It’s been a while; take of 2 Rolex’s (or 3)

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted something. Not because of a lack of ideas, but more because of wanting to find the absolute most efficient way to post something at the moment the idea comes to mind.

And as a first-new-post-in-a-while, is like to briefly talk about 2 Rolex watches (and possibly a 3rd).

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The Bao Dai or Mr. Chow Rolex 6062?

The Bao Dai or Mr. Chow Rolex 6062?

I spent much of last week and the weekend taking deep breathes. The reason for this was the latest Phillips Geneva Watch Auction where the extremely famous “Bao Dai” Rolex 6062 was going to be auctioned off. Among “Rolex Collectors”, this was apparently the best of the best. Some very prominent Rolex collectors have even been quoted as saying if there was just one Rolex they could own, this would be the one. So, the obvious question is what’s the big deal about *this* Rolex?

The reference as mentioned is a 6062. It's the last moon phase Rolex ever made until this year when they introduced a new moon phase movement as part of their Cellini collection. But, this particular 6062 is one-of-a-kind. It's the only one in 18k yellow gold that has a black dial and diamond indices. Thus, making it as rare is it gets, which is one of the 3 main rules of collecting vintage watches. Apparently, there are no records of a second watch just like this one. There are other 6062’s, some in stainless steel, other gold ones too, but only one with a black dial *and* diamond indices.

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Tudor Submariner 7923 And The Moron About To Pay $350K

Tudor Submariner 7923 And The Moron About To Pay $350K

This past March there was an auction for an old Tudor Submariner. This watch is unique because it is the only reference Submariner made by either Rolex or Tudor that has a manual wound movement. The other thing that is interesting about this particular example is that it really does appear to be completely original and untouched, but also in really amazing condition. As you will see in the photos, it definitely looks old and has signs of aging, but the case is still really crisp and its original finish is mostly there, even the bezel insert wasn’t changed and the lume is still untouched.

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Meaning of Rolex 'underline' revealed

Meaning of Rolex 'underline' revealed

When it comes to the watch collecting world, specifically the Rolex watch collecting world, the fabled 'underline' has been a mystery.  

A Submariner or Daytona or Explorer with an underline on its dial is worth easily 1000% more than a non-underline version. 

There is absolutely no difference between the watches other than the tiny bit of faded paint, but its value is, as mentioned, very different.  

Turns out it was all an elaborate April Fools' Joke by some Rolex collector! - let's call him Bubba to protect his identity. 

It was easy for Bubba to make 'underline' Rolex dials since no one expects them to be pristine and they can't be authenticated by Rolex. So a faded underline would do.  

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Happy New Year! And Materialism As We Enter 2017

Happy New Year! And Materialism As We Enter 2017

Every year we have our "new year's resolutions", but given the holiday season has just ended, which is always filled with the standard commercialism and retail therapy, I thought it might be worthwhile to give my perspective on the subject. Specifically when we refer to a certain type of spending as "materialism" - this ties in nicely with the watch world, since 2016 was officially the worst year on record since the early 80's!

First, what is materialism?

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Would Steve McQueen or Paul Newman pay the HDT?

Would Steve McQueen or Paul Newman pay the HDT?

While we're on the subject of horological douchebags, and the plethora of ways they let themselves known, it does seem that money is at the root (for the most part anyway), of what makes them tick.

Lets take the silliness in the vintage Rolex market, even the vintage Patek Philippe market for that matter, which seems like it has come out of nowhere in the past decade or so. Look closely and you'll see it has absolutely nothing to do with independent thought.

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It's not the "Details", it's the Money

It's not the "Details", it's the Money

You're absolutely right!: something, like a watch, especially one that visually is liked by so many people like the ref.6263 Rolex Daytona (my all-time favorite Rolex by far), and that is decently made, can be and should be worth more if it appears in a livery that makes it rare. I.E. one of a kind or even one of only four, etc.

That these more rare versions of watches are worth more than the standard versions is not the issue I have. It's the money.

Because it is in no way possible, that the Albino Daytona is a better watch, or has more quality than a standard 6263.

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Most Overrated: Rolex 1530

Most Overrated: Rolex 1530

And let's start with a new series: the most overrated watches (and why). 

For the first installment, the Rolex 1530.  

To be sure, the Rolex 1530 is a hugely overrated watch, but why?

The main reason is without a doubt it's current market value, which at the moment hovers close to $12,000.  

This is a watch that has the exact same 1500 series movements found in all the DateJusts of the same era, the same size as a DateJust, looks a lot like an OysterQuartz (not good), and for all intents and purposes is a flawed unoriginal design. 

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