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5 New Rolex Watches for 2021

May 14th, 2021

The new creations that Rolex brought to life using its exclusive watchmaking expertise were ideally the biggest news of 2021. As expected, this year’s novelties did not disappoint and already creating a lot of buzz in the watch world. Rolex introduced its new 2021 watches at the Watches & Wonders Geneva online event, and the list includes …….

1. New Rolex Explorer

Rolex added a new bi-tone ‘Yellow Rolesor’ model to the adventurer Explorer collection. The watch features a versatile 36mm case, yellow gold bezel and yellow gold-edged hour markers and hands.

2. New Rolex Explorer II

The new Rolex Explorer II retains the same striking Polar dial style, black-trimmed hour markers, hands and the vibrant orange arrow hand. However, a bigger 42mm steel case frames the Polar dial.

3. New Rolex Daytona

Rolex boosted the appeal of this iconic collection by adding new, luxurious dial variations made of metallic meteorite and available in yellow, white and Everose gold & with metal or Oysterflex bracelet.

4. New Rolex Datejust

The Datejust collection now offers some additional dial options, some flaunting unique designs. The most striking one is the palm motif dial design, ready to accompany you on your summer holidays.

5. New Rolex Day-Date

One of the most notable new addition to the Day-Date series is a new stone dial with a portion of Eisenkiesel on the surface. The new dial options also include a slate dial and a classic white Roman dial.

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What’s New Again: New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Green Dial 2021 Models

April 27th, 2021

With exciting releases from big brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe, 2021 feels fascinating than usual. Green is now the most prominent watch colour trend in the watch industry, and the latest brand to bang on the trend is Audemars Piguet.

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Audemars Piguet has currently unveiled new Royal Oak watches with exquisite green dials. The latest releases include a platinum Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin Reference 15202 and a Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph Limited Edition. The brand also introduced three new Self-winding Flying Tourbillon versions in titanium or pink gold and green dials.

However, the most coveted models among the latest AP launches will ideally be the Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin Watch. Continue reading to explore more. And those who want to sell AP watches can fill up our simple form to get a free competitive price quote.

The New Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin

Audemars Piguet offered the new ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak in a 950 platinum case with 39mm diameter and thickness of 8.10mm, offering an ultra-slim silhouette. However, the case frames a smoky green dial that flaunts the signature Royal Oak luminous hands and white-gold hour markers.

  • You can spot the brand’s logo beneath the 12-hour marker and the ‘AP’ initials at the 6 o’clock side.
  • What’s powering the watch is the Manufacture Calibre 2121 self-winding movement.

AP has further fitted the movement with a 22ct gold oscillating weight. However, Audemars Piguet has reserved the new Royal Oak Extra-Thin ‘Jumbo’ for AP House Collectors.

Also Read: Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Automatic Chronograph

The New Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph

An updated Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph also made its debut in a new colourway, thereby becoming a part of the green revolution. The watch features a 41mm yellow case framing a striking ‘Grande Tapisserie’ green pattern dial.

  • The watchmaker has offered a lot of texture to the watch’s face.
  • And the raised squares of the ‘Grande Tapisserie’ dial indeed boost the green finish; whereas, the yellow gold case elevates the lustrous effect.

However, the new Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph watch houses the Manufacture Calibre 2385 self-winding movement.

  • It is fitted with 18ct gold oscillating weight.
  • The movement manoeuvres the chronograph functions and indicates the date, minutes, hours and small seconds.
  • Moreover, the watch features a solid case-back with the words ‘Limited Edition’ engraved on it.

The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph will be available in only 125pieces. The model comes equipped with a yellow gold bracelet. However, two additional straps will accompany the watch – green rubber and green calfskin.

The New Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon

AP has unleashed three new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Limited Edition watches. Each model features a 41mm case and a green sunburst Tapisserie dial.

  • The first iteration comes with an 18ct pink gold case and matching hands and hour markers.
  • Audemars Piguet offers this model in a limited number of 10pieces.
  • While the second model is available in 50pieces, AP has produced the third luxurious version in only 15pieces.
  • However, the third model features a titanium case pairing with a white gold bezel embellished with baguette-cut emeralds totalling 2.41ct.

Interestingly, the emerald’s green tones magnify the Tapisserie dial’s green tint. However, Audemars Piguet has equipped all three Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon with Manufacture Calibre 2950. This movement is the most current generation of the brand’s flying tourbillon. It offers a minimum of 65hours of power reserve and beats at 3 Hz frequency.

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Also Read: How do I know my AP watch is real or fake?

New Rolex Daytona 2021 with Meteorite Dial

April 14th, 2021

Rolex has recently launched a brand new Daytona with Meteorite dial at Watches and Wonders. However, Rolex has not changed anything technically on its treasured and modern Daytona apart from the dial. The new Daytona watches still sport a 40mm case and gold or black ceramic bezel. Even the durable Calibre 4130 movement powers them.

The new Daytona still offers you two bracelet options – the Oyster bracelet or the Oysterflex rubber bracelet. However, what outshines the new Rolex Daytona versions is the sparkling Meteorite dial. Let’s here explore the extraordinary and coveted new Rolex Daytona Meteorite Dial.

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Find Out the New Rolex Watches for 2021

The New 2021 Release: Rolex Meteorite Dials

Meteorite dials are not new in the Daytona lineup; however, Rolex equipped a ceramic bezel Daytona with this dial style the first time. The Reference 116509 was the last Daytona to feature a meteorite dial besides a steel case, bezel and bracelet.

The watch is still available in the retail market. However, the fact is that the Daytona 116509 did not have much popularity due to its Roman dial. Keeping this in mind, the new Rolex Daytona Meteorite Dials will undoubtedly capture collectors’ attention.

Rolex offers the Daytona Meteorite Dials in yellow, white or the brand’s signature Everose gold. This boosts the entire appeal, highlights the texture and sheen of the Meteorite dial better than the Reference 116509.

Why the Name ‘Meteorite Dial’?

Well, the ‘Meteorite Dial’ is not any standard, cool name. The leading Swiss watchmaker makes use of meteorites to design and craft this unique and ingenious dial design. Now, what do you mean by ‘Meteorite’?

A meteorite is found at the centre of the billions of years old asteroid. This rock floats in space and falls on the Earth. Rolex explains that the meteorite’s centre gradually gets transformed and produces unique metallic patterns. However, these patterns result from the slower cooling of molten asteroid cores.

Rolex utilizes these space rocks to create a unique dial style, and each dial features a distinctive geometric pattern. Interestingly, meteorites are not as rare as you may think them to be. You can found them readily and are not too pricey or precious to acquire. But meteorites are undeniably unique, and most watchmakers use the component for their most popular, costliest, and collectable models.

A Close Look at the New Rolex Daytona

When you look at the all-new Daytona, the Meteorite dial is likely to the first feature to capture your eye. However, the dial comes with several little details worthy to note.

  • It flaunts the pointed gold-outlined baton hour markers, filled with the brand’s patented Chromalight lume that glows blue in low light conditions.
  • Moreover, the baton markers at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock are bulkier and smaller, making space for the sub-dials.
  • And the 12-hour marker side has the Rolex crown emblem instead of the index.

The three new Daytona watches flaunt black sub-dials in the Meteorite dial. However, the dial looks more handsome when paired with the Cerachrom ceramic bezel of the white gold Reference 116519LN. But it does complement the black Tachymeter bezel on the Everose and yellow gold models, too.

Finally, you cannot fail to notice the signature ‘Daytona’ name splashed out in red above the sub-dial at the 6 o’clock side. Overall, the combination of Meteorite dial, gold and ceramic bezel makes the watch looks spectacular. The new Rolex Meteorite Dial Daytona will indeed be a huge success and coveted.

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BREAKING NEWS: Rolex Launches New Watches for 2021

April 9th, 2021

Rolex have introduced a fresh batch of novelties for 2021, and they are already creating a lot of buzz in the luxury watch world. In September 2020, Rolex expanded its Oyster Perpetual and Submariner line, focusing more on new dial variations and incorporating gems on ladies’ watches.

