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The Best of Time Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History (Schiffer Book for Collectors) Hardcover – July 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Schiffer Book for Collectors
  • Hardcover: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 3rd edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764324373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764324376
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone with an interest in Rolex watches would find this book a must have.
CaptainWalt
To collectors, Rolex is a good watch, but certainly not a great watch, compared to rare and exotic models especially made for the carriage trade.
Maltique
This is a fantastic Rolex reference which is rich is history, background information, and abundant full-color photos.
D. Stepan

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chung on August 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For a comprehensive Rolex history with pictures, this is one of the best books out there. I definitely recommend this book for the Rolex enthusiast. Because it focuses mostly on history, the pictures are mostly of vintage models.

I own the 2nd edition (published 2001) and was excited when I saw the 3rd edition available (published 2006). I thought maybe there would be updates on the newer watches especially the 50th Anniversary Submariner and Day-Date (the green ones). To my disappointment, the 2nd and 3rd editions appeared to be identical except for the price guide at the end of the book. Yes, it's nice to have updated numbers, but I feel an updated edition should mention some updated watches as well.

A printing error on page 383 was not corrected in this 3rd edition either. That page shows a picture of an upside down Seadweller, but the print below the picture says "The Yachtmaster."

If you already own the 2nd edition and don't care for an updated price list, there's no need to spend $75+ for the 3rd edition. However, the 3rd edition is a good purchase for the first time buyer.

Overall I give the book 5 stars, but I'm giving it 4 stars here because of the lack of updates for the 3rd edition.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W5JHC on April 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Similar to Rolex watches on which this book focuses, it's heavy, quite large, and overpriced. Again similar to Rolex watches, it does the job fairly well. Generally good to excellent photography traces the evolution of Wilsdorf's watches from "unknown," to a famous name. Furthermore, Wilsdorf understood the value of publc relations and advertising campaigns to boost his product to what's probably the most recognized brand of Swiss mechanical watches. While the book is lavish in its photographic presentations, there are too few words. Especially with watches, I want to know original and current selling prices, too. I yearned for a newer edition. Of course there can't be one every year, but this volume is better suited to the collector of older watches. I'd love one highlighting post-2005 Rolexes. But, you sure can't slight the research accomplished. Tops in that regard, few cover older Rolexes as completely. As a photographer who owns six Rolex watches, I appreciate the photography, and respect the teeth-pulling exercises the authors no doubt went through to locate the pictures. I prefer smaller books that are more conveniently sized for reading and storage. My library leans like the famous tower due to myriad so-called "table- or coffeetable-top" books that are oversized. Sometimes, as is this publication, that's the only way I find the material I seek: books about cars and watches. A slick, perhaps thicker, paperback edition possible to read lying down beats hell out of these large, cloth bound, impractical volumes. This book, at its price, is a product only a "watch buff" or a Rolex fan will likely cough up $125.00 to own.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maltique on October 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding book for the novice or experienced collector. It's packed with facts, photos and fantastic details.

Each model is adequately covered and prices are cited as well. Especially, since this volume often is available in good or excellent condition from the used market, it gives those with small pocket books a classic entrance into the fascination with Rolex watches.

Rolex, with one of the first effective waterproofing movements, rose from a small operation to a name now recognized worldwide on a level with Coke, Levis, and other such products.

To collectors, Rolex is a good watch, but certainly not a great watch, compared to rare and exotic models especially made for the carriage trade.

Patek-Philippe, the standard to which many collectors measure as the "holy grail" of great watches, for example, produces far fewer pieces than do Rolex and Omega, and, of course, at supremely higher prices.

Rolex, on the other hand, is one of the more respected brands produced on an assembly line. Their sales remain high because Rolex approaches change cautiously. The line does NOT proliferate with new models and designs each year. Its quality control is fantastic for a production line watch, but none has super complications, either.

Rolexes are certified chronometers, meaning for mechanical watches, their accuracy is usually acceptable: + or -5 seconds daily for those formerly used to absolutely exact quartz, radio-receiving WWV watches, that sell in Wal-Mart for less than $100, keep perfect time, but look like they cost that, too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shockvalue on November 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have the 3rd edition. Poor quality production for the cost - the first 20 pages of my copy had deep creases the length of the pages.

Content was good if not detailed to the degree I expected. Very limited on the modern Rolex but it was good to see the representation of the more unique historical pieces. Photography was good, but overall I couldn't help thinking the Brozek book, Rolex Report is the better reference value.
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