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  2. Rolex Explorer: History and Buying Guide

    Rolex Explorer: History and Buying Guide

    Introduction The Rolex Explorer line has been dedicated to adventurers who explore harsh terrains like mountains, caves and snow-filled Polar Regions. Interestingly, this famed collection was debuted in 1953, the same year that marked the successful conquest of the Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. Belong to the Professional range of Rolex, Explorer remains underrated because of the overwhelming popularity of icons like Daytona, Submariner and GMT Master II. In comparison with other Rolex watches, the Explorer line produced a minimal number of references since its introduction in 1953. The collection contains two distinct ranges: Explorer (sometimes refers as Rolex explorer 1) and Explorer II. Considered as the most undervalued Rolex sports model, Explorer is an excellent choice for beginners who love to collect spectacular timepieces made by the world’s top luxury watch brands. As on date, the Explorer family remains an influential collection from the iconic Swiss company. History and Evolution of Explorer  Rolex Explorer Black Dial Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet Automatic Men’s Watch 214270BKASO 1953, Rolex launched reference 6350, the first Oyster Perpetual Explorer watch. Meant for adventures and explorers, this timepiece featured 36mm diameter ‘Oyster’ case in stainless steel, self-winding movement and black dial. The other version produced during the 1950s was the reference 6150, in which some models do not display ‘Explorer’ name on the dial. In the 1950s, the reference 6610 was also introduced. This Explorer watch is equipped with Caliber 1030 self-winding movement. 1963, Rolex introduced the reference 1016, with earlier production models equipped with Caliber 1560 and later batches with caliber 1570. It is one of the longest produced Rolex watches. The reference 1016 is the first Explorer with 100m water resistant. Its ancestors had 50 meters water resistance. In 1989, the ref. 14270 was launched. The ref. 14270 is an Explorer model with 36mm diameter case, sapphire crystal glass, glossy black dial and caliber 3000 self-winding movement.  In 2001, Rolex introduced reference 114270, a new Explorer watch with caliber 3130. It was the last Explorer model with the 36mm case. In 2010, the reference 214270 was released. This new generation explorer watch features a 39mm stainless steel case, black dial and caliber 3132. It has two dial versions: MK1 and MK2. The MK1 dial variants contain non-luminous 3-6-9 markers and MK2 versions feature luminous 3-6-9 markers. History and Evolution of Explorer II  Rolex Explorer II White Dial Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet Automatic Men’s Watch 216570WSO (White) In 1971, Rolex introduced Ref.1655, a new Explorer watch equipped with a fixed 24h bezel, date window at 3o’ clock and an additional hour-hand. With two separate hour hands, the timepiece provided the precise tracking of day-time and the corresponding night time, which is very helpful for speleologists, spelunkers and miners. This 39mm, stainless steel model marked the launch of the popular Rolex Explorer II watches.  In 1985, the brand replaced the model 1655 with the reference 16550, a new Explorer II watch with 40mm diameter steel case and an independently adjustable 24-hour hand. Equipped with the Caliber 3085, this Explorer II was made available in black and white dial versions. In 1989, the reference 16570 was introduced. Equipped with the Caliber 3185, the ref.16570 replaced the Rolex Explorer II reference 16550. The Rolex Explorer II 16570 models produced from 2007 to 2011 were outfitted with the caliber 3186. In 2011, Rolex launched reference 216570, the latest Explorer II watch with 42mm diameter stainless steel case featuring large crown guards and wide lugs. Equipped with the Caliber 3187, this new reference is available in black and white color versions. Design Highlights Rolex Explorer II White Dial Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet Automatic Men’s Watch 216570WSO (Black) The Rolex Explorer watch boasts some impressive design details. The most important among them is the so-called Explorer dial, which is a stand-out feature of all Explorer watch models. It traditionally refers to a specific dial layout with numeral hour markers at 3,6 and 9, inverted triangle hour-marker at 12 and rectangular indices for the remaining hour-markers. This minimalistic dial with highly legible hour-markers amply provides a clear view of time display along with the large, luminescent hands. Most of the Explorer references feature Mercedes hour-hand, which is a characteristic attribute of Rolex professional watches. All Explorer watches use Oyster case design for ensuring optimum water resistance. Both robust and comfortable, the Oyster bracelet is fitted with an Oysterlock folding clasp, which typically prevents accidental opening. The Easylink comfort extension link allows the wearer to increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm. Its self-winding movement (the Caliber 3132) is a certified Swiss chronometer and provides 48 hours power reserve. Water resistant to 100 meters, the Explorer watch incorporates Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back, Screw-down crown with Twinlock double waterproofness system and Scratch-resistant sapphire glass. The new generation Explorer features the proprietary Chromalight lume, which emits a long-lasting blue glow. Explorer Vs Explorer II Known for their sober and graceful lines, all Explorer (Rolex Explorer I) watches maintain the classic ‘Time Only’ layout, with three centre hands. Introduced in 1971, the Explorer II is more functional because it also displays the date and second time-zone. In comparison with Explorer, the Explorer II watch additionally features a fixed bezel with 24H graduations and an extra hour-hand to track a second time-zone. The present generation Explorer (ref. 214270) has 39mm case and houses the calibre 3132 self-winding movement whereas the latest Explorer II watch has 42mm diameter case, with the Caliber 3187 beating inside. Popular Explorer Models Among all the Rolex Explorers produced to this date, the reference 1016 is the best-selling model. It undoubtedly enjoyed a long production run starting from 1963 to 1989. The references like 14270 and 114270 as well as the current production model 214270 are equally popular. The historic references like 6350, 6150 and 6610 are the most valued Explorer watches in the Vintage watch market. Buying Tips At present, Rolex offers the Explorer model 214270 with a black dial. All other models introduced prior to these references have been discontinued. Introduced in 2010, the new generation Explorer watch (ref. 214270) comes with a 39mm diameter case made of 904L stainless steel. As on date, it is the only Explorer I watch with a 39mm case. All its ancestors have 36mm cases. Its polished, smooth bezel radiates the vintage appeal of the Explorer family. Driving this timepiece is the calibre 3132, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Before proceeding to purchase the reference 214270, you should be aware of two types of dials. The watches that produced until 2016 have small minute-hand and non-luminous 3-6-9 hour markers. Whatever may be the reason behind it, the length of minute-hand was not proportional with the dial size. This dial style is known as MK1. In 2016, Rolex replaced this dial with MK2, which has luminous 3-6-9 hour markers and longer minute hand.  Some customers prefer the Explorer with MK1 dial for its unusual yet classy look. The customers, who love the original design codes of the collection, favor MK2 dial versions.  Presently, the selling price of MK1 is than the MK2 variant. The retail price of a Rolex Explorer 2016 model with MK2 dial is approximately HK $89,000.

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  4. A Hands-On Price Guide to Rolex Datejust

