Some might see it as a “signature holiday,” but it’s still a holiday, which means it’s still appropriate to show love to that special someone. Many of this week’s vintage watches fit that bill, such as extremely special gold Rolex replicas from the 1950s, and even Girard-Perregaux’s “Moonwatch.” We’re not here to tell you which models are “ladies (vintage) watches” and which are not. Ask Carla Barrett and she’ll explain that all watches should be unisex, and this choice is the perfect proof. luxury rolex
Relying on the case diameter, vintage watches are the perfect starting point for those looking for a neutral watch. Universal Geneva Big Eye, Speedmaster with Tropical Brown dial or Patek Philippe Ref. 2562 are a must for both big and small wrists.
When we first saw this Rolex Oyster Perpetual, we were immediately drawn to the depth rating “50 meters = 165 feet” below the Rolex logo at 12 o’clock. This must be a novel design element, as we usually see depth ratings above six o’clock. Not only that, but it also featured meters followed by feet, a style often used in Rolex’s early depth ratings, such as early Submariners models. In addition, the Arabic numerals 3-6-9 are very reminiscent of the Explorer-style dial configuration, which also gives the watch a sporty vibe.
We can’t talk about this watch without mentioning the auxiliary elements that make it even better. The patina on the dial is another desirable feature never seen before. The bronzed pale orange background is set against the gold hour markers and hands, making it even more impressive. The gold Oyster case has a slightly warm luster. Coupled with the iconic fluted bezel, this watch combines all of Rolex’s signature designs into one.
For my watch, I’m not a big fan of chronographs because of the added functionality and more because of the structural changes the subdials bring to the design, which would have been interesting to me in the first place. “Big eyes” obviously doesn’t fit the bill, but I love this watch, despite its lack of symmetry or structure, and its design inspired by practicality. I think this design process has been somewhat lost in the watch world since the 1960s, where practicality no longer seems to dominate as “big eyes”. Wearing this watch when we put it in the store is a good reminder of the kind of purpose and tool focus that vintage watches often exude.