Thursday, January 16, 2014

It's About Time: Rolex Watches

Submariner 6536
Photo by Bob's Watches
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I'll be honest with you, I don't know much about Rolex Watches, other than they're a luxury time piece. The "fanciest" watch I ever owned was a Mickey Mouse watch with a metal band.  I think it cost about $60 back in the late 1990's.  I currently own a tacky Smurf watch with a metal band and before that one it was a Homer Simpson watch.  So obviously, I know all about stylin' and proflin'.

So you're probably wondering why I'm writing about Rolex.  Someone from the website Bob's Watches sent me an email recently after reading my blog about Swatch Watches.  He asked if I'd look at their website and write a little something up, so I agreed.

The site is quite impressive and gives browsers a chance to see some classic time pieces, as well as new models.  The Rolex name carries a lot of prestige, nearly 110 years after its founding.  Bob's Watches buys, sells, and trades vintage Rolexes.  They've been around for more than 30 years.  On the site, you'll see all types of watches, ranging in price from about $1,900 to more than $20,000.  Like I said, they're luxury pieces.

Ric Flair & his Rolex
Photo by WWE
I remember wrestling legend Ric Flair always bragging about his expensive suits, fine wine, and Rolex watches.  That's probably the first time I'd ever heard of the brand.  He'd get on a roll while cutting a promo and wrap things up with the line: "You're talking to the Rolex wearing, diamond ring wearing, kiss stealing, Woo! wheelin' dealin', limousine riding, jet flying son of a gun..." Years later, Shawn Michaels gave Flair a Rolex as a token of his appreciation after "The Nature Boy" retired at Wrestlemania 24.

Submariner 6536
Photo by Bob's Watches
But I digress.  Back on track with Bob's. The company wanted me to talk about the Vintage Rolex Submariner Reference Number 6536.  Sources say it was only produced in 1955, and many people believe Sean Connery wore the model in the James Bond movie Dr. No.  It's also the first watch to have a depth rating of 330 feet (100 meters).  The pictures I've posted (other than the Ric Flair one) are of this model and were provided by Bob's Watches.


I may never be able to own one, but I can gawk at them online all I want.  They're great looking watches and have truly stood the test of time.  And if you want to buy one and don't want to get scammed, because they're are plenty of knockoffs out there, check out the video below.  It's from Bob's Watches too.



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