    A Hands-On Price Guide to Rolex Datejust

    Introduction The Datejust watch belongs to Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual family, which enjoys an extensive history that goes back to the mid-1920s. Descendent of the water-proof and dust-proof (Oyster) watch introduced in 1926, the Oyster Perpetual collection is comprised of time-only, date and day-date versions. The date version has been known as Oyster Perpetual Datejust, which is one of the top selling Rolex wristwatches. It is also one of the premium brand’s oldest collections with long and uninterrupted production run. As on date, Rolex offers hundreds variants of Oyster Perpetual Datejust in Small (31mm & 34mm), Medium (36mm) and Large (41mm) sizes. For men, 36mm and 41mm versions are available. For women, the Rolex Datejust collection offers 31mm, 34mm and 36mm case versions. The brand also offers a separate collection of women’s Datejust watches under Rolex Lady Datejust, which includes 28mm watches.  As you know, it is challenging to single out your most appropriate choice from the massive inventory, which consists of around 700 models. Our pricing guide might assist you to pinpoint a perfect Datejust watch that suits your budget as well. Datejust 41 126333 Black Jubilee A Quick Look at History and Evolution The Datejust collection boasts an impressive legacy of more than six decades. In 1945, Rolex celebrated its 40th anniversary. To mark this historical milestone, the brand launched reference 4467, an Oyster watch with a date display. This wristwatch featured an 18-carat yellow gold Oyster case, topped with a fluted bezel. It was the world’s very first self-winding wristwatch to feature a date window that would automatically change over at midnight. The very first Datejust was fitted with the Jubilee bracelet, which was introduced during the 40th anniversary (jubilee) of Rolex in 1945. Originally created for the Datejust watch, this bracelet has been used in numerous Rolex models. The Datejust models are also available with Oyster and President Bracelets. In the 1950s, Rolex added stainless steel (reference 5030) and Rolesor (reference 5031) versions of Datejust. In 1955, Rolex upgraded these wristwatches with the patented Cyclops magnification lens on the acrylic glass over the date display. Before that, all Datejust watches were fitted with normal acrylic glass. Subsequently, the brand introduced several new references with upgraded self-winding movements. In the late 1950s, Rolex introduced the 16xx series and in the late 1970s, 160xx series was launched. In 1988, Rolex unveiled 162xx series with Caliber 3035. This is the first Datejust series to feature sapphire crystal instead of acrylic glass. Interestingly, all of these references steadfastly maintained the case diameter of 36mm, just like the first Datejust watch. In 2009, Rolex introduced Datejust ii, a new edition featuring a 41mm diameter case and equipped with the calibre 3136 self-winding movement. Initially, the Rolex oyster perpetual Datejust II was introduced in Yellow Rolesor (116333) and White Rolesor (116334) references. In 2012, a 904L stainless steel version (116300) was added. In 2016, Rolex introduced the Datejust 41, the latest 41mm model equipped with the calibre 3235 self-winding movement. All modern Datejust watches are 100m water resistant and houses Superlative Chronometer-certified mechanical self-winding movements. All of them are equipped with Oyster case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with Cyclops lens over the date, screw-down crown with Twinlock double waterproofness system and screw-down case back. Datejust 36 Automatic Black Dial Oystersteel Men’s Watch 126200-0003 Buying Tips As on date, the price range of the Datejust collection typically starts at approximately HK$ 51,940 for men’s Oyster steel versions and around HK$ 50,785 for women’s models with same specifications. The cost of Rolesor, Gold and Gem-set models are higher than entry-level 904L watches. These prices are subject to market fluctuations and local taxes. The retail price of a brand-new Datejust watch varies depending upon certain parameters, which are appended below. (a) Material and case dimensions The type of material used is always an important factor in deciding the selling price of a brand-new timepiece. For example, to purchase a Datejust in solid gold, you should have more cash than it required for a stainless steel model with similar specifications. At present, Rolex offers Datejust watches in Steel (904L), Rolesor (Steel and Gold), Yellow gold, Pink Gold and White Gold. The case size is also a major price determining aspect. Naturally, the large size (41mm) model with similar specifications costs higher than its smaller counter parts. For men, the least expensive datejust watch is the 36mm steel model (126200) with smooth bezel and Oyster bracelet. The retail price of this watch is approximately HK$54,150. The Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 (126300) with similar features costs around HK$67,150. The Datejust 31 for women (278240) with 904L steel case, smooth bezel, Oyster bracelet and non-set dial costs approximately HK$55,360. As expected, the Datejust Rolesor versions are more expensive than their siblings in solid 904L steel. For example, the Rolex Datejust 36 Yellow Rolesor model (116203) with smooth bezel and Oyster bracelet costs approximately HK$ 78,320. The Rolex Datejust 41 Yellow Rolesor model with similar specifications has a price of approximately HK$87,030. Moreover, the price of an Everose Rolesor version is typically higher than a Yellow Rolesor Datejust watch with similar characteristics. At present, Rolex is not offering any 18-carat gold Datejust versions both in mid-size (34mm and 36mm) and large-size (41mm) categories. However, in the 31mm case category for women, the brand provides a broad selection of white gold, yellow gold and Everose gold watch models. The 31mm Datejust watch in gold offers several variants with attractive choices of smooth, fluted and Gem-set bezels. The 31mm version is also available with the choice of Oyster and President Bracelets. The Datejust 31 gold models come with a high price range than its siblings in 904L steel or Rolesor. Datejust 31 Stainless Steel Automatic Dark Grey Roman Dial Ladies Watch 278240-0015 (b)Bezel design The Datejust collection offers timepieces with three types of bezel options: Smooth, Fluted and Gem-set. The price of the Datejust watch differs with respect to the type and material of the bezel. Usually, versions with a fluted bezel are more expensive than the similar models with a smooth bezel. In the Datejust collection, Rolex uses solid gold fluted bezels irrespective of the case material. The models featuring 904 steel case and 18 carat white gold fluted bezel are known as white Rolesor versions. The 41mm steel Datejust model with 18 carat white gold fluted bezel and Oyster bracelet (126334) costs approximately HK$79,860. Obviously, the price is higher than that of a Datejust 41mm steel variant featuring smooth bezel, which costs approximately HK$67,150. The Datejust collection offers fluted bezel variants in 31, 36 and 41mm cases. Among them, both the Yellow Rolesor and the Everose Rolesor variants are costlier than the White Rolesor versions. As expected, the Gem-set bezel versions are more expensive than both smooth-bezel and fluted-bezel versions. (c) Dial design  Rolex offers five dial categories for the Datejust collection: Light, Colored, Dark, Gem-set and Diamond-paved. The light dial options typically include colors like white, mother-of-pearl, sun dust, silver and etc. The dark dial category offers colors like black, grey and slate. In the ‘Colored Dial’ category, you will find dial colors like Champagne, Aubergine, Bright blue, Mint green, Malachite, Olive green, Rose, Pink, Chocolate and Azzurro Blue and etc. The Datejust watches with semi-precious stones (mother-of-pearl, malachite and etc.), gem-set dials and diamond-paved dials are more expensive than those with the standard dials. It should be noted that within the regular dial category, the Rolex Date-just watches featuring diamond-set hour-markers are costlier than the similar models with non-set classic, Arabic or Roman hour markers. For instance, the Datejust 41 Everose Rolesor model with fluted bezel, Jubilee bracelet and chocolate colored dial with diamond hour-markers has a retail price of approximately HK$123,150, In the same time, the same reference featuring classic hour markers costs HK$108,679. Datejust 41 Chocolate Brown Dial Steel and 18K Rose Gold Men’s Watch 126301CHSO (d)Type of Bracelet Rolex offers three choices of bracelets in the Datejust collection: Oyster, Jubilee and President. The type of bracelet is also an important aspect when it comes to the pricing of Rolex watches, including the Datejust. The retail price of a model with Jubilee bracelet is usually higher than that of a similar Datejust fitted with Oyster bracelet. For instance, the Datejust 41 Stainless Steel model with fluted bezel and Jubilee bracelet retails at approximately HK$84,070 where as its Oyster bracelet variant costs HK$79,860. Presently, the President style bracelet is available only for the gold watches from the Datejust 31 series for women. The Datejust 31 gold models are also available with the Oyster bracelet. The solid gold Datejust 31 watch models with the President Bracelet are more expensive than the similar variants with the Oyster bracelet. (e)Production Year The retail price of Rolex Datejust watch also varies with respect to the year it produced. The same model produced in previous years might be available with lesser prices compared to the recently produced ones. (f)Gem-setting The retail price of a Rolex Datejust Gem-set watch usually depends upon the number of diamonds and other stones. The complexity involved in gem-setting is also an influential factor.

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  5. Rolex Submariner: One of The Best Dive Watches

