I absolutely understand that my style in watches just isn’t what you may name “conventional” by any stretch. I am keen on the likes of URWERK. I like daring black and vibrant yellow colour schemes. And I can’t get sufficient of the liberal use of different supplies in watchmaking (assume carbon fiber composites!). That’s not very traditional, but I do have a wholesome respect for timeless classicism in watch amassing.
Being part of the Fratello staff, I, in fact, have a powerful appreciation for the Omega Speedmaster and its historic journey to the celebs. I could not personal a Speedy simply but, however that’s solely as a result of I’m taking a while to search out the suitable one. There are lots of different “staple” watches that a lot of our sort covet and accumulate. Simply take a look at the recognition behind classics just like the Patek Nautilus and the AP Royal Oak! Each classics that I’d be proud to name my very own. You might have seen one obvious omission from that record, although. That’s proper, the Rolex Submariner.
The right dive watch?
It may very well be argued that it’s the right dive watch. To be sincere, I wouldn’t argue in opposition to you. The size are presumably a few of the most snug you’re more likely to discover in just about any non-dress watch. It’s a real icon on the planet of watches, and it’s one of many few watch designs that transcends our group and has made its means into all walks of life. Heck, the makers of the Name Of Obligation collection of video games even provide the probability to adorn your character’s wrist with a not-so-subtle homage to the Submariner. In fact, there’s the traditional black 16610LN, or if you would like a splash of colour, you may even select a 16613 Bluesy.
I couldn’t even get one anyway…
In the event you’re studying this text, I’d recommend it’s truthful to say you’re a watch fan/collector. So that you’ll greater than possible be effectively versed in the truth that the Rolex Submariner may be very tough, if not not possible, to stroll in and purchase out of your native Rolex supplier. Waitlists of a number of years and purchases of much less fascinating watches to “qualify” you’re the secret when attempting to get your self a Submariner at record worth. The simplest technique for many is on the second-hand market, the place there are Subs a-plenty. The principle distinction being the value tag is considerably above the record worth. Homeowners and unscrupulous sellers trying to make a fast buck are ruining the marketplace for individuals who genuinely need to personal and put on a Rolex Submariner.
Who doesn’t need a couple of grand of their pocket to go and buy one thing else they do need free of charge primarily?
Fortunately, I’m not a kind of individuals. In fact, I wouldn’t entertain paying these, fairly frankly, absurd costs on the second-hand market. I additionally wouldn’t be bothered about shopping for one at record worth. Not even when I have been supplied one right this moment. Now, let’s take away the idea of buying a watch at record and flipping it at a revenue. As a result of as a lot as I’ve disdain for this, I get it. Who doesn’t need a couple of grand of their pocket to go and buy one thing else they do need free of charge primarily? I can’t fault the logic. However, if I used to be supplied a Rolex Submariner on the record worth, I’d not have an interest.
So I hear you asking, “why?” I additionally hear the inevitable cries of “Rolex bashing”. Properly, to these about to throw their arms up in despair, bear in mind Fratello is a broad church. We’re all watch lovers and collectors with massively totally different collections and preferences. I’m not saying the Rolex Submariner is a foul watch. I’m not even saying Rolex itself is dangerous. You needn’t look very far to search out loads of Rolex-positive articles amongst our pages. It’s simply that I don’t want a Submariner, so the cries of “why?” deserve an intensive response.
I’ve already admitted that the watch is a timeless traditional, provides a few of the greatest wearable dimensions I’ve ever come throughout, and is an icon that transcends watch amassing. So why would I not need one? Properly, there are a couple of causes.
All aboard Rolex hype-train!
I don’t like being informed what I ought to like, covet, and put on. The variety of posts that I see on social media, and even generally within the feedback on Fratello, the place individuals make a press release that Rolex is the most effective. That the Submariner is the final word look ahead to each scenario, or that nothing else can evaluate. I hate that mentality that different individuals’s tastes needs to be discarded and a perpetuated one-track message pressured upon the plenty. Rolex is not the one reply, Rolex is not the only greatest watchmaker to have ever existed, and Rolex does not make the undisputed single most wonderful watch ever in existence. Sit back and open your minds, individuals.
It’s an awesome watch, however it doesn’t match my persona
I’ve stated it twice, and I’ll say it thrice: the Submariner is an inherently wonderful watch. Nevertheless, I like issues which might be rather less conventional. I like trendy supplies and designs. So is the very traditional Submariner going to be the most effective guess for my persona? No. The Submariner is a grasp at what it does, however it’s not a jack of all trades. No watch is. You possibly can’t drive a watch to be “proper” for your self or for anybody else. In the event you normally like 45mm pilots chronographs, embrace it and luxuriate in sporting what you need. Don’t attempt to drive your self to love one thing that “isn’t you”.
The Submariner just isn’t distinctive sufficient
That is presumably slightly bit unfair, however it’s nonetheless related for me. The Rolex Submariner is an unlucky sufferer of its personal success. The quantity of individuals on the market sporting a Submariner is gigantic. The variety of fakes on the market, and the variety of homages on the market implies that Rolex’s Submariner is much from a novel watch. Regardless of it being an icon of exclusivity, its personal exclusivity is vastly diminished by its stylistic ubiquity (even when its handsomeness and success are accountable for that).
In any business, not simply the watch business, success brings the eye of those that will journey the coattails and attempt to copy and faux their option to an oz. of that very same success. That is, sadly, what has occurred with the venerable Submariner. I would like my watches to be slightly extra distinctive, and (see level 2) I would like my watches to precise my persona and individuality. I don’t need to stroll right into a room and have a number of individuals sporting the identical watch as me, whether or not it’s actual, pretend, or an homage.
Rolex p***es me off with its lack of creativity
Yearly, Rolex launches are hyped by the group and business alike. And yearly, we maintain our breath for one thing actually outstanding, however we get the identical factor as earlier than, simply in several colours. I’ll admit, this yr, we noticed some charming new dials for the Datejust, and final yr we noticed some colourful new dials for the OP. However if you take a step again, you understand we’re virtually praising Rolex for doing the naked minimal, for present. Clearly, I’m not anticipating the model to desert its worthwhile product traces that promote effectively — that’d be ludicrous. I’m, nonetheless, asking Rolex to be artistic. Strive new issues and present us what you are able to do!
AP tried one thing new with Code 11:59. Granted, it might not have been as profitable because the model may need hoped, however it confirmed a willingness to strive. That in itself is commendable. Maybe slightly extra success could be discovered within the ultra-cool AP Idea watches. If Rolex tried one thing like that, I’m assured it’d be an enormous success. So why not show how good Rolex might be and struggle for the final word bragging rights? Possibly it’s me, however Rolex is simply too lazy in the meanwhile. And that in itself is why I’d not purchase a Submariner, or certainly some other Rolex watch proper now*.
*Truly, I like the thought of shopping for a Rolex and letting the fantastic of us at Artisans de Geneve do their factor, however I don’t have that sort of cash. Woe is me. Both means that doesn’t depend so far as this text goes.
Now I’m eager to listen to your ideas on the matter. Am I taking this too personally? Have I received Rolex all flawed, and is it truly a model of the individuals in spite of everything? Let me know within the feedback.
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