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Tiger’s eye, also known as tiger’s eye stone, resembles a tiger’s eye when polished round, which is why it is also known as the stone of courage. In fact, tiger’s eye is a type of wood fossil, a fossil formed when naturally occurring asbestos is silicified and cemented by a carbon dioxide silica gel, which is overall brown, brown, yellow and blue in color. South Africans consider tiger’s eye to be the national stone. Rolex features many versions of the gemstone dial. From the randomness of gemstone dial processing, each one is unique and therefore a unique collector’s item.
The replica Rolex Day-Date watches dial exchange service refers to the consumer’s request to replace or purchase another dial while the original is intact. Whether it exists or not, there are divergent opinions in the world. Some people swear on the internet that they are the ones who have been there, and list the dials as evidence; others scoff and say they have been told in stores that the service is not available. So, what is the truth of the matter? Is Rolex’s disk exchange service a figment of the imagination of a few or a secret not known to the general public?
In fact, many years ago, some Rolex dealers in Europe, America and even Hong Kong offered disc exchange services. There would be a special counter in the store to display all kinds of Rolex dials for people to choose from. For example, if a customer wants to buy a 126333 gold model, but the entire watch only has a white disc, the customer can ask for a white disc. In this case, the customer can either exchange the white disc for a gold disc or buy a separate gold disc.
Of course, the service itself has restrictions and may require additional fees. For example, the Rolex Logbook and Day Date models can theoretically replace most of the dials: chocolate, green, white Roman numerals, white bars, etc. However, in the case of the GMT-Master II, white Roman numerals are not possible, as they do not exist. Paid services are more understandable, such as the request to replace the bar dials with diamond dials, which naturally entails an additional price difference.
This service was once very popular in Europe and the US, with people sharing photos of Rolex dials on foreign watch forums. The popularity of this service is due in large part to Rolex’s after-sales service policy: as long as the dials are made by Rolex, they are covered by the same after-sales warranty. As such, who wouldn’t love a watch that can be played with in a variety of positions without worry?
However, with the passage of time, especially as the market for individual models rises, the swap service has been tightened in recent years.
Many disk into the “restricted list”. A European watch friend half a year ago wanted to 116508 white plate models for a green plate, but was rejected by the dealer. The rationale is very simple: at a time when the green Goldie is already showing speculation, why don’t the dealers who have the qualifications of the discs choose to exchange them themselves and sell the discs to passers-by? Not to mention, even dealers with repair or parts rights have strict quantity control when it comes to taking hot model plates. As for super VIPs and those with special access, naturally it’s a different story.
By and large, Rolex has established itself as a benchmark in the field of fine watchmaking by remaining true to its iconic design, while at the same time replica Rolex Day-Date watches constantly improving it. Over the years, Rolex watches have always been incremental rather than revolutionary, and this approach has been very rewarding for the brand. For this reason, when an unusual Rolex wristwatch comes up for auction, it always attracts attention and collectors’ money. In this article, we take a look at three vintage Rolex watches of unusual style and design that fetch high prices at auction.
A fascinating vintage Rolex Greenwich model is on the list of the eighth lot in the sale, the Ref. 6542, a model that departs from the standard model in many details.
The Ref. 6542 is the earliest model in the Rolex Greenwich Collection, dating from the mid-1950s and designed for Pan Am pilots to track dual time zone information. The earliest Greenwich model Ref. 6542 had a stainless steel case with a Bakelite bezel (in 1959, Rolex replaced the fragile Bakelite bezel with a more durable aluminum bezel). So the configuration of the 18-karat yellow gold case and the aluminum brown bezel already makes this unique timepiece stand out. But what is truly unusual is the placement of the crown on the left side of the case.
It was the first antique Rolex GMT Ref. 6542 Left-handed in yellow gold to go to public auction, according to Fine Arts. In the end, the watch fetched CHF 200,000.
Rolex watches can generally be divided into two categories: sports watches (also known as “professional watches”) and classic watches. The difference between these two types of watches can be seen in the design of the dial. Most sports models have “Mercedes-style” hands and luminescent hour markers, while classic watches generally have “straight” hands and different types of hour markers.
However, in November 2017, Christie’s Precious Watches auction featured an exceptional Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803 vintage watch. This presidential watch in white gold is equipped with a custom-made “sports dial” and is adorned with luminescent “Mercedes-style” hands and luminescent round and bar-shaped hour markers.
Rolex produced this watch in 1969 at the request of a private client; an identical one was later produced for the royal family of Klarlund, the largest authorized Rolex retailer in Scandinavia. As a result, only two are known to have survived. Christie’s sold this extremely rare vintage Rolex Day of the Week Ref. 1803 for CHF 275,000.
In May 2017, Christie’s auctioned a Rolex Submariner Model 1680 white gold prototype watch in its “Rolex Afternoon” feature, perhaps the most unusual vintage Rolex watch to hit the auction market in the last few decades. It is estimated that Rolex produced only three of these prototypes in the early 1970s, and fans of the Submariner’s design will immediately recognise the difference from the regular model.
