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October 1, 2022

2022 Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm 126600 (never worn) $19,500.00 CAD. 505-00167

It’s not vintage, and it is definitely not from an estate; it is previously owned but never worn. If you have been following the Rolex market over the last few years and you are reading this post, you already know just how hard it is to find any professional models. Authorized agents have only waiting lists and perhaps a display-only model if they’re lucky. A visit to any Rolex boutique can be frustrating as they do not have the models you want. Stainless steel sports models are almost impossible to find. No Submariners, no GMT-Masters, no Explorers, and steel Daytonas have been out of stock and on backorder for existing customers for years in some cases. Sea-Dwellers have been around for over 50 years; they have always been the top of the line for professional divers’ watches. Looking almost identical to the basic Submariner except for being slightly larger (43mm vs. 40-41mm), thicker, and bulkier. The purposeful dial has not changed its basic format of bold luminous markers against a jet-black dial since the 1960s. Sea-Dwellers are equipped with a titanium helium escape valve on the side of the case. If you are living in a diving bell while you are decompressing from a particularly deep dive, breathing a mixture of oxygen and helium, your watch will need this valve to bleed off accumulated helium gas as you decompress. Without the automatic valve, the extra-thick sapphire crystal could explode from gas pressure inside the case. Since the initial introduction in 1967 Sea-Dwellers were always 40mm in diameter. For the 50th anniversary of the original Sea-Dweller in 2017, Rolex decided to give the Sea-Dweller a unique identity matching its overachieving water resistance rating of 4000 feet (basic Submariner is rated for 1000 feet) with a larger 43mm case size and some red printing on the dial. The red SEA-DWELLER text is a subtle homage to the original dial from the 60s and 70s. Nice condition original examples are selling for over $50,000.00 these days. Needless to say, this never worn Rolex is in perfect condition. There is not even the slightest scuff or blemish. If you see any marks in our images they are fingerprints or dust. This watch is perfect. We discovered there is still a protective sticker on the edge of a link. The Sea-Dweller 126600 adds a complicated locking buckle system (GlideLock) that not only allows for multiple micro-length adjustments without the need for tools; it also has a 1-inch extension to fit over a light wetsuit.  Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, an endorsed warranty card (summer 2022), an instruction booklet, a cardboard product tag with the style/serial number, a plastic chronometer hang tag, a Rolex shopping bag, the protective white cardboard box sleeve,and even the original invoice from the Rolex authorized agent. The official Rolex warranty will protect the new owner until the summer of 2027. This collectible Rolex is priced at $19,500.00 CAD. Stock #505-00167.

 


September 23, 2022

2020 Tudor Black Bay Steel M79730 41mm $3,580.00 CAD. e13875 505-00009

The clean, utilitarian look of Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay line of watches has been one of their most appealing characteristics. The black dials with extra-large luminous hands and hour markers define legibility under all lighting conditions. But for me, the basic Black Bay is missing a key function. This model is the only stainless steel, diver Black Bay that comes equipped with a calendar. I suppose I could learn to think for a few seconds about what day of the month it is, but a quick glance at my watch is much easier. This example has been worn for about a year and shows scuffs and scratches associated with use. The scuffs and scratches could easily be removed making the watch look practically new. It remains 100% original and has not been polished or refinished in any way.   The marvelous in-house manufactured chronometer grade MT5612 movement is functioning flawlessly and is protected from moisture to a depth of over 600 feet by the very capable 41mm Oyster style case. The heavy-duty case is equipped with an oversized threaded crown, screw-on case back, domed sapphire crystal, and a one-way timer bezel. The 26 jewel mechanism secured inside sets the bar for certified chronometer accuracy levels at this price point. There isn’t much else in the market offering a 70-hour power reserve plus a useful calendar that doesn’t cost substantially more. Its silicon hairspring and basically the same balance wheel from Rolex are far more stable when exposed to high magnetic fields and shocks. This watch comes complete with almost everything when originally purchased from the Canadian Tudor/Rolex authorized agent in the winter of 2020. Curiously, the only thing missing is the bottom section of the outer cardboard box. The next owner will benefit from Tudor’s 5-year international warranty valid until March 2025. These are popular models, good condition examples with complete documentation are difficult to find in Canada (especially at this price). This Black Bay Steel 79730 is estate priced at $3,580.00 CAD. Stock #e13875 505-00009.

 

 


2022 Rolex GMT-Master 126710BLNR never worn $25,525.00 CAD. 505-00199

Aside from the stainless steel Daytona, the blue/black GMT Master II 126710BLNR is one of the toughest watches to find at your local Rolex authorized agent. There has been a long waiting list for this model since it was introduced. This is the latest of the stainless steel GMTs and it’s my favorite. For several decades now all Rolex sports models came only on the basic looking and purposeful Oyster link bracelet. The Oyster bracelet is still the only choice for every other “Professional” model Rolex offers. The stainless steel GMT-Master II is the only sports model with the uber comfortable Jubilee bracelet. The Jubilee contours much better to any wrist size/shape, especially for those of us who don’t have massive arms. The smaller 5 segment links allow the bracelet to conform to any wrist. Its dome profile, D-shaped link sections tend only to show scuffs and scratches at their highest point leaving the rest of the link to maintain the factory-applied polished and brushed finish. Small scratches and scuffs are very obvious on the flat Oyster bracelet. The Jubilee bracelet also helps the GMT-Master II achieve a dressier look a Submariner could never pull off. Ceramic bezels have become commonplace for the Rolex but the 2 colour ceramic bezels are still quite new. The blue/black combination on our latest estate Rolex makes the most sense. The blue section represents daylight hours between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm (18:00 hours), and the black displays the night hour from 18:00 hours through 6:00 am as indexed by the handy 24-hour, blue hour hand. The bezel is indexed for the 24 hours in a day and can be turned to show a 2nd or temporary 3rd time zone. Rolex promotes the GMT as the cosmopolitan watch for good reason. It is the perfect travel companion for anyone who travels through multiple time zones in different cities around the world. The long, arrow-tipped hour hand can continuously track your home time (or Greenwich Mean Time) in a 24-hour format. The “regular” 12-hour hade can quickly be adjusted to show the local time wherever you happen to be in the world. The clever system can even jump timezones that trigger a date change forward or backward. This GMT was delivered to the original owner in early 2022 but never worn or even sized to their wrist. It comes complete with the fully endorsed 5-year international warranty, instruction booklet, worldwide service booklet, green chronometer hang tag, inner/outer boxes, Rolex polishing cloth, foam box liner, and a Rolex shopping bag. The overall condition of the watch is 100%. These watches are trading hands on the secondary market for close to twice their original suggested retail price. Included as a no-charge bonus, this watch comes with 2 never installed Jubilee bracelet links. If you have a larger wrist, these will come in handy. Our never worn estate example is priced at $25,525.00 CAD. Stock #505-00199.

SOLD

 

 


September 20, 2022

1969 Rolex Air-King Date 5701 34mm $5,190.00 CAD. 505-00255

If your significant other is giving you a hard time about your watch collection, let them know there are worse ways to spend your disposable income. Here is more evidence supporting my argument. Our latest estate watch was purchased from us in late 2001 for just $2,250.00, and at $5,190.00 today I think it’s still good value for an entry-level collector Rolex. This watch is a little unusual because it is an Air-King but it also has a calendar feature. This combination was only available in commonwealth countries like Canada, Australia, etc. All other countries got the Air-King without the date feature. I believe this is the only automatic watch that Rolex made during this era that had a calendar feature but wasn’t chronometer rated. These 34mm Air-Kings can be worn by men or women on the original stainless steel Oyster bracelet or a leather strap of your colour choice that gives the watch a completely different character. The Air-King Date features an extremely sturdy and reliable calibre 1520. This 26 jewel automatic winding mechanism was initially developed in 1957 and stayed in service in watches like the no date Submariner until the late 1980s. A more than 30-year run speaks volumes for reliability. This Air-King has been worn off and on by various owners for over 50 years. The full length 13 folded link Oyster bracelet should fit almost anyone and is in decent condition. It is showing some dents and dings with some sage but has many decades of useful service life left. The logo on the buckle is very well worn but still displays some relief. We are happy to supply the next owner of this vintage (and somewhat rare Rolex) with a complimentary 1-year warranty. The watch is estate priced at $5,190.00 CAD. Stock #505-00255.


September 18, 2022

2015 Rolex Submariner 114060 (retired model) $14,500.00 CAD. 505-00262

I can make a pretty good case for this watch to eventually become more valuable than the otherwise identical date-equipped model. The simple fact of the matter is the most basic Submariner is quite a bit rarer than the date display model. In our estimation, Rolex sold around 1 of these for every 3 of the calendar versions. The no-date Submariner is how it all started way back in 1953. It stayed that way until the model 1680 came out in the late 1960s. The basic model is the truest in the spirit of the original. Add to that this generation of Submariner is the only one that deviated from the original’s thin lug design. This was a single generation design experiment that many felt made this model look top heavy because the lugs became much wider but the case and bracelet remained the same size. For 2021 Rolex capitulated to tradition and perhaps customer criticism (although they’d never acknowledge such) and made the lugs to the same scale as every other Rolex Submariner series while at the same time increasing the case size a touch from 40mm to 41mm.  Time will tell where the value of this retired model will go, but we like the future of all the “bulky” case Submariners, especially the no date 114060. Our latest estate Submariner was worn in the spirit of what the watch was intended to be used. It wasn’t a trophy piece status symbol, it was worn every day to work outdoors in every season, rain or shine, and it has the scars to prove it. We love the patina it acquired over the past 7 years of use. We could easily refinish and polish the 904L stainless steel to look like new but these now retired watches are only new once. We can tidy them up many times over one’s lifetime if you wish. It is now time to find it a new home. The original owner was careful to preserve everything that the watch originally came with, box, papers, all documents, plus a Rolex shopping bag, and even the protective clear plastic bezel guard (these are hardly ever seen). The watch is running well and keeping excellent time. We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. This watch is estate priced at $14,500.00. Stock #505-00262.


