A Rolex Datejust from 1981 with a dial made from burl walnut First purchase of the year Hi All; A white gold Datejust from 1981, with a dial made from burl walnut. I have never, ever seen one of these before. Read more
Day Two at the Rolex Factory: Dial Making We were up bright and early and on the bus by 9am for our trip to the third of the firm’s Geneva factories at Chene-Bourg. Long, but slim, the factory is squeezed between the road & a railway line, and obviously... Read more
Hi All; Day One at Rolex Part VI – Raw Materials & How Rolex Smelts its Gold; Previously we went back from finished watches to parts; now we are going to go even further back; to the raw materials. Unlike any other watch company in Switzerland; Rolex smelt their... Read more
Hi All; Our first visit was to Rolex Accacia, or Rolex World Headquarters Geneva, which, as well as being the administrative hub for the firm is also where all final assembly and testing takes place. After our coats were taken, we were accompanied through the vast reception area down... Read more
On Press Day at Baselworld, Rolex have got used to us Internet guys trying to circumvent the official launch times and posting pics of watches in the windows of their stand. They have instituted a three-pronged approach. First, although the watch holders are mounted with watches and placed in... Read more
Recently Mike Margolis wrote about what Baselworld is like from the viewpoint of an exhibitor. Now, I would like to give you an idea of what it is like from the viewpoint of a working journalist and to do that I will focus on just one day; Thursday, the... Read more
Hi All, Patrick Heiniger ran Rolex for sixteen years, between 1992 and 2008; which might seem like a fleeting moment, compared to the 90 years at the helm of his two predecessors in the job, his father Andre and Hans Wilsdorf. But under his management, Rolex changed more than... Read more
January to the mechanical watch lover is akin to the opening of the season for baseball fans or the Daytona 500 for those endeared with NASCAR. This is the month of the Salon International de la Haute Horology (SIHH) where many of the top luxury watch brands release their... Read more
Produced beginning in 1963, this Daytona features a gorgeous multi-colored dial known to collectors as the “Paul Newman” dial. This example was made in 1968, and uses the Rolex caliber 722 movement, based on the Valjoux 72. The dial is in fantastic condition. Read more
For the last fifty years Rolex have pursued one policy with an almost myopic vision; that of self-sufficiency. In that period, they have purchased bought almost all of the sub-contractors who used to supply them. Genex, who made cases were one of the first to be bought, then they... Read more
Hi All; Well, in Chronometer tested movements anyway! The 2011 numbers are really interesting. Rolex: 751,285 (23% improvement on 2010) Omega: 509,301 (49% improvement on 2010) Breitling: 154,456 (26% improvement on 2010) I am amazed at how much Omega has improved on their numbers. – James Read more
Hi All; I have been working on the Fourth edition of our book for the last few months, but the deadline is getting REALLY close (it has to be with the publishers by the end of this month), so I have had to concentrate on it to the exclusion... Read more
For over fifty years, it has been the accepted knowledge that the history of the diving watch is intimately coupled to the history of recreational diving. Both Rolex & Blancpain (who equally claim to have invented the diver’s watch) use the introduction of the SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing... Read more
Surprising: Rolex Sky Dweller The first, and surely the biggest surprise is that Rolex have made an Annual Calendar watch. I can’t even begin to list the number of times I have heard Rolex folk tell me that they had no interest in this market; that they knew what... Read more
Today I saw two more women wearing Daytonas in Everose, one with the new ceramic bezel and one conventional one. And it suddenly occurred to me that I haven’t actually seen one of these on the wrist of a man, but on probably 20 or more women’s’ wrists. Anyone... Read more