case. An absolute classic, the Day Date 36 remains as the most popular Rolex President mens watch option today. Plus, with so many references, dial options, gem settings, and metal choices, the 36mm Rolex President is also the most varied.

Mens Rolex 18K Gold Day-Date President Champagne 118238

It may be surprising, but even Rolex jumped on the quartz bandwagon in the 1970s with the Oysterquartz. Along with Datejust Oysterquartz watches, Rolex also made Day Date Oysterquartz timepieces in yellow and white gold. It’s interesting to note that the 36mm Oyster case of the Day Date Oysterquartz models came with an integrated bracelet rather than the President bracelet. Oysterquartz watches are no longer in production, but the secondary market has several vintage Oysterquartz models to choose from.

The third Rolex Day Date President model, the Day Date II, made its debut in 2008. With its bigger 41mm case, this was Rolex’s answer to prevailing trends for larger men’s watches. However, Rolex actually discontinued the model in 2015, even though many were happy with the bigger Rolex President watch. This was to make way for the newest Day Date collection.

The most recent Rolex President model is the Day Date 40. With its slightly smaller and slimmer 40mm Oystercase and thinner lugs, this is a very elegant Rolex President indeed. It perfectly balances a larger size along with a refined touch.

Which Rolex President Gets Your Vote?

There are so many Rolex Day Date President models out there to choose from. Settling on the right candidate may be tough. But whether you go 36mm or 40mm, vintage or modern, yellow, white, or rose gold or even platinum, really any Rolex President is a great choice. And now, you can view these great choices of used Rolex President timepieces here at We welcome you to visit today.

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The High Flying Gold GMT Master Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:53:10 +0000 Four Ways to Wear the Gold GMT Master

When Rolex first debuted the stainless steel GMT Master in 1955 for Pan Am, there probably weren’t any immediate plans to make the pilot’s watch in solid gold. This was, after all, a tool watch to permit pilots to tell the time in two different locations. However, in the 1960s, that’s precisely what happened. Rolex rounded their GMT Master collection with an ultra-luxurious solid yellow gold GMT Master model—perhaps for those who flew Concorde!

From the original model to the most current one and some in between, here are four ways to wear the gold GMT Master.

The Gold GMT Master ref. 1675/8

Crafted almost entirely in 18k yellow gold, the GMT Master ref. 1675/8 featured a “nipple” dial with gold faceted hour markers on either a black or brown background. For a polished look, the black dial model came outfitted with a matching black bezel while the brown dial version of the ref. 1675/8 paired beautifully with its brown bezel.

The brown bezels on GMT Master watches are often referred to as “Root Beer” bezels. For even more variety, there was also the choice between the sporty Oyster bracelet and the more formal Jubilee bracelet.

The Gold GMT-Master ref. 16758

Rolex GMT-Master

The 1980’s version of the gold GMT Master was the ref. 16758 and it brought along sapphire crystal to protect the dial. Looks wise, there were similar options to its predecessor—black dial/bezel and brown dial/bezel combinations, along with the two bracelet options. Plus, the early “nipple” dial style eventually gave way to the flatter indexes.

Technically, however, the Rolex GMT Master mens gold watch ref. 16758 is powered by the Caliber 3075 with the handy quickset date feature. As a result, wearers could now quickly change the date independently from the hour hand.

A lavish edition of the gold GMT Master ref. 16758 is the SARU variant, which along with diamonds, includes sapphires and rubies on the bezel to mimic the look of the iconic blue and red “Pepsi” bezel.

The Gold GMT-Master II ref. 16718

Introduced in the late 1980s, Rolex manufactured the gold GMT Master II ref. 16718 until 2007. As a GMT Master II model, the ref. 16718 ran on Caliber 3185 (and later Caliber 3186), which now allowed the Rolex pilot watch to indicate three time zones. While the GMT Master models had the center hour and extra 24-hour hands linked, the newer GMT Master II version had them autonomous from each other.

Just like previous versions, the gold GMT Master II ref. 16718 had plenty of variety including the black or brown bezels, black or brown dials, and Oyster or Jubilee bracelets. There were also the gem “Serti” dials with diamonds and rubies on the face of the watch.

The Gold GMT-Master II ref. 116718

GMT-Master II Yellow Gold

In 2005, the Rolex GMT Master watch celebrated its 50th anniversary. To honor the occasion, the Swiss watchmaking giant unveiled a completely redesigned GMT Master II. While there have been many variations since, the very first one was the yellow gold GMT Master II ref. 116718 with a green anniversary dial.

Along with the green dial, other new features included a broader shape, a Cerachrom ceramic bezel, an enhanced Oyster bracelet with polished center links, and an updated Caliber 3186 with improved resistance, precision, and reliability. Today, the yellow gold GMT Master II ref. 116718 is only available with a black ceramic bezel and Oyster bracelet, but dial variations include green and black.   There are also plenty of gem versions in 18k white and yellow gold with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.

Whether you prefer vintage glam or modern luxuries, there’s a gold GMT Master out there to suit any highflier.  In addition, you can view more selections of used Rolex GMT Master timepieces here at BeckerTime.

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Luxury Preowned Rolex Timepieces at Affordable Prices Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:03:09 +0000 The Best Affordable Luxury Watches

Ladies Rolex Stainless Steel Date Silver 6917

Ah, the look, the feel, the panache of a genuine, authentic Rolex watch. For some, buying that special timepiece is a lifelong dream. Wearing the Rolex brand symbolizes success, class and prestige. But alas, Rolex timepieces are only for the rich and famous. Or is it?  Discover the best affordable luxury watches with the most trusted seller.

We’re here to tell you that BeckerTime offers authentic preowned Rolex watches at prices more affordable than you may think. With watch prices as low as $2,000, you can have the quality you’ve come to expect from Rolex, for a fraction of the original retail pricing.

At BeckerTime, our business is selling pre-loved luxury Rolex timepieces. We enjoy helping even the most discerning of customers find their perfect Rolex watch. Also, we love that our customers can enjoy an authentic preowned Rolex timepiece, most with a one-year warranty, and take part in our Lifetime TradeUp Guarantee program. Finally, we love that they can do this while paying less than retail pricing on the exact same watch style and model!

A Reliable and Trusted Seller

Now, some individuals feel strongly about having the box and papers that come with a Rolex watch. The first thing you should know about buying a preowned Rolex watch is that it may or may not come with the original box and papers. One of the biggest misconceptions in the industry is that a box and papers automatically means the Rolex watch is authentic. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, anyone selling a fake Rolex can easily create or reuse the box and papers from another watch. What you have to trust is the seller, whether you’re buying new or preowned.

Purchase With Peace Of Mind

Rolex Lifetime Trade-Up Program

For nearly 20 years, we’ve prided ourselves on selling certified, authentic preowned Rolex watches. We offer exceptional, personalized customer service. Furthermore, we’ve built a stellar reputation with the BBB, eBay, Yelp, Facebook and many more. Therefore, if you’re in the market for an affordable preowned luxury timepiece, look no further than Let us help you choose from the best affordable luxury watches. The perfect preowned Rolex watch will last you a lifetime. (And if at any time, you have eyes for another Rolex watch, you can simply take advantage of our Lifetime TradeUp Guarantee program.) Now, go fulfill that lifelong dream!

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Two is Better Than One: The Two Tone GMT Master Fri, 30 Jun 2017 07:14:20 +0000 Similar to many Rolex collections, the GMT Master line is a varied one with several metal choices. One option is the elegant combination of stainless steel and yellow gold — dubbed as Rolesor by the Swiss watchmaker. Join us as we delve into the four-part story of the two tone GMT Master.

The Two Tone GMT Master ref. 1675/3

The very first two tone GMT Master was the ref. 1675/3, which made its debut in the 1970s and featured both 14k yellow gold as well as stainless steel.

In terms of variety, the GMT Master ref. 1675/3 had two different bezel options. There’s the black version, in addition to the bicolor bronze and brown version. The latter of the two is also known as the “Root Beer” bezel—following suit from the “Pepsi” and “Coke” soda nicknames.

Along with bezel selection, the GMT Master ref. 1675/3 also offers a choice between the sporty Oyster bracelet or the dressier Jubilee bracelet. Of course, this being a Rolesor GMT Master, the center links of each bracelet are fashioned in yellow gold.

A distinct trait of the vintage two tone GMT Master ref. 1675/3 is its “nipple” dial named so for its gold faceted round hour markers. The black bezel model comes with a black dial, while the bicolor “Root Beer” bezel pairs with a rich brown dial.

Mens Rolex Two Tone GMT Master Brown Rootbeer Diamond 16753

The Two Tone GMT Master ref. 16753

In the 1980s, Rolex introduced the mens Rolex GMT Master ref. 16753. This time, the gold portion of the two metals was 18k rather than 14k. Also, the then-new movement, the Caliber 3075, included the quickset date function. This means you can now set the date independently from the hour hand, therefore, making it much easier to keep the correct date!

Just like its predecessor, there are two bezel options (black and Root Beer) in addition to two bracelet alternatives (Oyster and Jubilee). Furthermore, early models sport the nipple style dial while later GMT Master ref. 16753 versions house the flat lume plots.

The Two Tone GMT Master II ref. 16713

The first Rolex GMT Master II mens two-tone, steel and gold was the ref. 16713, which came onto the scene in the 1990s. Thanks to the Caliber 3185 (and subsequent Caliber 3186), the GMT Master II can indicate three time zones rather than just the two of the GMT Master series.

Aesthetically, Rolex carried on a similar look with the black bezel and black dial pairing and the bicolor brown bezel and brown dial combo. However, there are also the lavish Serti dials with rubies and diamonds for indexes.

Mens Rolex Two-Tone 18K/SS GMT Master II Black Ceramic 116713

The Two Tone GMT Master II ref. 116713

At Baselworld 2006, Rolex unveiled the latest generation of the mens Rolex GMT Master II ref. 116713 two tone timepiece. A completely revamped model, this is actually the current Rolesor GMT Master II available from Rolex.

Among its long list of enhancements, the GMT Master II ref. 116713 includes the Cerachrom ceramic bezel, bulkier case, improved bracelet clasp, and Triplock winding crown. There are also improvements to the Caliber 3186, including the Parachrom hairspring for better resistance and thus, reliability.

Although Rolex offers many enrichments, they’ve limited its variety. In fact, there’s only one version of the GMT Master II ref. 116713: black bezel, black dial, green 24-hour hand, and steel and gold Oyster bracelet with polished center links.

The above four versions of the two tone Rolex pilot’s watch clearly shows the evolution of the GMT Master watch that balances both the ruggedness of steel and luxuriousness of yellow gold. Sometimes, two (tones) is indeed better than one!

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The Multiple Colors of the Stainless Steel GMT Master Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:42:50 +0000 The Rolex GMT Master Bezel Options

For many Rolex fans, there really is only one pilot’s watch — the GMT Master. Designed specifically for pilots, the GMT Master permitted aviation professionals to keep track of various time zones as they flew around the world. In fact, Rolex originally produced the GMT Master for Pan Am. Soon after, it was adopted by other pilots, and finally by the general population. But, there’s no denying the practicality of the Rolex GMT Master, regardless if you know how to fly a plane or not. Ultimately, this is a storied and popular Rolex watch.  However, it is the GMT Master bezel that is the one component that really characterizes this handsome timepiece. So let’s dig into some of the finer details.

Bezel of GMT-Master

What’s the GMT Master bezel for?

First and foremost, let’s get back to basics; what is the bezel on the GMT Master watch for? The first thing you’ll note about the bezel is the 24-hour markings. Therefore, along with the extra 24-hour hand on the dial, the bezel’s primary function was to allow wearers to see the time in another time zone. Many pilots set that second time zone to Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) standard, hence the name of the watch.

Also, you’ll notice the red and blue colors on the bezel of the original GMT Master. Aside from looking great, the reason for two colors was to quickly differentiate between daytime and nighttime on the 24-hour bezel.

On the GMT Master models, the 24-hour hand and the center hour hand are not independent of each other. Therefore, the second time zone is determined by turning the bezel to have the 24-hour hand point to the appropriate hour. On GMT Master II references, however, the pair of hour hands are autonomous, thus allowing the indication of a third time zone.

GMT-Master Bezels

Which bezel colors are available with the stainless steel GMT Master watches?

There are in fact five different bezel color options on stainless steel GMT Master watches.

As previously mentioned, the original and subsequently most iconic bezel on a Rolex GMT Master mens stainless steel watch is the red and blue bi-color bezel. In Rolex circles, this particular bezel is nicknamed the “Pepsi” for its similarity to the beverage logo. There are many stainless steel GMT Master “Pepsi” models including ref. 6254, ref. 1675, ref. 16750, ref. 16700, and ref. 16710.

Staying on the soda theme, there’s also the red and black “Coke” bezel, which made its debut on the inaugural stainless steel GMT Master II model, the ref. 16760. Or, if you prefer a slimmer and newer edition, there’s also the GMT Master II ref. 16710 with a “Coke” bezel.

The all blue bezel, nicknamed the “Blueberry,” is actually very rare. It was only available on some custom-ordered stainless steel GMT Master ref. 1675 watches in the 1970s. These were never available to the public in Rolex boutiques.

The black and blue ceramic bezel is the newest type of bezel available on the stainless steel GMT Master. Nicknamed the “Batman,” Rolex unveiled the black and blue Cerachrom ceramic bezel in 2013 on the ref. 116710.

Finally, there’s the ubiquitous black bezel. Introduced on a stainless steel GMT Master ref. 1675 in the 1970s, most steel GMT Master models (except for the ref. 6524 and the ref. 16760) offer the black bezel option.

With color options that range from all black to both blue and red and some more shades in between, settling on just one stainless steel GMT Master Rolex watch may be a little challenging!

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Traveling Through the History and Evolution of The Rolex GMT Master Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:45:07 +0000 GMT Master History Begins With A Solution

Similar to so many famous Rolex watches, the GMT Master came about as a solution to a particular community’s problem. According to GMT Master history, this watch allowed Pan Am pilots to keep track of two time zones simultaneously as commercial travel boomed. Today, the GMT Master and GMT Master II are some of the most popular luxury watches in the world. Join us as we travel through the history and evolution of Rolex’s famous pilot’s watch.

Mens Rolex 18K Yellow Gold GMT-Master Black Nipple 16758

The Rolex GMT Master

The one that started it all was the GMT Master ref. 6542 in 1955. In addition to the center hour and minute hands, the GMT Master had an extra GMT hand that pointed to 24-hour markings on the two-tone Bakelite bezel. As a result, the watch could now display local time as well as home time. Due to its fragility, Bakelite was swiftly replaced with an aluminum insert in the same red and blue “Pepsi” colors.

In 1959, Rolex GMT Master history follows up with the GMT Master ref. 1675 with new crown guards around the winding crown in addition to the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation on the dial. In the 1970s, Rolex unveiled a black bezel version as an additional choice to the bi-color bezel. Rolex also presented a full gold GMT-Master with the ref. 1675/8 and a two-tone GMT Master with the ref. 1675/3.

After the ref. 1675 came the GMT Master ref. 16750 in 1981 and with it, Caliber 3075 with the super practical quickset to permit date setting independently of the hour hand. The 18k yellow gold version was the ref. 16758 while the two-tone GMT-Master of the era was the ref. 16753.

1988 saw the launch of the ref. 16700 with sapphire crystal, indexes with white gold surrounds, and Caliber 3175. The ref. 16700 was the last GMT Master model and when its production ceased in 1999, it made way for the GMT Master II to completely take over.

Mens Rolex Two-Tone 18K/SS GMT Master II Black Ceramic 116713

The Rolex GMT Master II

The ref. 16760 was the very first GMT Master II that came out in 1983 with a brand new black and red “Coke” bezel on top of its thicker case. The deeper case accommodated the new Caliber 3085 that had the center hour hand and the 24-hour hand independent from each other. Subsequently, the GMT Master ref. 16750 and the GMT-Master II ref. 16760 were available at the same time with the latter being the more expensive version.

The GMT-Master II ref. 16710 from 1989 is the most varied GMT Master II model to date. In fact, there are three bezel options: black and red, blue and red, and full black. Plus, there’s also the Rolesor ref. 16713 and the full gold ref. ref. 16718.

Finally, in 2007, Rolex unleashed the current GMT Master II model. Dramatically different to all its predecessors, the GMT Master II ref. 166710 offers the Cerachrom ceramic bezel, the heftier case, the Triplock winding crown, the Maxi dial, and the new Caliber 3186. In addition to many gem-set models, there’s the steel ref. 116710LN with the black bezel, the steel ref. 116710BLNR with the black and blue “Batman” bezel, the white gold ref. 116719 with the “Pepsi” bezel, the yellow gold ref. 116718LN and the two-tone ref. 116713LN.

While the origins of the GMT Master began as a pilot’s tool watch, this Rolex quickly took off as a luxury sports watch for the general population too. And six decades later, the GMT Master remains as one of Rolex’s icons.

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The Best of Both Worlds: The Two Tone Submariner Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:18:56 +0000 Both Tough and Luxurious

While the Submariner was originally born as a tool watch for divers, it has now developed into Rolex’s most popular luxury sports watch. The range of Submariner watches run the gamut from robust stainless steel models to ultra-lavish solid gold versions. In the middle of that, sits the beautiful Rolex two tone Submariner. Tough enough thanks to its steel construction yet luxurious thanks to its 18k yellow gold accents, let’s take a closer look at the Submariner that offers the best of both worlds.

What is Rolesor?

For those who aren’t aware, Rolesor is the company’s name for two tone watches that combine stainless steel and 18k gold in the same Rolex timepiece. There’s yellow Rolesor, which combines yellow gold and steel; white Rolesor, which combines white gold and steel; and Everose Rolesor, which, you guessed it, combines Everose gold with steel.

The only type of Rolesor available for the Submariner, however, is the yellow gold and stainless steel option.


Early Models of the Rolex Two Tone Submariner

It may come as a surprise to some, but the first Rolex two tone Submariner only made its debut in the 1980s. The inaugural model was the Rolesor Submariner ref. 16803 and it was in production from about 1984 to about 1988. The Submariner ref. 16803 is considered a transitional reference and came equipped with sapphire crystal rather than acrylic, in addition to the 300-meter depth rating instead of 200 meters.

In 1988, Rolex presented the two tone Submariner ref. 16613, which the company manufactured for the following 20 years. At the heart of the Submariner ref. 16613 was the then-new Caliber 3135. Like its predecessor, the Sub ref. 16613 comes with either a black or a blue bezel. Particularly precious versions of the Submariner ref. 16613 are those with the so-called “Serti” dials — gem-adorned dials with diamonds and sapphires as indexes.


Today’s Rolex Two Tone Submariner

At Baselworld 2009, Rolex unveiled the brand new Submariner ref. 116613, and with it, introduced many changes to the Rolesor dive watch. Some of the modifications the ref. 116613 offered include the Cerachrom ceramic bezel, the chunkier case (although on paper it’s still 40mm), and the “Maxi” dial with larger lume plots and wider center hands. Furthermore, the Chromalight display that glows blue in the dark replaced the previous green SuperLumiNova.

Although Rolex used to offer diamond dial versions of the Submariner ref. 116613, it seems the company no longer includes those models in their current catalog.

A two tone Rolesor Submariner is a fantastic option for those looking for a more elegant version of a diver’s watch. And these three references from different eras in Rolex’s history offer their own distinct appeal. Experience the best of both worlds and view an extensive selection of Rolex Submariner mens two tone watches here at BeckerTime.

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Rolex Perpetual Movement Story Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:35:12 +0000 Rolex Perpetual Movement: The Beginning

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual was the first water resistant, self-winding watch. Finally, Rolex had found the solution that watchmakers had been searching for centuries. Of course, the solution attracted the attention of watch buyers worldwide. In addition, this Rolex perpetual movement was identified with the “Bubbleback” model. Over the next 20 years, Rolex would continue to produce this model with a variety of materials, dials, and references.

The Launch

Rolex Oysterperpetual

During 1931, Rolex patented and launched the first watertight, automatic wristwatch: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Generally, this watch contained one of the first Rolex perpetual movements through the means of a rotor weight. This weight moved as the wearer moved his arm and wrist, constantly winding the mechanism. As a result, they called it “Perpetual,” because this movement would perpetually wind itself.

In fact, this rotor was able to swing unobstructed through a full rotation. Because the rotor never hit against anything or have any sudden stops, this removed the possibility of breaking the winding mainspring. Equally important, this provided the watch with a stable, constant source of energy. Additionally, this new Rolex perpetual movement was much quieter than other competing automatics. Rolex took advantage of this benefit by advertising with a slogan: Rolex the silent self winder. The wearer, however, could still wind the watch using the crown, if needed.

The Bubbleback

There was, however, a slight disadvantage to the design because of its additional thickness. Because of the thickness, Rolex gave it the nickname “Bubbleback.” In Italian, this was referred to as the “Ovetto,” or little egg. Also, there is record that Rolex initially advertised these Oyster Perpetuals as “the watch sensation of 1934.” These early models always had very simple dials and made with a stainless steel material called “Steelium.” Rolex offered these early watches with steel, a gold bezel, and winder.

The Tool Watch

Subsequently, in the 1950’s Rolex produced an Oyster perpetual movement with a rotating bezel and called it “Turn-O-Graph” Ref. 6202. So far, this was the first model with a rotating bezel that had a 60-minute scale and luminous triangular zero marker set on the tip of the minute hand. As a result, this allowed clear functionality for measuring shorter time intervals and labeled the “Tool Watch.” Beginning in 1959, Rolex issued the Oyster Perpetual No Date in size 36mm and featured a plastic crystal and a 26 jewels movement. However, today these timepieces are available with a variety of dials, bezels, bands, and sizes.

A Rolex Evolution

Undoubtedly, the Rolex perpetual movement is definitely a piece of art that has transcended its technological achievements to offer ease of maintenance and reliable precision under a water resistant case. Browse these elegant timepieces at to discover how Rolex has applied this automatic movement to almost all of their models, including their “dress” watch models, as well as their sports line.

Rolex Perpetual Movement Story | A Self Winding Tale | BeckerTime

The Rolex Perpetual movement story tells the brief facts surrounding how Rolex’s self winding watch mechanisms quickly exceeded the manual winding styles.

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Luxury Inspiration: A Round-Up of BeckerTime’s Favorite Complements to a Rolex Watch Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:34:59 +0000 Rolex Watch Complements That Inspire

A Rolex watch easily stands on its own. The brand itself represents style and success, mystery and panache. Also, the watch is known for reliability, durability and quality. So, how do you possibly complement such a strong status symbol on your wrist? You show it a good time, naturally.

When you wear a Rolex watch, you’re not one to blend in with the crowd. You don’t take a backseat to anything. And, you’re certainly not one to stay home and let life pass you by. Nope, you’re a take-charge, take-on-the-world and have a darn good time doing it kind of person.

As a result, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite Rolex watch complements that pair perfectly with luxury and style. No, this is not the blog that’s going to tell you what jeans or pinstripe suit to wear with your Rolex. Instead, this is the blog that we hope inspires you to get out there and enjoy life with your trusty Rolex sidekick.


On-Demand Private Jet Service

Most love the Ubers and Lyfts of the world. We love the ‘Ubers of the skies.’ On-demand private jet services offer handy little apps to book your private chartered flight so you can travel the world on a whim and with style.


An Afternoon Cocktail on the Beach

Is there really anything more luxurious than sipping on a cocktail, long before the sun sets behind the waves? No kids to look after, nowhere to be, and no one to report to. While the setting is perfect for sporting your Rolex, just be sure you’ve done a recent pressure check to confirm the water resistance of your wristwatch. (Read our full article on Rolex water resistance). A broken watch is the last thing you’ll want an afternoon like this.


Personal Shopper

We promised not to tell you if you should go single or double-breasted, but what we will tell you is a personal shopper is the perfect complement to that perfect Rolex watch. Why you ask? You’re too busy enjoying life than to be bothered trying on four different sizes of the same pants just to learn they have to be hemmed a quarter of an inch anyway. A personal shopper will take your measurements, consider your needs, and come back to you with just the right style choices for your build, lifestyle and overall look. Just make sure your personal shopper knows your exquisite taste in luxury timepieces.


A Breath of Fresh Air

You’re balancing it all – work, family, friends. Just as you want your Rolex watch to run properly, you’ve got to keep your body and mind running properly. Eat the right foods, get in solid exercise, do a little good in the world, and make sure you get outside and breathe the fresh air. Your Rolex watch wasn’t made to sit behind closed doors and neither were you.

The reality of it all is that perfect Rolex watch complements begin with you. Take care of your luxury timepiece and you will enjoy it for many years to come. Owning and wearing a Rolex watch is a special feeling and one that we want to help everyone enjoy. Check out for myriads of resources, from tips on how to care for your preowned Rolex watch, to our Lifetime TradeUp Guarantee program, to our full selection of preowned Rolex watches available for purchase.

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Diving for Treasure: The Gold Submariner Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:03:37 +0000 Think about it, this is a diver’s watch we’re talking about. In full 18k gold. While this may not cause anyone to bat an eyelid today, in the late 1960s, this was an outrageous proposition indeed. Join us as we plunge into the history and evolution of Rolex’s gold Submariner.

Vintage Rolex Submariner

The Gold Submariners of Yesteryear

In 1969, Rolex unveiled a solid 18k yellow Submariner with the ref. 1680/8. This new gold diver’s watch marked a new path for the Submariner from a purely utilitarian tool watch to a veritable luxury timepiece. Powered by Caliber 1575, the Submariner ref. 1680/8 is characterized by its “nipple” dial, named so for the faceted round indexes. Furthermore, its black or blue dial matched its black or blue bezel insert and all models were topped with acrylic crystal.

