In the comments of one of my ramblings here at Fratellowatches, called ‘All about the benjamins’, I got some nice replies from people. One of them came in this morning, it is written by Richard and he asks the following:

“So: How many people really dive with an expensive Rolex on their wrist? Not many, certainly. Any? ”

This morning, a friend of mine called, and told me he had a collegue who really abused his watches. He had seen a Rolex Comex diver which had seen terrible abuse, it was scratches and dented all over. My own Rolex Sea-Dweller, was owned by a diver before I bought it. He really used it as a diving watch, and it shows. I also don’t baby my Sea-Dweller, I wear it when I work, when I go to the bar, when I have to fill the 19″ serverrack at work… I don’t care if it gets scratched and dented. I know a few other people who don’t exactly baby their expensive watches.

So ofcourse, most people are probably quite ‘carefull’ with their Rolex, especially when it is gold (scratches more easily), but I think there is a large group of people who use it more or less how it is built. Like a tank.

Richard also states “The purpose of those watches is ego satisfaction, and if they do that, then fine, because that is their purpose. However, if that is their purpose, and their stated justification for their value is their apparent quality, they cannot quibble if watches of equal quality appear, and raise the issue of design. “, which is probably true for a lot of people. But that would make the statement a bit different, it is not the purpose of a Rolex Sea-Dweller, Submariner of GMT-Master to be labelled ‘ego satisfaction’, it is the people who treat it like a status-symbol who USE it for their own ego satisfaction. The watch is just a thing, no more, no less.

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The design issue is a whole different issue in my opinion. If you really think MarcelloC didn’t copy Rolex’s design, then I am done discussing I guess. I really wonder how someone can deny this. I had and have a few Rolexes, I also handled a few MarcelloC watches and ofcourse, they are of better quality then most Invicta watches, but surely not on par with Rolex.

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Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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  • I’m actually in the market for a Rolex (possibly a GMT Master II) to wear as an everyday watch. I wouldn’t wear it while painting or moving furniture, probably, but I wouldn’t hesitate to wear it while swimming, washing the car, doing yard work, etc. If I had a Rolex diver, I would certainly take it on a dive or two, and in fact, I hope to someday (diving in the Caribbean with a Rolex on your wrist — what could be better?). In fact, I wore a Rolex through most of high school that got the hell beaten out of it (high school boys aren’t know for being docile), and it still runs great where a lot of other watches wouldn’t have lasted.

    That said, I see Richard’s point, and I know there are plenty of people out there with Rolexes who only shine them up and put them on for special occasions when they want to look impressive. As far as I’m concerned, however, that’s a perfectly legitimate use for a Rolex, as well. As long as it meets your expectations, you can’t go wrong.

  • Well, I can’t talk about Rolex, but my wife has an Omega Seamaster (Quartz), which is, after only two years, the watch with the oddest age/wear ratio that you’ll probably find. The most obvious point is the bezel, which has been scratched right through the blue paint down to the bare metal. It still looks great, though, with the patina. Who needs submarine welding when there are two little children to care for? 🙂

  • georges

    Rolex is Rolex.I would like to buy one maybe in the future.They are great watches, they have perfect movements, great durability.The rolex design is the most copied design in the world. And when you are wearing one what I find aggriviating is when someone asks you “is that a fake?”

  • Robert Hampsjire

    hey I wear my Rolex sub everywhere, Before I got it ten years agao I had destroyed several lesser watches. Its been with me on tours in Bosnia, timor, Australia, and Kosovo. I wear it like a talisman. It is the only watch i wear from the desert to a diplomatic do…. Sun, rain, snow, or sea!

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