    Rolex Submariner: One of The Best Dive Watches

    One of the most successful diving watches ever made, the Rolex Submariner enjoys a grand, unrivalled heritage that tracing back to the 1950s. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, Rolex has been an industry leader in the manufacturing of water-proof and shock-proof watches. In 1926, the brand introduced Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch in the world. In 1927, young British professional swimmer Mercedes Gleitze wore a Rolex Oyster watch when she swam across the English Channel. This historical achievement helped Rolex to successfully market its newly inducted water-proof watches.   The commercial launch of Submariner in 1953 represents the iconic Swiss watch company’s first step into the world of diving. The first Submariner was capable to withstand the pressures up to 100 meters depth. In 1954, Rolex launched a new reference with 200 meters water resistance. Before achieving the existing standard of 300 meters water resistance, Rolex had made numerous Submariner watches with 100m or 200m depth rating.  The Rolex Submariner family includes several references of ‘Date’ and ‘Non-date’ models. Additionally, most of the references include numerous variants, based on Case material, Dial color/type, Texts on the dial, Style of hands and markers, Lume material and more. History and Evolution 1953, Rolex created Submariner, the first diving watch with 100 meters (330 feet) water resistance. At that time, the brand achieved this incredible water resistance rating by integrating a rugged ‘Oyster’ case, screwed-down winding crown and a thick acrylic glass. Among the first Submariner models, 6204 and 6205 were tested for waterproofness of 100 meters. The reference 6200 was the first Submariner with 200 meters water resistance. Both 6200 and 6205 featured the so-called ‘Mercedes’ hour hand, which became a hallmark of all Submariners produced thereafter. Among the first-generation submariners, the models with crown size of 6mm or less are known as ‘Small Crown’ submariners and those with 8mm crown are identified as ‘Big Crown’ submariners. Equipped with automatic movements, all first-generation submariners came with 37mm diameter case in stainless steel and highly legible dial with luminous hands for displaying the hour, minute and seconds. Their rotating outer-bezel features a triangle mark at the 0/60 position and minutes markers for recording the ‘time elapsed’ during diving.  In 1959, Rolex unveiled a new submariner (reference 5512) with 40mm diameter case in stainless steel and the 7mm crown. This reference also feature crown-guards, a stand-out element of all Submariner models produced thereafter. In 1966, Rolex introduced reference 1680, the first Submariner with date display. This 40mm diameter self-winding watch features stainless steel case, bi-directional bezel and acrylic crystal glass. The brand also added a yellow gold (1680/8) date version. All the above submariner date models were 200m water resistant. In the 1970s, Rolex developed the Triplock winding crown, a patented triple waterproofness system designed especially for its diving watches. Subsequently, the brand increased the Submariner’s water resistance to 300 metres (1,000 feet). In 1978, Rolex introduced the ref.16800, the first submariner date with a water resistance of 300m. This reference came with a flat sapphire crystal instead of acrylic glass. In 1988, Rolex introduced the first Submariner watch with 904L stainless steel case. In 1990, the first no-date Submariner to be fitted with sapphire crystal and Triplock crown was launched. During this period, Rolex introduced unidirectional bezels for its diving watches.  Rolex Submariner 116618LNIn 2008, the brand introduced Cerachrom bezel insert, which is more scratch-proof and UV-resistant than the metal bezel inserts. The first submariner models to be equipped with the proprietary ceramic bezels were 116618LN (yellow gold version with black dial and black bezel), 116618LB (yellow gold version with blue dial and blue bezel) and 116619LB (white gold version with blue dial and blue bezel). Introduced in 2010, the Rolex Submariner 116610 is the first 904L stainless steel version with Cerachrom bezel insert. All Submariner watches are equipped with the chronometer certified self-winding movements. Since 1953, Rolex has produced several references based on the calibers used. Most of the movements were chronometer certified. The latest generation submariners feature in-house developed self-winding movements, made in accordance with the ‘Superlative Chronometer’ certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. New Generation Submariners Rolex Submariner 124060-0001 In 2020, Rolex launched reference 124060, a 41mm diameter version of the classic non-date submariner in 904L stainless steel. Equipped with Superlative Chronometer certified Calibre 3230 self-winding movement, this timepiece has a power reserve of 70 hours. It features a black-lacquer dial and a unidirectional rotational bezel with black Cerachrom insert. In 2020, Rolex announced the launch of a new generation Submariner Date with 41mm diameter case and COSC-certified Calibre 3235 self-winding movement with 70 hours power reserve. Rolex Submariner 126610LN-0001The rolex submariner 2020 edition includes seven ‘Date’ variants. The first two models have 904L stainless steel case, black dial and Cerachrom bezel insert in green (126610LV) or Black (126610LN). The third variant (126619LB) features an 18ct white gold case, black dial and blue Cerachrom bezel insert. The new-generation line up also includes two yellow Rolesor versions – 126613LB (with blue Cerachrom bezel and a royal blue dial) and 126613LN (with black Cerachrom bezel and black dial). Finally, two yellow gold variants complete the list: 126618LB (blue Cerachrom bezel and royal blue dial) and 126618LN (black Cerachrom bezel and black dial). Popular Submariner Models Within the submariner family, a number of references became extremely popular and enjoyed long production runs. Due to various reasons, some references were produced for short durations only. Introduced in 1989, the rolex submariner 16610 is considered as the most popular submariner model. Equipped with caliber Cal. 3135, this submariner date watch in 904L stainless steel enjoyed a long production run (from 1989 to 2010). Water resistant to 300 meters, this model features a black dial, sapphire crystal glass and unidirectional rotating bezel. The rolex submariner black (reference 116610, date version with ceramic bezel) is equally a best-selling model. Rolex 16610 Hulk Nicknamed ‘HULK’, the rolex submariner green (reference 116610lv) is another popular model from the submariner collection. This version features green Cerachrom bezel and green dial. Among the Rolex Submariner no date watches, references like 14060 and 114060 are considered as most popular. From the old generation, references like 5512, 5513 and 1680 enjoyed wide popularity during their production period. Apart from the above, most of the vintage submariner models are greatly preferred by experienced watch collectors, thanks to their historical importance and rarity. The Best Diving watch Photo Credit: Rolex Official The Rolex Submariner is the most admired diving watch ever produced. It has been considered as the most ideal analogue dive watch in the 300m depth category. In comparison with other diving timepieces in the market, submariner boasts some superior characteristics that make it a trustworthy diving instrument. For example, Rolex uses 904L grade for its stainless steel wristwatches, including submariners. In case of Rolesor models, the brand uses 18 carat gold and 904L steel. Most dive watches available in the market are made of 316L stainless steel. In comparison, 904L steel is more durable and corrosion-resistant. As a result, the submariner Rolex watch offers better corrosion-resistance when exposed to saline sea water. During diving, the diver should be able to read the time with a glance. To ensure better dial visibility underwater, a diving watch must feature an easy to read dial with the luminescent coating on its markers and hands. The Submariner watch features broad hands and large hour-markers for crystal clear reading of the time. All their hands and the markers are embedded with Chromalight, a proprietary luminescent coating that offers superior and long-lasting glow compared to Super LumiNova and other luminescent technologies. The unidirectional bezel is a crucial component of all modern day dive watches. It has been used for monitoring diving time and decompression stops. It rotates only in a counter-clockwise direction to prevent accidental manipulation underwater. All present-generation Submariners feature unidirectional rotating bezels with ceramic (Cerachrom) bezel insert, which is virtually scratch-proof and resistant to discoloration. This easy to operate bezel also features Chromalight lume on its triangle marker for better readability in the dark environments. This extremely durable bezel guarantees accurate monitoring of diving time and ensures the safety of the diver. The Submariners are available with Black, Blue or Green bezels. Among them, Black-bezel Submariners top the list in terms of production and availability. The Green bezel models are rare, and most sought-after among them are ‘Hulk’ (116610LV) and ‘Kermit’ (122610LV). In the current line-up of 41mm versions, the ref. 126610LV features a green bezel. The Rolex Submariner blue bezel models included in the latest generation are: 126619LB, 126613LB and 126618LB. The modern self-winding movements that power Rolex Submariner watches demonstrate excellent standards of precision, shock-resistance, magnetic-resistance and reliability. All the present generation submariners are ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ and provide an exceptional precision of -2/+2 seconds/day. The Parachrom hairspring offers greater resistance to shocks and temperature variations. The Chronergy escapement ensures exceptional power reserve (up to 70 hours in new generation watches). These characteristics ensure excellent chronometric performance even in harsh conditions. The Submariner watch incorporates the time-honored ‘Oyster’ design featuring monobloc middle-case, screw-down crown with Triplock triple waterproofness system, scratch-resistant sapphire glass and screw-down case back. This proven system provides an exceptional water resistance of 300 meters. A durable, secure and expandable strap is necessary for dive watches. Each submariner watch is fitted with an Oyster bracelet. Both robust and comfortable, this bracelet is equipped with an Oysterlock clasp, which prevents accidental opening. The bracelet also features the Glidelock system, which grants fine adjustments of the bracelet without employing any tools – and allowing it to be worn and comfortably over a diving suit. All Rolex Submariner date watches feature a Cyclops lens affixed on the glass for a clear and magnified view of the date display. A Great Investment Originally introduced as a great tool watch for divers, the Submariner has gradually become an ultimate status symbol, which makes it a superb investment option. This collectible timepiece ensures good returns in the future, thanks to its immense popularity and excellent resale value. The Rolex Submariner price differs depending upon the generation and materials used. For example, the new generation Rolex submariners introduced in 2020 has an approximate price range starting from 69,000 HKD to 346,000 HKD (Hong Kong Dollars). When it launched in the 1950s, the Submariner had a retail price of around US $150 (approximately 1200 Hong Kong Dollars). Since then, the price of the Submariner watch has been increased multiple times. Around the world, a large number of connoisseurs collect both new and vintage models of the submariner. The historical Submariners, especially those produced before the 1970s, are most sought-after in the vintage watch market. Some of them cost more than that of a new generation submariner. Among them, some rare references achieve record-breaking prices during the watch auctions. For example, in 2018, Christie’s auctioned a Submariner reference 6538 watch for more than $1 million.