A decade later, in 1979, the yellow gold Submariner ref. 16808 joined with sapphire crystal protecting the face and the Rolex Caliber 3035 beating within. Similar to its predecessor, the Submariner ref. 16808 was also available in either black or blue. Early models included the “nipple” dial while later ones came equipped with lume plots for hour-markers.

The late 1980s saw the arrival of the Rolex Submariner mens yellow gold, ref. 16618, which was in production for the next two decades. Driving the ref. 16618 is the famous Rolex Caliber 3135 providing optimal performance and 48-hour power reserve. Although preliminary Submariner ref. 16618 models included tritium on the black or blue dials for luminescence, Rolex later replaced this with SuperLumiNova. It’s worth noting that the Submariner ref. 16808 and the Submariner ref. 16618 also had “Serti” dial options with diamonds and sapphires for added opulence.

Current Rolex Submariner

Today’s Gold Submariner

In 2008, Rolex released not one but two brand new gold Submariner models at Baselworld. The first was the yellow gold Submariner ref. 116618 followed by—for the first time ever—a white gold Submariner ref. 116619. The biggest changes to the new gold Subs are the inclusion of the highly popular Cerachrom ceramic bezel, bulkier cases, and the “Maxi” dial with larger indices and hands.

The new yellow gold Submariner is available with a black dial and bezel (ref. 116618LN) configuration, along with a blue dial and bezel (ref. 116618LB) combo. On the other hand, the white gold ref. 116619 comes exclusively with a bright blue dial and bezel and as a result, has picked up the nickname “Smurf.” Rolex used to offer a diamond dial option on both gold Submariners, however, they no longer do.

In terms of a distinguished luxury sports watch, it doesn’t get much better than a solid gold Submariner. And while it’s highly unlikely that a gold Sub will accompany a scuba dive, it’s certainly up for the task. And remember, you can view a great selection of luxury Rolex watches here at BeckerTime.

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James Bond Wore a Rolex, and Why You Should Too Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:51:48 +0000 James Bond Rolex Timepiece


The year was 1962. James Bond, played by Sean Connery, hit the big screen in Dr. No, displaying his extraordinary taste in cars, clothes and, yes, his wristwatch. The James Bond Rolex Submariner mens leather strap watch is ever present as Bond makes his way to Crab Key Island where the mysterious Dr. No awaits.

Secret agent or not, Rolex timepieces are the epitome of style and success. In an AskMen article earlier this year, writer Amos Kwon states, “A wristwatch is a powerful tool that not only provides the wearer with the ability to tell time (hopefully with great accuracy), but it also communicates a personal sense of style perhaps more than any other accoutrement this side of a pair of well-made shoes or expensive glasses or sunglasses.”

It’s only fitting that the world’s most famous and mysterious secret agent wear the world’s most recognized and revered watch brand. Rolex has built a legacy of creating the most iconic and desired timepieces known for both performance and reliability. For more celebrity association with this iconic brand, check out sports icons and their Rolex.

Adventure Summed Up in Style, Class, Quality, and Performance


While you may not be hunting down enemies and saving damsels in distress, you can at least look the part. And trust us, people notice Rolex timepieces. If you appreciate timeless style, subtle elegance, an abundance of class, reliability, quality and performance, then you, just like James Bond, should own a Rolex watch. Or, you can take it one step further and be the ever pragmatic investor and own a preowned Rolex watch. Same exceptional quality and performance, significantly less expense. Rolex timepieces retain and, in some cases, increase in value over time.

Do yourself a favor and view our extensive collection of preowned Rolex watches here at BeckerTime. We promise all the sophistication and style worthy of James Bond, but no secret agent skills required.

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A Look Inside The BeckerTime Lifetime Tradeup Guarantee Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:53:05 +0000 BeckerTime Customer Benefits

The first thing you should know about BeckerTime is that we’re not just looking to make a quick sale. Yes, we’re an ecommerce business and yes, we love selling preowned Rolex watches to discerning customers around the world. However, what’s most important to us is the buying experience our customers have. In fact, we want our BeckerTime customers to not only enjoy the experience of choosing their pre-loved Rolex watches, we want them to have full confidence in their investment now and for many years to come. As a result, we’d like to introduce our exclusive BeckerTime customer benefits that demonstrate our commitment.

30-Day Return Policy

That’s why BeckerTime has pushed the envelope to innovate on how we take care of our customers. To start, we offer a hassle-free, 30-day return policy. If you’re not completely satisfied with your purchase from BeckerTime, simply ship it back to us within 30 days. We’ll send you a full refund, minus the shipping costs. In addition, we invite you to read more about this risk-free return policy on our website:

Lifetime TradeUp Guarantee Program


In addition, BeckerTime offers our exclusive Lifetime TradeUp program. Why? Purchasing your first Rolex can be a very exciting endeavor. However, what happens a few years down the road when you begin to eye a different Rolex and want to upgrade? Whether it’s an upgraded model, a newer model, or just a different style, as a valued customer you can take advantage of our Lifetime TradeUp Guarantee. This is a simple way to make sure you love what’s on your wrist for many years to come. When you decide you would like an upgrade from the original preowned Rolex you purchased from BeckerTime, we will use the full price you paid for your watch towards the purchase of a new BeckerTime preowned Rolex timepiece.

To take advantage of this program, keep an eye out for the qualifying BeckerTime preowned Rolex watches. We also invite you to use the BeckerTime Tradeup Calculator. Please give us a call any time at (817) 503-2334 to talk about your specific trade up.

We Value Your Business and Your Trust

We value each and every one of our customers and appreciate your business. If you’ve taken advantage of our Lifetime TradeUp program, let us know on Facebook at If you are not already a BeckerTime customer, we invite you to view our extensive collection of incredible timepieces here at BeckerTime.

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Choosing the Right Stainless Steel Submariner for You Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:58:56 +0000 A Few Basic Questions To Ask To Help You Choose The Right Stainless Steel Submariner For Your Wrist

While there are currently plenty of gold and two-tone Rolex Submariner models, originally, the iconic diver was only available in steel. Only later did Rolex introduce new materials to the Submariner collection in an effort to enhance the luxuriousness of the watch.

Today, stainless steel remains as the most popular version of the Rolex Submariner. Although there are many options to choose from, this can make it hard to pick just one! So, if you’re in the market for a steel Submariner, learn how to choose the right stainless steel Submariner watch, and the basic questions to ask yourself before you settle on the right one for you.


No-Date or Date Stainless Steel Submariner?

The first question you should ask yourself is whether you want a date or a no-date Submariner. Early models of the Submariner did not include a date function but in the mid-1960s, Rolex introduced the ref. 1680 with a date window at 3 o’clock, along with the famous Cyclops lens magnifying it.

Fans of a more symmetrical look opt for a no-date Submariner, preferring the uncluttered look of the dial. However, others appreciate the practicality a date feature brings to the table. It’s also worth noting that non-date Submariners are typically less expensive.

Non-date Submariner models include the ref. 14060, the ref. 14060m, and the ref. 114060.

Vintage, Discontinued, or Current Steel Submariner?

discontinued-vintage-current-rolex-submarinerA vintage look or contemporary style is right for you.

It’s typically agreed upon that to be considered vintage, a watch has to be at least 30 years old. The Rolex vintage market is very competitive with a lot of collectors vying for the same coveted vintage Submariner models. Think “Red” Submariners, “Big Crown” Submariners, “James Bond” Submariners, and the like. Make sure you do your homework before delving into this highly-detailed and passionate world.

Discontinued steel Submariners from the mid-1980s or later include modern practical features like quickset, sapphire crystal, and so on, in addition to good value for money. Take a look, for example, at the ref. 16610 or the ref. 14060 steel Subs.

The main highlight on current Submariner models such as the ref. 114060 and the ref. 116610 is the new Cerachrom ceramic bezels. Some love the distinct and modern look of ceramic, in addition to its resistance to scratching and fading. On the other hand, some prefer the classic look of an aluminum bezel insert on a stainless steel Submariner.

Essentially, take your time to explore and research your options.  Ultimately,  you’ll discover how to choose the right stainless steel Submariner Timepiece. For more choices, you can view a great selection with best prices of Rolex Submariner mens stainless steel timepieces here at BeckerTime.

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Rolex GMT Master II Review Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:14:40 +0000 Rolex GMT Master II Review Model 16710 with Red-Blue bezel insert
Rolex GMT Master II 16710 with Red-Blue bezel insert

Rolex GMT Master II Review Of An Ultimate Tool Watch

The Rolex GMT Master II review details a long history that makes it one of the very definitions of a tool watch. The Rolex GMT-Master was designed for international travel crossing time zones. Pilots could now read 24 hour time to note in their flight log books. In fact, in 1954, Rolex designed the the original GMT for Pan-Am. It had a gilt dial, no crown guards and a Bakelite bezel insert. Legend has it that the black faced GMT’s were for pilots, and a white faced version was for office-based executives.

Rolex GMT from 1954

The most prevalent GMT Master II model is the 16710. Though, this model was replaced by the ceramic bezeled 116710. However, you can find the 16710 model at BeckerTime’s used Rolex GMT Master II, as well as the pre-owned Rolex market. The GMT Master II 16710 has evolved from the original 6542 and 1675 GMT Master with multiple features and improvements added. The model 1675 was the first to move from Bakelite bezel inserts that were fragile, to aluminum inserts. The original 1675 came with a blue-red insert indicating AM and PM as well as matching Pan-Am color scheme. Later, the 16750 came with a quickset hour hand. Also, for a few years came the 16760 “Fat Lady” because of its larger case. The 16760 was the first GMT with a sapphire crystal, red-black bezel insert, and independently adjustable hour hand so the user can track three time zones.

Similar to the Submariner

This Rolex GMT Master II review describes many appealing aspects to the Rolex GMT Master II 16710. This model uses a similar case as its brother the Submariner. The case is 904L stainless steel and the bracelet the more industry standard 314L stainless. 904L helps prevent corrosion that sometimes occurs on the caseback threads from sweat and sea water. Unlike the Submariner, the GMT utilizes a thinner caseback and Twinloc crown. Both of these differences make the GMT water resistant only to 100 meters. 100 meter water resistance is plenty durable for recreational swimming, snorkeling, and water activities that pilots would do.

The other appealing feature of the Rolex GMT Master II is the ability to track two time zones. It is easy to track another time zone by using the 24 hour hand set to UTC or Greenwich time, and the rotating bezel. The independently adjustable 12-hour hand make it easy to change local time when traveling among time zones. The numbers on the bezel insert, combined with the SuperLuminova covered dial dots and Mercedes hands make the Rolex GMT one of the more legible watch faces.

The Rolex GMT Master II 16710 is available with an Oyster bracelet and Oysterlock bracelet clasp. Earlier models were also available with a DateJust style clasp and Jubilee style bracelet, bridging the tool watch with a dress watch.

This Rolex GMT Master II review points out that no one can go wrong with a GMT Master II because of its ease in wearing it, its provenance and history, and its functionality.

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Gift Guide Inspiration: Father’s Day Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:19:48 +0000 Fathers Day Gift Guide

Every June, you may be one of many who wonders what to get Dad for Father’s Day. You can go basic and give him a gift he may soon forget.  On the other hand, you can give him something he will treasure forever. If you’re leaning toward the latter, then we’ve compiled a few of our favorite items with our Fathers Day gift guide to make this Father’s Day the most memorable yet.

At BeckerTime, we know that feeling you get wearing a luxury timepiece. In fact, you can show dad what a wise investor you are this Father’s Day by giving him a watch that appreciates in value, never goes out of style, and is a wardrobe staple esteemed enough for the likes of James Bond. At, we offer a huge selection of preowned Rolex watches.

Our Favorites

rolex-daytonaMens Rolex Daytona
For the Dad who likes a larger faced watch, the Daytona is an excellent watch to thrill this Father’s Day. As the name suggests, the Daytona was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. However, while Dad might not be on the racetrack every day, this watch offers a highly reliable chronograph to keep up with his demanding lifestyle.

rolex-datejustMens Rolex Datejust
For a smaller-faced watch option, we love the Datejust. In addition, this watch is the modern archetype of the classic watch. Fashion may change from day-to-day, but your dad will always be in style with a Datejust. Also, with a price tag as low as $2,600, a Datejust is one of the more affordable preowned Rolex watch options.

The Finer Things

Also, if you’re looking for something to compliment Dad’s new watch, we’ve also compiled a few ideas in our Fathers Day gift guide for those who enjoy the finer things in life.

jacob-bromwellJacob Bromwell Great American Flask
This 9-ounce flask from legendary designer and manufacturer Jacob Bromwell is handmade entirely from copper and given an American Birchwood stopper. True to Bromwell’s original 1819 design, this flask is as old and as American as bourbon whiskey itself. Looking for an extra touch? Jacob Bromwell offers engraving on every flask. Perfect for every occasion, what dad wouldn’t love this gift?

helicopterHelicopter Excursion
Does your dad love adventure? Consider a helicopter excursion for dad or the whole family! For instance, many excursions offer much more than just viewing your city from above. Live in California? Explore wine country by air! In North Texas? Arrive at Texas Motor Speedway in style! Also, a quick search will prove every helicopter excursion offers a unique experience specific to your area.

BeckerTime would love to help you choose your dad’s new favorite timepiece this Father’s Day. As a result, we offer a large selection of preowned Rolex timepieces, paired with our personalized customer service, to help ensure you find the perfect watch at the right price.

View our selection online today at or give us a call at (817) 503-2334.

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Diving into What Makes the Rolex Submariner so Popular Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:57:46 +0000 It Has Earned Its Place

Boasting legendary status in the luxury watch space, no timepiece comes close to the recognition, prestige, and popularity of the Rolex Submariner. Gracing the wrists of celebrities, royalty, top athletes, and regular folk alike, let’s explore what makes the Rolex Submariner so popular.

A Brief History of the Rolex Submariner

Making its debut in 1953, the Submariner joined the Rolex Oyster Professional line of watches. Leading up to what makes the Rolex Submariner so popular and differentiated with this particular line of Rolex watches from other Rolex timepieces was that Oyster Professional pieces were tool watches. Indeed, the Rolex Submariner was built first and foremost as a diving watch. In fact, the Submariner was the first diving watch waterproof to 330 feet (100 meters) deep.

Perhaps, unbeknownst to some, Rolex had already developed sturdy dive watches with another now-famous watch brand, Panerai, for the Italian Navy.

Rolex took what they learned with the Panerai project and applied it to create their own diving wristwatch. Sporting a 37mm case and crafted entirely in steel, the very first Rolex Submariner was the ref. 6204. The Oyster case housed a black dial with luminescent hands and indexes for legibility under water, in addition to the rotating bezel to track immersion times.


The Evolution of the Rolex Submariner

While the inaugural Rolex Submariner set the fundamental design codes, Rolex, of course, has modified and enhanced the iconic dive watch over its six-decade existence.

For instance, while early Submariner models did not include protection around the winding crown, Rolex added crown guards to later models for added robustness. Furthermore, other cosmetic evolutions included Mercedes-style hands, sapphire crystal, alterations in luminescent materials, and so on.

In the mid-1960s, Rolex added a date version of the Submariner with the ref. 1680. A few years later, in 1969, Rolex offered a yellow gold Submariner with the ref. 1680/8. This factor contributed towards what makes the Rolex Submariner so popular.  These new Submariner models signaled a move from a tool watch position to a more luxury sports watch approach. This is further emphasized when the Submariner becomes available with diamonds and other precious gems. In the early 1980s, Rolex rounds out the Submariner collection with the two-tone Rolesor ref. 16803.


The Rolex Submariner Today

The most recent change to the Submariner was the inclusion of the Cerachrom ceramic bezel in 2008. A material prized for its resilience to fading and scratching, Rolex has now furnished all Submariners with Cerachrom bezels. Today, the Submariner collection is a varied one. There are models in stainless steel, yellow and white 18k gold, as well as two-tone versions. Plus, there are non-date and date models. And let’s not forget about the various colors including black, blue and green.

Thanks to its killer looks, technical capabilities, illustrious history, and steady evolution, the Rolex Submariner will continue to be the world’s most beloved luxury sports watch for a long time to come. You can check out an elegant selection of used Rolex Submariner watches here at BeckerTime.

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Industry News: Rolex Watches and Resale Value Mon, 29 May 2017 22:49:13 +0000 Smart investors know one thing: it’s all about returns. So, in an age of stocks and bonds; gold and silver; oil and gas; and real estate, to name a few, there may be one overlooked investment: luxury watches. But we’re not talking any luxury watch. We’re talking one of the world’s most valuable brands, according to Forbes. We’re talking the Rolex watch. Take that one step further and we’re really talking about a preowned, pre-loved Rolex watch.


Rolex watches are iconic. From James Bond to Wall Street, we see these watches as a symbol of status, success and achievement. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Rolex reached approximately $4.7 billion in sales last year.

Now, we’re not suggesting you bet your children’s inheritance on the buying and selling of Rolex watches. If you’re going to spend money on an asset, make it something that you can actually use or wear, something that is timeless, and something that will at least retain its value. (In other words, that luxury car is not an investment. New cars lose up to 11 percent of their value the moment you drive it off the lot.) To put it even more simply, in late 2015, ran the article, “Watches Are Bad Investments – With One Notable Exception”. The exception, of course, is Rolex.


But Rolex watches are not just popular among Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. Forbes reports that Rolex is among the top 10 companies most respected by millennials.

So whether you’re shopping for a gift for a loved one, or rewarding yourself for that new job or promotion, or even if it’s because you have an eye for beautiful, timeless watches, you simply cannot go wrong with a preowned Rolex watch. To make sure of it, BeckerTime proudly offers our clients the Lifetime TradeUp Guarantee program, ensuring you love your preowned Rolex watch through every phase of life.

If you’re looking to purchase a preowned Rolex timepiece, BeckerTime is one of the world’s largest online preowned Rolex retailers in the world. We offer a large inventory of preowned timepieces and personalized customer service to help ensure you find the perfect watch at the right price! View our selection of preowned Rolex watches online today at BeckerTime and discover why Rolex retains its value and appeals to all generations.

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Get to Know Our CEO: Matthew Becker’s Favorite Rolex Watches Thu, 25 May 2017 23:29:29 +0000 Nearly two decades ago, BeckerTime came to be because of a shared passion between father and son. A passion for what, you ask? Classic, timeless watches and, specifically, Rolex watches. As a Rolex expert and enthusiast, we wanted to hear from our CEO Matthew Becker about his all-time favorite Rolex watches. So, without further ado…

All-time Favorite Rolex Models

  • Rolex Explorer II 42mm
    Known as the latest and greatest Explorer II model, the 42mm is an all-around remarkable timepiece with many of the original Rolex touches, such as the white dial with black trim and black engraved 24-hour bezel. One of the most popular, larger sized Rolexes watches, this watch feels like it’s meant to be on your wrist.
  • Rolex Two-Toned Submariner
    Two-toned, 18k yellow gold and stainless steel make this Rolex not only a classic but also one of the most iconic. The 1990s, Two-Toned Submariner is a watch people automatically associate with Rolex. During Becker’s financial planning days, one of his bosses wore this watch and left a long-lasting impression on him; the Submariner represents success.

And since the relationship with a Rolex is sometimes love and sometimes lust (hence our BeckerTime Lifetime Tradeup Guarantee), Becker has a few favorite Rolex watches for the moment. Only time will tell if these turn into long-lasting love affairs.

For The Moment Favorite Watches

  • Rolex Vintage Datejust Turquoise
    It’s hard to capture the true beauty of the turquoise dial, but when picking a Rolex dial, turquoise is easily one of the best color options. It’s eye-catching but conservative and classic. Sought after by many watch collectors, this vintage, custom 1960s Datejust model features a stainless steel jubilee bracelet. It’s a watch people will stop to admire!
  • Rolex GMT Master II
    Both the black dial with white illuminating markers and black ceramic 24-hour bezel are a few reasons why the GMT Master II is one of Becker’s current favorites, as well as one of the hottest Rolex watches on the market. This watch also features a stainless steel oyster band with a Rolex signed clasp, which is a newer, heavier style SEL band.
  • Romain Jerome Liberty DNA
    While not a Rolex, this limited-edition Romaine Jerome Liberty DNA watch can’t be overlooked. Due to the unique blue-green color and bronze bezel, the DNA is a tribute to Lady Liberty. With only 125 available for purchase, the DNA contains many original Romain Jerome touches. We believe it’s simply a must-have collector’s item.

What are your favorite models at Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook at If you’re looking for a pre-loved, preowned Rolex, you’ve come to the right place.  You can view an extensive collection of incredible preowned timepieces here at BeckerTime.

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The Rolex Explorer Interesting Facts Mon, 22 May 2017 16:13:58 +0000 Rolex Explorer Facts: The Beginning

Like many Rolex watches, certain models are inextricably linked with adventures and personal stories. The Explorer and Explorer II are no different. Rolex Explorer facts reveal an interesting beginning when two climbers, Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the summit of Everest on May 29, 1953, of course, wearing a Rolex Explorer.

According to the facts, Rolex first introduced the Rolex Explorer in 1953. It had one look throughout its life; a black dial with luminescent Arabic numbers at 3′, 6′ and 9′, no date, smooth bezel, and triangular marker at 12 o’clock. Also, included were an Oyster bracelet and a stainless steel 36mm case. Except for the updates that all Rolex watches have received, it remained essentially the same watch.

The Next Explorer II

Rolex introduced the Explorer II model in early 1971. However, they never distributed the watches until 1991. Also, its popularity didn’t develop until then. They produced the original model until the next generation model, released in 1985. The engraved steel bezel was stationary and designed for speleologists (cave explorers) who had a hard time determining if it was am or pm.

The movement inside the Explorer II was identical to the movement used in the GMT-Master models. This also featured a 24-hour hand. Rolex used Caliber 1570 and 1575 movements for the entire line-up of 1655 Explorer II watches.

 A Newer Movement

The Explorer II reference 16570 featured a newer type of movement, the caliber 3185 and later the 3186. It also only had one obvious visual change from its predecessor, the use of black hour marker rings and hands on the white dial version. The cream-dial model had white gold hour markers and hands, just like the Submariner and GMT-Master for example. Our Rolex Explorer facts note that the hour markers and hands are still white gold beneath the black paint.

Rolex replaced the Explorer 40mm (16570), with a new 42mm version with an orange hour hand (216570). They introduced this new version at Basel World in March 2011 and released it to the public later that fall. This time, Rolex equipped it with the new 3187 calibre. You can browse a great collection of used Rolex Explorer II timepieces here at BeckerTime.

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The Rolex Watch Difference: They Are Impeccably Crafted Pieces of Fine Machinery Fri, 19 May 2017 06:57:10 +0000 The Rolex Watch Difference Is All In The Details

As you already know, the Rolex watch difference is that they are impeccably crafted pieces of fine machinery; a Rolex timepiece represents the pinnacle of luxury in terms of both style and movement. Some can attempt to imitate the Rolex watch, but they cannot duplicate it, as there are just so many signature markers to overcome. From the magnified date window to the signature sweep of the second hand, it is all of these small details that set them apart from their imitators. And, it is in these small, fine details that we enjoy our Rolex experience.

Aesthetics And Function

Rolex it's better than Smart Watch

Let’s talk for a moment about the Rolex dial and try to understand the detailing and craftsmanship involved in creating one. This is, after all, the most visible part of a watch and gives a potential buyer a perspective on what they are about to purchase. Let’s break down the types of Rolex dials by aesthetics and function.

  • The Rolex Datejust comes with a dial that is clean and elegant complete with Roman numerals.
  • Rolex Daytona also comes with a clean and elegant dial with additional sub-dials for timing activities.
  • A Milgauss dial is themed to capture the heart of science enthusiasts.
  • The Sky Dweller has a dial that displays two time zones, as well as a monthly calendar.
  • The popular Rolex Submariner and Yacht Master have dials that glow blue in the dark.

Other Ingredients That Set Rolex Apart

These are only the common elements of these Rolex dials. There are many other things that set Rolex dials apart from their competition. For example, there are any number of materials used in Rolex dials including mother-of-pearl, diamonds, gold and meteorite with finishes ranging from lacquered to sand-blasted. However, Rolex proudly affixes the crown front and center on each dial. This is the one thing all Rolex watch dials have in common. We hope you have enjoyed this handy guide.

The Reasons You Need A Rolex Watch

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If You are in the Market for a Luxury Watch, You Can’t Beat a Used Rolex Thu, 18 May 2017 06:38:28 +0000 Luxury Watches

They are centuries old and are one of the most important status symbols for men. It is quite easy to see why many men align themselves with certain watch brands as they reflect their own sense of style and taste. We can talk all day about the different brands of luxury watches out there.  Also, we can argue whether it is better to buy new Tag Heuer’s or preowned Rolex watches, but first, we must come to grips with the luxury watch itself and try to understand what makes it tick.

Types of Movements

When in the market for a luxury watch, you must consider the movement, the driving force behind your Rolex, Breitling or Corum. Like many, you will be utterly astounded by the precision and craftsmanship behind the likes of IWC and Patek Philippe.

When it comes to luxury watches, you will discover a vast array of movements from which to choose.

Automatic / Self-Winding

When it comes to luxury watches, this is by far the most popular movement. An automatic watch is a watch that is essentially powered by your movement. As long as you wear your luxury watch and move around, it will remain powered. Should you cease moving, say you fall into a coma, or worse, your luxury watch will stop in due time.

Quartz Movement

While quartz movement watches are widely popular, they are less common in luxury watches. Quartz movements are extremely accurate as well as reliable, but are also very inexpensive to produce. The latter is the main reason most luxury watch brands choose not to use quartz movements in their watches.

