This might be a bit long and self involved, but if there's any group of people in the world who might be interested, it's this fine group at TRF.
In the last few years I have gone thru a number of SS models. Of course, I'm well aware that after all these flips, I could have saved up cash and put it towards another Rolex. Luckily I've been very fortunate with my trades and kept the damage to a minimum. More importantly, now I know....
First was a Sub-C, which was a great watch. In particular, I am a big fan of the glide lock clasp. I picked it up new from DavidSW. Unfortunately, for me, it was just a bit too heavy. After much consternation, I decided to trade it to a friend. It has turned into his daily driver and it looks quite great on him. In return, I picked up his:
Mid 1990's coke jubilee 16710 with holes (and cash on top). This was a superb watch that was like new, as it had been sitting in a safe for most of its life. The jubilee was pristine and tight, and he serviced the movement right before the trade. For reasons I can't fathom now, I traded this gem away. To this day it's my deepest watch related regret. In the end, I traded the 16710 for:
A 16610 late model Sub (from OCROLEXGUY). After a while with the GMT II, my urge to own the iconic sub overwhelmed me. I figured the lighter version would work better then the sub-c. As expected, it proved to be more comfortable than the sub-c. After a while, though, I found that I was always deciding between my titanium Seiko shogun and my sub. The Seiko Shogun was the perfect work watch, and I always felt that they were occupying the same niche. While I'm not going to pretend they are the same class of watch, I was always slightly bothered that they were so similar. For whatever reason, the sub did not fully sing to me. I still don't know why. At this point, I decided to go a different route, which resulted in:
A 116234 SS DateJust with blue stick dial (DavidSW again). I was perfectly happy with the 36mm case, and I love jubilees in all forms. I happily rotated this with my other main watches, and at this point, these were a bark day date, speedy pro, Seiko shogun, and the DateJust. However, I was spending a lot of time thinking about that GMT, and I really felt like one sports model and one day-date was a good pair. That said, I never had any issue with the 116234 and enjoyed wearing it. I've been realizing that you can only wear so many watches, so I decided that a change was in order. I made a decision that for any new Rolex to come in, one would have to go out:
And thanks to DavidSW, I think I've settled on my final Rolex (and by final, I mean my last Rolex for the next few years... hopefully). It's a late model 16710, currently with a black bezel and oyster. My preferred configuration will be the coke jubilee, but I'm very happy with the setup right now. I love the versatility and plan to swap things out as mood dictates. I've already picked up the coke bezel, and I'm on the lookout for a nice jubilee.
So ends my real life exploration of the Rolex line. Just like I said after every previous flip, I'm finally happy with my setup.
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