Rolex Explorer 1016 by Hodinkee
The recent Christie’s sale was quite mindblowing – I watched a good portion of it via the live stream at Christie’s website and was rather smitten by the results.
Whilst browsing I came across a nice read on Hodinkee.com about the auction – check it out at http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/that-time-a-rolex-explorer-sold-for-182000
Rolex Killy, Killy, 4113 by RPR
And of course we can always count on globe-trotting Rolex specialist Philipp Stahl at RPR for a nice recap.. check it out at http://rolexpassionreport.com/12535/finally-vintage-rolex-is-at-the-top-of-the-market-my-geneva-may-2013-auction-report/
Must read: BaselWorld 2013 Rolex Novelties by Watch-Insider.
Must read: Rolex Brochure Nouveautes Baselworld 2013 (Parlez plus lentement, s’il vous plaît...)
While most of us where focussed on the expected Daytona news, Rolex had another surprise for us with these new Day-Dates. A few quick thoughts;
First – the return of the leather strap Day-Date! As can be seen in the vintage price lists (filed under documents), the Day-Date was once available on either bracelet or with two leather straps with one single buckle. Gold Datejusts where/are (not too sure..) available with leather straps, but these where fitted with some kind of half link attached to the case, which made for quite an unsual look. The new Day-Dates do not have the same case as their bracelet-brothers, but the overall design is much more elegant and refined than the one found on the 18k leather Datejusts.
Second – do these remind you of anyting? Stella perhaps? Seemingly Rolex was inspired by the Stella-craze of the past few years.. And rightfully so! I love the colours and matching straps.. Very funky.
Sadly I won’t be in Basel ’till next Monday but if possible, I’ll try to shoot some pics.. Crazy schedule though!
Rolex Day-Date 1803
I have posted so many Stella dials in the past two months it is almost refreshing to see a regular dial like the one posted below.. But Rolex Day-Date collecting is nothing without the Stella dial.. And this time the highly regarded Meehna Goldsmith wrote a nice article on Christie’s Longitude.. Worth your time!
Check it out at Hodinkee: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/printing-tiffany-dials-with-patek-philippe
Sure, considering the Patek angle it is slightly off-topic, but many Rolex dials have been double-signed, not in the least by Tiffay. Great read.
Rolex 1800 Tiffany Stella dial
Rolex group shot
Must read: Rolex Passion Report of Asia vintage Rolex collectors Passion Meeting in Hong Kong
Such a striking article. Great watches, great style. And quite a few familiar faces. A blast-from-the-past-must-read – that is, if you haven’t already. Not that many DD pictures, but I’ll assume for this one time only that you love vintage Rolex in general.. And in the pic above alone, you might recognize quite a few that have been featured on ddrlx.wordpress.com earlier. Enjoy!
Must see: Rolex Day-Date story by John Goldberger.
Rolex Day-Date 1803
Must read: Rolex Day-Date Referenz 1803 by friend Boris Pjanic.
Brush up your German – it’s worth the read. Awesome watch with superb provenance.