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Posted 21 March 2019 - 11:28 AM

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Time for a part V, since the part IV has hit >500 pages, with 10,050 posts made to be exact...

 

And going back to the basic: Let this thread be for all things related to watches, except advertisement! :excl:

 

There is no better time to start this new thread, since BASELWORLD 2019 will be officially opened today and last till 26 March 2019.

 

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Rolex

 

GMT-Master II Ref. 126719 BLRO With Meteorite Dial In White Gold

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Sea-Dweller In Two-Tone 'Rolesor' Steel And Yellow Gold Ref. 126603

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GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 BLNR

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Tudor

 

Black Bay Chronograph Steel & Gold Ref. 79363N

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Black Bay P01 Ref. M70150-0001

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 12:13 PM

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Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue Watch

 

 

 

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 03:49 PM

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Hope to see more nice watches here 😁
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Posted 21 March 2019 - 03:56 PM

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Time for a part V, since the part IV has hit >500 pages, with 10,050 posts made to be exact...

 

And going back to the basic: Let this thread be for all things related to watches, except advertisement! :excl:

 

There is no better time to start this new thread, since BASELWORLD 2019 will be officially opened today and last till 26 March 2019.

 

 

 

Rolex

 

 

 

 

 

 

GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 BLNR

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 06:02 PM

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Seems like sports Rolex in jubilee will be the trend moving forward.
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Posted 21 March 2019 - 06:08 PM

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No wonder saw many pp selling of sea dwellers .
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Posted 21 March 2019 - 06:53 PM

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 07:17 PM

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 07:27 PM

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Surprisingly for ages, Rolex did not make their own movements. When introduced in 1963, the vaunted Rolex Daytona used a Valjoux caliber 72 manual wind movement.

 

It took 25 years to get with the times,and install an automatic chronograph engine - the Zenith El Primero caliber 4030. From 1988 to2000 Rolex relied on outside manufacturing to produce the heart and soul of one of the company’s most iconic watches.
 

Currently, Rolex’s sister brand Tudor shares its in-house three hand movement with Breitling, in exchange for Breitling’s well-respected chronograph movements. Perhaps in the future, all Rolex products will have 100% in-house construction but I doubt it. In the luxury watch circle, it is often a shell game of brand recognition on the dial vs. what cannot be seen by the customer.


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Posted 21 March 2019 - 07:42 PM

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People who dont know shit about Rolex should just keep quiet about Rolex.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 08:33 PM

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 09:50 PM

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now lazy to go basel pages n surf

 

in all honesty, mostly repeated from yesteryears. change color, change material, upgrade movement ;p


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Posted 21 March 2019 - 10:36 PM

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 11:00 PM

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One picture can tell a thousand words

 

 

There is a difference between a genuine collector from a saleman.

 


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Posted 21 March 2019 - 11:14 PM

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 11:26 PM

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Corrections (for those keen on the long read):

 

 

 

Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet.

 

And even the brands that produce true “in-house watch movements” still purchase certain highly-specialized parts from suppliers, including items like synthetic rubies, hair springs, and screws. In the end, brands pushing that “in-house” messaging are really just clever marketers.

 

If nowadays Rolex is an entirely integrated manufacture, certainly one of the manufactures that produces most parts of a watch, this situation only came after Rolex acquired several of its sub-contractors. It was Patrick Heiniger (third CEO of the brand, who took over the position in 1992, after his father André Heiniger) who really started the integration strategy. Under his direction, many companies have been integrated to Rolex. Genex, one of the largest case makers, were one of the first to be bought. Later, in 1998, Rolex acquired the bracelet-maker Gay Frères, a company that is famous for the Heuer beads of rice bracelet and for the bracelets of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and of course for being the ones to manufacture most of the Oyster bracelets for Rolex. In 2000, Rolex took over Beyeler, a “cadranier” or dial-maker. The brand also integrated companies such as Boninchi, the largest supplier of crowns for Rolex since 1919, or Virex et Joli Poli, case-finishers (polishing mainly).

 

 

Yet, the most interesting part comes from the movements. For most of us, it was assumed that Rolex was producing their own calibres, unique to the brand, and of course in-house. Well, if this is not entirely wrong, the story is much more complex. Indeed, one name must be considered: Jean Aegler.