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  6. The Evolution of Rolex Explorer II

    The Evolution of Rolex Explorer II

    Introduction The Rolex Explorer family has been known for extremely robust, accurate and exceptionally reliable professional timepieces. The brand offers two distinct ranges from this well-established wristwatch family: Explorer I & Explorer II. The Explorer line belongs to the iconic Swiss brand’s Professional Range, which also includes Submariner, Cosmograph Daytona, Sea-Dweller, GMT-Master II, Yacht-Master, Milgauss and Air-King watch collections. Each timepiece from the Rolex Professional family has been exclusively designed for various environments in the land, air or sea. Among them, the rolex explorer watches are ideally suitable for both amateur adventurers and professionals, involved in mountaineering, polar expeditions and other outdoor activities. The Explorer II is an evolution of the iconic Rolex Explorer I watch introduced in 1953. The inaugural model of the Explorer II was unveiled in 1971. With their fixed 24-hour bezel, the additional hour-hand and instantaneous date function, the Explorer II watches stand out within the Explorer line. Since its induction, the Explorer II has been evolved into four references: 1655 (1971 to 1984), 16550 (1984 to 1989), 16750 (1989 to 2011) and 216750 (from 2011). As on date, Rolex produces Explorer II watches under the reference 216750. The Explorer family is the most accessible within the Rolex Professional watch range.  History of Rolex Explorer II In 1926, Rolex introduced Oyster, a water-proof and dust-proof wristwatch. The name ‘Oyster’ refers to the hermetically sealed case of this timepiece. Since then, Rolex has been manufacturing precise and robust timekeepers especially designed for both amateur and professional explorers. In 1953, the Explorer collection was introduced. These timepieces featured exceptionally water-resistant oyster steel cases and highly reliable self-winding movements. Presently comes under the Professional Collection, the Explorer models are the descendants of the original Oyster watch. On 29th May 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary reached the peak of the Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. They were the members of a Himalayan mission led by British Army Colonel John Hunt. Rolex, which had been supplying timepieces to mountain expedition teams since the 1930s, provided their Perpetual Oyster watches to the 1953 expedition members. Equipped with robust stainless steel case, highly readable dial and precise self-winding movement, these timepieces were capable to withstand extreme sub-zero temperatures.  Rolex 6150 / Photo Credit: Instagram Launched in the same year of the first conquest of the Mount Everest, Rolex Explorer 1 celebrates one of the most extraordinary achievements in the world history. The initial model was reference 6350.  In 1954, Rolex introduced reference 6150. The next evolution was Ref. 6610, which was succeeded by the reference 1016 in 1963. Rolex introduced the reference 14270 in 1989. The most recent addition is the rolex explorer 2016 model with reference number 214270. The Rolex Explorer price is approximately HK$ 80,000 each for the new reference. Highly sought after, the historical explorer models are expensive than the new generation references.   Rolex 214270 Typically featuring the time-only layout with three centre hands, Explorer is an ultimate tool watch for adventurous activities like mountaineering. The Rolex Explorer I model does not feature any additional hand, graduated bezel or date. These standard specifications remain same even in new generation models.  Just like mountaineering, both Speleology and Spelunking are conducted under hostile environments. Speleology refers to the scientific study of the caves and Spelunking (also called caving or potholing) is the leisure activity of exploring wild cave systems. In some occasions, explorers have to stay prolonged durations inside the caves. Along with the safety equipment and clothing, a reliable timepiece with luminescent display is a must for cave explorers. For both amateur and professional cave explorers, it was necessary to have some sort of indication on their wristwatches to differentiate between AM and PM. So Rolex developed the Explorer II, a professional timepiece capable of displaying both night-hours and day-hours simultaneously. The Evolution of Rolex Explorer II Rolex 1655 / Photo Credit: Instagram The first reference from the rolex explorer 2 series was Ref.1655. The stand-out features that differentiate this 39mm stainless steel watch were: the fixed 24-hour graduated bezel, the arrow-shaped additional hand and the date window at 3H. Equipped with the 1575 movement, the reference 1655 was made available in black dial with lumed indices and hands (MK I, II& III dial versions with Tritium and MK IV dial versions with Luminova). The large, orange-colored 24-hour hand is a key attraction of this reference. Coupled with the main time mechanism, this hand allowed the wearer to set the timepiece for displaying 24 hour format to distinguish night-hours from day-hours. This enhanced function made the Explorer II a perfect timekeeper for speleologists, spelunkers and miners. Rolex ceased the production of Ref.1655 in 1984. The company commenced the production of the new Explorer II reference 16550 in 1985. An evolution of reference 1655, this version features stainless steel case measuring 40mm diameter, 1mm larger than its predecessor. To equip this model, Rolex opted caliber 3085, the same self-winding movement used in the Rolex GMT Master II 16760 aka “Fat Lady.” Available in black or white dial versions, the reference 16550 features the hour-hand in so-called ‘Mercedes’ style, minute hand, central seconds hand and a slender 24-hour hand in red color and triangle pointer. The design of hour-markers also changed. For example, from this new reference Rolex began using circle hour-markers for 1, 2,4,5,7,8,10 and 11, where as the Ref.1655 features rectangular indices for the same. The triangle maker at 12H, the large rectangular hour-markers at 6H and 9H, and the date display at 3H remain unchanged in all Explorer II watch models. The functional improvement introduced in this reference was the independently adjustable 24-hour hand. It enabled simultaneous reading of the time in two time-zones, like a GMT watch. However, the 24-hour fixed bezel design remains unchanged. Rolex ceased the production of reference 16550 in 1989. Rolex 16570 / Photo Credit: Instagram The subsequent evolution in the Explorer II family is the reference 16570. Introduced in 1989, Rolex continued the production of this model until 2011, making it one of the longest produced series in the history of the Swiss watch giant. This reference retained most of the features of its previous model, like the 40mm diameter oyster case, jumping local hour hand, black and white dials, the slim 24-h hand in red color, and the fixed bezel. In this new version, Rolex used updated movements. The Rolex Explorer II 16570 models produced from 1989 to 2005 are equipped with caliber 3185 while the models from 2005 to 2011 house the caliber 3186. These self-winding movements were made in-house and rated for 50 hours power reserve. All Explorer II models manufactured until 1998 had tritium lumes and those made from 1998 to 1999 had Luminova. In 1999, Rolex replaced Luminova with Super-Luminova. So the explorers produced between 1999 and 2011 have the Super-Luminova luminescent coating on their hands and indices. Rolex 216570 White In 2011, on the 40th anniversary of the collection, Rolex launched a large version of the Explorer II watch. Featuring a 42mm diameter Oyster case, the reference is 216570 brought in some design changes and functional improvements. The so-called Super case (maxi case) in stainless steel has chunky crown guards and wide lugs. Rolex also enhanced the size of hour-markers and the hands. To fit with the 42mm case, Rolex developed a new automatic dual-time movement, the Caliber 3187. Available in black or white dial, this reference also marked the return of the large, orange-colored 24 hour hand. Another key design enhancement was the introduction of the brand’s proprietary lume Chromalight, which emits an attractive blue radiance in comparison with the green glow of Super-Luminova. The Rolex Explorer II price vary depends upon the reference and the year of production. It costs about HK $100,000 each for the latest Explorer II 216570 watch. Older production models of the same reference (for example: Rolex Explorer ii 2017) might be available in lesser prices.  Conclusion Before wrapping up, let us go through some interesting facts about the Rolex Explorer II watch series. All Explorer II watch models are traditionally made of oyster steel, and are water resistant to 100 meters. Three case diameters have been used since the induction: 39mm (for reference 1655), 40mm (for references 16550 and 16570) and 42mm (for reference 216570).In comparison with the rotatable bezels of GMT Master II and Submariner models, the Explorer II watches feature a fixed 24-hour graduated-bezel in stainless steel. It remained the stand-out feature of all Explorer II models produced since its induction. The bezel of the first reference (Ref.1655) feature lines for odd numbers and digits for even numbers. In all other references, triangle shape markers have been used for odd numbers and digits for even numbers.All Explorer II watches feature an extra hour-hand in addition to the hour, minute and second hands. In the first reference (Ref.1655), this hand has been used solely for distinguishing night-hours from day-hours along with the graduated 24-hour bezel. In the subsequent references (16550, 16570 and 216570), the wearer could also track a second time-zone with the 24-hour hand. Due to this add-on function, all modern Explorer II references can be used as a great traveler’s watch. The references 1655 and 216570 have a large, orange color 24-hour hand where as a slim, red hand has been used in 16550 and 16570 versions.All Explorer II watch models house extremely precise self-winding movements with perpetual rotors. The calibers are: Cal.1575 in reference 1655, Cal. 3085 in reference 16550, Cal. 3185 or 3186 in reference 16570, and Cal. 3187 in reference 216570. All of them are superlative chronometer movements and have instantaneous date function at 3 o’ clock.The Explorer II series offers limited dial colors only. The reference 1655 was made with black dial only and all the other three references offer black and white versions. As on date, there are no other dial colors available other than black and white.The nickname given by enthusiastic collectors for the reference 1655 is Freccione, which is the Italian word for ‘Orange hand.’ The “Polar Explorer” is the nickname of Rolex Explorer II reference 16570 with a white dial.The reference 16550 models had some dial painting defects. Due to this, the color of white dials gradually changed into cream after some years and the black dials began developing cracks. Interestingly, these imperfections made the particular Explorer II reference, a highly sought-after collector’s model.