Jewel Movement

This type of movement is saved for the cream-of-the-crop, the creme de la creme of luxury watches as it calls for the use of polished and drilled jewels. Typically, any watch that is considered a luxury watch will have in excess of 19 jewels with the mechanism.

Mechanical Movement

Watches with mechanical movements have been around for a very long time as this type of movement has been in use for hundreds of years. To power a mechanical watch you simply wind up the mechanism by turning the watch crown. Energy is released as the mainspring slowly unwinds. This type of movement requires no battery and can be highly intricate with stunning features. However, you still have to wind your watch ever morning.

Chronograph Movement

Chronograph movements are popular as in addition to breaking down time in hours, minutes and seconds, they also boast some rather cool features like moon phases and calendars.

Watch Style

With such an extensive selection of luxury watches on the market, it is all too difficult to narrow them down and find one you like. After choosing which type of movement you desire, further narrow your focus by picking the style of watch you prefer.

Diving Watches

There are those who appreciate diving watches as nautical timepieces, while others like them simply because they look fantastic. Diving watches look great out of the water and function wonderfully in the great depths of the ocean. Regardless the reason you like diving watches, they are great buys.

Vintage Watches

There are plenty of vintages watches on the market that will turn heads and garner the attention you so desire. This is one of the reasons vintage watches remain so popular today.

Sports Watches

Wish for a watch that is as sporty as it is stunning? Even if you don’t live an action-packed life circling the world for adventure, a sports watch will give the impression you lead an adrenaline-filled lifestyle.

Luxury watches are not just ordinary wrist-wear. They  are works of art, technological marvels, and treasures to behold. Luxury watches are costly, but you don’t have to be independently wealthy to own one. In fact, you can own used Rolex watches for a very good price and become part of an elite group of people who own a luxury watch.



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“Happy Birthday Mr. President…” Wed, 17 May 2017 06:33:45 +0000 DSCN3094

Rolex Day Date Story

Ever wonder about the story of your favorite Rolex? Well, stick with us. Let’s turn to a top watch that defines the Rolex brand, the Rolex Day-Date President. The Rolex Day Date story is a bit ironic. On one hand, it’s certainly a luxurious watch with its precious metal case and bracelet, ironic water resistant traits, and chronometer certification.

The Most Unique Timepiece


On the other hand, it’s undoubtedly the most customized watch ever produced. Factory and aftermarket dial variations abound. Diamond bezels were available right from the start. However, today jeweled bezels are available with every precious gemstone you can imagine. These include diamond, colored stone, or any combination thereof. It is possible to have a unique President that no one else on the planet is wearing.

In The Beginning

The Rolex Day Date story began in 1956 as a last attempt at a somewhat complicated watch. Earlier attempts at complication, e.g. a moon phase, sat unwanted on dealers’ shelves. Interestingly, the Day Date was a hit with its display of the fully spelled out day in an arcing window at 12 o’clock.

Rolex introduced hacking in 1972. This convenient feature allowed owners to synchronize their watches with a known accurate time source and take full advantage of that chronometer-level accuracy.

Subsequently, the first “quick-set” feature for President watches came along in the late 1970s. This new feature replaced the need to twirl the hands innumerable times just to get the day and date to line up. This coincided with the introduction of a sapphire crystal, which replaced the old plastic crystal. In fact, this new modification increased durability with scratch resistance and water resistance from 165 ft (50m) to 330 ft (100m).

Day-Date II
Day-Date II

Double-quick set watches appeared in 1990. These Day-Dates allowed even quicker resetting of day and date at the end of most months.

Rolex introduced the Day-Date II in 2008. Similar to the Datejust II, the 41mm Day-Date II is a larger watch than its older 36mm brother. In keeping with modern style trends, much of that additional real estate comes in the form of a wider bezel.


The Day-Date Masterpiece is a 39mm version of the Day Date. The Masterpiece is available in gold or platinum. It features a diamond bezel and unique dials of mother of pearl, meteorite, and unique colors not used in other Rolex models. The bracelets are unique to the Masterpiece collection. They manufactured these in one, two, or three-color combinations of gold and platinum.

The President is Born

So now you know about the first part of the Rolex Day Date story.  But back to the question we alluded to early on. How did the Day Date come to be known as the President? Well, Rolex reportedly gave one to President Dwight Eisenhower. But this watch has never surfaced. As we’ve discussed here before, Ike wore a yellow gold Datejust, which Rolex gave him in 1951.

Also, Marilyn Monroe famously, but unverifiably, gave President Kennedy a Day-Date the year before his death. The watch exists, but no one has ever been able to tie it to either Kennedy or Monroe. In fact, the serial number on the watch in question apparently places its manufacture two years after the deaths of Monroe and Kennedy.

It is well-known that Lyndon B. Johnson wore a Day Date. Also, other world leaders have worn the watch. Rolex has called the familiar three-section link bracelet the President bracelet. However, they only referred to the watch as “The Rolex President” one time in a 1984 ad featuring sports agent extraordinaire, Mark McCormack. Thus, the Day Date became The President.

You can view a great selection of authentic used Rolex President timepieces here at BeckerTime.


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Rolex Daytona Facts Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:35:52 +0000 Chronograph Success

Our Rolex Daytona facts clearly tie the development of the automobile with auto racing in the United States. In fact, the 1930’s was an amazing era for the automobile. Mass production technology leaped forward and the motor car captured the imagination of Americans.

Official Timepiece of the Daytona International Speedway

Auto racing continued to grow in the U.S. over the next several decades, giving birth to endurance racing. In 1962, the Daytona International Speedway launched the inaugural 24 Hours of Daytona.  This was an event which would become the world’s premier endurance racing event. A year later, Rolex launched their first Cosmograph Chronograph featuring a tachymetric scale moved from the inner dial to the bezel, improving legibility. By 1966, Rolex would famously add the word “Daytona” to the dial. As a result, the Rolex Daytona would become a coveted prize awarded to each winner of the 24 hours of Daytona.  As a result, the Rolex Daytona facts show that the Daytona Chronograph would become the Official Timepiece of the Daytona International Speedway.

Worn by Racing Celebrities

In addition, these facts place the watch with a long list of racing celebrities. This list includes Paul Newman, Sir Jackie Stewart, and Tom Kristensen to name a few. Today, you can browse a distinct selection of used Rolex Daytona Chronographs here at BeckerTime. Visit today and discover why this timepiece remains a rare and coveted prize for enthusiasts of both auto racing and fine luxury watches.

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Rolex President Facts Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:45:04 +0000 A Rough Beginning

Our Rolex President facts take us back over 60 years. It was then when Rolex was on the verge of giving up on producing complicated timepieces. Their first Day Dates introduced, called “moonphase watches,” were not selling or attracting any interest. However, Rolex came up with a niche model that soon became one of its most distinctive watches.

A New Level

In 1956, the first watch that spelled out the days of the week in 26 languages was born, ref. 6511. This Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date was a brand new type of calendar watch. The day and date was visible in two separate apertures of the dial. In addition, the date and day of the week would turn instantaneously at midnight. In fact, Rolex subjected the Chronometer to the highest precision tests, and the Oyster case was 100% air tight to water and impurities. Rolex President facts note that the earlier Day Dates were water resistant to only 165 feet, while the more current models are water resistant to depths of 330 feet.

Subsequently, inevitable popularity developed around this niche model offering its wearer distinction and prestige. Besides, the Day Date was only available in 18K gold or platinum. As a result, this successfully positioned Rolex to a new level in the marketplace.

Rolex President

The “President Watch”

It had been rumored that the first Rolex given to then President Eisenhower was a Day Date “President” watch. Yet, the facts reveal this rumor was false. The first Rolex given to the President was actually a solid gold Datejust, ref. 6305. However, Mr. Eisenhower was not the first American President to wear a Rolex watch. President Roosevelt sported one for several years. In addition, Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and Ford, to name a few, were proud wearers of Rolex Day Date watches. The Rolex President facts lead us to the origination of its name – Because the Day Date has earned its reputation on the wrists of many world leaders, particularly American presidents, this timepiece has become known as the Rolex President watch.

Rolex President Facts Highlight Added Features

In 1972, Rolex added the “hack” feature that enabled the second hand to stop completely when the crown was fully extended. This would enable the wearer to reset the time with better accuracy.

The late 1970’s introduced the “Single Quick Set” feature. This feature solved the lengthy problem of setting the date function, but not the day. In the late 1980’s, Rolex introduced the “Double Quick Set” feature. This feature allowed the wearer to quickly set the day and date.

Browse These Elegant Timepieces

Today, Rolex offers a wide variety of Day Date models.  In fact, you can find these authentic, elegant watches at BeckerTime in 18K yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, or platinum. While some styles are very basic, stunning options with diamonds and other precious gems are also available.  Needless to say, the Rolex Day Date President watch remains synonymous with success and marks a distinguished milestone in one’s lifetime.

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Rolex Datejust Interesting Facts Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:34:29 +0000  Rolex Datejust Watch

Ever Wonder About the Rolex Datejust Facts Surrounding Your Favorite Rolex?

Well, stick with us. First up, let’s take a look at the iconic Datejust. Our Rolex Datejust facts take us back decades. No doubt, the Datejust is arguably THE iconic Rolex dress watch – and probably number two on the Rolex roster behind the Submariner.

The Rolex Datejust comes in four flavors, not counting the Lady and Oysterquartz versions. But we’ll cover those in future posts. The four we’ll discuss here are the Datejust, the Datejust Midsize, the Datejust Turn-O-Graph, and the recently introduced Datejust II.

Bubbleback By Lottery

In 1945, they introduced the 36mm Datejust as the Jubilee Datejust to celebrate Rolex’s 40th anniversary. That first version, a ref. 4467, was a bubbleback and was only available in 18K gold. Our Rolex Datejust facts reveal that when that watch was first introduced, Rolex took out an ad in the Tribune de Geneve, announcing the watch. But the first 100 pieces were not available from Rolex retailers. Apparently, the only way people could get one was by participating in a lottery, which they entered by mailing in a coupon from the newspaper ad.

From Cyclops To Two Tone

In 1954, the facts lead us to when Rolex introduced the cyclops over the date window. Then, in 1957, they introduced the stainless steel version of the Datejust. Consequently, it began outselling the gold version. As a result, It was 1962 when Rolex introduced a stainless and gold version.

A Presidential Fact


On December 19, 1950, it was a solid gold Datejust, ref. 6305, not a Day Date, that was given to future President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This was to commemorate the victory of WWII. In fact, it was the 150,000th certified chronometer that Rolex produced. Now, you may have seen photos of Ike wearing his Datejust and noticed it has a cyclops crystal – even though he received his watch in 1950 before the cyclops was introduced. That’s because Rolex retrofitted his watch with the newer crystal during a routine maintenance.

The Datejust II


In 2009, Rolex introduced the Datejust II. The fact is, this is a larger 41mm version of the Datejust as a nod to the developing trend in larger watches. Discover more about this growing trend for mens full size Rolex watches and the models following this direction.

Datejust Midsize

The Datejust Midsize is the 31mm version of the Datejust.  Since 2014, it was known as the Datejust Lady 31. In that guise it features Roman numerals or jewels for hour markers on the dial, and is available in a wide variety of metals, bezels, and dials.

The Datejust Turn-O-Graph


Rolex labeled the Datejust Turn-O-Graph the “Thunderbird.” In the 1950’s, pilots originally favored this timepiece due to its rotating bezel with minute indication. However, they discontinued it in the late 1970s, due to lagging sales. In the early 2000’s, Rolex introduced a modern version, however, they soon discontinued it again due to lack of consumer interest.

Well, that’s the story on some interesting facts about the Rolex Datejust. Keep your eye on BeckerTime for future posts on the Day Date, the Submariner, the Explorer, and other watches Rolex has produced over the last several decades.

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GQ says a Rolex Air King is the only watch a man needs to own Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:36:29 +0000 Rolex Air King Review: Gentleman’s Quarterly Watch Columnist States That The Venerable Rolex Air King Is The Only Watch A Man Needs To Own.

The Air King is strong, water-resistant, and understated. This is a very European quality. When discussing Rolex Air King reviews, Ken Kessler, GQ’s watch columnist speaks from experience with over 35 years discussing and collecting timepieces. He is the editor at large for the UK version of Revolution Magazine and has pieces published in the Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, QP (British watch magazine) and the Financial Times. The Rolex Air King review points to a classic timepiece and popular collector’s piece.

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Air-King Blue 14000M

The Air King Evolved From The Oyster Perpetuals Of The 1950’s.

In fact, it’s a slightly smaller watch at 34mm versus the standard 36mm. The Air King size keeps the watch understated yet elegant. Our Rolex Air King review implies that the beauty of the Air King is its simplicity. The Air King has no date and subsequently, a flat sapphire crystal with the older models possessing an acrylic crystal. New sapphire crystals are less scratch resistant. However, the older acrylic crystals are easier to polish out scratches with simple whitening toothpaste or PolyWatch acrylic crystal polish. There are varying styles of watch faces ranging from simple stick dials and hands, to the Rolex Explorer I style of 3-6-9 on hour markers, to the Roman numerals at each hour marker. The newer Air Kings have plenty of Chromalight luminescence placed on the hour markers and slightly larger hands for easier reading at night.

Mens Rolex Stainless Steel Air-King Silver 5500

Vintage Air King Difference

Of course, the monobloc Oyster Case seamlessly blends into an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet. Definitely, this adds to its simple elegance. Vintage Air king watches are available in all gold, two-tone stainless, yellow gold, and all stainless cases. Newer Air Kings are only available in Rolex’s blend of 904L stainless steel. In addition, the Rolex standard Oyster case, complete with screw-in caseback, is found on the rest of the Rolex line. Also, the patented Oyster Twin-loc submarine hatch type of winding crown keeps the watch water resistant to 100 meters. All Rolex Air King watches have a domed bezel keeping to its simple elegance design.

Also, these timepieces are durable and rugged. However, they never look out of place with a blazer or dinner jacket. This is also true for the the older vintage Air Kings. They possess Rolex fine 27 jewel automatic movement. However, the newer Air King movements are COSC Officially Certified Chronometers with a daily range of -4 to +6 seconds a day.

A Great Start

Kessler conveyed a good story of a 27 year old looking to buy his first serious watch. He was squirming over the price of an Air King. The salesman assisting the twenty-something said this, “You are 27. You will probably live to 80. Thus, you will have this watch for 53 years. No doubt, you will leave it to your child. As a result, all it will cost you over your lifetime is the equivalent of £1.20 a week.” Not a bad way to justify a Rolex, and the Air King is a great way to start. Needless to say, BeckerTime has plenty of used Rolex Air King watches in stock.

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Mens Full Size Rolex Watches – Who knew that there were so many sizes? Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:43:27 +0000 A Bigger Trend

Rolex is known for producing luxury timepieces that will last generations. However, when purchasing a Rolex watch, the Rolex watch case size is an important factor to consider. Take a look at all the Rolex model options that are available.  Presently, you will notice that there are many mens full size Rolex watches ranging from 34mm to 44mm.  In the past, when we would get a question about available watch sizes, there would be only one answer. Today, that is no longer the case. Over the past decade, as bigger watches became more popular, Rolex began to offer larger versions of their most iconic models.  As a result, mens full size Rolex watches have found their prominent place and continue to remain in style.

Mens Rolex Air-King — 40mm
Mens Rolex Air-King — 40mm

Mens Full Size Rolex Watches

Air-King – 34mm
Air-King (since 2016) – 40mm
Oyster Perpetual – 34mm
Oyster Perpetual (since 2015) – 34mm
Oysterdate – 34mm
Date – 34mm
Datejust – 36mm
Datejust II (since 2009) – 41mm
Datejust Pearlmaster 39 (since 2015) – 39mm
Datejust 41 (since 2016) – 41mm
Oysterquartz – 36mm
Day-Date – 36mm
Day-Date Pearlmaster – 39mm
Day-Date II (since 2008) – 41mm
Day-Date 40 (since 2015) – 40mm
Mens Full Size Rolex Watches - Rolex Datejust — 41mm
Mens Rolex Datejust — 41mm
Daytona – 40mm
Explorer I – 36mm
Explorer I (since 2010) – 39mm
Explorer II – 40mm
Explorer II (since 2011) – 42mm
GMT-Master – 40mm
GMT-Master II – 40mm
Milgauss (since 2007) – 40mm
Sea-Dweller – 40mm
Submariner – 40mm
Submariner Date – 40mm
Sky-Dweller – 42mm
Deep Sea – 44mm
Yacht-Master – 40mm
Yacht-Master 37 (since 2015) – 37mm
Yacht-Master II – 44mm

As the years move forward, I predict that Rolex will continue the trend of updating their models to larger sizes. What model will be next? The GMT Master or Submariner? It will be exciting to watch (no pun intended) what the future holds.  Stay up to date here at BeckerTime by browsing our entire collection featuring these authentic Rolex models.

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What Rolex Can Teach Us About Quality Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:42:42 +0000 BatmanCloseUp

Pre Owned Rolex Quality

What Rolex can teach us about quality is demonstrated in its position with value, integrity, and prestige. Pre owned Rolex quality has been confirmed over time. These timepieces have maintained their value and integrity over generations. Even the Rolex name is synonymous with status, style and precision.  In fact, you can find an extensive selection of Rolex watches pre-loved watches right here at BeckerTime.

However, it doesn’t always take expertise to recognize value.  For instance, remember the old TV commercial for some car company that was on television years ago? It showed a guy slamming the door of the car being advertised. As a result, you could tell the quality just by slamming the door. No tinny, hollow sound came from that slam. It was a firm, solid feeling THUMP.

You can feel the quality.

After all, that’s how a Rolex watch feels. Not the THUMP part. But, the solid feel. A Rolex crown works smoothly, with no fear of stripping or cross-threading as you screw it down. Winding the movement just feels right.

The bracelet fits perfectly. The clasp is firm. The ratchet mechanism is flawless. Additionally, as you look at the dial, the second hand sweeps confidently around the dial. Also, the clicks of the bezel on a Submariner or GMT are tight, precise.

SkydwellerCloseUpFinally, take a close-up look at your watch with a loupe. The attention to detail is incredible. The lettering on the dial is exact. The finish at the corners of the case precise. Basically, there’s no flaw whatsoever on the signed crown or the applied markers.

In a world of 10/10ths everywhere, the Rolex timepiece seems like an 11.

Rolex’s production facility is huge and thoroughly modern. CNC (computer-numeric-controlled) machines make accurate, precise parts. Then, they assemble these by hand. Ultimately, quality is checked and rechecked numerous times during the entire process, from raw metal stock to finished timepiece.

But, isn’t this what you’d expect from a brand that produces nearly 1,000,000 chronometer certifications each and every year?  Pre owned Rolex quality has received global recognition for a long time. Clearly, these luxury timepieces are an investment for generations to come.

Tell us what you like about the quality of your Rolex.

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The Daytona, Pinnacle of 77 years of Chronographs Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:00:32 +0000 Daytona6263
Cosmograph Daytona 6263

In The Beginning

The history of Rolex Daytona watches begins with the making of chronographs in 1937. The catalog for that year showed at least than five models. The single pusher chronographs with simple start-stop-reset functioning were early models. This went far for usability, but was ultimately limiting.  Apparently, the wearer could only time a single unbroken event.

The Two Pusher Scheme

The history of Rolex Daytona shows that Rolex made real gains when they began using the standard two-pusher scheme in the late 1930s. One pusher for starting and stopping,  then restarting and stopping again as many times as the user desired.

Production managers could stop the timer for lunch and breaks to get a more precise measure of production. Racers could stop it for pit stops and get a better idea of average speeds, and so on. Also, they could do so without resorting to ancillary calculations to account for breaks in the action.

Continuous Improvement

The first Oyster chronograph, ref. 4500, appeared in the middle of WW II. It was never very popular. Understandably, people focused on other things. Subsequently, two more references followed, the 6232 and the 3668. Unfortunately, the lack of popularity of the 4500 followed. The history of Rolex Daytona highlights a string of references that appeared as Rolex continued their methodical march for continuous improvement. In 1949 the ref. 5034 appeared, with the first use of both a third (hour) register and the oyster case. Between 1949 and 1964, continuous improvement produced the 6034, 6234, 6238, and finally the 6239.

The 6239 resurrected the name “Cosmograph,” which had been abandoned in 1956 with the last moon phase chrono. It also featured the first engraved bezel tachymeter.  They printed “Daytona” on some dials. This was a nod to the brand’s new sponsorship of the Daytona 24 hour endurance auto race.

The Paul Newman dials appeared in 1970, with red minute tick marks on a white minute track, and square markers on the sub-dials. Sub-dials were colored in contrast to the dial, in a panda (black sub-dials on white) or reverse panda (white sub-dials on black).


The First Cosmograph

Rolex released the fabled 6263 in the late 1970s. This was the first Cosmograph to have screw down pushers. They touted the Cosmograph was water resistant to 25 feet. However, operating the pushers at depth was flooding watches right and left. Screw down pushers were Rolex’s answer to the problem. When the 6263 was introduced, the water resistance rating jumped to 50 meters . A decade later, the resistance inexplicably increased to 100 meters with no noticeable changes to the watch.

The 6263 saw different specs for different case metals. The 18K gold models received chronometer certification,Even though they were all hand-wound Valjoux 72 movements. Steel cased versions did not. The Rolex hand-crankers to ever be signed “Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified” were the 18K models.


A Global Evolution

When the Cosmograph’s popularity finally took off in the late 1980s, Rolex took notice. There had developed a gray market of sorts, with people buying every watch they could find in the U.S. and reselling it at a profit in Europe, Italy especially. Rolex briefly shut down production, promising to be back shortly.

In 1991, they released the redesigned Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. They switched to heavily modified Zenith El Primero automatic movements in 1988. They now printed ‘DAYTONA’ in red on all dials. At the same time, the two-tone sub-dials appeared.

Finally, in 2000 Baselworld saw the introduction of calibre 4130. Rolex used this first in-house movement in the Daytona. In development for five years, the 4230 had about 20% fewer parts than its predecessor calibre 4030, and was much easier to service.

Rolex Releases 50th Anniversary Rolex Daytona Watch at BaselworldNowadays, the Daytona has gone platinum and ceramic, with a classic and unique chestnut brown Cerachrom ceramic bezel and ice blue dial (a color which Rolex reserves for their platinum watches). Not quite a racer’s or production supervisor’s watch anymore, but inside beats the heart of a timer, pure and simple.

And so there you have it.  View these iconic used Rolex Daytona – and most popular – timepieces.


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What is Cool about the New Rolex Explorer II Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:24:29 +0000 Rolex Explorer II History

At Basel 2011, Rolex unveiled an updated version of the venerable Explorer II. Rolex Explorer II history describes an investment in the future, as well as honoring the past. They originally introduced the Explorer II in 1971 as a watch for cave dwellers. It stood out as Rolex’s adventure watch because the 24 hour bezel could be felt by finger pressure, and the visible bright orange 24 hour hand. The all stainless bezel and the orange 24 hour hand is certainly what made the Rolex Explorer II definitely cool. Unlike other Rolex sport watches, there is not a two-tone, gold, or platinum version. They intended the Explorer II to be an adventure watch through and through.

Track Two Time Zones

In the early 1990’s, they updated the Explorer II along with the GMT II. At this time they both shared the same 3185 movement.  This movement allowed an independently set 12 hour hand. Now the Explorer II could track two time zones rather than one. Initially, they intended the Explorer II’s 24 hour hand for cave dwelling to discern whether it was 0700 in the AM or 1900 in the PM. This was also the reason for the bright orange 24 hour hand.

Additionally, the 24 hour hand was automatically set to local time. When outside, the 24 hour hand points North when the 12 hour hand points to the sun. When they introduced the independent 12 hour hand with the 16650, the orange hand was no longer needed and ceased to exist. In 2011, all that changed with the unveiling of Reference 216570. This brought back the orange hand and orange lettering on the dial.

Original Rolex Reference 1655 Explorer II

What’s Cool

The new Explorer II 216570 incorporates a larger case and watch face. These increased from 40mm to 42mm.  This model integrates larger hands filled with Rolex’s new Chromolite lume and Rolex’s proprietary in-house ParaFlex shock mechanism. Rolex’s updated solid linked Oyster bracelet and clasp with the EasyLink system allowed quick adjustment of the band ½ link. Similar to all updated Rolex watches, there is anti-reflective coating under the date window for easy date viewing.

An Adventure Watch

Without question, Rolex Explorer II history describes the development of an adventure watch.  The new Explorer II is available in either matte black face or polar white face and easy to read. Additionally, the orange hands are certainly more visible. The black face model has painted black hands in the center section. This gives a floating hands look, a nod to the original 1971 Explorer II design. The Chromolite lume is not as bright as the SuperLuminova found on other Rolex models. However, it does glow longer and more often in low light conditions. The Explorer II is a great update and popular choice for the adventurer in all of us.

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How Do You Guarantee the Authenticity of a Rolex? Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:28:37 +0000 front-watch

How to Authenticate Rolex Watches

It is always best to buy luxury Rolex timepieces from a reputable company who has something to lose if they sell a fake watch. Like BeckerTime, reputable companies sell genuine watches and take the time to properly describe all items. BeckerTime’s Authenticity Guarantee follows stringent steps on how to authenticate Rolex watches. These steps ensure that the buyer knows exactly what they are buying. For instance, are there any aftermarket parts? If so, what parts? What is the mechanical condition? Are there any flaws? Statistically speaking, even a legitimate seller can have something slip through the cracks. However, if this did occur, the seller would take care of the issue promptly and to the buyer’s satisfaction. Reputable sellers have huge consequences if they do not make it right. Clearly, it’s more than just authenticity. It’s equally important that customers are happy and get what they paid for.

