Rolex Military Submariner

May 23, 2018 by  
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If the Rolex Submariner is the most famous dive watch, then the Rolex Military Submariner, or MilSub, is the most famous military-issued dive watch. What is now a highly sought after piece of watch history — and one of the rarest collector’s watches ever — was once merely Ministry of Defense (MOD) standard issue equipment.

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Around 1957, when the MOD was ready to commit to the Submariner, Rolex was several years and several upgraded references into the Submariner’s history. The 6538, which would become known as the Bond Submariner for its time on Connery’s wrist, was made into a MOD-spec version, the A/6538. According to Mike Wood, one of the world’s preeminent collectors and authorities on MilSubs, the MOD required certain features that would differentiate the civilian and military Subs: fixed bars, requiring a nylon strap and ensuring the watch case isn’t leaving your person without an arm attached to it; a larger bezel, allowing gloved divers more gripping power; and a bezel material of German silver, which would typically dent upon impact, versus cracking or breaking. The factory-installed dials with luminescent markers powered by radium had to be re-lumed by MOD watchmakers due to their unsafe radioactive levels. Tritium was used for the re-lume, signified by a circled “T” above the depth rating — making this likely the only vintage watch worth just as much or more with a re-finished dial.

While the three 5513-based MilSubs are very similar, their subtle differences are based on markings and date of release. The early 1970s saw the release of the 5513 MilSub, which, as you can guess, is stamped with a 5513 between the lugs. As the mid-70s wore on, the 5513/5517 began production, adding a small 5517 marking on the backside of one of the lugs — hence the term “double-stamped”. Finally, the most sought-after reference, the 5517, followed the 5513/5517 and replaced the 5513 marking between the 12:00 lugs to simply read “5517”. Clear as mud, right?

The MilSub is one of the priciest vintage Rolex watches, the result of having serious military provenance combined with such low production numbers. All told, from 1971 through 1979, only about 1,200 MilSubs were issued, of which an estimated 180 or so still exist today. Regardless of whether it’s an A/6538, 5513, 5513/5517, or 5517 purchasing a MilSub takes patience, lots of research, a trustworthy seller, and a healthy bank account. In good condition and with documentation, don’t be surprised to see a MilSub fetch over $100,000. That’s a lot of coin for a modified Submariner that can only be worn on a nylon strap.

Trying to understand the MilSub from an outsider’s perspective, the high prices and obsessive collectors may seem odd, maybe even ridiculous. But after digging into the details, the picture gets somewhat clearer; the history is there, and it’s nothing short of impressive. Over a short span, MilSubs provided a clear link between watchmaking and world history. As the existing examples get lost with time, the link slowly fades away with them. So, you know what? Forget the Queen. God save the remaining MilSubs.

It seemed as though the beefed up Submariner was to receive its own reference number, 6540, given the amount of modifications, but, likely due to the small production run, the reference defaulted to A/6538. In fact, documented examples show a crossed-out “6540” stamped inside of the casebacks, with “A/6538” stamped alongside.

Rolex Milgauss Watches

May 18, 2018 by  
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The lack of a date cutout also results in what is a simply awesomely symmetrical dial; which is easily one of my favorite aspects of the Rolex Milgauss. First, the dial is black with simple baton-like hour markers filled with white Super-Luminova that shine green, though the markers at 3, 6, and 9 are orange-filled and shine blue. At twelve o’clock is a large Rolex coronet underneath which the Rolex Milgauss model is marked with the common Oyster Perpetual. The hour and minutes hands are similar to the Datejust model and are made of white gold with a thin strip of the white Super-Luminova. On the periphery of the dial is the now common ROLEX ROLEX (…) and unique serial number (at 6 o’clock) laser etched markings which helps with counterfeiting and gives the dial a certain genuineness…

Inside the Rolex Milgauss is the in-house Rolex 3131 movement, that while hidden from view, is superbly accurate and sparsely decorated. I’ve spent weeks wearing it noticing only about +/- 1 or 2 seconds difference from my iPhone reference time which I used to set the Rolex Milgauss using the 3131 movement hacking feature. The power reserve is 48 hours and the 3131 movement can also be wound manually by unscrewing the non-protected large but flat crown. There is no date on the Rolex Milgauss since any cutout on the dial would likely interfere with the operation of the Faraday cage. Finally, the 3131 movement includes the Rolex Parachrom hairspring which is made with a highly non-magnetic material, providing additional protection from the omnipresent fields that the Rolex Milgauss tries so hard to fight against.

