WHICH ROLEX TO BUY? THE SUBMARINER VS. EXPLORER II

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I’m not going to keep the mystery going here, but after I made my decision I talked to one of the consummate watch professionals whom I entrust for purchases, George Mayer over at Govberg Jewelers. Shortly after that I had my Explorer II on the wrist and I couldn’t be happier. However, the decision was tougher than I had imagined and, in an ideal world, I would have gotten both the Explorer II and the Submariner. Here, I’m going to attempt to objectively compare the two watches to help make this decision a little easier for anyone out there struggling with the same choice.

Fortunately, the Submariner and Explorer II are solid offerings that retain value but are reasonably easy to acquire. However, Rolex is constricting inventory more and more and an inevitable price increase down the road makes this a good time to pull the trigger on one of these pieces if you’ve seriously been considering it.

The first Rolex Submariner ref. 6204 watch arrived in 1953 and has gone on to become the most iconic dive watch in modern history, and one of the most iconic and ubiquitous luxury sports watches out there, period. Originally measuring 37mm wide, the Submariner was waterproof to 100 meters due to its Oyster case though in subsequent years this was improved to 200 meters (1,000 feet) of water resistance. Of course, when Sean Connery wore the Submariner as James Bond in 1962’s Dr. No, the watch was chiseled into the imagination of nearly every young man (and woman) who saw a 007 film through the years.

The Submariner has been an icon for decades, and the two most common models we see are the reference 16610 with aluminum bezel which was introduced back in 1989 and was in production until 2010. In 2010 we saw the introduction of the Submariner we are discussing here in the ref. 114060 as well as the date model ref. 116610. Updates that were made to the newer versions were: the most obvious inclusion of the Cerachrom (that’s Rolex for ceramic) bezel; superior Chromalight lume.

ROLEX DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER 126660

It is true that Rolex does have their own particular alloy blends made for them all the time. It is also true that until recently, really no other watch brand used 904L stainless steel. 904L is harder to machine, polishes up better, and has some corrosion resistance properties that make for a good diving watch.

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The Ring Lock System case is part of the reason it can withstand such massive pressures. The sapphire crystal alone is 5.5mm thick and the caseback is produced from grade five titanium. For 2018 Rolex will no longer really be using the “904L steel” designation to refer to the steel they use. They are still using 904L steel for their watches, but they just won’t call it that. Rolex has introduced “Oystersteel” as the preferred term, which makes their special 904L alloy blend unique to them.

Speaking of text, Rolex seemed to want the new for 2018 reference 126660 to look similar to the outgoing 116660, so it kept one of the original Deepsea’s most controversial features. That is a silver rehaut ring around the dial which contains two phrases being “Original Gas Escape Valve” (referring to the automatic helium release valve) and “Ring Lock System,” which refers to how the case is constructed to ensure such high levels of water resistance. The silver ring itself is actually part of the Ring Lock and is a “high-performance nitrogen-alloyed stainless steel ring.” Honestly, when you wear the watch you quickly forget that it is there, but in truth Rolex didn’t need to remind the wearer at each glance of the dial that the timepiece contains these parts/systems. I’m usually not one to complain about too much text, but I am not sure the text on the Ring Lock needed to be there. Oh well, it isn’t that big of a deal in an otherwise fantastic package.

The vast majority of people who wear a Deepsea will not take it underwater – let alone to almost 13,000 feet. The Rolex Deepsea has 3,900m of water resistance thanks to an actual submarine-like case construction. Rolex has made watches that can go deeper – but it barely matters unless you find yourself in a miniature, wearable submariner pissing contest. The reason people tend to wear a Rolex Deepsea (other than the fact that it is a really cool machine) is the size. At 44mm wide and almost double the thickness of the Submariner, the Deepsea is a beast on the wrist – but one that fans love.

The traditional black dial for the 126660 Deepsea is not identical to the D-Blue (blue to black gradient dial) in terms of text. The primary difference (in addition to colors) is the placement and size of “Deepsea.” On the D-Blue 126660 the word is placed right above “Sea-Dweller” under where the hands connect. On the the black dial, “Deepsea” is smaller and placed just over where the hands connect under “Oyster Perpetual Date.” I happen to prefer the black dial myself, as part of that is the placement of the text. Yes, we aren’t even talking about the functionality, construction, or comfort of the watch, but rather, where a small term is placed on the dial. Welcome to being a watch nerd.

ROLEX MILGAUSS 116400GV WATCH

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If you also fit that category, then look no further than the Rolex Milgauss, and especially the unique anniversary edition reference 116400GV (“glass verte”) with the green sapphire glass. It is a watch with a unique history that stands out from an all too common Rolex lineup and that was designed for scientists… Let’s explore why that is.

While I will not give you a full history of the Rolex Milgauss, I want to brush on the important highlights. The Rolex web site  posts do a thorough job of documenting the history, in particular this post is one of the better ones I have found on its history.

