Rainbow Rolex

Rainbow Rolex Daytona

Occasionally, Rolex will do something crazy, and 2018 was no exception. Back in 2018 at Baselworld in Switzerland, Rolex released the 116595RBOW, a rose gold Daytona with rainbow sapphires set into the bezel and indices, as well as diamonds set into the case.

This will be a polarizing watch for sure, with those who love it and those who hate it. Personally I love it and I’d wear the hell out of it if I had one. I think it would go great dressed down with a t-shirt or dressed up with a suit. The only place I might not wear it is the office, but hey if you’re the boss, then fuck it and wear it wherever the hell you like.

It seems like most Rolex watches are subject to nicknames, such as Hulk, Smurf, Batman, Pepsi, and Coke, and this watch is no different. It has been nicknamed the Rainbow, not to be confused with the Tutti Fruity Yachtmaster that was released at Baselworld 2017.

The supply will be extremely limited. I mean it’s Rolex, what else would you expect. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of these gems (pun intended) at retail, expect to pay somewhere around $96,900. When these watches do hit the secondary market, I’d expect to see them listed (not necessarily selling) for well above retail.

If you need help tracking down a Rainbow Rolex for yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact me at steve@denverwatchgeek.com. I’d be happy to hunt one down for you.

To read Ben Clymer’s take on it, click here.

To find out more information on this watch from Rolex, click here.

HODINKEE Strikes Again!

HODINKEE 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Omega Speedmaster

HODINKEE, the watch blog that we all either love or hate has just released another collaboration, this time with Omega.

In honor of HODINKEE’s 10 year anniversary as a company, they are releasing 500 specially designed Speedmasters inspired by HODINKEE founder, Ben Clymer’s MK40 Speedmaster that he received from his grandfather as a teen and which he claims inspired him to create HODINKEE.

Specs

The watch has a 39.7mm steel case with solid caseback. The caseback sports the Omega Seahorse as well as the engrraving, “10th Anniversary HODINKEE”. Inside is the manually-wound, three-register chronograph movement 1861. The watch has a black aluminum bezel. That watch comes with not just one strap, but two: a dark grey calfskin and a dark grey nylon nato. The watch gets more than just a touch of color with the dial and hands. The hour and minute hand are black and white, the running seconds hand is blue on a blue and grey subdial. The chronograph second hand is red with a yellow tip, while the minute and hour registers have red arrow hands.

This is not a watch that you would wear with a tux or really to any formal event. Rather, this watch would look right at home in a flight suit or with shorts and a t-shirt on the weekend.

As stated before, there will be only 500 pieces madel. They can be ordered online through HODINKEE (sold out) or through your Omega Boutique.

Reaction

The response to the HODINKEE/Omega collaboration seems to be evenly split through the watch community with some collectors loving it and others hating it.

Many of those that dislike the watch, state that they do so because in their mind, Omega already has already released too many special additions in the past year, specifically the Ultraman and the #speedytuesday.

I can understand the gripe and do feel that it is warranted because by adding another limited edition, Omega is potentially devaluing the other limited editions.

I do not fault Mr. Clymer or HODINKEE at all for the collaboration. I think that this is the perfect way to celebrate being in business for a decade, by celebrating the watch that started it all. I do think that they made too many though. HODINKEE would have been better suited to make 10% of what they actually made to give to employees, investors, family, and friends. This would make the watch much more exclusive and in my mind, much more special for those directly involved with HODINKEE.

HODINKEE: Changing new watch sales as we know it

HODINKEE

HODINKEE, the website, blog, shop, and community dedicated to mechanical watches and those who love them, has updated their shop.

It’s not news that HODINKEE has been selling watches on their site. The company has sold over $4 million worth of vintage and limited edition HODINKEE collaberations, but now they are doing something new and they are doing it in true HODINKEE fashion.

HODINKEE is now an authorized online retailer for eight brands: Grand Seiko, Longines, NOMOS  Glashütte, Oris, Ressence, TAG Heuer, Vacheron Constantin, and Zenith. In true HODINKEE fashion though, they are not selling the complete lines, but instead a curated selection of watches that you might see on the wrist of someone at  the HODINKEE offices.

Ben Clymer states that the decision to move into the new watch market was partially due to the fact that the buying experience for new watches sucks more often than not. They are offering free overnight shipping at no extra cost and detailed, honest descriptions of the watch by people who know watches.

In addition to all that, they are also extending the manufacturer’s warranty by an additional year. That means if you buy a new Ressence from the ‘DINK and it breaks within the first two years, Ressence covers it, but if it breaks in the third year it’s covered by HODINKEE.

THIS IS HUGE!

We now have a watch retailer that not only gives a shit about watches, they know more about them than anyone else, and they believe in them so much that they are willing to cover the watch for a whole extra year.

This is probably just the beginning of the watch revolution. I predict that we will begin to see more watches being sold online and better training for sales people in brick and mortar retailers.

To find out more about the new shop launch in Mr. Clymer’s own words click here.

Cleaning your watch

Many people don’t know how to properly clean their watch, and therefore don’t. This results in disgusting grimy watches.

Here’s the best way I’ve found to keep my watches clean.

I clean all my water resistant/proof watches with dish soap and warm water.

First I make sure the crown is completely screwed in and that there’s no way water or soap can get inside the case.

I take the watch and cover it with soap, making sure to lather it up, getting soap between all the links in the bracelet. Scrub any stubborn arm cheese with a soft bristle toothbrush.

Once you’re done scrubbing, rinse the watch under warm water making sure to remove all the soap. After the watch has been thoroughly rinsed dry it with a soft towel.

Every couple of months I bring it in to a professional to have it cleaned with the ultrasonic cleaner which gets all the dirt and arm cheese out of it.