Golden Age Of Rolex Movements - Parts 1 - 4

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Golden Age Of Rolex Movements - Parts 1 - 4

Post by koimaster » May 6th 2019, 9:01am

Because this is a long 4 part article I have posted the opening of part one with the links to all parts. Great job writing this and the research that was involved with it. For the Rolex haters out there, perhaps this will at least get you thinking that your Chinese made prodiver is not something another person grabs your wrist to look at. He is hitting on you!

by Tim Mosso

If you want to love Rolex, but you love mechanical movements more than you love watch brands themselves, rejoice: we are living in the halcyon days of Rolex movement innovation.

Since the late 1990s, Rolex watchmaking – complications, patents, and even movement finish – has flourished in the shadow of the Rolex brand and individual blue-chip model families. While it would be tempting to forge straight into the highlights of this golden era, proper perspective first requires a retrospective.
The desert of Grunge-era Rolex

I grew up during the 1990s, and my awareness of the larger watch scene began to take shape around 1999. The crazy stuff – complex calendars, rattrapantes, tourbillons, and chiming watches – was made by brands like Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Breguet, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and other nameplates that an American kid stood no chance of encountering in the cultural desert of a strip-mall Tourneau.

But Rolex was as ubiquitous as boy bands, New York Yankees caps, and overheated dot-com stock in ’99. ... greatness/ ... strations/ ... ent-years/ ... tchmaking/


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