September 17, 2022

1996 Rolex Submariner 16610 40mm with Everest strap $13,770.00 CAD. 505-00228 e13090

We’ve all had those woulda coulda shoulda moments that we didn’t capitalize on. Opportunities that didn’t necessarily look like opportunities until years later. There are few consumer products that have appreciated in value better than a Rolex sports watch. Not many discretionary purchases have any value left in them after a few years, let alone a few decades. I remember not much more than a decade ago, Submariners like this were trading hands for around $5,000.00. Today I think this watch is still a good opportunity priced at $13,770.00 CAD. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers sold this exact watch to its previous owner in 2019. He sold it back to us recently for more than he initially paid for it in 2019. It’s not difficult to make a compelling case that Rolex is an actual asset class all on its own. Very few Rolex watches are worth less today than when they were new. All have seen appreciation, but the sports models have seen the most. Our latest estate Rolex was the most popular Submariner ever produced. The 16610 remained in production for close to 25 years. It is what most people identify as what a Submariner should look like. It offers the classic symmetry of a 40mm case with a 20mm Oyster bracelet. It is the last model with an aluminum bezel insert. Some expert collectors believe the 16610 is one of the more investible and accessible Rolex watches on the vintage market today, and this one is pretty nice. We’ve sold 100s of this model over the years. If we knew what they’d be worth today we would have never sold them, we would have squirreled them away and been much better off. This is but one of our woulda coulda shoulda Rolex moments, of which there are many. I wonder where the Rolex market going to be in the next ten years. It appears Rolex and real estate are only inexpensive in hindsight. This 1996 example comes with an accessory Everest rubber strap. These high-quality straps are made in Switzerland, specifically made for Rolex. The soft rubber strap fits perfectly without gaps and comes with a strong stainless steel buckle. The watch also comes with a Rolex inner/outer box, some documents, chronometer hag-tag, calendar, wallet, and our complimentary 1-year warranty. It is estate priced at $13,770.00 CAD. Stock #505-00228 e13090.

 


September 15, 2022

Rare 1950s Tudor cocktail watch with diamonds 14kt. white gold. $1,090.00 CAD. 505-00263

Current jewellery styles are thin, light, and delicate when it comes to engagement rings, necklaces and bracelets. Vintage watches like this have always been around, but maybe we are beginning to see the watch come back as more than simply a time-keeping device or status symbol. Watches can be beautiful jewellery items too, with designs that look like they could be used on a ring or pendant. This vintage Tudor is a lovely jewellery item as well as a high quality mechanical watch. The petite case measures just 14mm in diameter yet contains a highly evolved calibre 342 21 jewel hand wind mechanism with shock protection, that is pretty to look at and surprisingly accurate for such a tiny movement. This rare Tudor has been crafted from 14 karat white gold in the Rolex factory with an original Rolex crown and signed case back. There is very little information around about Tudor cocktail watches like this. In sleuthing around the internet we couldn’t find a single example of a Tudor like this. I imagine in the 1950s or 60s you could have purchased a stainless steel or gold plated Rolex for less than this watch cost at the time. I’m sure this was a cherished possession for someone for many years. It appears to be in original condition aside from perhaps a different strap, but I’m sure it came with one very close to this style when new. It is hard to determine with 100% accuracy whether or not the silver tone dial has been refinished. The case doesn’t look to have ever been polished as the florentine finished lugs still show excellent detail. The six small round brilliant cut diamonds add the necessary bling every cocktail watch show display. They are of very nice VS-HI quality and weigh a combined 0.12 carats. The case back has only a couple of service etchings leading us to believe the watch was used more for special occasions rather than every day. Included with purchase are a one-year warranty and complimentary first service, whenever that may be. This unusual estate Tudor cocktail watch is estate priced at $1,090.00 CAD. Stock #505-00263.


September 14, 2022

2022 Datejust 41 16334 18kt bezel jubilee bracelet (never worn) $14,280.00 CAD 505-283

The Datejust II 126334 is the most current full sized Rolex offering a handy date display and the iconic 18 karat white gold fluted bezel. This model has only been available for a few years now. In fact, this is the first one we’ve had in this exact specification. This one also comes with the far less common and preferred dark rhodium dial on the Jubilee bracelet. It features Rolex’s new generation 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex the 31 jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous generation with an accuracy rating 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn more about this movement and its sister 3255 Day-Date movement on the official Rolex website. Our latest previously owned Rolex is only a few months old. It was purchased at an authorized Rolex agency in the summer of 2022. At 41mm diameter, it has great wrist presence. Lacking a thick bezel as many full sized Rolex do the Datejust 41 looks even larger than the size suggests. The classy radial finish dark rhodium dial with luminous hands/markers is very subtle, and the neutral hue works with any skin tone and outfit. It’s the essence of classic simplicity in Rolex design day or night. This watch has never been worn and is in perfect condition, not a scuff or blemish of any kind can be seen on the case or bracelet. No polishing or refinishing of any kind has been done, just a quick wipe with a soft cloth was all that was required for resale. The watch comes with everything from when delivered, even a Rolex shopping bag is included. The factory warranty remains in place until the summer of 2027. Large size all steel models are difficult to find at Rolex boutiques, even more so with the tone on tone dark rhodium dial. The Jubillee bracelet is a little bit more expensive than the sporty Oyster style bracelet and also seen less often on this model. It blends especially well with the fluted 18 karat bezel of the 126334. Concealed under the locking clasp is Rolex’s “EasyLink” extension, the clever link allows a 5mm adjustment in length for days when a little extra room is more comfortable. No tools are required to access the extra room, when not needed it tucks away inside the buckle. This recent trade in Rolex is estate priced at $14,280.00 CAD. Stock 505-00283.

SOLD


September 13, 2022

1956 Rolex Oyster 36mm 6298 $7,500.00 CAD. e11990

4 digit model number Rolex watches from the 1950s do not show up very often, in fact, they almost never show up. The 1950s were a time when Rolex really began to establish itself as a high-quality do it all watch manufacturer that could stand up to the demands of the modern 20th century. The demographics of the 1950s presented Rolex with the perfect opportunity to take advantage of middle-class disposable income. Jobs and money were plentiful; this watch likely cost less than 2 weeks of wages at the time. Rolex was establishing a vast dealer network across North America looking to grab a piece of the action. This Rolex Oyster looks much more modern than the mid-50s thanks to its more modern service dial and hour/minute hands. The nifty blued steel seconds hand offers a clue to its true age.  This watch likely originally was delivered with an Explorer type dial. The original dial was likely exchanged for this more modern silver with a radial finish and classic 18 karat white gold stick hour markers. The watch is powered by what appears to be the original calibre A296-775 Rolex automatic winding mechanism that is running strong and keeping good time. Semi bubble back case Rolex watches in 36mm sizes are much harder to come across than the common 34mm size. The original Oyster case is in excellent condition showing very little pitting as is common on early steel Rolex watches. The original engraved serial/style numbers are clearly visible after the American made Jubilee bracelet is removed. Instead of reading REGISTERED DESIGN, this case says BREVET, derived from the french word for patent. It’s remarkable to us that a 66-year-old watch can look so contemporary, but such is the Rolex style. 6 months, 6 years, or 66 years old, a Rolex Oyster is always in style. The loose link Jubilee bracelet allows a super comfortable fit for a wrist size of up to 7 3/4 inches. The famous Rolex coronet buckle still displays good relief. Looking at current Rolex watches, a similar 36mm model is still available although only with the more sporty Oyster style bracelet. The current version of this watch can be seen on the Rolex website for $7,200.00 CAD. Including a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $7,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11990.


September 8, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 41 126300 blue Roman. Hardly worn. $12,750.00 CAD. 505-00216

Blue is almost everyone’s favorite colour, so why don’t we see more blue dial Rolex watches pass through? I suspect when people are making a high dollar purchase, they decide to play it safe with black, white, or silver. Life is too short to live in a black and white world. If your favorite color is blue, you should buy that bright blue Mercedes and buy the colour Rolex that you really want. This is a previously owned, hardly worn DateJust 41. It’s the size that you never see on display at the Rolex agent but the size every guy is looking for. The solid 18 karat white gold Roman numerals are a welcome change from the traditional stick hour markers. I’ve always found it interesting and wondered why clock and watch dials use IIII to indicate 4 o’clock and not IV as traditional Roman numeral practice for representing the Arabic number 4. There are several theories about why this is. Here are two of them. “There is a story that a famous clockmaker had constructed a clock for Louis XIV, king of France. The clockmaker had naturally used IV for four. When the clock was shown to the king, he remarked that IIII should have been used instead of IV. When it was explained to him that IV was correct, he still insisted, so there was nothing to do but change the clock dial. This introduced the custom of using IIII for four. This is probably only a story, however, as IIII occurs long before the time of Louis XIV. And this same story is also told in connection with other monarchs. There is one reason why IIII is preferable to IV, and it may have caused the change. On the other side of the clock dial, the VIII is the heaviest number, consisting of four heavy strokes and one light one, as it is usually made. It would destroy the symmetry to have the IV with only two heavy strokes on the other side. Thus IIII with four heavy strokes is much to be preferred. The change may therefore have been made for reasons of symmetry.” From Time & Timekeepers, W. I. Milham, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1947, p. 196. Whatever the reason, to see anything other than IIII would indeed look odd. This blue dial beauty is perfect in every sense. Hardly a scuff or blemish anywhere. This watch retains the balance of the Rolex 5-year international warranty valid until late winter of 2027. Comes complete with all documentation, booklets, endorsed warranty card, hang tags, inner/outer boxes, protective cardboard sleeve, foam liner, an embossed Rolex polishing cloth, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The sunburst dial Rolex 126300 is estate priced at $12,750.00 CAD. Stock 505-00216.

