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Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • Does Santa wear a Rolex? The answer is maybe.

    December 31, 2013
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    Does Santa wear a Rolex? The answer is maybe. Does Rudolph? Well, neigh.

  • Rolex Craftmanship Sets The Tone For Value

    December 23, 2013
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    This comes up almost daily when the subject of Rolex wristwatches is broached. “Why,” my curious friends ask, “are Rolex watches so expensive?”

    There are myriad reasons, first and foremost being extreme quality and supply and demand. Rolex is ranked 57th on Forbes’ list of the most powerful global brands. Rolex also is the largest single luxury watch brand, producing just 2,000 watches per day, with estimated revenues of $4.5 billion.

    It’s watches are extremely well-built and of the most exquisite craftsmanship and materials. They’re also rare. With a limited number of Rolex in circulation, the price remains high for resale.

    Started in London by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in 1905 and originally known as Wilsdorf and Davis, Rolex moved to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1919. Rolex was the first watchmaker to develop a waterproof, underwater watch that could go as deep as 100 meters.

    Wilsdorf had a specially made Rolex called the "DeepSea" that was attached to the side of a bathyscaphe, which went to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The watch survived and tested as having kept perfect time during its descent and ascent. This was confirmed by a telegram sent to Rolex: "Am happy to confirm that even at 11,000 metres your watch is as precise as on the surface. Best regards, Jacques Piccard".

    The book "Vintage Wristwatches" by Antiques Roadshow's Reyne Haines listed a resale price estimate of Rolex watches that ranged between $650 and $75,000. The most expensive Rolex was the GMT Ice with a retail price of $485,350.

    But it wasn’t until the demand craze of the 1970s and 1980s that the value of Rolexes went significantly skyward. They were seen by the wealthy as extremely desired -- because of the aforementioned craftsmanship -- with their limited supply making their value skyrocket into the five- and even six-digit range.

    So now you know.

  • The Amazing Resale Value Of A Rolex

    December 17, 2013
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    Want an idea of how valuable -- and why -- Rolex watches are?

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  • Hollywood Trivia: Rolex Submariner

    December 7, 2013
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    If you’re of a certain age, you’re aware of a little-known piece of Rolex/Hollywood trivia: The Dude’s dad played a significant role in the development and promotion of the Rolex Submariner.

    For those who aren’t of a certain age, the story goes like this: The Dude, Jeff Bridges, is a son of Lloyd Bridges, whose love of the ocean and scuba diving led to a starring role in a classic 1950s TV show, Sea Hunt. Scuna diving was fresh, being introduced to most Americans for the first time. That’s where the Submariner had a supporting role, and the rest is Rolex/Hollywood history.

    Bridges’ sons, Beau and Jeff, went on to lengthy and accomplished acting careers of their own. Jeff, of course, played The Dude in the cult classic “The Big Lebowski” and won an Academy Award for his leading role in “Crazy Heart” in 2009.

    Beau, whose credits include 2011’s “The Descendants” and 1989’s “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” currently can be seen on CBS’ hit sitcom “The Millers.”

    Photo's courtesy of: http://www.rolexblog.blogspot.com/

    But it was Lloyd, playing the brave, always-in-control Mike Nelson, who showed audiences that a Rolex could operate under water. For that, we thank him.

    Photo's courtesy of: http://www.rolexblog.blogspot.com/

     

    Photos courtesy of: http://www.rolexblog.blogspot.com/

  • Do you know which Rolex Tony Soprano wore?

    December 5, 2013
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    A wrong decision is better than indecision.

    It’s one of the best lines Tony Soprano every uttered, at least that we can repeat here.

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