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This year, the leading Swiss watchmaker has upgraded many of its mainstay collections, including brand new offerings to the Explorer and Daytona lineup. It is customary of Rolex to celebrate its creations’ centenaries in respective years. That said, the brand was not going to overlook the 50th anniversary of Explorer II.

Many people anticipated that Explorer II might receive an update this year. Rolex confirmed it on April 4, 2021, with the new releases at the Watches and Wonders. However, many may not have speculated that the brand new Explorer II model will now house an automatic Calibre 3285 dual-time movement.

Let’s explore the new Rolex watches that have already become some of the biggest watch news of the year.

Rolex Explorer II

Rolex unveiled a new Explorer II reference featuring a stainless steel case measuring 42mm in diameter and a matching steel bezel. The watch looks almost identical to its existing sibling, the Reference 16570.

  • Besides the watch case, it features the same Polar dial style with a bold orange arrow hand and matte black surrounds on hour markers and hands.
  • However, the new Explorer II 226570 now comes with an automatic dual-time Calibre 3238 movement and a redesigned bracelet.

Furthermore, Rolex has only refined the case to sport less chunky and slimmer lugs. The new lug design should not come as much surprise as the brand typically tends to slim down its newer models’ profile.

Rolex Explorer

Rolex adds a bi-tone Explorer for the first time to its iconic adventurer tool collection, and it is ideally the most unexpected Rolex release. The Reference 124273 comes in ‘Yellow Rolesor’ – a combination of 18ct yellow gold and 904L Oystersteel made in-house.

  • The watch now features a polished yellow gold bezel, centre links and crown that offer a slightly more elegant design.
  • The dial also flaunts yellow gold-edged hour markers and hands.
  • Also, the Calibre 3230 automatic movement powers the watch.

However, this year, watches are trending more petite this year as Rolex unveils the Explorer 124273 with a gender-neutral 36mm case size.

Rolex also added a stainless steel Reference 124270 to the new generation of Explorer watches. Like the new Reference 124273, the stainless steel version also features a 36mm case and black dial.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

To date, Rolex has not discontinued any of its popular watch collections. Instead, the watchmaker has fiddled with different materials, dial tones and other components.

  • Rolex has expanded one of its most iconic lineups, the Daytona, by adding new dial variations crafted of metallic meteorite.
  • However, the watches are available in yellow, Everose and 18ct white gold and on Oysterflex rubber strap or precious metal bracelets.

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona collection houses the in-house automatic Calibre 4130 chronograph.

Rolex Datejust 36

The new Rolex dial treatments integrated into the Datejust 36 line are already capturing collectors’ attention worldwide. Rolex offered two new dial styles to the Datejust 36 watches – one is a tropical palm motif and another is a fluted pattern inspired by the popular pie-dish Rolex bezel designs. Moreover, every dial style is offered in gold, silver and olive green.

Rolex Day-Date 36

Rolex upgraded and expanded its Day-Date 36 lineup in 2021 by adding gem-set models. Available in 18ct white, Everose or yellow gold, the new Day-Date 36 watches are adorned with diamonds and striking turquoise, burgundy or coral numerals. What boosts the appeal is the croc leather strap that matches the colour of hour markers.

Rolex Lady Datejust

Just wait to see the 2021 Lady Datejust this July in stores, embellished with 1,089 diamonds across its bezel, case, dial and even the yellow gold President bracelet.

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5 Ways to Tell If a Diamond Is Real or Fake

April 6th, 2021

Your grandmother may have left you her jewellery box consisting of exquisite earrings, necklaces and a few loose diamonds. While she hasn’t ever mentioned these precious stones, you might be wondering, ‘are they real diamonds?’

Diamonds are typically emotional purchases, an investment that you would always want to get right. However, the demand and price of diamonds have stimulated counterfeiters to create copycat stones. Thus, it becomes difficult to tell whether a diamond is real or fake only by looking at it.

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Whether you are in the market to sell a loose diamond or buy a diamond engagement ring, you would want to ascertain the authenticity of your diamond. With this in mind, we have jotted down a few ways that you can perform at home to tell if your diamond is real or fake.

The Scratch Test

Diamonds are the most potent components available on our earth. They are used to cut through glasses. Keeping this in mind, a scratch test can help you to ascertain if your diamond is genuine or not. So to carry out the scratch test –

  • Take a glass plate and the loose diamond under the question.
  • Now, put the glass on a rigid platform or table and scratch the glass surface using the diamond.
  • If the stone strikes the glass, it is real.

However, one significant fact to note is that this test can cause damage to your diamond during the process.

The Fog Test

Another easy and quick way to know if a diamond is real or fake is by the fog test. Firstly, you have to hold the diamond between your two fingers and breathe on it. Your breath contains heat and moisture, and they will form a light fog on the diamond. Now:

If the fog clears up right away, your diamond is real. On the contrary, if the fog dissipates after several seconds (four to five seconds), then you are probably dealing with a fake diamond. The fact is that –

Diamonds conduct heat instantaneously and, thus, disperse heat fast.

However, before performing this test, make sure to clean your diamond to remove oils.

The Floating Test

Get a glass of water and your loose diamond. Then, drop the stone into the water. If it falls to the glass’s bottom, the diamond is genuine as they have a high density. On the contrary, the diamond will float on the water surface if it is a fake one.

Well, the floating test is one of the easiest ways to confirm whether or not a diamond is real. However, do not consider the floating test results as conclusive because not every fake diamond floats in the water.

The Heat Test

Diamonds are formed of highly durable materials that make them ineffective to high heat. To perform the heating test –

  • Take a drinking glass filled with cold water.
  • Wear fire-proof gloves or use plyers to hold and heat your diamond with a lighter for nearly 40seconds.
  • Soon after heating, drop the gemstone straight into the cold water.

If it shatters after dropping, it will signify that the stone is made of weaker elements, and thus, it is a fake diamond. A genuine diamond will not show any reaction.

The heating test verifies the strength and quality of a diamond. Weak components such as glass will crack due to the fast heat expansion and contraction. While diamonds are made of the strongest elements on earth, they are resistant to these heat tests.

The Transparency (Read-Through) Test

For the transparency test, you will need your loose diamond and a newspaper. You have to place the stone facing downwards and the pavilion facing upwards on a newspaper’s text section. Can you read the letters through the gemstone?

If yes, then the chances are good that your diamond is a fake one. The letters appear blurry if you look through a natural diamond. However, make sure to clean the diamond before carrying out this test.

If you cannot rely on the test results mentioned above or don not have time to perform these tests, the best thing to do would be to visit a diamond appraiser near you to inspect and evaluate your stone. The appraiser can immediately tell if your diamond is real or fake with the help of specialised equipment.

A diamond grading report or certificate verifies the authenticity of a diamond. Thus, if you purchase a diamond, make sure to ask for a certificate. While it will confirm the authenticity, you can sell your diamond quickly to any potential diamond buyers like The Luxury Hut in London.

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New Launch: The Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Precious Icons Set

March 30th, 2021

With several unique contributions to Haute Horlogerie over the years, Cartier has cemented its position as an icon in the watchmaking industry. Most of the brand’s creations are spectacles, and the new 2021 collection is no exception.

Cartier introduced three new timepieces that intend to propel the aesthetic limits of skeletonisation. Interestingly, the brand designed these new watches based on Maison’s design traditions and the floating mystery dials.

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So the brand-new Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Precious ‘Icons Set’ consists of –

  • The Rotonde de Cartier Astromysterieux
  • The Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon
  • The Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon.

All these three new Cartier watches exhibit the complex tourbillon escapement via visual frontiers. Continue reading to explore more.

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The Rotonde de Cartier Precious ‘Icons Set’

Cartier’s relation with mystery timepieces began during the first years of the 20th century. The brand released the popular ‘mystery clocks’ where the hands appeared like floating the clock’s transparent body with no visible link to the movement.

