The Servicing of my Rolex GMT Master II By The Watch Buyers Group

The Servicing of my Rolex GMT Master II By The Watch Buyers Group

Apr 04

As good as our Rolex watches are, eventually they will require routine maintenance and servicing.  Not only will the interior mechanical components which comprise the movement require period cleaning, oiling, and adjustment, but the exterior metal surfaces will pick up scratches and “dings” which detract from the appearance of the watch. When it comes to Rolex watch servicing,...

Review of the Everest Rubber Strap

Review of the Everest Rubber Strap

Feb 04

Let’s face it – being a Rolex collector and enthusiast means that you’re going to have to live with a certain amount of monotony.  The Oyster bracelet in all it’s splendor is the default choice throughout much of the Rolex sport line, as well as the Datejust and other non-sport Rolex models.  Sure there’s some variation in materials and finish available, but one...

The Explorer II 16570-3186: The Last Of The Five-Digit Sport Rolex Models

The Explorer II 16570-3186: The Last Of The Five-Digit Sport Rolex Models

Aug 31

In 2000, Rolex released the then-new Rolex Daytona 116520 – the first of the six-digit sport models which refreshed and replaced the same model with a five-digit model number.  In the case of the Daytona, the 116520 replaced the 16520 “Zenith” Daytona which came before it.  Over the next 10 years, Rolex would slowly but surely introduce a new six-digit model and discontinue...

A Tale Of Two Explorer II’s

A Tale Of Two Explorer II’s

Aug 28

It’s been a while since I’ve bought a Rolex (about three years actually), but I bought three in the last thirty days.  I bought the first two last month – a Y series coke bezel GMT Master II, and a P series white dial Explorer II.  Both were exceptionally good buys, and the Coke GMT II was almost immediately sold.  I bought the Explorer II with every intention of selling it...

Testing My GMT Master II with Kello For The iPhone

Testing My GMT Master II with Kello For The iPhone

Nov 22

I recently downloaded Kello from the iTunes App Store and thought I’d share my experiences with this iOS application. Jon Edward’s Kello is an app for measuring the accuracy of a mechanical watch and show you many seconds per day your watch is gaining or loosing.  I first became aware of Kello back in July – apparently the app was first released earlier this Summer, but...

Restoration of a Rolex “Double Red” Sea-Dweller 1665

Restoration of a Rolex “Double Red” Sea-Dweller 1665

Nov 15

Restoration of a Rolex “Double Red” Sea-Dweller 1665 By: John B. Holbrook, II August 10, 2009 Over the past few years, I’ve gained an appreciation for vintage Rolex sport watches, and have enjoy finding and restoring several reference 1680 “Red” Submariners.  Even more rare and valuable than the Rolex Red Submariner 1680 is the “Double Red” Sea-Dweller...

Who Makes a Better Movement – Rolex or Omega?

Who Makes a Better Movement – Rolex or Omega?

Nov 14

Who Makes a Better Movement – Rolex or Omega? By: John B. Holbrook, II March 1st, 2009 For years, rabid enthusiasts in both the Rolex and Omega camps have hotly debated which of the two companies makes a better movement. In fact, it was one such debate topic posted in the Omega Forum of  WATCH TALK FORUMS which prompted me to write this article.  It would be arrogant of me to assume that...

Sending Your Rolex For Factory Service Redux: A Warranty Service Testimonial

Sending Your Rolex For Factory Service Redux: A Warranty Service Testimonial

Nov 13

Sending Your Rolex For Factory Service Redux: A Warranty Service Testimonial By: John B. Holbrook, II July 8th, 2009 Back in 2005, I had occasion to send my Sea-Dweller to Rolex USA in NYC for some warranty service work. I did a small article and testimonial about the experience which you can read about by click here. Fast forward to June 2009, and I once again had need of some warranty service...

Modifying and Upgrading Your Rolex

Modifying and Upgrading Your Rolex

Nov 12

Modifying and Upgrading Your Rolex By: John B. Holbrook, II September 29th, 2008 In many cases, when people buy products (cars and computers immediately come to mind), they like to made modifications to those products.  In some cases, people want to personalize their possessions, making them unique to themselves.  In other cases, they wish to upgrade certain components of a product to enhance...

Completing The Package: Accessories For a Vintage 1680 Submariner

Completing The Package: Accessories For a Vintage 1680 Submariner

Nov 11

Completing The Package:  Accessories For a Vintage 1680 Submariner By: John B. Holbrook, II May 5th, 2008 While I consider myself to be a collector of modern Rolex pieces, the lure and appeal of some vintage models is hard to ignore.  Now, locating an example of the vintage Rolex model you’re interested in at an affordable price point is challenge enough.  But it’s truly rare to...

