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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 […]

“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’. […]

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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