In fact, the hands were affixed to two crystal discs equipped with zigzag metal edges. However, the movement activated these discs and that, in turn, the two hands.

Nonetheless, the three new Cartier models provide different elucidation of the watchmaking classic. Cartier produced each model in limited numbers of only five pieces.

Let’s kick off the unique trio of Rotonde De Cartier timepieces with the Astromysterieux.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux

The new Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux boasts a 43.5mm platinum case, an aquamarine cabochon-encrusted winding crown and a matching alligator strap. Moreover, the dial flaunts a tiny chemin-de-fer minute track and an outer ring with Roman numerals.

The Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux looks nearly phenomenal in its execution. Cartier introduced the mystery dial concept in 1912, taking inspiration from a vision given by Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin – the famous French horologists and illusionist.

Thanks to the sapphire disk linking the case to the movement, Cartier incorporates an orbital tourbillon assembly and the timeless mystery dial concept for the new Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux. Moreover, the Maison extended the tourbillon carriage to bear the watch’s entire gear train, including the balance wheel and mainspring barrel.

However, the dial’s inner part is left to the hand-wound Calibre 9462 MC movement with only 5.9mm thickness. It offers a 55hours power reserve and beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. Cartier suspended the Calibre 9462 MC movement on a tourbillon carriage secured to a transparent rotatable sapphire disc.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon

Cartier furnished the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon with a minimal platinum case of 45mm x 11.9mm, a narrow bezel and straight short lugs. However, the case sports Cartier’s signature cabochon beaded crown encrusted with green jade. On the other hand, the skeleton dial has a flying tourbillon with no upper bridges.

It makes one full rotation in 60 seconds and looks like floating freely in space, thanks to the sapphire disk based on the mystery dial style. Moreover, this illusion turns out more alluring when the tourbillon makes a second rotation.

The Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch houses the hand-wound Calibre 9565 MC movement. It offers 52hours of power reserve and beats at 21,600bph. What provides a cohesive look is a jade green alligator strap that matches the cabochon.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Astrotourbillon

The Astrotourbillon is the most prominent trilogy member, featuring a slightly bigger 47mm platinum case. However, the watch sports an aventurine cabochon beaded crown, a unique tourbillon and a dark blue alligator strap.

Well, the tourbillon positioning makes the Astrotourbillon different from its other two mates in the set. Here, Cartier placed the tourbillon on the movement’s top instead of incorporating it as the traditional one. Eventually, you will find the tourbillon beneath the watch’s hands.

Moreover, the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon comes with three visible bridges. Two bridges are formed by the oversized Roman numerals at 12-hour and 6 o’clock side. On the other hand, you can find the third bridge at the 3 o’clock position.

The hand-wound tourbillon Calibre 9641 MC movement powers the new Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon. The movement offers a power reserve of 48hours and beats at 21,600bph.

So Cartier has presented all three new watches in the Rotonde De Cartier precious Icons Set in a precious, beautifully decorated wooden box with blue, grey and green gradations, commemorating the wood marquetry art.

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The Iconic Datejust: Is this Rolex a Good Investment?

March 25th, 2021

The Datejust is one of the cornerstones and longest-running watches in Rolex’s catalogue. Since its inception in 1945, the Datejust has appealed to global collectors with its classic everyday-go-to design and aesthetics. Today, this revolutionary model is available in different case sizes, bracelet options and materials.

Rolex designed the first waterproof case in 1926 and the innovative perpetual movement in 1931. The interesting fact is that Rolex furnished the iconic Datejust with all these ingenious features and added date functionality. All these factors eventually contributed to the incredible success and desirability that Datejust enjoys today both in the retail and pre-owned market.

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So is the Rolex Datejust a good investment? Continue reading below to determine whether or not this Rolex watch is a good investment and some common questions related to the Datejust.

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Why is the Rolex Datejust so famous?

It’s no secret that Rolex Datejust is one of the most famous models in the world. Its timeless design has sustained more than half a century being on the trend. And it is continuing to accompany and complement the wrists of men and women globally today.

However, this iconic watch is considered the archetype of all other Rolex watches.

  • It has inspired several other Rolex’s designs and styles.
  • The Datejust is a perfect everyday timepiece, an all-rounder.
  • It carries a unique look and has enough options (metals, dials and bracelets) to complement every distinctive taste.

Moreover, besides sporting a timeless, fashionable design, the watch ensures complete accuracy running on Chronometer-certified movements. And you cannot miss considering Datejust’s glorious history when looking for the reasons behind its unrivalled popularity.

Whatever model you choose, vintage or modern, the Rolex Datejust looks excellent. It has graced the wrists of many great and famous personalities, including Winston Churchill and Paul Newman.

Is the Rolex Datejust worthy of investing?

The straightforward answer to the common question ‘is the Rolex Datejust a good investment’ is – yes.

Virtually all Rolex watches hold their value well with time. The brand’s acclaimed legacy, exclusivity paired with top-notch quality ensures that a Rolex watch will stand the test of time in style, precision and performance. And the Datejust is no exception.

Rolex continues to produce the Datejust to date, and it yet enjoys fame as one of the most successful Rolex watches. The watch is expected to remain a popular choice among collectors worldwide in the coming days, years and even decades from now.

Moreover, the vintage Datejust watches are yet in trend. Potential watch buyers and collectors are often willing to pay top prices for older Datejust models with appealing history and character. Together with the enduring design, all these aspects enable the Rolex Datejust to hold its value for the long-term.

Will the Datejust increase in value?

The Rolex Datejust has increased in value by over 200% between 1994 and 2016. The average growth has been nearly 4.6% each year over the past 10years.

Considering the huge demand for Rolex watches across the world, you can be pretty sure that this trend will continue. Rolex seems to be heading towards taking over a higher price point in the luxury watch industry.

Thus, those who are looking to invest in a Rolex Datejust can proceed with confidence. However, while Rolex watches retain good value with time, they can serve as an excellent asset to use as collateral for a pawn loan.

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Fill up our online form and get a free quote for a loan against Rolex. Or call on 0207 242 9160. We do not carry out any credit checks and pay immediately via bank transfer. Rest assured, you will secure the highest possible amount of cash loan against your luxury watch.

How do I know my AP watch is real or fake?

March 20th, 2021

Audemars Piguet is a highly esteemed Swiss watchmaker, recognised and cherished for its high-end luxury watches and ingenious functionalities. Audemars Piguet watches represent incredible craftsmanship and luxury. While they retain their value exceptionally well with time, Audemars Piguet watches serve as excellent investment pieces.

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Keeping in mind its desirability and demand, Audemars Piguet watches are among the world’s most counterfeited pieces. However, a few ways can help you differentiate between a real and fake AP watch.

Please continue reading below to check them out, as it is also essential to confirm the authenticity before you head out to sell your Audemars Piguet watch.

1. Material Quality

The leading Swiss watchmaker, Audemars Piguet, uses the highest quality of all materials to produce its watch. Thus, each watch comes with an impeccable finish, glaze and top-notch durability. With this in mind, here are the things that you need to examine –

  • Metal’s Finish

One of the most copied AP watches is the iconic Royal Oak. So a genuine Royal Oak will showcase a very fine brush-finish, running vertically throughout the timepiece.

  • How is the watch’s weight?

The brand creates each of its timepiece using precious metals that add substantial heft to it. Moreover, automatic movements are heavier than quartz ones that serve as an alternative to costlier mechanical movements.

Thus, check whether the AP watch on your hand feels light or heavy. If it feels light, then the timepiece is a fake one.

  • Check out the dial pattern

Audemars Piguet offers its watches a unique dial design ‘Tapisserie’ that counterfeiters find pretty challenging to copy. Forgers can either replicate the complicated ‘Tapisserie’ dial pattern entirely or mess the design. So, examine the dial with the utmost attention.

