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Zenith Gets a Jump on Basel – and Gets In Bed with KISS Guitarist

LVMH-owned Swiss watch brand Zenith continues to make big moves under the guidance of new President and CEO Jean-Claude Biver. For starters they’re getting a jump on Basel, and drawing publicity away from the non-LVMH brands showing there, with a new Pilot Extra Special Chronograph that will be the latest addition to the brand’s Heritage collection.

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Then and Now: Pasha de Cartier Chronograph

Throughout its history, the house of Cartier has always been a favorite among the world’s royalty. In the 1930s, the Pasha of Marrakech commissioned Cartier to create a timepiece that could keep up with his active lifestyle. Of course, Louis Cartier obliged. He presented the Pasha with a watch that was not only water resistant enough for daily swims but also elegant enough for royal duties.

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Vintage Rolex Watches

What do you think when you hear the word ‘vintage?’ Do you think antique? Something that’s older than you are? Maybe something that’s outdated, like a wall-mounted phone, a record player, that sort of thing? Well, when it comes to watches nobody passed a law on the definition of the word, but accepted rules of thumb are 25 to 30 years old and older. (A good working definition for ‘antique’ is 100 years old and older.

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Here Is Why Rolex Picked The Three-Pointed Star: Mercedes

Many Rolex owners look down at their watches and see what appears to be a Mercedes Benz logo in the hour hands of their timepiece. This feature, now a ubiquitous characteristic found on watches from a myriad of different manufacturers, first made an appearance on Rolex sport watches in the mid 1950s.

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The Transitional Third: The GMT-Master ref. 16750

In our next chapter of our look at the GMT-Master collection—where we previously discussed the ref. 6542 and the ref. 1675—we now check out the ref. 16750. In 1981 Rolex debuted the third GMT-Master, the ref. 16750. Considered a transitional reference, the GMT-Master 16750 was in production for less than a decade until about 1988. While it was very similar in style to its predecessor, the GMT-Master ref. 1675, the ref.

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The Success Of The Follow Up: The GMT-Master 1675

Following up our look at the inaugural Rolex pilot’s watch, the GMT-Master ref. 6542, we now take a look at its successor, the highly popular GMT-Master ref. 1675. Rolex unveiled the ref. 1675 in 1959 with plenty of modifications over its predecessor. The GMT-Master ref. 1675 proved to be so successful that Rolex produced it for over 20 years until 1980.

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The First GMT-Master II: The Ref. 16760 Rolex GMT-Master II

In 1983, Rolex unveiled the next chapter in their pilot watch story with a GMT-Master II to accompany their already popular GMT-Master watches. That first GMT-Master II was the ref. 16760, also known as the “Fat Lady” in Rolex collecting circles. Here we take a look at that inaugural GMT-Master II watch, as well as the differences between the GMT-Master and the GMT-Master II.

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An Overview of Vintage Rolex Dials

For vintage Rolex collectors, the style and condition of a dial are of great importance when assessing a timepiece. As the centerpiece of a watch, the dial is largely responsible for its overall appearance; and since each dial is like a tiny painting, much of the damage that one sustains throughout its life is likely to be permanent.

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The Purist’s Vintage Rolex: The Air-King, Reference 5500

While it receives far less attention than Rolex’s Submariner, Day-Date, or GMT-Master, the Air-King is one of Rolex’s oldest watch lines, with a history that spans over seventy years of near-continuous production.

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The Paul Newman Rolex Daytona We Flew First Class from Greece

At Bob’s Watches, we are proud of the excellent service we extend to our customers. Our friend Vasileios experienced it first hand recently and we flew him out from Greece all the way to Los Angeles to meet us at our headquarters in Huntington Beach. In his possession was none other than his dad’s vintage Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6239. The ref.

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