 


September 7, 2022

1987 Rolex Datejust 69173, 26mm with tapestry dial $5,000.00 CAD. 505-00275.

It’s been some time since a classic ladies 26mm Rolex Datejust made an appearance in our estate department. If you’re a regular visitor to our website you’ll notice a gentleman’s Rolex showing up almost every week, but ladies are quite uncommon. This one is about as traditional as it comes when referencing a lady Datejust. In fact, Rolex themselves describe the Datejust as “The classic watch of reference” on their website. The lady Datejust hasn’t changed its looks since it was introduced in 1957. 65 years later this model, with the same style bracelet, bezel, and champagne dial is still available at your favorite Rolex boutique for $11,650.00 CAD. The current 2mm larger size can be seen online here. This 1987 model comes with the desirable tapestry dial. This seldom seen option integrates particularly well with the dressier jubilee bracelet and fluted bezel. The vertically striped dial is created by embossing a corrugated texture across the surface creating tiny hills and valleys. This treatment forms shadows across the dial when the watch is moved resulting in a striking effect. It’s surprising the dial wasn’t a more popular choice when this watch was new. The rest of the watch is textbook Datejust. A sapphire crystal should fend off most scratch causing impacts. The fluted bezel is a must when it comes to adding a little bling without the extra cost of diamonds. The self winding movement is chronometer rated, just like the larger men’s offerings. The smaller the mechanism the more challenging it becomes to conform to the accuracy standards required to achieve chronometer designation. This watch is used but not abused, overall condition is very good for a 35 year old watch. The 18 karat and stainless steel Jubilee bracelet shows a little sag but is ready for many more decades of service. If you favor the petite 26mm size, this timeless combination is sure to scratch that luxury watch itch. Yes, it’s a handy time keeping tool, but a Rolex is also a great everyday piece of jewellery. Including our complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years), this watch is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00275.

SOLD


September 6, 2022

2022 Rolex Submariner 126613LB. Hardly worn. $23,750.00 CAD. 505-00200

The much anticipated new Submariners are out. The new model 126613LB debuted in 2020. The design takes one step forward and one step back. The slightly larger case size of 41mm versus 40mm isn’t really noticeable. What can be seen is the more balanced ratio between the case, the lugs, and the bracelet. The top-heavy look of the outgoing 116613LB has been addressed with slimmer lugs and the addition of 1mm width to the iconic Oyster bracelet. The new proportions are more in keeping with Submariners of the past, making the previous version perhaps a one-off experiment. Powering the new Sub is the 31 jewel calibre 3235 automatic that offers an increased power reserve of 70 hours and an accuracy expectation of +-2 seconds per day. This latest Submariner is preowned and technically an estate offering, but barely. It was purchased early in 2022 and is hardly worn. There are a few light scuffs and minor scratches on the case and bracelet but nothing worth documenting. It comes with its original endorsed 2022 warranty card, instructions, hangtags, and more. It remains in unpolished original condition. The only need for preparation for resale was to wipe a few finger pints off with a soft cloth. The factory’s 5-year international warranty will accompany the watch until early 2027. All the regular modern Submariner features are here. The “Glidelock” buckle can after the bracelet length by 18mm in 9 separate increments. This clever buckle ensures a perfect fit no matter what you are doing. Rolex has been promoting the two-tone look for sports models more and more lately. The new Explorer is now available in steel and gold, along with the SeaDweller. The two-tone blue dial Submariner has been a favorite among Rolex fans for many decades. The new 41mm “Bluesy” is sure to continue the tradition for many years to come. This watch is priced at $23,750.00 CAD. Stock #505-00200.

 

 

 

 

 


2000 Rolex Oyster 25mm 76193 perfect factory diamond dial $7,000.00 CAD. e13618

These small Rolex Oyster watches do not show up very often compared to the more expensive and only slightly larger Datejust models. For the lady who likes the clean look of a watch without a calendar and does not want to be bothered correcting the date for months without 31 days, the less is more Rolex Oyster 76193 may be for you. This little watch measures 25mm in diameter and is fitted with an uncommon black dial. Most of these watches come with a silver, white, or champagne dial. The radial finish sunburst dial is absolutely perfect, showing scuffs or stains of any kind. The 11 diamond hour markers are up to the usual Rolex standard of virtually flawless quality and perfect cut. You can conceal a lot of flaws and imperfections with an average or good cut 57 facet brilliant cut diamond, but when it comes to a 17 facet single cut only the finest cutting geometry will result in a bright sparkling display. Rolex is the only company I know of that uses single-cut diamonds. Single cut diamonds just look better in the smaller sizes suitable for hour marker decoration. Even the perfect settings the diamonds are secured in have been crafted from premium 18 karat yellow gold. Even though this is a smaller Rolex it still comes with the features you would expect from Rolex. The crystal is manufactured from optically perfect synthetic sapphire. This material is far harder than regular glass, it shrugs off impacts and abrasive contact that would destroy a mineral glass crystal. The classic Oyster case is protected from moisture to a depth of 100 meters by a thread crown and case back. Inside the stainless-steel case beats a fully adjusted in 5 positions and temperature compensated Rolex manufactured calibre 2230. The 31-jewel automatic winding mechanism runs at the same 28,800 cycles per hour frequency as the larger certified chronometer models. Our black beauty is in excellent condition and keeping great time. The 19 link Jubilee bracelet shows very minor sag and almost no stretch. The combination blushed/polished finish case and bracelet are scratch free. 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel, Jubilee bracelet, smaller size, and sophisticated black dial give the watch some extra appeal to those who like to dress up from time to time. We are pleased to offer a no-charge 1-year warranty for the new owner. Today the least expensive 18 karat/stainless steel Rolex with a diamond dial will set you back $14,050.00 CAD as shown on the Rolex website. The new model is a little bit larger at 28mm but otherwise similar. Our latest ladies Rolex Oyster is estate priced at $5,800.00 CAD. Stock #505-00072.

 


September 5, 2022

2000 Rolex Explorer II 16570 polar white, 40mm. $13,250.00 CAD. 505-00261

Rolex Explorer IIs are only available in stainless steel with a white or black dial on an Oyster bracelet. That is it; no options, no diamonds, no gold or two-tone cases. That is the way it’s been since the first Explorer II was introduced way back in 1971. Not even a Jubilee bracelet option is available. If you want a classic sports Rolex this may be the model for you. Measuring 40mm in diameter makes for a comfortable size that can be worn by almost anyone. Not too big, not too small, and not too thick. The lighter bracelet and buckle from this generation contribute to a comfortable weight of 124 grams with the full compliment of 13 Oyster links. The 16570 has become more collectible since it was replaced with the new larger 42mm version in 2011. Prices are on the move for this interesting model that flies a little under the radar compared to Submariners and Daytonas. The white dial is the preferred choice for the Explorer II. A sporty Rolex with a white dial is not nearly as common as black, offering a clean fresh alternative. This is a more than complete example of a 16570. The condition is very good but does show evidence of use in the form of scratches on the case, bezel, and bracelet. The diabolically difficult to duplicate radial finished 24-hour bezel is in very good condition. Collectors love complete packages, few are more complete than this example. The inner wood-lined box, correct outer cardboard box, warranty paper, hanging tag with matching serial/model number, plastic bezel guard, warranty sleeve, Rolex service papers from February 2013 and 2020, a Rolex shopping bag, service pouches x 2, plus even the original bill of sale from February 2001. It’s hard to believe, but this watch was purchased brand new in the United Kingdom for just  £1,761.70 ($4,370.00 CAD at the time).  The condition and completeness say a lot about the previous owners and how they took care of this watch since its winter of 2001 delivery. The Explorer II is a dual-time model that can display a second time zone in a 24-hour format using the independently adjustable second red hour hand in combination with the easy to read 24-hour fixed bezel. The watch is running great and keeping excellent time. It’s a rugged watch, built with features that have made the prestigious brand number 1 in the luxury watch world. Water resistant Oyster case manufactured from super resistant 904L stainless steel. Bright luminous hands/markers made from 18 karat white gold make time interpretation quick and effortless in any lighting situation. The synthetic sapphire crystal is exponentially tougher than glass and offers perfect optics. A convenient magnified calendar window helps out those with 40 plus year old eyesight. A tough and sporty Oyster bracelet equipped with fliplock buckle (correctly date coded AB9) is a design element that almost alone defines the sporty Rolex experience. The bracelet and case still exhibit details that become less defined with extended years of hard use. Included with the watch is a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $13,250.00 CAD. Stock #505-00261.


September 3, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 36 126200 blue/stick Jubilee $9,980.00 CAD. 505-00245

The dominance of the Rolex brand in the watchmaking world is absolute. No other brand even comes close. Audemars, Patek, and a handful of other Swiss brands have great records of residual value and appreciation, but in the Rolex price point, there isn’t anything that compares. No other brand is as widely recognized, there has always been an excellent secondary market if you’d like to sell or trade one in for something different. Our newest estate Rolex is a hardly worn 2022 Datejust 36 with the sought after blue/stick dial. All stainless steel gents Rolex models have waiting lists if you’d like a new one. Anything with a blue dial carries an even longer wait. This watch was purchased at an authorized Rolex agent in the spring of 2022 and only worn a few times before it was traded in for a vintage model the previous owner preferred. There are only the slightest of scuffs on the buckle, it looks like new. It comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, endorsed/dated warranty card, service booklet with holder, cardboard serial/style number tag, chronometer tag, foam box liner, protective cardboard sleeve, and even a green Rolex shopping bag. The watch is covered under Rolex’s 5-year international warranty until the late spring of 2027. If you’re looking for a blue dial Datejust you already know that used examples are selling for more than new. This one is already in Canada, no need to import from an unknown U.S. or international seller plus pay an extra 5% duty upon importation to Canada. Depending on which province you live in, you may only be subject to the federal GST. We ship throughout Canada and to most international locations. Local taxes and duties may apply when we export to your country. Excellent condition, running flawlessly with all functions operating as designed. We always looking for interesting trades of jewellery, watches, and gold or silver. This hardly worn Rolex is estate priced at $9,980.00 CAD. Stock #505-00245.

