I was given a silver Rolex watch for my 18th and it was one of the best birthday presents I've received!
It is a very expensive watch can cost between 500 - 1000 pounds, but this is a watch you will wear for the rest of your life, and it's not a watch that will go out of fashion, I got this at 18, and by the time I'm 30 it would still be fashion, unlike some watches especially designer ones like Chanel or Guess.
The best thing about this watch is that it'll work for long period of times, and they're strong too.
They come in gold and silver and they are extremely shiny! So they look new every time you wear them.
Where the number three is suppose to be located is actually suppose to be the date of the day - but this isn't usually accurate! It isn't on mine and my dad spend ages trying to get it to the correct date but no luck.
I've only had on problem with this watch and that is that it does come loose easily, cause the more you wear it, the looser it comes and one of the links on my rolex watch has broken (and it's done it twice) sadly I feel naked without my watch and that is me in the current position now!
You always get compliments on this watch and then people actually do end up buying them!
Overall, this is a watch you have to wear and what ever age you are, it will still look great on your wrist! I love mine to pieces and at some point in my life I will pass it onto my kids.
As I write this review I've only had this, my first Rolex, for 4 days (purchased the watch from the Plymouth dealership last week July '07).
It's a Rolex DateJust with steel Jubilee bracelet, the price was £2,050 and represented the 'cheapest' or should I say 'least expensive' Rolex the dealership had in stock at the time.
As I've only had the watch 4 days I can't give a review of it's time keeping capabilities but what I can say is that I find myself staring at it while it's on my wrist, in the same way I expect someone who has just bought his/her first Ferrari might constantly be taking trips to their garage to admire their car.
I wear my Rolex on my right wrist and was surprised when the dealer told me that Rolex's are designed to be worn on the left wrist and that I could experience some time loss/gain and that I should check it every 2 weeks or so.
For me personally it's a boyhood dream realized, if I ever was to buy another watch it would be upgrading to a more desirable Rolex, ie one of the gold DateJust's.
What is it about Rolex watches? They cost obscene amounts of money and yet they don?t keep time as well as a five quid quartz from down the market. In truth they are an anachronism, a throwback to a different world. One where cheap quartz watches didn?t exist and truly accurate timepieces were works of art, requiring vast numbers of man-hours to manufacture and many dollars to acquire. Up until the First World War, wristwatches were not fashionable amongst men. However Hans Wilsdorf, a German watch merchant living and working in London around the turn of the twentieth century was ahead of his time when he decided that Gents wristlet watches (the early name for them) were going to become the next big thing. He commissioned a low-cost movement from Hermann Aegler, based in Bienne, Switzerland and had these incorporated in to an early range of Men?s wristwatches. A brilliant marketeer, years ahead of his time, Wilsdorf decided to concentrate his efforts upon producing wristwatches which were as accurate, durable and user-friendly as possible. Rather than register his own name for the watches he registered a made-up name for his new range. He called it Rolex. However, it was not until 1926 that the first ?modern? Rolex was born; it was called the Oyster. Legend has it that Wilsdorf was hosting a dinner party and having a particularly hard time opening an oyster. He made a comment to his guests that he hoped the design of his new watch would prove to be as resilient as the mollusk. The name was born. This was a watch that would be totally watertight whilst still continuing to offer precision. On October 7th 1927, Mercedes Gleitze, an English typist, swam the channel wearing an Oyster. Thereafter, the watches were displayed prominently in jewelers shop windows, inside a fish tank totally sub
