HOT WATCHES, HOT PRICES

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The market for luxury products such as wristwatches is highly reliant on human emotions and perception. Dealers of artistic or lifestyle luxuries have long known that perception and availability are for many consumers much more important than actual inherent value. That means even a temporary “high-demand trend” can quickly translate into more demand than supply. Luxury seekers end up focusing more on the fact that a product is hard to get versus what that actual product is inherently worth much of the time. In some instances a very “good” product will also be hard to get, which further decreases ease of acquisition because the items are both inherently valuable and actually scarce. A product (or experience) being desirable because it is hard to get is what we refer to when something is “exclusive.” The idea being that it is desirable specifically because it is uncommon – and watch brands know how much this emotion can galvanize watch collector purchase behavior.

Exclusivity can come naturally when something is limited in production because of complexity or the scarcity of raw materials or parts. Exclusivity can also be artificially created by producing less of a product than is known can be sold. This limits short-term profits because a company is selling less than they know they can sell, but can actually increase long-term profits because limiting supply keeps fans both engaged and in emotional demand for a limited set of goods, which now carry known exclusivity value. Also, the brands we are talking about choose particular halo products which have limited supply, while supplying other watches much more easily (but often at more expensive retail prices). This means brands typically don’t restrict all the products they make, just some of them in order to galvanize collector interest and zeal.

Clearly not everyone is as interested in the psychology as I am, but to make a long story short it is our distinct belief (based on plenty of evidence) that some of the more clever (and independently owned) watch companies are going to be increasingly limiting supply of high-demand sport watches in order to increase demand. This will happen even if it means lowering short-term profits in the form of sales for those specific watches. It is a tactic that only works for stable brands with a long-term vision… and it requires incredible discipline. Discipline typically entirely non-existent in publicly traded or more short-term focused watch brands.

The strategy is simple; based on market demand, limit the availability of entry-level or close to entry-level sport lifestyle watches from brands also known for much higher-end goods. For example at brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe, that means making it easy for a consumer to get a more expensive complicated or precious metal-based watch, but much more challenging to get a simple steel timepiece. If you have been doing business long enough, you tend to know the types of watches your consumers like, and can thus predict which watches you need to carefully dole out to retailers.

ROLEX GMT-MASTER 16753 – 52MONDAYZ

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In the early seventies, the steel and gold 16753 version was an addition to the stainless-steel and full-gold models of the Rolex GMT-Master. The steel and gold version became available with a black dial and rotating GMT-bezel, as well with a brown dial and gold-brown colored bezel. It’s the latter this 52Mondayz article is about.While most Rolex sports watches have black dials, a brown dial quite stands out from the crowd. And that is something which attracts to me, one way or the other. This brown dial as well is the reason for this watch’ nickname, ‘Root Beer’. The color of the dial obviously resembles the color of root beer in that time.

And if one nickname isn’t enough, the Rolex GMT-Master 16753 can be found as well under the names of ‘Tiger Eye’ (or Tiger Auge in German), and even ‘Clint Eastwood’. Certainly, the two-colored bezel has more or less the same colors as can be found in Tiger Eye stones. And the 16753 seems, or seemed, to be Clint Eastwood’s favorite watch. Except often off-stage, it could be seen on his wrist in the 1982 Cold War film Firefox as well.

The last thing I want to mention on nicknames is about the index markers. Most of the brown dialed Rolex GMT-Master 16753’s you’ll find have thicker and higher (golden) indexes than regular Rolex sports models. Dials with these slightly cone-shaped high thick index markers are often, well always, referred to as ‘nipple dials’. The watch I’m wearing this week, however, has a later produced service dial with regular ring-shaped index markers. Although the name of the other indexes, of course, attracts more towards them, the regular ring-shaped indexes look very good and are actually harder to find.

The Rolex GMT-Master 16753, like the 16750, is considered a ‘transitional’ model. This means that the casing, plexiglass, and dial are equal to the former 1675 models. However, a newer type movement has been used. The older GMT-Masters had a Rolex Caliber 1570 caliber. The 16753’s contains the then new higher beat 3075 movement with a convenient quickset date.