SOLD

 

 


September 1, 2022

2019 Rolex Submariner 114060 40mm $17,000.00 CAD. 505-00277

I can make a pretty good case for this watch to eventually become more valuable than the otherwise identical date-equipped model. The simple fact of the matter is the most basic Submariner is quite a bit rarer than the date display model. In our estimation, Rolex sold around 1 of these for every 3 of the calendar versions. The no-date Submariner is how it all started way back in 1953. It stayed that way until the model 1680 came out in the late 1960s. The basic model is the truest in the spirit of the original. Add to that this generation of Submariner is the only one that deviated from the original’s thin lug design. This was a single generation design experiment that many felt made this model look top heavy because the lugs became much wider but the case and bracelet remained the same size. For 2021 Rolex capitulated to tradition and perhaps customer criticism (although they’d never acknowledge such), and made the lugs to the same scale as every other Rolex Submariner series while at the same time increasing the case size a touch from 40mm to 41mm. Time will tell where the value of this retired model will go, but we like the future of all the “bulky” case Submariners, especially the no date 114060. Our latest estate Submariner is in like new condition. It hardly looks worn at all. There are no scratches, scuffs, dings, flea bites, or blemishes to be found anywhere. There is even a delivery sticker still attached to the bracelet. This watch was originally purchased at an authorized Rolex agent in Canada in the summer of 2019. A couple of years later the watch was sold to its second owner but wasn’t worn. It came to us on a trade for a different Rolex and now it’s looking for a new home. It is supplied with the original packaging, endorsed warranty card, documents, and invoice from the 2021 resale. The watch remains under the Rolex 5-year international warranty until July 2024. Estate price $17,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-000277.

SOLD


August 29, 2022

1972 Rolex Air-King-Date 5701 $8,500.00 CAD. e11528

Vintage Rolex watches are hot commodities. It’s not unusual for rare and desirable examples to sell for 6 or even 7 figures. The prices have definitely seen large increases over the past few years. This Rolex Air-King-Date on its own is an unusual model as it was only sold in commonwealth countries. The rest of the world had to make do without the calendar feature on their Air-Kings. Beside the amazing condition of this 1972 example it’s the completeness of the package that will really get the Rolex collector excited. Any single component of the kit has significant value. The case back 5701 foil sticker, the 30 page Rolex booklet outlining Rolex’ achievements to date, perfect condition inner box with outer box, dated warranty card and plastic folder. All of these individual parts if acquired separately would cost a few thousand dollars. To our knowledge the watch is completely original. It also comes with service papers from 1993 through Humbertown Jewellers Toronto. Overall condition is second to none, especially for a watch that is 48 years old. Perfect condition champagne dial, crisp sharp fluted yellow gold bezel, tight folded link bracelet (date coded 1971), strong relief in the frogs toes Rolex logo on buckle and even the threaded crown turns 450 degrees before popping out. This watch is a bit of a time capsule of originality. A quick vacuum test for water resistance revealed no leaks, the vintage oyster case performed like it was brand new. $8500.00 for a champagne dialed Air-King-Date may be at the top of the price range but you’re not going to find a better condition and more complete example anywhere. The two tone Oyster bracelet is missing a couple links, they are not too difficult to find online if you need a little extra length. Keeping good time and ready for the next 4 decades of use with the occasional service. Including everything described and a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $8,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11528.


August 25, 2022

2000 Rolex 16610 Submariner 40mm excellent condition. $14,000.00 CAD. 505-00227

There is a good reason why Rolex made the 16610 Submariner for well over 20 years. It may be the most balanced in terms of technology, tradition, comfort, fit and finish. This model year 2000 is very appealing as an excellent condition example. It looks almost like new and was treated to a comprehensive service at Rolex in New York in the fall of 2020 and remains under factory warranty until November 2022. The 2000 model year is somewhat notable for several reasons. It was one of the first years for luminova treatment for the hands and markers. This luminous material doesn’t have a shelf life like tritium which doesn’t glow after 20 years. 2000 also saw the implementation of solid end links for the Oyster bracelet and solid diver extension links. The machined end links are far more sturdy than anything that came before. The fully drilled lugs of 2000 allow the spring bars to lock far deeper into the lugs than the later models with solid lugs. There is no way you are going to bend or shear the spring bars off with this design. The drilled lugs offer better security while at the same time making it a snap to swap the bracelet for leather, rubber, or nato-style strap. The hollow centre links and foldover FlipLock buckle keep the overall weight of this watch to a very comfy 132.4 grams. The old school aluminum bezel insert just looks right and was the material of choice for Rolex Submariners since 1953. The 16610 is by far the most common of all Submariners, but that doesn’t make them any less special, and finding nice ones is getting harder every day. This one shows the original details that often lose their definition over time. The bracelet exhibits no stretch and almost no sag. The buckle “frog toes” coronet logo is as crisp and sharp as any we’ve seen. This watch comes with the balance of the factory’s 2-year international warranty plus our 1-year warranty that we prorate out to 5 years. Get em while you can, nice 16610 Submariners are a blue chip Rolex investment. The Submariner is the world’s most popular and sought after sports watch and this one is a great example and is priced to find a new home quickly. Estate priced at $14,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00227.


August 24, 2022

1990 Rolex Oyster Date 15203 on Jubilee bracelet $6,999.00 CAD. e14670

I’m pretty sure the Rolex Date 15203 from 1990 was only offered with an Oyster bracelet. The similar 15223 Rolex Date is occasionally seen with a Jubilee bracelet but I’ve never seen a 15203 on a Jubilee bracelet. The only difference between the two models is a smooth bezel or a fluted. Perhaps the original owner swapped the original bracelet for the slightly dressier Jubilee style, or maybe the original jeweller exchanged the bracelet to close the sale. The rest of this watch is pretty much what you’d expect for a 32 year old Rolex. The bracelet is showing just enough sag to actually make it even comfier as the smaller links of the Jubilee style conform to every wrist contour. A champagne dial with radial finish is absolutely the classic colour with it comes to Rolex dress models. The neutral hue blends with any other jewellery or clothing you may be wearing. In a welcomed surprise, every tritium hour plot is 100% complete and intact. Many vintage watches have a plot or two damaged, missing, or discoloured, all 10 on this face are perfect. Sapphire crystals are very hard and durable but they have limits. The sapphire crystal on this watch has several minor scratches and impact marks on its surface. In casual observation, they go mostly unnoticed blending with the champagne dial. Rolex is excellent for supporting older watches with many parts. A genuine crystal and gasket could be replaced for only a few hundred dollars. This watch came to use requiring a general service and tidy up. After a complete overhaul of the automatic winding mechanism (March 2022), our master watchmaker has it running within chronometer standards. Including our 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) this watch is estate priced at $6,999.00 CAD. Stock #e14670.


August 13, 2022

2021 Rolex Datejust 36 126234 blue dial 18kt. fluted bezel. $13,200.00 CAD. e14675

A proven formula that has defied change yet is still likely the most popular watch on the planet. The Datejust has been around since 1945 with little external change in appearance. Think about how styles have changed in clothes, cars, appliances, and pretty much every other consumer item, yet the Rolex Datejust is a comfortable constant in life. Even though outwardly almost identical this Datejust 126234 was all new for 2019. The 36mm 100 meter water resistant case contains the new Rolex manufactured 3235 automatic winding mechanism with a longer power reserve of just under 3 days. The new movement takes the certified chronometer rating to new levels of accuracy. Rolex claims the new Datejust 36 is accurate to plus/minus 2 seconds per day; this figure is 50% better than the chronometer designation requires. This Datejust is just over a year old and was purchased at an authorized Rolex agent in the late winter of 2021. The bright blue dial with luminous 18 karat white gold indexes markers is a Rolex classic day or night. A solid 18 karat white gold fluted bezel adds some bling plus a luxury touch in keeping with the Rolex tradition. Overall excellent condition, but there is a small impact mark on the fluted bezel at the 32 minute position. The buckle shows some shallow scratches that are easily removed if you choose to. The watch remains in its original unpolished condition. The stainless steel Jubilee bracelet with polished centre links is the dressy alternative to the sportier Oyster design. It comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, white cardboard sleeve, instruction/service booklet, endorsed warranty card, green plastic chronometer hang tag, and even the original bill of sale is included. Curiously the box top from the outer box was missing when the watch came to us. The new owner will be covered by the balance of the 5-year international warranty until the late winter of 2026. Estate priced at $13,200.00 CAD. Stock #e14675.


August 10, 2022

1987 Rolex Submariner 168000 “Triple zero” $14,440.00 CAD. e14571

If you’re attracted to this watch because of the simple, purposeful classic look, you’ve got great taste. If you noticed it’s a “triple zero” Submariner you must be a Rolex collector and realize just how rare this one is. Or maybe you’re a Rolex collector and don’t know it yet. The Rolex 168000 is universally regarded as the rarest of all the modern Submariners. This is only our 3rd example that has ever been offered for sale. It’s a peculiar watch known as a transitional model. It exhibits features of the first calendar equipped Submariner 1680 plus characteristics of more recent examples. Sapphire crystal, glossy black dial with 18 karat white gold hour marker plot frames are the most easily recognized updates compared to the original Submariner Date 1680. The 168000 is a Rolex anomaly; a bit of a factory Frankenstein. The 6 digit model designation was a Rolex first; it took 13 years before the second 6 digit model made an appearance. A watch that Rolex itself really doesn’t recognize in any official literature (at least that I can source). What makes the 168000 so rare? It’s the first Rolex to be made from 904L grade stainless steel yet still used the old 3035 movement from the 16800. Previous Submariners used the more pedestrian 316l stainless steel. It seems to me that Rolex didn’t quite have their timing (pun intended) quite right in terms of movement/case production. The new updated 904L grade steel case was ready to go for the yet to be released Submariner 16610 that debuted in 1988. Either the new 3135 movement wasn’t ready or they had lots of the older calibre 3035 leftovers. I suspect the latter. As a result, the 168000 was created to distinguish the old movement/new case watches. Rolex simply added that special extra 0 between the lugs so they could internally keep track of what was what. You’ll also notice that extra zero isn’t even centered making it seem even more like an afterthought. It didn’t take very long to consume the supply of old movements. Most sources speculate that they were used up within 6 months to 1 year. All the examples I’ve seen are “R” serial numbers dating to 1987. A one-year model run is very small for Rolex; the later 16610 model existed for over 20 years. Overall finish and wear look appropriate for a 35 year old watch. The bracelet is in remarkable condition, it is a Rolex replacement from 2005 according to its MA date code buckle. It exhibits almost no stretch and practically no sag. Sleuthing out the cryptic world of vintage Rolex watches is almost as fun as finding that elusive vintage piece. Keep in mind that Rolex is a very secretive company that has made many millions of watches over the years. The vast numbers of examples in the world make it by far the most collected brand. Rolex doesn’t endorse any independent website opinions including ours, so do your homework. Have some fun learning about the most famous watch brand in the world. Whether you consider that little extra zero significant or not, this watch has a great story and it’s a very rare bit of Rolex history. At some point in time, the watch must have gone into Rolex for some service. The original tritium dial has been replaced with a luminova service replacement dial. The synthetic sapphire is in suspiciously perfect condition leading us to speculate it has been replaced. Some strong magnification reveals a laser etched Rolex logo just below the 6:00 o’clock hour marker confirming a recent factory replacement. At the same time, it’s safe to assume the hands and bezel insert are factory service replacement items too as their colour and luminous characteristics all perfectly match. The previous owner decided to update the look with a very expensive Rubber B strap and buckle. The Rubber B strap with stainless steel tang buckle is in perfect condition. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this watch is estate priced at $14,440.00 CAD. Stock #e14571.