Choose the Correct Rolex Expert

There is a way to guarantee the authenticity of a new or pre owned Rolex. Have a qualified Rolex watchmaker and/or expert inspect the actual watch inside and out. Evidently, who the buyer chooses to authenticate a watch is as important as who the buyer purchases the Rolex watch from. If a customer takes a Rolex to just any jewelry store to be inspected, it can be as effective as taking it to a, let’s say, dry cleaners. Many people assume that all brick & mortar retail Jewelry stores are experts in Rolex. In reality, they may have seen or dealt with less Rolex watches than the owner of a dry cleaners.

You do not want a false sense of security. It’s important that the person who inspects the new or used Rolex watch is an expert. Also, remember that Rolex watches have evolved over the years and there have been numerous improvements. An authorized Rolex dealer who sells only brand new Rolex may not have any experience in pre owned Rolex or the many changes that the Rolex models have gone through. The correct Rolex expert will not only know if a Rolex is authentic, but if that Rolex is proper with how itband should be (based on the model reference #, etc.)



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Where to Buy an Inexpensive Genuine Rolex Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:32:09 +0000 Buying anything on the internet can be a nerve racking experience. Make that a Rolex and that only gets worse. So, if you’ve ever wondered where is the best place to buy genuine Rolex online, it’s important to know that BeckerTime addresses this throughout the purchase process to ensure 100% customer satisfaction.  We understand, the amount of money involved, and the impersonal nature of the net can give you a feeling of uncertainty.

Beckertime appreciates that we all need to be more careful with our money. Also, we know that it can be a scary experience. Therefore, that’s why we have created an online shopping experience that frees you from that worry.

No more lost purchases or misrepresented items. No more insecurity. Just the best place to buy genuine Rolex online.  Peace of mind from the comfort of your own computer!


Beckertime’s No-Risk Money-Back Guarantee gives you the peace of mind to purchase a pre-loved Rolex watch over the internet without fear. Also, we seek to provide the best Rolex at the best prices.  In addition, we are an established business with many thousands of satisfied customers. In fact, we strive to provide the best customer service in the industry!

So, if you’re looking to buy a Rolex, visit Our wide selection of watches and client security is unmatched. We look after you before, during, and after the same. You’re never alone with Beckertime!

Also, if you have questions, queries or want to know more about our money-back guarantee, feel free to drop us a line. Our professional customer service staff will assist you in any way they can.

Beckertime is the safest place on the internet to buy a genuine Rolex. Our long list of satisfied customers speaks for itself. We want you to become one of them!

Have you bought a Rolex from Beckertime? Did you enjoy the experience? Have any advice to offer first-time buyers? Let us know below.

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You Need a Pre Owned Rolex Watch Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:07:55 +0000 Luxury Pre Owned Rolex Watches

Each day, the world moves faster, it is one of the certain things about modern living. So, in this fast-paced lifestyle, what is considered luxurious? For many, luxury is having time and the ability to carve your own path. Luxury can be considered living life on your own terms, on your own time. If you find these words be true, then you need the right luxurious instrument to measure time. As a result, luxury preowned Rolex watches are a great choice.

However utilitarian as your style might be, there are basic facts about luxury watches you need to know in order to make the right decision about which type you want. So take these factual tidbits into account when searching for your luxury watch.

Side Inner ImageWhy Are They Special?

True luxury watches are timeless.  Plus, a preowned Rolex watch adds prestige and value.  In fact, depending on your lifestyle, a luxury watch can be considered a necessity, a staple that you wear every day.


A luxury watch, whether it’s a Rolex, Tag Heuer or Patek Phillipe, serves as a symbol of distinctive taste and prestige. In our image-conscious world, these are qualities that can go a long way both personally, as well as professionally.

Regardless what profession you are in, image matters.  And, a luxury watch offers an unworded business card that conveys this status.


Buying from reputable watch dealers ensures that your luxury watch retains, if not increases, its value with proper maintenance and care. Certain watch brands flood the market with a myriad of models and lines. however, notable brands keep production numbers low and choose instead to focus on their exquisite quality.


Also, don’t forget the differences in precision and engineering preowned luxury Rolex watches have over other brands. It is difficult to find another moderately-priced watch that will run flawlessly for a lifetime. Luxury Rolex watches are meticulously crafted to a level of excellence. This ensures they become a true heirloom you can pass down to future generations. We welcome you to view a great selection of preowned luxury Rolex watches here at BeckerTime.

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Best Smartwatches That Add Beauty As Well As Technical and Functional Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:15:03 +0000 The Best Smartwatches Can Also Be Beautiful

You already own a preowned Rolex watch, perhaps a used Rolex Submariner or a used Rolex Yacht Master. Now you’re considering adding a smartwatch to your collection. Fortunately, there are many excellent choices that don’t include the Apple watch. That’s because there are watch companies who have brilliantly blended technology with tradition. That is, they have created the best smartwatches that are not only highly functional, but beautiful as well. Check a few of them out.


Breitling Exospace B55

The Breitling Exospace puts your smartphone at the service of the watch, using the larger screen as a means of collecting and displaying information gathered from the watch. Also, without the benefits of a touchscreen, the watch’s functions are controlled by utilizing conventional watch crowns and push-down buttons. Of course, traditional functions like time, alarms, and night mode are easy to set and reset from your smartphone, making changing the date and time easy.

Montblanc Timewalker

The problem with a lot of smartwatches, especially the Apple watch, is that they lack tremendously in style. This is a big problem for those who still desire a watch with elegance. However, the Montblanc Timewalker is a conventional timepiece with a wristband that announces emails or texts. It’s a niche that works for a lot of people.


Tag Heuer Connected

Among the best Smartwatches available, the Tag Heuer Connected is said to be one of the best-made and most luxurious smartwatches on the market. And we can see why. It comes with a black bezel with brushed stainless steel lugs and a chrome case. In fact, even the rubber straps that secure it to your wrist look great. Also, the Connected is compatible with Android and iOS systems and the first smartwatch to use an Intel processor. The display is protected with a sapphire crystal and connects to your smartphone by Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Skagen Connected

The Skagen is a lovely looking timepiece offered in four designs that tells the time, date and measures your activity process. It will also vibrate when you are receiving texts or phone calls. Each model has a solid, premium design with a variety of finishes.


Asus ZenWatch

The Asus ZenWatch comes in several color options and comes loaded with over 50 faces. There are a number of features that focus on fitness including the ability to count steps.



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You Have an Urge to Buy a Preowned Rolex Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:54:21 +0000 Where to Buy Pre owned Rolex For Value

There comes a time in a man’s life when there is a passion to buy a watch. And, not just any ordinary watch, mind you, but a significant watch, like a used Rolex Submariner for example.  So before you delve into the world of luxury watches, learn what you can about the industry before you decide where to buy preowned Rolex watches.Movement


The movement, also referred to as the calibre, is the mechanism inside the watch that powers it. It’s basically the engine of the watch. Modern watches offer two main types of movement; the quartz watch and the automatic watch. The majority of watches are quartz because they are cost effective to make and very accurate. A quartz watch is powered by a battery to keep proper time.

Now, many watch enthusiasts choose automatic movement. Automatic watches work by using the movement of the wearer to wind the mainspring. All great watch manufacturers, including Rolex, Omega, and Philip Patel, produce in-house movements that are duly tested before they are placed on the market. And, despite the fact that most choose to never own a quartz watch, they are actually more accurate than automatic movement watches.

People prefer automatic watches for the same reasons they prefer classic cars. It is not so much what something does, but rather how it does it.

An automatic watch is a living thing, something you are sure to discover yourself once you have strapped one on. One of the notable highlights of a watch with an automatic movement is how the hand “sweeps across the dial” while a quartz movement ticks every second. Keep in mind, however, that if you fail to wear your automatic watch for a few days, it will stop running.



The extra dials and hands of a watch beyond the dial and hands that tell time are known as complications. Complications go from the chronograph, which has stopwatch functionality, to the Rolex GMT Master, which provides a fourth hand for alternate time zones. In this age of smartphones, complications may be unnecessary, but nobody cares because they look cool.


Size Does Matter

Rolex watch case size is important to consider. Over the last 10 years, bigger watches have become more popular.  As a result, Rolex offers larger versions of their most iconic models and these remain in style today. Learn more about this bigger trend and mens full size rolex watches.

Buy a Preowned Rolex

Buy a Preowned Rolex For An Investment

You should not spend more than what you can afford on a watch. Instead, you will want to look for value and to get as much as you can. This is where used Rolex watches are great investments as their prices hold steady. Beyond price, buy a watch you love, something you will wear with pride and joy every day.

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Pre Loved Rolex Watches and Other Watch Brands Are Not Inferior to Modern Rolex Watches Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:18:38 +0000 Collecting Watch Brands

Take a closer look at a watch enthusiast’s collection. You’ll notice it contains classic brands that have been around for years. Brands like Rolex, for example, don’t release new models. Instead, they choose to only continue to improve their core collection over time. That is, they improved the Submariner or Datejust models that came out this year over the same models sold in the 1960s and 1970s. They keep their tradition for other watch brands alive by offering designs that have proven successful, but with modern twists. Start here to begin when collecting watch brands.

Now, this is not to say that pre-loved Rolex watches from yesteryear are, in any sense, inferior to modern Rolex watches. That would be like arguing a 1970 Dodge Challenger is inferior to a modern model. And, any muscle car enthusiast would agree that this is completely incorrect.

But we digress, the purpose of this article is to enlighten a would-be watch collector about the watches worth owning. After all, you don’t want to start collecting watch brands by beginning with an Apple watch.

Omega Speedmaster

They considered the Omega Speedmaster to be the quintessential sports chronograph. It is an extraordinarily handsome watch with a distinctive look and wonderful history, yet it is not too showy. If it was good enough for Buzz Aldrin on his 1969 moonwalk, then it is good enough to be added to your watch collection.

Since the release of the Rolex Submariner, the watch industry has not been the same. They never meant for a  Submariner to be a luxury watch.  They considered it a professional diver’s watch. However, it has an unmatched beauty that has propelled it to cult status among collectors and enthusiasts. A used Rolex Submariner is an extremely popular model. This is for good reason as it is as durable as it is stylish. Regardless of your look, age or favorite attire, the Submariner is suitable for any collector.


Tag Heuer Monaco

The Tag Heuer Monaco just might be the most recognizable watch of the 20th century. Seasoned collectors will recall the connection between the Monaco, Steve McQueen, and the best bad movie of the 1970s, Le Mans. The Monaco’s distinctive square case is as glamorous as the Motorsport for which it was named. The Monaco disappeared from the catalogs in 1975 as it only enjoyed modest success due to its unusual shape. They have re-issued it since, and is enjoying fervent success.

Breitling Navitimer

The Breitling Navitimer is an iconic symbol of aviator watches that have made a significant impression on the world since its introduction. The first Navitimer became available in 1952 and gained worldwide extol as the official pilot’s watch. This watch is a true pioneer. It has earned its name due to its multiple functions that serve as both timepiece and navigation tool.


IWC Portuguese

The IWC Portuguese offers refinement, balance, taste, masculinity and style is a watch. To understand why a Swiss watch was named after an Iberian country, one needs to understand Portugal’s association with the sea. Since the dawn of the seafaring age, Portugal has been churning out legions of sons who have learned to navigate the choppy waters of the Atlantic from their fathers and grandfathers. One of the most important tools required to navigate a ship is the chronometer. This is a traditionally large affair mounted on the bridge. These large instruments gave way to exquisite timepieces when Portuguese retailers demanded a wristwatch that met the needs of navigators.

Rolex Datejust

The Rolex Datejust is a fundamental watch that has been around for over 70 years. In fact, a used Rolex Datejust is a practical model offering what you need in an everyday timepiece and nothing more. A pre-loved Rolex Datejust offers versatility as it wears just as well with an Armani suit as it does with a t-shirt and jeans.

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You are Stuck Having to Buy a Gift for a Man Who has Everything, Even a pre-owned Rolex Submariner Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:32:58 +0000 Gifts For Watch Lovers

You are stuck having to buy a gift for a man who has everything. And, we mean everything including an Armani suit, a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo crocodile driver moccasins, and a pre-owned Rolex Submariner. This dude has everything. So, you my friend are in a dilemma for some real good gift ideas. However, here are a few very cool gifts for watch lovers that any watch lover will enjoy.


Strap Changing Tool

Watch lovers own many watches. Additionally, their watch collection probably consists of a few high-end watches, some affordable watches, and several inexpensive watches. However, what is nice about inexpensive watches is that you can completely change their look by swapping out the strap. Say your friend has a typical Timex watch with a fairly generic tan strap. In just a few seconds he can swap that tan strap with a strap that has a little more pizzaz and it looks as though he has a completely different watch. Changing out watch straps is a pretty straightforward and relatively simple task, if you have the proper tool, that is.

There are any number of watch strap changing tools on the market. Some tools are fancier than others, but all serve the same purpose — to change out watch straps. Great gift idea.

Travel Rolls and Pouches

For the man who is always out and about, a traveling pouch or roll would make a great gift. Storing a watch for travel is easy and stylish with any number of available rolls and pouches. You can choose a single pocket pouch built to store one watch or multiple pocketed rolls capable of safely storing several watches all at once. Watch pouches and rolls come in a variety of styles, materials and designs.



Search the web and you will discover cufflinks that any watch lover is sure to enjoy. We found steampunk watch cufflinks and actual working watch cufflinks.

Display Case

A proud watch lover will want his collection of watches stored neatly yet visible to those who may wish to admire his trove. Again, there are any number of watch cases on the market so you will have to do a little research.

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Buy Her a Pre Owned Rolex Watch Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:04:44 +0000 You are searching for the perfect gift to give your special lady friend this Christmas, but you’re not having any luck. This could be for any number of reasons. However, it’s possible that you’re looking at all the wrong items in all the wrong places. Glad to be of help. Chances are, you’re not going to find that perfect gift at some retail giant because you’ve read the blogs and they’ve made you smarter.  So, to help you even further, here is a little hint: Buy her a pre owned ladies Rolex watch.

A Pre Owned Ladies Rolex Watch

A pre-loved Rolex timepiece is an affordable gift, which is good for you, and a gift she will enjoy for years.  And, if you just aren’t getting why you need to buy her a Rolex watch, read on.

Practical Gift

Pre owned Rolex watches have always been considered practical gifts. Recognized worldwide, they maintain their value and prestige for generations to come. Also, the Rolex name is synonymous with precision, style, and status. Discover more about What Rolex Can Teach Us About Quality.

Technology Advantage

Because these luxury watches are known to maintain their value, Rolex watches have a key advantage over other technology products — they will last a lot longer. In fact, even in this age of technology, there are reasons people still like to wear watches. For example, people don’t always have their phones in their hands, so it’s more convenient to just flip the wrist to catch the time. Believe it or not, there are still people who have a habit of checking their wrists when seeking the time of day.


A Rolex watch has unmatched esthetics. There are any number of watches, bracelets, or other jewelry that you could buy her. However, nothing looks like the real deal, and no doubt, people will notice. She will love the attention and love the fact you were the one who bought her such a unique gift. Again, this is a good thing for you.

Girl With A Gift

Worth the Money

If your lady friend is happy, you will be happy and you simply cannot put a price on that.

Girl With Another Gift

Impress Her

What have you done as of late that has impressed your lady friend? Possibly, it’s been awhile since you have wowed her. A pre owned ladies Rolex watch would achieve this with value and affordability.

Statement Piece

Similar to most women, your special lady owns a plethora of clothing, shoes and fashion accessories. And, while she might wear a favorite necklace or pair of shoes for a week or two and then move on to something else, the Rolex watch you give her for Christmas will be a staple. This is because her new watch is a statement piece, it will be the one accessory that defines her and she will wear it every day with pride.

The Smart Choice

Consider this very seriously.  Make the smart choice and get her a ladies Rolex watch.  We welcome you to view a great selection of used Rolex ladies timepieces that she would treasure for years to come.

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Pre-Loved Rolex Wristwatches are as Iconic as the Dodge Challenger Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:20:13 +0000 Watches have been around for over 500 years and have survived numerous technological advances. Brands like Rolex, Tag Heuer and Piaget have been a staple in the industry for quite some time and are showing no signs that they are ever going to slow down.

Whether you realize it or not, watch lovers exist in droves. Tell you what; pay a visit to the local dinner theater, art museum or some other cultural event and we would be willing to bet big bucks that the majority of patrons will be wearing watches. And we would be willing to bet that many of those watches are luxury watches. Whether they are wearing used Rolex watches or more modern Diesel watches, there are plenty of watches to be sure.

You see, just because you happen to have grown up in this age of the iPhone and other smartphones and have no practical use for a watch doesn’t mean watches will suddenly disappear like the mullet hairstyle or Member’s Only jackets. You see, watch brands and watch lovers understand the demand for traditional watches will continue even as new technology floods the market.

Think in terms of good taste, status symbols and culture. Take, for example, the Dodge Challenger, a classic muscle car that has recently been updated and reissued. If you drove a Dodge Challenger in the 1970s, you were a badass. If you drove one in the 1980s, you were a badass. In fact, you are a badass if you are driving a classic Dodge Challenger right now. Even if you aren’t the coolest dude at the office and you aren’t wealthy and you don’t look like Vin Diesel driving a Challenger automatically makes you a badass.


Apart from history and the fact the Challenger is a badass car, brand recognition and pop culture also play a huge role in iconic goods. For example, upon the release of the James Bond movie Skyfall, there was a huge spike in interest and in sales of the Omega Seamaster collection of watches. Why is this? Simple math: James Bond is a badass and he wears an Omega Seamaster so if you wear an Omega Seamaster watch you will also be a badass. So, if JB + OS = BA then YOU + OS = BA.

And it’s not just fictional characters in Hollywood that influence the masses. We draw influence from any number of people including sports heroes, entertainers and even politicians. We pay attention when we find out that Hugh Jackman wears a Girard-Perregaux or that Leonardo DiCaprio sports a Tag Heuer, but couldn’t care less what type of smartphone they have.

A smartphone is only all the rage until something better comes out, something more updated, which is why many smartphones have a number after the name, like the iPhone 7 or the Samsung Galaxy 8. Ultimately, smartphones are throwaway items. After all, who do you know using an iPhone 2?

Mechanical watches have remained popular throughout the years, even through this digital age, because they are items of superior quality and craftsmanship. As much as we might be attached to our smartphones, tablets or whatever, there is just something special about owning an item that has had so much time and energy put into it. Your iPhone will be obsolete in two or three years, a Rolex watch will never be a forgotten item.

When the time comes to pass along something my son can love and cherish for many years, I doubt he would take me very seriously if I handed him the very first Blackberry I owned. My guess is he would be much more appreciative if I gave him my Rolex. And in doing so, I instill in him the beauty and fun in owning a classic watch that will never, ever go out of style.


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Used Rolex Watches Can Determine Your Social Position Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:16:54 +0000 Ever since their invention, watches have been status symbols, indications of a person’s wealth, social and professional status. For example, if you pulled out a pocket watch in the mid 18th century, you were a dude with a ton of wealth and very high status.

But it’s different today as watches are mass produced and many people can afford used Rolex watches. But then, some things don’t change as depending on the brand, style and design, watches are still used in social peacocking.

Highly expensive watches aren’t a necessity nor are they strictly a novelty and from a technological standpoint, they are not even needed to keep track of time. But the watch you wear does say something about yourself. In a social context, the watch you wear determines level of education, social position, wealth and even taste. You might choose a particular watch because you wish to fit in or you may pick a watch to make a good impression, either way, you choose the watch you wear for a very good reason. I take that back; you choose a watch to impress a person or a group of people.

So, who do you wish to impress?

Business Colleague

Business Collague

Did you know that in Europe you aren’t taken seriously in business unless you are wearing a sound mechanical watch? But this doesn’t mean you rush out and buy the most expensive watch you can’t afford. In addition to good taste in watches, Europeans are also not impressed with people who are irresponsible with their money. It is a delicate balancing act to show restraint as well as good taste when it comes to selecting a watch.

People at Your High School Reunion

If you are prepping for, say, your 25-year high school reunion and want everybody to know how successful you have become, you might think it pertinent to buy a $75,000 Philippe Patek. But then again, you would be dead wrong.

It doesn’t matter how much you spend on a Philippe Patek because not very many people at the reunion will recognize it as an expensive watch. On the other hand, everybody at the reunion will recognize and completely admire a Rolex Submariner and a good used one will cost a fraction of the price of a new Philippe Patek. People, buy smart.


No matter what you wear, you will be scrutinized from your head to your feet by your future in-laws. What’s worse is that you actually care what they think of you. In fact, you may need their seal of approval before you can move forward in the relationship.

This is a very tricky situation as you don’t want to be chided for wearing a watch considered too expensive yet you don’t want to come off as cheap either.

Man, what a dilemma. Good luck finding the perfect watch for that crowd.


Snobs only understand the price of an object. Buy the most expensive watch you can afford.



Ahh, so you wish to lure a lovely lass with the perfect watch, how quaint. Men always want to impress the ladies by showing them they have good taste. Wearing an expensive luxury watch might impress many girls, but probably not the type you would want to take home to meet your mother.

Again, you will need to put careful thought and consideration into this choice.

Good luck.

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A Pre-Loved Rolex Submariner Will Complement Even the Classiest Suit You Could Wear Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:55:08 +0000 If you wear a suit, a watch is a perfect accessory. For example, a used Rolex Submariner will complement even the classiest suit you could wear. The best Rolex watch will add style, grace, class and elegance to your outfit, it will also add a little interest. But picking a watch to go with your best suit might prove to be a challenge to some, especially if you think an Apple watch would look good with your Armani suit. And don’t think you have to be swimming in cash to find the right watch for your suit. After all, a pre-owned Rolex Day-Date will pair as nicely as a Patek Philippe with the suit you bought at

Let’s Start Slow and From the Beginning (Basically, Watches 101)

There are a few things you need to know before you go rushing out to buy your best Rolex watch. For example, when putting on your watch, the strap should be tight enough that your watch only moves a little bit but not so tight that it leaves marks on your wrist. It is tradition to wear your watch on the opposite wrist to your dominant hand, thus, a right-handed man would wear his watch on his left wrist. However, this is one of those rules that some people ignore. Your watch should be worn at the tip of the ulna, that bone that sticks out on your wrist.suit

Concerning your suit, when standing up, your shirt sleeves should cover your watch, but your watch should be visible when you are moving your arms about. If your watch is visible when your hands are at your sides, you need to find a shirt that fits you properly.

Gray Suits

Gray suits don’t have as an intense look to them as, say, black or blue suits. But depending on the shade of gray your suit is, it might be tricky to get a grasp on what type of watch to wear with it. If you are wearing a dark gray suit, you may want to pair it with a watch with a silver face and lighter colored strap, it’s a nice contrast. Of course, a dark strap would also look very nice with a gray suit.

Black or Blue Suits

Black and blue suits are by far the most common suits you see as their dark tone gives them a sophisticated and professional look. When choosing a watch, you will want to find one that is classy and stands out just a little to blend well with your suit. Whatever watch you choose, a colored strap can add a bitsuit1 of dimension, as long as it doesn’t clash with your shirt. For a classic look, choose a watch with a silver face and stainless steel bracelet. And while a full silver watch looks quite elegant, a full gold watch is never a good idea.

Brown and Tan Suits

Brown and Tan suits are often worn for less formal affairs but are nevertheless still classy and stylish. You just need to make sure you wear the right watch with it. With tan and brown suits, it is quite acceptable to wear a watch that has artistic additions such as colored dials and chronograph design. The best Rolex watch to complement and add interest. Just make sure you don’t wear a watch that pulls all the attention from your suit.

We welcome you to browse our extensive selection of Rolex watches to complement any style at




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Whether They Wear Tag Heuer Watches, Philippe Patek or Pre Owned Rolex, We Don’t Care, We are Just Glad There are Rock Stars Who Represent Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:19:27 +0000 We have written a few articles about famous people and the types of watches they wear. From time to time, we do mention the occasional rock star or another type of musician who happens to like wearing a watch. So we decided to focus solely on rock stars who wear watches, whether they wear Tag Heuer watches, Philippe Patek or used Rolex watches, we don’t care, we are just glad there are rock stars who represent the watch community.

Elvis Presley

Let’s start with Elvis Presley as he is the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. Well, mostly undisputed. Elvis was very well known for wearing a wide range of unusual watches. Pictures of him wearing an oddly shaped Hamilton Ventura and a square Corum can be easily found.elvis1

John Lennon

Say what you will about John Lennon, but the man did have good watch style. This rock legend may have broken up the Beatles and made other bad decisions in his short time on earth, but he was dead on in choosing watches. John was photographed on his 40th birthday wearing was seems to be a Patek Philippe Chronograph Triple Date Moonphase, pretty extravagant for a man whose Imagine lyrics include the phrase “Imagine no possessions.”

imagineSir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul has been often spotted wearing his Patek Philippe Aquanaut, he was even wearing it on his wedding day back in 2011. It seems as John and Paul at least agreed that Patek Philippe watches were the bomb.

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger is also a watch fan and splits time between Tag Heuer watches and a Seiko. Yes, Mick does wear a Seiko.

Bruce Springsteen

The “Boss” is a big fan of watches and can be seen wearing his favorite, a Rolex Submariner.

guitarAxl Rose

When Axl Rose isn’t causing some sort of disturbance in the world of rock, he is often seen sporting an Audemars Piguet.


When Slash is delivering a brutal guitar solo, you can’t see his face due to his immense and iconic hair, but you will see the Breitling Chronomat on his left wrist.

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi is a rock star with flair and his Hublot is a bold watch that fits his rock star life.

Steven Tyler

The “Demon of Screamin” rarely leaves his home with his Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. He owns a “Leopard” special edition which includes a skin strap, leopard texture diamond dial and an 18 karat flip-lock clasp.


