Spinning the Rolex GMT-Master Yarn

A couple of years ago, when a good friend asked what accessories came with the Rolex GMT-Master reference 16700 , I must admit to being stumped. Being the hardcore Rolex collector that he is, he gave a smug smile and began spewing out terms like the Jubilé and Fliplock bracelets. The GMT-Master reference 16700, made between 1989 and 1999 which … More

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master: The black belt

At the annual BaselWorld watch fair in March 2015, the Rolex Yacht-Master collection added another family member – one in a new black and Everose gold. The Rolex Yacht-Master story began in 1992 and it was known as the “sailors’ watch”. The early model, the ref. 16628, water-resistant to 100 metres, was in yellow gold and was powered by the … More

Rolex Milgauss: Generation Z

In 1956, the Rolex Milgauss was introduced and it was targeted at engineers and technicians, notably those who were regularly exposed to magnetic fields due to the nature of their profession. The Milgauss was designed to resist strong magnetic interference of up to 1,000 gauss. The “Mil” came from “mille”, the French word for “thousand” while “gauss” is a measurement … More

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II: with flying colours

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master with its iconic bezel in red and blue is back (Note: The original GMT-Master was launched in 1955). This time, the half-red, half-blue bezel on the 2014 GMT-Master II showcased at the 2014 BaselWorld watch fair is in Cerachrom. This 2014 GMT-Master II model features the second time zone display (with the 24-hour indication on … More

Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 Mark II: Mark your dates!

It is simply described as the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 with a brown dial powered by an automatic movement and housed in a 40mm diameter stainless steel case in the catalogue. This is Lot 523 and it is being offered for sale by Swiss Auctions, a unit of DKSH, on 28 November 2013 during its “Important Timepieces Malaysia … More

Rolex Panerai 3646: Rare because few dared

There is a nice history to Panerai wristwatches and it dates back to the 1930s when the company began supplying diver’s wristwatches to the Italian Royal Navy. Among the early watches was the Rolex Panerai 3646 which is powered by the manual-winding Calibre 618 based on the Cortébert movement and cases supplied by Rolex. The 47mm Rolex Panerai 3646 seen … More

Rolex GMT Master II: Blue skies, Black nights

The question many ask after viewing the 2013 Rolex GMT Master II (Reference: case: 116710BLNR, bracelet: 78200) in stainless steel is: why is the Cerachrom bezel in blue and black? The answer is simple; the blue represents the day while the black is for night and the colour codes become useful especially when the second time zone function with the … More

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Goes Platinum

In America’s music recording industry, an album that has sold one million copies will be given the Platinum award in recognition of its popularity. This is based on criteria set by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) whose members create, manufacture and / or distribute around 85% of all recorded music produced and sold in the United States legitimately. … More