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.
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 title says Rolex Daytona Cosmograph 116500LN White Panda dial probably the watch of 2016 from Rolex very much loved and anticipated by every collector worldwide. The frenzy started after the basel show 2016 where Rolex showed the piece off since then the waiting list become impossible to get on everywhere in the world with the original RRp of £8250 pre price increase. To add to that never you will never see one in a Rolex Authorized dealer anywhere.
The watch is very similar to the older pre ceramic version which had stainless steel bezel with white dial and silver sub dials, the Rolex 500 (short for this model) has Cerachrom bezel in ceramic is the biggest change that is deeply loved and having a white dial with black subdials is a true Panda dial. Panda dial these days in any watch brand everyone wants!!!
The bezel I totally get after having the older model it is very easy the scratch, the ceramic bezel a lot tougher to mark when you are very OCD about your watches as most collectors are. The Rolex Cosmograph was loved by various stars Paul Newman was a great fan and true ambassador to the cosmograph brand dating back to the 1970’s which probably gave the watch its collector status today. Paul Newman Daytonas are fetching over £100k these days not bad for a £300 £400 watch in the 70’s. But to be honest vintage market gone through the roof last few years anything matt dial of gilt is the way forward.
To be honest I really loved the watch but at the cost of well over RRp I was very underwhelmed with the watch to be honest once I got one, this may be down to all the hype and build up to getting the watch and wanting one so bad!! But as waiting lists are totally non existent on this model for the next 15 years you after pay the premium to own one unfortunately as being Daytona fan had to try one. The pictures do speak volumes.
Tudor Inside The Archives Talking Watches with Hodinkee a nice video, Vintage Tudor has become like vintage Rolex very very desirable in every way. In the past Tudor was the cheaper Rolex, Branded Tudor with Rolex movement, crown, case back, etc… They even did the Submariner range that was identical but says “Tudor” on the dial. Some of the best Tudor’s watches in my opinion highly sort after and collectable the Monte Carlo range very like the Daytona in every way. Every collector should have a Tudor Monte Carlo hopefully one day I will own one. Enjoy the video!
I thought i would blog about a few of types of bracelets Rolex use mainly oyster and jubilee, sports Rolex’s are oyster full separate links and jubilee on dress watches which are more smaller loose links but they did mix and match from time to time. There all optional if you really wanted. First is the stainless steel oyster in the picture comes fully brushed effect on Rolex Submariners up to around 2008 with not many changes over 50 years just slight modifications.
Second is Jubilee Bracelet in stainless steel comes on a lot of datejust’s but this as a concealed clasp version brushed on the edge polished silver in the middle, much nicer rather than the standard type clasp.
Third is a Rolex Oyster 18K rose gold and stainless steel, this one comes on 2009 datejust’s very nice thick not flimsy at, all brushed on the edge polished in the middle.