From what I know the TOG was introduced in 1955 as an award
given to US Air Force pilots returning from combat missions.
The US Air Force
has an exhibition flight team called the Thunderbirds that was started in the
50s and I believe the name was taken from that. Recently, probably due to the discontinuation
of this Watch, many PWC members and HKWF members asking this watch.
These are three watches that we have had located in Hong
They are Blue, Black and white, unique movable bezel, red
second had and date! Three lines, outstanding Look!
The Blue one has paper too. Interested parties can contact
us for more price information.
Rolex Day Date Platinum Rolex Day Date White Gold Oyster Quartz with paper Rolex Day Date Yellow gold with bracelet Rolex Day Date Ref.218235 Rolex Day Date Oyster Quartz 1977 with 25 links Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi Omega Panda Rolex Turn-o-graph white dial AP Star Wheel Deepsea used Submariner Re.16610 IWC Little Prince.
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The Rolex Daytona
has been in vogue for over 2 decades, or even more for some earlier references.
Earlier, we looked at how this particular ace of Rolex has evolved in time. In
this episode, we will look at 3 best stainless steel Daytonas.
Daytona 6263 – The “Paul Newman” Daytona with exotic dial
The legendary 6263 is on our list, and it
always will and should on anyone’s list of favorite Daytonas. A Rolex 6263
Daytona with exotic dial is referred to as “the Paul Newman Daytona” as movie
star Paul Newman used to wear it a lot when racing, and not racing. At 37mm,
the 6263 has a very exquisite dial layout. It looks classic by any standard.
The sub-dials are well placed with appropriate space and balance in between.
The numerals on the sub-dials are exquisitely done. The chapter ring is another
feature of an “exotic” dial. It matches the tachymeter on the bezel very well.
Other than that, the 6263 has red “Daytona”
letters on the dial and features screw-down chronograph pushers. It is a
must-have for any Daytona enthusiast and the prices at auctions have proved
The first automatic chronograph with an in-house Rolex movement - is it
The 116520 has been in production since 2000 when it replaced the 16520
which had a modified Zenith movement. The 116520 is now out of production and
it is replaced by the new ceramic Daytona 116500ln. However, it was a cult
success by any means. The price of the 116520 had always been higher than the
retail price. It was such a symbol of status that no other watches could, or
116500ln Daytona Ceramic
Rolex is good at solving problems. While the
bezel of the 116520 was said to attract scratches easily, they have now put a
ceramic bezel on the newest Daytona ref 116500ln. The new 116500ln is a
stunner. The white dial version features the “panda” style dial similar to the
legendary 6263. The best thing is that it has a ceramic bezel that is not
easily scratched. Other details? The movement’s accuracy is now +2/-2 per day!
As the successor of the 116520, it is going to be another cult success. Do get
yours before it gets hard to find one.
PS The latest price of the Ref116500LN white is HKD$135,000 as of Today in Market of Hong Kong.
At Baselworld 2016,
Rolex stunned us (or not) with the new ceramic Daytona 116500ln. Other than the
new steel Daytona, Rolex also released two precious-metal versions which are
the 116508 green dial and the 116509 blue dial. These two watches have added
long-awaited colors to the Daytona collection.
You can see that
the tachymeter scale on the bezel of the 116508 has been updated. The green sunburst
dial is simply stunning with the yellow gold case. The green color here is a
very dark forest green or some may call it Rolex Racing Green. It looks very
sharp and classic, almost royal. There are red sub-dial rings and red color
markers at each hour marker. The result is simply Super! It will surely be a
hit as it is the first new dial for the YG Daytona in years, left alone the use
of green, the signature color of Rolex.
The 116509 this
year is updated with a blue sunburst dial. The colder tone of the blue color
matches very well with the tone of white gold. The dial has red sub-dial rings
and hands and markers made of white gold.
If you already have
a steel Daytona, you might want to consider these two models. The green dial
version is especially sharp in yellow gold case. It is certainly one of the
killer combos you will find in the collection. However, the white gold version
is good for low-profile people. Either will be a good choice for you.
If you need to buy one of these watches, we can get one for you at certain discount.
When you are about
to enter the world of Rolex, of luxury watches, price is often the factor you
have to consider. You do not want to buy the cheapest Rolex model available and
show your friends that you have a Rolex. For the first one, 50k-60k would be
quite appropriate. The general public’s perception on a price of a Rolex is
around that range.
Almost every Rolex
model is iconic. However, you have to understand very well whether you want sports
models or classic models. Again, the factor of price plays a role here. At
50k-60k, you can have the two popular sports models, the Submariner and the GMT
Master II. These are two models that are easily recognized by people on the
street and guarantee you very good attention.
Other than the
model reference, you might want to pay attention to aesthetics. For example,
again using the GMT Master II and the Submariner as examples, one may find the
Submariner more classic while the GMT Master II more flashy. So, be sure to go
to an AD to try before you make your final verdict.
Be practical on function when choosing your
first Rolex. You can surely go for the Daytona as your first Rolex. However,
does it really give you what you need?
A Chronograph, Really?
One of the basic
functions you need may include the date, instead of a chronograph. (If you want
to time how long you have to wait for the green light then the chronograph goes
first). So, it is recommended to choose a watch with a date window. For a more
classic choice, the Datejust II is good with a fluted white gold bezel. You may
also choose the Explorer II as it also has a GMT hand, with prices lower than
the GMT Master II.
How many High-end watch Switzerland produces each year
Imagine an established, Swiss watch brand, located in Geneva
or the Vallée de Joux. This watchmaker has done well and diversified with good
marketing network now makes 40,000 mid- to high-end watches a year. (Swiss bank
Vontobel recently estimated in that Audemars Piguet makes 40,000 watches a
year; Breguet, 32,000; Jaeger-LeCoultre, 75,000; Roger Dubuis with 8,000, while
the number at Patek Philippe is 50,000.)
Of the 40,000 watches made by the imaginary watch company,
say 20 percent are complications such as chronographs and annual calendars, but
quarter of the complications output is the high-end stuff, minute repeaters,
tourbillons and the like; watches with six figure price tags. So this company
makes 2000 high-end complications a year. Assume a third, or 500, of those are
Over a decade, that would mean 20,000 high-end complications
produced, 5000 of them tourbillons
by a single hypothetical company.
With 20 companies, a decade’s worth of production is 400,000
high complications, and 100,000 tourbillons.
High complications typically starting at US$100,000, being a
mere millionaire is insufficient to afford one. Only ultra high net worth
individuals – those fortunate individuals with over US$30m to their name – can
reasonably afford such watches. Wealth-X, a research firm specializing in rich people,
estimated in early 2015 that there are just over 211,000 ultra high net worth
individuals around the world.
Even if every UHNW individual on the planet bought a
high-end complication over the course of a decade, there will still leftover watches.
So the answer to the question in the title is obviously yes.
That’s why modern complicated watches are now faring poorly in the secondary
market, as evidenced by recent auction results.
What is a collector to do?
A collector should, therefore, pursue truly rare watches.
Vintage watches are often the suggestion, since their supply is by definition
limited. However, the vintage watch market is frothy and fraught with danger,
so prudence and specialized knowledge is required.
It never not too late to seek genuinely rare watches.