Today, we are going to take a look at a recent addition to my personal collection of watches. I have been eyeing a 16570 Rolex for some time now and have come to the conclusion that this definitely is the best value packed rolex for your money. It is not the least expensive Rolex at around $5000-$6000 USD for a decent pre owned model with box and papers from the F serial years mine came from. The new Maxi case Explorer II is just a bit odd looking to me, using a large orange gmt hand which resembles the vintage Explorer II in a way. Anyway, enough rambling on - let’s explore this timepiece!
The 904L solid stainless steel 40MM case is finely brushed and polished on the flanks of the case and bracelet in a very nice and luxurious manner. I don’t know, whenever I pick up a 904L steel Rolex it just feels of better quality and the finishing looks better, but that’s just my opinion. In terms of thickness including the Sapphire crystal which sits a bit above the stationary 24 hour bezel we are looking at 12.2MM. The lug to lug distance of 47MM allows for a perfect fit on my 6.5” wrist with zero overhang, which is very pleasing. The case itself is also water resistant to 100 Meters making this a capable watch. Whether your climbing and exploring mountains and caves, flying over different time zones, or simply riding your bicycle to the beach for a quick dip, the Explorer II will satisfy in each of these situations. The watch itself feels tough, robust, and can definitely get away with the term “Tool Watch”.
I chose to go with the glossy black dial, it just speaks to me much more than the “Feminine” white dial option. I also do really enjoy the 18K white gold hands and lips of the applied Superluminova markers. The 2.5X magnification lens is certainly helpful with reading the date at a quick glance whilst driving or jogging as well. There are three lines of text on this model and two lines at the bottom stating the COSC certification. It is a rather simple, no nonsense dial meant for use of each of the three functions ( Date , GMT time , Regular Time ). Another bonus of getting a more recent 16570 (2005) is the lume. The lume glows green and is certainly bright at night lasting a decent ammount of time.
The Rolex 3186 Automatic calibre is a COSC certified Rolex in house movement featuring a blue parachrom hairspring as well, whilst the previous 3185 did not. One can expect around 50 hours of power reserve which is quite good and a bit over two days. The movement contains 31 jewels and has a high beat of 28,800 BPH. Caliber 3186 also features a GMT function of course for the two time zones this watch can hold at any given moment. My example is performing at +2 seconds a day which is just as good as my current 2016 Submariner.
This model uses a 20MM 904L steel oyster bracelet with the older style stamped clasp and flip over lock. We also do get a few micro adjustments for tweeking the perfect fit to your wrist, which is always useful during summer season for me. The tops are brushed while the flanks and polished. However, you cannot compare the quality of these bracelets to the newer style bracelets. They may be comfortable and 100% functional , but the overall solidness and robustness of the newer oyster bracelets on the Maxi cases blows these away. On a good note, this model does contain the solid end links.
Furthermore, the 16570 is most definitely overshadowed by many and quite bland for some. However, It is certainly the best value 5 digit sports steel rolex currently on the market. I mean...you are getting a Gmt function, Date, and small details not found on any other model like the unique brushed finish on the 24 hour bezel. In some years, I can picture this watch jumping in price to around $6-$7,000.....If you are in the market for a 16570 , find one in good condition which shouldn’t be hard and I am sure you will have a great experience as I am currently having. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the full video review on YouTube.
The Omega Seamaster is probably the highest quality in and out swiss automatic watch you can get for your money when diving into the depths of entry level luxury watches. It has all you will need for everyday use, diving, and much more packed inside this $3,000 watch.
Case And Dial
The Ceramic Seamaster is available in both black and blue color schemes. The case diameter is relatively close to its’ older brother, the submariner-coming in at 41MM. In terms of thickness we are looking at 13MM while the lugs are 20Mm. The case is finely brushed with hints of polishing comprised of solid 316L steel. The finishing is very good, but not Rolex good. This diver is capable of diving to depths of 300M and even has the typical Omega Helium Escape valve at the 10:00 position, if you would ever need it. The shiniest detail has to be the Ceramic polished bezel insert which sits on top of the 120 Click Uni-Directional dive bezel. The tints of blue shining off of the Anti Reflective coated Sapphire crystal really play nicely with the bezel.
Omega is known for packing a lot of punch into their movements at relatively affordable prices in the luxury sector. This model utilizes the Omega 2500 Co-Axial movement which is a really great movement, and two steps ahead of something like an ETA or Selitta. It contains 27 Jewels, Accuracy within +2 seconds a day usually on examples I have handled, and beats at 28,800 VPH. It also features beautiful geneva striping on the rotor and bridges.
The bracelet is your typical solid steel bracelet with screwed links and a combination of brushed and polished surfaces. The clasp is signed with the Omega insignia and features a nice milled clasp as well. A dual button deployment is utilized for extra security.
Where to Buy?