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  7. Cartier Watch: The finest watch for women

    Cartier Watch: The finest watch for women

    Founded in 1847 in Paris, Cartier has been globally recognized for its magnificent jewellery collections and luxurious timepieces. A pioneer of wrist-worn timepieces, the Maison created the first modern wristwatch “Santos” in 1904. This iconic creation instantly became a pillar of the prestigious French Jeweler’s luxury watch collections. In addition to the Santos de Cartier wristwatch, the prestigious Jeweler and Watchmaker launched several iconic collections that stand out from the crowd with their distinct characteristics. Presently, the iconic brand offers an extensive range of Swiss made luxury watches for both men and women. While most premium brands focus more in producing men’s timepieces, Cartier maintains a diversified portfolio of women’s luxury watches, with several collections and styles to choose from. The important collections that offer ladies wristwatches are: Pasha de Cartier, Panthère de Cartier, Santos de Cartier, Ballon De Cartier, Baignore de Cartier, Tank, Clé De Cartier, Maillon de Cartier, Tortue and Ronde de Cartier. Some of these collections are dedicated to women only. Each of these cartier ladies watches carries its own charisma and distinct characteristics.  Further down, you will discover some outstanding characteristics that certify the brand’s worldwide reputation as a leader of ladies luxury watches. Cartier Watches for Women No other luxury watch brand has such impressive ladies’ wristwatch line-up. Cartier offers a broad collection of luxurious feminine timepieces with different case sizes and shapes, movements, materials and straps. Different Case Sizes and Shapes For women, Cartier makes small, mini, medium, larger and extra-large sized timepieces to suit different wrist sizes. This ensures the brand’s popularity among a diverse spectrum of clientele. The brand also offers timepieces with different case shapes: round, rectangular, square, tonneau, oval, rounded-eclipse and hexagonal. The extraordinary collections like Cartier Tank, Cartier Panthère and Santos de Cartier offer square and rectangular case watches.  Cartier Tank Introduced in 1919, the iconic Tank watch has been evolved into several variants, each of them designed after particular tanks. Inspired by the shapes of WWI battle tanks, the cartier tank watch collection presently includes models like cartier tank solo, Tank Française, Tank Louis Cartier and Tank Américaine. Featuring a fascinating and modern design, the Tank watch has been renowned for its discreet elegance. Panthère de Cartier / Photo Credit: Cartier Official The panthère de cartier watch inherited its name from its flexible, soft bracelet with curved Panthère links, inspired by the movements of the panther, which has been a source of creative inspiration for the Maison since 1914. Featuring rectangular or square case with rounded angles, the cartier panthère watch combines the 1980s free spirit with contemporary watch making. This watch line celebrates enlightened, carefree and victorious women of modern era. Santos de Cartier Santos is the most historic and popular collection from the House of Cartier. Its roots trace back to 1904 when Louis Cartier, the founder of the Maison, created a wristwatch in 1904 for his friend and Brazilian aviation legend Alberto Santos-Dumont. The “Santos” watch was Cartier’s first men’s wristwatch. Now also available for women, its special design highlights include the rounded dial angles, geometric shaped case with exposed screws, and horns with flawless curves. The Pasha de Cartier, the Ballon De Cartier and the Ronde de Cartier models come with round case, but with different design highlights.  Inspired by a round wristwatch launched by the Maison in 1943, the Pasha de Cartier model features a more refined design. A stand-out design highlight of this timepiece is the so-called chained crown at 3’ o clock. Set with a sapphire or a diamond on the top, this screw-down crown with fluted crown cap is attached to the case by a small chain. Ballon de Cartier Highlighting ‘a circle inside a circle’ design, the Ballon De Cartier watch derives its name from the eye-catching balloon like silhouette. The timepiece features a domed sapphire crystal and a bubble winding crown, which is perfectly integrated into the case. The crown cap under a metal ring at 3 o’clock protects the bubble crown. The Baignore de Cartier timepiece boasts an astonishing case design inspired by the unique shape of a bathtub (‘baignoire’ in French), in which two straight parallel lines are closed by two curves. The Clé De Cartier model has a pebble case design, the Tortue features a tonneau case and the Maillon de Cartier boasts a distinct hexagonal case design. Quartz and Mechanical Movements Cartier produces various styles of ladies wristwatches equipped with quartz, automatic or hand-wound movements. While the quartz movements have been known for their precision and affordability, the intrinsic mechanical movements reflect a successful alliance of time-honored traditional know-how and superior watchmaking expertise. With their comprehensive selection of mechanical and quartz timepieces, Cartier attracts a broad range of customers, starting from fashionable yet budget-conscious young generation to affluent clientele who have a passion for traditional horology. Wide Choice of Materials The brand offers an impressive choice of materials for the cartier ladies watches: stainless steel, gold and bi-metal (steel and gold). For the straps, Cartier uses metal, leather or fabric. Additionally, the Maison offers bezel-set or full-set versions of its timepieces. Distinctive Styles Most of the brand’s modern wristwatches typically share some signature design features. For example, the elegant dial layout featuring Roman numeral hour markers is a distinct attribute of all Cartier timepieces except the Pasha de Cartier, which features Arabic numbers. Most timepieces have blued steel hands featuring sword or diamond shape. A major design highlight of all wristwatches from the Maison is the distinctive crown topped with cabochon stone (like sapphire or spinel) or glittering diamond. In addition, all collections carry their own style, ranging from understated elegance to opulence and from traditional to modernistic. Solid and Versatile In addition to their stylish designs, all cartier womens watch models are well-built and comfortable to wear. Fitted with sapphire crystals, these timepieces offer pretty good water resistance of at least 3 bar (30 meters). They typically come with solid yet comfortable bracelets or straps. Some cartier watch women collections are provided with the innovative Quick Switch system, which allows the wearer to switch over bracelets and straps to complement different styles or occasions. Quality Craftsmanship Efficiently managed by one of the most prestigious luxury groups in the world, Cartier offers exceptional creations that faithfully reflect the profound respect for the longstanding traditions and quality craftsmanship. A major subsidiary of Richemont Group, the grand Maison houses in-house departments dealing with design, manufacturing, finishing, gem-setting and quality control of its jewellery and watch collections. The brand also produces in-house movements for its timepieces. The manufacture typically utilizes exceptional finishing techniques and gem-setting methods for its luxurious wristwatches. Thanks to its exceptionally skilled craftsmen and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, Cartier produces top-quality luxury watches that are precise, reliable and long lasting. Broad Price Range For women, Cartier offers entry level luxury watches as well as extremely expensive timepieces, which incorporate high-complications or set with magnificent diamonds. The cartier watch price starts from approximately $ 19,000 Hong Kong dollars for stainless steel models. The retail price varies depends upon the collections and materials used. Top of the range is a number of full-set cartier diamond watch models and some of them retail above one million HK$. The broad price range helps the brand to expand the reach of their women’s wristwatches to a broad spectrum of customers. Outstanding Brand value Cartier is one of the most revered luxury houses in the world and since long time it has been enjoying a commendable ranking (in the top-five) among the most valued premium watch brands. Cartier watches hold an immense brand value, so they can be considered as great investments for the future.