mersed in water; a powerful image that would forever link the Rolex brand name to marine and sub-marine applications. The Oyster has survived, in various g uises, to this day. In 1945 the ?Datejust? was born, the world?s first watch to show the date. Twelve years later the Day-Date was released (Rolex doesn?t rush into things) and almost all subsequent watches in the range were based upon these three basic variants: Oyster, DateJust & Day Date. Additionally, there are only a couple of case types called simply Oyster and Oyster Professional and two bracelet types; Oyster and Jubilee. Finally, you can specify the metal from which your watch is made. Each is available in either steel, Rolesor (a mix of steel and 18 ct gold or platinum), 18 ct gold, white gold or platinum There are five Oyster and six Oyster Professional models in the range. Unless you are a big bloke with Schwarzenegger sized wrists then you might want to give the Professional models a miss. These are seriously big watches and they demand big egos to go with them. It?s not until you actually try one on in the store that you realize just how big and heavy these timepieces are. Of course that is exactly the reason why many people buy them. Discrete they are not. The Oyster is not quite as ?in your face?, although you can still show just how lacking in taste you are by specifying the solid gold case and strap complete with diamonds, instead of numbers, adorning the watch face. Outrageous! A plain steel Oyster is about as discrete as a Rolex ever gets. Bottom of the range is the Air King, next up is the Oyster Perpetual followed by the Date, Datejust and Day Date. In the Professional range we have the Explorer, GMT Master II, Sea-
Dweller, Submariner, Yacht Master and finally, the Cosmograph Daytona. So what should you pay for one of these dubious masterpieces? An obscene amount of money is the short answer, but before we get into that it?s worth discussing the general marketplace because it is quite unique. A Rolex is as good as cash in most countries, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending upon how you look at it and what kind of neighborhood you happen to find yourself in. As long as you look after it and have it regularly serviced (once every four years), your Rolex should appreciate in value over time. The secondhand market rises in line with inflation and the price of new equivalents. This means that after about three years, your Roly should be worth what you paid for it and it will continue to appreciate thereafter. Unfortunately, it follows that a lot of Rolies, particularly the brasher models, are bought for cash as an alternative to using a bank. I?ll leave you to work out the details for yourself but it doesn?t take an Einstein to figure it out. Businessmen, particularly company directors, tend to wear the more discrete Oyster, other kinds of "businessmen" don?t. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that any big bloke wearing a Professional is dodgy, but I'd keep the bugger in line of site if it were me! Also, before you go diving into the secondhand market, be aware that there are lots of good and not so good forgeries out there and it is easy to be conned. Every genuine Rolex comes with a certificate of authenticity and you should never buy a Rolex without one unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Even then you can still get bitten. Some years ago I foolishly accepted an Oyster (complete with certificate) in part payment on a business deal. It wasn?t until about a year lat
er when I sent it off to Rolex to be serviced I discovered anything amiss. I received a fairly stiff letter from the factory informing me the watch was a wrong ?un and that they reserved the right to destroy it since it infringed their copyright. I wrote a groveling reply explaining that the watch was of sentimental value and, as a result, they relented and returned it. I could, I suppose, have sold it on to some other poor schmuck but I don?t have the stomach for dodgy dealing so I never did and it remains in a jewelry box at home, a permanen t reminder to my foolishness. Don?t mess with secondhand Rolies unless you really know what you are looking at. The best way to buy a Rolex, new or used, is to visit an authorized dealer. You will find at least one in most cities. The next question is, how much should you pay? The good news is that Rolex do publish an official price list and you can obtain one by phoning or writing to the Rolex head office in your country. In the UK they can be found at: THE ROLEX WATCH COMPANY Ltd. 19 St. James's Square London SW1Y 4JE UNITED KINGDOM Tel. + 44 (0) 207 024 7300 Fax: + 44 (0) 207 024 7317 They can also put you in touch with your nearest authorized dealer. It?s always best to ask for several because you will find that even large dealers do not stock the whole range and you may have to shop around to find the watch you want. However, they will often have a used example so it?s worth inquiring. The Rolex web-site www.rolex.com is pretty cool and it has a ?design your watch? section, a bit like you find on the car manufacturers? sites so you can see the entire range and pick your watch from