Firstly, it has a white gold case (Rolex only offered the Submariner 1680 in steel or yellow gold); secondly, the case is decorated with a guilloché bezel, which is not fully covered by the pitted outer bezel; and thirdly, it is fitted with a presidential chain, as is often the case with day-of-the-week calendar watches, whose central link is decorated with a bark-like texture.
In the end, this strange-looking Rolex fetched 631,500 francs, a record for a Submariner.
In the era of mechanical watches in the 20th century, Rolex has always been a leader in the global watch industry, and its superior craftsmanship and technology still keep Rolex at the forefront of the watch industry with Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget.
replica Rolex watches is a symbol of excellence and reliable performance. Rolex watches have always been the world’s leading brand in the field of watchmaking, with Swiss quality standards. Rolex watches are highly valued for their “stable, suitable and unobtrusive” design style, and their durability makes Rolex an exceptional value.
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The classic, sedate Rolex Logbook was born in 1945 and was the first watch to have a date display on its face. A few years later, the watch’s crystal face was fitted with a small, convex lens (Cyclops eye), which has since become a symbol of Rolex for a generation.
The Oyster watch became a symbol of accurate and reliable quality. To mark this momentous occasion, Rolex launched this commemorative watch in 1953: the Rolex Explorer. The watch is equipped with a sturdy all-steel strap and a new double-clasp winding crown with a double waterproofing system. The Explorer is the first Rolex watch specifically designed for professional use. In this way, the explorer type has established its unprecedented symbolic status.
Born in 1953, the Rolex Submariner, popularly known as the Water Ghost, was the world’s first watch to be water-resistant to 300 metres, and the Oyster Constant-Speed Submariner is a model of rugged durability. Whether underwater or at a dinner party, the Submariner model is a rugged, reliable and comfortable sports timepiece.
Oyster type constant motion deep sea type
The success of the Rolex Oyster DEEPSEA is due to a number of groundbreaking technological innovations, including the new Rolex case construction, the Ringlock System, which ensures that the watch can withstand the intense pressure in deep water. Designed especially for the very demanding professional diver.
While the Rolex Greenwich is specifically designed for professional use, its unparalleled functionality and design make it popular with travelers as well. In addition to the different time zones, Greenwich’s sturdy material and easy-to-match exterior make it ideal for traveling around the world and attending any occasion.
The Rolex Dittona is a professional racing watch that can be described as “the watch of legends”. The short-distance chronograph movement of the watch is accurate to 1/8th of a second and the tachymeter scale on the outer ring reads the speed data immediately after a certain distance travelled, making it a must-have for drivers. It is a popular choice for those who seek speed and elegance.
It’s a series specifically designed for yachting events (Rolex is obsessed with sporting events and extreme sports) and is similar in function to the Submariner series, but with more female users, it’s sized to accommodate female wearers.
The only collection that doesn’t use the traditional Oyster case design, if you want to buy an understated and simple model that’s sturdy and stable at the same time. Cellini would be a very good choice.
Rolex’s overall strategy is more conservative, as evidenced by the fact that the majority of its models are designed with an oyster case and are relatively simple and functional. Each generation of watches is an upgrade and improvement in detail. The advantage of doing so is that Rolex watches are strong enough to last, and are relatively stable in price on the secondary market, so Rolex watches are very well preserved.
at BaselWorld 2019, the replica Rolex Day-Date watches finally got to catch up with its big brother, the Day-Date 40. For four years, those privileged with their eyes and wallets set at the Day-Date 36, had to wait for this high-prestige range to receive all those useful and impressive technical updates that the 40mm wide version had had all along. With 2019, these technical improvements, some minute changes to the case, as well as notable new dial options have all arrived to the Day-Date 36, along with some notable limitations, as well.
It was back in 2015 that we debuted the new Day-Date 40 that, in turn, first introduced Rolex’s new generation of 32xx calibers, Superlative Chronometer -2/+2 second daily accuracy tests, and the ceramic inserts in between the precious metal links of its President bracelet. Those, in a nutshell, made for a major product update, and it was just a matter of time that the 36mm version received them. On that note, I had expected the Day-Date 36, “the be all, end all” prestige watch of Rolex, to not lag behind quite so long — but it has to be said that four years, by Rolex standards, is but a blink of an eye.
We’ll get to discussing those technical updates soon, but I’ll begin with what I think actually is a lot more important to anyone looking to buy a Day-Date 36 in the foreseeable future — and that is configurability. For the time being, the new Day-Date 36 is not available in platinum — again, a real head-scratcher and something that will surely have to be rectified soon. For now, it can only be 18k yellow gold, white gold, or Everose gold.
Another important thing to note is that, with this update, all previous Day-Date 36 dial options are gone with the wind. We have new ones, three for the Everose, four for the white gold, and six for the yellow gold version — plus all three metals have an extra option of a pavé set dial with “rainbow” sapphire indices. That, I think, is a bummer, as many enticing dial options had come to be for the Day-Date 36 over the years.