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  8. Rolex Daytona 116500LN: An Upgrade of Steel Daytona

    Rolex Daytona 116500LN: An Upgrade of Steel Daytona

    Even if you are not familiar with watches, you should have seen the image of Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN mentioned on social media. The Rolex 116500LN made its debut in 2016. In these few years it has become one of the most sought after watches in the world. Waiting lists at authorized Rolex retailers are year-long and still growing. It is almost impossible to get this watch at retail price unless you are super lucky. Following its predecessor Rolex 116520, Rolex Daytona 116500 model has succeeded the title of best steel luxury sports watch. Rolex Daytona 116500LN actually shares many similarities with the old steel Daytona 116520, but in an upgraded version. Let’s see how amazing this one of the hottest Rolex watches is.  History of Rolex Cosmograph Daytona When you first put on a Rolex Daytona watch, you are also putting on Rolex’s cultural baggage, including knowledge of its achievements, and of its huge distribution to watchmaking history. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was introduced in 1963. It was designed to especially meet the needs of professional racing drivers. Its reliable chronograph and bezel with tachymetric scale allow motor racing drivers to measure their average speeds accurately. An icon eternally joined in name and function to the high performance world of motor sport. The Rolex Daytona chronographs joined in and performed exceptionally well in the world of motor sport. Especially after it was spotted with the famous actor Paul Newman. It had become an important category of Rolex watches to have in its portfolio. After the launch of the Rolex 6239, the Daytona Rolex watch enjoyed over 50 years of popularity. It has undergone tremendous technical enhancements and some of the most popular models have been replaced with more advanced versions.  At that time, the Cosmograph Daytona was usually available in the luxurious metals, including Everose gold, yellow gold, and platinum, while the only steel Daytona 116520 was almost impossible to get. The market was hungering for the birth of 116500LN. The Rolex Daytona 116500LN price has skyrocketed due to its rarity. The Introduction of Rolex 116500LN For many Rolex lovers, the launch of Rolex Daytona 116500LN filled a void that had been missing in the Rolex family when all other Rolex sporty collections in steel had ceramic bezels except for the Daytona.  Launch of Rolex 116500LN The Rolex Daytona 116500LN was launched in 2016 Baselworld and created a huge hit in the market. The Rolex lovers have been waiting for the first steel Daytona with black ceramic bezel since the 2013 50th anniversary of the Cosmograph Daytona. The 116500LN Rolex watch is more of an evolution rather than a revolution in both design and technology we can find in its other Daytana family members. As it was introduced to replace 116520 which was discontinued right after its launch, there are a bunch of discussions about the comparison of both 2 steel Daytona watches.  Feature Upgrades of Rolex Daytona 116500LN Regarding the overall design, the new Daytona 116500 and its predecessor Daytona 116520 share plenty of traits.Indeed, as you should also know, 116500LN is an updated version of 116200. You will find some upgrades on the new steel Daytona 116500LN.  Design of Rolex Daytona 116500LN First, Rolex Daytona 116500 is a steel Daytona model crafted in Rolex exclusive 904L Oystersteel, which offers both incredible resistance to corrosion and a beautiful finish.  The watch sports a 40mm Oystersteel case with Rolex patented screw-down chrono pushers and winding crown. It is equipped with the Rolex iconic sporty Oystersteel bracelet with the flat three-piece link design. The Daytonas are smaller than other Rolex sporty models like the Rolex Submariner. They have been recognised as well-fitting ones among Rolex watches.  What mainly makes the Rolex Daytona 116500LN distinctive from the Daytona 116520 is the bezel. The steel bezel with a tachymeter scale was replaced with Cerachrom bezel for 116500LN. The black bezel has had Rolex fans beside themselves with excitement. Cerachrom is Rolex’s patented ceramic with a layer of gold or platinum coat to fill the engraved markings on the bezel. The ceramic bezel of 116500LN is highly resistant to scratching and fading. The watch can retain its perfect looks for years. As for the dials, just like its predecessor Daytona 116520, the Daytona 116500LN comes with 2 variations, either a black or a white dial complementing the black bezel.  The dials have the familiar 3/6/9 layout of three subdials.  The central sweep seconds hand of the Daytona watch allows an accurate reading of 1/8 second. The two counters on the dial show the elapsed time in hours and minutes. The time is displayed centrally, and the running seconds are displayed on the sub-dial above six o’clock.  The dial also has the red-coloured signature DAYTONA label which sits above the minute timer. Yet the new dials have larger contrasting rims on the sub-dials, giving them this little ‘panda’ edge.  Movement of Rolex Daytona 116500LN Following its preceding model Daytona 116520, the Rolex Daytona 116500LN houses Rolex in-house caliber 4130 automatic chronograph movement. It is a certified chronometer like other Rolex Perpetual movements.  In July 2015, Rolex redefined their Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified label that their watches would have a better accuracy rating of 2/+2 seconds per day. The 4130 movement was certified first by the COSC and then regulated to the Superlative Chronometer standard. On 116500LN, the updated caliber is housed with a Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and accuracy rating of ±2 seconds a day, while the COSC standard is -4/+6.  Wrap Up With all the fantasy and history that have accreted over the watch, it’s almost impossible to see Daytona 116500LN simply as a watch.  Like some iconic models of Rolex watches, it is very likely to hold its value over the years. If you are lucky to get it, you can take a lot of pleasure in aspects of the Daytona.  As we all know, buying a luxury watch is all about personal taste that has nothing to do only with the qualities as a watch. Whether you decide to opt for the new steel Daytona 116500LN or any other Rolex watch such as the old steel Daytona 116520, you can never go wrong with the Rolex chronographs.

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  9. Rolex Daytona 116520: The Most Popular Luxury Chronograph Watch

    Rolex Daytona 116520: The Most Popular Luxury Chronograph Watch

    The Rolex Daytona 116520 has been launched for over 20 years. It has gained massive popularity since its debut in 2000 until its successor Rolex 116500 debuted in 2016. Since then, the steel Daytona 116520 has not only been a precious model that becomes growingly difficult to obtain, but also an icon model among luxury chronograph watches. History of Rolex Cosmograph Daytona The Rolex Daytona collection made its debut in 1963. It became popular quickly after the actor Paul Newman had been spotted with a Daytona 6239. This specific watch has become a legendary watch that has been sold at auction recently for $17.8m.  Featuring a tachymetric scale, 40mm case size, & wide variety of metal options, the Cosmograph Daytona is a highly sought-after chronograph, both new & used. Before its launch, Rolex registered the “Cosmograph” name in 1955, and introduced a solid-looking Cosmograph watch 6238 in 1961 without “Daytona” in the name. In 1963 Rolex launched the first official Cosmograph Daytona reference 6239. It was commonly called “Daytona” after Rolex’s association with the Daytona International Speedway began in 1962. It is the first generation of Rolex Daytona watches that offered both metal bezels and acrylic bezels.  The second generation of Rolex Daytona 16520 was introduced in 1988 and in production until 2000. The Rolex 16520 is often called “Zenith Daytona” as it was equipped with the caliber that was based on the Zenith El Primero movement.  What You Should Know about Rolex Daytona 116520 Launch of The Rolex 116520 In 2000, Rolex launched the Daytona 116520 as the third Daytona generation. It has made a remarkable update with a fully in-house Rolex calibre 4130. The reference 116520 Rolex watch has made some minor aesthetic modifications on the dial compared to Rolex 16520. It became one of the most in-demand luxury chronograph watches of all time. The waiting lists for it started to span years, and the Rolex Daytona prices on the secondary market skyrocketed.  Why Rolex Daytona 116520 Became a Popular Model Year 2000 witnessed the debut of the Rolex Daytona 116520. There are two main reasons for its overwhelming popularity. First of all, it is well known for its in-house Rolex 4130 caliber. It was big news to the Rolex fans because it marked the transition for Daytona watches from a Zenith El Primero based movement to a complete in-house Rolex movement.  Source: Rolex Official The Rolex 4130 is an incredible caliber that it was one of the lowest component count automatic chronograph calibers on the market. It has just 201 parts in total that is much less than some 3-hand automatic movements out there. Rolex Daytona 116520 is the first chronograph watch that housed the first Rolex in-house caliber. It raised many discussions between the watch lovers and further strengthened the prestige status of Rolex chronograph watches.  Besides, it started to develop part of Rolex culture – the stainless steel sports model. The steel Daytona 116520 is a more casual looking and sportier chronograph than its other family members. It made it easier and practical to wear on a daily basis. On the other hand, the steel version gave the opportunity for Rolex to set the Daytona price for customers in different ranges and allow them to get this limited edition in hand. Features of Rolex Daytona 116520 The steel Daytona 116520 has two variations, one with a black-silver dial, and the other one with a white-silver dial. As mentioned, this Rolex watch is powered by an in-house automatic chronograph movement with 44 jewels. It is a Swiss made Rolex Certified Chronometer. This powerful caliber is housed in a 40mm stainless steel case made of the highest quality Rolex steel. The bezel is also high polished steel with a sporty tachymeter scale engraved around it.  As for wearability, the Rolex Daytona 116520 comes as a compact package with 40mm wide, around 47mm lug-to-lug and 12mm thick. It is about the same thickness with a Rolex Submariner. Both watches are also equipped with a Triplock screw-down crown which is easy to operate. The Daytona also contains a depth rating of 100m or 330ft with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It has a laser-etched coronet located at 6:00 as a security measure to distinguish whether a Rolex is genuine or not. Beneath the glass, there is no date window, no GMT and no power reserve display featured on this Daytona. The dial sits with silver rings circling three subdials. The second hands are placed at 6:00, the 30 minute dial is at 3:00, and the 12 hour indicator at 9:00. Comparison: Rolex 116520 vs Rolex 116500 Rolex 116500 Around 16 years after the launch of iconic Daytona 116520, the new Daytona 116500 was introduced as its successor. Both the Rolex Daytona 116500 and the Daytona 116520 offer two variations, with either a white dial or a black dial. The design of the new Daytona 116500 and the preceding Daytona 116520 share quite a lot of common traits. Regarding the material, they’re both stainless steel models made by Rolex 904L steel. They are highly resistant to corrosion and have a fantastic sheen.  Besides, both Daytona 116520 and 116500 have a 40mm Oyster case equipped with screw-down pushers, the Rolex Triplock screw-down crown, and a fluted caseback to maintain 100m depth water resistance.  Rolex 116500 The most visible difference between the Daytona 116520 and the 116500 should be their bezel. The old steel Daytona, Rolex 116520 features a steel bezel engraved with the tachymeter scale. On the other hand, the new steel Daytona Rolex 116500 comes with a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel. The Cerachrom is said to be scratch resistant and received overwhelming responses from Rolex lovers all over the world. To date, many of Rolex’s steel sports watches, like the new versions of Rolex Submariner, Rolex GMT Master II and Yacht Master II, would feature the incredible ceramic bezel. Before the launch of 116500 however, only gold and platinum versions among the Daytona watches were available with a ceramic bezel. So when the new steel Daytona 116500 was finally introduced with the long-waited Cerachrom ceramic bezel, it was a mega hit on the market. Wrap Up Although the Daytona 116520 is no longer in production after the launch of its successor, it still remains its popularity in the secondary market.  It offers the classic and iconic Rolex Daytona image that will always be admired.

