What is baselworld ?

Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show is a trade show of the international watch and jewellery industry, organized each spring in the city of Basel, Switzerland, at Messe Basel.

It comprises about 2,100 exhibitors from over 45 countries, including the leading watch and jewellery brands, as well as companies specializing in precious gems. The show attracts over 94,000 visitors.

What is a homage / replica / counterfeit / frankenwatch ?

Homage
A watch that makes its best efforts to look exactly like another watch only made by a different manufacture.

Replica/Replica/Fake
Made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.

Frankenwatch
A put together watch with original parts mixed with replica or after-market/fake parts in/on it.

What do ‘complications’ mean when referring to a wristwatch?

complication is described as any additional function the wristwatch performs beyond basic time telling (i.e. hour, minute and second). A common example of wristwatch complications are calendar models which display the day/date. Additional complications include chronograph models, whereas the watch performs like a basic “stop watch” (as described above). Other complications worth mentioning are: second time zone, moonphase and alarms.

Rolex model numbers

Rolex engraves or assigns a 4-6 digit model number to every watch type it produces. This number can be found engraved between the lugs on the side of the case above 12 o’clock. The model number can indicate the model type, bezel, and material of your watch. For example, the reference number 16234 can be broken out into three section, which is 162 | 3 | 4. The first, 162, indicates that this watch is a Datejust. The second, 3, indicates that the bezel is fluted. The third, 4, indicates that the watch material is Stainless w/ 18k White Gold.

ROLEX TYPE
Submariner (no date) 55 & 140
Submariner 16, 166 & 168
Sea Dweller 16 & 166
GMT Master 16, 65, 167
GMT Master II 167, 1167
Day-Date (President) 65, 66, 18, 180, 182 & 183
Datejust 16 & 162
Daytona Manual Wind 62
Daytona Cosmograph 165, 1165
Explorer II 165
Oyster Perpetual 10, 140, 142
Airking 55 & 140
Date 15 & 150
OysterquartzDatejust 170
Oysterquartz Day-Date 190
Yachtmaster 166, 686 & 696
Midsize Oyster Perp DJ 68, 682
Ladies Oyster Perpetual 67, 671, 672
Ladies Date 65, 69, 691 & 692
Ladies Datejust 65, 69, 691 & 692

 

BEZEL
Polished 0
Engine Turned 1
Engine Turned 2
Fluted 3
Hand-Crafted 4
Pyramid 5
Rotating Bezel 6

 

MATERIAL
Stainless 0
Yellow Gold Filled 1
White Gold Filled 2
Stainless & Yellow Gold 3
Stainless w/ 18k White Gold 4
Gold Shell 5
Platinum 6
14k Yellow Gold 7
18k Yellow Gold 8

The evolution of Rolex Luminous

Lume is a short term for the luminous phosphorescent glowing solution applied on watch dials. Through the year Rolex has used different materials to achieve this.

Material Period Dial
Radium early 1960s SWISS
Tritium 1998 T Swiss T or T Swiss T<25
Luminova 1998 – 2000 SWISS
Super Luminova 2000 – 2008 Swiss Made
Chromalight 2008 – now Swiss Made

What is a watch caliber or calibr ?

In horology, “caliber” refers to the specific internal mechanism of a watch or clock, also known as a movement. Although the term originally was only used to refer to the size of a movement, it is now used to designate a specific model (although the same caliber can be used in many different watches or clocks). Different watch manufacturers tend to use their own identification system to number their calibers.

What does a rolex cost and what determines the price?

A Rolex watch can vary depending on the type of material used, such as gold, platinum, diamonds, rarity, and market demand. In some instances, due to market demand, a stainless steel watch might be more sought after than gold models, making the two different models cost nearly the same.

How much does servicing a Rolex cost?

The cost will depend on the type of servicing required and the state of the watch. Before every service, the condition of your watch will be evaluated by a watchmaker and you will receive an estimate for your approval for the cost of the service procedure.

Buy a unpolished Rolex?

“Has it ever been polished?” is a question people often ask.

If your are in the market for a vintage watch there only a handful completely factory fresh and unpolished Rolex watches out there. And it takes you a very long time to find one and if you find one you can pay a premium till 100{9c7f37c78d0428cda2145a6ffe5333476c25e854262b773cc5187daf4be10fbc} extra as you pay would for even the best polished examples out there. I thinks this is more a thing for real purists, musea, hardcore collectors or investment watches for in a save.

In general it’s important for a serious watch collector that a watch not has been badly polished or have been  overpolished. If you where a watch for 25 years even if you do that occasionaly, they pick up small scratches and little marks here and there. So if you see a 25 year old watch that is shiny then you can be pretty sure that it has been polished before.  This is not a bat thing, even Rolex polishes watches at there service.

There are few things that you need to be careful for:

Bad polishing or over polishing
The effect of over polishing is the general loss of sharp edges and crispness to the case. Whether done to deal with big marks that can’t be removed any other way or just through sheer carelessness and lack of skill, over polishing a watch will spoil it for ever and it’s effects are almost impossible to reverse.

Restored watch cases (Laser welded)
There are company’s who have utilized laser-welding technology in order to bring their beat-up watches back to factory-fresh condition.

How to check if a case has been overpolished ?

The easiest way to do this to get a book the often pictures with the best watches out there or look online for a picture of a unpolished example and compare it with the watch you want to buy.