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Sheer Magnetism, Darling: You Can Own James Bond’s Buzzsaw Rolex

Posted on 14 October 2011 by John Biggs


Live And Let Die was one of the most gadget-filled Bond movies, featuring a Rolex watch with built-in high intensity magnetic bullet shield and buzzsaw as well as robotic voodoo figures and a taxi that enclosed the rider in a cage of bulletproof glass. Although the figures and taxi aren’t for sale, you can own that rocking Rolex.
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Chad Recommends: Get thee a Rolex 1675

Posted on 10 August 2010 by John Biggs

It’s a little aged, but the Rolex 1675 is now going for about three grand and it has a GMT hand, which meets my “at least one complication” law when it comes to three-handed watches. Chad could probably find you one but do some searches. Watch out for eBay, though. Those guys are punks.

In short, this is the one Rolex that gets my vote.

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POW Rolex

Posted on 29 February 2008 by John Biggs

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Up for auction is a 1940s Rolex sold to a prisoner of war while he was incarcerated.

A 1940s Rolex chronograph that belonged to a British prisoner of war at the Stalag Luft III camp in Nazi Germany is coming up for sale at Antiquorum in Geneva on May 13 and 14. With it is the logbook Corporal Clive Nutting of the Royal Corps of Signals kept during his wartime captivity. It’s a collection of unpublished cartoons, illustrations and photographs revealing a new insight into camp life and the mass breakout of 76 POWs made famous in the movie, The Great Escape.

Included in the papers is Nutting’s correspondence with Rolex, confirming the remarkable marketing campaign the Geneva brand launched during World War II.

Swiss watch sales were badly hit by the war, especially after Germany invaded unoccupied Vichy France in November 1942, and neutral Switzerland found itself completely encircled by Axis powers. Watch companies were cut off from their best customers, the British and Americans.

Rolex, however, discovered that there were plenty of British and Americans right on Switzerland’s doorstep — literally a captive market — in German prisoner-of-war camps. Stalag Luft III, for example, housed up to 10,000 Allied airmen, shot down in operations over occupied Europe. Thousands more Allied officers were interned in the various Oflag (officer’s POW camps) scattered throughout the German Reich.

POW Rolex Part 1 – TimeZone

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Rolex Concept Phone Coming from LG?

Posted on 10 October 2007 by John Biggs

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I doubt they’ll make it — Rolex knows not to bastardize their brand — but it is pretty interesting.

You’ll have to trust me on this one, as I wasn’t allowed to take photographs inside LG’s mobile demonstration room. But one wall has a display of concept mobile phones, including a model that’s basically a phone with a Rolex watch-face embedded in the casing.

Korea/Japan Week: LG reveals concept Rolex mobile phone [Tech Digest]

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Rolex Milgauss

Posted on 22 May 2007 by John Biggs

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I’m slowly starting to dig Rolex more and more. Sure, it’s “common,” but they’re well made and have history. I’d put them on par with Omega for class and provenance.

The Milgauss comes in the new, slightly larger case size of 40mm, with the 3131 movement. There are white and black dial versions available, both with a nifty and surprisingly modern lightning shaped second hand and ‘ROLEXROLEXROLEX’ around the face on the chapter ring. (As Christian noted, for better or worse, the new models are more heavily branded than their predecessors.) One difference between the two versions is that the black dial has a sapphire crystal that is slightly green at an angle, as you can see from the image gallery on their site. List price on both is rumored to be $5,900.

The New Rolex Milgauss [WatchReport]

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eBay Follies: Gimme $5 For a Rolex!

Posted on 14 May 2007 by John Biggs

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For $5, the price of a cup of Starbuck’s coffee, you can help some douche buy himself a Rolex. The world, it seems, is full of all kinds.

BIDDING ON THIS AUCTION WILL, I HOPE, GIVE YOU THE SATISFACTION OF KNOWING YOU PERSONALLY HELPED A HARD WORKING FATHER OF TWO AFFORD HIS TIME PIECE DREAM.

YOU ARE BIDDING ON:

* A FUND TO ALLOW ME TO FULLY PURCHASE AND PLACE ONE OF THESE FINE TIMEPIECES ON MY WRIST.

What a joke… “Give Me Money To Buy A Rolex” [Watchuseek Watch Forums]

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POW Rolex

Posted on 07 May 2007 by John Biggs

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War, Rolexi, and classice movies. Quite a combo.

A 1940s Rolex chronograph that belonged to a British prisoner of war at the Stalag Luft III camp in Nazi Germany is coming up for sale at Antiquorum in Geneva on May 13 and 14. With it is the logbook Corporal Clive Nutting of the Royal Corps of Signals kept during his wartime captivity. It’s a collection of unpublished cartoons, illustrations and photographs revealing a new insight into camp life and the mass breakout of 76 POWs made famous in the movie, The Great Escape.

POW Rolex Part 1 – TimeZone

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Breaking a Rolex: What Now?

Posted on 01 March 2007 by John Biggs

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