But perhaps the best aspects of the dial are these two subsequent features. First, the seconds hand on this watch is the completely unique lightning bolt hand that is painted orange. The color contrasts perfectly with the black dial and also matches the discreet seconds markings around the dial (also in orange). And second, to complete the case, the dial is covered by the uniquely colored crystal matching the corporate colors of Rolex. The crystal is perfectly transparent with hints of green that never overpowers and seem to change intensity depending on the angle you look at the dial or how light is reflected on it. Finally, while you would not think that orange and green would work well together, it does so in this case in spades… and this is coming from someone whose color preferences tends to be conservative (read, black and white).

How to maintain Rolex?

January 7, 2017 by  
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First, from an objective point of view, to understand the accuracy of the table, mechanical watch quartz watch itself is relative to the existence of a certain error, oscillation system (including the escapement system and balance spring balance system) coordination and stability is The main factors that determine their ability to accurately travel.

Second, from external factors, the temperature, magnetic field, the impact of interference is a watch precision travel time factors. The temperature changes the working length of the gossamer, while changing the inertia of the balance wheel can directly affect the timing accuracy; magnetic field for the impact of the watch we must be more familiar with the point, because there are many mechanical steel watch material, such as steel Wheel, escape wheel, etc., so very susceptible to magnetic; impact, is also one of the first to bear the brunt.

Third, the chain is not fully or worn state can not make the watch full release of energy. Because all the tests in the factory before the factory is in accordance with an ideal state of daily life of people tested, including the arm swing, the watch accepted the external environment. If you are sitting in the office all day, can not let the automatic mechanical watch has power, the natural time will not be accurate, it will not fully meet the power reserve time. Wearing too comfortable or too much movement, are not conducive to watch the travel time.

the calendar calendar lattice, due to the grid is divided into two different speed, the first within ± 5 minutes to complete the calendar tab, the second in 3 hours to complete the calendar tab.
3, in case of using a screw-type crown of the watch, not hard pull, please counterclockwise rotation to open the lock of the crown, the adjustment time, the crown clockwise rotation and push into the lock.

Fake Rolex and Real Rolex

October 10, 2016 by  
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Rolex is one of the most coveted luxury brands on the planet known for quality, durability, style, and prestige. The Company uses the best steel on earth called “904L steel”, which is more rust and corrosion resistant. It also makes, alloys and rolls its own precious metals to ensure the exact integrity of every watch. Everything crafted is done to perfection, so take a closer look at the case, crown, hands, bezel, bracelet, and clasp, and if anything comes across as sub-par quality, then you can be pretty sure it’s not the real deal.

The movement that powers a Rolex is an exercise in master watchmaking skill. A replica watch cannot match the craftsmanship, dedication, precision, and knowledge invested into each genuine caliber bona fide movement will always have “Rolex” engraved on it, which you can only see if you open up the watch.

Something else to consider is that the majority of the brands watches have mechanical movements, so if you’re looking at a quartz, that could be a red flag since only a very limited quantity of quartz watches throughout their history have been produced.

The dial of an original is perfect, so if you see any uneven fonts, inconsistent spaces between the lettering, smudges, and/or misspellings on the watch then it’s unquestionably a fake.

With the exception of a couple of very rare vintage models produced in the 1930s, Rolex does not equip their watches with clear casebacks, so beware of replica watches that have a clear window with a view of the movement on the back of the watch’s case.

Today, the Rolex Datejust Replica Watches are available in so many options — each one of them unique in their own way. The Rolex Daytona, GMT-Master II, Yachtmaster II, Submariner and the Datejust II are the most popular best-selling Rolex watches of all times. The original watch has barely changed, but its value and reputation definitely has. This timepiece that was once called the biggest mistake is now the most worn and sought-affter piece. It is one of the most counterfeited watches sold all over, and can be sold for just a few thousand dollars. But no matter what, nothing beats the original Rolex Datejust! Copy Rolex Datejust Watches stand apart from the crowd due to its versatility, functional features and designs.

If you want a real Rolex you can always find them at the first pre-owned Rolex Exchange Bob’s Watches where you can trade, sell rolex, or buy pre-owned Rolex watches at great prices. If you have any questions or want to know if your Rolex is fake or real give us a call at 1(800)494-3708 and we’d be glad to help you out.