Exploring the Rolex Explorer and Rolex Explorer II

Rolex ExplorerI am a Rolex freak.  I own them, I sell them, I buy them and I want to know all there is about them.  I am constantly reading everything I can about the brand, the history and the watches.  I am joining forums, participating in discussions, and other than my aquarium, I haven’t been paying attention too much else.  Yes, my wife is not so happy at the moment!

One of the Rolex watches that I am not that familiar with is the Explorer and the Explorer II, so I thought we could ‘explore’ it together!  By the way, if any of you who are reading are familiar, please leave comments!  I would love for this to become an open forum for questions, answers and chitchat!


Rolex GMT-Master and Rolex GMT-Master II

Rolex GMT-Master IIBefore I started Jonathan’s Watch Buyer, I did all my blogging about watches on Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer, and then I realized that I needed a separate ‘home’ for my watches, because my love of watches needed it’s own place to grow and blossom.  I love this new home, but if you want to read my other post about the Rolex GMT-Master II, I would love for you to go and read about it here.

I am a Rolex whore.  Can men be whores? If they can, I’m one.  I can’t figure out which one I love the most and I am constantly trying to choose between my 1680 Submariner, Rolex GMT-Master II and Explorer.  And, I am waiting on my Rolex Deepsea to arrive.  Every time Rolex comes out with a new twist on an old favorite I get so excited I kinda wet myself.  Yes, I need to pull out the depends!


How to Set & Wind a Rolex Submariner

1680 Rolex SubmarinerI recently got a 1680 Rolex Submariner that has a serial number that puts it as being produced in 1973.  I have been on the lookout for this beauty for a long time.  These are the reasons why I love my new Rolex Submariner.

Why I Love My 1680 Rolex Submariner


How to Set & Wind a Rolex Date and Rolex Datejust

Rolex DatejustYou finally got that Rolex Datejust you have had your eye on for a while and you plunked down a lot of cash for it, and now that you have it, you pull out the crown and it clicks once, twice and you are turning it clockwise and counter clockwise and the date isn’t coming up right and the time won’t do right and it’s just getting annoying.

One thing about a watch, especially a Rolex, is that you have to know how to set the day and date correctly in order for the function to work correctly and stay on track, but also for the inner workings to continue to work the way they should.  It sounds really simple, but the fact is, most of us don’t know how to properly set our watches, and when it’s a Rolex, each model is a bit different.

For you first time buyers or for those that have multiple models or for those that just want to learn, I have put together an easy to follow guide on how to wind and set a Rolex, starting with the Rolex Date and the Rolex Datejust.  Stay tuned as I expand on this list in future articles!


Watch Anatomy – Watch Movement

watch movementWithout movement you are standing still. In fact, without movement everything is standing still.  The same goes for watch movement. This is what makes the watch go.  All the parts that are inside the watch case work together in unison to make the hands of the watch turn around so you can tell what time the time is, which also turns the day and date function over and also keeps all the other watch complications working correctly.

Although there can be many parts to the watch movement and many different types of movements, I am going to just focus on the basic types and parts that as a collector you will run into the most often, and I am only going to go into detail about the different types of watch movements that as a watch buyer I will be dealing with most!