August 8, 2022

1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 $13,260.00 CAD. e12228 505-00082

Before everyone gets upset that the dial has been refinished, the bezel insert is likely a service replacement item, and it doesn’t come with the original Oyster bracelet; look at what it is and what it offers. It’s a vintage 1965 Submariner 5513, one of the most sought after watches on the planet and it’s selling for waaaaaay less than a contemporary used Submariner is. This is a genuine rarity that you can actually wear every day and don’t need to be worried about hurting the value. The 26 jewel calibre 1520 lurking within the 40mm Oyster case is working great and keeping very good time. This workhorse movement is a favorite of watchmakers for its easy servicing and durability. The original Oyster bracelet likely wore out many years ago and has been used with other style bracelets and straps since then. As this watch has already been altered with its refinished dial, why not really customize it with a high quality Rubber B nylon/rubber Cuff strap. This never worn, $300.00 aftermarket strap was specifically made for older Rolex Submariners. Tough, waterproof, and very modern looking. It brings together vintage 1960s with a contemporary edge. The refinished dial has been done to a high standard. The only obvious telltale sign it’s not original is the silver text that should be white. The font is a little thick compared to the original but it is still very attractive on the flat matte finish. For a Submariner of this era, the depth rating should read meters before feet not feet before meters. The luminous plots have been expertly applied to a high standard with just enough surface tension dome. No, it’s not a museum piece and it’ll never win an originality contest but it looks great and comes with a somewhat affordable (at least for Rolex) vintage look that can only come with age. We just changed the plastic crystal with a genuine Rolex replacement; after installation, the watch passed our vacuum test for water resistance. Plastic crystal Submariners hardly ever show up around here anymore. Almost every example that turns up in the market is immediately snapped up and squirreled away by collectors and is never seen again. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this vintage Submariner is estate priced at $13,260.00. Stock #e12228  505-00082.

 


August 3, 2022

1976 Tudor Submariner “Snowflake” 9411/0, 1 owner. $9,411.00 CAD. e14605

All Tudor Submariners can be considered “rarish” compared to the Rolex variety. Only around 5% of preowned Submariners on the market are made by Tudor. Vintage Snowflakes are some of the least encountered and the most sought after. The success of the modern series of Tudor Black Bay diver watches can thank the early 1970’s Tudor Subs for design inspiration. The first snowflake dials/hands were developed to add more luminous surface area and make the hour hand distinct from the minute hand in murky water. While the look added utility and function, today it’s just retro-cool. Our latest snowflake came to us from a relative of the first and only owner who wore it for the better part of 30 years before retiring it to his jewellery box where it sat for more than a decade. It arrived here in its original unrestored honest condition. The watch had a couple of service etchings inside the case back, including one from Rolex Canada in 1981. This is a watch that we feel is better preserved than restored. The original dial displays deep patina, and the bezel is nicely faded to a pleasant blue, much paler than when it left the Tudor factory in 1976. The Rolex 9315 Oyster bracelet is intact and original, complete to its matching 380 end links and B date code Rolex buckle. This rare folded link design shows significant stretch and sag, but it is still fully functional and safe to wear. The crown is likely an early service item as it displays the Rolex logo. Almost all Tudor snowflakes from this era have the more modern Tudor shield logos on service crowns and buckles. The embossed Rolex logo on the buckle shows great relief as a testament to its original finish. We just performed a full overhaul of the Tudor modified ETA 25 jewel 2784 automatic movement. After its service, the watch is running great with accuracy results better than expected. At the time of its December 2021 service, a genuine Rolex crystal and case-back gasket were installed. The watch looks freshened up, but still unmistakably vintage. The minute hand is several shades lighter than the hour hand markers. Perhaps it was replaced when serviced by Rolex in the early 80s. We feel the colour differences between the hour markers and hands confirm the honest integrity of the watch and its history. A museum piece, absolutely not, but hugely funky, and desirable? Indeed it is. We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty for peace of mind, trouble-free operation. Finding a blue Tudor Submariner in this sort of original specification is almost impossible today. This vintage piece of Tudor history is estate priced at $9,411.00 CAD. Stock #e14605.

 


August 2, 2022

1971 Rolex Datejust 1601 bronze dial. $8,090.00 CAD. e14645 505-00206

Nothing spelled out middle success in the 1970s more than the suburban home with a 2 car garage, a station wagon, and a Rolex Datejust. There are many ways to describe such an iconic model. Rolex describes it as the “Classic Watch of Reference”. Classic indeed, the Datejust has been around since 1945 and looks pretty much the same today as when it debuted. Our latest estate Rolex is one of the most commonly encountered, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on the list for anyone looking to get into the vintage Rolex scene or the seasoned collector. These mid-sized 36mm watches are the Goldielocks size for the average size guy or lady that prefers something a bit larger but not over the top. Too many watches today are simply overwhelming for the average to smaller wrist size. 50 years ago watches were essential tools for everyday life, not the lifestyle statements they are today. A Rolex from the early 70s was for many the high point for mechanical watches. Bulova’s Accutron was the height of precision with some very clever tuning fork transistorized mechanics. Evolving technology, toxic mercury batteries, and no parts supply spelled an end to the high-pitched hum of the Accutron. A Rolex movement from this era was still hand-assembled and adjusted by hand with tiny screws located on the rim of the balance wheel. Turning these tiny screws in or out allowed Rolex’s watchmakers to poise the wheel giving it perfect balance. Rolex wasn’t the pure luxury item they are today. Rolex had to keep their costs in mind as there were other brands competing for the baby boomer dollar. In order to avoid heavy import duties, Rolex had some of their bracelets made in the USA with lower purity 14 karat gold trim instead of the Swiss Made bracelets with 18 karat. These American-made bracelets are super comfortable. Their steel oval link sections and hollow gold middle conform to every wrist contour. Even when they were new they had a loose feel, the hollow links made a jingle sound unique to this bracelet. This example shows significant sag that really doesn’t illustrate the overall condition. You need to look at the wear and gapping when viewed from the top. This watch shows only a small amount of wear and grooving between the gold links. This bracelet likely has another 50 years left in it if keep clean. The fluted bezel is still quite crisp for a watch in its 6th decade. The best part of this watch is the unique bronze dial. I think this dial has colour shifted from a silver hue to what we see today. The subtle dial is much different than the typical champagne and silver often seen on this model. The luminous tritium hands and hour plots display even patina. There is usually an hour plot or two damaged or missing on these watches and this one is no different. The 8 o’clock lume pip is almost gone. When looking closely at the dial we see the hour markers are not the common dome or hash mark style. They are sloped and faceted. This style marker is quite unusual and adds to the vintage look. Installation of a new Rolex plastic crystal and basic case cleaning was all that was required to get this classic ready for a new home. Including a 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated for 5 years), this classic Rolex is estate priced at $8,090.00 CAD. Stock #e14645 505-00206.

 

 


July 27, 2022

1997 Tudor Submariner M75190A 37mm blue dial. $5,440.00 CAD. 505-00220 e14676

Tudor Submariners are a genuine scarcity compared t0 their upscale cousin the Rolex Submariner. I’d estimate we only see 1 Tudor Sub. for every 20-30 Rolex Subs. This 37mm model is the first of its kind we’ve had pass through our estate department, and it’s a nice one. It comes with December 2019 service documents from Texas detaining a full refurbishment that cost $1,200.00 USD. The automatic winding movement was overhauled, a new crown, new sapphire crystal, and new bezel insert were installed, along with a case/bracelet refinishing. As with all Rolex/Tudor servicing the work was done to impeccable standards, to the point where this watch looks practically new. The 37mm size is perfect for the slender man who finds a 40mm Submariner just a bit bulky, or a lady who likes a little more wrist presence. The navy blue dial with silver text and raised luminous markers is very complimentary with the brushed/polished stainless steel case. According to the serial number, this watch was manufactured around 1997. Rolex and Tudor used tritium for the luminous features during this period. After 25 years or so tritium loses its ability to glow in the dark. The hands and dial markers a clearly still phosphorescing strongly, suggesting the hands and dial were changed for more modern factory replacements. The new luminous material Rolex/Tudor now uses should retain the ability the glow for around 12-hour intervals once exposed to a bright light source. This temporary glowing function should last almost indefinitely. While not 100% original this mid-sized Submariner has been maintained through the factory with genuine replacement parts. It is operating as designed and keeping excellent time. Included with the purchase is our 1-year warranty (prorated 5-years). This watch is estate priced at $5,440.00 CAD. Stock #505-00220 e14676.


Tudor Style M12700, 41mm, never worn. $2,295.00 CAD. 505-00085

Tudor and parent company Rolex make some of the industry’s most desirable watches. Their products that seem to get all the headlines are the sporty Professional models that feature gadgets and over the top specifications that the majority will never use or require. Most people don’t even realize Tudor and Rolex have a more gentle, comfortable, and ultimately practical line of watches. Rolex has the Cellini and Tudor have their Style line buried within their website. Our latest estate watch offers everything you need and nothing you don’t. A large 41mm case constructed from stainless steel, a synthetic sapphire crystal offering perfect optics and is much harder than any ordinary glass crystal. Reflective, faceted hands offer good contrast with the glossy lacquer dial, a screw-down crown, and a threaded case back provide a water-resistance rating of 100 meters. Handy features like a sweeping seconds hand, calendar, and easy to use deployment buckle with fliplock safety make daily wear a pleasure. The folding clasp is a luxury touch providing better security than a tang style buckle and helping the high-quality leather to last longer. The watch is in unworn condition, not a scratch can be seen on the watch. The protective case-back sticker is still in place. The watch comes with the original inner/outer box, foam liner, and instruction booklet but no warranty card. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a complimentary 1-year warranty for the new owner. Estate priced at $2,295.00 CAD. Stock #505-00085.