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In a nutshell, the Rolex Milgauss was introduced in the late 50’s when electricity, electronics, aeronautics, and nuclear engineering was bringing about what we now call the technology and information revolution. As a species, we had just discovered the power of the atom, we were finally in a position to leave mother earth (albeit for short periods of time), and the amount of innovations around transmitting, storing, and transforming information, created a series of revolutions that would forever change mankind.

As a consequence of this flood of innovation, scientists (and generally everyone) were increasingly being exposed to magnetic fields. Not only from the instruments used but also from everyday appliances such as TV sets, radios, and the many new electrified appliances that were making their way into households. You don’t need to know Maxwell’s equations to know that an electrical current and a magnetic field are two sides of the same “coin” and that one can easily be converted into the other.

Speedmaster CK2998 & 105.002

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The 105.002 needs to be mentioned as well. There is actually no real difference between the last variation CK2998(-62) and the 105.002 except for the reference number.Omega changed the reference number syntax, which means getting rid of the CK identifier and 4 digit numbers. The 105.002 was actually made in a very small period of time (1962), before its successor was introduced (105.003). This makes the 105.002 perhaps even more collectible than some of the CK2998 models.

Often considered to be the second best thing when it comes to vintage Speedmasters, but a small confession has to be made here. I love this version actually a bit better than its predecessor. This particular reference number already looks a bit like the ‘Moonwatch’ with its black bezel and Alpha hands. Where the first Speedmaster had a bit of a military look in my opinion, this watch is a more subtle sports chronograph.There are quite a bit of variations in the CK2998, where the different styles of hands are the most important identifier. One of the most sought-after CK2998 models is the one with the ‘lollipop’ chronograph second hand.

Oddly enough, I’ve been offered 105.002 for quite a bit less money than a CK2998. Expect to pay approximately 20.000 – 25.000 Euro for a nice Speedmaster CK2998. When there is a box or/and papers as well, the price will be influenced. Don’t get yourself trapped in the tropical dial (discoloured dials, turned to a brownish color). Although some might think it gives the watches a nice cool look, do not pay too much extra for this ‘feature’. Versions that do add value are the so-called FAP models.

Lower price of Elegant Rolex Air King watches replica

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The bottom line is that having a replica of the Rolex Air King watch can give you that same feel as an authentic one but only for a small price. This proves that owning a replica not only satisfies your timekeeping needs but it also provides for your stylish desires. Lastly, we are assured that purchasing a replica will guarantee your money’s worth because it is made with detailed precision and high quality. Even the scratch resistant sapphire crystal watch face has been duplicated in the Replica watches Rolex air King to make it even more authentic, and for the very reasonable price they are being sold at, you could do worse than buy yourself an elegant Air-King replica that would fool even the expert watch enthusiast. The selection of such friendly article has lots of patterns in relation to making the right choice. The increasing demand for the replica watch from the every corner of the universe is helping the industry to expand and produce improved newer edition of the watches replicas of Rolex famous brand.

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The Rolex air-King is renowned for its ability to keep perfect timing in different time zones which was the main reason for its popularity at the time it was introduced to the public in the 1940s. This particular line of Air watches were in fact created to honor the brave pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain during World War II, but soon caught up with the imagination of everyone who wanted to look heroic and sophisticated. Although the rest of the models in the line of Air watches were discontinued in the 60s, the Air-King went from strength to strength and today there are many versions of this popular wristwatch in the market.

The specially patterned numeric in the dial is largely interesting. The juncture of the stylish case and silky bracelet together with handsome dial is the significant attraction of the watches. On the website: the customer is glad in getting the fantasy item in daily wear. The controlled price of the replica Rolex Air-King compels them to think it as a valuable presentation to some relative or friend. Despite the fact that this type of watch is expensive, replicas were made to fulfill the consumer needs of people who wanted low priced but elegant looking timepieces. Replica Watches Rolex Air King in the market these days, it is beyond doubt that this type of watch is one of the most sold models that are not just affordable but also elegant enough to match other brands. Replica watches Rolex air-King is no inferior to the original and comes with the very same features that made the authentic Rolex so famous. All new additions too have been built into the new replica models with some dials in deep blue with red markings and stainless steel belts while others can be found with white dials and luminous hour markers and the very same engravings as in the original.

Buying Breitling Watches

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One of the big announcements at this year’s Baselworld watch fair was the alliance forged between two powerhouse tool watch brands: Tudor (part of the Rolex enterprise) and the formerly independent Breitling, now owned by private equity house CVC Capital Partners.

Under this arrangement, each will supply the other with items missing from their stock list. Thus, Tudor gains access to the Grenchen brand’s BR01 in-house chronograph, while Breitling receives Tudor’s MT5612 automatic movement, now dubbed the B20, which has been put to use in the new Superocean Heritage II series, celebrating 60 years since the launch of its first “dive watch”. Available in 42mm or 46mm automatic and 46mm chronograph versions, all benefit from a ceramic ring adorning the steel bezel, to minimise wear, as well as subtly updated hands and markers. In addition, the COSC-certified B20 movement now delivers 70 hours of power reserve.

All models feature blue, black or bronze finishes and a choice of strap material: crocodile, rubber and a new rubber-leather composite. Alternatively, a mesh strap can be fitted, in line with the 1957 original.