My advice is to stay real. If you’re not out for the 1% of these watches which are still untouched and ex-factory original, don’t bother too much. Assure yourself that all parts are original Rolex parts, be it from the date the watch was produced, or original service parts replaced by Rolex or one of their service centers. If a vintage watch has been good taken care of in the past, parts should have been replaced. If not, quite a few of them are worn out and should be considered broken by this time.Why not select our replica store?.

Vintage Omega Seamaster 120 replica watch

When talking about rarity in Omegas, everything is relative. A rare Patek will be one of perhaps 5 or 10 examples, a rare Omega one of a few hundred. A rare Omega is in the thousands – with millions of watches produced over the decades, something that was made in a run of 20 or 30 thousand pieces is relatively uncommon compared to a series of several hundred thousand. So when someone touts his or her particular watch as “rare” don’t expect it to be one of a handful that will never come up again. It’s more likely just an uncommon model that the seller didn’t happen to see on eBay at the time he put up his listing.

I know I have done a lot of reviews on vintage watches here, but you know, these vintage watches are my favorites, many blog readers also asked me a lot of other vintage brand watches that were not reviewed here, but not all of them are produced by the factory, here I recommend you two top quality ones, Daytona Paul Newman and Sea-Dweller Double Red. This one I am going to give a review is a vintage Omega Seamaster, on its dial, there are printings of “Seamaster 120”, actually I do not know the meaning of digit “120”, does it mean that the watch is water resistant to 120 metres? And I have another question, was it produced in 1968?

Whatever, it is a great replica with every detail closely replicated to genuine. The movement is the best, because it adopted a genuine Japanese automatic, which is Miyota 8215. This imported movement has a better accuracy and reliability than other clone automatic movements. This is not a large watch, which only features a 38.5mm case diameter. Black bezel is diver’s style and has white markings. Black dial is protected by plexi crystal face like genuine. The hour markers and hands are all applied with good quality luminescence that could give a long durable lume light at night.

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To meet the whole vintage style, the factory uses a suede grey leahter strap for this replica, the outside face of the band gives a hairy feeling, while the inside is smooth leather. Solid case back has an unqie Seamaster logo that is different from modern logo’s appearance. These engravings on back are also very clear and neat. Because of not that large case diameter, this watch could fulfill the wrist size of most men, plus its movement with low repairing rate, the replica watch will be a good choice for every man who wants to find the vintage feel.

Rolex Submariner Vs Explorer

While the Submariner goes into the deep, the Explorer (below) was built to scale mountain peaks, following Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s successful ascent of Mount Everest with their Oyster Perpetual timepieces.

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Since it wasn’t made for deep-sea diving, the watch is waterproof up to 100m, unlike the Submariner’s 300m. This means you can still go swimming with it and do practically everything in your daily life with it. Just no expeditions to the Titanic wreckage, please.

MOVEMENT
Now that we’ve sorted out the basics, let’s look inside the watches. The Submariner here uses Calibre 3130 which is basically the same as the very reliable workhorse Calibre 3135, except it doesn’t have the date function. The previous Explorer also ran on Calibre 3130 but the new version here uses Calibre 3132, which includes the high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers. Both the Submariner and Explorer are certified Superlative Chronometers with a power reserve of 48 hours and feature the proprietary paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring.

When it comes to aesthetics, the basic models look similar with their stainless steel case, bracelet and black dial. However, the Submariner has a sportier feel, thanks to its uni-directional rotating bezel and slightly larger case (40mm to the Explorer’s 39mm). On the other hand, the Explorer, with its baton indexes and fixed stainless steel bezel, looks more versatile—you can take it hiking but also to a black tie gala.

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PRICE

Now for many of us, this is what it really comes down to, isn’t it? For a sports model, you can expect the Submariner to cost more than an Explorerbut at about $10,000 for a basic model, it may be slightly out of reach for the average executiveCheap . Nevertheless, it’s still one of the most popular Rolex models around and stocks fly off the shelves as fast as Republicans ditch Donald Trump.

