Rolex

Worn and Well Worn

Patina: 1966 Rolex Submariner (ref. 5513)

Author’s Note: It’s no secret we’re all about surfacing the latest and greatest, newest and shiniest gear. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a healthy respect for careworn, well-made gear from the past. Because in the end, good quality stuff should last a while, perform for years, and become careworn itself. In this era...

Taking the Tool Watch Fetish to New Heights

Timekeeping: Hillary Tenzing Explorer

As Rolex moves further away from its tool watch roots with bigger, shinier version of its classics, there are still those in the watch community who are carrying forward the legacy that began in the 1950s with the Explorer and Submariner. A couple of years ago, a Dutch Rolex collector, Philipp Stahl, created a modified...

Perpetual Luster

Vintage 1972 British Military Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513)

Unique and utilitarian vintage timepieces, qualifiers that are in like a raging tsunami, are rarely embodied better than a classic Rolex with dive strap. Granted, one of the biggest hurdles when purchasing a vintage timepiece is not just finding solid product, but identifying a trustworthy procurement source. Worse, the two in tandem are practically rarified...

Be a Better Man in 30 Days | Day 24: Upgrade Your Watch Knowledge

By Brian Huang and Gear Patrol Reader Ty Alley: We at Gear Patrol love watches. There’s no doubt that we have a fascination with timepieces here. While we enjoy talking about and introducing you to all manner of watches, we realize that not everyone understands the terminology involved. Similar to how we introduced you to...

Gasp! A PVD Coated Rolex

Bamford Watch Department

The Rolex submariner has been a cultural icon ever since Sean Connery wore one in Dr. No.  It’s a watch that wasn’t created just to be pretty, but also to thrive under pressure (in this case, 300m under water)…kind of like a good Bond Girl.  However, even though this is my dream watch, aside from that...