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That "superlative chronometer" schtick goes back a whole lot longer than just nowadays - my 1964 day-date had it. The "It takes a whole year to make one" is a more recent construct, though.

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post #27092 of 48312
Ah thanks Roger... Do you know when Rolex made the switch to "Superlative"?

Btw a beautiful DD. There's a wonderful depth to the dial with the baton markers and I love the minute track smile.gif
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^^^ Sorry my man, I do not know.
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P.S. sorry I meant "T Swiss Made T" on mine, cf. "T Swiss T" on yours Roger... Is there a difference in terms?
post #27095 of 48312
Wow, a whole room, Dino? All I get is a bookcase in the study!


TC: congrats! Looks gorgeous. Very happy for you, and I'm sure that will be a long-term keeper. I'd say it was well worth the trek westward on I-10.....next time get us an action wrist shot at Buc-ee's with some beaver nuggets!


Also, great Rolex action the last couple pages, guys...and not just sports models (!)....well-played, sirs.
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speaking of old rolexes on leather straps, getting this guy ready for sale. smile.gif





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Thanks so much to everyone for the kinds words. I love this watch, and this is satisfying an itch I've had for years that developed into a full on obsession after following this thread and all the 15202, 15300 and 15400 discussion and pron. I couldn't be happier with the decision. This is a very sentimental buy for me and I doubt I will ever sell this one.
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Hey TC, congrats on a great choice!  Its a watch that you will grow to enjoy more with each day that you wear it.  While I admit there are a few other pieces I'd like to add to my collection in the future, I honestly find it very difficult to NOT wear my RO.  It probably gets a good 90-95% of my wrist time during the year.  I just love the way the watch feels, the finish, the overall design, and the quality.  I find myself taking a minute or two each day just to admire the dial, or the way the light dances off the beveled edges of the case and the edges of the smaller bracelet links.   I hope that you enjoy your RO as much as I adore mine.  Good luck with it and congrats on a real beauty! 

Also, in case the dealer did not mention it, be sure to register your watch on line with AP.  They will send you a sticker that will go in the owners manual and as long as you have AP inspect the watch and do what I believe is a pressure test before the 2nd year of the warranty ends, they will extend the warranty to a 3rd year.

Again congrats and enjoy your beautiful new watch. 

Dino, a very, very special thanks to you for your advice in the process. The APs I had tried on in Houston had obviously been polished and I could never have appreciated the beauty of the bezel and the bracelet in new condition. Some day I probably will get an AP on a strap, but I'm so glad I went with a model on a bracelet for this first one.
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This day, TWAT hath given me 2 new goals:

1. An AP RO

2. Building an addition to make a hobby room in my house

 

Trust me, you won't regret either of them. 

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Hi all! 

 

First time poster. Thought I'd contribute this vintage Rolex bubbleback I inherited from my deceased grandfather. Had it cleaned and restored. Not the original strap but I quite like the crocodile brown leather replacement he chose. Excuse the Instagram filter.

 

Great vintage Rolex Date-Just.  Its very cool that the bezel is so worn, proof that your grandfather really gave this piece a lot of wrist time.  I'm sure knowing that your grandfather wore it so much adds a lot of meaning to having this wonderful watch.  Just a quick thought, you mentioned it being a "Bubbleback", but I do not think its a bubble back.  I believe it is a very old vintage Datejust as indicated by the dial, the date and cyclops. I am far from an expert  (and there could be a few exceptions out there) but it doesn't appear to have one of the cases or dials that I'm used to seeing with "Bubblebacks."  Also, most Bubblebacks predate the Datejusts and I'm not sure that there was an overlap in production.  Still a beauty and a great watch!  Thanks for sharing some photos with us.  

 

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Great watch, good luck with your interview.

 

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I think it's a pity that Rolex no longer seem to make the kind of more classical dress watches that they did in the past such as your beautiful vintage, as I think they would sell very well. The Cellini range is nice with some Art Deco-esque designs but are overlooked even by Rolex aficionados who tend to look to other brands for classical dress watches - JLC etc. I also like the modest classical proportions and size (I am guessing your Rolex is probably around 34mm diameter?) but that is small by today's standard hence I suppose why Rolex has beefed up their watches size with the supercase in order to appeal to modern tastes, but I do love the traditional size and svelte Oyster case of yesteryear of which yours is a wonderful example smile.gif

