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New Rolex Yacht-Master in Everose gold with Cerachrom bezel

Each year on Baselworld Press Day (a day before the show officially opens to the public), Rolex rolls up the shades on their vitrines to unveil their new timepieces. It is an annual ritual, an unofficial ceremony signifying the start of Baselworld if you will. And for Baselworld 2015, we were there as the shades went up, and the watches came into view. And there it was, a new Everose gold Yacht-Master with a matte black Cerachrom bezel. Definitely not expected. The new Yacht-Master comes in both 40 mm (Ref. 116655) and 37 mm (Ref. 268655) case diameters. It’s fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet developed by Rolex to both offer the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet yet without sacrificing the comfort and flexibility of an elastomer strap. “At its core lies a superelastic metal blade over moulded with

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Rolex Submariner 1680 X Horween Strap

Jason Pitsch

For this hands-on review, we paired a vintage Rolex Submariner and a locally made Horween leather strap, resulting in a dinstinctive aesthetic that is as handsome as any Submariner with a steel bracelet. Most people that buy a Submariner, wear it with the included steel bracelet, and that is not a bad thing, but if you want something a little different – go with an extra leather strap (or two) for when you want a style that is more unique, or to perfectly match your outfit. This Rolex Submariner (Ref. 1680) was produced in 1978 and features an original matte dial, with nicely patinated original markers and hands. There is not much to say that you probably do not already know: matte dial, pierced lugs, cyclops date (this was the first Submariner to feature a date), open 6s and 9s,

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Rolex GMT Master II with black-blue bezel and black DLC case

Jason Pitsch

Personally, the GMT Master II with black and blue Cerachrom bezel is one of my favorite current production Rolex watches. And while I could never see paying extra money to coat it with a DLC treatment that effectively devalues the timepiece, and voids the factory warranty. The blacked out GMT Master II looks pretty badass, especially with the black and blue ceramic bezel. Rolex GMT Master II Black and Blue Ceramic bezel, introduced at Baselworld 2013 (Ref. 116710BLNR) Similar to Bamford, Ember Watches takes a factory Rolex and turns the 904L stainless steel surface to black with their own special coating. According to Ember, their process involves staining, polishing, sand-blasting and pearl-blasting the surface to achieve the black color. They can also customize the dial.

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Philippe Cousteau's Rolex Sea-Dweller sells above high estimate

Earlier this week, Philippe Cousteau’s (son of Jacques Cousteau) Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 with Double Red Mark I dial, sold for $183,750. That is more than thirty thousand over the high pre-sale estimate of $150K. In addition to the circa 1967 wristwatch, the winning bidder also received: six 8 x 10 color photos showing P. Cousteau prominently wearing the watch, a book “Diving Companions” by Jacques Cousteau and Philippe Diole, a red “Cousteau Crew” shirt, a 14 x 11” photo of the sailing yacht and a 14 x 11” photo “Philippe Cousteau at Sea.”

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Rolex launches Deepsea with D-Blue dial in tribute to James Cameron

On March 26, 2012, James Cameron made a record-breaking solo submarine dive to the Earth’s deepest point — the Marina Trench - which we wrote about here. Today, as a tribute to Cameron’s historic dive, Rolex has unveiled a special version of the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea with a D-blue dial. This special Deepsea model is the same as the standard Ref. 116660 model, except for the new dial. According to Rolex, “The deep blue to pitch-black gradient dial is reminiscent of the ocean’s twilight zone, where the last trickle of light from the surface disappears into the abyss. The “DEEPSEA” marking on the new dial adopts the colour of James Cameron’s green submersible as it is seen underwater.” National Geographic and James Cameron will premiere a documentary film “James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D” in theaters this Friday, August 8th. Watch

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Eric Clapton's Rolex Oyster Chronograph Ref. 6034 to be auctioned

A Rolex Oyster Chronograph Ref. 6034 from Eric Clapton’s collection will be auctioned on Saturday, June 28th at Auctionata. The watch is from the 1950s and comes in a 35 mm by 12 mm 18K rose gold case with a rose gold bracelet. It is powered by a caliber R 72 that is manually wound and has 17 jewels. The dial is silver with gold hands. Indications include hours, minutes, seconds and chronograph.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower's Rolex to be auctioned

Dwight D. Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II, and served as the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe. Prior to becoming the 34th President of the United States (in 1953), Rolex gifted him an 18K yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust with the engravings “DDE” which are his initials, as well as five stars and the date “12-19-1950” which is the day he became NATO’s first Supreme Allied Commander.

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5 Rolex Watches at Antiquorum Geneva May 2014

If you are currently in the market for a Rolex, there are 64 pre-owned and vintage Rolexes to choose from at the upcoming Antiquorum auction which takes place this Sunday, May 11th in Geneva. From a basic Submariner to a Paul Newman Daytona or a Submariner with an Explorer dial, we picked five of our favorites and put them in a slideshow for you to peruse.

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Introducing the Rolex Milgauss "Z Blue"

Originally created in 1956 for engineers and technicians who are exposed to magnetic fields which disrupt the watch accuracy, the Milgauss was designed to resist magnetic interference up to 1,000 gauss, hence the name “mille” which is French for “thousand.” The big Milgauss news for 2014 is the new Z blue dial — combined with the green sapphire crystal and orange lightning-bolt shaped seconds hand. The name “Z Blue” comes from the zirconium content in the alloy of the dial.

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Introducing the Rolex GMT Master II in White Gold with Cerachrom "Pepsi" Bezel

Each year at Baselworld, Rolex’s timepiece launches become the most talked about topic among fair goers. Needless to say, their most popular conversation piece this year in Basel, was the Rolex GMT Master II with its newly developed two-color Cerachrom “Pepsi” bezel.

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