  • Inspect the movement

Another significant aspect you need to examine is the watch’s movement. Counterfeiters typically focus on making a timepiece look like a real deal. But they cannot replicate the internal functions of genuine and authentic timepieces.

2. Can you hear a ticking sound?

Take the watch close to your ears and see whether it is making a ticking sound. High-end Swiss watchmakers like Audemars Piguet have strived hard over the years to refine their craftsmanship. So high-quality movements powering the Swiss watches are virtually inaudible.

If you hear a ticking sound, the Audemars Piguet watch is likely a fake one.

3. Look into the hallmarks or stamps

If the Audemars Piguet’s watch you are looking at shows imperfect or unclear stamps or engravings, it is likely a fake one. However, the fact is that the technology utilised to produce replica timepieces has become so advanced that it can be challenging to differentiate between an authentic and a fake AP watch.

However, make sure to check the spelling of the brand’s name on the timepiece in question. Misspelt brand names are pretty common in counterfeit watches.

Also, look for the text fonts and colour on the case-back. Genuine Audemars Piguet watches display a bit narrower text on the case-back and has a blackened look.

4. Original box and paperwork

The original box, papers with serial number or certificate can verify the authenticity of an AP watch. They can also offer substantial insight into the timepiece’s history and quality.

However, a second hand Audemars Piguet watch may not retain its original box and papers. But it won’t signify that the timepiece is a replica.

If you are still unsure whether your AP is real or fake, it is better to consult with watch experts and verify the watch’s authenticity.

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An Unexpected Move: Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711 Discontinued

March 16th, 2021

Yes, you hear it right. Patek Philippe stopped producing the iconic Nautilus Reference 5711.

The brand has discontinued not only one of its most iconic models but also one of the world’s most popular and coveted watches. This news is certainly not that watch enthusiasts across the globe anticipated at the start of 2021.

The irony is that one of the most talked-about timepieces of 2021 is not a brand-new launch but, instead, discontinuation.

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The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 is much more than a mere timekeeper. And the brand ceased its production when virtually all watch collectors today want to buy the watch for vast gobs of money.

However, the leading watchmaker, Patek Philippe, must have little logic to stop producing a globally popular item. Perhaps it is a smart move, and one might need to do something like this at a time.

Continue reading to find out what’s the actual logic behind such a surprising move by Patek Philippe.

Why Patek Philippe discontinued Nautilus Ref. 5711?

Patek Philippe has been producing the Nautilus Reference 5711 for about 43years. However, its demand escalated a few years ago. As per reports in 2019, the waiting list for this particular model extended for eight years. Now:

While the brand discontinued the Nautilus 5711, the waitlist will extend forever. But the interesting fact is that Patek Philippe has stopped producing the timepiece back in 2019. They remained tight-lipped.

Of course, Patek’s enthusiasts and collectors were upset about it, and the same was the retailers. Lots of people have been eagerly waiting to buy and sell this watch. And now, the only way to get this model would be to dive into the second hand market and purchase it for staggering gobs of money.

So the question is – why Patek Philippe discontinued its most popular and sought-after creation?

Patek Philippe’s President, Thierry Stern, speaking to the Times, has said –

We are doing this for our clients who already own a Patek Philippe and to protect our brand from becoming too commercial.”

“I can continue to make this fantastic product or sell 10 times more of them. But I am not working for numbers. I am protecting the company for the future, for my children.

Stern is well-aware that discontinuing the iconic Nautilus 5711 will upset its global fans and collectors. However, as Stern stated, he followed a lesson that his father taught him, and today he is passing down the same to his children.

When you have a fantastic brand like Patek, you have to protect the brand and not just one product,” he said.

Well, this is a brilliant move or rather a smart decision for high-end timepieces. But it works well not only for watches but also with other top-selling things in the world.

The Discontinued Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711

The Nautilus Reference 5711 in stainless steel and a vibrant blue dial became so famous that its significance changed. Depending on the person, the watch represented many things. While some blazed it as a sign of wealth, others considered it the epitome of modern watch design.

Moreover, the Nautilus Reference 5711 was a unique steel sports timepiece from a brand more recognised for dress watches for many people. The watch was enjoying a fascinating demand and price surge. And the waitlist also extended before Patek announced its discontinuation.

The Nautilus 5711 will have a successor or successors. However, Reference 5711 is a significant part of Patek Philippe’s past but not its future.

Nonetheless, if you are looking to sell a Patek Philippe watch for the best price in London, fill up our online form or call on 0207 242 9160 for a free competitive quote.

6 Watch Brands that You can Sell us for the Best Prices

March 5th, 2021

The Luxury Hut buys all luxury watches of leading brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier and Omega, be it is vintage or contemporary. We determine accurate prices of any luxury watches sold to us, considering all significant factors like its brand, model, age, condition and current market price. Thus, you can rest assured that you will receive the best possible price for your luxury timepiece from us. Here we have listed six watch brands that hold their value exceptionally well and that we at The Luxury Hut will buy for top prices.

Rolex

When it comes to naming watch brands that retain their value well, Rolex tops the list. Backed by a rich history, Rolex epitomises the ultimate luxury, precision and status. With their ingenious creations and achievements over the years, the brand has set a standard in the luxury watch world, becoming the world’s most prestigious and coveted watchmakers.

Cartier

Cartier is associated with prestige and royalty. Cartier watches represent the brand’s technical and innovative mastery that offers them a unique position within the luxury watch industry. The brand has always stayed at the forefront of Haute horology, thereby making them worthy of investment. Watches by Cartier hold their value well with the time that makes them highly desirable in the pre-owned market.

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s legacy in the art of manufacturing automatic movements dates back to 1833. The brand has even commissioned mechanical movements for other watch brands. From sports models to casual dress or classic watches, each example by Jaeger-LeCoultre represents the brand’s dedication to attaining utmost precision and durability.

Patek Philippe

With nearly 177 years of watchmaking legacy, this brand creates mechanical masterpieces using top-notch materials and movements that enable them to retain a fantastic resale value. A Patek Philippe watch symbolises power, class and exclusivity. A Patek model can fetch you a premium in the resale market, especially if it is in excellent working condition and retains all original paperwork.

Audemars Piguet

This highly prestigious watch brand is popular for the superior quality and uniqueness of its watches. The rich materials, techniques, design and complex functionalities make the brand stand out from the rest. Audemars Piguet takes a year to create, design and produce a timepiece. Considering these factors, it’s no surprise that AP watches retain excellent resale value.

Bell & Ross

Bell & Ross has been famous among watch lovers for many years and still enjoys global desirability due to their constant innovation and evolution. As guaranteed by the brand, their timepieces are made by professionals for professionals. Each watch model is made using premium quality materials, durable movements and incorporating meticulous process.

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Is Rolex Submariner a Good Investment?

February 26th, 2021

Considering its illustrious history, classic design and excellent value retention, the Rolex Submariner is undoubtedly one of the best watches to invest to date. Watch enthusiasts are well-conversant with the extreme popularity and desirability that this luxury sports dive watch has worldwide. Arguably, the Submariner is the most famous Rolex watch.

Since its inception, the watch has broken records with its unique design, functionality and aesthetics, thereby making its way to conventional pop culture. Rolex designed the Submariner initially, keeping divers’ needs in mind. However, it has become more than a mere purpose-built timepiece gradually over the years.

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Today, the Rolex Submariner is perceived as a significant milestone that any serious watch collectors can own. This iconic watch bears an undeniable legacy, lure and value, be it is a vintage Sub with patina or a sleek new model.

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Evolution of the Submariner’s Design that Increases Its Collectibility

The Rolex Submariner is a quintessential sports dive watch – simple, sophisticated and genuinely functional. Indeed, Rolex has upgraded this line but has made minimal changes in styling over the last 50years or more. So what are features that remain the same?

The features include the waterproof Oyster case, a 60-minute rotatable bezel, screw-down crown, luminescent hour markers and hands and a robust case-back.

