Stupid Is As Stupid Does: Comparing Watches to Art

Stupid Is As Stupid Does: Comparing Watches to Art

Last weekend we saw an example of the complete and total idiocy within watch collecting when the so-called “Bao Dai” Rolex 6062 sold for nearly $5.2 million dollars, setting a record for a Rolex watch at auction in the process. The reason for this outrageous number was because of it’s supposed rarity and provenance. Bao Dai who was the last Emperor of Vietnam, bought this watch during the Geneva Accords in 1954 not long before he abandoned his country because he realized that actually running it would interfere with his womanizing, golf, bridge, etc. As such, he took his Rolex to the south of France to frolic among other like-minded nobodies until his death in 1997.

Good for him, but for that “provenance”, someone actually paid $5 million. Of course, this did not come without criticism. Many have spoken out against the lack of common sense shown in these prices/values, citing the Bao Dai as the clearest of examples.

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Baselworld 2017: Rolex's Pleasant Surprise

Baselworld 2017: Rolex's Pleasant Surprise

Last year Rolex made a big splash at Baselworld 2016. They did this by introducing a Daytona that most resembled the legendary design of the 60s since the 1960s. And since the Daytona is Rolex's most loved model, the splash was large.

This year, no splash. In fact, most of what was introduced was a disappointment (at least from a purist's point of view): the new Sea Dweller is bigger and thicker and with a cyclops, no thanks!

The new Dayton is now available in a Gold-Rubber combo (wtf?), no thanks!

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The 6 Master Complications

The 6 Master Complications

A watch's primary function is to tell us what time it is. This is why telling the time is not considered a "complication".

But anything beyond that is.

And some complications are much more difficult to make than others. And combining more than one of these complications into one watch is absolutely spectacular, hence, it's own category: Grand Complications (minimum 3 complications to qualify).

But even doing one of these things well is a challenge, and making them all, even in individual watches make for quite the repertoire.

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