by Kyle Stults on June 25, 2014
This Rolex Ref 6034, a “pre-Daytona” chronograph in pink gold, was once owned by legendary musician — and watch collector — Eric Clapton. And it will hit the auction block just 3 days from now, in Auctionata’s “Patek Philippe and Rolex Only” online sale. I wrote a short review of this Rolex 6034 watch for Bob’s Watches, you can read it here>>>
by Kyle Stults on June 16, 2014
“Syloxi” is a Rolex trademark, derived from the materials from which it is made — silicon and silicon oxide composite. In this article, I will explore Syloxi in the context of the first component Rolex has elected to make with it — the hairspring. After many years under development, the Rolex Syloxi hairspring was introduced in March 2014 as “the optimal silicon hairspring”, according to Rolex. Rolex is of course not the first to introduce a silicon hairspring. The technology is available to certain Swiss manufacturers/groups: Ulysse Nardin (the first to introduce a silicon hairspring), Patek Philippe, the Swatch Group (Breguet, Omega et al.), though it remains still somewhat of a niche technology.
Though not the first, Rolex brings its first silicon (or ‘silicium’ as it is also called) component to market with its own set of innovations, with full in-house production capability, and in the peculiar manner (as is oft the external perception, at least) that Rolex often takes to introducing new products. Yes, chances are you have not even have heard of Syloxi until now. The Syloxi hairspring debuted at Baselworld 2014 — as part of the new Rolex Caliber 2236, a new generation of movement’s for women’s watches. That’s right — Rolex quietly introduced one of its most important technical innovations in years as part of a woman’s watch. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! And after all, what’s Rolex to do with all those Parachrom hairpsrings which currently reside in Rolex men’s watches?
Follow along as I explore in-depth the new Rolex Syloxi hairspring technology.
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by Kyle Stults on April 11, 2014
Highlighting Antiquorum’s auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” this past Wednesday, April 9th in New York was a Rolex Ref. 6263 Paul Newman in Steel [lot 289] with its iconic “panda” dial. The rare chronograph inspired a passionate (perhaps aggressive is a better word) bidding war between eight phone bidders and a room bidder, finally selling to the room bidder for a staggering $231,750. For a bit of perspective, this “Original owner” Rolex went for $30,000 MORE than a Patek Philippe Ref 5102 “Celestial” which also sold in the auction. No doubt, the Rolex market is insane right now. And an original owner 6263 in condition such as this one is easily seen as a must have for a serious Rolex collector.
ROLEX, REF. 6263, STEEL CASE, “PAUL NEWMAN” PANDA DIAL
Made in 1970, sold March 6th, 1972. Original Owner Sale.
Original hands, overall exceptional condition. Accompanied by the original fitted box, original guarantee (now void), copy of service invoice dated August 27, 2008, instruction manual, and a booklet.
37mm steel case with screw down pushers, with Valjoux 727 caliber inside
“We are delighted by the outstanding result for the Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Ref. 6263 in our April auction,” said Saori Omura, Watch Director, Antiquorum USA. “As confirmed by today’s results, rare timepieces offered from the property of its original owner continue to be highly sought-after by savvy collectors across the globe.”
Official lot notes on the Rolex Ref 6263 Paul Newman can be seen here>>>
And for a good overview of the iconic Rolex “Paul Newman” family, check out this good References Points video by Hodinkee:
Did you know that Rolex only has two watch “collections”? That’s right — Oyster and Cellini. Because the watches in the Rolex Oyster collection are so vast and diverse, most people don’t really think of them all as being part of just one collection. But what most people think of when they hear the name ‘Rolex’ are the watches of the Oyster collection. The Cellini is Rolex’s “other” and much less-known collection. I rarely give Cellini’s any attention. But this year the new Cellini models, in particular their guilloche dials (except on the time-only model) – caught my eye. Very elegant, and nicely sized at 39mm. Have a look.