31 Mar

Sportscars: All for a watch – Rolex Daytona

“It’s all about the watch,” is a famous statement in Daytona, where this weekend the 54th edition of the 24-hour race for prototypes and GT cars is held. For the 24th year in succession Rolex is title sponsor of the race, which is also known by many as “The Rolex. The tradition of awarding a Rolex Daytona watch the winners goes back to the origins of the race in the sixties. AUTOSPORT.NL went in Daytona looking for the story behind the watches.

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In 1962, Rolex gave the first for timekeeping at Daytona International Speedway. In that year took the sports car race another three hours, as the following year, to pass through two games of 2000 km in the years 1964 and 1965 for the duration of a day, which was the case every year since 1966. The Swiss watch manufacturer had previously some chronographs in the program, but they were never as popular as the normal models for hours, minutes and seconds hand. In 1963, the Rolex Cosmograph applied with the reference number 6239 on the market. The model was named “Daytona” with it, to show the connection between the circuit more content and brand. Rolex regarded racing drivers as a serious target group and therefore made the numerals on the bezel a lot bigger than comparable watches from other brands.

Paul Newman, not only a famous actor but also quite skilled driver, a dedicated ambassador for Rolex Daytona. By Newman supported model, with a second scale on the dial in a different (red) color received by fans nicknamed “Daytona Paul Newman. Such copies are sold at auctions for amounts up to 100,000 dollars, but caution is advised: there are ‘fakes’ than originals in circulation. The same applies to the Rolex Daytona that get the race winners at Daytona and for several years also in the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “They are engraved and do a little depending on the event and the driver, some 50,000 Dollar,” said Rolex connoisseur and collector Wolfgang Wieland. “But even here there are more false than originals in circulation. Especially in Asia they are very creative in there …”

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What does such a watch for a driver, we asked after Nick Tandy, who was allowed to participate as a member of the winning Porsche team at Le Mans last year a Rolex received, and previously as a class winner at Daytona in 2014 such “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona” was. “Yes, I also wear them sometimes,” he says. “Not every day, but on special occasions. It’s like a kind of replica rolex trophy. Of course I Le Mans also the winner’s trophy, but that is at home in the closet. The watch is a trophy that can take around you everywhere, and wonderful reminder that success. ” He has already received offers to sell his watch? “Sure, but not a hair on my head to think about it!”

The Rolex Daytona is available in several versions, starting with the steel version, which costs 11,000 Euro since the recent price increase. If you can get there, because the waiting list before long. Upwards, the series well, with gold and other value-added business. But what makes these steel version now so coveted? Rolex expert Wolfgang Wieland: “Until 1988 were the Daytona models, you then had to replica rolex uk wind by hand, real store daughters, nobody wanted them but when Rolex came up with the Zenith mechanism, a vending machine, and when they were. popular. it is indeed a separate phenomenon to get the best performance the most difficult is, all other models are always just ease available. I think Rolex itself keeps deliberately sparse model. Rolex is a foundation, not a listed company, so there are no published production or sales figures. How many Daytona’s are produced, so no one knows. it also adds to the mystery that hangs over every Daytona. “

26 Mar

Rolex Explorer 39mm: facelift but justified

Now there will be two references Explorer 39mm 214270. Those before 2016 and those after. Very similar watches but still different enough that we go back in details so that the second generation is much more interesting cheap replica rolex watches than the first …
But before going further, let us briefly about the history of the Rolex Explorer … One of the best catalog of Rolex, Rolex icon and one of the first Oyster for men to have been adopted by women there has fifteen years …

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Edmund Hillary, the New Zealand giant of 1.90 meters, a former beekeeper who conquered Mount Everest and its 8,848 meters May 29, 1953 with his friend, the sherpa Tenzing Norgay, died January 11, 2008 in age 88 at Auckland hospital (New Zealand) following a heart attack.
But for lovers of Rolex, the name of Sir Edmund Hillary will remain forever linked to the Explorer model that was created following the first successful ascent of Everest. Indeed, we must know that in the early 50s, the Geneva brand begins to market its first professional watches.

She supports extreme adventurers and became “sponsor” of the British expedition by equipping some of its members. The watches functioned with great accuracy throughout the adventure, despite differences in temperature and copies of rolex watches maddening violent and repeated shocks. Today, Rolex worn by the sherpa Tensing Norway during the expedition of 1953, is in the Rolex Museum in Geneva.
This model of 36 mm no date is immediately recognizable by its black dial, wide inverted triangle at 12 o’clock, Arabic numerals 3-6-9 instead of the index and its needle-like star of hours “Mercedes”. The story also wants at the time, this watch was extremely resistant to temperature changes, operating without problem from -20 ° C to + 40 ° C, through a specific oil.
Under the “rejuvenation” progressive of its collections, the Geneva brand introduced in 2010 a new version of its Rolex Explorer. Carved from a block of steel 904L with exceptional anti-corrosion properties, it then says in a slightly expanded housing 39mm (vs. 36 mm). Another difference from the model 114270? The numbers 3, 6 and 9 are not in Superluminova in 2010 Explo (which does not please the fans of the model) and the term Explorer is no longer placed in the upper part but below the dial, just au Superlative Chronometer Officially above Certified.
This 2010 version equipped with its mechanical automatic movement (Calibre 3132 Rolex 48 hours of power reserve, COSC certified) with the Perpetual rotor, Parachrom spring and Paraflex shock absorbers, will be sold until this year ( late 2015 / early 2016). But surprise! Rolex decided to stop and replace it with a new watch bearing the same reference, incorporates the same caliber, but with a few extras that will make all the difference!

15 Dec

Rolex watches seized in raid on DHL courier

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Four or five black-clad and masked men raided Tuesday, May 15th at the Diemerhof in Diemen a courier DHL. Police have released photos.

