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Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • History of the Rolex Explorer

    November 30, 2012
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    History of the Rolex Explorer

    One of the less well known but more interesting Rolex sports watches is the classic Explorer. When Mount Everest was first conquered by man on May 29, 1953, Rolex was there.

  • Head to Head: The Rolex Submariner v. The Rolex Sea-Dweller

    November 29, 2012
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    Head to Head: The Rolex Submariner v. The Rolex Sea-Dweller

    In the First Part of this evaluation, we compared the head (case), depth ratings, and helium escape valve features of these two titans of the dive watch industry. Now it’s time to get down and dirty with:

  • Head to Head: The Rolex Submariner v. The Rolex Sea-Dweller

    November 28, 2012
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    Head to Head: The Rolex Submariner v. The Rolex Sea-Dweller

    In a mythical boxing ring, in a watch blog somewhere far, far away…

  • Grail Watches

    November 27, 2012
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    Grail Watches

    What, you don’t have a Grail Watch? Never heard the term before? Keep reading and all will soon be revealed… Okay, what do I mean by a Grail Watch?

  • Going Strapped, Rolex Style

    November 26, 2012
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    Going Strapped, Rolex Style

    I’m going to let you in on a little secret that can really increase your enjoyment of that favorite watch: try it on a strap. This is common knowledge among serious watch aficionados, or WIS’s—WIS is internet slang for Watch Idiot Savant, or a watch geek who knows a great deal (probably too much) esoteric minutiae about watches.

  • Gilt Dial Rolexes

    November 24, 2012
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    Gilt Dial Rolexes

    I was recently asked a question on my favorite Rolex forum—http://www.timekeeperforum.com/forum.php—about gilt dials. Namely, what the heck are they? Vintage collectors sometimes forget everybody doesn’t know this stuff, so I thought it might be a good time to give the readership a thumbnail description of the so-called gilt dial.

  • Gifting a Rolex?

    November 23, 2012
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    Gifting a Rolex?

    They say Frank Sinatra was a very generous guy with his friends, family and entourage who would sometimes announce an impromptu gift-giving binge with the words, “I’m gifting today fellas!”

  • Gifting a Rolex?

    November 22, 2012
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    Gifting a Rolex?

    In the first part of this two-part series on Holiday buying, I discussed the pros and cons of buying new versus pre-owned and whether or not you needed the “box and papers” that we watch buff collectors love to dote on. Now we’ll move on to the forbidding territory—for a newbie watch buyer—of whether to Ebay or not to Ebay…

  • Gifting a Rolex?

    November 21, 2012
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    Gifting a Rolex?

    They say Frank Sinatra was a very generous guy with his friends, family and entourage who would sometimes announce an impromptu gift-giving binge with the words, “I’m gifting today fellas!”

  • Don’t Be Afraid of Vintage

    November 21, 2012
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    Don’t Be Afraid of Vintage

    Anyone who has read many of my posts on the various watch forums or here at Swiss Wrist probably knows I really have a thing for vintage Rolex. I don’t know how to explain it exactly, but the subdued luster of that older steel really does it for me from an aesthetic standpoint.

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