 


July 24, 2022

1986 Rolex Explorer II 16550 with service dial $12,500.00 CAD. 505-00128

The first Rolex Explorer II (model 1655) was pretty much a commercial disaster. It was marketed as a specialty watch for those interested in spelunking (cave exploration). In the 1950s and 60s, this activity was actually becoming somewhat popular. The original Explorer II had two hours hands and a fixed bezel indexed for 24 hours. The smaller, skinny hour hand would circle the dial every 12 hours while the dominant hour hand took a full 24 hours to go around the black dial, which was the only colour offered. The theory was, in the absolute darkness of a cave the only way to determine AM hours from PM hours would be by referencing a 24 hour hand. The oversized 24 hand was treated to an extra-large dose of luminous tritium making it the obvious feature in a no light situation. Unlike the rotating bezel of a Submariner that can be used as a minute timer and the GMT-Master bezel that displayed a second timezone, the Explorer II bezel is fixed in place. It can only show the current time albeit in a 24-hour format. The vintage looking first generation Explorer II didn’t sell in large numbers, today they are expensive collectibles with prices starting at $30,000.00. Production of the originals ran from 1971 to 1984. Our latest estate Rolex is a very early 2nd generation from 1986. The 16550 features an entirely new larger case, sapphire crystal, white gold framed hour markers, a white dial option, and a new caliber 3085 movement. The new movement enables the user to independently adjust the 24 hour hand to display a second timezone. This feature set the Explorer II free from the depths of just cave exploration to the world of jet travel with a dual time zone display capability. The 16550 was only produced from 1985 until 1989 making it a relatively scarce transition model. I think this is the first one we have ever had. If you come across a Rolex that looks like this, chances are it is the much more common 16570 that was produced from 1989 until 2011. Aside from a few minor movement differences, the only way to distinguish a 16550 from the common 16570 is, the 16550 has a thicker numeral font, horizontal middle sections on the 2s, triangle indexes are a little longer and slightly closer to the inner bezel edge. It’s always fun to discover the tiniest changes that Rolex implemented into their watches as they evolved. At some point over the past 35 years, the original tritium dial was replaced with a more modern luminova version. The purist collector will always prefer complete originality. Many of the original dials on 16550 Explorer IIs have been updated (especially the white versions) as the paint shifted to a creamy color, while the paint on the black dials often cracked. The newer replacement dial on our 16550 offers an obvious advantage of still exhibiting phosphorescence after exposure to bright light. Original tritium dials lose their ability to glow after around 25 years. Our Explorer II is in good overall condition, showing some sag, stretch and wear in the 11 link 78360 Oyster bracelet with service buckle. The synthetic sapphire service crystal shows a small scratch but otherwise displays perfect optics over the glossy black dial. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty prorated for 5 years, this uncommon Explorer II is estate priced at $12,500.00 CAD. Stock #505-00128.

 

 


July 17, 2022

2021 Rolex Yacht-Master 126655 40mm OysterFlex $37,150.00 CAD $37,150.00 CAD. 505-00160

Rolex models have a reputation for longevity, some of them were introduced in the 1950s or earlier and are still in production today. The technical specifications may have changed and improved with the times but the general style remains. Rolex seldom introduces a new model. The newest watch Rolex unveiled before the Yacht-Mater was the Daytona way back in 1963. The Yacht-Master debuted in 1992 as a more refined sports watch, it featured extra-large hour markers and thicker hands providing enhanced visibility in low light. It also showcased a new two-way rotating bezel with an insert embossed from platinum or 18 karat gold rather than the anodized aluminum one-way bezels found on the Submariner and GMT-Master II of the era. As with the other contemporary Rolex sports offerings, the latest Yacht-Master sports bezels crafted from high tech ceramic, although platinum and gold can still be found on some. Our latest estate Rolex is one of the newest from the Yacht-Master family, the 126655 in solid 18 karat rose gold. This 40mm watch is only available on an OysterFlex rubber strap. There is no gold bracelet option for this model; in fact, the only option is a pave diamond dial that adds a cool $21,150.00 to the basic retail price of $33,100.00 CAD. The OysterFlex strap is the most comfortable rubber strap we’ve experienced. Inside the strap are a pair of super soft cushions that conform to your wrist, keep the watch centred, and allow your skin the breath. The solid 18 karat rose gold buckle is a masterpiece all on its own. Equipped with a FlipLock safety clasp, it features the Rolex GlideLock that enables the wearer to fine tune the length of the strap by 15mm for a perfect fit no matter the weather or what you may be doing. The two-way rotating bezel makes for a handy timer when it isn’t zeroed displaying minutes past the hour. Its highly polished embossed 5-minute sections offer excellent tone-on-tone contrast with the matt finish background. The matt finish extends to the black dial resulting in a most sophisticated look. The watch comes with a synthetic sapphire crystal to ward off almost any scratch producing impact. The threaded TripLock crown and case back ensure a conservative water resistance rating of 100 meters. Beating inside the 40mm Oyster case is Rolex’s latest generation automatic calibre 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex the 31 jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous Yacht-Master movement with an accuracy rating that is 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn a little more about this movement and its sister 3285 GMT movement on the official Rolex website. This watch was previously owned by a very important collector customer of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. He recently traded in for a different Rolex model that had caught his eye. It has been carefully worn since the late winter of 2021 and used in rotation with his many other watches. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. All that was required to prepare it for sale was to wipe a few fingerprints away. The polished section of the buckle shows a few light scratches that could easily be removed while you watch. We always try to leave our important collector watches in original, as delivered condition. The next owner of this watch will benefit from the 5-year Rolex international warranty until December of 2026. The watch comes complete with the original endorsed warranty card, all documents, inner/outer boxes, hangtags, foam box liner, soft Rolex cloth, outer cardboard box sleeve, and even a Rolex shopping bag. This watch looks new and is estate priced at $37,150.00 CAD. Stock #505-00160.


July 13, 2022

Rolex 5501 Explorer ***RARE*** 34mm with box $19,460.00 CAD. e11829

We don’t toss out the 3-star ***rare*** headline very often. Rolex Oyster Perpetual 5501 is quite rare but one with a white honeycomb dial is exceptionally rare. With collectible Rolex, the dial is practically everything. The dial on this one is very original and in very good condition. These textured Explorer dials with gold markers are thought to have been exclusively produced for the Canadian market. Even so, we’ve never seen another example of this dial before and likely never will see one again. According to the previous owner the watch was used for about a decade and then left in a drawer for the next 40 plus years. The watch is running great despite being quite dry. If it is to be used regularly we suggest a full service to the original 25 jewel Rolex calibre 1530. This service will be performed at no charge to the new owner. The long term storage story seems to make sense as the inside case back shows only one or two service records. When a watch is serviced the technician usually etches a code on the inside of the case. The inside shows the usual Rolex factory stamping with production date code (1st quarter of 1961) but almost no other etchings. It’s nice to see an original watch movement that hasn’t been messed around with. The watch came to us in what we believe to be its original and equally rare burgundy red hinged Rolex box. As the legend goes this watch sat in the box unused since the late 1960s. The condition of the box is practically like new. The red velvet display card with the Rolex logo is crisp and sharp edged. Submariner, Daytona, and GMT-Master are the Rolex watches that get all the headlines. The smaller size 34mm Explorer models have always been a watch for the hardcore collector. I’m sure there are more than a few collectors looking at this watch that never even knew something like this existed. The dressy Explorer dial with 14 karat gold fluted bezel (also in great condition) set it apart as one of the rarest models you’re likely to encounter. We love the rare 7205 riveted bracelet with 57 end pieces. As was the Rolex practice during the 60s these bracelet links were assembled from flat and folded sections of sheet stainless steel riveted together. The hollow nature of the design made them somewhat fragile and prone to dents and wear of decades of use. As Rolex manufacturing techniques improved these original bracelets were replaced with solid link versions. Most vintage Rolex have had their original bracelets replaced with modern replacements over the years. The buckle on this bracelet is date stamped 1967. Its condition is quite good for 52 years old. Showing a small amount of stretch, a little sage, and not too much lateral movement. Including a one year mechanical warranty, the watch is estate priced at $19,460.00 CAD. Stock #e11829.


