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Classic! A really beauty. Thanks for sharing some photos.
Yes, a very cool peice of Rolex history. Still, I just don't value having the word Comex on it enough to pay the insane premium it results in on an otherwise standard Sub or SD. For that kind of money...I'll be looking for a pristine condition manual wind Daytona.
Totally get you, Dino - and I assumed the origin of the Domino's thing was something like that; it was just the most ridiculous thing I could find (well, apart from my Saddam Hussein Rodania, but I think that was kind of their thing).
That's an interesting refinement you mention, actually: they don't need to completely wipe out ADs, just reduce the number sufficiently and make buying from a distance hard.
Yes, just wanted to be sure you knew it wasn't a limited edition, but a commissioned piece. Still, with all of the completely stupid and useless limited editions that come out from lots of companies anything is possible.
Companies will never completely kill off their AD network. Its not cost effective for them to open boutiques in less important regions. In addition, groupings of smaller regions can add up to a large market. They can have a presence there with less overhead by leaving ADs operating in moderate to smaller areas. Here in the US, the boutiques generally open in NYC, Vegas, Bal Harbor/Miami, Beverly Hills...but there is a huge market to capture in between the boutiques.
In regards to knowledge it really depends on the AD and the Boutique. Keep in mind also that Rolex Boutiques are not owned by Rolex. Those are owned typically by the large chain ADs like Tourneau.
No worries thanks for clarifying that you haven't avoided a RO for fear that 50m isn't water resistant. My first Rolex was a GMT that was WR to 50m and it never gave me any problems with regard to wearing it in the shower, or to swim at a beach or in a pool. I took that watch shooting, on trips, and it did everything I did for nearly 10 years.
My Explorer 2 (a wedding gift from my wife) is usually my do everything watch. Its the watch I'd generally go to if something might be a bit too rough or abusive for the RO. Also, being a bit older and wiser if I'm doing something in the garage with one of the cars, I take off my watch, both to protect the watch and the car.
Yes, I generally skip a lot of the newbie "What can I wear my watch do do questions" that are in many forums. Although my least favorite watch question on most forums goes something like this... I got this Rolexxe, Kartier, Padeck Filippe, etc on Ebay for $100. I am including an incredibly blury picture. Also, the seller told me this one has a really finely made movement from their Japanese factory ...is it real and did I make a good purchase?
The Comex ones are awesome. Great history, you're right! I too wouldn't pay a premium for them, like Dino wrote. Though, I always enjoy reading about the stories of Comex & Milsub Rolexes on this diving watches page: http://diving-watch.org/COMEX-ROLEX-