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As a counterpoint to the controversial review of Rolex's (now discontinued, I think?) calibre 3000 movement by Walt Odets, here is a rather hyperbolic article on Rolex by Wei Koh, editor-in-chief of Revolution magazine (and also of The Rake):

 

http://revo-online.com/inside-the-rolex-movement-manufacture-birth-of-the-beating-heart/

 

Clearly, Rolex do make good, reliable watches, but things become a bit outlandish at times during the article:

 

"So the irrefutable fact to me is that in terms of pure, outright, unabashed reliability, there is simply no better watch on the face of the earth than a Rolex."

 

"Whenever I board a plane, I make sure that the watch on my wrist is a Rolex. That is because, God forbid, if my plane goes down and I’m stranded on a desert island, I know I will be able to survive if I have my Rolex."

 

And it gets even more hyperbolic as the article goes on:

 

 "I prefer to think about what Rolex has done to shape the history of human culture."

 

"I mention to Maître Gros that the world has 6,500 spoken languages, but to me, the most international one, the one that defies cultural divides and unites people regardless of religion or creed, is the language of the world’s best mechanical watch: Rolex. He nods his head sagely and says, “Young man, I am inclined to agree.”"

post #36692 of 48312
It's funny how 10 years ago, the average WIS was anti-Rolex--too unrefined, too popular, too staid. Now, proper respect for Rolex is a mark of someone who knows their watches.
post #36693 of 48312
Respect is one thing, idolatry is quite another.
post #36694 of 48312
I may have the opportunity to buy a limited edition Panerai 587. Any guess what sort of premium these will go for on the used market?
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I may have the opportunity to buy a limited edition Panerai 587. Any guess what sort of premium these will go for on the used market?

Dont know what it will cost in the used market but it retailed $10,100US

post #36696 of 48312

Today, I opted for a watch I have a love/hate relationship with.

If I were in the market today, I wouldn't buy it again, but since I have it, I wear it. (not very often though)

It may be going on the block, sooner than later.

PAM176

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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

It's funny how 10 years ago, the average WIS was anti-Rolex--too unrefined, too popular, too staid. Now, proper respect for Rolex is a mark of someone who knows their watches.

 



Rolex has long been the legitimate choice of the informed watch enthusiast. That hasn't changed. Rolex has also long been the runaway top choice of mindless badge whores and the touchstone "best watch" response among those who know absolutely nothing about watches. That hasn't changed, either.

The aftermath of the Odets article still shines vividly in my memory as one of THE most entertaining watch-releated events in the history of the internet.
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

Today, I opted for a watch I have a love/hate relationship with.



If I were in the market today, I wouldn't buy it again, but since I have it, I wear it. (not very often though)



It may be going on the block, sooner than later.



PAM176



 



I neither love nor hate Panerai - they just don't do much for me. But I don't hang on to costly watches that don't get worn. Pricey toys are of little value if you're not actually playing with them.
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

Today, I opted for a watch I have a love/hate relationship with.
If I were in the market today, I wouldn't buy it again, but since I have it, I wear it. (not very often though)
It may be going on the block, sooner than later.
PAM176

I was in a similar situation with my 177, so I recently let it go. My last shot of it:

iOvSkpN.jpg

But I managed to sell it for about 150% of what I paid for it new, so it was totally worth it to try it out for a handful of years.



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Ordered a new strap for incoming watch . . .

So a blue strap for the Tank? Looking forward to the photos as I'm sure I would've gone with plain old dark brown.

As for CF straps, I got one for my Mk XV:

ftWiBY0.jpg

It has a brilliant little lever thing to activate the springbar, making it a breeze to swap, but that aside I'm not 100% satisfied with this particular one; I find the middle of it too raised, at least for this watch. Stitching and the rest are great though.
post #36700 of 48312
^^^ Love the XV. When they went away from that style of hands, I kind of lost interest in the Mark series. I have a friend with a pristine Mark XII that I have been begging him to sell me, to no avail.
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
 

As a counterpoint to the controversial review of Rolex's (now discontinued, I think?) calibre 3000 movement by Walt Odets, here is a rather hyperbolic article on Rolex by Wei Koh, editor-in-chief of Revolution magazine (and also of The Rake):

 

http://revo-online.com/inside-the-rolex-movement-manufacture-birth-of-the-beating-heart/

 

Clearly, Rolex do make good, reliable watches, but things become a bit outlandish at times during the article:

 

"So the irrefutable fact to me is that in terms of pure, outright, unabashed reliability, there is simply no better watch on the face of the earth than a Rolex."

 

"Whenever I board a plane, I make sure that the watch on my wrist is a Rolex. That is because, God forbid, if my plane goes down and I’m stranded on a desert island, I know I will be able to survive if I have my Rolex."

 

And it gets even more hyperbolic as the article goes on:

 

 "I prefer to think about what Rolex has done to shape the history of human culture."

 

"I mention to Maître Gros that the world has 6,500 spoken languages, but to me, the most international one, the one that defies cultural divides and unites people regardless of religion or creed, is the language of the world’s best mechanical watch: Rolex. He nods his head sagely and says, “Young man, I am inclined to agree.”"

 

Hah hah hah this is awesome!

post #36702 of 48312
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

I don't hang on to costly watches that don't get worn. Pricey toys are of little value if you're not actually playing with them.
I agree, though I don't seem to be very diligent about culling the herd. Here's a watch that came my way through a friend in the military who offered to let me piggyback on a special order from Omega. It's not something I would have purchased on my own volition but I kind of felt obligated to accept his kind gesture and wouldn't feel right about flipping it. At least it's a Speedy, of sorts.










post #36703 of 48312
What don't you like about it? I wear my 312 almost daily.

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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

Today, I opted for a watch I have a love/hate relationship with.
If I were in the market today, I wouldn't buy it again, but since I have it, I wear it. (not very often though)
It may be going on the block, sooner than later.
PAM176

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Quote:
Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post
 

Today, I opted for a watch I have a love/hate relationship with.

If I were in the market today, I wouldn't buy it again, but since I have it, I wear it. (not very often though)

It may be going on the block, sooner than later.

PAM176

 

 

I like it, I just wish you would wear it on your wrist mate. That has to be uncomfortable.

post #36705 of 48312
My very modest rotation.

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