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post #46 of 49

The El Primero movement used in Daytonas back in 90s and early 00s is a reliable and fantastic movement, that is still marketable even after 42 years in history.  Rolex actually detuned this movement from 36K Hz to 28.8K as they didn't feel it was necessary to operate the chronograph to 1/10 of a second, but doing so actually increased the power reserve from ~50 to over 70 hrs.  IMHO this was one of the few where an outsourced movement didn't make the watch any less sought after.

 

I think the popularity of Rolex aside from the popular bling factor is they hold their value in general better than most other brands except for a few collectible models.  That makes it a "wiser" purchase, should the purchaser decides to sell if afterwards.
 

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Originally Posted by ultramantaro View Post

The El Primero movement used in Daytonas back in 90s and early 00s is a reliable and fantastic movement, that is still marketable even after 42 years in history.  Rolex actually detuned this movement from 36K Hz to 28.8K as they didn't feel it was necessary to operate the chronograph to 1/10 of a second, but doing so actually increased the power reserve from ~50 to over 70 hrs.  IMHO this was one of the few where an outsourced movement didn't make the watch any less sought after.

 

I think the popularity of Rolex aside from the popular bling factor is they hold their value in general better than most other brands except for a few collectible models.  That makes it a "wiser" purchase, should the purchaser decides to sell if afterwards.
 


One thing most people don't realize is that Rolex are considered cheap in the luxury watch segment. They also probably have the best price/quality ratio since as you stated, the movements are time proved. A Breitling at 5k$ will have the almost same ETA movement than a entry level watch at 1k. On the hand, the a Rolex GMT at 5k$ will be equipped with a real in-house movement.

post #48 of 49
Rolex' policy of sharp price increases every year ensures resale value but the line is now approaching overpriced territory. Base price of the GMT is almost 8k now. A good vintage GMT will now cost 5k (dollars that is). Also the most recent styling choices are reaching over the top, along the lines of JLC Master Compressor, Zenith Defy, etc. Monkey Bracelet Watches. Watches generally are getting too big.

Rolex' approach to product is different from other manufactures. Movements are well made and reliable but with a modest finish compared to others in the price range, which is why display backs are never seen on Rolex (apart from the Cellini Prince). If you want a "luxury" Rolex, they put the movement in a precious metal case. They also emphasize technical advances in materials over design.
post #49 of 49
Finally, take a look at the Japan market Seiko mechanical dress watches, particularly the SARB035 and the like.
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