Rolex mi kao brand postaje sve zanimljiviji pa se guglajući nađe svakakvih priča, evo jedna zanimjiva, mislim da je čak možda bila i spominjana na forumu.
Jup, fora priča, evo još jedna zanimljiva iz 2012.
The journey begins 52 years ago, at a Navy Exchange on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It was here that a young aviation medical student, Bob, spent what was likely the best $70 of his life (much to the chagrin of his wife). When asked why he chose this particular watch he replied, "I needed a dive watch and this was one of the few available," as he recalled looking through multiple dive watches. Being an avid diver, the intention was simply to time air reserves on his dives.
For much of the next 35 years that's exactly what the watch did. Bob spoke fondly of his diving experiences both in Navy at the Marshall Islands as well from a home in the Bahamas, where he lived through the 80's. Serving its purpose faithfully for over half a century (a testament to the caliber 1530 still ticking away inside), the watch has spent the last decade tucked inside a drawer.
Until last week that is, when Bob decided to sell a few personal belongings on eBay for spare change. Completely unaware of the significance of the watch, the auction began with no reserve, at $9.95.
Needless to say, Bob was in for a shock. "I thought it was a mistake!" he said, upon seeing the bids go beyond the $30K mark. He asked his son to help research the watch, uncovering its identity and significance, they realized just what they had on their hands.
Through the week the bidding has steadily climbed to the $63,100 where it sits at the time of this writing. While the buyer might not be getting much in the way of papers and boxes, they will be getting a living, breathing "history in the making" purchase from this vivacious and genuine original owner. Bob has offered to give a written history to the winning bidder as documentation. After getting the chance to speak with him, I highly recommend taking the time to sit and discuss the history of the watch face-to-face.
While it is true that going to a larger, more prestigious auction house would have offered a more glamourous exposure to collectors, eBay provides a fitting location given the unlikely story behind its listing. When asked if he had any second thoughts about selling the watch, now knowing its significance, he replied simply "none at all."
Many of you have inquired regarding the history of the watch. It's intertwined with my personal history, of course, and at the risk of being very boring, I'll recount it. I was drafted out of my residency training in 1957, and assigned to the U.S. Navy (2 1/2 of the best years I ever spent in my life) I went through the Aviation Medical training program at Pensacola, became a naval flight surgeon and selected The Naval Station on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands as my duty station. We did a lot of scuba diving there, and I bought myself a dive watch at the Navy Exchange. That watch is the present one under discussion, and I paid $70.00 for it. I wore it almost exclusively for the next decade, throughout my neurosurgical residency. I went into private practice in Waco, Texas in 1964, and I practiced for 35 years, finally retiring in 1998. I wore the watch intermittently during that time. I suppose I wore it for an aggregate total of four or five weeks a year. In 1980-1990 I did a lot of scuba diving in the Bahamas, and since this was the only dive watch I ever had, I used it a lot. This to me was just a comfortable old watch of which I was very fond. For the last few years, it has been sitting in a drawer, and since we are downsizing, I thought I might sell it and get $50 or $100 for it. I didn't have a clue regarding the actual value of the piece, and it's a real shock to find it to be a very valuable and desirable item.
Sat je postigao na kraju cijenu od 66.100 dolara. O kojem se satu radi?
Submariner ref. 5510
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sub ožu 16, 2013 8:11 pm
Pridružen/a: pet tra 30, 2010 10:01 am Postovi: 2338
Pročitao, ali i dalje ne kužim zašto je cijena ispala tako visoka? Što je tako posebno na ovom subu?
pon ožu 18, 2013 6:17 pm
Pridružen/a: sri ruj 08, 2010 10:07 pm Postovi: 7
...i mene je zanimalo, pa sam naisao na slijedece:
"Rare? Most definitely. It is said that production period for the Ref. 5510 is only for a year between 1958-1959. Veteran vintage Rolex collectors estimates between 300 – 600 were produced. To put this into perspective, a Ref. 5510 submariner is even rarer than a COMEX Ref. 5514 or Military Submariners.
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