Hands on with aka the “kermit” Rolex Submariner 16610Lv vs the newer aka “Hulk” Rolex Submariner 116610Lv Ceramic both these watches are great watches loved my many. The kermit was launched in 2003 and finished production in 2010 when Rolex launched the Submariner Hulk version. I remember in 2003/4 the kermit was not blowing people away looked a little odd with green bezel compared to the standard version that been same for 50 years, but in recent times become highly collectible. But personally I love nice olive green bezel compared to the ceramic bezel.
Both watches have bigger hour plots and hands as the standard Sub never did but they rolled it out to all Submariners and various other models after 2010.
Side by side both 40mm case size but the Hulk has bigger shoulders so makes the watch look and feel a bit bigger on the wrist than the Kermit.
Both watches are same in thickness on the profile picture, Rolex lovers like both models I personally prefer the older model as very old school.
but the dial and bezel is one of the big changes Hulk has ceramic bezel with green dial which changes in different shades of light. The Kermit has black gloss dial with steel bezel.
The bracelet was totally revamped the Rolex oyster bracelet on the left and the Rolex Oysterlock on the right, the right one has solid links not hollow which reduces the dreaded bracelet stretch that older models used to get with prolonged wrist action. The other advantages a lot easier to adjust the strap to go over the divers suit, also you can adjust in small increments with ease due to your wrist swelling on morning or is very loose on waking.
Finally the wrist shots overall both great watches to wear, the Kermit classic highly collectible now in today’s watch world, the Hulk is a perfect engineered and very robust modern classic than the Kermit that folk love or hate. The Hulk the last year or so become very difficult to buy in Rolex Authorized dealers worldwide as most sports are now, its like the world has gone Rolex mad even thou prices increases are still coming thick and fast!
Talking Watches with Jack Nicklaus a short video by my favorite watch site Hodinkee, always got time to watch there videos always some great pieces to see with great stories from legends! Selling your watch get in touch.
Talking watches with john Edelman, this video Stephen Pulvirent from Hodinkee is interviewing John regarding his fantastic pieces from all the Swiss watches from the best brands. A nice variety of collectible pieces. Bulavo, Rolex, Porsche design, Omega, Heuer some of the watches in the video!
Talking watches With Alton Brown courtesy of Benjamin Clymer part of the talking watching series a video interview from some of the worlds esteemed collectors great eye candy!! Tudor, Rolex, Omega content not surprised all collectors should have all three Swiss brands in their vintage collection. All unique to themselves but great pieces.
Hands on With Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Wav511A, the grand Carrera’s are the higher end of the Tag Carrera range. I had a few grand Carrera’s in the past and they can be very pricey watches indeed. This watch model WAV511A is the simpler version of grand carrera calibre 6 movement with second counter at 6 o clock. case size is 41mm, water resistant to 100m so not a dive watch, the date window at 3 o clock, the glass is anti -glare sapphire crystal to stop sun reflection when reading the time of sunny days, a overall blend of polished and brushed stainless steel.
The bracelet is stainless steel with a clasp style closer with Tag Logo, this is the updated version bracelet for the carrera range. I always prefer brushed steel watches they wear well over time and seem to pick up less marks on the bracelet.
The carrera has a nice see through caseback so you can have a peek at the movement. The watch is chronometer tested for time keeping as most Swiss watches are to be fair. The Tag is a great bit of kit always great value for money plus loads of racing heritage to boot, all most everyone has had a Tag Heuer for a first watch or owned one at some point. I moved on fast from Tag Heuer once I found the love for the Rolex brand!!
Record Breaking Rolex’s at Phillips Auction Geneva yesterday and today with Aka “The Legend” Rolex Daytona 6263 with a lemon grené dial solid 18k gold stunning watch in every way only one of three known ever made. The watch sold at auction for a staggering $3,717,906, making it the second most expensive Rolex sold at auction today lot 237/237 just goes to show no stopping the Paul Newman phenomena. The vintage watch market booming more than ever. Picture courtesy of Hodinkee!
The Daytona set the record for the most expensive Daytona ever sold hence the nick name “The Legend” they did save the best for last apparantly. The most expensive Rolex ever sold was the day before 13 May. The Rolex ref 6062 “Bao Dai” just sold for $5,060,427 really gets a lump in throat when the hammer drops at them prices.
This model is only one if its kind with black diamond dial and belonged to the last emperor of Vietnam both watches are truly a credit to Rolex watch making in the 70,s as beautiful vintage pieces you can only dream of owing. Overall The Daytona would be the watch I would pick loved them from the first time I ever saw a bi metal Daytona in the 1990’s. Rolex always been one of my favorite brands as the years gone by I grew a love for vintage timepieces might be my age as getting older!!
Talking Watches with Pras Michel a video by Hodinkee as always they have some of the best collectors in the world with all there cherished timepieces. Some of the worlds finest Patek Philippe & Audemars Piguet content love them all just not the price! Great video one of the best I watched.
Hands on with the Panerai Luminor Marina 00312 1950 3 day, this was a watch I owned one of the best all round Panerai’s in my opinion. The 312 has 1950 case size 44m which looks far nicer than the older style case. The watch houses the lovely p.9000 in-house movement with a see through caseback which is always a nice touch.
The finish works really well polished bezel with satin shoulders and sides, dial is a black matt finish with date window at 3 o clock with the infamous Panerai trademarked crown guard and has a slightly curved sapphire crystal. The lume on Panerai’s are fer-nominal they really not hard to see the time at night time its probably one of the best lumes you will get.
The 1950 case has the small button on the shoulders on the caseback side for easy strap change as Panerai have plenty of straps options for all occasions, I also thought it was so comfortable to wear everyday for a big watch. The Panerai is not the smallest watch but overall a great piece and no doubt will end up with one again or similar sometime in the future.
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!!
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.