You can see Bono wearing a very down-to-earth Rolex Day-Date, which seems to be very appropriate for a man who has helped so many charitable causes. Heck, he probably owns an Apple watch as well.

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Watch Dealer Punished for Falsifying Customs Documents Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:51:55 +0000 Due to the fact that some countries assess a Value Added Tax (VAT) on imported goods, some buyers located in these countries might be tempted to request that the seller falsifies documents so the tax liability will be less of a financial burden. Basically, this would be like one of us asking our employer to enter a reduced number for the money made in a particular year on our tax forms. In essence, it is a way to reduce the amount of taxes you owe, which in addition to being illegal is also highly deplorable.


And so is Darren Reay, the man who traded used luxury watches on eBay and used his ill-gotten gains to live a lavish lifestyle of luxury.

In order to avoid paying his fair share of Value Added Tax, Reay fully admitted that he accurately described the watches he dealt as low-value precision instruments. That’s right, he blatantly lied.

But, you see, this story does have a rather happy ending. Reay was investigated and his crimes brought to light and in the end, he was ordered to be jailed for three years.

It gets better.

Reay’s home was searched and more than 800 watches were recovered. The presiding judge over the case ordered that all the watches be sold and the proceeds paid to HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs).

This story shows just why it is important you do business with a company that follows International laws. While we hear all too often stories about corporations finding loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, a gem of a story as this restores faith in the system.

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Reputable Watch Brands From Which to Choose When in the Market for a Pre-Owned Luxury Watch Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:56:50 +0000 We have been keeping track of time for thousands of years; artifacts from the Paleolithic suggest that people used the moon to keep time some 6,000 years ago. But timekeeping devices have come a long way since then as we have been developing better and more accurate devices throughout history. It is also true that over time, watchmakers have come up with better technologies, thus making a name for themselves in the process. And as a result, there are now a great number of reputable watch brands from which to choose when in the market for a pre-owned luxury watch.

That’s right, we do talk an awful lot about pre-owned Rolex watches, but even we are quite aware that other fine watch manufacturers exist. So if you are interested in owning a quality watch but aren’t necessarily in the market for a Rolex, you still have plenty of choices.


Patek Philippe

Founded in 1851, Swiss brand Patek Philippe produces watches that boast complicated mechanics, traditional styling and have graced the wrists of royalty throughout their cherished history. Unique and inspiringly classic with their distinctive style, Patek Philippe watches have been one of the most sought after watches for more than a century.


Luxury watch brand Breitling, founded in 1884, is well-known for its watches’ precision and durability. Breitling watches are inspired by aviation and many of their watches include features used by fighter pilots. Each style of a Breitling watch has demonstrated its luxury and versatility.


Omega is a Swiss watch company that was founded in 1903 and makes some of the most luxurious watches you will ever see. They boast a rich history of high-quality watches that are also very fashionable. Neil Armstrong wore an Omega as he took mankind’s first steps on the moon. The brand has also designed watches specifically constructed for divers, lending to their diversity in watch making.

Tag Heuer

The TAG Heuer name is an abbreviation of “Techniques d’Avant Garde” while Heuer is in reference to founder Edouard Heuer. Though these fine luxury watches have evolved over the decades, they still retain a persisting sports-like look. The brand boasts a premium functionality and technological appeal.

Apple Watch

Just kidding!

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Successful People Wear Used Rolex Watches Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:29:24 +0000 In our last post, I was pointing out the deeper wisdom held by successful people and ways in which their daily activities differ from yours. In addition to the fact that successful people wear used Rolex watches and you wear an Apple watch, successful people do several things that propel them to their lofty status. In my last post, I gave a few solid examples of what successful people do; then decided to cut it short as I sensed it was forcing people to take a deeper look into themselves and perhaps causing depression.

Then I thought about it and decided if you are going to be a successful person, you need to hear the whole truth. You need to know more about the things successful people do that sets them apart.

I suggest you take notes.

Keep Busy

Successful people are not idle. When successful people aren’t busy at work, they are exercising, reading or doing something constructive with their time and not playing Candy Crush or scrolling through Instagram. So, stay busy my friends.

Keep Busy

Say No

Successful people understand all too well that is is quite alright to say “no” to extra work or activities that will simply be a waste of time. You will never get anything accomplished if you are constantly saying “yes” to other people’s requests. Don’t be distracted by tasks that aren’t important or ones that can wait, work in the here and now.

Lay Low

Spewing out every idea or thought is not going to earn you brownie points with many people. Studies show that only 11 percent of successful people blurt out what is on their mind while 69 percent of unsuccessful people do. Seriously, look it up for yourself you lazy bums.

Eat Right

Studies show that unsuccessful people eat too much junk food. In fact, the study claims that 97 percent of unsuccessful people eat more than 300 junk-food calories a day while 70 percent of successful individuals eat less than 300 junk-food calories a day. Pass the Pringles and ranch dip.


Successful people tend to dedicate time and energy in widening their circle of trusted friends and influences. That is, they work diligently to expand their network. But hey, you just met a dude with a man bun who turned you on to some really killer death metal bands.

Stay Cool

Angry Guy

Successful people stay cool and calm under all types of circumstances. It seems as though unsuccessful people have a difficult time controlling their emotions. Think about this the next time you honk your horn, scream and flip the bird at the dude in the man bun listening to death metal who just cut you off in traffic.

If you want to be successful, don’t let your actions put you at a disadvantage.

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Owners of Pre-Owned Rolex Watches Hold a Deeper Wisdom Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:49:24 +0000 Are owners of pre-owned Rolex watches just good with money or is there a deeper wisdom to their success? I think most would concur that there are particular habits and choices that successful people do and make that sets them up for success.

You see the pre-owned Rolex watch on his wrist and you picture him lounging on the deck of his yacht or traveling in his private jet to an exotic tropical location. Others see him taking control of a business meeting, acting cool and collected, demanding everybody sees things his way. But reality, my friends, is something very different.

So, just what do these Rolex watch owners do every day? Besides chiding the butler of course. Well, they think and act differently than most, that’s for sure.

Girl Practice Yoga


Anybody who owns a Rolex watch or is otherwise successful will tell you that taking care of their mind and body is key to their success. Eating healthy, relaxing, meditating, exercising and getting plenty of sleep will improve your chances of success. Besides, any yoga position looks even better when you are wearing a Rolex watch.

Early Risers

Successful people are known to be early risers. But just how does this attribute to their success? For one, if you are getting up at the crack of dawn, you’re not out gallivanting late at night. A very successful friend once told me that nothing good ever happens when you are out on the town after midnight. In addition, early risers start their day ahead of everybody else by enjoying personal time, exercising and eating a healthy breakfast, all while you are sleeping off those four shots of tequila. It is also true that early risers tend to be happier and more proactive, I am sure I read that somewhere.

Guy Reading a Book

They Read

When they aren’t admiring the Rolex watch on their wrist, successful people are reading. And no, they aren’t reading your Facebook status updates or watching television, they are reading, reading content that is making them even more successful. I have news for you, keeping your face buried in your iPhone or watching reruns of Friends will never lead to success. Post that on Twitter.

Set Goals

What do you hope to accomplish today besides riding out your hangover and getting through the workday without hugging the toilet? A survey found that 95 percent of successful people write down goals and visions and then work hard to achieve them. You can’t make this stuff up. Seriously, make it a goal to look it up yourself.

I could continue this list, but it would only serve to depress many of you. If you wish to be a successful person, reread this article, change your deplorable ways and buy a used Rolex watch.

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Some Fools Think Wearing a Used Rolex Watch is Enough to Boost Them to “Chick Magnet” Status Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:27:45 +0000 Getting girls to talk to you can be difficult for many men out there. While some men work on making improvements in themselves to attract the opposite sex, some fools think wearing a used Rolex watch is enough to boost them to “chick magnet” status.

Wow, it’s these type of folks who give men a bad name.

In all honesty, a pre-owned Rolex watch is a great way to break the ice should the opportunity arise, providing you can actually piece together a coherent sentence. Becoming a chick magnet takes a whole lot of work and you basically need to change the way you are and act with confidence and maturity.

We will let you in on a little secret; women don’t really appreciate your “pull my finger” trick. By acting mature, not only is it an attractive quality, it sets you apart from your baboonish friends.


Girls like guys with a good sense of humor, they do not, however, like guys who act like buffoons. If you want to be a chick magnet, don’t act like a clown, rather, discover that right mix between seriousness and humor. Let the women around you know that you are easy to be around for sure, but also serious and strong. Use humor to break the ice during awkward silent moments but don’t tell fart jokes while at her parent’s home for dinner.


To be a master chick magnet, you need to constantly show respect, not only to your woman, but all women. Respect speaks volumes. Women who know you will respect them will want to spend more time with you. So never assume what they want, don’t speak for them and engage with them and treat them as equals. And be polite to women, not just the ones you date, but all of them, all of the time.


Act Mature

There is a time and place to act silly with your buddies, but never in front of women. We will let you in on a little secret; women don’t really appreciate your “pull my finger” trick. By acting mature, not only is it an attractive quality, it sets you apart from your baboonish friends.

Be Approachable

Work on being the type of guy that women want to approach and converse with. When at social functions, it’s quite alright to chit-chat, be friendly and talk with others. Remember to stand tall, smile a lot and make eye contact in a positive way. If she senses you are genuine, well-adjusted and happy, she might just walk over and have a talk with you.

Just maybe.

And if she does wonder over your direction, roll up your shirt sleeves and expose that Rolex watch.

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For Those of You Who Skipped Out on Buying a Pre-Owned Rolex Watch in Favor of the Coveted 18-Karat Gold Apple Watch, Ha Ha, Jokes on You Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:34:26 +0000 For those of you who skipped out on buying a pre-owned Rolex watch in favor of the coveted 18-karat gold Apple watch, we have good news and bad news for you. Wait, we got that wrong, we have bad news and worse news for you.

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The bad news is that just after a year and a half of being on the market, Apple has discontinued the gold watch edition. And while nobody knows for sure just how many were sold, it is estimated the total number is around 2,000. Now, this number was nowhere near the amount Apple needed to continue production, so they have quietly pulled the gold watch from its website.

What’s worse? If you purchased one of these gold watches thinking it was some sort of brilliant investment, you might be in for a big disappointment. You see, unlike Rolex watches and other quality watches that were built to work a lifetime, the Apple watch is an electronic device, meaning it is destined to a fairly short life and slow, painful death. Yes, the Apple watch does have a short shelf life.

There are those who bought the gold version of the Apple watch because they wanted to make a statement about luxury. We’ll see in 10 or 20 years if wearing that non-functioning gold Apple watch sets you apart from others. You were delusional in thinking any Apple product, let alone a luxury product like the gold Apple watch, could spike your social status now and much less so in, say, 2027 when nobody will even know what an Apple watch looked like.

Let’s hope eliminating the phone jack from the new iPhone will prove to be a better idea.

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I Have a Used Rolex Submariner, an Apple Watch and an Older Casio With a Built-In Calculator; Which Watch Should I Wear? Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:23:15 +0000

Dear Watch Master, I will be attending a rather elegant party in the near future. I have rented a nice suit for the occasion and have set an appointment with a manicurist. Basically, I want to look good for this event, down to the smallest of details. I am facing a dilemma, however, as I can’t choose which I want to wear. I have a used Rolex Submariner, an Apple Watch and an older Casio with a built-in calculator; which watch should I wear? I’m thinking the Apple Watch or Casio will make me look smart and wearing the Rolex Submariner will make me look like I’m showing off. Please help.

Perplexed in Philadelphia

Dear Perplexed in Philadelphia,

Watches are made for specific purposes and you want to avoid common fashion blunders by carefully matching your watch to the style of suit you will be wearing and the formality of the function. So take the following into consideration before making a final decision.

Black or White Tie

As far as formal events are concerned, historically speaking, it would be considered rude if you were to even wear a watch to such an event. Wearing a watch to an event like this implies that you will be checking the time quite often in hopes of making an early getaway.

Business Dress

If you are attending a business function, a dark conservative suit is the likely attire. It really doesn’t matter what type of watch you wear in these situations as everybody is too busy boasting about their business prowess to even look at their watches.

Casual Gatherings

There are casual gatherings that call for casual suits. If this is the type of event you will be attending we recommend you leave your watch at home. Events like these often lead to the excess consumption of alcohol and you risk passing out and having your watch lost or stolen.

Sports Events

Wearing a watch to a sports event is completely inappropriate as there are no watches on the market that will match your face paint.

Actually, we are just kidding around with you. The real answer to your question is the Rolex Submariner should be worn to all events, regardless the event type or the attire. In fact, we can’t think of any reason you should even consider wearing an Apple watch or a Casio watch with a built-in calculator. Seriously.

The Watch Master

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People Fail to Realize That a Watch, a Real Watch Like a Used Rolex Submariner, is More Than Just a Timepiece Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:21:08 +0000 For some people, luxury watches are merely some antiquated tools used to keep track of time back in the days before color television, microwaves and front-wheel drive cars. Of course, it is these very same people who walk around the city streets tracking down Pokemon with their iPhones while wearing Apple watches. Go figure. These type of people fail to realize that a watch, a real watch like a used Rolex Submariner, is more than just a timepiece, a watch gives us the opportunity to express our personalities.

At the end of the day, a Rolex Submariner gives a more accurate glimpse into my psyche than an Apple watch. That is, the Submariner perfectly reflects my keen sense of style, outgoing personality and above-average intellect. An Apple watch only reflects, well, we won’t get into that right now.

an Apple watch will never get passed down through generations, will never reflect your true personality and will most certainly never get you any closer to a date with an actual woman.

Limited Jewelry

As men, we don’t have the luxury of accessorizing with blingy handbags, sequined vests and designer stilettos. Well, most of us don’t. I tried the sequined vest, but it just didn’t suit me very well. Since men are limited in the pieces of jewelry we can wear, we need to make the most of the watches we choose. Which means skipping the Apple watch and buying the Rolex or other luxury watches.

Not All Old is Good

If you show up at an upscale event wearing a classic Submariner, you are doing it right. If you show up to the same upscale event wearing a Casio from the 1980s, you just plain look silly.

Rolex Submariner

Bigger is Not Always Better

If you want to lug that 56mm watch on your wrist all day, go right on ahead. At the end of the day, your arm will be tired and nobody is impressed by the size of your watch, or the spiked, bleach hair either.

Secret Agent

You may never descend the depths of the oceans, ascend the tallest peaks or jump a motorboat across a bridge in pursuit of evil villains, but you can wear the same watch secret agents wear. That should count for something.

The Apple Watch

The Apple watch is a technological gadget, and a pretty cool one admittedly. However, an Apple watch will never get passed down through generations, will never reflect your true personality and will most certainly never get you any closer to a date with an actual woman. So, you know, buy a Rolex Submariner instead.

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The Watch You Choose Needs to be Sophisticated, Versatile and Classic, You Need a Used Rolex Submariner Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:34:42 +0000 Did you know that there are rules to match your watch to your outfit? Imagine you are attending a black-tie event, you have poise and style in your rented tux, you are certainly grabbing everyone’s attention. But then you stick out your arm and casually turn your wrist to check the time….and the crowd lets out a collective gasp as you reveal a Casio watch with a cloth strap, or worse still, an Apple watch.

You failed.

This, my friends, is the power of the watch, well, not all watches mind you, but the right watches. The watch you wear can either make or break your attire. Men are limited by the jewelry they can wear, so choose what you wear wisely. The watch you choose needs to be sophisticated, versatile and classic, you need a used Rolex Submariner.

But then you stick out your arm and casually turn your wrist to check the time… and the crowd lets out a collective gasp as you reveal a Casio watch with a cloth strap, or worse still, an Apple watch.

The Watch You Choose Needs to Match the Formality of the Outfit

Look, if you are headed to a beach party in a pair of boardshorts, perhaps you can get by with that Casio, if you have to. But even in such casual attire, show just a little class by sporting a Rolex Submariner. Besides, the Rolex Submariner is waterproof, that Casio won’t stand a chance in the water.

If you are dressed for business, a job interview for example, then by all means, wear the Submariner. Wearing the Casio will put you at a disadvantage and wearing an Apple watch will get you kicked out the of the interview.

If you are attending, say, a sporting event, again, you need to wear the Submariner. All the physical movements involved in cheering for your team will leave the Casio in pieces.

Look, if you take pride in the outfits you wear and want to present yourself in a way that garners respect, you must wear the right type of watch. Now, go on ahead and order that stunning Rolex Submariner, we suggest the blue/gold two-tone.

Dress For Success With A Rolex Watch

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We Need to Skip the Cheap, Discount Watches Often Found at Retail Stores and Set Our Sights on pre owned Rolex Watches Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:02:36 +0000 Men, we really need to be more like women in one important aspect, we need to accessorize more. But as practical men, we need to practice efficiency and not waste. In terms of watches, we need to skip the cheap, discount watches often found at retail stores and set our sights on pre-owned Rolex watches. If we want to wear an expensive watch, we have that right; and dammit, we will wear it in good conscience.

It’s no secret, I spend a lot of time on this website spewing out the reasons you need to own a Rolex watch, it’s my passion. Some might think I’m biased, a home teamer who cheers on the crew no matter how bad they are. But this is simply not true, my journalism degree denies me the chance to be prejudiced against any type of watch. Besides, I own a lot of watches and not all of them are pre-owned Rolex watches. I just love watches.

Wouldn’t it feel nice if you knew that you were referred to as “that guy with the nice watch” at the party you attended? This is only a pipe dream if you’re wearing a generic watch. Then, you are the just “that dude with the man-bun, skinny jeans and cheesy dragon tattoo”.

But I digress, the reason for this article is to bestow on you the virtues of owning a Rolex watch or any other luxury watch for that matter. Because let’s face it, try as you will, you will never fully justify buying an expensive watch, not on your own at least. A watch is not a necessity, especially in this modern world with all the fancy gadgets like smartphones and tablets and whatnot. Thirty, even 20 years ago I could make a great argument for buying a luxury watch, but even I check my damn iPhone for the time every once in awhile, and hate myself for doing so.

So, just why do you need a high-end watch? Well, there is the culture of luxury, which is something you either live or don’t understand. Smartly put, the culture of luxury is an appreciation of things that are finely made and recognized worldwide, like a Rolex watch. Sure, it is a selfish and impractical culture, but it gives you a reason to own a Rolex.

No watch and skinny jeans
No watch and skinny jeans

When you wear your Rolex or other luxury watch, people take you more seriously. Remember, you are being judged by strangers and peers according to how you look, and a Rolex is by far one of the best visual indicators you can wear. It also helps if you ditch the skinny jeans, man-bun and cover up that dragon tattoo. Respect man, you gotta earn it.

Wouldn’t it feel nice if you knew that you were referred to as “that guy with the nice watch” at the party you attended? This is only a pipe dream if you’re wearing a generic watch. Then, you are then just “that dude with the man-bun, skinny jeans and cheesy dragon tattoo.”

Do you own anything right now that you would be proud to hand down to your children? Probably not, unless you plan on giving junior your skinny jeans when he comes of age. Owning a Rolex means you have something of monetary and sentimental value that you can pass along. Let your Rolex watch be your legacy.

So thinking about buying a used Rolex watch? My advice to you: Just do it! My sincere apologies to Nike.

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If You Own a Pre-Owned Rolex Yacht-Master, Submariner or Sea-Dweller, You Might Want to Invest in a Quality Watch Winder Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:49:01 +0000 Whether you own a pre-owned Rolex Yacht-Master, Submariner or Sea-Dweller, you might want to invest in a quality watch winder. For those of you unfamiliar with this device, a watch winder is used to keep self-winding or automatic watches running when they are not being worn. As you probably are already aware, automatic watches operate on the principle of winding themselves with a moving weight that rotates when you move. Now, of course, if the watch is not worn, it will stop running in due time. And while most automatic watches can be manually wound, it can be quite the inconvenience.

The single biggest advantage in owning a watch winder is for seldom used watches with complex perpetual calendars that could take a long time resetting when they have stopped running.

Choosing a Watch Winder

You will want to choose a watch winder based on both value and needs. If you have an automatic watch that you rarely wear, there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy watch winder that holds six watches. However, if you collect used Rolex watches and rotate them regularly, then a quality watch winder that holds several watches is a great investment. The single biggest advantage in owning a watch winder is for seldom used watches with complex perpetual calendars that could take a long time resetting when they have stopped running.

Types of Watch Winders

Elegant– This type of watch winder goes beyond functionality and offers a very nice exterior. You will often find these watch winders made from leather or finished wood and are suitable for display.

Functional– Functional watch winders are made to perform the duties of winding a watch. These work fine but aren’t typically something you would want to display.

Extra Cool– OK, we totally made up this category, but there are watch winders that go far beyond functionality and aesthetics. For example, there are watch winders that keep your watches heated at body temperature. Cool, wait, extra cool!

Other Considerations

Do not underestimate the value of an automatic watch winder. A watch winder offers the joy of wearing any of your watches at a moment’s notice. They also look rather sharp and will nicely display your automatic watch collection.

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Being Financially Stable Means You Can Follow Those Crazy Impulses to Collect Cool Things Like Used Rolex Watches, Fancy Art and Expensive Wine Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:36:55 +0000 One of the perks of being financially stable is the ability to follow those crazy impulses to collect cool things like used Rolex watches, fancy art and expensive wine. In fact, you can collect whatever happens to tickle your fancy.

Let’s face it, we buy certain things because we can, plain and simple. You don’t buy that hot tub boat because you need jetted, hot water for mind clarity and relaxation, you buy it because you can. However, buys like this can be some cause for concern. Think about the many ways a hot tub boat is a potential risk for a nautical disaster.

If you are going to throw money away at silly things, at least be somewhat smart about it. If you are not going to consider price when making a purchase, at least consider functionality and perhaps need. For example; do you really need a hot tub boat?

If you are financially stable, here are some things you really need.


Designer Surfboard

Driving to the beach in an Aston Martin is showing off; driving to the beach in an Aston Martin with a designer surfboard is over the top. But even if you don’t know the first thing about surfboarding, all is not lost, simply mount the designer surfboard in your den as a unique centerpiece.

Givenchy Leather Bag

There are some people who might think paying over $2,000 for a woman’s purse is excessive. But then again, there are those who think paying more than 30 bucks for a purse is excessive. You see, buying this bag is a smart move. The next time you get into a spat with your lady after making a remarkably dumb comment, ease tensions by presenting her with this gift that will surely lead to smoother waters.



You read that right. For the man who has everything, he must buy himself a guitar doorbell. This is a great buy as it serves a utilitarian purpose and is freaking awesome to boot. And you don’t even have to take lessons and learn chords to hear the sound of a guitar echoing through your home. Rock on!

Life Size T-Rex Skeleton

Have a spot in your home that needs something unique to fill it? Well, if that spot is at least 40 feet long, you can fill it with this life-size replica skeleton of a T-Rex. This really does make a great conversation piece.

So there you have it, our list of things you really need to own.

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The Watchmaker Answers Questions Concerning Pre Owned Rolex Watches Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:59:26 +0000

Dear Watchmaker,

I am in the market for a used Rolex watch, perhaps something vintage, but definitely something very classy because that is how I like to roll. The problem is I don’t even know where to start. What type of Rolex watch do you suppose Vin Deisel would wear? I guess I’m asking which Rolex watches are the coolest.

Confused in Reno

Dear Confused in Reno,

Let me clear up a little confusion on your part by answering your questions in no particular order. First, I don’t care what type of Rolex Vin Deisel would wear. It doesn’t matter because Vin Deisel would make an Apple watch look classy, that is just how cool he is. The trick is to find a Rolex watch classy enough to make you look good, no easy task for sure. If you are into the vintage Rolex look, then you cannot go wrong with the timeless Submariner or even an Oysterdate, both very good choices.

As for your question concerning which Rolex watches are the coolest, it should be quite clear that all Rolex watches fall into the cool category. The only difference is the level of coolness a particular Rolex watch might have, which is subjective of course. Personally, I think the GMT Master is one of the coolest Rolex watches on the market.

When you are in the market for a pre-owned Rolex watch, a good starting point would be right here. Think of our blog pages as articles that are written to bring you closer to the Rolex brand. We want you to love and embrace Rolex watches as much as we do. Then it is a good idea to browse our selection of Used Rolex watches, carefully. Take your time and really soak in every detail each watch offers. Remember, this is not a race, take your time in selecting the right Rolex watch for you.

The Watchmaker

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A Pre-Owned Rolex Watch Will Not Add Monetary Value to Your Life, It Will Add So Much More Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:24:06 +0000 A friend of ours was recently approached by a gentleman who wondered why he was wearing such an expensive watch, a Rolex watch. He was asked if he felt he was getting his money’s worth wearing his Rolex watch every day. That question is something some people consider when shopping a used Rolex watch. Here are our thoughts on the subject.

In terms of value, a pre-owned Rolex watch will not add monetary value to your life, it will add so much more. While your Rolex watch won’t give your life monetary value, it will give your life value and quality. Take for instance the person who wears a $100 pair of jeans. It is very likely that these jeans are worn very often, are a great source of pride and they get an immense sense of value from them. Therefore, the jeans have given the owner value and quality.

These are all relevant reasons and the very same reasons people want to own luxury watches. A used Rolex watch will be cherished, worn often and hold a great value. So even if your Rolex watch won’t add monetary value to your life, it will most certainly enhance your life.

If you have your doubts, we encourage you to ask anybody who owns a Rolex watch if they feel any post-purchase grief.

Enhance the quality of your life, buy a used Rolex watch.

