The Best of Time – Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History


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The Best of Time – Rolex Wristwatches is focused on vintage (say, per-1980s) Rolexes, with a stellar 415 photos over 320 pages, with images tracing the history of the brand, with original drawings, advertisements, and even images of case design evolution. At $125 it doesn’t break the bank as much as other coffee table books, and offers an exceptional look at the history of the company in addition to description of each model available with dates, movement and case numbers (and also covers Tudors).

There is a price guide, though note the 3rd Edition is from 2007, so don’t expect the very latest information (though the volume is updated with newly discovered pieces). We generally turn to online guides as the most current source of pricing, regardless.

For those looking for greater depth for particular models, such as the sports models, you’ll likely want to pair this book with another, in this example, Vintage Rolex Sports Models, also published by Schiffer.

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