The changes made to the Submariner’s structure over the years are indeed slight. However, Rolex has boosted this iconic dive watch’s allure, upgrading its aesthetic and making significant alterations.

For example –

  • Bi-tone Rolesor models joined the Submariner collection in the 1980s.
  • Furthermore, the green bezel Submariner captured all the limelight in the early 2000s.
  • And the ceramic Cerachrom bezels received much acclamation in the 2010s.

Moreover, Rolex has also changed and updated the luminous component on the dial as technical functionalities developed. Well, a few vintage Rolex Submariner models like the ‘Red Sub’ Reference 1680 are specifically more valuable. Why? This is because of their slight difference in the dial design.

It is significant to note that sometimes the slightest variations on the dial can escalate a Submariner’s price, eventually increasing excitement among collectors. Interestingly, some details can secure you thousands of pounds in value. These variations, coupled with the iconic design, make the Submariner one of the world’s most coveted watches.

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The Submariner’s Illustrious History Adds Value

The Submariner was a milestone release from Rolex that has achieved an iconic status today. The watchmaker has made various alterations and some significant upgrades to the watch that eventually influenced its value. The Submariner is today a highly collectable watch and an excellent Rolex to invest.

Rolex introduced the Submariner in 1953 as the ever first diver watch to reach 330ft (100m) depth underwater. However, what cemented the Submariner position more in the luxury watch industry is its appearance in James Bond movies.

Author of James Bond, Ian Fleming even clearly stated in the books that Agent 007’s watch of choice was Rolex. In Casino Royale, he wrote –

He could not just wear a watch. It had to be a Rolex…..a gentleman’s choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Savile Row suit.”

Interestingly, Ian Fleming is known to wear a Rolex Explorer himself. But his watch of choice for the Bond in the movie was the Submariner. Watch enthusiasts still recall Sean Connery wearing a Submariner in the first Bond movie in 1962. From that point, the watch set its foot into a more glorious future, and since then, it appeared in many other James Bond films over the years.

Now, let’s look forward to another breakthrough for the Submariner – the 50th-anniversary version of Submariner with an iconic green bezel.

  • By 2003, collectors’ eye got familiar with the dual-tone Rolesor and yellow gold references with blue bezel.
  • So the green Submariner 16610LV was something unique in the watch world, and it quickly became a complete adoration.

In 2010, Rolex made the most significant upgrades to the Submariner by offering a ceramic Cerachrom bezel. The Cerachrom is fade and scratch-resistant. Bezels on the earlier models faded over the years. However, you can consider fading as a ‘flaw’, but many collectors lookout for this flaw in watches.

Finally, the year 2020 saw an upgrade in the size of the Submariner series from 40mm to 41mm. Rolex made a change in case size for the first time since 1959, moving into a new era. Keeping such a rich history and ingenious creations in mind, the Submariner is indeed a fantastic Rolex that money can buy, pre-owned or brand new.

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So, Is Rolex Submariner a Good Investment?

The answer is yes! The Rolex Submariner is a classic watch with a fascinating history, timeless design and exceptional ability to hold its value with time. Rolex has introduced Submariner models in different colours and materials over the years. But the iconic diver timepiece has remained faithful to its original design and aesthetics.

Prices of the Submariner have been increasing steadily over the last century. The Submariner is today one of the most famous and sought-after watches in the world. And its desirability is not likely to diminish any time soon.

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Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Automatic Chronograph

February 15th, 2021

It pretty rare to see Audemars Piguet launching an entirely new watch collection and the luxury watch industry got to come across such an instance last year. The Le Brassus watchmaker launched the new [Re]master01 series in a limited edition of 500 pieces.

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Interestingly, the brand designed this automatic chronograph taking inspiration from a beautiful timepiece from 1943. The new chronograph is not a historical reissue. But in fact, the watch incorporates all essential components of an ultra-rare chronograph and sports a new automatic movement within a slightly bigger case.

Continue reading to find out more on the Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Automatic Chronograph. However, if you are looking to sell watches in London, call us on 0207 242 9160 today. The Luxury Hut aims to buy luxury watches of elite brands like Audemars Piguet, Rolex and more for the best price in the second-hand market.

A Classic Reborn: Audemars Piguet [Re]master01 Automatic Chronograph

In the 20th century, Audemars Piguet had made only a few chronographs – only about 307 if you count. And the [Re]master01 is among the most exciting series.

AP produced the [Re]master01 in a limited number of 500pieces. The brand made only 307 chronographs between the 1930s and the 1950s. And AP has re-created just three iterations of this particular style – the pre-edition 1533 dating back to 1943.

The [Re]master01 appears very similar to the actual timepiece from 1943. However, if you look at its specifications, you will realize it is much more than that original model.

  • The watch features a hand-polished 40mm stainless steel case, a slim bezel and teardrop lugs.
  • With 40mm across, the timepiece is neither specifically thin nor thick, keeping a modern chronograph in mind.
  • The olive-shaped pushers and an 18ct pink gold chamfered crown also will capture a little bit of your attention.

Moreover, AP furnished the [Re]master01 with a gold-toned dial with pink gold seconds, minute and hour hands and contrasting blue chronograph hands.

However, the watch retains the art deco-inspired numerals like present in the original model and the unique “4|5” on the 30minutes-counter. But the watchmaker has simply rearranged the chronograph counters for improving the watch’s readability.

The features like the unusual two-tone case with case-back, lugs and case-band crafted from stainless steel and pink gold pushers, bezel and crown on this watch are similar to the original version. No doubt, the old school logo “AUDEMARS, PIGUET & CO/ GENEVE” looks cool.

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The Movement

Audemars Piguet equipped the [Re]master01 chronograph with the Calibre 4409 movement. The watchmaker has created this automatic movement maintaining the highest standards that one can expect from Audemars Piguet.

Well, this in-house movement might look pretty familiar to you. The fact is that the Calibre 4409 is an upgraded version of the Calibre 4401 that made its debut with CODE 11.59 chronograph.

However, the movement is visible through the newly fitted sapphire case-back. The Calibre 4409 comes with a satin-polished clous de Paris embellished oscillating weight made of 22ct pink gold. It offers a power reserve of 70hours.

The [Re]master01 Automatic Chronograph is available in two bracelet choices – a dark brown alligator strap and a light brown hand-stitched brown calf. It retains the ethos of the original model’s era.

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Sell your watch online or via appointment in London or from anywhere in the UK. Nonetheless, we will make the process convenient for you. We offer a Contact-free home collection service with a pre-paid shipping label to send your watch to us, ensuring your and our safety. Thus, get in touch with us today to sell your AP watch or watches of any other leading watch brands.

4 Reasons Why the Vintage Watch Industry Is Booming Today

January 28th, 2021

Switzerland is reported to have experienced about 25.8% shrink in watch exports. According to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH), this is a record-breaking decline in watch exports over the past 80 years.

Indeed, it is grievous news for the watch industry. However, keeping in mind the global pandemic, it is pretty obvious to have almost-ceasing international flying and watch fairs’ cancellations.

On the other hand, the market for vintage and pre-owned watches is significantly blooming. The record-breaking auction results and massive sales fascinated the watch industry. Prices for vintage Rolex timepieces are continuing to stay strong as ever.

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However, it is interesting to see a steep rise in watch prices of many other brands. So given the global pandemic situation, why the vintage watch world is thriving so much today?

Here, find out the probable reasons, and if you are looking to sell your vintage watch, fill up our online form and get a free competitive quote now. While the vintage market is booming, your timepiece is likely to secure you top prices.

1. Vintage watches are seen as a safer investment

Many collectors typically consider vintage timepieces as a safer investment than the contemporary ones. These watches are discontinued at least for a few decades and thus, are limited in numbers. This attracts the collector’s attraction.

Moreover, finding a popular vintage watch edition in good condition becomes more challenging with every passing year. This again signifies rarity and eventually, increases the appeal.

