The German based R-L-X forum has a number of excellent authors aboard. One of them is Percy, also known by his initials PCS. Percy wrote a great review on three (later on four) Rolex watches that are priced just over 7000 euro in the current Rolex catalogue.
The Cosmograph Daytona is only marginally available. Although the waiting lists aren’t as ridicilous anymore as a few years ago (when you had to watch 6 years to get one, if you could get on the list at all), you still have to wait for one a few months at the authorized dealer (7200 Euro). In the grey circuit, you can get one for approximately 8000 euro. The Sea-Dweller DeepSea has been introduced during the last Basel Fair, and its available already below list price (between 6500 and 7000 euro). The Yacht-Master was introduced in its gold version in 1992, and five years later, in 1997, this watch was presented in rolesium, which is Rolex’s definition for a stainless steel & platinum combination. Although this model lists for 7200 euro, it can be had for 5500 euro (BNIB) in the grey circuit.
Percy does an excellent job on reviewing and analyzing each of these terrific Rolex watches. Because the market prices of these watches actually vary between the mentioned 5500 euro to 8000 euro, he also includes the successor of the proven Rolex GMT-Master II (16710), the GMT-Master IIc (116710). This watch, with its ceramic bezel and magnificent bezel turning system, has a market price of around 5000 Euro (Lists for 5350 Euro).
The review includes superb comparison pictures, like the ones below. Comparing the size and shape of each watch included in this review with eachother.
The picture above perfectly shows how BIG the new Rolex DeepSea Sea-Dweller is, compared to the regular sportsmodel (GMT-Master IIc).
Below, you’ll see that the watchcase of the Yacht-Master comes very close to the one used for the Daytona. Except for the bezel and pushers ofcourse, the shape is very similair. However, if you’ll observe both of these watches from the side, you will notice that the lugs of the Yacht-Master are bend a bit more downwards.
All aspects of these watches are being discussed in detail. The bracelet, clasp, case, functionality and so on.
The article ends with a small summary per watch. Calling the Yacht-Master the ‘most bang for the buck’, if paid for with a fair discount, the Daytona ‘the watch that no-one is able to get, but everyone has one’, the GMT-Master IIc ‘The Perfect One’ and the Deepsea Sea-Dweller ‘the toolwatch in FULL effect’.
Personally, I could go for each of these watches, with the exception of the DeepSea Sea-Dweller. Although my wrists could easily handle such a large watch, it is too clunky for me and I don’t like the too small-ish tapering bracelet. Actually, I went for the Yacht-Master in 2007. I bought a used version from 2004, complete with box and papers in very good condition at Subgmt.com. The hardcore Rolex fans do not seem to like this watch at all, because they don’t consider this to be a tool watch. Probably because of the use of platinum, polished center links and most importantly, the lack of a black dial. Partly, I agree with them. However, I don’t need a tool watch doing deskwork ofcourse. It was meant to be the ultimate luxury Submariner spin-off with its raised numerals on the solid platinum or gold bezel, polished center links and solid platinum dial. The dial really stand-out in the bright sunlight, but might look a bit dull or grey-ish if you are located inside a building with articial light.
Click here for the full article (it is in German, but the picture alone are worth viewing it anyway). Precisionwatches, one of my blog sponsors, has most of the mentioned watch models in stock, make sure to visit him for the actual prices.
All pictures taken by PCS.