July 12, 2022

2014 Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR “Batman” $23,500.00 CAD. 505-00260

Aside from a Holy Grail stainless steel Daytona, the blue/black GMT Master II “Batman” is one of the toughest watches to find at your local Rolex authorized agent. There has been a long waiting list for this model since it was introduced in 2013. This example is an early 116710BLNR that was purchased in Canada at an authorized Rolex agent in the spring of 2014. The “Batman” moniker comes from the blue/black ceramic bezel treatment reminiscent of everyone’s favorite caped crusader’s colours. If you’ve heard this watch described as a “Batgirl” it will come on the dressier, arguably more feminine Jubilee style bracelet. Ceramic bezels have become commonplace for the Rolex since around 2005 but the 2 colour ceramic bezels are still fairly new. The 116710BLNR was the very first Rolex to come with a two colour ceramic bezel. With the introduction of the latest generation Batman, Rolex says they’ve slightly redesigned the case to feel a little thinner and less bulky. In reality, the only easy way to tell the difference is to look for a little Rolex crown logo between the SWISS and MADE under the 6 o’clock hour marker. The original 116710BLNR only says SWISS MADE. Internal differences are a few technical updates to the 3186 movement with a redesigned “Chronergy” escapement and a longer power reserve of 70 hours. Of all the coloured GMT bezels Rolex has produced, the blue/black combination of our latest estate Rolex makes the most sense. The blue section represents daylight hours between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm (18:00 hours), and the black displays the night hour from 18:00 hours through 6:00 am as indexed by the handy 24-hour blue hour hand. The bezel is indexed for the 24 hours in a day and can be turned to show a 2nd or temporary 3rd time zone. Rolex promotes the GMT as the cosmopolitan watch for good reason. It is the perfect travel companion for anyone who travels through multiple time zones in different cities around the world. The long, arrow-tipped hour hand can continuously track your home time (or Greenwich Mean Time) in a 24-hour format. The “regular” 12-hour hade can quickly be adjusted to show the local time wherever you happen to be in the world. The clever system can even jump timezones that trigger a date change forward or backward. This watch comes complete with the fully endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, worldwide service booklet, chronometer hang tag, inner/outer boxes, foam box liner, service papers (Feb. 2020), Registration Acknowledgement (Dec. 2019), original bill of sale (May 2014), replacement value assessment on Rolex letterhead (June 2014), plus a Rolex shopping bag.  There are even some of the original protective stickers on the white foam box liner and on other areas of the packaging. You can tell this watch was a prized possession of the previous owner. The overall condition of the watch is very good. We believe this single owner watch has never been polished or refinished. It was serviced by Rolex Canada in the winter of 2020. The invoice details the work that was performed including a crown replacement, but it says nothing about refinishing. The watch displays some scuffs and scratches associated with careful use by the original mature gentleman owner but nothing of significance. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years). Our estate price for this popular Rolex is $23,500.00 CAD.


2016 Rolex Air-King 114210 34mm like new $8,500.00 CAD. 505-00259

Current collectible or future collectible? Without a doubt, it’s both. The Rolex Air-King has been around in one form or another for about more than 75 years. This basic looking oyster case Rolex was first labeled Air-King as a tribute to Britain’s Royal Air Force who participated in the battle of Britain. The RAF pilots of the time preferred using the Rolex oyster over the standard issue lower quality watches. The robust design and relatively large case size made them the perfect pilot tool for quick time interpretation. If you visit your local Rolex agent to buy a modern 34mm Oyster Perpetual you’ll notice the dial no longer reads Air-King. The new 34mm Oyster comes only with basic stick hour markers, gone are the beautiful Arabic 3,6 & 9 indices. The traditional 34mm size/style Oyster Perpetual “Air-King” era looks to be over making this example one of the last as it was purchased brand new on August 31, 2016. Previously owned by a long time client of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers who cautiously used the watch from time to time. The watch is in immaculate condition virtually unworn. Scrambled serial number, late production date, and the uncommon engine turned bezel version. It comes complete with the inner/outer box, white cardboard sleeve, paperwork, chronometer tag, plastic product tag, and Rolex shopping bag all in perfect condition guaranteeing this is a most desirable example.  I love the silver dial tone on tone look with the mostly brushed stainless steel. It’s so nice I almost want to keep it for myself. It reminds me of something my Dad used to say, “never fall in love with your inventory”. So with those words in mind, we are offering this amazing example for $8,500.00 CAD including a complimentary 1-year warranty. Stock #505-00259.


July 10, 2022

2019 Tudor BlackBay 41 79543 $4,200.00 CAD. 505-00233

Building on the success of the Heritage Black Bay, Tudor introduced a slightly more subtle sporting watch called the Heritage Black Bay 41. It’s the same size case as the diver’s version but it appears larger because it lacks the 60-minute rotating bezel timer. A brushed finish 18 karat yellow gold fixed bezel replaces the ratcheting timing bezel found on diver Black Bay. The dressier design actually makes for a more distinctive look than the popular yet ubiquitous diver design. Much the same as the Rolex Explorer is to the Submariner, the Black Bay 41 isn’t trying to do much other than be a pure time interpreting tool built of the right stuff. Large luminous hands and hour markers against a glossy black dial are the epitome of legibility in any situation. Synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, deployment buckle with safety flip lock on a heavy duty solid link stainless steel with 18 karat gold cap bracelet should get the job done under all conditions. I love the brightly polished centre stainless steel section showing great contrast against the brushed finish on the other links. The distinctive snowflake hour hand, curved text, and connected minute track are Tudor’s obvious nod to the Tudor/Rolex Submariners of the past, after all this is a Heritage model. Gone is the Tudor rose logo found on the original re-issued Black Bay models but curiously Tudor is still using the traditional logo on the threaded crown. This example is in very good condition. It was delivered to the original owner in June of 2019 from a German authorized Tudor agent. Showing only minor evidence of wear in the form of a few small scuffs and scratches. The watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. It is covered by our 1 year in house Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Comes complete with original Tudor packaging, endorsed warranty card, instructions, and an extra genuine Tudor navy blue nylon Nato strap that is easily swapped for a much more casual look. This model has been retired and replaced with pretty much the same watch with a few subtle changes that can be seen on the Tudor website priced at $6,150.00 CAD. This less is more Tudor is estate priced at $4,200.00 CAD. Stock #505-00233

 


2015 Tudor Black Bay 79220N with box & papers $7,250.00 CAD. e14632

When the Tudor Black Bay series was released in 2012 it was obviously heavily inspired by the ever-popular Tudor Submariners of the 1950s. Featuring a gold connected minute track, cool snowflake hour hand on a flat black dial, the watch has an undeniably vintage look. Initially only available with a burgundy bezel, a year or two later a blue bezel option appeared. Its design and look were so classic, so perfectly executed that it was honored by the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva in 2013. The highly anticipated Black Bay Black was released in the fall of 2015 and was available on either leather strap or metal bracelet. A few months after the release of the Black Bay Black there was an announcement in Baselworld 2016 that all Tudor Black Bay models would soon feature an in-house movement. What’s interesting and noteworthy, is that would make the Black Bay Black with Tudor 2824 caliber available for sale for less than a year. The Tudor 2824 caliber movement is based on the ETA 2824 movement used by many high-end Swiss watch manufacturers. It’s a time-tested (pun intended), trusted movement known for its precision and reliability. However, Tudor’s watchmaking expertise improved upon the ETA incabloc shock protection and regulation system making the movement more specific and more accurate. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is; the original Tudor Black Bay Black had the iconic Tudor Rose emblem on the dial above the name Tudor, whereas the new generation Black Bays with the in-house calibre feature the Tudor Shield. All Black Bay models ETA movement editions come with a nylon NATO-style accessory strap. They say hindsight is 20/20 and I have to agree. Many of the rare or unusual Rolex and Tudor watches we’ve sold over the last few years have seen substantial price increases. The Black Bay Black has seen similar price appreciation over the last few years. If you’re going to collect one, get the best and most complete example you can. This example has been responsibly worn by a watch enthusiast client of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers for several years. It maintains its original finish and has never been polished, only ultrasonically cleaned. The bracelet and case show some scuffs and scratches but nothing excessive. A sharp-eyed client examining the watch spotted a small discolouration in the centre of the 4:00 o’clock luminous plot. This anomaly came as a surprise to us and we can not explain how it got there. Here is a close-up image of the minor blemish. The watch comes with a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, original inner/outer boxes, instructions, endorsed Canadian warranty card, and black nylon strap (never installed). Estate priced at $7,250.00 CAD. Stock #e14632.

 

 


July 5, 2022

2015 Tudor Heritage Ranger 79910, 41mm, perfect condition, $4,500.00 CAD. e14631

Tudor has been Rolex’s effort at capturing the mid-range luxury watch market since 1952 when they launched the first Tudor Oyster Prince. Focusing on that mid-market price point has allowed them to be a little more adventurous and diverse in their offerings, with something like the popular Black Bay mirroring Rolex’s iconic sporty diver look and this Heritage Ranger taking on the has sport/utility watch segment. Ranger model 79910 has an all-brushed finish with just a discreet polished edge on the bezel. A matte black dial with ultra legible luminous hands and markers that plot out only the essential time interpretation information, this watch doesn’t even come with a calendar display. The 41mm diameter case is equipped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, screw-on case back, and screw-down crown embossed with the old logo Tudor rose. It’s powered by a Swiss-made Tudor Calibre 2824 (ETA 2824) that features a 38-hour power reserve. Tudor’s watchmakers upgrade the specification on the standard movement with better hairspring and a higher grade pallet fork. The mechanism is adjusted to within chronometer specifications without the official certification and extra cost associated. The Oyster case Ranger is water-resistant to 150 meters and was based on a design from the late 60s. Tudor offered the Heritage Ranger 79910 with four different factory-issued straps, two of which accompany this watch: the leather strap with folding steel buckle and flip-lock, plus the NATO-style, one-piece camouflage fabric strap with its own steel buckle (never been installed on the watch). This watch appears to be in unworn condition. There isn’t even the slightest scuff, scratch, or blemish on the case, buckle or strap. There are still some protective plastic stickers on the buckle and case back. It is accompanied by an inner/outer box, endorsed Canadian authorized agent warranty card (January 2015), documents, hangtag, paperwork, foam box liner, and even the original protective white cardboard box sleeve. Included with the purchase is a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated 5-years). Estate price $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14631.