So, Yearning for the best price on an Omega SM300? I certainly would never pay full retail on a watch like this and neither should you. I do purchase luxury watches on the grey market, and have been doing so for a few years now after getting ripped off by Authorized Dealers. The thing is, if you pay full retail (20% Higher)
when you go to sell your watch, you will lose a lot of money. I do reccomend JomaShop located here
in Brooklyn as they have a wide selection of luxury and entry level timepieces in stock daily. They are the largest grey market watch dealer online, and for good reason.
I have left a link below where you can check them out and browse their inventory. Thanks for reading!
Case and Dial
The 2018 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 features a slimmer profile slightly , and of course a diameter of 41MM. The case is also highly polished , comprised of the infamous Rolex 904L stainless steel. The sloped 18K fluted bezel sits over the nude sapphire crystal ( No AR Coating ) , while the caseback remains sterile and screwed down for 100M of true tested water resistance. In between the lugs we have a very average 20Mm, which makes this jubilee swappable with any two tone oyster models.
The dial is configured with your typical Rolex applied Lumed stick markers, 18K applied crown logo below 12:00, and your 2.5X magnification over the date window at 3:00. This 126333 is the white dialed version if you have not noticed, and the gold sits nicely alongside this palet. A small detail which is new is the placement of a crown between swiss and made at 6:00.
The Rolex In-House COSC certified and Rolex certified 3255 movement resides inside this beauty, featuring 70 hours of power reserve, blue parachrom anti-magnetic hairspring, and Paraflex shock absorbers. You WILL get around +2 seconds a day guaranteed out of the store with this watch.
The Jubilee bracelet was first introduced in 1945 by Rolex and is a modern day classic. However, these new and improved solid jubilee bracelets are much, much better. The bracelet contains screw links and is comprised of 18K solid yellow gold and 904L steel. The newer bracelets do not stretch nearly as much as the previous ones, and are much more durable. The clasp itself contains a flip lock with a classic Rolex polished millee clasp. Another feature is a slight adjustment underneath the clasp for comfortability if your wrist happens to swell up during the hot months of summer.
The Datejust 41 line is certainly an appealing line for the modern man. First of all, the size difference is definitely
notable when comparing this watch to a generation of older 36MM cases. All of the movement upgrades are definitely shown in this quite expensive price of $12700 retail from an authorized dealer. However, Rolex does produce high quality, accurate, and nearly perfect watches that will last a lifetime if serviced and properly taken care of. For me, I do like this watch enough to reccommend it to my viewers, and I must admit - I am a two-tone guy!
The new revised and updated “Pepsi” GMT master was released this past baselworld and has the watch community in shock. Prior to this release, the only Blue/Red GMT variation available was the solid white gold version on the oyster bracelet. With the addition of a stainless steel GMT Pepsi on the new Rolex Jubilee bracelet and clasp, this watch is a classic in the making, and the prices already prove that.
Retail Price : $9250 USD
The case is your typical oyster style case with a case diameter of 40MM and a thickness of 12.3MM comprised of the elite Rolex 904L stainless steel. The lug width measures 20MM and we get a nice mix of brushed tops and polished sides. The GMT is water resistant to 100M and has a trip lock screw down signed crown. The caseback is sterile as usual and fits in with every other model besides a couple.
The Black Lacquer Dial is quite typical of your newer ceramic GMts with applied Chromalight blue lume, Mercedes style hand with long pointed arrow lumed GMT hand. Our cyclops date magnifier is over at 3:00 with a white date wheel:black numerals. Three lines of simple text above 6:00 stating the Chronometer certification and model name is all you really need and I am glad they did not overdue it with text. I do like the addition of the crown between Swiss and Made at 6:00 which is seen on the newer Rolex models. If you didn’t know, the hands and bezels surrounding the markers are made of 18K white gold. The BiDirectional Blue/Red Cerachrom insert looks good, but the colors are a little off in my honest opinion. The red appears slightly pinkish and does not match the original GMTs. However, the bezel allows us to hold two time zones at the same time making this a great travel companion.
The In House Calibre 3285 is one workhorse of a movement. This movement is COSC certified of course and will run accurately within -2 or +2 seconds a day with no error. Rolex movements are some of the most consistent and reliable mechanical movements I have seen. From the Blue Parachrom hairspring, to the beautiful chronergy escapement, increased shock resistance and 70 hour power reserve - you are definitely getting your moneys worth with this inside your Rolex. A near function related to the GMT function is the independent hour increments the hand can flip for easier time zone movement.
Furthermore my fellow Rolex Fanboys, the new GMT is certainly appealing and has the momentum in the market at the moment with prices seen at 18K+ which is completely rediculous, and I would never pay that much over retail for a new piece. The movement upgrades are a big plus in my book, as well as the addition of the new super comfortable Jubilee bracelet. I would wait until things cool down a bit before purchasing one and see if the prices come down...At retail $9250 It is definitely worth it if your on the hunt for a Pepsi style GMT and do not want to go down the vintage route.