As for lamenting that Rolex doesn't make the kind of classic dress watches they made in the past, Andy's watch appears to be a Datejust.  Sure there has been an evolution, but the basic DNA is the same if you look at a Datejust from the 1960s, 1980s,  the early 2000s and even today.  Until the most recent version of the DJ with solid bracelet links, main details that changed were the hands and hour markers.   Now they have been beefed up and the cases are a bit different, but as you are aware that is because of the public's demand for larger watches.   As in any business companies tend to focus where they think they will be most successful.  32mm to 34mm round watches (rectangles/squares wear larger) just are not going to sell in volume today (except maybe to women).  Even traditional dress watch makers such as PP, AP, VC, JLC, and Piaget have beefed up the sizes of the majority of their dress watches.  Years ago Calatravas were 32-34mm, and other famous brands made men's dress watches in the same sizes.  Today I believe there is only one men's Calatrava that is 35mm.  While the the bulk of Patek's men's collection (and those of other fine brands) generally focus on sizes of 37-38mm or larger.  So its not Rolex failing to give the public what they want, its Rolex and traditional watch companies all responding to what the people are asking for.  

 

You are right that people often overlook the Cellini line of watches, some of which are quite nice.  However, part of that was Rolex's doing, by not really focusing or developing that line up until more recently.  In addition, at the price range Cellinis they fall into, often one can get a watch from a brand that has a stronger reputation for making dress watches, and for making movements that are more finely finished.  I'm not sure that's drastically different than if Nike offered dress shoes for say $500.  They could be very good shoes, but I wonder how many people would spend that rather than buying say a pair of Aldens for similar money (or not much more).  

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As for the watch/hobby room in the new house, the house we just put an offer on has enough rooms for me to have my own unless we have sets of twins or something in the future.  An improbable situation that could occur on January 31st, 2014 is: Civil ceremony wedding, both sets of parents in town, closing on selling/buying a house.  Oh and there is a black and blue gift in there as well. . . :bounce2:

Wow, sounds like a very full plate.  Wishing you luck on everything...and I'm looking forward to seeing some photos of the black and blue GMT when it arrives. 

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Originally Posted by Chuckie Egg View Post

P.S. sorry I meant "T Swiss Made T" on mine, cf. "T Swiss T" on yours Roger... Is there a difference in terms?

 



If there is a significance to the difference in terms, it is lost on me. But there are Rolex forums where the meaning of all manner of arcane markings is well known.

Just don't use words like "overstatement" (which is actually quite kindly put) when you ask about the "superlative" question. ;-)
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Wow, a whole room, Dino? All I get is a bookcase in the study!

Hey Keith, trust me the room is far from palatial, but it does the trick. Mrs. Dino gets to choose most stuff related to the house.  That stuff doesn't matter that much to me, and the garage and finished bonus room above the garage are mine to do with whatever I see fit, maybe short of adding a stripper pole to the room ;).

 

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speaking of old rolexes on leather straps, getting this guy ready for sale. smile.gif





 

Wow looks great! I love that it has its papers and books... very cool!  

 

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Dino, a very, very special thanks to you for your advice in the process. The APs I had tried on in Houston had obviously been polished and I could never have appreciated the beauty of the bezel and the bracelet in new condition. Some day I probably will get an AP on a strap, but I'm so glad I went with a model on a bracelet for this first one.

Hey TC...always happy to help or be an enabler :decisions:.  All kidding aside I'm glad you found my advice helpful.  ROs on straps are fine, as maybe a second AP, but to me you have to have at least one RO on a bracelet to truly appreciate the brilliance of Genta's design.  Take my word for  it in the coming weeks, as you look at the watch you will come to notice little nuances of just how beautifully the watch is finished and you will develop an understanding of how much work goes into building and finishing a RO.  Congrats again and I hope you will share some more photos with us when you get a chance. 

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Thanks gents for the kind words on my DJ

Re the interview(s) fortunately I wasn't in the hot seat. I played good cop in a panel of three, I think we have our man but we need to go through procedure so will be appointing in the new year.

Happy days
post #27102 of 48312
Oldie but Goldie.. My first serious watch, bought 13 years ago fresh out of grad school with the first salary.

Good old days when you could pick steel rolexes for 3k and change.. Nicer designs too, back then, enu4yvyp.jpgwith better proportions..

Not getting much wrist time for some time, though I keep it serviced and fresh for the boys' 18th birthdays.

One gets the Rollie the other gets the jumbo.. Whoever shows more horological inclination gets the rest of the collection!
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You thinking of adoption? wink.gif

That is nice and the pic does it justice. May your sons enjoy them both/all smile.gif
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Very nice Coke GMT!

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Thanks Cleav! I believe in organic growth in life and business, M&A is overrated.. I really hope the boys show interest in my hobbies when they grow up..
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