As the watch market has grown continually more sports Rolex crazed, interest in modern references has increased drastically, making it near impossible to get a hold of current production models without paying a hefty premium. This can be seen best in the case of the all green “Hulk” Submariner, which attracts serious appeal while remaining quite polarizing. Although this modern reference is no slouch, it could be argued that its older brother — the Ref. 16610LV — brings more to the table in the way of timeless styling and importance. For those that wonder why this watch has become the crown jewel of modern sports Rolex collecting, here’s the comprehensive guide you’ve been looking for.
The Rolex "Day-Date" is one of the most iconic and beautiful watches in the Rolex catalog. In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist: Cam discusses a rare and interesting Rolex "Day-Date" dial variant nicknamed the "confetti dial". The multi-colored "confetti" dials are coveted among collectors, not only for they're a rarity but for their subtle yet vibrant dial details that are truly unique amongst Rolex dials as a whole. The term "confetti" is in reference to the compilation of individual colors that make up the single base color of the dial, creating a colorful and speckled dial appearance when observed up close... Be sure to like comment and subscribe to the Craft+Tailored official YouTube channel for the latest updates and content from Craft+Tailored
The IWC MK XII is becoming a "Neo-Vintage" classic. In this article, we discuss a brief history of the IWC Mk reference range and provide the technical and design details of this IWC mid-1990's classic. We dive into the details and explain why its a watch worthy of spending time on one wrist!
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist," Cam talks about a very interesting Elgin chronograph that retains its original box and papers from the 1960s. Elgin was an American watchmaker with a very storied history dating back to 1864 that produced some fascinating watches throughout the company's history. Unfortunately, Elgin disbanded in the year 1968. All US manufacturing discontinued and the Elgin name was sold. After the Elgin names initial sale, the title passed through several hands, which resulted in some interesting pieces that were manufactured under the Elgin name from all over the world. This Elgin Chronograph ref. 7452 is a complete time-capsule full set. The case of the ref. 7452 is reminiscent of the Heuer Camaros of the same era. The "panda" matte white dial with black subdials is signed T Swiss T and features charming red accents. The watch employs a Valjoux 7736 chronograph movement and comes complete with all of its original accessories.
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist: Cam talks about a Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 Nicknamed the "Polar Dial" and provides a brief history of the Rolex Ref 16570. The Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 was introduced in 1989 and was the predecessor to the Rolex Explorer II ref. 16550. The Rolex Ref. 16550 and Ref. 16570 look very similar but do have some big differences. The Explorer II reference 16570, featured a newer type of movement the caliber 3185 and later the 3186 which offered the jumping hour hand. It also only had one obvious visual change from its predecessor, the use of black hour marker rings and hands on the white dial version as opposed to the previous white-dial model which had white gold hour markers and hands like the Submariner and GMT-Master.
When it comes to luxury-driven prestige, all eyes are on the famed Day-Date. Although the bulk of its production is made up of the more conventional variants, it’s the individual and indulgent executions that have put the model on the map. Before taking the plunge on a President, why not tempt yourself with a refresher on some of the more lavish pieces to proudly bear the Day-Date name?
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist" Cam discusses a true time capsule piece, this elusive Breitling 815 chronograph features its original box, papers, and pamphlets. Boasting an oversized 38mm case and a stunning silver "panda" dial that features a unique blue tone, the overall condition on this ref. 815 is absolutely superb. The nickname "Long Playing" holds true when referring to the Breitling ref. 815 Top Time. With the addition of an extra-long mainspring implemented into the Valjoux 7736 manual wind movement, the power reserve is an extensive 52hrs. The ref. 815 also introduced the 12-hour recorder to the Top Time chronographs.
In this episode of 'What Is On My Wrist" Cam discusses 2 sunning and equally as cool Universal Geneve Polerouter's a watch that was designed by arguably one of the most influential watch designers to ever be recognized. The Universal Geneve Polerouter series of watches would become one of the most notable Universal Geneve watches of the post-war era. Learn more in this episode of "What Is On My Wrist" and by checking out the Blog
Over the course of his career, Davis explored a variety of daring musical avenues within the framework of jazz, earning him international acclaim whilst influencing his peers. Though in addition to pioneering styles and advancing jazz through now celebrated sessions and recordings, the American trumpeter, composer, and bandleader had truly ineffable style, which should come as no surprise.
Like all Rolex sports models, the Sea-Dweller has gone through only iterative changes throughout the years. Placing a modern Sea-Dweller next to a vintage reference from, let’s say, the 1970s, you’d be able to determine which model was newer, but the fifty-year-old version wouldn’t seem antiquated at all. All Sea-Dwellers are marked by a few key design indicators that have made them an essential piece of kit for dive professionals.
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist" Cam talks about a Tudor Ranger Ref 7996/0 from his personal collection and provides a brief history of the vintage Tudor Ranger reference range including key features of the Ranger and what to look for when buying a vintage Tudor Ranger!
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