The courier did around 11.00 deliver a number of crates with Rolex watches at a company located there, when the perpetrators suddenly appeared and threatened to shoot him if he did not remain calm. The perpetrators then took off with the loot into a waiting Volkswagen Transporter. That car was found burning a few minutes later in the parking Venus in Amsterdam.

Garage
On the surveillance video you can see that the perpetrators of the parking spaces in a white BMW 3serie. This car is Thursday, May 17th, two days after the robbery, found burnt out in Zaandam. The BMW was fitted with stolen license plates with license plate 35-RLB-7. The original sign shows 56-ZS-JJ to be and that car is 5 or May 6 stolen from the Da Costa Kade in Amsterdam.

Volkswagen Transporter
The Volkswagen Transporter that was used to attack on the DHL courier was probably also used in a burglary at a business premises on the Amsterdam Sumatrakade in the early morning of Monday, February 20th. Two of the four perpetrators then fled in a dark Volkswagen Transporter. Witnesses have seen that Transporter also the license plate 56-VJR-5 had, like the Transporter on the surveillance video in Diemen. It appears to be a counterfeit license plate of an Opel Vivaro which otherwise has nothing to do with these issues.

Audi RS4
In business burglary at the Sumatrakade was seen another car. Two of the perpetrators fled in the Transporter but it has been seen that the other two in a gray Audi RS4 left with the registration number 96-XT-GJ. And the Audi RS4 is three days later on February 23 was again involved in a cracking thud in Leiden.

Perpetrators
It’s about four or five black-clad perpetrators of whom one is slightly plumper than the others.

Call one witness
Police want tonight to get in touch with a man who has been somewhat after 0810 on Tuesday morning, May 15 at the Venus-Mercury car park at the flat in Amsterdam. The Transporter is just half an hour away from the garage, when he walks up to the car park, just look inside and then run away again.

Witness call 2
A woman walked past the DHL courier just before he was attacked.

Witness call 3
At the time the robbery took place around 11:00 am someone drove a scooter near the Diemerhof around.

Loot
They eventually brought seven boxes containing a large amount of expensive Rolex watches. But there were 15 so-called dummy clocks to watch that he enclosures without the timepiece in it, which are nevertheless very valuable. The police now know that there are a number of foreign offered.

15 Dec

Jewelers via trade in expensive watches in criminal environment

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Jewelers sell exclusive watches with high discounts to dealers with criminal contacts. Through this sale to get back the watches in large numbers into the underworld. According to research from NRC.

The watches are used by criminals for money laundering and payment. The police sees jewelers and watch dealers popping up more frequently in criminal investigations.

“We see that jewelers and traders are drawn into the environment and that criminals will facilitate broader than just money laundering,” said Wilbert Paulissen, head of the National Investigation request. The Amsterdam police track jewelers and dealers themselves to act against abuses, for example by registering serial numbers of watches.

Jewelers stuck
Jewelers have in recent years become jammed between manufacturers and traders. Manufacturers of well-known and popular brands like Rolex, Cartier and Audemars Piguet require jewelers to decrease and other watches more than they can actually sell. If they do not meet the requirements, they can forget their dealership and they lose a lot of customers. “Nearly half of all watches in the market of Rolex,” says director Mark Nieuwkerk of jewelry store Schaap and Citroen.

Jewelers therefore often work with regular traders the less desirable or older models decrease by up to 30 percent off. In return the traders want the scarce and highly sought after models in the store where customers wait years on.

Schaap and Citroen works in his own words with five or six of these types of traders. Yesterday the NRC reported that the jewelry store, an executive from the company and one of their large fixed traders by the prosecution suspected of fraud with exclusive watches. Schaap and Citroen was too large cash payments are not reported in time, which is required by law. In 2010 arranged the jeweler with the OM, the cash payments had repeatedly reported.

12 Dec

The casket of the fake Rolex. A bus driver in trouble

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A 49 year old Fasano (native Acquaviva delle Fonti) was reported on the loose because he was found in possession of 34 counterfeit watches. They were policemen of the Operational and Mobile Radio Society of Fasano to discover the alleged scam: MR (these are his initials), got into trouble and now will have to justify to the court the possession of this material found by soldiers of.
The police, led by Captain Pierpaolo Pinnelli, had heard of a strange movement that man, coach driver, was putting in place recently. Friday afternoon, during a routine check in a garage line bus, have sprung from an envelope several clocks (if original) would have a market value undoubtedly remarkable.

The 49 year old, the driver of a transport company active on several long-haul in southern Italy, found himself in front of Friday afternoon the police of the Operational and Mobile Radio Society of Fasano. The soldiers of the Force, who went in the company’s headquarters for a routine check, they cross the 49 year-old employee who wielded a white envelope.

Maybe it really was what they wanted: they asked him then requisirla and control it and, although among some hesitation, the bus driver gave it to the soldiers of. After opening, the discovery within it there were 23 Rolex, Omega two, seven and two Audemars Piguet Officine Panerai. Watches that, if they were original, would be worth tens of thousands of euro.

At this point, the police have asked the man what he was doing with all those clocks in the envelope. The 49 year old tried to provide an explanation which, undoubtedly, did not seem credible. They have conducted so the bus driver to the barracks to ascertain the origin of the goods. The soldiers of the Force, after some tests, thanks to some details, they found that those watches were counterfeit and were worth a few tens of euro.

At this point, the men of the Operational Mobile Radio and the local Society proceeded to denounce the loose the 49 year old on charges of receiving stolen goods and trade in products with false signs. The goods were impounded. It investigates to trace the origin of the watches. The police want to verify the origin of the goods and see if the bus driver was part of a round of buying and selling imitation goods.