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18k Everose Rolex Daytona: The video

by amitdevhanda

Hey Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wanted to share with you all a video I made on my favorite men’s watch for a women, The 18k Everose Rolex Daytona. Please click the play button on the video below to learn more.



Ellen DeGeneres wears an 18kyg Rolex Daytona on her show

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I am a huge fan of Ellen DeGeneres. She has overcome all kinds of obstacles and challenges in her life over the years and now to her credit she reins supreme with her own show Ellen, making her a modern day Oprah. What really caught my attention was when she started her show, she frequently mentioned she wanted to wear a stainless steel Rolex Submariner No-Date. Recently, I was watching her show and she wearing a Rolex 18kyg Daytona on a solid 18k yellow gold bracelet with a white dial. Not many women today have the balls to wear a watch like this because of it’s masculine nature, but Ellen pulls it of flawlessly with elegance, style and grace with an everyday wearing sensibility that is really endearing.

What I love most about Rolex is that they are so incredibly iconic that there is no mistaking what it is. Rolex is the universal symbol of  success. A solid gold Rolex can look really flashy and intentionally pretentious, but it really depends on the person wearing it. In this case, Ellen takes a $35,000 solid yellow gold watch and makes it look really classy as she wears it casually loose and slinky. This is a great example of someone wearing a Rolex watch and making it fit perfectly. I applaud Ellen’s taste and her love for Rolex watches. She is a great role model and I hope this inspires women to take risks to start wearing bigger watches that fit them right, because the right big watches on women are sexy, hot and just incredible!

Technical specs of the 18kyg Rolex Daytona

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona . 40mm 18K yellow gold case,

tachymeter engraved bezel,

screw-down push buttons, white dial, index hour markers,

18kyg Oysterlock bracelet.


Rolex GMT Master II Blue/Black ceramic bezel: The video

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Tudor Black Bay: The video

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Tudor Pelagos: The Video

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Get ready for the return of Tudor!

by amitdevhanda

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Tudor Pelagos Divers Watch

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The  anticipation is killing me , I cant wait. Tudor officially makes its return back to the US in September 2013. Distribution will be tight and everything is in place for Tudor to not only Debut the brand but own the intro-luxury watch market.

There are a lot of watch brands out there in the three to five thousand dollar price range, but I have a feeling Tudor will swallow the competition and spit them out and dominate.  At the end of the day, Tudor is a subsidiary brand of Rolex. With re-branding themselves and making a return to the US and having great products and price points, it will be very hard for the other brands to compete.

Those of you who are looking to get into the Rolex family and dont feel like spending ten grand or don’t have the means to do so at this time, you can rest assure that you have variety, quality and incredible styling with Tudor. I had a chance to play with most of the current collection, and let me tell you, I am very impressed.

One watch in particular that I need to own in the current Tudor collection is the Pelagos Divers watch in Titanium. This watch is very reminiscent of the Rolex Submariner. I am very impressed with the  construction of the entire watch , from the 42 mm Titanium case, the black ceramic bezel, the titanium bracelet with folding clasp, safety catch and bracelet extension system, to the incredible simplicity of the iconic and timeless 3 handed black dial. Unlike Rolex, Tudor does not produce their movements in house, but they use the very robust and reliable ETA 2824 self-winding movement . This watch is water resistant to 500 m and has a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. This watch is packaged with an additional rubber strap. The best part of this watch is the price, at $4,125, it’s going to be difficult to find another watch that comes close.

Like this watch, Tudor has done a stellar job with creating a very solid collection which I urge you all to take a close look here.

Technical Details of the Tudor Pelagos

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Retail  $4,125

Drake wears Rolex on the July 2013 cover of GQ

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Rolex Day/Date II Yellow Gold champagne diamond dial diamond bezel

I can’t really say I am a huge fan of hip-hop or R&B music unless I am at a club shaking my thing after many liquor drinks, yeah right! This month, Canadian rap super star Drake is featured on the July 2013 cover of GQ wearing an 18k yellow gold Rolex Day/Date II with champagne diamond dial, diamond bezel. Rolex has always been a symbol of wealth and status that has been embraced by the hip hop community in videos and style shoots. Usually, this sort of medium can give Rolex a bad name because it can cheapen their image due to a certain type environment or person it’s placed on.

The Rolex Yellow Gold Day/Date II is hardly a watch I  would personally wear because its a bit too flashy for my liking, but in this particular situation, Drake wears this watch with style and confidence, making this style shoot look even more effortless and natural. This is a great example of the right style choice between the product and celebrity wearing it. I like the fact the the Rolex Day/Date II doesn’t look inappropriate or ghetto on Drake. He pulls it of with ease because he is masculine calm and confident and happens to be wearing the right clothes. Even though he is only 26, Drake appears more as a man than a boy. In style shoots like this, if the watch is not paired with the right celebrity, it can totally throw of the aesthetic of the entire shoot and detract from the goal. In this case, the watch is a nice accessory that compliments the overall theme. Also, the consumer looking at this photo gets a better idea of the true size and scale of the watch, giving him/her a point of reference.

