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Original owner Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 Explorer dial with box and papers to be auctioned

Gardiner Houlgate auctioneers in the UK have an original owner Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 with a rare Explorer dial that will be auctioned on October 26th. The watch was purchased from Perry Greaves Limited in Birmingham on May 28th, 1966, for £69.10. It was a gift from the seller’s wife just before the birth of their first child, who was born in October of the same year. The 3-6-9 hour markers make this watch what is called a Submariner “Explorer” dial, due to its similarity to an actual Rolex Explorer dial. This is, of course, rarer than a standard 5513 and so it is worth many times more. Plus, it includes box and papers, and story from its original owner along with photos from the 1960s and 1970s, respectively, showing him wearing the watch. Additional details of the watch include

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Three new Rolex Yacht-Masters

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The highlight of the Yacht-Master collection at Rolex this year was the new 40 mm steel and Everose gold model, with a “Rolesor” case, which simply means a combination of 904L steel and 18K Everose gold. With that said, Rolex also quietly introduced a new dial on the steel and platinum (Rolesium) Yacht-Master as well. The new dial is dark rhodium (gray) and includes an aqua-blue lacquered seconds hand and printed text that reads “Yacht-Master” in the same shade of blue, which is notably similar to the color scheme of this new Oyster Perpetual that debuted at Baselworld 2015. Also, worth noting is that this gray dial platinum and steel Yacht-Master comes in both 40 mm and 37 mm variants. Despite the fact that the new steel and rose-gold Yacht-Master with the chocolate dial (Ref. 116621) has received the most

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The Rolex Cellini Date Hands-On

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Rolex introduced the redesigned Cellini dress watch collection at Baselworld 2014. This year, they followed up by adding one new variation for each of the three styles of Cellini; the 3-hander, date, and dual time models – respectively. This article focuses on just one, the Cellini Date, which now comes in a blue guilloche dial version. However, while the Cellini Date was is available in a black or silver guilloche dial, in either white or rose gold, the new blue dial is available exclusively in white gold. Measuring 39 mm in diameter, the case features a polished finish with a double bezel that is domed and fluted. The crown is flared and fluted to match the bezel. The look of the bezel and crown carries all the way to the “Rayon flammé de la gloire” guilloche pattern on the dial,

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Tempus Machina Ref. 809H Submariner

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Tempus Machina, the company that created a customized Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 as an homage to the highly collectible Ref. 6538 Big Crown, in 2015, is at it again. This time, they have customized another modern Submariner Ref. 114060 to look like a collectible 1960s vintage Ref. 5512 with pointed crown guards. In addition to the 5512-inspired pointed crown guards, the so-called Ref. 809H Submariner by Tempus Machina also has a gilt-printed 3, 6, 9 “Explorer” dial. “The lugs of the modern ceramic sub has been slightly thinned to create a more appropriate profile. Lugholes are drilled and sharp bevels are applied to the mid-case,” according to Tempus Machina. Limited to 30 pieces, the watch goes on sale today for $25,000. The price is steep, but if you want that vintage look, that many of us crave in a Rolex,

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic Bezel 116500LN Hands-On

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This year at Baselworld, by far, the most talked about watch release has been the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref 116500LN (which replaces Ref. 116520 that was first introduced in 2000). Over the 16 year period, a number of incremental changes have been made to the Daytona Chronograph. The caliber 4130 automatic movement was enhanced with a blue Parachrom hairspring, which improves rate accuracy thanks to its anti-magnetic properties. The previously green Superluminova material was changed to Rolex’s proprietary Chromalight material, which notably lights up blue. A modern spring loaded clasp was added along the way. While the original flange had no writing, the word “ROLEX” is repeated, as seen in all current Rolex timepieces. Also, the new outer chapter ring (for minutes and seconds), is now marked with 5 graduations in between each hour index as opposed to twenty-five. And

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The new Rolex Explorer Hands-On

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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

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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

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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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