On the other hand, the Explorer’s $8,770 price tag is a little more manageable for an entry-level piece. Since both the Submariner and Explorer are comparable in terms of movement, the Explorer scores on versatility, value, and the sheer fact that it’s not going to be lost in the sea of Submariners out there.

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At the end of the day, if this is your first Rolex, get the Explorer. But if you’re looking to expand your collection, a Submariner is an iconic piece you’d want to add to it.

The Three Watches every Man should own

The tool watch

Variants on the basic improvements made to wristwatches during the early part of the last century tend to be of the complex, mechanical variety, meaning anything that is dust and waterproof and comes fitted with a self-winding movement if mechanical (which it should be) could potentially be described as a “tool” watch. However, today, the term is more strictly applied to a set of aesthetic considerations driven by a desire for overall robustness – achieving along the a genuine sense of “horological heft”. Such watches may also come with one or more “tools” – or complications in watch-making parlance – but whether these are ever usefully deployed is another matter.

Dress watch

Released of its need to serve its master in a variety of guises (and quite possibly less than convivial circumstances) the dress watch is required to dazzle in the least flamboyant manner imaginable. Which means, inevitably, the Devil lies in its details, including the choice of metal used in the case and, if fitted, bracelet as well as the overall elegance of its design. It’s the latter consideration that generall denotes a quality “dress watch” and will broadly follow the history of watch design itself: round, gold, high-gloss black leather strap; square or rectangular steel or white gold on patent leather strap or matching bracelet, or some modernist trope thereof.

Beach watch

Assuming for the purposes of this article you have a functional computational device for use whilst riding, sailing, running and the like, the true “weekend timepiece” need only show a hint of horological know-how, wrapped up in an insouciant approach to watch ownership: it can be playful and even a little pretentious (a little, mind), but it shouldn’t cast a shadow over the belief that, back home, lies a veritable army of more aspirational wrist candy. In this guise, plucking something from the growing number of Scandi-inspired watches is relatively easy. Alternatively, stay true to the idea that all great designs have their day and experiment with one or other “outlier”.

Vintage Omega Seamaster 120 replica watch

When talking about rarity in Omegas, everything is relative. A rare Patek will be one of perhaps 5 or 10 examples, a rare Rolex one of a few hundred. A rare Omega is in the thousands – with millions of watches produced over the decades, something that was made in a run of 20 or 30 thousand pieces is relatively uncommon compared to a series of several hundred thousand. So when someone touts his or her particular watch as “rare” don’t expect it to be one of a handful that will never come up again. It’s more likely just an uncommon model that the seller didn’t happen to see on eBay at the time he put up his listing.

I know I have done a lot of reviews on vintage watches here, but you know, these vintage watches are my favorites, many blog readers also asked me a lot of other vintage brand watches that were not reviewed here, but not all of them are produced by the factory, here I recommend you two top quality ones, Daytona Paul Newman and Sea-Dweller Double Red. This one I am going to give a review is a vintage Omega Seamaster, on its dial, there are printings of “Seamaster 120”, actually I do not know the meaning of digit “120”, does it mean that the watch is water resistant to 120 metres? And I have another question, was it produced in 1968?

Whatever, it is a great replica with every detail closely replicated to genuine. The movement is the best, because it adopted a genuine Japanese automatic, which is Miyota 8215. This imported movement has a better accuracy and reliability than other clone automatic movements. This is not a large watch, which only features a 38.5mm case diameter. Black bezel is diver’s style and has white markings. Black dial is protected by plexi crystal face like genuine. The hour markers and hands are all applied with good quality luminescence that could give a long durable lume light at night.

To meet the whole vintage style, the factory uses a suede grey leahter strap for this replica, the outside face of the band gives a hairy feeling, while the inside is smooth leather. Solid case back has an unqie Seamaster logo that is different from modern logo’s appearance. These engravings on back are also very clear and neat. Because of not that large case diameter, this watch could fulfill the wrist size of most men, plus its movement with low repairing rate, the replica watch will be a good choice for every man who wants to find the vintage feel.