Specs on the Rolex Day/Date II Yellow Gold Champagne diamond dial diamond bezel

Case- 41 mm yellow gold oyster

Dial -Champagne with ten diamonds

Bezel- set with 42 diamonds

Bracelet-  18k yellow gold President, semi-circular three-piece link

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
3156, Manufacture Rolex
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date and day in windows on the dial with rapid setting. Stop seconds for precise time setting
Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Retail- $56,200

Panerai PAM00399: A return to Rolex DNA

by amitdevhanda

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Movement of the PAM00399

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Wrist Shot of the Panerai PAM00399

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Left: Panerai PAM00399 Right: PAM00372

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Vintage PAM00372 and Vintage Rolex 6154
pic courtesy of Jake’s Rolex World

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The Rolex Brevet Crown
pic courtesy of Jake’s Rolex World

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Rolex ref#6154
pic courtesy of Jakes’s Rolex World

Originally, Panerai watches and movements were made by Rolex. If you look at the original Panerai designs from the early 1920′-1950’s you can totally see Rolex DNA. In fact, Panerai is the only brand that Rolex has ever affiliated itself with. The Rolex Ref#6154 is the inspiration for the 2012 release Panerai PAM00399. The vintage Panerai watches with vintage Rolex ligne movements command hundreds of thousands of dollars today at auction,

The PAM00399 is basically the Panerai 1950 case in 47 mm without the device protecting the crown is stainless steel. The dial is a black  sandwich dial, which has been treated to look vintage. with the 12, 3 6, 9 Arabic numerals and luminous indices for the rest of the numbers. The watch has been fitted with an original Minerva Base hand wound movement from the 1930’s, which has been re-finished according to Panerais modern-day specs. The crown is a screw down brevet crown, which is a tribute to the original reference #6154.

I have to say, even though the PAM00399 is not my ideal choice watch,  it’s an outstanding piece for anyone who wants something completely historic, in that it’s the first time we see the transition from Radiomir to Lumionor case, while witnessing Rolexes timeless design. This watch is so exclusive that it can’t be purchased singly because it comes in a set with the same watch in rose gold. There are only 100 sets produced for the world and they are packaged together in a specialty box which retails for $82,100.  If this watch had all four Panerai Arabic numerals like the Rolex ref#6154, this would be the only other Panerai watch that I would own.

Technical Details of Panerai PAM00399


Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP XXVII calibre, base Minerva 16-17, 16¾ lignes, 18 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 18,000 alternations/hour. KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Swan’s neck regulator. Power reserve 55 hours.


Hours, minutes, small seconds.



Diameter 47 mm, AISI 316L polished steel. Screw-down winding crown personalized OP. 


Polished steel.


See-through sapphire crystal.


Black, with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.



Plexiglas®, 3 mm thick.


3 bar (~30 metres).


PANERAI personalised leather strap and large-size polished steel buckle.

* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panera

Andy Warhol wore a Rolex watch

by amitdevhanda

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Andy Warhol
image courtesy of http://www.rolex.com

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Andy Warhol’s Rolex ref#4021
image courtesy of http://www.hodinkee.com

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snap on case back
image courtesy of http://www.hodinkee.com

Andy Warhol is my favorite artist of all time and has been an obsession of mine for the last 15 years. He was one of the most fascinating people the world ever saw as well as the embodiment of the Ultimate Icon and Pop Artist. I was thrilled to learn recently that Andy Warhol liked to collect watches and actually wore a Rolex Watch.

The watch he wore was a 1940’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual in rose gold. Andy Warhol was not the original owner, he purchased it from a man named Russell Brown, that’s why that name is engraved on the case back and not Andy Warhol’s.

This watch is quite handsome and clean. I must say Andy Warhol had very good taste. I am not sure about the bracelet though. The characteristics of this watch include: an 18k 33 mm rose gold case, fitted with an early “bubble back” automatic movement,  a stainless steel and rose gold “bypass” bracelet that he purchased after he purchased the watch. The rose gold in the bracelet resembles the rose gold in the case, but is not an exact match as this is not the original bracelet. The dial reeks simple, elegant, sophisticated and timeless as it is silver with rose gold Arabic numerals and steel blued hour and minute hands for contrast. The sub-second hand was perfectly placed above the six o’clock position between the hour and minute hands to complete the entire aesthetic.

In 1988, Andy Warhol’s Rolex was auctioned off by Southeby’s for $1,800. This watch has been in private possession ever since and only resurfaced 6 months ago where it sold for an estimated $35,000 by firstdibs.com

Did you know that Elvis Presley wore a Rolex King Midas watch?

by amitdevhanda

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Rolex King Midas Watch
pic courtesy of Jakes Rolex World

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The engraved case back of Elvis Presley’s Rolex King Midas Watch
pic courtesy of Jakes Rolex World

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In 1970, The King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley was given a Rolex King Midas Watch. This watch was given to The King by concert promoters in Houston Texas as a thank you for playing six sold out shows at the Houston Astrodome Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The Rolex King Midas was a solid gold watch made by Rolex in the early 1960’s and was the heaviest watch at that time in the industry, until Piaget introduced the Polo much later. This limited edition King Midas Rolex watch worn by Elvis Presley was extremely exclusive with only 1,000 pieces made. Elvis wore #343 which happened to be a left handed special piece for South Paws.

Not only was the piece unique in that it was left handed, it was rare and unique because it wasn’t a Rolex Day/Date or a Cellini, it was it’s own model, The King Midas.  The distinguishing features of this rare watch, were that it was manual wind, the crown was in the shape of the sun, it was it’s own unique shape and style, the side of the case was engraved King Midas, and on the case back of the watch is was engraved ” To Elvis Presley From The Houston Livestock Show Officers 1970″

What inspired me to write this article was, I am a fan of Rolex on Facebook, they posted a video about it to commemorate this watch and I wanted to share it with all you Elvis Presley and Rolex Fans alike.

I would also like to thank Jakes Rolex World for providing all the technical information about this watch.

Please click the play button to watch the video