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If Someone is Wearing a Really Nice Watch, Like a Pre-Owned Rolex, I feel Compelled to Ask Them About It Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:19:46 +0000 When I meet someone for the very first time and they are wearing a really nice watch, like a pre-owned Rolex Submariner or Yachtmaster, I feel compelled to ask them about it. And it is never a shock to me when a big smile comes over their face and they start telling me stories about their Rolex watch. Often, I find the stories about how they came to own the watch to be the most interesting. In most cases, the watches I ask about were a gift, a celebration of an important moment in that person’s life. And this got me thinking about how watches are very special gifts, regardless the price point. If you can think of a list of gifts that are greatly appreciated, used all the time and last a long time, watches are certainly at the top of that list.

It is critical for a man to celebrate certain events with a gift that is very meaningful and does him justice. A Rolex watch is a perfect for such occasions.

One trend I have recently read about is giving the gift of a timepiece from the year that person was born. Since it is rather difficult to find a specific reference to date from many watch manufacturers, many people choose Rolex watches as the serial numbers can match up to a specific date. So anyone interested in giving me a used Rolex Submariner from 1965 for my birthday, it would be greatly appreciated and cherished forever.

Giving the gift of a watch for graduation signifies new horizons. A used Rolex watch is a tool you will use for the rest of your life and perhaps even pass along to your children. I still have the watch my parents bought me for high school graduation and it remains cherished to this day.

I have seen first-hand families that have given the gift of a watch to the groom. Often, it is from the bride’s family. It is critical for a man to celebrate certain events with a gift that is very meaningful and does him justice. A Rolex watch is perfect for such occasions.

The art of giving is not lost when you gift a Rolex watch.

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Be Smart, Shop Pre-Owned Rolex Watches and Achieve Your Goals Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:58:21 +0000 Shane wants a lot of things that he cannot afford, like a Rolex watch and a Lamborghini. Shane stops from time to time throughout the day and compares himself with wealthy celebrities, the kind who wears Rolex watches and drives Lamborghinis, this makes Shane feel inadequate.

Shane spends even more time striving for resources that will enable him to purchase that elusive Rolex watch and Lamborghini. Goals in life are important and need to be self-determined. But the best way to make goals and values in your life work is by creating reasonable goals that are achievable.

But remember to enjoy the process as you work towards those goals and savor the success when you reach any of your goals. It is also important to pay attention to the path you follow as you reach your goals, the process of living is a journey you will never forget.

Unfortunately, Shane does not follow this system of beliefs, which is why he cannot reach his goals. Shane needs to wake up and realize two things; nobody drives Lamborghinis anymore, so that is a useless goal and if he really wants a luxury watch, he could easily afford a used Rolex watch.

Don’t be like Shane. Be smart, shop pre-owned Rolex watches and achieve your goals.

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You Should Seriously Consider Buying a Midsize Pre-Owned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:44:28 +0000 Anybody who is in the market for a luxury watch should seriously consider buying a midsize pre-owned Rolex Oyster perpetual watch. You might have some reservations about buying a used Rolex and think it might not be a good idea, but we can give you reasons to reconsider.

The biggest hit of depreciation any luxury watch will take is the transition from new watch to used watch. And many Rolex watches will settle in price after this initial depreciation. In fact, over the years, some used Rolex watches might even see a price increase.

You might have your heart set on a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, but in no way can you afford a new one. However, a pre-owned Rolex Oyster Perpetual is well within your financial reach. In addition, there will be many, many more used watches from which to choose that are in your price range.

Consider this; would you rather own a new luxury watch that is sort of cool, but nobody notices because it happens to be some off brand that nobody has heard of or own a Rolex?

Get with it and order the Rolex.

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Shop Rolex Watches Pre Owned Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:09:16 +0000 Besides the fact that when you shop Rolex watches pre owned, you can buy with confidence at BeckerTime, you can shop from the comfort of your home, wearing whatever is convenient. We think this is a benefit that is often overlooked.

We are all aware of the obvious benefits of shopping your pre-owned Rolex watch with us. But for those who are new, we will go over part of the list yet again.

Unparalleled Quality

All of our watches are in their best possible condition internally as well as externally. The watch you are looking at on our website is the watch you will be wearing on your wrist. And, if for whatever reason, you change your mind, we offer an unconditional 30-day money back guarantee.

Lifetime Trade-Up Guarantee

Our lifetime trade-up guarantee is a customer favorite, especially for those delving into the world of Rolex watches for the very first time as it allows you to start small and go big later.

Shop in Comfort

This is always understated. There is no better way to shop for a pre-loved Rolex watch than in your boxer-briefs, listening to Motley Crue and gnawing on a Slim Jim.

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If You are Hesitant About Buying a Used Rolex Watch, We Can Clear a Few Things Up Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:23:38 +0000 Anybody looking to purchase a quality luxury watch should seriously consider buying a pre-owned Rolex Oyster Perpetual two-tone watch. If you are hesitant about buying a used Rolex watch and have some reservations, we can clear a few things up.

The biggest hit a Rolex watch will take in depreciation is during the transition from new to used. But after this initial depreciation, the price will settle rather nicely and depreciation will slow considerably, there may even come a time when the value of your pre-owned Rolex watch will actually rise.

When shopping used Rolex watches you will discover a wide range of models and styles, some of which are within your reach financially. That is, perhaps a new Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a little out of your price range, but you can easily afford a used Rolex Oyster Perpetual.

Now, buying a pre-owned Rolex watch can be somewhat daunting, especially of this is your first purchase. But we have set the standard for quality, peace of mind and customer service when you are shopping your dream timepiece.

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Owning a Used Rolex Watch Isn’t Always About the Quality Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:52:06 +0000 There was a time when watch snobs looked down at the Rolex name because they thought that Rolex watches were technically uninteresting. But today, these same watch snobs have come to the realization that if you want a watch with a really accurate movement, you can pretty much choose any number of manufacturers. But if you want a watch that is very well made in every single aspect, then your search ends with any Rolex watch.

But owning a used Rolex watch isn’t all about the quality, many Rolex watches have a fantastic history behind them as well. And of course, there is an insane number of celebrities and other noteworthy people who have been poster fodder for the Rolex brand.

Watch collectors might obsess with things like the subtle differences between a Rolex Submariner that lists for $50,000 and one that lists for $5,000, but you are just proud to wear a pre-owned Rolex Oyster Perpetual, the same style Rolex watch worn by your favorite celebrity.

Sure, you know whichever Rolex watch you choose will be high-quality, but you own a Rolex watch because of the rich history.

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A Pre-Owned Rolex Watch is Often the First Watch a Gentleman Will Consider Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:30:25 +0000 There was a time, not all that long ago, when Rolex was the brand that watch enthusiasts loved to hate. But much has changed since then, Rolex watches are now at the peak of popularity and have become one of the most collected watches in the world.

A pre-owned Rolex watch is often the first watch a gentleman will consider when shopping for his first luxury watch. It used to be that his friends would try to talk him out of making this purchase. But things have certainly changed over the years. But just what has changed? Well, it isn’t the watches that Rolex manufacturers. One of the most compelling things about Rolex is that they don’t make dramatic changes with their watches over the years. In fact, unless you are a hardcore Rolex collector, you would be hard-pressed telling the difference between a Rolex Oyster perpetual from the 1960s and one made from the 1990’s.

What has changed over the years is what people see in a Rolex watch. People buy used Rolex watches for any number of reasons, but one of the main reasons is because they know that unlike other luxury watches, Rolex watches keep their value. Consider this; with our lifetime trade-up guarantee, you can go from a Rolex Oyster Perpetual to a Rolex President without losing a dime in value. We call that a great deal.

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Are You in the Market For Pre-Owned Luxury Watches? Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:03:17 +0000 When in the market for great pre-owned luxury watches, you might wonder if a Rolex watch is best for you. You are staring at these stunning pre-owned Rolex White Gold Day Date President watches and wonder if you deserve a Rolex watch, you wonder if you are good enough for a Rolex watch.

We think you are.

Look, we can see you might have a small issue with self-esteem, but that can be easily fixed by wearing a Rolex watch. Take a moment and reflect on what you have accomplished so far in your life. Maybe you have climbed the corporate ladder and oversee an entire department, perhaps you have raised one or two amazing children or maybe you are proud of getting this far in life without making any major mistakes. Congratulations, all very good reasons why you deserve a Rolex watch.

Do you want to know what else you deserve? You deserve the top-quality services we offer to all of our customers; this includes our lifetime trade-up guarantee, free domestic insured shipping and a one year guarantee on most watches. So stop feeling the guilt and order that Rolex watch today.

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There are Some Who Would Choose an Apple Watch Over a Pre-Owned Rolex, Perhaps We Can Save Them Wed, 18 May 2016 13:44:26 +0000 Surf Google and you will discover any number of websites with posts about how great the Apple watch is. Being that we are open to new technologies, we thought we would read a few of these “pro” Apple watch articles and make our own determination about the Apple watch. So we are going into this with an open mind.


Open mind.

Open mind.

One of the better quotes we found was from a piece in the New York Times where a point was made that the Apple watch is here to “liberate” us from our smartphones. The author suggests because of its convenience, a few clicks of your Apple watch will eliminate texting, emails and music browsing that you do on your smartphone. So, basically, instead at squinting at your iPhone screen to text, compose an email or scroll music, you can now do the very same thing on your Apple watch, with has a much smaller screen not to mention the fact you look like an idiot scrolling 1980s hair bands on your watch.

Ha, ha, liberate people from their smartphone, we won’t even go there.

A Forbes’ magazine article quotes somebody (we don’t want to embarrass them any further) saying the Apple watch is a must-have gadget for those who wish to look cool.

Open mind.
Open mind, never mind.

You know it, we know it, but apparently some dude with a really bad haircut and bedazzled jeans thinks the Apple watch looks cool. Heck, Apple watches makes Casio watches look like Rolexes in comparison. And if you think messing around with your Apple watch in a social setting is less disruptive than fingering your smartphone, you are the same type of person who thinks cyclists don’t need to obey traffic laws. Or in other words, you are just plain rude.

And there is this; it is noted that the Apple watch does indeed function as a watch, so if you lose your iPhone, you can still check the time.

We are drawing a blank.

This statement is so full of derp we don’t even know where to start. So you check your Apple watch for the time, only to discover it has been 12 minutes since you posted to Instagram. We will tell you what is impressive, checking your pre-owned Rolex to ensure you are not late for your date, with a real woman.

While some people might be somewhat impressed by the fact the Apple watch promises to keep time within 50 milliseconds of the definitive global standard, we really don’t care. That’s sort of like having a real accurate speedometer on your Hyundai Elantra.

We could continue dishing out about the Apple watch, but we think you are getting the point. Keep the apps, tunes, camera and everything else the Apple watch boasts and stuff it in your pocket with your iPhone and adorn your wrist with a stunning used Rolex watch instead.

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Interested in Owning a Pre-Owned Luxury Watch? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:23:35 +0000 A watch means something different for everyone, and a certain type of watch that you might find extraordinary may not impress any of your friends. What this means is that there are people on this earth who aren’t big fans of Rolex watches, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in owning a pre-owned luxury watch, like say a Tag Heuer or a Breitling. Watches are subjective, like cars or shoes, and everybody is certainly entitled to their opinion on which type of luxury watches they prefer.

Rolex Submariner

That said, we are going to present you with a list of what we feel are the top watches to seriously consider when you are in the market for a used luxury watch. This list represents our personal choices, but if we have left an important brand or type of watch out of the list, please feel free to comment.

Omega Speedmaster

We will start off by telling you that this list does not go in any sort of order, so our first choice is not necessarily our top choice, it just happens to come first in this particular list.

That said, the Omega Speedmaster is a watch that is useful, beautiful and extremely versatile in function as well as in style. What was once a watch made for racers has moved on to a watch that has been utilized by the United States government and NASA. In fact, the Speedmaster has been worn by astronauts to the moon. So rest assured it will wear well when you take it on that trip to the Bahamas.

Rolex Submariner

No list of luxury watches, no matter how short, is complete unless Rolex is represented. The things we hear about the Submariner could fill more than just a book, it could fill a small library. Rolex has been making the Submariner for 60 years and very little has changed in style and design. I guess when you start with perfection, there is no need for improvements. The Rolex Submariner is the do anything, go anywhere watch, it is really the Superhero of watches.

Casio G-Shock

When the Casio G-Shock was introduced in the 1980s, it was an instant hit. It held all the attributes of a great product, it was super durable, really useful and affordable, everything you could ask for in a watch. The G-Shock also managed to do something else, make it cool to wear a digital watch. The early models spawned countless variations of the G-Shock and collectors get a kick out of all the gadgetry, bottom line is that it is just a fun watch to have.

Grand Seiko

You really need to be a watch enthusiast to appreciate the Grand Seiko. The Grand Seiko is a sub-brand that has been around for years but has come more into light as of late. These watches are inspired by popular concepts and designs, but Seiko has managed to bring these watches to the table with their own innovations and technology. They are dressy, sporty and a solid choice when considering luxury watches.

And there you have it, our list of luxury watches you need to look into.

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When Shopping for a Pre-Owned Rolex, Should You Choose a Leather or Metal Band? Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:42:58 +0000 It is a question that has plagued mankind for many years, an unresolved issue that needs to be addressed and then put to rest. When shopping for a pre-owned Rolex, should you choose a leather or metal band? And when we say metal band, this is not what we mean. One of the harder decisions any watch lover must come to terms with is what type of band is better. Avid watch collectors have several watches in their collections and no doubt have both metal bracelets and leather straps. But if you were to choose one to wear every day, what would it be?

If you are an active fellow and engage in a lot of sporting activities, you might want to avoid the leather strap. Why you ask? Well, active people sweat a lot, which produces lots of moisture that will take its toll on your leather watch strap. So you may want to go with a metal bracelet if this is the case.

If you prefer a solid feel and hardness on your wrist, you should opt for a metal bracelet. In addition to being more durable than a leather strap, metal bracelets can have scratches simply polished out. When your leather band begins to look in sad shape, all you can do is replace it.

However, a metal band can also cause skin irritation in certain conditions, especially when the weather is hot and sticky. Also, a lot of guys don’t like a heavy band and prefer the lighter leather strap. And there are those who feel a leather strap is more elegant looking than steel.

As you can see, there are pros and cons to both types of watch bands. You will just have to experiment and discover which type of band is right for you.

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Make Sure You Accessorize With a Used Rolex Watch Mon, 28 Mar 2016 20:43:55 +0000 Sure, someday you will be a very successful person, a standout in the crowd who deserves the compliments he gets. There will be a time, in the future, where you are respected and admired, for all the right reasons because you are a hard-working, honest man. But at the moment, you are just trying to maintain your presence while working your way up that ladder.

If this sounds like you, then you need to put down that iPhone and continue reading, it’s for your own good.

You are hungry for it, but success does not always just happen overnight, it’s something you need to pursue. The reality will come, someday, but in the meantime, there is nothing wrong with looking like you are a successful man. Here is what you need to know to look like a success.

Looking like you are a success isn’t all about the clothes you wear. After all, you can hardly afford to buy a few Armani suits, Brunello Cucinelli shirts and Stefano Ricci shoes. But regardless the clothes you wear, make sure you accessorize with a used Rolex watch. While everybody might be scratching their heads wondering what kind of suit you are wearing, they all will be quite aware you are wearing a Rolex watch.

No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, act confident. Here is what you need to watch out for, it is very hard to project confidence if your mind is filled with doubt and fear. So take a deep breath and boldly move forward.

Lastly, be very selective about the people you spend time with. You need to ensure you are hanging out with people who will make you a better person.

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You Need to Shop Pre-Owned Luxury Watches Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:17:53 +0000 Remember when you were in your late teens and you got that wonderful Casio digital watch for Christmas or as a graduation gift? You wore that baby with pride, for several years until you realized digital watches were no longer the “in” thing.

Since the day you discarded your beloved Casio, you have owned any number of watches. You started off with a Timex, then moved on to a nicer Seiko and perhaps even a lower end Invicta watch. You were more into how the watch matched your outfit than how a watch could be an extension of your personality.

You are no longer that gullible child who was dearly in love with his Casio. You are a grown, successful man whose ideas about watches needs to change.

It’s time you stop merely settling for a fashionable watch and start looking for a watch that will bring out the real you. You need to shop pre-owned luxury watches.

Now, you could just go for the biggest name in the luxury watch industry and buy a pre-owned Rolex watch. But mind you, there are several worthy brands of luxury watches out there including Breitling, Corum and Bulgari. So you might want to do a little research to discover a brand that will suit you best.

Still not convinced you need a luxury watch? We can help.

Beyond aesthetics, one thing that a luxury watch does very well is to keep the time. That low-end watch you’re wearing right now was probably assembled in China by an eight-year-old or in some pollution-spewing factory. And you can just imagine how they deal with quality control. When you choose a luxury watch, like a used Rolex for example, you are getting a watch that has been hand assembled with the highest quality materials. Your Rolex watch not only looks fantastic, it keeps perfect time as well.

When thinking about buying a luxury timepiece, you need to realize it’s more than just a purchase, it is an investment. Lesser quality watches never retain any sort of value and will never garner much in the resale market. A luxury watch, however, will retain much of its value, that is if you ever wish to part with it.

To be brutally truthful, looks do matter. And you will certainly garner more positive attention if you are well dressed than if you dress like a slob. But regardless of the outfit you happen to be wearing, you will look so much better with a luxury watch on your wrist. Such luxury watches subtly display a manner of wealth that is almost whispered as it is so quiet. Just wait and see where all eyes go as you discuss the latest basketball game with your friends or the sales figures with your work colleagues. All eyes will be on your luxury watch.

Lastly, as a man, you want to hand something down to your son that he will cherish for his lifetime. A luxury watch is a perfect effect to bequeath to a loved one.
So go ahead, take a look at the luxury watches.

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The Reason Many People are Willing to Spend So Much on Their Pre-Owned Rolex Watch Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:30:28 +0000 Rolex watches are known for their elegance and precision. This sterling combination of beauty and functionality is the reason many people are willing to spend so much on their pre-owned Rolex watch. If you own a Rolex, you will no doubt cherish it forever. So learning how to properly care for your Rolex watch is critical. Regular care will ensure your Rolex will remain in perfect functioning condition and look good each time you wear it.

Wearing your Rolex watch often is the first step in keeping it in good working condition. By wearing your watch often, you maintain the viscosity of the lubricants in the movement. When not worn on a regular basis, the lubricants within your Rolex may harden, which will then cause friction within the movement. So it is best you do what you can to keep those gears turning.

Like with any other luxury item, your Rolex watch will need to be cleaned from time to time. Your Rolex is exposed to the elements as well as body oils and other contaminants. But before you clean your Rolex, there are a few steps you need to take:

  • Ensure the winding crown is screwed tightly into the case.
  • Make sure your hands are clean.
  • Lukewarm water should be used to rinse off your watch.
  • Get a bowl of lukewarm water, add a little ammonia-free soap and gently scrub off all the dirt particles, an old toothbrush can be used as a scrubber.
  • Rinse your Rolex well.
  • Gently pat your Rolex dry with a soft cotton cloth.

Since the bracelet of your Rolex watch is prone to scratches, it will need extra special care. To remove scratches from the bracelet of your watch, all you need is a quality polishing cloth. A good polishing cloth will come pre-soaked in a special liquid made for polishing. When removing scratches from the bracelet of your Rolex watch, keep the following in mind:

  • Ensure you only use the polishing cloth on the bracelet and you could damage non-polishable surfaces.
  • Do not use too much pressure when polishing.
  • Do not polish in a circular motion, instead, try to follow the flow of the metal on the bracelet. That is, go with the grain of the watch bracelet surface, not against it.
  • All it takes is about a minute of polishing to remove a scratch unless the scratches are deep.
  • Avoid polishing any surface that doesn’t have any scratches or you risk removing a fine layer of metal.

Most Rolex watches have an automatic movement which means they are self-winding. However, if you don’t wear your Rolex for a period of time, it will stop and fail to show the correct time. You can choose to manually wind your Rolex watch if this happens. Simply unscrew the crown to position two and give it about 30 or 40 winds. When you are done, screw the crown back down and wear as normal. Since Rolex watches have a built-in protection mechanism, overwinding is something you need not worry about.

So take good care of your Rolex watch and it will look fantastic and run even better for a very long time.

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Baselworld 2016 – Cosmograph Daytona Thu, 17 Mar 2016 23:11:05 +0000 Woohoo I was wrong!
In my previous article I dreamt along with many others that the ceramic Rolex Daytona would not surface until 2017, I am glad to report that it has been released in both black and white dials with a new reference 116500LN. Funnily enough the reference is the same for both dial variants.




The one that stands out the most is the white dial with Cerachrom bezel, harking back to the 16520 Zenith movement white dial which had black sub-dial surrounds. Giving it that ‘Panda’ effect, which makes the dial very smart indeed. White and black, though monochrome, is infinitely more interesting than white with silver. There is also a hint of red as in keeping with previous iterations the word ‘Daytona’ which is in its usual position, above the bottom sub-dial, in a glorious blood red.




Rolex has kept with the polished centre links on the Oyster bracelet. It smartens up the look and with their own 904L steel the polishing makes it look much more expensive than it truly is. Some would say more akin to an expensive white gold or even platinum version of the watch. Internally from what I can tell is exactly the same as the current models.




Does it lose any charm compared to the older models? I don’t think so, if anything I think it is an attempt to bring the Daytona range in-line with the majority of the sports catalogue with its use of Cerachrom. This new Rolex Daytona will undoubtedly be in huge demand and we would expect there to be a long waiting list for this updated model. It does however beg the question, what is going to happen to the existing stainless steel bezel models? The current rumour is that production of the current Rolex Daytonas in steel with a steel bezel will have their supply cut and finished by June of this year. That is only two whole months left if this rumour is correct. Either way the Daytona, old and new will always in demand.

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Let’s Discuss the Matter of Wearing and Enjoying a Fine Watch, Like a Used Rolex Yacht-master or a Pre-Owned Rolex Daytona Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:40:08 +0000 Let’s discuss, for a few minutes anyway, the matter of wearing and enjoying a fine watch, like a used Rolex Yacht-master or a pre-owned Rolex Submariner, is a passion that somehow needs to be justified. As practical people, we view many luxury items as only needed when we can justify the need to own them. This, of course, flies over the heads of those who can buy a brand new gold Rolex with the cash they keep in their wallet. But for those of us who may even struggle to keep finances in order at all times, buying a luxury watch like a Rolex needs to be justified.

The reasons you want to own a pre-owned luxury watch may not be the same reasons you want to own an expensive sports car. For one reason, that Rolex on your wrist doesn’t scream mid-life crises like the convertible Porche you eyeballed at the dealership the other day. Besides, while only some guys look good in small, convertible sports cars, all guys look great wearing a quality luxury watch.

You want to own that Rolex watch because when you wear it, people will take you more seriously. Wearing a Rolex watch is more about being serious than being simply acceptable. The final touches to a man who demands respect are tied shoelaces and a stand-out watch. And while a clever scarf will draw some admiration from those around you, that Rolex will be the envy of all. Being taken seriously is really just simple math, getting noticed and valuation of worth equal the degree of seriousness perceived.

So we now know you will be taken seriously when you wear that Rolex watch. But what you don’t know is that very same watch also makes you more unique. As men, we have precious few accessories that we can wear to differentiate ourselves from the pack, but only because face tattoos, gobs of makeup and gaudy earrings on men are usually socially unacceptable. This is why we need that Rolex watch nobody else has. If you are a generic person, then waltz into your local Walmart and buy a generic watch. If you want to stand out in that crowd, discover the Rolex right for you.

If you have ever noticed, people gesture a whole lot with their hands as they are talking. And while communicating with others, we always notice their hands. People take notice when you are telling that story about your wild Saturday night while wearing a Rolex.

What do you do when standing at the grocery store checkout? If you are like most, there is a lot of fidgeting going on, whether you are stroking the face of your iPhone or checking your watch, you are doing something to pass the time. Now, does it look cooler when you are texting on your phone or if you are subtly checking the time on your Rolex watch? Also, that checkout clerk, the cute one, we guarantee when she sees your Rolex, you will leave a lasting impression.

Need any more reasons to buy that pre-owned Rolex?

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Baselworld 2016 Predictions – Blue sky thinking involved!!! Tue, 15 Mar 2016 20:47:25 +0000 Another year, another show, the same old furore over what the World’s greatest watch brand is going to do. Rolex has always had the habit of generating mass hysteria and speculation over its new releases.

Here we will bring together some of the best, most outlandish potential new pieces to be introduced tomorrow at Baselworld 2016.

The Daytona is an absolute legend in terms of watch design and sheer popularity with watch fans around. The current steel reference 116520 has been around since 2001, and it is high time that Rolex replaced it. We here at Beckertime much like our friends at Monochrome Watches, think that a new edition I’m steel would be a welcome addition. Updated much like the current platinum version with a Cerachrom bezel would make it infinitely attractive to the Rolex fan base. Especially with the introduction of the new ceramic material in the Submariner range, GMT and as of last year the YachtMaster. The renders by Monochrome give us an idea of the potential look, but the likelihood of it happening is slim. It is looking more and more likely that 2017 will be the year of the steel Daytona. We can still dream though.

Credit Monochrome

As we talk about the Yacht-Master, it was a bit love or hate for most Rolex fans last year. I am definitely in the love camp as it is a move in the right direction for Rolex to listen to their customers. On this note they could extend the range of the Yacht-Master 40mm with new materials. Stainless steel would be a great variant as the Everose gold was a bit of a miss regardless of it being the trend colour. That leads to the potential of it also being made available in yellow gold, again seen as a trend colour for this year. Just look at what Audemars Piguet have done with their Royal Oak yellow gold releases this year.