How did mechanical-watch king Rolex deal with the arrival of quartz in the 1970s?

Rolex made just 4,000 Oysterquartz watches per year.

How did mechanical-watch king Rolex deal with the arrival of quartz in the 1970s? What follows is an excerpt from the book “Electrifying the Wristwatch,” by WatchTime contributor Lucien Trueb. The book, illustrated with photos of pieces from watch collectors Günther Ramm and Peter Wenzig, tells how quartz-watch technology evolved.André Heiniger, second Rolex president and successor of the founder Hans Wilsdorf, was a true visionary. His opinion was that the originally very costly quartz watch would soon be totally banal. This already had happened with transistor radios, TV sets, and pocket calculators.

Top-quality mechanical movements would always remain expensive and exclusive due to the large amount of highly qualified labor that is required for manufacturing the parts and assembling them. The inescapable fact that a mechanical device can only tell time approximately could be easily hidden by writing “Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified” on the dial. This means a daily rate of plus-six/minus-four seconds per day. In due time, every watch brand in the “upscale” sector copied Heiniger’s concept. Wealthy people don’t need an instrument that tells time: they want a beautiful and exclusive object on their wrist.

Rolex developed several technically advanced quartz movements that never got beyond the prototype stage. The most interesting of them certainly was a thermo-compensated quartz caliber that was developed in 1985. Design studies were made with extremely stable high frequency (1.2 MHz and 2.4 MHz) quartz resonators with the ZT cut. The CEH produced those resonators and delivered 1,000 pieces in 1984. In 1986, Rolex built 50 prototypes but there was no production, even though the yearly rate was just a few seconds. Another very ingenious quartz caliber with a perpetual calendar had the same fate. It was set in a particularly easy way; it also featured a 2.4 MHz quartz resonator with ZT cut as well as a standard 32 kHz resonator. As the ZT quartz and its divider circuit needed a lot of power, it was only switched on every 10 minutes for 10 seconds in order to set the 32 kHz frequency. An extraordinary rate and a battery life of 10 years were achieved with a three-volt lithium battery that measured 22.0 mm by 2.5 mm. The 30-mm caliber featured three motors for the seconds, the minutes and hour, and the day/date function, respectively. This design was patented; the patent became public domain in 2011. A test series of 400 pieces was assembled, but there was no production; none of those prototypes ever left the Rolex premises.

Rolex GMT Master II

The Rolex GMT timepieces are definitely the professional group of wrist watches. It was built in the year of The late 90s towards the Basel Fair. Rolex is usually a name which is pertaining to setting masculine fashion models. Rolex GMT Master II is among the most most deluxe watches in the earth. Unique features of GMT comprises as follows :- Standard case magnitude of 40mm- Self-winding machine- Turning bezel- Ceramic Bezels- An anti-scratch synthetic sapphire gem that has a slim appearance.- Triple lock system presenting another coating of shield to the Oyster case. It offers a superior a triple gasket system which screws down solidly over the case tube and then to the Oyster case.- For sale in 18 karat yellow gold, steel and Rolex. Apart from above capabilities, the choice of black bezel together with black dial is also most stylish in such model. The aesthetic developments which Rolex has brought in the wrist watches with the well stylish machinery have saved the business from the idea of fake replica swiss wrist watches. This business has got security measures engraved included in the watches which include SKU numbers. The bi-directional rotating bezel in the Rolex GMT designer watches allows the individual to observe the time into 2 special timezones concurrently.

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The Rolex GMT was designed as an aviator watch: The newly introduced fourth hand allowed the display of an additional time, with the corresponding numbermarkings on the outer bezel. Pilots used the second time to display the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which led to the name Rolex GMT Master. Altough Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) got replaced 1972 in the Aviation Industry by Coordinated Universal Time , the term GMT is still known and kept as part of the name of the GMT Master, altough Pilots nowadays use it to set UTC.