2. More free time to research on timepieces

Due to the global pandemic, the government has to put restrictions on travelling, entertainments, dining and all gatherings. Consequently, watch collectors or enthusiasts get some more free time to research, gather details and explore the vintage watch world.

Gaining knowledge is an essential part of the watch collecting process. The more time you spend on knowing vintage timepieces, the more it will lure you to them, leading to more models on your wish-list.

3. Enough money to spend on legacy models

Along with exploring the vintage watch world’s catalogue, many individuals are lucky enough to continue having a stable income, working from home or otherwise. However, with the restrictions on outing and entertainment, people have only a few opportunities for spending expendable money.

And a watch enthusiast will always wish to invest on a cherished watch with that cash and upgrade or build his/her collection.

4. The hunt for the unique remains

Vintage watches have a unique and compelling appeal that lacks in a brand new or contemporary models. Current Rolex watches look like any other, and their design is likely to be the same in the coming years. Indeed, the watchmakers have improved their watches’ quality and several complications over the years. For example, the dial manufacturing and engraving process has changed.

So you will not find tropical dials with font variations any more like ‘meters first’, ‘closed 6’ and ‘open 6’. However, these types of variations play a significant part of the appeal in the pre-owned and vintage watch market. And these variations are the driving factors behind vintage watches’ elevated prices.

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The Luxury Hut has expert evaluators who continually track the changing market trends and prices of luxury watches. We can determine a fair and accurate value of any second hand Rolex watches that customers want to sell. Thus, get in touch with us today to sell your watch for the best possible price, whether it is a vintage model or contemporary.

Silver is Expected to Beat Gold’s Price in 2021

January 19th, 2021

The Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services company, UBS has declared that silver is likely to outdo gold’s price in this year 2021. And this is interesting news as the previous year experienced record-breaking prices of precious ‘safe-haven’ metals and secured the advantages of stock market volatility worldwide.

The year 2020 was indeed a glorious year for gold. Price of this precious metal reached a record-breaking level of nearly £1,520 in August. Due to the drastic impact of Covid-19 pandemic, pessimist thinking weighed down equities all over the world.

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Thus, investors looked upon to gold increasingly as this ‘safe-haven’ precious metal typically appreciates during economic downturns. Simultaneously, increased gold prices acted as a boon for those looking to raise instant cash to meet their financial needs. People could use their unwanted or old gold jewellery to raise instant cash for gold either by selling or getting a pawn loan.

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Gold has depreciated to some extent in the last few months. And according to Global Wealth Management strategists’ team of USB, gold is unlikely to repeat the staggering 2020 arc in 2021. On the contrary, silver is all set to shine and also, may outdo gold completely.

The Prediction

Economic condition is gradually improving in 2021. And as USB predicted, the industrial growth will influence prices of silver. What reinforces this prediction is that policymakers will provide a greater focus on renewable energy and decarbonisation ways in 2021.

Reports say that over 50% of silver utilised for industrial purposes is associated with electronics and solar panels. And these two are highly essential for progressing towards green technology.

According to the USB strategists, silver prices are likely to hit about £21.97 per ounce by the first quarter’s end and level off to nearly £19.77 per ounce by the end of this year. Silver price per ounce is currently at around £18.

However, gold will strive hard in the meantime to captivate substantial exchange-traded fund or ETF inflows for maintaining prices above £1,391. But USB anticipates that the value of the ‘safe-haven’ precious gold will be 2.5% lower than the present price level by the end of 2021, at nearly £1,318 per ounce.

Moreover, USB added that precious metal prices would remain high up in the first quarter of this year due to the continuing worst dollar performances and low-interest rates. But gold prices are expected to get weak in the second quarter of 2021 as the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve will start to narrow their quantitative relieving programmes.

The Vintage Rolex Daytona ‘Big Red’ Ref. 6263

January 15th, 2021

In the vintage Rolex collecting world, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona holds a significant place. Vintage watch collectors are incredibly passionate about the manual-wound Daytona chronographs that eventually fetch astronomical prices at auction.

Several vintage Rolex Daytona models have gained iconic levels of collectability. However, one of the most coveted vintage Daytona of all time is the Reference 6263. Let’s take a look at this iconic Daytona ‘Big Red’ reference of the vintage Rolex family.

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Rolex Daytona Reference 6263: Introduction

The Rolex Daytona 6263 was in production from the late 60s to nearly 1988. The watch features the second generation of screw-down chronograph pushers and the text ‘Oyster’ on the dial indicate its water-resistance ability.

However, the hallmark that distinguishes the Daytona 6263 from its siblings is the black acrylic bezel.

  • The fact is that Rolex had equipped most Daytona references with metallic bezels throughout the collection’s history.
  • Even the Rolex Daytona Reference 6265 sports a metal bezel.

So the signature acrylic black bezel framing the round watch’s face changes the aesthetic, offering a little larger appearance overall.

The Iconic ‘Big Red’ Dial Variation

Rolex offered the Daytona Reference 6263 in different dial variations, attaining names like Paul Newman dials and the ‘Big Red’ dials. No doubt, the Reference 6263 featuring the Paul Newman dials receive more collectors’ attention and thus, sell for astronomical prices at auction.

However, the ‘Big Red’ dial type of this iconic Daytona watch is also highly sought-after among collectors.

  • Rolex offered the dial in black or silver and with contrasting colours for the signature three chronograph registers.
  • The watch got its name ‘Big Red’ from the bright red name ‘DAYTONA’ engraved in a larger font just in the dial’s centre.

However, all examples of the Reference 6263 do not feature the bright red ‘DAYTONA’ name on the dials.

Some Reference 6263 models even do not have the name ‘Daytona’ engraved on the dial, depending on production year and dial style. On the other hand, some watches may flaunt the red ‘Daytona’ name on them, but they can vary in the font size.

Thus, the terms ‘Big Red Daytona’ and ‘Small Red Daytona’ are frequently used within vintage Rolex collecting circles, indicating different font sizes of the red ‘Daytona’ text engraved on the dial.

Moreover, the dials also vary based on the red Daytona name’s position above the sub-dial at the 6 o’clock side. For instance, the Rolex Daytona Floating Big Red Ref. 6263 has the red ‘DAYTONA’ name printed further away from the sub-dial in comparison to other examples.

Why is the Daytona 6263 ‘Big Red’ so collectable?

The Daytona Reference 6263 represents a perfect combination of vintage and modern Rolex chronograph features. And this makes the watch so collectable. Rolex designed and produced this timepiece just before upgrading the Daytona series offering a contemporary touch.

  • Rolex equipped the timepiece with features like chronograph pushers and a screw-down crown that you will find in later-era Daytona watches.
  • However, the Daytona 6263 Big Red undoubtedly holds its vintage aesthetic with a 37mm case, acrylic crystal and manually-wound Valjoux movement.

Overall, Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is one of the mainstay collections in the brand’s catalogue. And the Daytona Reference 6263 Big Red is one of the most sought-after vintage watches of all time.

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3 Best Vintage Rolex Watches that Won’t Break the Bank

January 4th, 2021

The vintage market for Rolex watches has been blooming in recent years and last year saw an unexpected upsurge despite the impact of COVID-19. Interestingly, rare and also the most common vintage sports watches are now fetching five-figure price levels.

However, not every vintage Rolex watch carries astronomical levels of resale value. But there are a few vintage Rolex models that serve as excellent entry points. Let’s here explore three of the excellent and popular vintage Rolex references that will not break your bank.

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1. Rolex Air-King Reference 5500

In 1958, Rolex produced the Air-King series as a subtle, durable entry-level watch. Without a date mechanism, the Air-King is among the most affordable Rolex timepieces. Whether vintage or contemporary, these watches offer some of the best value for money.

  • The Rolex Air-King 5500 comes with a stainless steel case of 34mm and acrylic crystal.
  • However, while the brand produced this watch as a more affordable edition, the movement powering the Reference 5500 was not COSC-certified.
  • The timepiece housed either the Rolex’s in-house Calibre 1530 or 1520 movement.