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  10. A Wrist Watch Review – Rolex Daytona Series

    A Wrist Watch Review – Rolex Daytona Series

    Rolex Daytona is one of the best and most admired mechanical chronograph wristwatches ever made. Primarily created for racing drivers and motorsports professionals, this sports chronograph from the celebrated Swiss watch brand has been considered as a holy grail by seasoned horology enthusiasts. Appropriately named after the famous Daytona Beach City in Florida in the United States, this iconic timepiece embodies the luxury brand’s extraordinary fervour for motor racing and fierce passion for speed. Known simply as “Daytona,” the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona has been renowned for its superior reliability and outstanding performance as a perfect luxury tool watch dedicated to automobile racing arena. Boasting a timeless design, this elegant yet robust chronograph graciously provides precise and efficient timekeeping functionality along with a highly legible dial and the extremely durable exterior. Introduced in 1963, the Rolex Daytona family has been evolved tremendously all the way through three generations. The first generation models feature manual wound movements, the second series with self-winding and the third series with the Rolex’s first in-house chronograph self-winding calibre. In 2013, this iconic watch collection celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 2017, a rare vintage Rolex Daytona Paul Newman (reference 6239) surpassed the existing records and became the most expensive wristwatch sold at auction.  Daytona Beach – The “World Centre of Automobile Racing” Ideally located in the east-central part of the U.S. state of Florida, Daytona Beach is a city with a rich heritage in motor sports. The hard-packed sand at the Daytona Beach enabled the motor sports legends to beat land-speed records. From 1903 to 1935, several attempts were made by racing enthusiasts to test their cars at the beach. The most prominent among the automobile pioneers was Sir Malcolm Campbell who achieved a top speed of 276 mph (445 km/h) at Daytona Beach with his Bluebird V.  This was the last record set on the beach in Daytona. Although the further land-speed attempts were relocated to a new site, the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, Daytona Beach maintained its status in automobile racing by hosting motorsports championships. Following this longstanding tradition NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Racing) was born in 1948 in Daytona. In the 1950s, the authorities decided to create a permanent, hard-surface racetrack for the speed races. Inaugurated in 1959, the Daytona International Speedway was the fastest racing circuit in the United States. It hosted “Daytona Continental” racing event in 1962, one year before the official launch of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.  From the first editions of the Daytona Continental, the winners have received a Rolex Cosmograph watch in addition to the trophy. And not long afterwards, to emphasize the Swiss watch brand’s enduring relationship with this iconic racetrack, Rolex named their chronograph model the Cosmograph Daytona. Since 1966, the Daytona International Speedway has been hosting The Rolex 24 At Daytona® (earlier known as The 24 Hours of Daytona). It is one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1992, Rolex was appointed as the Title Sponsor of the 24 Hours of Daytona and since then this racing event has been called the Rolex 24 At Daytona®. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Collection Rolex has been producing mechanical chronograph watches since the 1930s. The early generation Rolex chronographs also incorporated auxiliary functions on the dial, such as tachymeter, telemeter or pulsometer. In 1939, the premium brand introduced the first chronograph with a waterproof Oyster case. The introduction of daytona rolex chronographs in the 1960s represents a significant milestone in the illustrious history of the most admired watch brand in the world. The First Series The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was launched in 1963 as a sports tool watch dedicated to racing drivers. The Daytona models produced from 1963 until 1988 typically come under the Original (first) series. All of them had customized and modified manual wound movements based on the legendary Valjoux Calibre 72. The Cosmograph Daytona watch shows up with a highly legible three-counter layout featuring strongly contrasting tone: black on a light coloured dial or a light colour on a black dial. Made of stainless steel or 18-carat gold, these Cosmograph watches also featured a tachymeter bezel. The notable references from the Original series are 6239, 6240, 6241,6262,6263,6264 and 6265. Depending upon the reference, Daytona featured engraved metal bezel or acrylic bezel insert. The first series models were fitted with acrylic crystal glasses. Daytona 6239 / Source: Instagram The reference 6239 was the first Rolex model to have the ‘COSMOGRAPH’ inscription on the dial. The earliest rolex cosmograph daytona models did not feature the DAYTONA inscription. This reference also features the so-called pump pushbuttons for operating chronograph functions. Launched in 1965, the reference 6240 introduced screw-down chronograph pushers instead of the pump pushers found on the original model. This specific reference had enhanced water resistance in comparison with the first model. Nowadays, the Original Cosmograph Daytona series models have been highly sought after by vintage watch collectors. Among them, the variants with Exotic dials are extremely rare. These variants sell for staggering prices during vintage watch auctions. They have been known as “Paul Newman” Daytonas because the legendary American film actor and racing diver Paul Newman wore one of these timepieces.  Rolex Daytona Paul Newman / Source: Instagram On 26th October 2017, a Rolex Daytona watch formerly owned by the actor Paul Newman was sold for US$17.75 million by Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo in New York City. It was a world record in terms of price achieved by a single wristwatch during auctions. In November 2019, a unique Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime watch was auctioned for US$31.19 million at the Only Watch charity event. This unique piece surpassed the record and became the most expensive wrist wristwatch ever sold at auction. As on date, the above-said paul newman daytona remains the second most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction. In December 2020, a Rolex “Big Red” Daytona (Ref. 6263) owned by Paul Newman was sold for US $5.5 Million during RACING PULSE, Phillips’ Flagship New York Watch Auction.  The Second Series In 1988, Rolex undertook the production of second series of Cosmograph Daytona watches. The brand equipped this new series with modified self-winding Calibre 3019PHC. This high-frequency chronograph movement was originally manufactured by Swiss brand Zenith and Rolex customized it according to its specifications. The first Daytona watch to be equipped the modified Zenith El Primero movement was the reference 16520. Rolex replaced more than 50 per cent of the components of the Zenith Calibre 3019PHC with parts specifically designed for its movements. The resulting new calibre 4030 included an in-house oscillator with a variable inertia balance wheel, Microstella regulating nuts and a hairspring with a Breguet overcoil – as well as a self-winding module with a Perpetual rotor. The movement was systematically submitted for official COSC certification to receive the designation of the chronometer. All versions of the new model featured the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” on their dial as well as “Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona”. For the second series watches, Rolex increased the diameter of the Oyster case from 36 to 40 mm and included shoulders to protect the crown. The tachymeter bezel in metal was made wider and engraved with a 400-unit graduated scale. The dial was also modernized, while preserving its inimitable style and its signature “Daytona” in red letters. In addition, Rolex equipped the Secind series models with sapphire crystal glass instead of the acrylic crystal of the original series. Rolex produced a number of references in this series in limited quantities until 2000. The brand used five digit reference numbers to denote the models of the second generation Daytona watches. The Third Series Rolex Daytona 116520 In 2000, Rolex introduced the modern generation of Cosmograph Daytona watches. The Third series is comprised of Daytonas equipped with Rolex’s first in-house self-winding chronograph movement, the Calibre 4130. The watches from the third series can be identified by their six digit reference numbers. The debut model of the new generation Rolex Daytona series was the reference 116520. This stainless steel model features stainless steel bezel engraved with tachymeter scale. In 2016, the reference 116500 replaced the Rolex Daytona 116520. The new generation models feature some design enhancements on their dial side. For example, the two sub-dials at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions are now aligned slightly above the centre of the dial, and the small seconds has been relocated from the 9 o’clock to the 6 o’clock. The new-generation self-winding chronograph movement – calibre 4130 – has been entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex. This extremely reliable and high-performance movement incorporates a vertical clutch to activate the stopwatch function, instead of the traditional lateral clutch. This ensures extremely precise starting, and stopping of the chronograph seconds hand as soon as the pusher is pressed. Its larger mainspring offers the power reserve to 72 hours, instead of the previous 50 hours.  The larger balance wheel, equipped with the Rolex micrometric regulating system via Microstella nuts, ensures extraordinary precision. The new Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with the Parachrom hairspring, which offers superior shock and temperature resistances as well as exceptional antimagnetic properties. It was also the first Rolex movement to bear its name engraved on the oscillating weight: a curving “Daytona” in red letters recalling the name on the dial. Rolex Daytona 116523 G Black G/18k gold The iconic brand subsequently added new references to the third generation Daytona watches. In 2001, the new generation bicolor Rolex Daytona reference 116523 made of stainless steel and 18 carat yellow gold was introduced. Rolex launched an 18 ct EVEROSE gold version with Monobloc black CERACHROM in 2011, and in the following year, the Cosmograph Daytona Jewel variant was introduced. The innovative CERACHROM bezel of the above-mentioned rose gold Daytona watch was developed in house by Rolex. Rolex Daytona 116576 TBR In 2013, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Daytona family, Rolex released a special edition Platinum version. This anniversary edition has been equipped with a chestnut brown monobloc Cerachrom bezel and an ice blue dial. In 2014, Rolex introduced 116576 TBR, a jewellery version featuring platinum case, diamond paved dial and baguette-cut diamond set bezel. In 2016, the brand introduced reference 116500ln, the new Cosmograph daytona panda version in stainless steel case and fitted with a black Cerachrom bezel. In 2017, Rolex introduced three new Cosmograph Daytona versions in 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold. All these new versions feature monobloc Cerachrom bezel in black ceramic. In 2018, Rolex added a gem-set version of the 18 ct Everose gold Daytona watch. A gem set version of the 18 ct yellow gold Daytona watch was released in 2019. Conclusion Although a much sought-after collection, the Cosmograph Daytona watches are extremely rare to find in the market. Rolex typically follow a strict limited production strategy for this prominent family of valuable watches. So, it requires longer waiting periods to acquire one via authorized dealers. It is one of the most preferred wristwatches for investment purpose. The Original Series Daytona watches manufactured from 1963 to 1988, especially the Exotic dial variants come with astounding price tags due to their rarity and the incredible stories (And some mysteries!) associated with them. Typically, a watch with an incredible history persuades more admirers. For example, the subtle features that distinguishes an “Exotic” or “Paul Newman” variant from a conventional Daytona model are some minor differences in their dial and counters. It is to be noted that Rolex never officially used the Paul Newman designation to denote their “Exotic” dial variants. This expression has been used by the ardent admirers as Paul Newman had an “Exotic” dial version of the Daytona watch. Due to this link up with the renowned film star, the so-called “Paul Newman” variants attracts wealthy watch collectors who are ready to spend huge amounts to acquire rare and celebrated wristwatches. Interestingly, when it was launched in 1963, the Cosmograph Daytona had a retail price of US$ 300 only. Today, depending upon the rarity and vintage value, a Cosmograph Daytona watch can cost from tens of thousands of dollars to multi-million dollars. Their record-breaking achievements during the prestigious auctions certify the investment potential of Cosmograph Daytona watches. The mind-blowing transition of Cosmograph Daytona from a tool watch for racing divers to the world’s most preferred luxury steel chronograph is a major triumph in the history of Rolex. This impressive chronograph collection will always remain as an ultimate icon representing the superior watchmaking traditions.