the comfort of your own home. Once you have decided upon your watch and located it, it?s time to schlep off to the dealer to make your purchase. The good news is that most are prepared to deal and they will be happy to discount up to around 10% on more expensive models if you ask nicely. So how much is obscene? At time of writing, a basic Oyster in steel will cost around £1800 brand spanking new. A good second hand example (again, from a dealer) will run you about £1400. From here it?s just a question of how obscene you want to get. An Oyster DateJust Gold Rolesor with a Jubilee bracelet lists at £3350, the same watch in 18ct gold runs out at about £8000. Some models, like the Submariner, particularly the blue faced Rolesor (Butch Wilkins wears one, as do a few other footballers) can bequite hard to ge t hold of and many dealers will tell you there is a waiting list. However it pays to phone around. After a long search and many calls, I recently located one, at a jeweler in Halifax of all places. It just goes to prove the old adage; ?Where there?s muck there?s brass!? As to Submariner prices, I was recently offered a second-hand steel in A1 condition for £1600. A new steel runs about £2200 and a Gold Rolesor about £3600. Oyster ownership is relatively hassle free, aside from the constant fear of being mugged! Don?t worry it wears off after a while. These are very well made, durable watches. If you tend to lead a knockabout lifestyle then I would steer clear of any of the gold models for the simple reason that gold scratches quite easily. Other than that, just wash ?em in mild soap and water every now and again (use an old toothbrush to get into the nooks and crannies) and they should come up as good as new. The glass they use is some kind of highly scratch resistant c
rystal so you shouldn?t have any trouble with it at all. I?ve never managed to scratch one and I?m a bit of a clumsy bugger. So there you have it; a quick buyers guide to the Oyster. Yes, yes I know the prices are obscene, but then so are houses and the Roly is just as good an investment if you look after it. Oh, and by the way, as well as the certificate of authenticity, do keep the box and everything in it somewhere safe. It does make a difference to the eventual second-hand value when you sell the watch on. Many people do end up trading their Rolies up. It?s quite common for folk to start with a bottom of the range model and then, as they acquire capital, trade up to higher and more expensive models. One final point, and I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but wearing a Roly does make a difference. Ever walked into a posh car dealership in your jeans on a Sunday afternoon and tried to get a salesman?s attention? Ever been made to feel a bit second-class in a posh restaurant or at the check-in desk of a five star hotel? Strap a Rolex on your wrist (the brasher the better) and try again. The transformation will amaze you. Salesmen, restaurateurs and hoteliers can spot a genuine Roly at four hundred paces because big Rolies usually mean big spenders. It really shouldn?t matter but unfortunately it does. It?s a sad old World.
I dont know much about Rolex. All I know is that this is an expensive watch that always looks the same no matter when they produced it. So, its like an all times watch. But my family have a strange tradition (maybe rather weird!), once we finished our bachelor degree, the present from my parents will be a rolex. I have four elder brothers and they all have one. Since I'm the youngest (and the only girl! ;-) ) I'm the last one who owned a Rolex. About two weeks before my graduation day, I took my Mom to a famous shopping mall in my country and I pointed to Tag Heuer, I think I like that better compares to Rolex (Yup, the design is very different, Tag more fun, Rolex kinda serious). Of course, I dont know the price difference at that time, to me, Tag is very expensive already, I was hoping that she will get what I meant, but she acted like "whatever". Then on the night before graduation ceremony, what I'm affraid of happened, its a Rolex!!! But its not just that....I was thinking that its will be a two-tone watch, I was wrong.....soon I opened the box, I was even more suprised because the watch is all gold (wait....I mean, super gold!!!) with little diamonds in the numeric part. When its time for the ceremony, I have to hide my watch below the graduation gown, so no one will see it. Yes, it is a great present from my parents but really, its looks too much for me. But the more I wore it, the more I like it. I guess maybe because of the compliments I got from the people who saw it.....(really bad!) . Now....You all must be wondering about what type of Rolex I have.....here it is... MY ROLEX The appearance of my Rolex is as I mentioned before. Its all gold. The wrist style called "president" and the style is "Oyster Datejust". With 11 little diamonds in each numbering (except 12, thats where Rolex logo is). Not much I can say about it, since I already mentioned that its super-go
