The market for “vintage” Rolex is the largest and most sophisticated secondary watch market there is, I think it is safe to say. But collecting vintage Rolex is not for me — and this article over at (RPR) Rolex Passion Report recently reminded me why. Though I can appreciate a good quality Rolex, the very serious and big-money world of vintage Rolex collecting will always be an arm’s length interest for me.
The gent who runs RPR is one of the most savvy and knowledgeable vintage Rolex experts out there today. Spend a little time on his excellent website (I very much enjoy his blog articles) and you will start to comprehend the level of sophistication that is required to simply ascertain whether or not a particular vintage Rolex is the “real deal” or not. It’s astonishing. Own a geiger counter? It’s a must have!
This said, if collecting vintage Rolex is your thing, you would be well served educating yourself over at RPR, starting with the aforementioned article….Be Aware: High Quality Fake Vintage Rolex Dials! Happy and safe collecting!
If ever an event was worthy of a special commemorative Rolex, James Cameron’s journey to (and exploration of) the deepest place on earth, the Mariana Trench, would be it. The new Rolex Deepsea “D-Blue Dial” edition is distinguished first and foremost by its two-tone gradient dial, a Rolex first. Otherwise sharing all of the features of the first Deepsea that Rolex unveiled in 2008 (though a far cry from the ultra-robust specs of the THREE experimental Rolex Deepsea Challenge watch that went down with James Cameron (more on this new revelation below), I’ll walk you through the new Rolex Deepsea “D-Blue” in this Perpetuelle Special Report.
Rolex could be introducing what looks to be a new DeepSea model on August 4th, though exactly what is implied by the Rolex.com homepage right now is pure speculation. Speculators guess that it will be a “blue” version of the heralded Rolex DeepSea watch. That James Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D (see movie poster below) is opening on August 8th is very likely not a coincidence.
Speaking of Rolex Deepsea and James Cameron…don’t miss my earlier special reports in which I chronicled the mission to the deepest point on Earth and the Rolex that went along with him:
And of course this all-time Perpetuelle favorite: The (Original) Rolex Deep Sea Special – An Exclusive Report
by Kyle Stults on July 25, 2014
This Rolex Daytona Ref 6263, with ‘Paul Newman’ dial and wonderfully aged dial (“tropical dial” “coffee dial”), was sold by Artcurial earlier this week for 336,600 Euros (about $450,000 US at current f/x). Gorgeous watch & a perfect acquisition for a rabid Rolex collector with money to burn. More details (French & English) here.