THE NEW ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL AIR-KING WITH BLACK DIAL

The Rolex Air-King, for most of its very long history, was the simplest, least expensive Rolex, but also in some ways the purist’s Rolex. With no date, a 100 m water resistant case, screw-down crown, and chronometer certification, it had every essential attribute that makes a Rolex , with no distractions. In 2014, however, it was discontinued, and its status as the entry level Rolex as well as the purist’s Rolex was taken in 2015 by a new version of the Oyster Perpetual. In 2016, however, the Air-King returned and it is emphatically not your father’s Air-King. With a 40 mm case, new “Superlative Chronometer” certification, complete overhaul to the dial, and the same arrangements for resistance to magnetism as the Milgauss, it may be an Air-King in name, but in the hand and on the wrist, it’s an almost entirely new watch.

The Black dial rolex oyster perpetual air king replica watch ref. 116900 features a dial very similar to that on the Rolex Explorer I ref. 214270 we reviewed here; but this time, including a white minute scale with white numerals. The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King ref. 116900 features a black glossy dial with applied hour numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.

The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King ref. 116900 is fitted with the legendary Oyster bracelet with satin-brushed finish. The bracelet features solid links throughout and is fitted with a folding Oysterclasp equipped with the Easylink system that allows the wearer to extend the last link on the bracelet by 5 mm.

The watch is waterproof to 100 meters and its movement is properly protected by its Twinlock screw-down crown and its screwed-in solid case back. The watch is fitted with a sapphire crystal with Rolex’s etched coronet at 6 o’clock. Perhaps the biggest difference of this clasp versus all other modern clasps on Rolex Sports models, is that the Rolex coronet —crown— is this time embossed on bas-relief —low-relief— opposed to being applied and soldered to the clasp.

In fact, it’s such a departure from what we’ve all gotten used to thinking of as an Air-King that I almost wish Rolex had named it something else. The retention of the Air-King name means that you have to struggle a little when you first see pictures of the watch – or when you start wearing it – to see it as its own thing, instead of through the veil of years of exposure to something else that had the same name. What is the same, however – Rolex being pretty good at not totally disrupting the connection of any of its watches to earlier models in particular, and to the basic design codes of the company in particular – is the Air-King logo, as if to reassure the skittish that underneath it all, the Air-King is the same purist’s watch you knew and loved once upon a time.

A NEW CERAMIC RING DAYTONA

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2016 Basel Watch Fair, Rolex released a new ceramic ring Daytona is welcomed by the public, but the introduction of new Air-King Air King 116900 is completely beyond everyone’s expectations. Black surface 369 plus every 5 minutes of the digital scale, table diameter 40mm, into a typical appearance of the flight table.

Rolex’s “Air-King Overlord”, is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Series of the most basic entry watch, only the most basic junior needle, no calendar window, the price is also the most approachable. It is also the oldest Rolex watches, dating back to the 1950s. Since then, Rolex Oyster Perpetual has been in the aviation business has played an important role in the period; it is accompanied by the first flight across Everest; a year later, from London to Melbourne, a record return flight also flashed It’s shadow.

Rolex Air King 116900 solid steel strap and oyster-style clasp and Rolex Explorer is exactly the same, but pricing is cheaper, for 5700 euros, Explorer pricing for 6000 euros, compared to the same magnetic properties of MILGUASS cheap 20 %, Which makes it a truly super-cost-effective entry Rolex watches.

The new rolex replica watch ref. 116900 is fitted with a 904L stainless steel case measuring 40 mm in diameter and paired with the signature Rolex Oyster bracelet and a smooth polished bezel. The watch is waterproof to 100 meters and its movement is properly protected by its Twinlock screw-down crown and its screwed-in solid case back. The watch is fitted with a sapphire crystal with Rolex’s etched coronet at 6 o’clock. Perhaps the biggest difference of this clasp versus all other modern clasps on Rolex Sports models, is that the Rolex coronet —crown— is this time embossed on bas-relief —low-relief— opposed to being applied and soldered to the clasp.