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Ebook Details
  • 06/2020
  • 9780578630892\t
  • 272 pages
  • $30
Hardcover Details
  • 06/2020
  • 9780578630823
  • 272 pages
  • $85
Colin White
Author

Adult; Other Nonfiction; (Market)

This is a reference for collectors of vintage Rolex wrist watches. The style is a cross between a desk-reference and a coffee table book. Lots of data plus practical advice to guide a collector through the pitfalls and challenges of these high-value vintage watches.
Reviews
White’s manual demystifies collecting the world’s most sought-after precision watches. Geared for both the neophyte and the obsessive, the Chevalier Edition of White’s previously published guide offers fresh content, such as sidebar profiles of watch technicians, sellers, and even a dial lumer—and if you’re curious about what that is, then this manual is for you. Accompanying the new material are dozens of high-quality photographs of vintage Rolexes, with a focus on the details a serious collector needs to consider when authenticating a potential purchase.

The photos are gorgeous, as are the watches, but White’s emphasis is on practical, attainable Rolexes a collector might encounter in the wild, rather than the highest-end luxury items. The backbone of this edition remains his manual, first published in 2019: a helpful and inviting survey of what a potential collector would want to understand before purchasing a pre-owned or vintage Rolex. White takes readers “beneath the lugs,” exposing the period-correct guts of generations of Rolexes, including their winding screws, to a dozen types of hands, and the mechanisms at their ticking hearts (called “movements”). Those particulars are supplemented with a history of the brand and illuminating explanations of unique Rolex terms (“Oyster Perpetual Submariner” is just the start of it).

White’s a welcoming writer, eschewing the “jargon-soup” that he attributes to his hobby’s “insiders.” He addresses common misconceptions and encourages potential collectors to buy watches they’ll love and actually wear, rather than getting too hung up on acquiring a piece of the highest period correctness. White exhaustively catalogs all the information publicly available on more than 1,400 official manufacturing runs of Rolex watches. Even established collectors will find this a valuable resource.

Takeaway: This field manual gives an illuminating introduction into the world of Rolex collecting.

Great for fans of: Benjamin Clymer’s Watches: A Guide by Hodinkee, Gene Stone and Stephen Pulvirent’s The Watch, Thoroughly Revised.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

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Melvin Hollenberg, wahawatches.com

Book Review: The Vintage Rolex Field Manual 

Do I recommend the book?

Absolutely! It’s a must-read for fans of vintage Rolex watches and vintage watches in general. It’s fascinating, but it’s also immediately useful, and it can save you a lot of money and headaches.

This book will also make you appreciate Rolex for its legacy and for what it has done for the watchmaking world in general. So, even if you’re not interested in buying a vintage Rolex watch (for now), it’s still an entertaining read.

 

Oren Hartov, Gearpatrol.com

Add This Vintage Rolex Book To Your Library Right Now

The Vintage Rolex Field Manual: Chevalier Edition is required reading for any serious Rolex enthusiast.

Rescapement Weekend

Rolex in Aviation and Space

On top of that, VRFM provides historical context for it all. In addition to providing a historical overview of the brand, there are chapters on Rolex’s place in aviation and the military; a thorough survey of Rolex calibers; and much more.

The book also gave me a newfound appreciation for Rolex’s role in some of the most important human achievements of the 20th century. Not least of which is its role (I know, I know, Speedmaster stans) in aviation and spaceflight.

watchmedtime, beyondthedial.com

A book like this is an essential overview and probably enough to get by in terms of buying either a relatively recent or a less valuable reference from a trusted source. However, more than a book will be needed if you plan to buy the more coveted and thus more often altered models. Overall I enjoyed the book and applaud the author for his ambition and for making progress in demystifying vintage Rolex watches.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 06/2020
  • 9780578630892\t
  • 272 pages
  • $30
Hardcover Details
  • 06/2020
  • 9780578630823
  • 272 pages
  • $85

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