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Phillips Geneva Auction – 6062 Bao Dai & Gold Oyster Newman 6263

ANNOUNCING our Spring 2017 Sale – Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE (#GWA5) – to offer The BAO DAI. Taking place on 13 and 14 May at Hotel La Reserve, we are delighted to announce ROLEX highlights that are perhaps the most important selection of iconic Rolex watches presented at auction in recent years. The top lot of the […]

Rolex Basel 2017 New Models

Rolex has just announced their 2017 models at the BaselWorld Watch Show.… As I showed you already weeks ago and nobody believed me, Rolex did just announce it’s 50th anniversary  (1967-2017) the Sea Dweller. Here it is, the 43 mm new Single Red Rolex Sea Dweller for 50 anniversary with cyclops!… Find -> all info at […]

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The Rolex News for Basel World 2017

What did I tell you 😉 Here it is, the 43 mm new Single Red Rolex Sea Dweller for 50 anniversary with cyclops!.. It’s called the Ref 126600 and priced at CHF 10.800,= ($10.800) ask your dealer to reserve one for you!…   In my humble opinion, the following new models will be the 2017 Rolex News […]

Tudor Basel News 2017 – Black Bay Chrono

Tudor opened the Basel World Show tonight in their cool heritage created bar and presented the lobby boys their new model. The Black Bay Chrono is having a “Fully integrated, in house, column wheel chronograph for under $5.000,=”  This Tudor Black Bay Chrono (ref. 79350) is priced at SFr4500, or about US$4520. Here are some impressions from […]

The Geneva Car Show 2017 – New Ford GT

This time it was not Rolex but Ford that was the reason why we went to Geneva. Like fitting for your bespoke suit, the Ford Concierge Team made it possible for me to experience the new GT. I first ran into the Heritage Ford GT from 1966, who won Le Mans, that was also on […]

Rolex 6205 Submariner with patina at its Best!

I like to show you today a rare all original Rolex Submariner Ref 6205. Up here you see exactly how I got it. It’s not only rare by how little have survived but also to see it with such a stunning patina! One of the earliest, and kind of experimental, Submariners that Rolex made. It’s the […]

Parma Watch Show February 2017

@ Big Crown Ref 6200 Submariner that changed dial color…It was that time of the year again to travel to Italia for the Mercante in Fiera Parma where the italian watch dealers are showcasing their vintage watches. As always the main focus for collectable watches are Rolex, therefor you will see plenty of rare vintage […]

The commercial abuse of the vintage Rolex term “Tropical”

The definition of “Tropical” has been abused too often by privates and dealers in the market. Naming a damaged dial an original tropical is not ok and I posted that on VRF recently. The tropical effect rarely occurs when a old Rolex dial has been preserved undamaged and worn carefully back in the days in heavy […]

What Rolex could adjust for their new 2017 Basel World collection!

Lets make Rolex GREAT again! 😉 Honestly, Rolex has not been very grateful to us normal people for introducing some entry level watches in the last decade. Instead Rolex focused to much on their expensive new gold and diamond models only the top of the iceberg can buy. With the worldwide declining interest from mainly Asia, the FHS reports […]

The magical “Red Trio”, ultimate trilogy of the rarest Rolex dive watches

Here’s the ultimate trilogy of the rarest @Rolex dive watches. After many years of hunting around the world, finally all came together in my handpalm. I’m extremely happy and thankful I fulfilled this dream of mine. Nothing better then reaching your goals successfully and share them with others!!… After I have handled so many exceptional […]

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The Evolution of the Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona

The 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 […]

Prototype Single Red Rolex Sea Dweller of Ian Koblick – Tektite 1969

Today I like to introduce to you the “Prototype Single Red Sea Dweller Non Valve” from aquanaut Ian Koblick. This super important ref 1665 was given by Rolex T Walker Loyd to Ian Koblick for the “Tektite I” project. In 1967, at the beginning of the Sea Dweller evolution, Rolex already thought they made a super […]

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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, […]

“Rolex Milestone” Hong Kong Phillips Auction

The “Milestones Rolex” auction has just finished in Hong Kong and all over the results where strong for the 38 lots but certainly not all lots achieved a great result compared to their (high) estimates. I’ll add the final results to the estimated below so you can see what the populair lots achieved. Personally I thought […]

My Geneva Watch Auction Report – November 2016

The “Freak Show” is over! We vintage watch lovers finally get international recognition after the steel Patek Philippe Ref 1518 sold for 11 million swiss franc! For years people thought that we (the hardcore group of international collectors & dealers) where crazy spending serious money on steel vintage watches while everyone was buying new complicated gold timepieces as an ‘investment’. […]

Checklist to analyze your vintage Rolex condition

CHECKLIST to analyze your vintage Rolex condition. Before even considering zooming in on details, your first look should always be if the patina is matching all over! If a certain part of the watch, e.g. the case, shows clear traces of wear and tear, this should match with the condition of the watch in other places such as […]

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 […]

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