Check them out in the vintage watch shop before they go!
In this episode, Christian reviews a Rolex Day-Date, Rolex Oyster Perpetual, and a Tudor (w/ a quartz movement)!
Note: Quartz Tudor sold before it made it to the shop and will be listed in archives momentarily.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 114200
To me, this is one of the most well executed Rolexes in production. Not only because its case is perfectly proportioned, dial bold and oyster bracelet solid, but because it seems to represent the most accurate evolution of a model line. As an Oyster Perpetual, the entry level Rolex, it’s supposed to maintain all of the classic Rolex characteristics execute them in a smaller, sleeker way and have some fun in the process. Take those orange pips behind each hour marker for example. Like the days when Rolex would play with dials and invent new, subtle ways to differentiate one from the pack, they give us something to smile about.
Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803
The black Day Date is, like the blue Datejust and “red” Submariner, at the top of its class. Not only is it one of the rarest variations of the Rolex classic, but it adds a certain sportiness to the 1803 that a champagne dial never could, making it all the more attractive and approachable.
Backing up, introduced in 1956, the Day Date was the first watch to feature the day of the week on full text. From there, it became a global icon. From the wrist of LBJ to Tony Soprano, the Day Date, bracelet and all, became a symbol synonymous with success and power. But now, in the age of pairing beautiful, bold watches like this with leather straps as opposed to solely matching gold bullion Presidentials, they’ve become so much more approachable. And that’s a very, very good thing.
Dating to 1973, this example features a thick 18k oyster case, sharp fluted bezel and most importantly, that elusive matte black dial. Damn, I love this watch.