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The “Rolex Milestone” HK Phillips Auction

Rolex Milestones; 38 timepieces that made history 28 November 2016 Above the Oman Sea Dweller Ref 1665 sold and signed in the case back by Aprey’s from London. Hong Kong chef watches at Phillips Sam Hines is auctioning soon the Rolex Milestone. Curated by none less then John Goldberger. A total of 38 exceptional rare vintage Rolex […]

The Importance of the Vintage Rolex dial

The importance of the vintage Rolex dial in watch collecting. Modern watch collecting has become all about the condition of the dial. Some watch specialist say that about 80-90% of the value is in the dial nowadays. For outsiders this sounds silly or totally unlogic because a watch is made of lots of spare parts […]

Trusted vintage Rolex for sale!

The many emails I get with questions where to buy a honest vintage Rolex made me start RPM years ago. “Initiator Philipp Stahl and a team of selected international watch dealers acknowledged the growing need for a trusted vintage Rolex marketplace and founded Rolex Passion Market.” The highly respectable watch dealers are passioned specialist in offering you their finest […]

Christies Geneva Nov 2016 Watch Sale

On Monday November 14th the Geneva important watch sale of Christies will be held at the Hotel Des Bergues. The team of Christie’s did a great job finding some serious rare and nice examples for their sale. Besides the normal offers, Christie’s is honoring the Patek Philippe Nautilus for it’s 40th anniversary with a special […]

The Ghost Oyster Paul Newman Daytona

Many vintage Rolex watches have become legendary and next to James Bond Submariner it is certainly the Paul Newman version on a Rolex Daytona that has become hugely populair nowadays. Over the years lots of controversie has been around the Paul Newman dials. Even lawsuits from popular guys like musician John Mayer trying to sue a watch […]


October 2016 Parma Watch Show

After attending the Parma Watch Show for so many times already, I never get tired flying down to Italy to see my buddies. We are getting older there where the watches are getting younger. It’s become almost impossible to find something really really rare. Or let me put it differently, the market has become so mayor […]


Vintage Rolex Highlights from the Phillips Watch Auction IV

UPDATE: The Phillips E Catalogue is online now: Check it out over here… Find below some more brilliant examples from the sale!   Phillips Auctioneers have announced some highlights for their upcoming “Watch Auction 4” in Geneva 12 & 13 November 2016. The stunning rare and important, one of 4 known, stainless steel Ref 1518 […]


The Vintage Rolex Buyer’s Guide by Philipp Stahl

You want to learn to buy vintage Rolex safely? Start studying my complete Vintage Rolex Buyer’s Guide! I noticed yet again that even seasoned collectors still ask me on a regular basis the obvious advise about originality of vintage Rolex. In a constantly developing market, where fine and honest quality has gone mad during the auctions price-wise, […]


The Evolution of Rolex Luminous.

UPDATED A lot has already been written about the impact of the luminous used in wristwatches. In specific the turn from using radium to tritium has been discussed in length on vintage Rolex Forums. Today I don’t want to debate the dangers of early radium nor the legal impact radiation had for the swiss watch companies. I […]


Rolex Exhibition at their new Flagship Store in Singapore

Located in Marina Square, a mall sited near the business district, the new Rolex store is one of the largest single-brand watch stores in South East Asia. By comparison, the recently opened Patek Philippe boutique in Singapore is half as large, and it’s the brand’s largest in the region. Naturally the store is outfitted in typical Rolex fashion, a conservative […]


The Vintage Rolex GTG Saturday August 20th 2016 Carmel US

  My dear friend Eric Ku of Vintage Rolex Forum and Josh Bonifas from Fourtane Jeweler in Carmel are announcing their yearly vintage Rolex GTG. Everybody is welcome during the car weekend to join them at Josh’s lovely shop, novice and senior collectors. For your information Fourtane Jewellers is one of the only official Rolex […]


What is your vintage Rolex worth now?

What is the price of your vintage Rolex in current market?  One of the most asked question I get every day is, what is my vintage Rolex worth or what is the price of my watch? As this issue has been discussed in depth on every specialist Rolex forum since many years, I’m not trying with […]


The iconic Rolex Ref 6200 with Submariner that found me…

UPDATE July 2016: After carefully cleaning the dial surface with some distilled water, the radium dust that has been ‘working’ all the time left it’s mark. The surface became a bit dry so I gently oiled the surface with some natural non color containing oil. Witness the stunning result below. A nice and warm tropical […]


The Geneva Watch Auction Report – May 2016

My May 2016 Geneva Watch Report Last weekend the important watch auctions in Geneva happened again. The 4 auction houses sold together for CHF 60 million which can be divided by market leader Phillips in 2 Sales of each 16 million, Christies 18.4 million, Antiquorum 5.7 million and what happened to Sotheby’s?!? only 4 million! […]


Rolex Military Issued Collectors Meeting

Last weekend I was up to London for a great meeting of “Issued vintage Rolex” organized by Mike Wood and Jed McCormack, with the help from Paul Maudsley working at Phillips Watches as international specialist. Great GTG at wonderful locations downtown London where many great vintage Rolex collectors came from around the world to meet up together. Many […]

Why doesn’t Rolex still NOT have a Museum ??

“Look in all the dictionaries, there is no word for what we do. It’s not ‘tradition’, though our craft is timeless. ‘Limitless’ is too limiting. ‘Enduring’ is not enduring enough. ‘Innovation’ can only begin to describe it. We sculpt, paint and explore. But explorers, sculptors and painters we are not. This is the only thing […]

The Start Stop Reset Phillips Geneva Auction

UPDATE II See the results and my Geneva Report over here –> UPDATE with live pictures Ref 4113 Split Seconde… a million plus vintage Rolex for sure.. Tropical track Oyster Paul Newman..  Salmon – pink Ref 3330 big size chronograph.. Tropical RCO, will it fetch 1.5million??.. Black star dial ref 6062, another million + vintage […]

Christies May 2016 Watch Auction Preview

UPDATE: See my Geneva Watch Auction Report with live impressions and results over here –> Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections with many vintage Sport Rolex for sale. Each category is present, Oyster Paul Newman, Pump Paul Newman in steel and in gold as John Player Special, many Comex Submariner, Military ref 5513, Milgauss […]

Evolution of the Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona

Evolution of the Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona From an important italian collector, the earliest known Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Ref 6240 from beginning 1964… The Rolex Oyster Daytona waterproof case was a very important innovation made by the genevan watchmaker to boost the sales of their chronograph. The dial maker Singer has played an important role in the […]

All the Rolex 2016 BaselWorld News

Spot on where my predictions of the 2016 Rolex Basel news! Finally the steel Daytona’s are official. My original post on Instagram of 25 January, some 2 months prior the Basel news, I already show you the new Daytona’s. HQ in Geneva must have been surprised to see that news leaked. FYI, i’m not working for Rolex nor […]

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