Under this name is a Swiss watchmaker (1850-1891) based in Bienne. His manufacture was specialized in manufacturing small movements, especially for ladies watches. He achieved to create a 20mm diameter movement, which was at that time rather impressive. Most of the manufactures were still producing 40mm or 50mm movements, intended to be fitted in pocket watches. Because of this expertise, which could fit the idea of Rolex to sell wristwatches only, he was selected by Hans Wilsdorf in 1901 (thus, before the incorporation of Rolex in London) to become the brand’s unique supplier of movements – a situation that remained true for decades, Rolex only outsourced elsewhere for the chronographs (Valjoux). Movements by Aegler were small enough and mainly known to be highly precise (something that definitely helped Rolex later, in their need for precision).

Even if this company mainly produced for Rolex, they were not owned by the brand, but remained under the control of the Aegler/Borer family. This Rolex/Aegler situation, where movements were actually not properly in-house produced, remained true for close to a century – from 1905 to 2004.

After a few years, seeing that business blossomed for both parties, the relation became much closer. Indeed, in 1920, Hermann Aegler (one of Jean Aegler’s son) became one of the owners of Rolex and was appointed to the board, along with Wilsdorf and Davis. Late 1920s, the opposite situation even reinforced the link between Rolex and Aegler, when both Rolex & Gruen (the second largest client of Aegler) purchased shares in Aegler, which was then renamed “Aegler, Society Anonyme, Manufacture des Montres: Rolex et Gruen Guild A”. This is why you can find antique images of Aegler’s production site with Rolex logo on the roof. End of the 1930s, Gruen sold back their shares in Aegler and, quite simultaneously, Rolex did the same – simultaneously with this, Aegler sold their Rolex shares back to Wilsdorf. In short, Rolex was back entirely in the hands of Wilsdorf and his wife, and Aegler was back in the Aegler/Borer family. Still, the situation in terms of business was remaining very positive and Aagler continued to deliver movement to Rolex. In fact, the Aegler factory was even renamed “Manufactre des Montres Rolex SA“.

To that point onward, both parties had a mutual agreement. Rolex couldn’t buy movements from another manufacture and Aegler couldn’t not sold to another watch brand (to the exception of chronographs, not done by Aegler). So, in terms of production, Rolex movements were exclusive and produced by a manufacture named Rolex. Yet, it is only on 26 March 2004 that Rolex officially took control over Aegler/Rolex Bienne to integrate it to the brand’s portfolio (see Timezone for even more details).

Despite all the controversy, Rolex is still a good watch.

 

 

 

 

Surprisingly for ages, Rolex did not make their own movements. When introduced in 1963, the vaunted Rolex Daytona used a Valjoux caliber 72 manual wind movement.

 

It took 25 years to get with the times,and install an automatic chronograph engine - the Zenith El Primero caliber 4030. From 1988 to2000 Rolex relied on outside manufacturing to produce the heart and soul of one of the company’s most iconic watches.
 

Currently, Rolex’s sister brand Tudor shares its in-house three hand movement with Breitling, in exchange for Breitling’s well-respected chronograph movements. Perhaps in the future, all Rolex products will have 100% in-house construction but I doubt it. In the luxury watch circle, it is often a shell game of brand recognition on the dial vs. what cannot be seen by the customer.

 

 


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Posted 22 March 2019 - 07:17 AM

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People who dont know shit about Rolex should just keep quiet about Rolex.

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Or simply google, cut and paste..... act guru...
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Leaving the ignore function on is the best option.
Its great to have that function available. Thanks MCF

 

 

It is good you create your own joke but who act like guru? The way you comment, you seem to feel threatened to replaced as a self designated Rolex guru here. 

 

Sharing of information does not mean become guru right? Making corrections also mean become guru meh?

 

 

I am actually have no opinion on Rolex but seems so much talk of Rolex here that I try to learn something. It got me thinking buying watches may be a worthwhile investment but then there are so many brands.

 

Let me share (NOT guru OK).

 

Not to long ago, I attended the IWC watch launched. It has a great and well crafted watches. Then I realized it is difficult for IWC watch to appreciate in value because they keep updating old watches and market it as new limited collection. So IWC is out.

 

So I am still searching. 

 

 

I am very sure your real person is different from your internet persona. 

 

 

Lets agree to disagree. 


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Ok I know Rolex best on TGIF ...... so relox or lorex folks


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