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Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • What’s a Rolex Oyster? Part One

    January 31, 2013
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    What’s a Rolex Oyster? Part One

    Time and Gems gets many questions about—and requests for— the famous Rolex Oyster, so we thought it might be interesting to talk a little about them here at the blog. Some are not aware that today the Oyster is the name of the waterproof watch case most Rolexes feature, not an actual watch model per se. A little history seems in order.

  • What is a Tool Watch?

    January 29, 2013
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    What is a Tool Watch?

    Sometimes when new owners of Rolex watches are asking questions about their new watch on one of the various watch forums, they are stumped when their watch is referred to as a “Tool Watch” and wonder where that term came from. I thought it might be interesting for newer owners to learn a little bit about the Tool Watch concept, how it came about, and why it is so important in the history of Rolex and the brand’s eminence in the marketplace.

  • Watch Books Part Three: Talking Points

    January 28, 2013
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    Watch Books Part Three: Talking Points

    One of the neatest things in my small collection of Rolex books and memorabilia is an item that qualifies as both book and memorabilia. I am referring to a cool little booklet put out in the early 1990s by Rolex titled Talking Points.

  • Watch Books Part Two

    January 26, 2013
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    Watch Books Part Two

    In this installment of watch books, I’ll look at an old standby Rolex reference book and a “wild card” book that is more of a history and “big picture” watch book.

  • Watch Books Part One

    January 25, 2013
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    Watch Books Part One

    I thought I’d do something a little different this time around and talk about one of my other passions in life: books. Now, I don’t expect to make a bibliophile out of anybody who hates to read, but if you like books and you like watches, read on!

  • Watch Books Part Three: Talking Points

    January 25, 2013
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    Watch Books Part Three: Talking Points

    One of the neatest things in my small collection of Rolex books and memorabilia is an item that qualifies as both book and memorabilia. I am referring to a cool little booklet put out in the early 1990s by Rolex titled Talking Points. The slim volume was designed to acquaint Rolex authorized dealers with a little bit of the history of Rolex and to help the dealers “understand Rolex watches even better and to answer questions your customers may have.”

  • Vintage Crystals: To Superdome, or Not

    January 24, 2013
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    Vintage Crystals: To Superdome, or Not

    You know you’re a vintage Rolex collector when you hear the word superdome and immediately think of acrylic watch crystals instead of that legendary sports venue, the Louisiana Superdome. So sue me, I’m one of those watch geeks.

  • Upgrading From “Brand X” To Rolex

    January 23, 2013
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    Upgrading From “Brand X” To Rolex

    I was having dinner with a dear friend and his wife last week. As the resident “watch guy” in our circle, I’m used to fielding questions about watches, but my friend’s wife asked me something I thought would be interesting to share with the readers here.

  • Travelling With Your Rolex

    January 21, 2013
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    Travelling With Your Rolex

    Have you ever felt paranoid or uncomfortable walking down the street in an unfamiliar town with your expensive watch on your wrist? Worried about taking it off at the airport for security checks? Read on, this one is for you!

  • To PVD or Not to PVD

    January 21, 2013
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    To PVD or Not to PVD

    I was talking to a friend the other day about watches—we’re both confirmed Watch Idiot Savants or WIS’s—and the subject turned to using PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) for watches.

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