ld, so everything is.....gold. Included the pointed needle. I asked my Dad about how much it cost, and he said it cost him about GBP.7000+. The presentation is the part that I like the most. Its come with a wooden box with dark green leather covers the exterior of the box. A little gold Rolex logo in below corner. Inside you'll see classic wooden lining and the place to keep the watch is in the middle that covered with cream suede leather. In the opening box, there's a place to keep all the paperworks are. Thats included the certificate with your name and all their authorized dealers in it (that came with its own dark green leather pocket), the guide books about datejust watch and another one that specify the style (in this case the Oyster-Datejust). Also a little green "tag" thats says Rolex President. THE PERFORMANCE Well....apparently, a watch is a watch to me. I do know that must be something extra with Rolex because the price difference (must be a reason for that!), but so far, its perform well. But a little strange that it will stop moving if I dont wear it for about 2 days. So I have to re-start it. I took it to Rolex counter in Harrods and they said its normal. They said if I wear it all the times, it will not stop. Since I dont wear it everyday....it doesn't really bother me though. I guess the best part that I like is the surface. I loves watches and owned lots of it (but yeah, mostly Swatch and Guess...hehehehe) all of that have scrathes in it (I'm kinda careless person) but my Rolex surface is still the same. My friend told me thats because of the Sapphire surface that anti-scratch....but whatever it is, I just love it. MY TIMES WITH ROLEX Hum....since my Dad told me the price. I can not stop worrying about my watch. I mean....c'monn, that almost the same as my MA tuition fee. Even when I was in my country, I only wore it several time. Not just because of its loo
k a little "too much", but also because of I dont want to look different that can attract so many crimes (cant blame them). When I came to the UK for the first time. Since I dont want to wear my Rolex (I wear my Swatch instead!), I carried everything in my backpack. I kept my rolex in its original box that quiet heavy. When my plane stop in Frankfurt, I felt like I have to take my bag everywhere with me and was a bit annoying. With Rolex, strange things happens. Like when we have burglary in our student residence, everyone ran to their room and check on their laptops because thats the most important thing for everyone of us at the moment (our dissertations are in there!), but me, I went straight to check my watch. Thankfully, no one lose anything. NOW AND THE FUTURE I think there's a moral issues why my parents gave us Rolex as our graduation present. I kept thinking about why we have to stay in college and kickin' ourselves for 5 years and at the end, you'll get a watch. My mom told me, thats a way to show us that if you want the best you have to work for it. I started to realized what she meant. I'll be 25 this year, I have owned a Rolex for almost a year, but I'm sure if I'm working after I finished my MA, still its going to take me a long time to buy the watch that I have now. Thats makes me appreciate my watch even more. For example, I spent some times to read the manual, and went to the authorized dealer to understand how this watch works. I just found out that my watch size is "Intermediate". Its the middle size between "Lady" and "Men" size but I guess my parents knows that since I'm a big girl, I need a bigger size...hehehe I dont wear my watch so often, I only wear it in special accasions. I also wear it when I have to give presentations, dont know why now I started to believe that my watch gives me "confidence" to speak in
front of people. I saved my money to get different kind of watch. Something that I can wear everyday. But not Rolex of course. Only fashion watches, like Gucci or Dior (none of that can compares to Rolex, its scratched already). Even for fashion watch thats already took me a while to get it. I think it will take me a long time to get another Rolex (please God make it faster!! *pray*). Because of that, I started saving to get the diamond bazel for my watch (its will go around the surface, to make it look even more too much!!! *giggle*), its still going to take me a while to get that bloody bazel (I still dont have it yet! maybe in 5 years), thats all I can get, just accesorise it! *wink* I definietly recommend anyone to start saving to get a Rolex. Its not only the function, but its also the "feelings" you will get. Its an old time classic. I can say that its the best one out there. My friend has a Cartier watch that cost almost the same as my Rolex, but I can tell that mine looks more exclusive.....as other opinion says "its like a Ferarri of watches"....enough said.