Introducing a Breitling Superocean Heritage

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One of the big announcements at this year’s Baselworld watch fair was the alliance forged between two powerhouse tool watch brands: Tudor (part of the Rolex enterprise) and the formerly independent Breitling, now owned by private equity house CVC Capital Partners.

Under this arrangement, each will supply the other with items missing from their stock list. Thus, Tudor gains access to the Grenchen brand’s BR01 in-house chronograph, while Breitling receives Tudor’s MT5612 automatic movement, now dubbed the B20, which has been put to use in the new Superocean Heritage II series, celebrating 60 years since the launch of its first “dive watch”. Available in 42mm or 46mm automatic and 46mm chronograph versions, all benefit from a ceramic ring adorning the steel bezel, to minimise wear, as well as subtly updated hands and markers. In addition, the COSC-certified B20 movement now delivers 70 hours of power reserve.

All models feature blue, black or bronze finishes and a choice of strap material: crocodile, rubber and a new rubber-leather composite. Alternatively, a mesh strap can be fitted, in line with the 1957 original.

Rolex Submariner Vs Explorer

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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.

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.

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 Explorer but at about $10,000 for a basic model, it may be slightly out of reach for the average executive. 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.

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.

Maybe 3rd Party Authenticators

Perhaps, one day, we will move towards real, trusted 3rd party verification by a team of experts who classify a watch and comment on its originality. It’s hard, though, with watches because, unlike coins, baseball card, comic books or autographs, few will want to seal their watch in some sort of encapsulated block to prevent tampering. Plus, grading a watch might require “control” samples for comparison. And what of the aberrations, the transitionals and those watches that are truly 1 of 1? You also have the concern about who will do the authenticating and their trustworthiness. My experience in many hobbies suggests that serious scrutiny would need to be shown to ensure impartiality. Maybe we will get there within the vintage watch market and one would suggest that the current state of auctions, with many questionable pieces hitting the block; we need something trustworthy on the outside.

In summary, I get it that there or those collectors who only buy “perfect” pieces. It’s a discipline within the vintage watch market that I respect because it takes time to find the right piece. Do I think that every watch in the collection of these folks is truly what it’s purported to be? No, but if the owner is happy and the market accepts the story when it becomes time to sell, then so be it. For me, I care less about this versus finding a watch that appeals to my senses of condition, one that exhibits so-called “honest wear”, full disclosure and something that I feel good about wearing. Anything that has to sit in a safe for fear of putting “miles” on it just isn’t up my alley. But, again, I get it that there are those who enjoy this type of collecting.

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I’ve mentioned this before, but I buy a lot less than I used to. It’s tougher to find good pieces that I can afford, but don’t let my easing off slow you down. There’s still plenty of good stuff out there within the vintage watch market in great condition and maybe even in a different shade of metal. Today, you only require more patience and, likely, deeper pockets.

ROLEX launched the new Oyster Perpetual Explorer type watch

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ROLEX launched the new Oyster Perpetual Explorer type watch, full luminous display, to ensure that at a glance. This model’s unique 3, 6 and 9 figures are coated with luminous material, and the hour markers and the same distribution of persistent blue light pointer. This unique hromalight luminous display ensures clear reading regardless of environmental conditions. The pointer is more wide extension, so that explicit time more clearly. The new Explorer will be Rolex in 2015 laid the top of the Observatory certification to ensure that the watch worn on the wrist to play the top performance.
Explorer symbolizes Rolex and explore the world’s indissoluble bound. In the thirties, driven by the spirit of this pioneer, Rolex has repeatedly Himalayan expedition to provide timepieces of equipment, and in the adventure from the sidelines, watch the development of the future have a direct impact, The watch is more accurate, sturdy and reliable. On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made their debut at Mount Everest, 8,848 meters above sea level. The brilliant achievements of this adventure, but also to consolidate the Oyster watch and adventure activities closely linked. To celebrate this initiative, Oyster Perpetual Explorer in 1953 officially available, quickly became a classic watch.

Rolex Explorer is the best demonstration of cooperation with the outside world. Since the late 1920’s, Rolex to the world as a laboratory to test the operation of the watch in a realistic environment. With this pioneering spirit, Rolex watch Himalayas several times by fellow explorer pick, and they all opinions from safari to watch could affect the future development of the watch.

Explorer watch with 904L steel solid chain Oyster strap, strap with Oyster insurance buckle to prevent accidental opening of the clasp. The buckle is also equipped with an easy-to-adjust link, which is designed to be easily extended by the wearer by about 5 mm. In any case, it is comfortable to wear.
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Inheritance explorer past traditions and characteristics, the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer demonstrated the power of today’s world. A symbol of the new models continue watch ─ continue the pursuit of simple and elegant. Case with 904L stainless steel, can effectively resist. Its case is slightly widened to 39mm, to highlight the appearance, and even more so that the wearer comfort.
The watch is equipped with an automatic chain constant pendulum thallium means, Parachrom blue gossamer and Paraflex cushioning device, the accuracy and operation in extreme environments to the extreme, becoming reliable, sturdy timing tool.