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2020 Recap: WatchCharts and the Watch Market
Posted by Charles Tian on December 31, 2020

We made it! 2020 has been a crazy year for the watch world (and outside of it), filled with ups and downs and interesting developments. In this post, I’d like to share with you a recap of our year at WatchCharts, and discuss some changes we’ve seen in the and market as well. Most of […]

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Market Update: Rolex Discontinuations of 2020
Posted by Charles Tian on November 04, 2020

Rolex surprised the watch world in two ways in 2020. Firstly, the fact that we got new releases at all, after a tumultuous first half of the year in which Baselworld was canceled and Rolex shut down their factories for 45 days. Secondly, when Rolex did announce the new 2020 releases on September 1st, the […]

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Rolex Hulk Prices Skyrocket $5,000 Overnight (Updated)
Posted by John H. on September 08, 2020

Editor’s note: A month after discontinuation, we provide an update on the market situation now that some time has passed for the initial hype to die down. You can find it at the end of this article. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would’ve heard of the new suite of watches that Rolex […]

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Rolex Price Appreciation and Watches Below Retail
Posted by Charles Tian on August 26, 2020

These days, the Rolex brand has become synonymous with long dealer waitlists and aftermarket markups. In this post, we take a look at the history of Rolex price appreciation, and present some current models available near or below retail price. The chart below depicts asking prices and volume of all Rolex trade activity on a […]

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Omega: Surprisingly Affordable
Posted by Charles Tian on August 19, 2020

Omega watches make some of the most compelling buys on the secondary market. While priced comparably to Rolex at MSRP, you can avoid depreciation and get a significant discount when going the pre-owned route. And with a broad range of offerings from the Moonwatch to limited edition world timers and collaborations with Obris and James […]

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Tudor Diver Buyer’s Guide: Black Bay 41, Black Bay 58, Pelagos
Posted by Charles Tian on August 12, 2020

When it comes to affordable dive watches that hit above their price point, look no further than the offerings from Tudor. As the little brother of the Rolex, the undisputed “king” of dive watches, Tudor has taken their in-house expertise for this class of watch and doubled down in the 21st century. As such, Tudor […]

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Rolex: Surprisingly Affordable
Posted by Jason Swire on July 29, 2020

Rolex watches have a certain something about them. They are first and foremost tool watches, meant to tell the time reliably and accurately for generations, but unlike many other makers of robust timepieces a Rolex is also synonymous with luxury and success. Many of us aspire to one day own a Rolex, but this is […]

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How has Coronavirus Affected Interest in Watches?
Posted by Charles Tian on May 30, 2020

At this point, the effects of Coronavirus on the watch industry are indisputable. BaselWorld and SIHH have been cancelled. Watchmaking giant Rolex shut down production for more nearly two months, from March 16 to May 4. Even Patek Philippe, which places incredibly high value on boutique buying experiences conducted in person, has allowed its authorized […]

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Blue, Rhodium, or Platinum? The Rolex Yacht-Master (116622) By Dial
Posted by Charles Tian on May 15, 2020

The Yacht-Master reference 116622 was a part of the Rolex collection from 2012 until 2019, when it was replaced by the 126622. Though it launched with a platinum dial carried over from the preceding reference 16622, the standout for the 2012 model year was a new striking blue dial variation. In 2016, a rhodium dial […]

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Steel Vs. Precious Metals in Watchmaking: All that Glitters is not Gold
Posted by Jason Swire on April 21, 2020

The history of mankind’s obsession with gold goes back thousands of years. As a noble metal it is inert under most conditions, meaning that objects crafted from gold tend to last a very long time without tarnish or corrosion. It is relatively easy to work with hand-held tools, enabling craftsmen of the pre-industrial era to […]

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The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 (116600) has the Hallmarks of a Future Collectible
Posted by Charles Tian on September 30, 2019

What makes a watch collectible? Certainly brand equity, rarity, and history are part of the story. Design and collector tastes also play a role. Many times, it is the unique combination of such factors that apply to a particular model that make it viable as a long term store of value. Such is the case, […]

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