I've just bought my second Rolex. The first one, bought in Malaysia 22 years ago, was a steel GMT Master with the Jubilee strap. It cost me 400 pounds. It was never off my wrist from then till now; work, play, sailing, it saw it all. In that time it stopped just once, when the luminous coating on an hour marker fell off and jammed the second hand. I had it serviced about five times in that period. This is very expensive - about 130 pounds but they replace the glass (not synthetic sapphire on this model) and it takes several weeks. As I got older, the sheer size of the watch started to irritate - and it wrecked innumerable shirt cuffs! I decided to treat myself to a new one. I bought a new Yachtmaster in steel and gold, in the intermediate size with the Oyster strap, which is much more elegant and discreet than the full size model. This cost 4000 pounds. I sold the old one for a lot more than I paid for it - not bad for twenty years of daily use! My new Yachtmaster is simply the most beautiful thing I have ever owned. It is perfection in design, form and functionality. It feels wonderful on the wrist. It is phenomenally accurate - at the moment it is running better than one second every two weeks. The only downside - I'm a bit twitchy about wearing it in urban areas; the steel one was less obvious as the shape is copied by everybody so no-one believes it is a real Rolex! So I keep it under the cuff of my shirt a lot. (I know it's there). Why own one? Rarely in life can many of us afford the very best. A Ferrari is out of reach for all but a few. Even fewer will have a Learjet. Yet for the price of a good holiday or a second hand Fiesta you can have the very, very best sitting on your wrist - there is no better. It gives you self confidence, it is utterly reliable, it never needs a new battery when you are travelling on business in West Africa, and if it really comes down to the crunch it might convince a homicidal robbe
r to spare your life in exchange for it. You can wear it with jeans, you can wear it with a suit. You can wear it with nothing else when making love (winds it up nicely). You will never regret buying it and you can tease your children over who will inherit it. It is the only piece of jewellery that constantly gains in price. So what are you waiting for.. but here are some points to ponder. 1) Make sure you don't get a fake - buy from an authorised Rolex dealer and get all the paperwork and hologram. Make sure you get a full receipt to show VAT paid too; otherwise HM Customs might take an interest next time you fly in to the country. 2) The waiting list for all the sports models is horrendous; many are resold immediately for much more than list. To avoid this keep your eyes open when travelling, and if you see the one you want, buy it then and there (have a high enough credit limit on your card!) 3) It will need servicing every five years or so to maintain its performance. This will cost you! 4) You will need all risks insurance; I pay 1.5% per year for global all risks which is already 60 pounds a year! But are you really going to risk having this 4000 quid masterpiece nicked with no compensation? You might get cheaper rates on your home insurance (not in Toxteth). Anyway, if you apply logic to buying a Rolex you need help - buy a Swatch instead. 5) The Oyster strap is a lot stronger than the Jubilee and has a safety clasp. It's not so comfy though, but I think it looks better than the Jubilee in the steel/gold variant. 6) Frankly, it is bloody heavy, so no wimps need apply. Buying a Rolex is an insane decision that you will never regret and it is the one thing you will never, ever let your ex-wife get in the divorce settlement. You will find yourself looking at it in quiet moments with enormous satisfaction, knowing that you have on your wrist the closest thing to mechanical perfection
ever devised, created by the finest craftsman and as perfect as the hand of man can make it. It will never go out of fashion, other men will envy it and it will never let you down, unlike fast cars, fast women and slow horses. In the locker room it will distract attention from your other inadequacies. Are there competitors? Yes, but not directly. In the sports models, Omegas are lovely watches but just don't have the same cachet. Audemars-Piguet are downright ugly and and are so heavy you need to do weight training to wear one. There are more sophisticated mechanical watches (Blancpain, etc.) but these are not as robust. This will always be a personal call, so each to his own! And finally...yes, your wife will want one too..and of course I bought mine one! This turns out to be not just a boy thing...