An In-Depth Examination Of My 1970 Rolex Red Submariner 1680

An In-Depth Examination Of My 1970 Rolex Red Submariner 1680

Nov 11

An In-Depth Examination of My 1970 Rolex Red Submariner 1680 By: John B. Holbrook, II November 21st, 2007 Followers of the ROLEX REFERENCE PAGE will recall that back in February of 2007, I purchased a model 1680 Red Submariner (vintage 1972) that was in poor condition, and I completely refurbished and restored it.   It was a fascinating process, and I did a two part article about it (click for...

The Restoration of a Rolex “Red” Submariner 1680 – Part II

The Restoration of a Rolex “Red” Submariner 1680 – Part II

Nov 11

The Restoration of a Rolex “Red” Submariner 1680 – Part II By: John B. Holbrook, II February 16, 2007 When we last left off, in Part I of my little restoration project, I had dropped off my 1680 to my local watch service shop for a polishing of the case and bracelet, replacement of the acrylic crystal, and a complete service on the movement. I had also ordered a new bezel insert...

The Restoration of a Rolex “Red” Submariner 1680 – Part I

The Restoration of a Rolex “Red” Submariner 1680 – Part I

Nov 11

The Restoration of a Rolex “Red” Submariner 1680 – Part I By: John B. Holbrook, II February 6, 2007 This week I had the fortuitous opportunity, quite unforeseen, to buy a vintage Rolex Submariner, model number 1680. The particular 1680 Submariner is a very rare “Red Submariner” – so named due to the red writing on dial. Relatively few were made between about...

The New Rolex Service Guide

The New Rolex Service Guide

Nov 10

The New Rolex Service Guide By: John B. Holbrook, II June 13th, 2007 As you may recall from my Travel Page article on my trip last month to New York, I was invited to tour Rolex USA’s headquarters and service center in Manhattan. The experience was an honor I will not soon forget. During the visit to Rolex USA in New York, I was provided with a copy of the new Rolex Service Guide – a...

The Rolex Caliber 3135

The Rolex Caliber 3135

Nov 09

The Rolex Caliber 3135 By: John B. Holbrook, II November 9th, 2010 Rolex is a name which needs no introduction in or outside the world of horology.  Rolex is also renowned for historical innovations in horology, such as the water-resistant Oyster case (1926), and the Perpetual auto­matic winding system (1931). Rolex has continued to develop significant innovations, as evidenced in what is...

An Examination of What’s Changed When You Buy A New Rolex

An Examination of What’s Changed When You Buy A New Rolex

Nov 09

Understanding The Changes:  An Examination of What’s Changed When You Buy A New Rolex By: John B. Holbrook, II November 18th, 2007 Over the past 3-4 years, Rolex has made more changes in their watches and packaging than they have in nearly twenty years previous.  The changes have in some cases been abrupt and without warning, and left many people with questions – questions most...

The Mystery of the Rolex GMT Master II 16710-3186

The Mystery of the Rolex GMT Master II 16710-3186

Nov 08

The Mystery of the Rolex GMT Master II 16710-3186 By: John B. Holbrook, II June12th, 2008 In recent months, I’ve been seeing reports online regarding some interesting variations on the GMT Master II 16710 (for more information on the GMT Master II, click HERE) which have been showing up at dealers, in the last remaining number of models which exist.  For those not aware, Rolex officially...

The Evolution of the Modern Era Rolex Daytona

The Evolution of the Modern Era Rolex Daytona

Nov 08

The Evolution of the Modern Era Rolex Daytona By: John B. Holbrook, II April 20th, 2008 Even though the modern era Daytona (which I define as those which have the 4130 movement inside) has only been with us since 2000, many do not realize that the Daytona has several different variations for which Daytona collectors should be aware.  I call the first variation of the modern Daytona the...

An Adventure in Vintage Rolex: My 1984 Rolex Datejust 16013

An Adventure in Vintage Rolex: My 1984 Rolex Datejust 16013

Nov 06

An Adventure in Vintage Rolex: My 1984 Rolex Datejust 16013 By: John B. Holbrook, II April 27, 2006 This story begins not with the purchase of my 1984 Rolex Datejust model 16013, but rather with the purchase of my wife’s 69173 Datejust as a wedding gift (we were married just a few months ago on 1/28/06). She absolutely loves the watch, and I love to see her wearing it. She still has a...

Removing Scratches From The Polished Center Link Of A Rolex Oyster Bracelet

Removing Scratches From The Polished Center Link Of A Rolex Oyster Bracelet

Nov 06

Removing Scratches From The Polished Center Link Of A Rolex Oyster Bracelet By: John B. Holbrook, II March 19th, 2006 Anyone who owns a Rolex with an Oyster bracelet that has polished center links (like the three I own – the two-tone Submariner, Yacht-Master, and Daytona) knows how readily the center link shows scratches. In fact, many people shy away from buying a Rolex with polished...

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