The Rolex Air-King flaunts minimalist features and a classic styling instead of flashy design, heavy-text dials and added functions. Many collectors relish the series’ simple, reliable design with a perpetual movement and a water-resistant Oyster case.

Moreover, the Rolex Air-King is available in various dial colours and two bracelet options – a dressy Jubilee or a sporty Oyster bracelet. The Air-King Reference 5500 enjoyed an astoundingly 37-year long production run. Eventually, the Reference 5500 model exists in the market today in decent numbers.

2. Rolex Datejust Reference 1601

The Rolex Datejust 1601 was in production throughout the 1960s and 1970s. However, the unique vintage feel and appearance make the Reference 1601 a prototypical Datejust. The watch features a 36mm case size, fluted bezel and acrylic crystal with Cyclops lens above the date display.

  • Rolex unleashed the Datejust Reference 1601 in Rolesor or solid gold version for men.
  • However, you will find this vintage Datejust housing either Calibre 1575 or 1565 movement depending on the production year.
  • Nonetheless, the Reference 1601 is instantly recognised for its pie-pan dial.

Rolex also offered this ‘pie-pan’ dial style to the Day-Date models from the same period. The fact is that this dial design is symbolic of an earlier era in the history of Rolex, and it offers a vintage aesthetic to the Reference 1601.

3. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference 1002

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 1002 watch houses a time-only movement and flaunts a 43mm case and smooth bezel. Moreover, the dial displays the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” text. Well, Rolex produced the Reference 1002 in the 1950s and 1960s.

  • The watch features an old-style case, bracelet and acrylic crystal over the dial.
  • However, in the early years of production, the Oyster Perpetual Reference 1002 housed the Calibre 1560 movement, beating at 18,000bph.
  • But the Calibre 1570 movement replaced this movement in the mid-1960s.
  • While the Calibre 1560 offers a 42-hour power reserve, the Calibre 1570 offers power reserve up to 48-hour.
  • Additionally, Rolex also fitted the Calibre 1570 with a feature of hacking seconds. With this feature, wearers can pull out the crown to stop the seconds-hand.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 1002 is available in different metal and dial options. For example, there are yellow gold, stainless steel and bi-tone models. Among the different dial colours available, champagne and silver-tone dials are the most common in the second hand market.

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Top 6 Swiss Watch Brands – The Luxury Hut

December 24th, 2020

The term ‘Swiss Made’ is a significant seal of approval, and a symbol of quality recognised and revered worldwide. Today, over half of the total luxury timepieces are manufactured in Switzerland. Swiss Made watches are expensive because they are sophisticatedly designed and meet the highest level of craftsmanship. They are made using the highest quality components and the most complicated movements, enabling them to retain their value well with time. Here is a list of the Top 6 Swiss watch brands that characterise the standard of the watchmaking industry today with their top-notch innovations and creations.

Rolex

The ‘Crown king’ is the most acknowledged watch brand in the global watch industry. Founded in 1905, Rolex has cemented its famed status with several avant-garde creations like the water-proof Oyster case, perpetual movement and first watch with the automatic date changing functionality. A Rolex watch is a symbol of luxury, precision and durability.

Omega

Omega has a long history of producing exceptional watches. Established in 1903, this Swiss watch brand is known to be one of the finest creators of chronographs and movements. The timepieces with classic designs such as the Speedmaster and Seamaster have remained unchanged, stylish and smart over the years. The high-quality movements exhibit that no watch lose a second in any circumstances.

Patek Philippe

It is one of those watchmakers whose watches achieve record-breaking sums almost regularly at the biggest auction house. Patek Philippe Henry Graves ‘Supercomplication’ sold for 16 million GBP in 2014, becoming the most expensive watch ever sold at auction. Patek Philippe watches are popular for many features like perpetual calendar, minute repeater and split-seconds hand.

Vacheron Constantin

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin has a rich history in making complicated timepieces. By the early 20th century, the brand was acknowledged as one of the most significant, complicated watchmakers globally. The watches of this brand epitomise an excellent investment in respect to design, complications and artistry.

Audemars Piguet

The watches of this Swiss watch brand are recognised as highly prestigious, and they stand out because of their high-quality and precision. An Audemars Piguet timepiece represents a fine, mechanical watch finished to perfection and manufactured with excellent craftsmanship. In 1925, the brand produced the thinnest pocket watch in the world, followed by the ever-first skeleton watch after three years.

Breitling

Breitling is one of the Swiss watch brands to attain the COSC chronometer certification – awarded for precision and accuracy of Swiss chronometer timepieces. The iconic watches of this brand are typically influenced by aviation and diving. However, the characteristic watch features include polished cases and large, legible dials.

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The Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680

December 22nd, 2020

Rolex introduced the Submariner Reference 1680 in the late 1960s – nearly a decade after the brand unleashed its first Submariner. However, Reference 1680 was the first Submariner to feature date functionality.

More significantly, with the launch of this Submariner Date, this mainstay Rolex lineup started to diverge from its original roots and paved its way to becoming a status symbol.

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Rolex also introduced precious metals to the Submariner collection with the Reference 1680 along with an 18ct yellow gold version. However, this Submariner is often considered as controversial, but its unleashing is fascinating as it divided the series into two. And the result is that the Submariner collection had both no-date and date versions.

Today, the Rolex Submariner 1680, especially the early rarest editions are among the most coveted vintage Rolex watches. So let’s today explore this iconic vintage Rolex Submariner watch.

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Rolex Submariner 1680: The History

The Rolex Submariner 1680 is a significant launch in the realm of sports watches. However, it is known to have some disparities on the officially debuted time of this watch. Rolex had most probably unleashed this Submariner in 1969.

But the serial numbers of many Submariner Reference 1680 models are known to date back to 1966. If this is the fact, then the Reference 1680 should belong to the era of the two Submariner No-date watches that were in production at the time – the Reference 5512 and 5513.

  • However, the most significant difference between these two Submariner references lay in their movement.
  • While the Reference 5512 housed a COSC-certified movement, the Reference 5512 was powered by non-chronometer calibres.

Well, the Reference 1680 was the third Submariner version that was available concurrently with these other two. When it comes to design, you won’t find any differences between them.

The fact is that the first few years of production were turbulent. Rolex was going through a continuous process of upgrading and revising, thereby launching and quickly ceasing the production of many versions.

However, after a time, the watchmaker finally offered an accepted form to the Submariner and released the Reference 5512 in 1959. The watch features a 40mm case, serrated bezel and crown guards.

Most significantly, the design became an instant hit, and Rolex kept this basic shape of the Submariner unaltered until 2010.

Different Versions of the Rolex Submariner 1680

Rolex continued the production of the Submariner 1680 till 1979.

  • The brand released a stainless steel version of the Reference 1680, featuring a black bezel and dial.
  • However, another example of this Submariner also made its debut in 18ct yellow gold as the Reference 1680/8.
  • The yellow gold Submariner 1680/8 initially sported all-black elements.
  • But Rolex unleashed another version in 1971 that featured a bright blue dial and bezel.
  • The brand equipped both the references with ‘nipple dials’ that are highly sought-after today among vintage collectors.

However, the gold editions flaunted applied luminescent gold index hour markers rather than the usual mixture of baton and dot hour markers.

Regardless, when it comes to vintage Rolex sports timepieces, gold versions are not much value in the second hand market. The fact is that the steel editions enjoy an extreme following from enthusiasts and command an excellent resale value.

With this in mind, if you own a vintage Rolex Submariner and want to raise some extra cash instantly, you can choose to sell your Rolex with full confidence. Vintage Rolex buyers at The Luxury Hut can offer you the best possible price for your vintage Rolex watch right away. Fill up our online form today or call on 0207 242 9160 now to get an accurate quote immediately.

Time to Choose the Best Luxury Christmas Gifts to treat your loved Ones

December 14th, 2020

The holiday season has rolled in, and the Christmas spirit is already whirling in the air. The tree might be up, you have written your cards, but you might be still in search of the perfect Christmas gift for your loved one.