I bought my Rolex watch in Sydney, about seven years ago. I probably paid a higher price compared with buying it in Jakarta, where I live, but I wanted to avoid the risk of being sold a fake. Rolex offers many styles of men’s and women’s wrist watches, with a choice of different bracelet types and made from a variety of materials including stainless steel, yellow or white gold, two-tone steel and yellow gold, or platinum, with plain or jeweled faces, at a huge range of prices. The 31-jewel automatic mechanical movement, though, is the same regardless of whether you go for stainless steel or some more expensive metal. So, being attracted to precision mechanical watches but not particularly to jewelry, I chose a common or garden stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual “Datejust” (how do they think up such silly names?), with fluted steel bezel and Jubilee bracelet. It’s the only watch I’ve worn since I bought it and I wear it everywhere I go. At first, I was concerned it might get damaged but I don’t worry any more. It’s a tough watch and doesn’t need to be handled with kid gloves. The synthetic sapphire crystal glass is truly scratch-proof but the steel, as I’ve discovered, is not. Every Rolex mechanical movement is individually tested, at an independent laboratory in Switzerland, for a period of a fortnight or so, to ensure that it runs at a constant speed under varying physical and climatic conditions. If it passes the test, it can then be certified as a chronometer (not chronograph). Note that I said it must run at constant speed, NOT accurately! Accuracy depends on the tension adjustment and to get that as precise as a quartz movement would take a lot of fiddling. In any case, it would probably need readjusting periodically, during the early part of its life, to keep it accurate as the moving parts bed in. In consequence, a Rolex needs to be checked and the time
reset, if necessary, every couple of weeks for the first year or so. The stainless steel finish on my watch and the bracelet is excellent. It’s polished to a mirror-like surface and shows no sign of rust. The bracelet fits my rather large wrist snugly but I have to have it set to its maximum length. There are three hands on this watch, indicating hours, minutes and seconds. The second hand advances with a sweep movement, not in one-second jumps. The hour and minute hands have luminous paint but it’s invisible to me except in total darkness. The crown can be unscrewed and pulled out for manual winding, if necessary, and to adjust the date and the time. There’s no inbuilt intelligence regarding date, so it thinks every month has 31 days; thus, the date, which is just shown as a number, has to be adjusted at the end of February, April, June, September and November. The rectangular date window is located on the watch face at 3 o’clock and has a magnifying glass that makes it easily visible. A more expensive model, the “Daydate”, also shows the day of the week through a curved window at the top of the watch face. Rolex advises cleaning the outside of the watch and the bracelet every couple of weeks with warm soapy water and a soft brush, to remove grit and dust. I do that when I remember. It’s waterproof to a depth of 100 meters, so there’s no danger of water getting to the interior as long as the crown is tight. I reckon my Rolex is probably due for a service, having stopped unexpectedly a few times when I haven’t bothered to wear it at weekends. It used to run for about 36 hours after taking it off but now it’s more like 24 hours. There is a Rolex service center in Jakarta and I’ll get around to taking it in one day. Maybe they can polish up the case at the same time, because it has collected a few minor scratches over the years.
The only other automatic mechanical watch I’ve owned (and still own) is a big, heavy Raymond Weil gold-plated beast, with three additional small dials and a stop-watch function. It was a lot cheaper than the Rolex but I bought it many years ago, in Surabaya, and I can’t remember how much I paid for it. It’s very accurate but the gold plating is peeling off in places and I once had all three hands fall off at the same time! I consider my Rolex to be a far superior watch.
I got a Rolex about 6 month ago and what a watch. Its classy as hell, the women love it, everyone wants to look at it and everyone’s impressed. I paid £2500 for it, the retail price is usually £3000. Its solid gold, it is in the day-date oyster perpetual range, it has small diamonds in the face (hardly visible), it glows up when you enter a club... what a watch. Yes, it’s so heavy. When you swing your fist you can feel the extra weight then watch gives you. I can't really say how well the watch fits due to the face that I wear it loose. Asking how it fits is like asking how a wedding rings fit or a gold chain (silly question really). The thing is about having such an expensive watch is that when you have had a few beers or "whatever", you become paranoid and end up checking your wrist every five minutes to see if its still there even though you can blatantly feel it. Another downer about it is if you get mugged… If you get mugged (properly) and you end up £20 down, that’s bad but if you lost over £2000 it would make you sick. That’s why the thing about Rolexes you only end up wearing it on special occasions… It doesn’t seem worth the cash does it… but in a way it is. This is the first watch I have owned over £100. The watch I had before was a pulsar something, gold with a large face and bulky strap (very nice). I would recommend buying a Rolex if you can afford to loose it… if your like me I wouldn’t bother… I’m sore you can think of some much better things to spend £2500 on.