All the rage this year seems to be the “fumé,” “smoked,” “vignette” or, as Rolex likes to call them, “ombré” dials. These colorful dials are darker around their edges and lighter by their center — H. Moser & Cie is often credited for bringing this style to light, although one must not forget that this was a popular design choice a number of decades ago, all the same. On a personal note, I have yet to grow used to these vignette dials on the Day-Date 36. There somehow is not enough room on the Day-Date 36’s — mind you, beautifully proportionate — dial. The Day-Date 40, by contrast, often looks vast, like a saucer, and that certainly would have been my choice to introduce this style.
More to the point, this transitional execution doesn’t look elegant — not to me, at least. It is a brand new watch that somehow looks old and dated. Whereas the presentation of the Day-Date 36 itself, meaning the case, fluted bezel, and President bracelet, are as timeless as a Roman marble bust, this vignette effect reminds me of the cheap plastic cover on an ’80s Rolodex. Needless to say, the fact that I am yet to get it doesn’t mean others won’t.
A number of previous Day-Date 36 models suffered from at least some legibility issues, and these new “ombré” dials don’t appear to help with that. The hands often turn dark in their reflectivity; pair that with the transitional colors of the dial, and you have a camouflage effect, which really isn’t what you want if it’s legibility you’re after. I am an absolute sucker for a Rolex with baguette-cut diamond hour markers — and diamond indices in general — and yet, here, they appear to strangely blend in.
The President bracelet on the Day-Date 36 has, at last, received ceramic inserts. Rolex introduced these, as I said, with the Day-Date 40 back in 2015, the idea being that these super-hard ceramic inserts would save the links from becoming sticky — allowing for a more comfortable wear — and also eliminate the stretching of the bracelet. If you don’t know what bracelet stretch is, just take a look at any vintage Rolex bracelet that hangs loose — its pins and holes are so worn out that the bracelet isn’t quite as tight and robust as it once was. As far as I know, to date, only the President bracelet — now in its every iteration — has this upgrade, while precious metal Oyster bracelets don’t.
since 1956 Rolex replica watches has been producing the Day-Date watch as their flagship men’s model. The most recent version of the Day-Date (also commonly referred to as the “Rolex President”) is the Rolex Day-Date 40 reference 22823X series that includes the 18ct yellow gold reference 228238, the 18ct Everose gold reference 228235, the 18ct white gold reference 228239, and the smooth bezel 950 platinum reference 228206. This aBlogtoWatch review is of the 18ct white gold Rolex Day-Date 40 reference 228239BLRP with the blue colored dial. In addition to the four precious metal case materials, Rolex offers a compelling range of dial color and style options, as well as versions of the Day-Date 40 with varying levels of precious stone decoration.
Early on in my career reviewing watches, I always found the Rolex President to be a challenging watch to categorize. That is because the Day-Date does not fit into any of the traditional categories of watches that we tend to think of. It isn’t simple and basic enough to be a traditional dress watch, it isn’t built for specific physical activities even though it has the resistance of many sport watches, and its design isn’t inspired by any specific items that might put it in the category of an art or “design” watch. Despite its iconic status and massive global popularity, what exactly is the Rolex Day-Date President?
I’ve come up with a two-part answer to that question and it is that the Rolex Day-Date is both the quintessential men’s jewelry watch, and the quintessential masculine gold watch. Each part of the Rolex President theme is about combining core horological utility with a status-communicating showiness that isn’t meant to be particularly brash or assertive. Rolex seemed to hit on a design that said “look at me” without saying “look too closely.” The outcome is a product that clearly says “I have money and at least recognize good taste, but I’m also concerned about long-term value and functionality.”
For a long time the Rolex Day-Date replica watches and Datejust rode a similar path along side one another as appealing to very similar demographics. You can read my long-term review on the Rolex Datejust 41 watch here. The Datejust is less expensive, not currently produced in all precious metal, and has a slightly more simple movement. What originally made the Day-Date standout from the Datejust was the inclusion of a day of the week indicator – with the day fully spelled out at the 12 o’clock hour position. My understanding is that this feature was originally intended for active business people (men) who found it useful to not only know the date but the current day of the week. This was especially important for people who had reoccurring obligations and would be regularly (and clearly) reminded of what day of the week it was.
Over the years the importance of having the day and date on your wrist diminished – especially as technology put the date and calendar information everywhere. Still, Rolex is a “heritage” company and continued to produce the Day-Date out of both habit and obligation to keep this important family of watches lively and relevant for luxury watch consumers around the world. The 1980s and 1990s were an important time for Rolex and the Day-Date President (as well as Datejust), as the brand experienced a high-point in its watches because they were used by people to communicate not just status but also success.
The Day-Date watch earned the nickname “President,” which is what it is often referred to. This originated from the fact that several United States Presidents (among other world leaders) wore Rolex Day-Date watches. One source refers to an actual Rolex advertisement from 1966 where Rolex itself describes the Day-Date as “The President’s Watch.” At the time, US President Lyndon B. Johnson wore a Day-Date, and prior to that so did President Dwight Eisenhower. Our colleague and Rolex historian Jake Ehrlich discusses the “Presidential history” of Rolex and the Day-Date watch here.
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