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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could have been more extensive on the history of the sports models though. But nice that it has been made up to date by adding the later years to it.Published on December 28, 2013 by Peter Beck-Rasmussen
This book is highly recommended for any Rolex enthusiasts. I would however caution anyone ordering this book new from Amazon. Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Stephanie Morton
10/10 A good book about rolex watches, also a good quality book. Quick dispatch and delivery. I have enjoyed reading it but I have not completed the book yet.Published on July 11, 2013 by J. D. Ruddick
I believe this is the best, if not one of the top two, Rolex books available. Anyone with an interest in Rolex watches would find this book a must have.Published on April 19, 2013 by CaptainWalt
This is a splendid book! It is a massive work and I have only begun to study it. The illustrations are beautiful and the descriptions are thorough and very interesting. Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by Roger E. Gilley
Probably one of the best known books on Rolex watches. This book includes every model that was available at the time of going to press. Read morePublished on December 17, 2008 by Ozlanka
It has been said, but this really is the king of all Rolex books. The pictures are outstanding, every little detail is here in the text. Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by Sid Lynch