Hands on With The Rolex Submariner 14060M Cosc 4 Liner, this model now a discontinued piece from 2012, a future collector piece in my opinion was in theory face lift version of the original 14060 which was in-production for 20 years.
The 4 liner its named by collectors as the old version was not a Cosc certified watch and only 2 lines of text on the dial not 4, and this one was Cosc rated with 4 lines of text. A Cosc rated watch stands for short Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres was a company formed in 1973 to certify accuracy of watch movements for Swiss watch brands i.e. Rolex, Patek, breitling, They basically certify watches to meet criteria’s on time keeping per day. One of the criteria the watch needed was to maintain time accuracy to within plus 6 seconds and minus 4 seconds in a set time period also in different conditions and position etc…
The 4 liner was still a classic divers piece same as the old Rolex Submariner 14060 in most ways, water resistant to 300m, they did add the rehaut Rolex Rolex Rolex engraving round the inner bezel ring as you can see in the picture above also added 4 line text on the dial. The old one just had 2 line text Submariner and water rating.
The watch size is still 40mm and is the true classic to the original James Bond watch Rolex 5513 which we all know and love. The 4 liner just like the old version but no date function which a lot of folk like. I personally always like the date and cyclops as I feel its the one of Rolex’s iconic feature and noticed. Sadly I let this one go a while back which will more than likely regret later on and since then they moved on in price to buy one!
Hands On With The Rolex Datejust II 116334 stainless steel with white gold bezel continuing the Datejust theme thought it would be a good piece to post about. This model has also just been discontinued by Rolex following Basel 2017.
This model was never a hit with Rolex hence why they said goodbye I did like this model but felt the proportions was all wrong big watch big bezel little small crown. Size was 41mm with a white gold bezel on a oyster bracelet with a option of a jubilee bracelet at point of sale. But wore big with a diddy little crown Submariner are 40mm but have big crown and looked correct.
The dial looked well thou stunning blue with baton hour markers and date window at 3 o clock, I did try one out but never bonded with the watch. Rolex must have listen to folk and more than likely sales of the actual piece, they was not a best seller also very expensive at last Rrp was around £6850 ouch!! They have just launched a 41mm Datejust with white gold bezel so that is to fill the gap for saying fare well to the Datejust II. So do not be running out to buy one thinking it will be a future collectors piece as I doubt it will. It seems the latest crazy when a watch they finish production of.
As the title says a link to a article of Roger Federer wearing the new Basel 2017 Sky dweller 3 days after the launch at Basel in March. This watch in my opinion is going to be the one to have. The new Sky dweller comes in the 3 colours of the dial white, black and beautiful blue which reminds me of the Patek Philippe 5711 with blue dial.
This model comes in stainless steel with a white gold bezel on oyster bracelet, Rolex in-house annual calendar date movement with GMT function which is Rolex’s most complicated movement to press. The annual calendar date means you set the date once a year and if the watch is worn or placed on a watch winder it will keep the correct date and time for a whole year.
There is another type of calendar date on the market that Rolex not mastered yet, it is the perpetual calendar date which will keep the correct date even on a leap year up to about 100 years! Patek Philippe have plenty of these in their wide range of watches.
The Sky dweller was only made in precious metals when originally launched about 4 years ago 18Ct Rose gold, White gold, and Yellow gold up and till late last month which I thought was a great move by Rolex. I always wanted a sky dweller but ranging from £27,000 to £38,000 was never made financial sense and a lot of money to own one piece. Now the same watch will be in the shops in stainless steel with white gold bezel, annual calendar date GMT function, 42mm size case stunner all for £10,600 wow got say will be the one to have in 2017.
I will be looking forward to hopefully getting a blue dial Sky Dweller as now the watch could be worn as an every day piece. The precious metals models not great for every day use as gold knocks really easy. Overall for £10k will be a Rolex show stopper that is if I actual get the call from my local AD as I can only assume the list is climbing especially as there have took the blue and black dial off the Rolex website now 3 days after Basel.
There is a link below to Roger Ferderer wearing his all thou he is a sponsor of Rolex and he does like sky dwellers !!
Here is a short video on the 5 Hublot watches at Basel 2017 that took a little bit of the lime light in design. They never disappoint in outrageous style and class more than likely very very expensive!!
As the title says the best of Basel 2017 a video by Hodinkee of the Omega Boutique at Basel. As this year is 60th anniversary of the Omega so they decided to bring some special pieces that will launch later on in the year. 3557 individual pieces of Railmaster CK2914, Speedmaster CK2915, Seamaster CK2913 and 557 of the trilogy set which consists of all 3 watches for the true Omega collectors. The cost of the set is $21000 and the indivdiuals watches range from $6900 for the railmaster.
All great pieces which are great re-makes of the original classics which Omega tried to make them as close to the originals but with a modern twist. I doubt they will not be a hit when they hit the Omega boutiques. I am considering buying one of the watch watches myself the Speedmaster is the one for me.
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He is a video presented by Hodinkee The Story behind the New York Sidewalk Clock!
Hands on with the Rolex Oyster perpetual Datejust 116034 this piece was mine for a while then I gave to my misses till she got bored of the watch as she often does. The datejust comes with a 18k white gold fluted bezel with a diamond hour markers and roman numerals on a silver dial. This model as I mentioned before comes in so many sizes, models, gold, steel, platinum, bi-metal white gold…… this one is 36mm in stainless steel on a oyster bracelet without the date function and also without infamous Rolex trademark cyclops.
I always seem to look at the watch when needed the date never the phone so always like the date function, but a lot folk like the clean simple look without the date. The watch makes a great unisex piece you and your partner can wear but I feel it is more of a piece for the modern women of today. Great everyday wearer durable, strong waterproof stylish for all occasions work, play, dining, Stainless steel Rolex’s blend well for types of dress code and will keep getting better and better.
As the the title says a great video by Hodinkee inside the archives of Cartier. They seem to do really well getting through the doors of some of the biggest Swiss watchmakers and digging out some of their historic mighty fine pieces. Enjoy the small video!
Hands on With Rolex Datejust 116200 Stainless steel with smooth bezel, I thought there has not been a lot of blogs regarding Rolex’s best selling model instead sports usually takes the limelight. The Datejust goes back a long way too and has so many variants so my next few series of blogs will be Datejusts models only more the newer versions I had in the past.
This one is kinda the base model Datejust 36mm in size with a stunning blue dial and baton hour markers on a Jubilee bracelet, there is option of oyster or jubilee bracelet at point of sale. The jubilee is slightly more in price but is very clean classy look with a concealed clasp and the Rolex logo showing. They started producing this datejust model around 2005/2006 with the rehaut Rolex Rolex Rolex around the inner bezel ring as extra security measure by Rolex they newly introduced.
As Rolex had to keep ahead of the fakers as the fakes are getting better and better. This particular datejust is simple but nice clean look with a date wheel with red and black alternate numbers like a roulette wheel which works well. A nice mix of polished and satin finish great for everyday smart watch for work or play. Looks great with a suit on but to be fair all Rolex’s look well with a suit on for all types of occasions but has partly been a part of their success.
Women are increasing more finding the 36mm Datejust model are more suitable than the 26mm smaller models bigger watches easier to see the time and a lot more watch presence on the wrist!!