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Why not make this Christmas extra special by giving an exclusive gift that will last your loved one for a lifetime? Rather than a gift that they are likely to forget in a year, a luxury watch or a piece of jewellery will be cherished and remembered for years to come.

A luxury watch, diamond and gold jewellery are excellent investments. And buying any of them as a gift for your loved one can indeed exhibit how much you adore him/her. So here are some of the best luxury gifts to treat your loved one extra special this Christmas.

From classic dress watches, robust diving watches to branded diamond bracelets, rings and earrings, there is something for every style, personality and budget at The Luxury Hut. Take a look!

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Rolex Submariner Hulk

It might be now the most coveted gift across the world. Receiving a Rolex Submariner Hulk could be simply a dream for your gift recipient. You must be aware that Rolex has discontinued the ‘Hulk’ in 2020. Eventually, its desirability has increased at a higher level.

The most famous Rolex timepieces have a few common things. They are inevitably stylish and sleek and are designed to last for generations. And the iconic Rolex Submariner is undoubtedly one of them.

The Submariner Hulk is precisely one of the most famous Rolex watches of all time, transcending boundaries.

  • The robust stainless steel case flaunts a vibrant green dial and is framed by a green bezel.
  • Such an exclusive combination appeals many and eventually, highly sought-after among watch collectors across the world.
  • And thanks to its luminescent dots and baton hour markers, you can read as well as operate the watch underwater efficiently.

While the Rolex Submariner Hulk has been discontinued, its desirability has increased more than ever. Thus, this watch would be undoubtedly a unique Christmas gift to express your unconditional love and care.

Cartier Love Bracelet

Ideally, it is a perfect Christmas gift for your girlfriend, wife, daughter or any other special woman in your life. Cartier Love bracelet is special because it symbolises eternal love and commitment.

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So consider this 18ct Rose Gold Cartier Love bracelet from the iconic Love collection for her this Christmas. The bracelet comes with four diamonds that magnify its sparkle and brilliance.

Cartier is globally recognised and revered for its unique creations that exhibit unparallel design, elegance and artistry. And the Love bracelet is among the most popular and coveted jewellery item in the world. They are timeless, subtle and elegant.

Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph

For decades, the Omega Speedmaster has been a symbol of luxury and outstanding craftsmanship. Omega has made several upgrades to this flagship collection over time in terms of specifications and design. This Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph is an exceptional luxury watch as it exhibits the brand’s pioneering spirit.

  • The watch case and bracelet is crafted of stainless steel.
  • Moreover, its stunning blue dial features chronograph sub-dials, a date display and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
  • The blue dial also serves as a splendid contrast for silver baton-style luminous indexes and hands.

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So is your gift recipient fond of elegance and perfection? If so, then this Omega Speedmaster Chronograph watch is an excellent gift option for you. Take a look now! More interestingly, this watch is available with a full set, including original box and papers at The Luxury Hut.

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Earrings

From diamond stud, hoops to danglers, there are plenty of earrings available at The Luxury Hut. However, the one we can suggest you to consider exclusively for this festive occasion is this Van Cleef & Arpels earring.

  • This pair of 18ct yellow gold earrings is from the famous Alhambra collection.
  • It flaunts a four-leaf clover motif and a mother-of-pearl inset.
  • However, it is complemented by a gold beaded edge.

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Van Cleef & Arpels are among the best jewellers in the world and their jewellery design, settings and materials are of top-notch quality and one-of-its-kind. And every piece is created with utmost care and precision. So this pair of 18ct yellow gold Alhambra earrings can be a lovely surprise for that special woman this Christmas.

And like the above ones, this gift would also be something that will accompany your gift recipient a lifetime, reminding them of the value they have in your life.

Zenith El Primero Grande Date Moonphase Chronometer

With a 45mm dimension, the Zenith El Primero Chronograph features an exquisite rose gold case, silver dial with contrasting gold baton hour markers and black alligator strap.

  • However, the dial flaunts sub-dials for operating the Moonphase and Counter functions.
  • Thus, it is an excellent watch to consider as gifting adventure-seekers, travellers or globetrotters.

This luxury watch brand has 150years old history in the watchmaking and known for many avant-garde creations. In fact, Zenith is popular and sought-after for its superior expertise in watchmaking. Thus, when it comes to choosing the best luxury watches, this Zenith El Primero Grand Moonphase Chronograph is a great choice.

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Well, these are some of the best luxury gifts that you can consider to present your loved ones this Christmas. However, there are also many other luxury watches and jewellery items of different style and budget available at The Luxury Hut.

Sometimes you may wish to give someone something really exclusive that will represent or strengthen your bond. And the best way to do that is by getting something expensive that they may not have received otherwise.

Thus, browse our extensive collection now and get the perfect luxury gift to make this Christmas unique and memorable for your special someone.

The Unique & Elegant Cartier Ronde Solo De Cartier

December 9th, 2020

The Cartier Ronde Solo de Cartier belongs to the classic watch category that offers its users a unique savour of both innovation and tradition. Released in 2009, Cartier is known to design this classic collection taking inspiration from the preceding Ronde Louis Cartier watches.

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A circular dial with blued sword-shaped hands and bigger Roman numerals, and a rail-track minute circle characterise the Ronde Solo de Cartier watches. However, they are available with interchangeable colourful straps and bracelet that increase the uniqueness and flexibility of their design.

Cartier offers the Ronde Solo de Cartier in different sizes, including quartz 29mm model, an automatic 36mm version and a 42mm model like the Reference W6701011 that we will be highlighting here. Continue reading to explore more.

However, if you want to sell your Cartier watch for the best price possible, get in touch with the trusted watch buyers at The Luxury Hut today.

The Ronde Solo de Cartier – Design & Features

1. The Case

Cartier offers the Ronde Solo de Cartier in 18ct pink gold or stainless steel. With a stainless steel case of 42mm diameter and 8.53mm thickness, the watch sits pretty flat in the wrist.

  • Moreover, the watch features a little bit domed sapphire crystal that looks slightly thick.
  • Interestingly, while the Ronde Solo de Cartier does not have a bezel, it appears pretty thin.

2. The Dial

The Ronde Solo de Cartier flaunts an elegant silvered opaline dial. What boost the watch’s legibility and contrast is the oversized and prominent black Arabic numerals.

  • However, the dial features sword-shaped blued-steel hands and a central railroad ‘chemin de fer’ minute track with a military hour scale.
  • Added part of elegance is the silvered-coloured date disk at the date window at 3 o’clock side.
  • It increases the readability and merges nicely with the dial colour.

Moreover, the exciting fact is that the dial will look lighter or darker and the blued hands will turn light blue or almost black, based on the lighting conditions and glare amount on the sapphire crystal.

3. The Vintage Flare

Cartier fitted its signature blue synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel on the beaded crown of the Ronde Solo de Cartier. Interestingly, the wolf-fang shaped lugs offer a slight vintage flare to the timepiece.

4. The Bracelet

The Cartier Ronde Solo de Cartier is available in two bracelet choices – strap or a stainless steel bracelet. And you will also perhaps agree that the watch looks more contemporary and classic fitted with the steel bracelet.

  • Cartier furnished the bracelet with H-shaped mirror-polished links and satin-finished centre links.
  • However, it is reminiscent of the bracelet fitted to vintage Pasha de Cartier models.
  • The Ronde Solo de Cartier bracelet is exceptionally sturdy and sports a double-folding clasp. It offers a sleek and flawless look when strapped around the wrist.

Another significant fact to note is that the brand designed the bracelet offering many removable links. This means that you can adjust the watch easily and get a comfortable fit.

5. The Movement

The Cartier Ronde Solo de Cartier watch houses an in-house automatic Calibre 1847 MC movement. It offers a power reserve up to 42hours and 28,800vph frequency. However, the watch features a mirror-finished solid case-back and is water-resistant up to 30m.

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