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Just something I put together after recently succumbing to the lure of a steel Daytona.

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Denial
I do not now, nor will I ever own a Rolex. They are monstrosities commonly found on the wrists of poseurs, fat cat bankers and vile dictators. Just look at the things, hideous gold and two tone abortions with no horological value. Overpriced and over rated. Give me Omega, give me Oris, give me Squale!

I do quite like the look of that Explorer II though…hmmm?

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Anger

How did it come to this I have bought an Explorer II? Damn it I’m so weak. Well, it’s ok if anyone wants to question my horological relevance I still have a JLC so they can just .... off. Besides I’ll probably sell the Explorer soon anyway, after all it can’t be any good and I bought it on a whim. It’s like being a petrol head and having to own an Alfa, got to be able to say you owned at least one Rolex….right?

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Bargaining

Ok, I slipped, but when you look at it the white dial Explorer is the least “Rolexey” one you can get. Not many people even spot that it is a Rolex and that GMT function is useful for traveling. I can even put it on a nato and it’ll be great for hanging out at the beach or whatever. It wasn’t really that expensive either when you consider the build quality plus it’s an in house COSC certified movement. I’ll just keep this one and it’ll be my guilty pleasure.

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Depression

Just leave me alone alright. It happened again, I’m not proud of it, but I’m only human. I bought a Submariner. Listen it’s a no-date, and it’s a two-line tritium dial. It’s the best one to own, it’s a classic.

I can still come back from this I swear.

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Acceptance

You know, once you get past the marketing and the image problem these Rolexes are pretty amazing. The styling is classic and timeless, they are sized just right for normal people and they are built to take some punishment. Stick to the steel ones and buy pre-owned and you can’t go wrong.

Not like an AP that you practically have to service every time you take it out of the box. And I mean really does all that Cotes de Genève stuff actually improve the functionality of the watch? And who needs a moon phase or a perpetual calendar, I won’t live till the year 2100 unless the singularity happens anytime soon. I can use my iPhone to find out the next high tide and if I really wanted I could take the Submariner surfing, try doing that with a bloody Patek Phillippe!

After all, if it was good enough for Paul Newman who am I to argue. I’ll just get a steel Daytona and that will be the end of it.

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Oh man that was me. Though in my case it was the 39mm explorer and im months away from a sub... No date. Very funny and truthful.


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It took me about 4 years in the WIS world to get to this point. Now I'm seriously considering going all Rolex. Keep working on that Sub. ;-)



Oh man that was me. Though in my case it was the 39mm explorer and im months away from a sub... No date. Very funny and truthful.


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Ugh, replace that Explorer II in the beginning with a Cellini Prince (the least identifiable Rolex) and... you might have nailed it for me.
 
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Great post
 

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Ugh, replace that Explorer II in the beginning with a Cellini Prince (the least identifiable Rolex) and... you might have nailed it for me.
lol replace that Cellini with a Milguass Z-Blue and... you might have nailed it for me. Deciding whether to go BLNR or nodate sub next.
 

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Haha was a great read and exactly replicates my stages tho I'm only on stage 2 and have just bought the explorer II
 

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well beware of the #6 when it comes to the daytona....

#6.....you realize its not at all easy to read or easy on the eyes......its no speedmaster pro.....ELLEN and many many women wear it......it starts to look small(it is..38.5mm) to be exact.......you realize you want a sub again or deeps or a new 41mm datejust....or of course...an AP....
 

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I'm beginning to wonder if the Explorer II is a gateway drug. A sneaky Rolex move to get people hooked.

Oh don't worry, it's not that expensive. Yeah it doesn't look THAT much like a Rolex. It's stealthy no one will know. Hmm, this is quite a nice watch, maybe I do want a Submariner after all...
 

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well beware of the #6 when it comes to the daytona....

#6.....you realize its not at all easy to read or easy on the eyes......its no speedmaster pro.....ELLEN and many many women wear it......it starts to look small(it is..38.5mm) to be exact.......you realize you want a sub again or deeps or a new 41mm datejust....or of course...an AP....
And the stage #7, the stage my brother is at after he won a sub as a trophy at a rolex sponsored event and it keeps lousy time. He balked at getting it serviced and bought a Breguet.
 

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Funny thread, and I agree!

I never in my wildest imaginations would have thought that I would own a Rolex watch.

I used to hate people who wore Rolex watches!

I used to avoid any Rolex watch displays.

Last year, I purchased my first Rolex - a Submariner (114060 - no date).

A few months later, I purchased my second Rolex - an Explorer (214270 - 39mm).

If I do own another Rolex, it most likely will be an Oyster Perpetual 39mm with Rhodium dial.
 

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Funny thread, and I agree!

I never in my wildest imaginations would have thought that I would own a Rolex watch.

I used to hate people who wore Rolex watches!

I used to avoid any Rolex watch displays.

Last year, I purchased my first Rolex - a Submariner (114060 - no date).

A few months later, I purchased my second Rolex - an Explorer (214270 - 39mm).

If I do own another Rolex, it most likely will be an Oyster Perpetual 39mm with Rhodium dial.
+1 except for Submariner it was Explorer 1. Rest in toto. Great thread. We are, it appears, got hooked to Rolex same way. I thought I was a minority case!! At least not that common a case as if this is THE WAY to embrace Rolex.
 

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It actually would have worked out CHEAPER had I started buying Rolex watches in the beginning; if I had known how good Rolex watches are.

I kept wondering why avid Watch Collectors all collect Rolex watches, no matter how rich they were, and how much they seemed to know about Watches.

Now I know; they actually really knew about Watches!
 

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What the heck was wrong with me ?

1st 1675 GMT Master
2nd 16570 White Explr II ( The Mrs wears it now, as it was 6+ months since I last wore it )
3rd 16660 SeaDweller
 

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It actually would have worked out CHEAPER had I started buying Rolex watches in the beginning; if I had known how good Rolex watches are.

I kept wondering why avid Watch Collectors all collect Rolex watches, no matter how rich they were, and how much they seemed to know about Watches.

Now I know; they actually really knew about Watches!
Right ho Sir. It cost me much pain and a good fortune to understand that simple fact.
 

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Refreshing post OP, enjoyed the story.
About the AP, do you really need to service it every time it's going out from its box?
 
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