Category Archives: Vintage Rolex

History of the Rolex Oyster

Contrary to what many people may think, the Rolex Oyster is not a brand line. The term Oyster refers to a waterproof feature that put Rolex ahead of the pack in the luxury watch business. If there is a single feature that gave Rolex absolute advantage over its competitors, it must be the unveiling of the waterproof Oyster model. Much as it may not seem to be a big deal today, in the 1920’s a waterproof watch was a big dream. However in 1926, Hans Wilsdorf, a marketing genius and co-founder of the Rolex SA company broke the code and Read More →

The History and Popularity of Rolex Models

There are very few people in the Western world who aren’t familiar with the brand Rolex. The exclusive high-end watch maker is well-known for their fashionable and expensive timepieces. The Rolex brand was created in 1905 and is now the largest luxury watch brand in the world, producing more than 2,000 watches every day and enjoying annual revenues in the billions of dollars. The company was founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred David in London, with the intention of utilizing the best Swiss techniques and combining them with a unique style that would eventually become world famous. There are a Read More →

How Often Should I Have a Vintage Watch Service?

A common question asked by those who have had a vintage watch passed on to them, or have spent a pretty penny buying one, is: how often should I have a vintage watch service? There’s a stigma about old mechanical items—be it a vintage Omega or a classic car—that says they will break down more often than a new item. While this may sometimes be true, it’s also important to keep in mind a vintage Rolex or vintage Patek Philippe are incredibly well made, by people who cared about their jobs and the products they were crafting by hand. There Read More →

How to Invest in Watches

For a savvy buyer, pre owned watches can be a lucrative investment. Be aware that while few well-made watches will lose value, to actually make money from a watch auction requires a knowledge of those gems that will appreciate in value. A pre owned Rolex will always carry a cache with collectors, and along with vintage Patek Philippe watches, Bregeut, Audemars Piguet, Omega, and Cartier, comprises a vintage watch market valued at over 5 billion euro globally. The internet has made finding some of the rarer watches at low prices more difficult, but by no means impossible. The three prime Read More →

Timepiece Thursday: Breitling Watchmaker Sponsors “Jetman”

In our special edition of Timepiece Thursday, this week will be about how Breitling has sponsored a new project that tests the tenacity and commitment of one man to beat the odds. His name is Yves Rossy, more popularly known as “Jetman”. The reason for this nickname is a story all its own, and that is where we are going this week. In early May, 2012, he took to the skies over Rio De Janeiro by falling out of a helicopter with a set of wings and four, that’s right, four turbine engines. These miniature jet engines packed a punch Read More →

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