Credit Monochrome

I am going to crazy with this last one, but would be a fan favourite another addition to the GMT Master line. Root beer or Coke, either would be much loved and coveted by the GMT fans. Recent years have seen the BLNR and the BLRO released and if the trend has been set then we are in for some funky colours. On a side note I’d quite like to see a completely new colour but more imaginative than the ‘Blueberry’ idea coined by Rolex Passion Report.

Credit Rolex Passion Report

Let us see what tomorrow brings us!!!

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Wear Your Used Rolex or Pre-Owned Luxury Watch Like You Have Been There Before Tue, 08 Mar 2016 22:21:02 +0000 If you wear a watch, regardless of the brand name, wear it with pride. If you put your Rolex or Breitling on a pedestal and do some showboating, then you simply come across as crass. Wear your used Rolex or pre-owned luxury watch like you have been there before. Don’t be that guy who does that ridiculous dance in the end zone after a two-yard touchdown run, act like you have been there before. Whether you wear a Swatch or a Rolex, the brand of watch you wear says a lot about you.

Timex is an all-American watch brand founded in the 19th century in Connecticut. But like so many American products, most of Timex movements are made somewhere in Asia. But that doesn’t mean Timex watches aren’t popular, quite the contrary actually. With the rich history Timex offers, they are a great brand that offers nice watches and a bit of history at quite an affordable price. If you wear a Timex, you probably own a pickup truck and enjoy hunting, fishing and football.

If you wear a Casio watch, you might be an active type of guy who loves the outdoors, or you could be a guy who just doesn’t know how to properly dress. You might even be wearing that Casio because you are still stuck in the 1980s, hairstyle, Member’s Only jacket and all.

If you wear a Rolex, you understand how a watch can be an incredibly masculine accessory. You understand the importance of timeless classics. You wear a Rolex because you are a proud and powerful man and you realize your Rolex is merely an extension of yourself.

So, which type of man are you? Check out our line of used Rolex watches now.

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We Pity the Fools Who Don’t Wear Pre-Owned Rolex Watches Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:24:57 +0000 For every Rolex watch on the market, there is a Rolex hater. There is just something about the Rolex brand that turns people’s heads away. Perhaps it’s the false stereotype that Rolex watch wearers are stuffy or self-centered or maybe it’s the misconception that Rolex watches are merely a status symbol. This take is as ignorant as the thought that every pickup truck owner is a redneck. If you are a Rolex hater, that’s fine, take your Apple watch and go home, just don’t knock the Rolex brand because you are naive and uninformed.
Rolex GMT-Master II

For those who are willing to listen to great reasons to own a Rolex watch, proceed with an open mind.

One reason to wear Rolex has to do with the rich tradition of the brand and the place they hold in watch history. In essence, Rolex basically invented the modern-day watch, with their contributions to the self-winding mechanism as well as several other innovations.

Rolex is one of the few watch manufacturers who produce their own movements. In fact, the powers at Rolex strictly control the production of each and every watch they make, right down to every last component that is used in the watch. This is indeed what makes Rolex watches so special.

Once you place a Rolex on your wrist, there is no denying the look and feel.

The purchase of a Rolex watch is an investment. A used Rolex watch can be sold very quickly at a minimal loss.

And to all you Rolex haters out there, we pity the fool that doesn’t wear a Rolex watch.

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We Sell Quality Rolex Used Watches as Well as Other Pre-Owned Luxury Watches Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:49:27 +0000 We want to start off by saying that if you are looking for the new Apple watch, you are in the wrong place. We sell quality Rolex used watches as well as other pre-owned luxury watches. And never in a million years would we ever consider an Apple watch to be a luxury watch, regardless of what anybody else says. That said, let’s take a look at a few things to keep in mind when you are shopping for a used Rolex Submariner.

The Rolex Submariner holds a rich and interesting history, which is one reason collectors have fallen in love with it. The Submariner evolved from efforts to manufacture a watch that was truly water-resistant. The experts at Rolex worked many years to perfect the submersible features of the Submariner. The Rolex Submariner far outperformed earlier waterproof watches and soon became the choice for most divers.

The Submariner has changed it looks over the years, so you might want to know a little about the features throughout various time periods. For example, newer model Submariners feature hands in the Mercedes or cathedral style, with the characteristic rounded piece near the point of the hand while earlier models feature hands that are smaller and plainer in style. But one of the most important features of the Submariner is the unidirectional bezel, which allows divers to track immersion time.

The Submariner comes in three distinct forms, the stainless steel model, the two-tone model and the gold model. The gold models will be the most expensive, the stainless steel will be the least expensive and the two-tone will fall in between.

Shop your Rolex Submariner today. Check out our impressive inventory of used Rolex Submariner watches.

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When Buying Your Used Rolex From Us, Rest Assured it is Genuine Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:18:08 +0000 The Rolex brand is one of the most recognizable in the world, and one of the most powerful brands as well. In fact, Rolex is so famous it is of little wonder that it has been copied in many ways. This means there is a slew of fake Rolex watches in the market. But when buying your second hand Rolex from us, this is not a concern.

Over the years, Chinese watch manufacturers have answered the high demand for quality fake Rolex watches. They have sophisticated setups capable of mass producing quality Rolex replicas. In fact, they do such a good job, it can be difficult to distinguish the fakes from the real Rolex watches. In some cases, it takes the expertise of an authorized dealer to discover the validity of some Rolex watches.

Perhaps you recently got a “killer” deal on a Rolex watch from a shady website and you want to see if you were ripped off. Here are a few red flags to consider.

Take a look at the back of the watch, if it has a glass crystal, then it is not a real Rolex. Genuine Rolex watches have plain metal backs, except the exceptionally rare 1030, so a glass back is a dead giveaway. Genuine Rolex models case backs are also smooth and free from engraving, if you see engraving, there is a reason to be suspicious.

The “cyclops” lens above the date on a true Rolex watch will magnify the number 2.5x the normal size. This makes the date look real big. Many counterfeit watches will have a date bubble that only makes the number look slightly bigger. In addition, the cyclops date window on a real Rolex will be centered directly above the date number, this is not always the case with fake watches.

Pick up a real Rolex watch and really get a good sense of how it feels in your hand. A genuine Rolex watch will have some heft to it, it will feel solid. It feels solid because real Rolex watches are manufactured with genuine metal throughout the watch. Pick up and hold a fake watch and it will feel lighter and less solid.

Rolex watches are made with high-quality movement. Take a look at the minute hand of a real used Rolex watch and you will notice an almost continuous sweeping motion. The minute hand on a fake watch will clearly jump. This is because in real Rolex movement, each second is broken down into eight steps, giving the minute hand the smooth motion. Also, Rolex watches don’t make a ticking noise. So if your watch is ticking, chances are it is not a genuine Rolex.

Check the crown of the watch. The crown of a genuine Rolex will have finely-crafted engravings and grooves that can be felt by touch. A fake Rolex will have a basic looking crown.

The best way to tell a fake Rolex from the real deal is by a head to head comparison. If you suspect a watch to be fake but can’t make the determination yourself, take it to a watch expert.

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Give Her the Ultimate Gift That She Will Cherish Forever, a Pre-Owned Rolex Watch Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:29:46 +0000 Valentine’s Day, the ultimate holiday to show your love, is just around the corner. If you are having a difficult time discovering the perfect gift to show her just how you feel about her, we might have a solution. Jewelry and watches top the list of items that remain Valentine’s Day gift staples, women love watches and jewelry. But put forth the extra effort and give her the ultimate gift that she will cherish forever, a pre-owned Rolex watch.

As men, we often find it difficult to express our true feelings. A gift of a Rolex is a way to say everything you do not say to her on an everyday basis. Handing her a Rolex watch on Valentine’s Day shows her just how much you really do care. Not convinced you should buy her a Rolex? Here are a few reasons that might sway you.

One key reason that makes a Rolex an amazing gift for Valentine’s Day is because it represents timelessness. The Rolex watch you buy for her will last a lifetime as opposed to other gifts that will be forgotten in a few short weeks. Her Rolex is a constant reminder of your love and serves as one of the better investments you have ever made.

Buying her a Rolex shows her that she is the type of woman who deserves only the best. She will be hard-pressed to find any of her friends wearing a Rolex watch. In addition, she will join the long list of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Victoria Beckham who wear Rolex watches.

So this Valentine’s Day, make the right move by buying her a Rolex.

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Many Players Might Prefer Used Rolex Watches Over Those Gaudy Super Bowl Rings Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:22:15 +0000 If you were like most Americans, you probably sat in front of the television last night and watched the Super Bowl. Now, you may not have watched the game itself, maybe your interests were in the commercials or perhaps the halftime show. But we digress. As you are probably aware, the winning team will get, among many other things, Super Bowl rings that they can proudly wear when they make public appearances or go out for a night on the town. While we think every player on the winning team deserves an elegant gift, we think a ring is a poor choice. We think each member of the Denver Broncos would be more pleased with a Rolex watch. In fact, many might even prefer used Rolex watches over Super Bowl rings. And we are here to tell you why.

Rings are fine accessories and do a good job complimenting an outfit. However, the Super Bowl rings we have seen from previous years are awfully big and gaudy looking. We think the subtlety a Rolex adds to an outfit is better suited than any ring.

A ring is a piece of jewelry and its only function is that of a piece of jewelry, something you look at. However, a Rolex is more than a piece of jewelry, it serves a utilitarian purpose and that is to give you the time of day.

Finally, when you have long retired from the game and spend your days on your front porch on your rocking chair, that Super Bowl ring is probably stuffed in some box up in the attic. But that Rolex watch would still be on your wrist giving you enjoyment every single day.

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We Specialize in Selling Pre-Owned Luxury Watches but the Majority of Our Selection Consists of the Rolex Brand Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:40:51 +0000 There is without a doubt a great number of articles available on the Internet comparing the world’s most reputable luxury watches. And there is no doubt that Rolex watches make most, if not all, the lists. Ranking luxury watches is a lot like ranking best comedy movies, best barbecue chains or best smartphones, all the lists are different and all are likely biased to some extent. Well, we aren’t going to lie to you, we specialize in selling pre-owned luxury watches but the majority of our selection consists of the Rolex brand. That is not to say we feel Rolex should be number one on the most respected and reputable luxury watch list, but we imagine we would put them in the top three or four.

There is a passion for luxury watches, perhaps because of the sense of achievement you get when you purchase one. There are many reasons to buy a luxury watch, perhaps you feel you deserve it or maybe just because you know a quality luxury watch is an investment and great consumer product that will last a lifetime. But when that time comes to choose the watch of your dreams, you need to discover the brand that best fits your personality. We know there are those who would simply read an article and make their purchase based on the ranking of a particular watch, but we don’t recommend that.

So, instead of ranking the top luxury watches from around the world, we are simply going to point out a few of the most reputable brands in no particular order.


Cartier was established in 1847 and is currently owned by the Richemont Group. Cartier was originally from France, but today they are Swiss owned and rely entirely on Swiss movement. They are widely regarded as the company who gave the wristwatch a universal appeal.


Panerai is a watch company that originated in Italy but is now owned by the Swiss company Richemont Group. They are known for manufacturing some of the finest underwater military watches available. Panerai watches have a reputation for being “tough guy” watches and a few fans of the brand include Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Well, there is no surprise here, Rolex watches are very well-known worldwide and extremely popular. Rolex is often at the forefront of technological advances in timepieces and their list of accomplishments include the invention of the modern automatic movement, the first waterproof watches and the first screw-down-crown for divers watches.


People who own Omega watches love their Omega watches, and for good reason. Omega is known for being the official supplier of watches to the most sophisticated and suave fictional character, James Bond, since 1995.


Hublot is a relatively new brand on the market as it was established in 1980. They are known for developing unorthodox designs and using non-traditional materials for cases and bands.

This is just a very small list as there are dozens of luxury watch brands on the market, but we thought this was a good starting point. Keep checking back and we will add to our list of luxury watches.

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You are Considering Adding a Pre-Owned Rolex to Your Collection Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:19:09 +0000 If you are considering adding a pre-owned Rolex to your collection, we must agree that is a wise choice. Your current collection might consist of several quartz watches and a few manual watches. That is, you have watches that are either powered by a battery or need to be wound manually every day to function. But when you get your Rolex watch, you will be dealing with a different type of movement, an automatic movement. There are several benefits that come with owning a self-winding automatic watch, here are a few.

The best thing about owning an automatic watch is the fact you never have to replace a battery. The internal mechanisms of an automatic watch involve a rotor powered by a spring that can be wound simply by your arm movement. This eliminates the need to take your watch to a jeweler every year or two to have the battery replaced. A watch with no battery also eliminates the danger of a leaking battery, which would wreak havoc on any watch. And though watch batteries are relatively inexpensive, you will save money not having to buy them, especially if you own several battery-operated watches.

Watches are more than just devices used to tell time, they are also great accessory pieces. Owning a self-winding watch will give you that old-school aristocratic feel associated with high-society events and other classy social gatherings. If you are an avid watch collector, you should have at least one vintage, self-winding watch in your collection.

Yet another important benefit of owning an automatic watch is that it will last years longer than a standard quartz watch, perhaps even a lifetime. The use of batteries increases the chances of dust and other debris accumulating inside the mechanism. This just doesn’t happen with self-winding watches as there is no need to open them up frequently to replace batteries. And in the case of a watch that has stopped working, it is easier to get an automatic watch working again.

In addition, when purchasing an automatic Rolex watch, know you are getting one of the finest movements in the world.

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Awesome Used Rolex Watches Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:19:40 +0000 In our last post, we were discussing just how awesome used Rolex watches are, just like we do in every other post. But more to the point, we were compiling a list of ideal used Rolex watches for the first-time Rolex buyer. So if you are new to the world of Rolex watches, read carefully and perhaps even take a few notes.

Rolex Datejust

The Rolex Datejust is the Rolex watch that does everything and can go with you wherever you may travel. This is the type of watch you can wear with your best Armani suit when attending a high-brow function with a classy lady or when you are bumming around town with your buds in your jeans and t-shirt. The Rolex Datejust defines versatility. In addition, the Datejust represents classic Rolex design. Though it has been updated on numerous occasions since its inception in 1945, the Datejust remains constantly recognizable. So whether you choose a Datejust from the mid-1970’s or a newer model, it will be a timepiece that makes a daring statement and looks simply fantastic in your wrist.

Rolex Submariner

Without a doubt, the Rolex Submariner is the most recognized watch in the world and remains the timepiece chosen by most divers as precision timekeeping is critical under water. The modern version of the Submariner offers a case that is water resistant to 300 meters and the blue Chromalight display assures excellent visibility, regardless the conditions. Divers and watch enthusiasts alike admire the Oyster bracelet fitted with the Glidelock system as it allows fine adjustment of the length.

Rolex Milgauss

The Milgauss was introduced in the mid-1950’s for technicians and engineers who were exposed to strong magnetic fields in their line of work. It is well known that magnetic fields can negatively affect the performance of a watch. Today, there are many sources of magnetic fields that can cause a watch to malfunction. In our modern era, we are literally surrounded by magnets. From purse clasps to computers, we encounter magnets every day. There are also several industries where magnetic fields are present. So is you work at a telecommunications company, aerospace company or medical technology company, you may want to look into purchasing a Milgauss.

So there you have it, a few great Rolex watch choices.

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You Bet They Notice Your Watch, Even If It is a Pre-Owned Rolex Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:33:03 +0000 Gentlemen, let’s have a little conversation about first impressions, especially when it comes to meeting your lady friends. Even though most women may not even realize it, they are making a mental list of what they see the first few moments they gaze upon you. And you bet they notice your watch, even if it is a pre-owned Rolex. If you want to make a great first impression with the ladies, heed our advice and read this post. Here is a list of what women notice about your within the first minute of contact.

Shoes- Your eyes might be the windows to your soul, but your shoes are windows into your style preference. A man wearing raggedy tennis shoes full of holes is pretty much letting on he is not the tidiest of dressers. Yes, the hole-filled tennis shoes are comfortable, but save them for mowing the lawn.

Hands- You don’t have to apply moisturizer six times a day to maintain great hands, but just make sure you don’t have hands that can best be compared to sandpaper. Also, clip those fingernails.

Watch- Yes, it matters that you wear a watch, it shows you have a bit of class and you will never be late for a date. A Rolex watch will impress her even more.

Hair- Your hairstyle says a whole lot about the type of person you are. A combover says you are insecure and greasy hair suggests you could be a slob. So pay attention to your hair a little more.

There, now you are set to step out into the world and impress.

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A Used Rolex Watch is a Commodity Like Any Other Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:58:36 +0000 A used Rolex watch is a commodity like any other. A pre-owned Rolex can be purchased from any number of places, some of which can be described as sketchy at best. That is, you best beware buying a used Rolex watch from a seller on eBay with little or no credentials or reputation. If your intention is to buy a used Rolex watch, buying from a reputable Rolex dealer is by far your best option.

Even pre-owned Rolex watches can come with some pretty hefty price tags. Now, you would never consider purchasing a new car without doing a little homework on the dealership and the car itself, just like you wouldn’t just call some random contractor to remodel your kitchen. It is absolutely essential that you buy your Rolex watch from somebody who knows all about Rolex watches.

Millions of dollars are scammed each and every year from people who think they are buying something other than what they actually receive. Many of these scams include luxury watches like Rolex watches. High prices are paid for high-end watches that turn out to be sub-standard. So buyer beware.

Not too long ago, fake Rolex watches were made so poorly that even a novice watch enthusiast could tell the difference between copies and the real deal. But that has changed in recent years. Today’s fake Rolex watches are, at times, almost impossible to distinguish from real ones. In addition, there are individuals and dealers who sell Rolex watches that are a combination of real Rolex and after-market parts. Yet, this information fails to show up in any descriptions. These Rolex watches have a very low resale value and deliver questionable performance, both aspects you do not want to see in a Rolex watch. Your suspicions should be immediately aroused if the Rolex watch you want to buy features descriptions like “Rolex style,” “enhanced,” and “Italian made.”

A reputable Rolex dealer would never offer a fake or a copy Rolex, nor would a reputable dealer assemble a watch from aftermarket parts and sell it as a genuine Rolex watch.

We are sure you have heard the saying that “it’s too good to be true.” This applies when shopping for a pre-owned Rolex watch. If you discover a Rolex GMT Master for a ridiculously low price, you best skip out on that scam. The market for used Rolex watches, or any luxury watch for that matter, follows the basic premise that the best and most collectable watches are desirable and will demand a premium price. Following this basic premise, if your home is worth $500,000, why in the world would you sell it for $100,000? If a deal sounds too good to be true, then it most certainly will be.

Buying a used Rolex watch is a commitment that should take time and even perhaps an element of trepidation. Buying a Rolex is a significant financial investment, so you will want to get exactly what you are looking for. Choose carefully and don’t get rushed into a deal.

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Don’t Think, Even For a Second, That Your Smart Watch Will Ever Replace a Quality Used Rolex Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:49:15 +0000 We have a message to all the companies jumping on the bandwagon and manufacturing smart watches; stop it, we don’t care about your smart watches. We don’t care what they can do and anybody who talks into a watch looks like a fool. And we won’t even delve into how hideous most of these watches look. Listen, we get it, there are practical purposes one might sport a smart watch at times. For example, they are great for tracking mileage and heart rate when you are working out on your treadmill, but other than that, leave the apps and other technologies to your smartphone. Another thing, don’t think, even for a second, that your smart watch will ever replace a quality used Rolex.

Watches have been around for hundreds of years and have survived all technological advances so far, even the quartz watch movement of the 1980s. So we are very far from trading our Tag Heuer, Rolex or Breitling for an Apple watch. We also don’t care that Samsung and Apple are rumored to be in the midst of creating watches that would threaten the luxury watch market, it will simply never happen.

Brands like Rolex, Corum and Bvlgari will continue to excel in the luxury watch industry and show absolutely no signs of slowing down. All of this despite the best efforts from the tech companies.

Here is why the classic wristwatch won’t die.

Soldiers were given watches during the first world war, since then, the wristwatch has evolved into a major luxury market. You see, watches are sought after because of the quality of the product and the brand as the brand suggests a history, good taste and cultured past. That is, a luxury watch is a status symbol and many people buy luxury watches for what it says about them rather than the product itself.

In addition to brand recognition and history, pop culture also plays a huge factor in the status of a wristwatch. It is not at all uncommon for a major watch brand to secure a celebrity endorsement, endorsements that do attract consumers. This holds true as there was a 45 percent increase in Omega Seamaster sales after if was featured in the James Bond film Skyfall. We predict James Bond won’t be sporting a smart watch anytime soon.

And it’s not just the movie stars making these watch endorsements as athletes and musicians have jumped aboard as well.

Luxury watches have remained popular through the digital age due, in part, to their superior quality and craftsmanship. We might be very much attached to our iPads and iPhones, but there is just something charming, something magical about glancing at the Rolex wrapped around your wrist. Your Rolex is a high-quality item that you can enjoy on a daily basis.

Lastly, when you have aged and it is time to pass along family heirlooms to children, we are quite sure your kids would rather receive your Rolex than your Apple watch.

Just saying.

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Ask Anybody Who Wears a Pre-Owned Rolex if They Would Trade It for a Smartphone Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:48:53 +0000 Like VCRs and mullet haircuts, watches have lost their importance in modern life. After all, we have our smartphones that give us the time, or our computers or laptops or any number of the newest gadgets we use in our everyday lives. Well, that is what some people think anyway. The truth of the matter is watches are still important and worth wearing. Just ask anybody who wears a pre-owned Rolex if they would trade it for a smartphone.


So, if you want reasons why watches are still worth wearing, here are a few.

The barista at Starbucks hates it, the clerk at the grocery store hates and your mother hates it with a passion, peeking at your phone in the middle of a conversation to check the time. Try checking the time while you are being interviewed for a job and see how impressive that looks. Checking the time on a phone is just bad form, regardless the situation. In fact, many times it can be considered just plain rude. If you wear a watch, it is much easier to check the time on the sly, making no interruptions and no disruptions. In fact, checking your Rolex while in a job interview is probably rather impressive.

When you are out and about doing those everyday things people do, what is usually in your hands? Several times throughout the day you are likely holding books, shopping bags or perhaps even a briefcase. When your hands are full, pulling your phone out of your pocket to check the time can be troublesome, if not hazardous. These are ideal times when simply flipping your wrist to check the time is the best option.

We live in an era of technology. You probably spend your days staring at a computer screen, followed up by wasting time on a tablet and then you check your Facebook feed on your smartphone. Really, when does it all end? There are people who tear away from their game of Candy Crush to stop and take a look at the real world. These people also have no problem leaving their phones in the car while they shop or visit a friend. And it is these very same people who check their watches when they don’t have their phones with them.

Without a doubt, there are certain items in your wardrobe in which you have grown attached. That is, you feel naked when you leave the house without your favorite ring or necklace. For watch enthusiasts, there is no way they leave the house without a watch wrapped around their wrist. In fact, wearing a watch can become part of your identity, it makes you who you really are. In addition, a watch is often the final piece to an outfit, the perfect accessory.

Lastly, wearing a watch is a grown-up thing to do. You will outgrow concert t-shirts, Crocs and studded jeans, but you will never outgrow a quality, stylish Rolex watch.

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A Short Guide That May Be of Some Help if You are in the Market for a Pre Owned Rolex Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:34:37 +0000 Rolex is likely the most well-known name in the entire world when it comes to luxury watches. They are indeed an esteemed manufacturer of fine watches and are famous for producing iconic timepieces. But what many people don’t know is that acquiring a pre-owned Rolex doesn’t necessarily mean draining your life savings. The best way to get a hold of the Rolex of your dreams is to assess the price. Determine your budget, then go after the Rolex you can afford. Here is a short guide that may be of some help if you are in the market for a used Rolex.

Up to $5,000

The Datejust is one of the most iconic Rolex models. The Datejust hit the world market in 1945 and has been a staple for Rolex collectors ever since. If you are a new collector or have never owned a Rolex before, the Datejust offers a classic Rolex look that is very appealing. And even more importantly, the Datejust offers reliability you expect in a Rolex. When considering a starting point for your Rolex collection, the Datejust is a perfect choice. In addition, the Datejust is a Rolex perfect for everyday use.


With this price range, you can afford a Rolex that boasts something more distinctive. One good choice would be a vintage GMT Master. In the early 1920’s and 1930’s, radium was used to create a luminous dial.

The Milgauss is another watch that you might want to own. These were utilitarian timepieces that were highly antimagnetic, perfect for engineers. They didn’t sell very well when introduced in the 1980’s but have since become very popular and very collectible. One of the selling points is that the Milgauss is modern in size, coming in at 37 millimeters.


In this price range, you can acquire a Rolex watch made over 50 years ago. You can be the proud owner of a vintage Rolex Antimagnetic Chronograph. This watch features a very nice 18 Karat gold case and Rolex detail that has not been seen since the 1950s.

Regardless which Rolex watch you choose, you will wind up with a beautiful timepiece from a trusted manufacturer.

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If You Want to Own a Watch That Isn’t Like Any Other Watch in the World, You Need to Own a Pre-Owned Rolex Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:42:57 +0000 If you want to own a watch that isn’t like any other watch in the world, you need to own a pre-owned Rolex. We will put this out there, no matter how much money you spend on a Patek Phillipe, Corum, Breitling or Tag Heuer, there is just no comparison in quality and craftsmanship. Sure, this might be seen as our humble opinion, but the Rolex brand is very well-known worldwide and tremendously respected.

Rolex is in a world of its own, with very few people lucky enough to experience first-hand how they make their famous timepieces. In fact, it is easier getting into Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, so to speak. There is a strict no photography policy at Rolex headquarters, but there have been people who have seen the watch making process. Here are their stories.

