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The new Rolex Explorer Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

For years, Rolex has been known to primarily introduce updates to existing watch models at Baselworld, as opposed to focusing on brand new models. And this year was no different. Today, we’ll cover the newly updated Explorer (Ref. 214270), which it is worth noting, carries the same reference number as the model it replaces. Ever since 2010, the Rolex Explorer has featured a larger 39 mm case (up from 36 mm prior to that). That modern design stays mostly the same. In fact, the case is identical, the caliber 3132 movement is identical, and at first glance, even the dial appears to be the same. However, it is the dial, which differentiates the new Explorer from the previous version. First, the hour and minute hands are broader and have been lengthened for better legibility. The material, white gold, stays the

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Bamford Rolex Datejust II "Flying Snoopy" Edition

For 2016, Bamford Watch Department, a leader in aftermarket Rolex customizations, collaborated with The Rodnik Band fashion label to produce a Rolex Datejust Snoopy cartoon watch. Basically, Bamford starts with a brand new modern 41 mm Rolex Datejust II (116300), in a stainless steel case, and adds their proprietary black Military Grade Titanium Coating (MGTC). Then they customize the factory dial with “Snoopy” in the center, along with matching hour and minute hands, and a “Woodstock the Bird” second hand. Each Bamford Rolex Datejust II “Flying Snoopy” Edition watch is presented in Snoopy’s dog house, in matching yellow. The price is $20,150. Limited to 25 pieces.

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The new Rolex Day-Date 40

Jason Pitsch

At Baselworld 2015 Rolex introduced a new, larger version of the iconic Day-Date. Sitting alongside the 36 mm diameter model is the all new 40 mm case, the latter which is powered by the all-new caliber 3255. And like previous Day-Dates, it is exclusively available in platinum or gold. Originally introduced in 1956, the Day-Date was the first watch to use a full window to spell out the day of the week, alongside the date. This design was created to enhance legibility. And thanks to a Rolex-patented invention, the date discs move forward to the next day instantaneously (in a few milliseconds) at midnight, a feature that at the time was dubbed a “miracle at midnight.” Almost six decades later, the now iconic watch has graced the wrist of important leaders, captains of industry and celebrities around the globe –

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Rolex Submariner customized by Tempus Machina

Tempus Machina takes a modern Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 and re-makes the exterior to look like a Submariner Ref. 6538 Big Crown, while leaving the modern caliber 3130 movement inside, untouched. The 6538 was made famous when Sean Connery wore it in James Bond. And now, the circa 1958 timepiece, is among the most collectible Rolexes there is. Today, Rolex makes the Submariner Ref. 114060, which is a represents the continuous evolution of the 6538. However, many collectors still want the old look, and so that is why Tempus Machina decided to produce this model. Temps Machina has taken the Rolex dial and stripped and polished it, along the addition of 18K gold hands and transfers, to give it the vintage gilt look. Further, the original 114060 bezel was re-profiled to create its unique “coin-edge” teeth. A Cerachrom (ceramic) insert

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The Dark Rhodium Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Jason Pitsch

For 2015, Rolex unveiled a new 39 mm diameter Oyster Perpetual model, with the option of a Red Grape, Blue or Dark Rhodium dial. All three versions look great, although it is the latter version that impressed us the most. Dominated by a Dark Rhodium sunburst finish, topped with applied 18k white gold hour indexes, complimented by blue dots, phosphorescent material at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and 18K white gold baton-shaped hands – the new Oyster Perpetual dial is quite stunning. And the juxtaposition of the highly polished, domed bezel, against the middle case which is satin-brushed – except on the flanks and edges which are polished – is just right. Not to mention, at 39 mm in diameter, the new size is ideal for my wrist (about 7.5 inches around). Thanks to a screw-down crown with a Twin

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Rolex Daytona Caliber 4130 Disassembled and then Reassembled

This is a video of the current Rolex Daytona caliber 4130 being disassembled and then reassembled. Presented by Watchfinder & Co.

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The new Rolex Yacht-Master in Everose Gold with Cerachrom Bezel

The new Yacht-Master Rolex introduced a new Yacht-Master in Everose gold at Baselworld in March. This new Yacht-Master is offered in two sizes: 40 mm and a new 37 mm diameter, and it comes with a new bi-directional rotating bezel with a matte black Cerachrom (ceramic) insert. Also, there is a new patented Oysterflex bracelet, which Rolex says, “offers a sporty alternative to metal bracelets without compromising robustness, waterproofness or reliability.” Calibers 3135 and 2236 The 40 mm model is powered by caliber 3135 and the 37 mm model is powered by caliber 2236. Both movements beat at 4Hz, have stop seconds, instantaneous date with rapid setting, variable inertia balance wheels, 31 jewels and traversing balance bridges. There are, however, a few notable differences. While caliber 3135 is fitted with a blue Parachrom hairspring (alloy), caliber 2236 is fitted with

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Rolexes to watch at upcoming Phillips Auction

Rolex Submariner 5510, caliber 1530, 1958, 60,000CHF-80,000CHF, considered the rarest of the Big Crowns as it was only produced for one year and there are believe to have only been 300-600 ever made Lot 114 The much anticipated Phillips “Geneva Watch Auction: One” takes place this Sunday. And for this article, we selected four of the most uncommon Rolexes from the upcoming sale – excluding the Daytonas – which we already know can exceed a million Swiss francs. Here is the list: 1- 6452 GMT-Master with Bakelite bezel, 2- Submariner 5510 Big Crown, 3- Submariner 5513 with Explorer underline dial 4- 6541 Milgauss with honeycomb dial and “lightning bolt” hand. In total, these four Rolexes are expected to fetch between 340,000 CHF to 610,000 CHF. That’s a huge range, but considering the auctioneer is Aurel Bacs – the sky’s the

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VIDEO: Rolex Caliber 3135 Disassembled and then Reassembled

Watchfinder & Co.’s head watchmaker Tony Williams demonstrates the Rolex caliber 3135 being disassembled and then reassembled.

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Rolex GMT Master 1675 with Blue Bezel

Antiquorum’s upcoming New York watch auction takes place April 15th, and today we’ll show you one of our favorite pieces: a Rolex GMT Master 1675 with Blue Bezel. Sometimes referred to as the “Blueberry” GMT. The look of the blue bezel is great, which makes it really stand out from the more common blue and red Pepsi bezel GMTs. That said, a real blue bezel 1675 is extremely rare, and this particular piece does not have an original bracelet (it is head only), and no paper work, so it is hard to say if the blue bezel is original.

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