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  11. 3 Luxury White Watches for a Sophisticated Look

    3 Luxury White Watches for a Sophisticated Look

    A white watch adds charm to the wearer’s persona and makes him look cultured and modern. A white dial coupled with a full white strap is a sight to behold. It can replace all accessories, and make you look absolutely stunning. These white watches we are introducing can give you an absolutely royal look. A white dial watch is not far behind when it comes to elegance and style. White dial paired with any other color strap looks like a classic piece of accessory. You can pair it up with your favorite suit, and also wear it to your beach vacation. Men’s white watches are the latest fashion craze. Grab yours now! 5 Best White Watches Rolex Explorer II 216570 Rolex Explorer II 216570 The Rolex Explorer series debuted long back in the 50s, taking inspiration from Everest climbers. Rolex is known as the watch giant all over the world. Its ability to produce outstanding timepieces is known to all. With the intention to assist explorers in their adventures, Rolex made the outer case of its watches with oyster steel. This material is highly durable and protects the watch against corrosion. Talking about the Rolex Explorer II, this model 216570 is a complete package of uncomplicated design and optimal performance. The watch houses some outstanding features which are uniquely beneficial for explorers and adventurers all across the world. This Explorer 216570 is housed in a 42 mm stainless steel case along with a fixed GMT bezel. This helps the wearer to differentiate between day and night. The highlight of this watch is the white dial, which looks absolutely elegant. The dial also has an orange GMT second time bezel and luminous hour markers, for enhanced legibility. Protecting the dial is the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, making it sturdy for the explorers on their innumerable expeditions. This white dial watch comes with an Oyster bracelet that uses Easylink and Oyster lock extension link. This lets the user increase the length further by 5mm. The watch also has a waterproof screw-down crown and 904L stainless steel. The calibre of this watch is 3187 manufactured by Rolex itself. It also has a power reserve of 48 hours, making it more powerful. This luxury watch from the Explorer II series is water-resistant up to 100 meters. If you are a white lover, this watch definitely deserves to be in your men’s white watches collection. You can flaunt it at any occasion and look dapper. Panerai Radiomir PAM00655 Panerai Radiomir PAM00655 In its early days, Panerai began as a very small producer of watches. Their collection was intended for underwater warfare practitioners only. The original Panerai Radiomir was a large watch, cushion-cased with a radium dial. This watch was used specifically by Italian combat swimmers during World War II. Over a period of time, Panerai has emerged as one of the most significant innovators in respect to materials science. However, the Radiomir designs are fresh as ever. They are known to have the richest history and are the signature collection of their brand.  The Radiomir PAM-00655 is a classic example of the white watches made to perfection. The watch is a unique combination of white dial and brown strap and contrast beige stitch, making it a classy timepiece. The styling of the case possesses a vintage aura coupled with a rounded and curved appearance. The dial is cushion shaped with Arabic numerals and Black Hand style. Improving the legibility of the dial are the luminous dots along with the hour markers. The watch has a calibre P.4000, with automatic mechanical movement and a power reserve of 72 hours. There are a fixed bezel and transparent see-through sapphire crystal clear back. This allows you to view the watch mechanism easily. This luxurious timepiece sports a diameter of 42mm, which makes it ideal for a man’s wrist. This watch is the best choice for a luxurious event and will surely grab all the attention. A wonderful feature in the form of second’s timer waits for the users at the 9 o’clock position. Adding durability to the watch is its water-resistance of 100m. If you want to add an extra pinch of coolness quotient and style to your persona, the Panerai white watches are a must-have. IWC Portofino Hand-Wound IW510212 IWC Jubilee Collection IW510212 Over the past 3 decades, the classically elegant Portugieser collection has won hearts with its timeless designs. This IWC watch collection dates back to as long as 1984, with 5251 being its very first timepiece. The IWC Portugieser collection leads way into a world of delight and sensual luxury just like the eponymous Italian Village. While the collection is distinct in its own way, it showcases versatility by offering watches for both men and women. When the demand for classic and elegant watches began to rise, IWC was quick to respond with the Portugieser collection. IWC has beautifully blended the picturesque coast of Portugieser with the Portugieser watches. However, this does not stop you from flaunting the watches on multiple occasions. Be it casual looks or office suite, you can rock it with the Portugieser collection. The Portugieser IW510212 has stunned the users, with its magical looking white dial and blue hands. The watch showcases elegance and simplicity in every bit. It has a small date window at the 3-hour mark and a second timer near the 6 o’clock position. It has a power reserve of whopping 192 hours, which is something delightfully unusual. The white dial of the watch is complimented by a black alligator strap which looks far beyond perfect. The watch has a diameter of 42 mm and a see-through back case. It has mechanical winding; calibre 59215 manufactured by IWC and is water resistant up to 3 bars. If you are a lover of simple yet stylish timepieces, then this IW510212 is a must have in your watch collection.  

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