• Rolex GMT II – an owner’s perspective

    Mark McArthur-Christie regales ESCAPEMENT readers with the protracted acquisition process he endured in order to secure his dream watch, a Rolex GMT II. Moreover, Mark reveals why this esteemed Swiss watch remains one of his prized possessions.     I knew I wanted a Submariner and a Lotus Elan by the time I was 10. If…

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  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Ref. Case 116900

    Ascending to greater heights For huge swathes of the world’s population, Rolex ownership is a pleasure they covet. Angus Davies discusses the allure of Rolex and reviews one of the watch company’s latest offerings the Oyster Perpetual Air King Ref. Case 116900.     The annual production output of Rolex, the venerable Swiss watch company,…

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  • Rolex Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in platinum

    A noble metal for an iconic chronograph It seems that some collectors have a genuine passion for the vintage Rolex Daytonas based purely for aesthetic or mechanical reasons. By contrast, some appear drawn to the models purely for financially speculative motives and it is this group who are somewhat alien to me. (Image – ©Rolex/Claude…

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  • Rolex GMT-Master II

    Blue and black, day and night This year, Rolex caused a stir with a two-tone bezel presented in blue and black with its latest iteration of the Rolex GMT-Master II.   The words “day and night” I refer to in my title, relate to the hours conveyed with the respective colour scheme depicted on the…

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  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea (reference 116660)

    Regrets, I’ve had a few In 1998 I purchased my first quality wristwatch, a Rolex Submariner Date (reference 116610) in stainless steel with a black dial and corresponding black bezel.     The watch cost £2120 and was purchased from Mappin & Webb, Manchester. I felt at the time, the purchase was the culmination of…

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