As a watch lover, you should know that Rolex uses a type of steel no one else uses. Stainless steels are not all made the same as they come in different types and different grades. The steel Rolex uses for their watches are more rust and corrosion resistant than other steels. And not only is the steel used for Rolex watches harder, when worked properly, it takes and holds a polish extremely well. The reason no other watch makers use this type of steel is because it is so difficult to work with. So much so, in fact, that Rolex has special steel working machines to complete the processes.

Rolex has its own research and development department, which should really come as no surprise. The purpose of the lab isn’t to just research new watches and the parts that go into these watches, but to also research more efficient and effective manufacturing techniques. In fact, all Rolex lab departments are nothing short of amazing. For example, the Rolex chemistry lab is full of test tubes that carry all sorts of gases and liquids, something you wouldn’t think about seeing in a watch making facility.

Far too many people believe that Rolex watches are made by machines, this is just a nasty rumour. The truth of the matter is that every single Rolex watch is given a huge amount of hands-on attention. The robots at Rolex have far more important tasks they carry out, like sorting mail and filing. Actual people work on every Rolex that is made, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that every Rolex is checked, checked again and then re-checked to ensure quality.

Rolex even makes its own gold. At the Rolex plant, large kilns under very hot flames are used to mix and melt the metals that are turned into cases, bracelets and other Rolex parts. To date, no other watch manufacturer can claim to make their own gold.

Security is high at Rolex. In fact, James Bond would find it more difficult breaking into the Rolex plant than he would breaking into Fort Knox. Employees utilize fingerprint and iris scanners and ID’s need to be docked at workstations at all times.

So when you do purchase that used Rolex, know you are investing in the finest of watches.

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When That Time Comes When You Decide to Invest in a Used Rolex, You Will Want to do a Little Investigating Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:49:40 +0000 With its very rich history and world-class design, Rolex is without a doubt one of the most iconic names in luxury watches. So when that time comes when you decide to invest in a used Rolex, you will want to do a little investigating. There are hundreds of various styles of Rolex watches in the market and it would benefit you if you knew a little about at least some of them. After all, you aren’t just going to buy a pre-owned Rolex watch, you are going to buy a Rolex Submariner or Yachtmaster or other specific Rolex watch.

You need to know if you are buying a Rolex for a certain occasion or one that is a little more versatile. For a watch you intend to wear for everyday use, you might want to consider a Rolex GMT Master or an Air King as these are perfect for day to day use. If you desire a watch you can wear to special occasions, the Rolex President is a good choice.

Too many people assume wearing a Rolex is strictly about status symbol, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Owning a Rolex watch is much more than just holding the ability to flash your watch in public. Owning a Rolex is all about owning a true work of art, it is not about price or materials as much as it is about image.

Lastly, pick a Rolex watch that best mirrors your personality, you will discover this to be a perfect fit.

Visit our website and explore your options.

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Used Rolex Watches are Quite Affordable and Much Better Than Any Knockoff Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:07:09 +0000 Used Rolex Watches
Used Rolex Watches

There are a number of people out there who choose to lay out a few bucks for a replica watch instead of investing in the real deal. This is quite a shame.  If you buy used Rolex watches, they are quite affordable and much better than any knockoff. If you are considering buying a fake Rolex, we can give you several reasons why this is not a very good idea.

Nobody who buys a replica Rolex will be taken seriously. Wearing a fake Rolex can do damage to your reputation. Regardless of how good the replica is, somebody will eventually take notice and the news that you wear a fake Rolex will spread like wildfire. Is this how you would like to be known? People may even begin to think you are as fake as the watch you wear.

There are replica watches out there that are difficult to distinguish from the real ones, but they are few. The majority of replica watches are quite easy to spot, even from a distance. This is because there are just so many details that differentiate a fake from a real Rolex.

You will be hard-pressed finding anyone who is actually impressed with your fake Rolex. In fact, most will be unimpressed with the fact you wear a fake luxury watch. We certainly are.

You will spend a fair amount of money buying your fake Rolex. Regardless the amount of money you spend, you will never recoup any of it as your fake holds no value.

Your fake Rolex is not built in the same manner as a real Rolex. In our last post, we discussed how durable Rolex watches are, how they can handle adventures and are waterproof and resist dirt and dust. Your fake Rolex will likely fall apart when you are playing with your kids. Look, it’s a cheap watch that will break sooner than later. But if you do buy a fake Rolex, just make sure you take it off before you shower to avoid serious damage.

All replica watches hold one thing in common, they all keep lousy time. This is because they lack any sort of precision. These watches are simply slapped together at some factory with no regard to craftsmanship or quality. It takes a year to make a Rolex, your knockoff watch was built in mere minutes. This means that the next time you walk into a meeting late, you can blame your lousy knockoff watch for keeping the wrong time.

That fake Rolex you have may show some cool features like a chronograph, but it is all for show. This is because the movement for a working chronograph is very complicated and costs money to make. So while your knockoff watch might have chronograph features, all you can do with them is look at them with sad eyes.

Really, we can’t think of one good reason to spend even just a few dollars on a fake Rolex. Buy the real deal and enjoy a quality made watch that will last a lifetime.

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You Would Prefer to Buy a Pre-Owned Rolex Watch Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:10:16 +0000 You would really like to buy a luxury watch, and you would prefer to buy a pre-owned Rolex. You can think of dozens of reasons not to spend your money on a luxury watch like a Rolex, but are having a hard time coming up with good reasons to go ahead and make the purchase. We understand that making a purchase this big takes some time as you need to sort things out in your head. In order to help, we have compiled a short list of reasons why buying a Rolex is a good idea.

Quality- Were you aware of the fact that it takes a year to make a Rolex watch? You need to understand that the majority of the components that go into every Rolex watch is made in house and there is a lot of manual work that needs to be done as well as extensive testing. What all this means is that Rolex watches are more than just luxury timepieces, they are truly great works of art, they are masterpieces. With proper care, your pre-owned Rolex will serve you well for many, many years. In fact, it is likely to last you a lifetime.

Durability- All Rolex watches are resistant to dirt, dust and water, meaning you can swim with your Rolex, go on hikes and even wear it on a safari. Your Rolex watch was built for adventure.

Investment- Your Rolex watch is more than just a purchase, it is an investment. When the time comes and you decide to upgrade, you will get a great price for your old Rolex.

So go ahead, check out our line of used Rolex watches and discover the one right for you.

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There are Any Number of Wonderful Reasons to Purchase a Pre-Owned Rolex Watch Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:08:10 +0000 While there are any number of wonderful reasons to purchase a pre-owned Rolex watch, you might wonder if the reasons are right for you. You might wonder if buying a Rolex is a good investment, what type of Rolex would be best for you or if you can actually afford such a fine watch. These are, of course, all valid questions when considering making such a purchase.

Buying a Rolex, whether new Rolex or a used Rolex, might seem a bit daunting, if not completely overwhelming if you know very little about watches. The first step in choosing the right Rolex is by setting a budget. Now, not all Rolex watches will set you back $10,000 or $20,000, in fact, you will find several models under $5,000. Now, you will have a greater choice of timepieces if you are in the market for a pre-owned Rolex.

Regardless of the monetary limitations you set, realize that purchasing any Rolex is a good investment. And buying a used Rolex is a very wise option when you initially enter this type of market. The resale strength is one of the reasons pre-owned Rolexes bring good returns. One reason this holds true is because there are a lot of owners who decide to trade up their watch to a different model, so there are certainly deals to be made.

You can view owning a Rolex watch in several ways. There are some people who see wearing a Rolex as a status symbol while others wear them due to the achievements of the company. But you might be buying a Rolex simply because they are one of the best products in the industry.

Start your Rolex search today by visiting our website for great deals on pre-owned Rolex watches.

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The Reverse Bait And Switch eBay Scam Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:21:22 +0000 I just made that title up. Can you tell? But is describes a phenomenon that’s all too real. I want to tell you about it.

This one happens when you’re SELLING your Rolex – on eBay or via another mail order vehicle, not when you’re buying it.


You sell your watch, get your money, and ship the watch off to its new owner. A few days later, the buyer wants to return the watch – for whatever reason. Buyer’s remorse, just lost their job, anything.

You’re disappointed, but you agree to take the return. But when you get your watch back, it’s not the watch you sold! They send back a fake or another lesser piece. Or they’ve dived under the hood and replaced the movement with something cheap.

Now at the very least, you’re in for a battle. PayPal favors the buyer, not the seller. And proving that such a thing even happened is going to be tough. And all these difficulties are made worse by the fact that you’re operating at a distance.

The lesson here?

It’s to do your due diligence as a seller as much as you do it when you’re the buyer. Know who you’re selling to. Know their reputation. Learn what they’ve done and how they’ve behaved in other prior transactions. And document everything!

Or avoid the whole risk by selling to Beckertime when the time comes to move that watch to its next owner.

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Poorly Made Aftermarket Parts Can Lead To Issues Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:06:38 +0000 Rolex-mechanism-repair

When dealing with aftermarket parts, quality is everything. That’s especially true if you’re talking about parts for the movement. But it also applies to case parts – bezel, crown, dial (not technically a case part, but it needs to fit the case), etc.

Rolex has invested a century in developing truly specialized machines and manufacturing procedures for making its watches. In fact, outsiders are rarely let through the doors of its manufacturing plants in Geneva. Such is the proprietary nature of those machines and procedures.

But rest assured, those machines are absolutely state of the art in terms of general parts-making capability and manufacturing tolerances. It tolerances aren’t kept extraordinarily tight, parts either won’t function properly, or they won’t fit at all.

The last thing you need is an aftermarket bezel that falls off your Day-Date under its own weight. Or a screw-down crown that doesn’t fit properly and leaks water.

And were you to use a clone part in your Rolex movement, at the very least, the chronometer performance will be compromised. Or worse, a badly made, ill-fitting part could do real damage to the movement. Your several hundred dollar repair bill just received an additional zero, now costing you thousands of dollars to get your watch back in shape.

So when considering using aftermarket parts on your Rolex, think long and hard – and do your due diligence before making a choice that could affect your watch forever.

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The Scam That Really Isn’t A Scam – But It’s Still Illegal Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:19:54 +0000 What the heck does THAT title mean?

Well, it’s this. Walk down any street in a tourist town in Mexico (or New York or LA, I’m told), and you can find fake Rolex and other brand watches for sale. $100 will get you a really nice knock-off.

You know the watch is fake. I know the watch is fake. The seller knows the watch is fake. Everybody knows the watch is fake.

And this practice is illegal. You know it. I know it. In all likelihood, the vendor selling it on the street knows it. And if you get caught entering the US with such a piece, you’re the one who’s going to pay, not the vendor.

And yet, this illegal market flourishes.


Is it because so many honest people want the look of a Rolex, but they can’t pay the price? Are they just on a lark because “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”?

Or are these buyers scammers of a sort themselves? Playacting, scamming, faking their way through life?

I honestly don’t know. I think too many people want the goods without paying the price. They want the Super Bowl Championship without the hours and weeks and months and years of hard work it takes to get there.

Sad, really, when genuine Rolex can be had for a few months of hard, honest work to earn the price of a nice pre-owned piece like Beckertime sells.

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Why Do Authorized Rolex Dealers Bash Aftermarket Parts? Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:36:34 +0000 Rolex-mechanism-repair

OK, for the last several weeks we’ve been touching on the touchy subject of aftermarket parts vs. genuine parts. Is there any difference between the two? Is one better than the other? How does the use of one vs. the other affect the overall value of the watch?

Questions like that.

And here’s another question. Why do authorized Rolex dealers (Ads) bash aftermarket parts?

Well, for one, it voids the warranty. That alone should keep people from using aftermarket parts during the warranty period. No one wants a voided warranty, especially when a genuine problem shows up, unlikely thought that might be.

But what about after the warranty has run out? Then it’s not such a big deal, although Rolex will refuse to work on the watch if it detects aftermarket parts. And they’ll confiscate the parts – or the watch itself – if those parts are deemed to infringe on Rolex’s trademarks and patents.

Another reason? Well, aftermarket parts are notorious for the quality not being as high as factory parts. The fit may not be exactly right. In fact, the fit could be bad enough to cause real damage during operation of the watch.

Those are the real reasons Ads bash aftermarket parts. Because their use could jeopardize the mechanical integrity of the watch.

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Wearing a Rolex – Rude or a Symbol of Hard Work? Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:42:05 +0000 A few days ago, Matt, my fearless leader here at Beckertime, received this e-mail:

Matt, I would love to read a story about a salesperson wearing a Rolex vs. a Timex. Is it rude and the customer will think the price is overinflated or simply a status of hard work and accomplishments?

In other words, is the Rolex-wearing sales person rudely tooting their own horn, or wearing an honest symbol of pride in personal accomplishment?

I guess it depends on the sales person in question, but I usually assume it’s a symbol of pride. And it’s our considered opinion here at Beckertime that Rolex watches are worth their price, although we think the better value is in a pre-owned piece.

But really, a Rolex is a lot like a Super Bowl ring for the rest of us. When you hear NFL players talk about winning the Super Bowl, they always talk about the ring. Rarely, if ever, do they talk about the money they made or any other part of the hard work and benefits that come from being the best in the league that year.

It’s always about the ring.

It’s the same way with those who wear a Rolex watch.

I have two neighbors on my street who say they’ll buy a Rolex for themselves when they feel they’ve earned one with their career accomplishments. I think that’s how a lot of Rolex wearers (who aren’t collectors) feel.

So when you see a sales person wearing a Rolex instead of a Timex, I think it’s interesting to thing about what he may have done in his own eyes to earn that watch.

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Comparing the Value of a Watch With Original vs. Aftermarket Parts Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:05:02 +0000 OK. We’ve talked about whether aftermarket add-ons improve the value of your Rolex. Now let’s take a look at the effects aftermarket equivalent parts have on the value of your Rolex versus what the value would be if those parts were factory Rolex parts.
The poster child example here is, again, a diamond bezel. Let’s talk about the quality of the materials first.

The first thing that should be obvious is that Rolex is only going to use top grade diamonds. Gold is gold, quality workmanship can be executed by any good craftsman worthy of the name, and even the independent craftsman has access to the same grade of diamonds that Rolex has.

Now if we’re talking about the bezel, and we’re obviously talking about gold, remember, Rolex refines their own gold. Yellow or white gold may look the same as the yellow gold Rolex uses, but it will not BE the same. And Rolex’s Everose gold will almost certainly be different in color than any rose gold an independent tradesman can access.

And how do these things affect value?

Well, the look of Everose gold aside, even if a gold and diamond bezel is executed with the utmost precision and craftsmanship, including matching quality and color, the fact is the bezel is NOT a Rolex bezel.

Therefore, it’s value is going to be less.

Think of it this way. Using an automotive analogy, what value does the marketplace put on a car that has aftermarket engine parts? Less. That’s why for years, NAPA Auto Parts® used a slogan that included the phrase, “…some parts are better (than new).” They had to try and sell the buying public on the fact that their parts were as good as factory parts. They no longer use that slogan.

So the lesson here is this: your diamond bezel may be made of the best diamonds and gold available, and crafted with the utmost in quality. But your watch is still going to come out second best in value when it’s compared to an identical Rolex with a factory diamond bezel.

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Fall Auction Season Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:38:02 +0000 The fall auction season is beginning to heat up. It’s always interesting to see what pieces make it to the auction block

The first notable big ticket watch this fall is a Jean-Claude Killy Oyster Rolex triple date chronograph from the 1940s. This one, said to be in excellent condition go under the hammer at Watches of Knightsbridge on Saturday. The pre-auction estimate is £60,000 to £80,000 ($92,500 to $123,500).

However, it bears watching because just three years ago, a 1960 Killy went for $638,500 at Christie’s New York. Will a 1940s version bring more, or will it go at a discount?

Other sales in the coming months include Sotheby’s Watches on September 22, Antiquorum’s New York sale on September 30, and Christie’s Important Watches in Dubai on October 21.

Watch these sales. Records are often set, and there is no end to interesting timepieces to drool over.

*** UPDATE ***

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The 1940s Jean-Claude Killy triple date chronograph gaveled at Watches of Knightsbridge for £70,000 ($108,000), surprisingly un-dramatic, considering the Christie’s sale three years ago.

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Why Would Someone Do Custom Aftermarket …Anything? Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:48:22 +0000 We’ve been talking a lot lately about the validity of watches that have aftermarket parts and modifications. But why would someone put aftermarket parts on their Rolex? And if they’re aware of the risks they take by modifying their watch, why would they take such a risk?

In fact, why would someone modify anything – a watch, a car, a computer, anything – with aftermarket parts?

The answer’s pretty simple, really, if a bit multi-faceted. The factory simply can’t predict every customer’s desires. Even if they could, they’d go broke trying to manufacture all that myriad of products. Economies of scale go away, inventorying costs skyrocket.

And frankly, even the best companies producing the highest quality, most desirable products sometimes fumble the ball. I’m thinking of an article I read recently, about an exclusive auto manufacturer – Bentley or Rolls Royce, somebody like that. They totally fumbled the steering wheel in a recent model. Talk about a component critical to customer experience! So customers turned to the aftermarket for a proper steering wheel.

It’s the same way with a Rolex. The boys in Geneva who sport the crown logo can’t possibly anticipate everyone’s wishes for dials, bracelets, diamonds and other gems, or even watch models. Witness Tempus Machina, the company now producing an homage to the Submariner 6538, using a current Submariner ref. 114060 for a base.

Tempus Machina has figured out that Rolex never does anything like that kind of homage. They’ve also figured out that, while a niche market, it’s big enough that they’ll sell out their limited edition of 50 pieces and triple what an 114060 goes for.

That’s the real reason people turn to aftermarket parts to modify their watches, cars, and computers – and anything else you can imagine. They just want what they want, whether anyone’s producing it or not.

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Accuracy of Mechanical Watches Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:41:05 +0000 Atomic-Clock

The accuracy of a mechanical watch is determined by comparison to an accepted standard such as an atomic clock. Accuracy is then stated as the deviation from the standard, usually expressed in seconds per day.

Several conditions can affect the accuracy of a mechanical watch. Exposure to magnetic fields, temperature extremes, alignment of the gear or wheel pivots, the age, amount, and type of lubrication, the presence of dirt or moisture, prior exposure to shocks such as impacts with hard surfaces, routine wear on internal moving parts, length of time since the last service, and even the degree to which the mainspring is currently wound can all play a part in determining the accuracy of a watch.


The process of maximizing the accuracy of a watch is called regulating. This is done through minute adjustments to the regulator lever, which alters the free length of the balance spring, and adjustments to the balance wheel itself.

Typically, the best accuracy a mechanical watch can be expected to demonstrate is about ±5 seconds per day. Most will not be that accurate. To be officially certified as a chronometer by COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute), a mechanical watch movement must be accurate to -4/+6 seconds per day over fifteen days, tested in five different positions and at three different temperatures.


Several luxury watch companies including Rolex, Breitling, and Omega submit many or all of their movements to COSC for certification.

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Scam Recap – What We’ve Learned So Far Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:56:32 +0000 OK, let’s recap what we’ve learned the last few weeks about scams that involve alleged Rolex watches.

Scam Number 1 – we learned that, while a Rolex watch may be genuine, it still may be misrepresented. From simply being overpriced to watches that contain parts not original to that model to out and out fakes, misrepresentation take on a lot of forms.

Scam Number 2 – we explored a little more about fakes. Fakes were once cheesy imitations, but the counterfeiters are getting very, very good at what they do. It takes a sharp eye to catch them in the act of deception.

Scam Number 3 – we learned that watches can be all-Rolex, but are still “frankenwatches.” That is, they’re made up of parts from many different watches – like building a car of parts obtained in several junk yards, but are represented as in original condition.

Scam Number 4 – we took a closer look at dials. Between refinished dials with claims of being original, including those with a artificially manufactured patina, to counterfeit dials being passed off as genuine, the dial is a component you should inspect very carefully.

Scam Number 5 – we learned that just because the watch comes with a box and papers, that doesn’t mean the watch is genuine. Genuine boxes and papers abound in the market place, and they’re easy enough to forge with modern technology. Add the fact that box styles change constantly, and so do the papers included with a Rolex, and the “box and papers” argument should fall on suspicious ears.

So, to summarize, you really need to educate yourself about what’s happening out in the pre-owned Rolex world. And what better place to learn about pre-owned Rolexes than a pre-owned Rolex dealer and expert: Beckertime!

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Aftermarket Parts and Resale: The Real Story Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:11:42 +0000 We’ve all heard the truism that, when you buy a new car it depreciates significantly the moment you drive it off the lot. Nobody quite understands why (I’m sure auto and insurance savants can weigh in here), but it’s not a truism. It’s a fact.

And if you add fancy aftermarket wheels, engine modifications, bodywork enhancements and the like to your car, you wreak even more havoc on resale value – unless you can find a buyer who wants exactly what you’ve produced with your shade-tree handiwork.

But what about with your Rolex watch? Does the resale value drop the instant you walk out your jeweler’s door with your beautiful new timepiece on your wrist and its box & papers, plus receipt safely tucked in the branded shopping bag you’re carrying?

Sadly, I’m here to tell you, yes. Although, in my opinion (I don’t have exact statistics), the devaluation isn’t nearly so bad as it is with that new Porsche you drove off the lot last month.


But what if you add a new diamond bezel that isn’t Rolex’s own? Or a strap? Or a diamond dial from an aftermarket supplier – even one who produces work of exceptional quality?

That beautiful bezel, dial, or strap isn’t going to increase the value of your watch by what you paid for the bezel, dial, or strap. Aftermarket sales just doesn’t work that way.

So if you’re going to use aftermarket parts to modify your Rolex, do it for the look you love. Do it because all your friends are doing it. Do it to increase the utility of the watch.

But don’t do it to increase the value. It ain’t happenin’…

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Scam! Box and Papers Make the Watch Genuine Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:53:27 +0000 Rolex-Papers-Guarantee

The last scam we want to discuss is whether or how “box and papers” verify the genuine nature of a Rolex. It’s a subject we at Beckertime have addressed before. In fact, Matt blogged about it just two weeks ago, discussing how a genuine set of box and papers could be used to sell a fake watch.

Frankly, the scam artist doesn’t even need a genuine set. Boxes and papers are easy enough to replicate – that is, to counterfeit – with a little software, a little skill, and a good printer.

Precious few buyers know what such provenance should look like. Indeed, there have been enough variations in boxes and the accompanying paperwork that even some Rolex aficionados aren’t always sure. This is an area where you need to be extra careful in doing your research.

And what should be included in a set of “box and papers?” Did a 1974 Submariner come with the same kind of box that a 1974 Datejust came with? Were all the accessories the same for both? The instructions shouldn’t be! And there’s the anchor that should accompany a full set of Submariner collateral. Of course, most of those found other homes.

And sometimes, original buyers simply tossed out the box, papers, hang tag, etc. So just because a watch DOESN’T have a box or papers doesn’t mean it’s NOT genuine.

Once again, don’t be taken in by a fairly common scam from a high level scammer who thinks he’s going one better than the garden variety around him.

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Rolex Service or Independent Service? Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:41:59 +0000 If you’ve been following the Beckertime blog recently, you’ve gotten the message that the Rolex Service Center handles your watch a bit differently than other service centers. So this begs the question, should you get your watch serviced by Rolex or an independent watchmaker?


What are the ramifications of each?

As we’ve discussed before, when you send your watch to Rolex, they’re going to upgrade your watch as they see fit, probably polish it, and generally bring it up to current standard. That’s not all bad. You’re pretty much guaranteed a highly functioning timepiece, serviced to some of the most stringent standards in the world. It’s just that Rolex does this whether you want them to or not.

Certainly they did this with the COMEX SeaDwellers. Some of those watches no longer even have the original movements. And it’s a wonder there are any Bakelite bezels left in the world, as Rolex routinely replaced them with aluminum during servicing.

So what do you do if you’ve got a vintage piece and only want the movement cleaned so it’s running in best possible form? Even a modern watch that you’d just as soon stayed as original as possible? You put that patina there, you’d like it to stay, no polishing allowed.

In that case, it’s in your best interest to take it to a qualified independent service center. They’ll accept your instructions to not polish, not upgrade, not do anything you feel would compromise the original nature of the watch.

It’s all a matter of what your goals and desires are for your own timepiece.

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Yet Another Scam: Can You Trust That Dial? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:20:45 +0000 Here’s an insidious scam that we at Beckertime are particularly concerned about. Can you trust the dial on that vintage Rolex you just bought? This particular scam has three facets: a refinished dial masquerading as original, an artificially patinated dial, and an outright counterfeit.

Modern day dial refinishers are very, very good at replicating a new finish on a dial. This one may happen most often on a relatively new watch where the dial was damaged in, say, a servicing situation. Ask the question of your seller – has this dial been refinished? And “buy the seller as much as the watch” goes here too.

Image courtesy of Rolex Passion Report

Artificially patinated dials (where the patina has been generated by chemical or other means) happens a lot with the so-called tropical dials. Tropical dials are vintage black dials that have turned brown due to imperfections in the mixing or manufacturing process for the black dial coating. A very genuine looking effect is easy to generate with the right chemicals, and is often very difficult to detect.

Last are the counterfeit dials. Counterfeiters, especially those working in Asia, have become so good at their tradecraft that long-time Rolex collectors and experts are beginning to avoid the vintage market altogether. They just can’t tell genuine from fake.

In order to tell a good dial from a fake, you need to know the arcane details of fonts, ink colors, lume application, logo, words, numbers, etc. as they apply to the reference you’re observing. Here’s a heart-stopping article on fake dials from Rolex Passion Report. If this doesn’t make you think twice before buying a vintage Rolex, we’re not sure what will.

Caveat emptor – buyer beware, today as never before.

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How Does Rolex React to Aftermarket Parts? Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:29:26 +0000