Dear Rolex: Now that we’ve got your attention, we just want to say thank you! After years of rattling the cage of the biggest name in the industry, today we scored a major victory. The fine people at Rolex must also read Monochrome-Watches.com because this year they decided to raid our files to produce not one, not two but three of our imagineered pieces.
Every year, around January/February the bunch of us meet up at a secret location, armed with historical photos and Photoshop! Frank (Geelen) calls the meeting to order and asks everyone for their top picks… This year we did pretty well. Here is a quick synopsis of our predictions for 2014 and the products as they have been announced at Basel.
‘Our’ Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 aka ‘Pepsi’:
‘Their’ Rolex GMT-Master II 116719:
We were off in one respect with this model. Aesthetically we were spot-on. Economically Rolex must feel that the word recession only applies to hairlines; they opted for white gold vs our stainless steel. Just for comparison: the yellow gold 116718LN is priced just above $33k USD, while the stainless steel 116710 BLNR comes for just north of $9k USD.
Our Sea-Dweller II 116600:
Their Sea-Dweller 4000 116600:
I suppose we missed the word “Date” from the second line of text…
Then there was the ‘throw-away’ pick; Frank said “We need one more…” and this is what we came to the table with!
‘Our’ Milgauss 116400: (in Blue)
‘Their’ Milgauss 116400GV:
I have to admit – their ‘blue’ is better than our “BLUE!” We didn’t think that they’d opt for green glass (again). Technically speaking, I don’t think the colour has much to do with the anti-magnetic properties of the watch. That said, the next time I happen to be up in the Earth’s magnetosphere, I’ll let you know how I do. Once again, thank you Rolex for listening to our wishes. Is there any way we can entice you to make a titanium Submariner for us? Please?
Post Script: Thank you Tudor for introducing the blue bezel Black Bay. While it goes without saying that our black bezel Black Bay makes more sense – the blue is a nice nod to our blue Pelagos!
PPS: We’d also like to thank the stylists at the other Swiss brand, Omega for opting to use triangular markers from the 1957 Seamaster 300. Just like we did!