Originally Posted by Dino944
Yes, I remember the article by Walt Odets, I believe he was reviewing an Rolex Explorer.
I agree complete, if stuck on a desert island or traveling to a remote area I'd want a Rolex. In addition to being rugged, I remember someone also saying if something happens and you need money or goods, a Rolex works as currency in any country. You can easily trade or sell it for necessities because everyone knows the brand name...your probably can't say the same for VC, Breguet, Philippe Dufour, or Journe etc.
The comparison I'd use regarding the Odets review is to a wealthy wine enthusiast reviewing a top-class IPA by Grand Cru
Bordeaux criteria. He's an amateur horlogerie
lover with a taste for hand finishing who didn't really have an appreciation of the fundamental difference between a machine-finished Rolex movement and a elaborately-decorated hand-finished movement; they're as distinct as wine and beer. Rolex is all about absolute precision of manufacture, which is not something that's easy to assess for an amateur and has nothing to do with decoration. That particualr 3000 movement was certainly rough-looking in spots (I have no idea where the marks on the balance weights would have come from, though) but it still had exemplary stability and positional error. They might not have been the most nicely-finished jewel seats, but that watch wouldn't have put in a performance like that if they weren't in precisely the right place.
I think his review was well-intentioned, but when he says "ease of service" and "minimal parts count" like they're undesirable things, it's clear that his taste for complicated, highly-decorated movements makes him overlook the factors that make the machine-finished function-first movement so unbeatable in daily use. The engineering that goes into them is the best in the industry, and especially these days, there's nobody even similar in price who takes quality control and true Swiss manufacturing as seriously. To be fair, the 3000 was not exactly the best effort in Rolex's history, either, but it still delivers on the real-world criteria of reliability, accuracy and toughness.Edited by Belligero - 1/26/13 at 4:05am