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Rolex Daytona 16520

Rolex Daytona 16520

Must read: Rolex Daytona Reference 16520 white Floater, not enamel dialed Floater

Interesting find by my friend Boris Pjanic – check it out at http://watchesandart.blogspot.nl/2013/05/rolex-daytona-reference-16520-white.html

Patek Philippe Stephen S. Palmer

Patek Philippe Stephen S. Palmer

Must read: another stellar post by Longitude: http://blogs.christies.com/longitude/brands/omega/at-auction-christies-international-head-of-watches-aurel-bacs-gives-his-analysis/

Small quote:

I think that 2013 is a continuation of a trend we have probably seen from 2008 or shortly later. No matter if you’re an experienced or novice collector, the times where shoppers are coming to just spend some money are over. You are dealing with 1000 bidders at an auction: online, written, on the telephone, and in the room. They know what they’re doing, so unless you’re an absolutely on-the-pulse-of-the-market scholar, you’ve already lost out on your position.

Rolex Explorer 1016 by Hodinkee

Rolex Explorer 1016 by Hodinkee

The recent Christie’s sale was quite mindblowing – I watched a good portion of it via the live stream at Christie’s website and was rather smitten by the results.

Whilst browsing I came across a nice read on Hodinkee.com about the auction – check it out at http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/that-time-a-rolex-explorer-sold-for-182000

Rolex 6236, 6236, 4113 by RPM

Rolex Killy, Killy, 4113 by RPR

And of course we can always count on globe-trotting Rolex specialist Philipp Stahl at RPR for a nice recap.. check it out at http://rolexpassionreport.com/12535/finally-vintage-rolex-is-at-the-top-of-the-market-my-geneva-may-2013-auction-report/

Rolex Day-Date Basel 2013

Rolex Day-Date Basel 2013 by http://www.watch-insider.com

Must read: BaselWorld 2013 Rolex Novelties by Watch-Insider.

http://www.watch-insider.com/news/baselworld-2013-rolex-novelties/

Must read: Rolex Brochure Nouveautes Baselworld 2013 (Parlez plus lentement, s’il vous plaît...)

http://www.rolex.com/content/dam/rolexcom/e-brochures/basel-2013/Brochure-Nouveautes-Baselworld-2013_en.pdf

While most of us where focussed on the expected Daytona news, Rolex had another surprise for us with these new Day-Dates. A few quick thoughts;

First – the return of the leather strap Day-Date! As can be seen in the vintage price lists (filed under documents), the Day-Date was once available on either bracelet or with two leather straps with one single buckle. Gold Datejusts where/are (not too sure..) available with leather straps, but these where fitted with some kind of half link attached to the case, which made for quite an unsual look. The new Day-Dates do not have the same case as their bracelet-brothers, but the overall design is much more elegant and refined than the one found on the 18k leather Datejusts.

Second – do these remind you of anyting? Stella perhaps? Seemingly Rolex was inspired by the Stella-craze of the past few years.. And rightfully so! I love the colours and matching straps.. Very funky.

Sadly I won’t be in Basel ’till next Monday but if possible, I’ll try to shoot some pics.. Crazy schedule though!

Rolex Day-Date 1803

I have posted so many Stella dials in the past two months it is almost refreshing to see a regular dial like the one posted below.. But Rolex Day-Date collecting is nothing without the Stella dial.. And this time the highly regarded Meehna Goldsmith wrote a nice article on Christie’s Longitude.. Worth your time!

http://blogs.christies.com/longitude/brands/rolex/rolex-stella-dials-stars-of-the-show/