July 2, 2022

Rolex Datejust 1601 golden brown dial black text $11,670.00 CAD. e11031

Pretty much any vintage Rolex is a desirable thing. Some of the professional models from the 1960s and 70s have seen their value escalate well into 6 figures for exceptional rare examples. The esteemed Geneva based company’s most popular offering has been somewhat left behind. The Datejust model was introduced in 1945 at the same time Rolex was celebrating their 40th anniversary. It was quite revolutionary for the era being the first chronometer grade automatic winding wristwatch to display the date in a small window on the dial. The name Datejust may seem a bit awkward, but it makes perfect sense given some thought. Most watches slowly turn over the date display starting around 10:00pm taking several hours to fully turn the disc to reveal the day of the month. Rolex produced a quick turn mechanism advancing the date in the blink of an eye within a few minutes of exactly midnight. This seemingly simple process makes the date display absolutely true and “just”, hence the unusual moniker. Modern Rolex production is estimated at around one million watches per year making a contemporary Datejust very common. This wasn’t always the case. It took Rolex 60 years to produce the first 1 million watches total production of all models. This example is serial number 1,071,990. After hours of scouring the internet and speaking with various Rolex aficionados no one has seen one like this before. The golden brown dial with black text is a colour combination we’ve never encountered. Occasionally vintage black dials from the period can turn a deep chocolate brown over time but these always have white or gold script lettering. Perhaps this was a silver or champagne dial with black writing that somehow colour shifted to this marvelous hue. If this is the case we can’t find another example anywhere. The luminous tritium plots are mostly intact and the period correct dauphine style hands with rare tapered ramped hour markers are also original. The rest of the watch is pretty much what you’d expect for a watch that was made in the fall of 1964. Wear and tear are appropriate on the case and fluted bezel. We don’t believe the watch has been refinished before. The USA made hollow link jubilee bracelet is showing the expected sag but this style of bracelet was never tight even when brand new. An original fold over buckle closes snugly with a satisfying click. Powering the watch is a 26 jewel Rolex manufactured calibre 1560 in excellent condition. There is no rotor rash scaring on the plates or case back. We just performed a full mechanical overhaul to the mechanism along with a successful vacuum test for water resistance after installing a new Rolex crystal. When servicing the watch we were careful to maintain the original finish on the case and bracelet. It can be refinished many times but it can only be original once. With pricing of used and estate professional models quickly becoming out of reach for most, vintage Datejusts could be the place to see the next wave of collector interest. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this curious bit of Rolex history is estate priced at $11,670.00 CAD. Stock #e11031.


July 1, 2022

1972 Tudor Oyster Princess 22mm 7586/3 freshly serviced $1,890.00 CAD. e14643

The Rolex/Tudor Oyster case isn’t usually thought of as a tiny watch. Throughout the 96 year history of the Oyster, there have always been more delicate, prettier, less expensive, more fashionable alternatives, but for durability and water- resistance the original 1926 design has stood the test of time. Our latest estate watch is the smallest Oyster case Tudor we have ever seen. This watch measures just a little over 22mm in diameter, yet comes with the same features as the gent’s full-sized models from the era. Not many lady’s watches from the 1970s could go from the formal dinner party to snorkeling in the ocean as well as a Tudor Oyster Princess. This watch is in excellent condition and shows its 50 years of age very well. The 18 karat fluted bezel is sharp and crisp. The silver dial is perfect except for one of the once luminous hour plots (4:00) is almost totally missing. The rare Oyster 7834 bracelet shows only minor sag with some stretch. Two of the folded links have been repaired at some point over the years. This watch will accommodate a feminine wrist measuring up to 16.5cm in circumference. Our master watchmaker just performed a full overhaul of the automatic winding mechanism within the petite case. After the service, the watch is running well and keeping good time. Tudor could no longer supply a new replacement threaded crown and waterproof tube, so we had to supply after-market substitutes. When subjected to vacuum and pressure testing, the watch still easily passed to original requirements. The watch comes with Vibrograf timing and water resistance reports. Including our 1 year warranty (prorated for 5-years), this rare Tudor is estate priced at $1,890.00 CAD. Stock #e14643.


June 20, 2022

1961 Rolex DateJust 1625 Thunderbird Turn O Graph $10,680.00 CAD. e13733

I’ve been baffled ever since I saw my first Turn O Graph; why isn’t this model more popular? In fact it’s never been a top seller since its 1953 introduction. There are a few who appreciate the added functionality of the two way timer bezel, but most who have purchased a Datejust opt for the simple fixed bezel varieties. I’m sure even Rolex can’t figure out why it hasn’t been more successful. They persisted with the model updating it for over 5 decades until it was recently retired a number years ago. Although not the most profitable watch from Rolex it is notable for a number of reasons. It was the first watch to introduce the concept of the rotating timer bezel for measuring elapsed time, way back in 1953. It is considered the father of the wildly successful Submariner diver model. It was also the first professional pilot watch. In the 1950s it was used by pilots for navigational calculations. Later in the same decade it became the official watch of the US Air Force acrobatic Thunderbird display team. The Turn O Graph is also known in North America as the Thunderbird due to this association. TOGs don’t show up very often and latest example is the oldest one we’ve ever had. The inside case back and buckle have matching date code stamps indicating produced in the second half of 1961. These early Thunderbirds like some of their regular Datejust cousins came with beautiful dauphine style hands and arrow shaped hour markers. These features along with the oxidized patina of the dial add to overwhelming vintage character of the watch. The rotating bezel is made from premium quality 18 karat white gold and displays a slight yellow hue compared to the stainless steel case and bracelet. There are a few scratches and dings on the soft gold bezel but overall the fine coin edge finish is crisp and sharp. The delicately machined bezel is a detail that really can not be refinished; the condition of this example speaks volumes of how the previous owner(s) looked after it. The rolled link Jubilee bracelet is also in very good condition, showing only minor lateral movement. There is no question this looks like a vintage watch, but for a sporty Rolex approaching 60 years of age it’s in remarkable condition. The 25 jewel calibre 1560 is functioning flawlessly inside the 36mm Oyster case. It’s low frequency of 18000 beats per hour is clearly visible as power pulses through the second hand. A Rolex Submariner from this era could easily exceed $50,000.00. Thunderbird Turn O Graphs are more scarce yet sell for a fraction of the price. I still feel these are the most useful watches ever produced by Rolex yet they are often overlooked and have never really shared the spotlight despite how innovative they were. Although Rolex are no longer producing the Turn O Graph I think we haven’t seen the last of them. Rolex have been know to reinvent past models. Included with purchase is a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. This classic is estate priced at $10,680.00 CAD. Stock #e13733.


1956 Rolex precision 6422 34mm, serviced, $4,100.00 CAD. e14300

Even though the Rolex pretty much had the market cornered when it came to automatic winding watches with their patented Perpetually winding watches since the 1930s, their manually wound watches were very popular until discontinued in the late 1980s. Simple, basic, robust, and reliable watches are what Rolex did best before they became the luxury product they are today. The Rolex Precision was the epitome of simple, reliable timekeeping for decades. Our latest estate Rolex is this Oyster Precision 6422 from 1956. The uncommon reference was an entry-level offering from Rolex, as it lacks a calendar feature, has a smaller 34mm size (34.5mm in reality), is manual winding, non-chronometer rated, and of nonprecious stainless steel construction. These simple Rolex Oyster Precisions have become a great way to get your feet wet in the Rolex collecting hobby. They offer a stainless steel Oyster case similar to the pricier models, the same screw-on case back/crown, low profile silhouette and are easy to wear for both men and women. The 17 jewel Rolex calibre 1210 running inside the water-resistant case beats to a leisurely 18,000 cycles per hour. This workhorse movement was based on a design dating back to the 1920s. It features shock protected balance and escape wheels, plus a handy power reserve of just shy of 2 1/2 days. These movements are known for their reliability and longevity, often going more than a decade between service cleanings. Our 6422 features rare full Arabic hour markers on a silver/parchment dial. Most examples of this reference come with arrow and stick markers. All but 2 of the luminous plots are fully intact. There are 3  small blemishes on the dial surface. We just completed a full service (May 2021) to the watch. It only required cleaning of the movement, a new case gasket, and a genuine Rolex replacement crystal. Included with the purchase is a Vibrograf report showing excellent timing results and a complimentary 1-year warranty. A new brown leather Hirsh strap completes this vintage Rolex Oyster. Estate priced at $4,100.00 CAD. Stock #e14300.


2022 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm 126000 green dial $15,300.00 CAD. 505-00218

A very wise actor once said, “it’s not easy being green”. While that statement may be true for frogs, it certainly doesn’t apply to Rolex watches. Anything green from the esteemed Swiss watch manufacturer has been incredibly popular for the last decade or so. If you’re into the Rolex hobby, you’ve seen watches like the various green bezel and green dial Submariners triple in value. Green Day-Dates are among the scarcest and most costly of the flagship model. The newly introduced green/black, left-hand GMT -Master II 126720VTNR has asking prices 4 times the current suggested retail price on the secondary market. Our latest estate watch truly embodies the spirit of Rolex. Not too big and not too small, the 36mm case has been the traditional size of the do it all Rolex for decades. The green dial hue is the perfect match for the brand’s corporate colour. The basic Oyster case with threaded crown and case back can trace its roots back to 1926 when the patented design debuted. A simple 3 segment bracelet is durable and just as timeless as the watch itself. Basic dial layout with 3 hands for timekeeping duty only, no calendar, no dual-time, and no chronograph features, just some bright luminous pigment in only the necessary locations for time interpritation in any lighting condition. This is the ultimate less is more design. The watch has never been worn, it remains in as delivered condition, the same as when originally purchased from the authorized agent. The next owner will benefit from the balance of Rolex’s 5-year international warranty expiring in the spring of 2027. The watch comes with the full complement of documents, tags, endorsed warranty card, inner/outer boxes, foam box liner, white cardboard sleeve, and even a green Rolex shopping bag. The estate price is $15,300.00 CAD. Stock #505-00218.


June 10, 2022

1977 Rolex SeaDweller 1665 “double red” $50,000.00 CAD (tax included). e11917

In the 60s and 70s Rolex wasn’t considered exclusively a luxury item or the blue chip collectible that it is today. The core Rolex clientele at the time was someone who needed a tough everyday watch that kept great time and could stand up to rugged treatment without special consideration. The revolutionary Oyster case developed in the 1920s had earned a reputation for protecting the movement against the elements. Even the dressy gold models benefited from the water resistant Oyster case. This enabled everyone from business executives to professional commercial divers a watch that could be worn from boardroom meetings to exploring a coral reef while on vacation without a second thought. Our latest showcased Oyster case equipped Rolex is a very special watch. The Submariner has always been one of the esteemed Geneva brand’s most respected and popular models. It has continued in the same basic style since introduced in 1953. The “Sub” has bucked many trends and remained constant to the original design. The SeaDweller model is basically a hyper Submariner with an astounding (for the time) water resistance rating of 2000 feet. It shares the same 40mm case diameter of the basic Submariner but it is bulkier with a thicker case and crystal. The SeaDweller debuted in the late 1960s as the ultimate tool watch for saturation divers. These professional deep water divers required spending extended periods of time in a diving bell breathing a mixture of helium in the air they breathed. Under high pressures, helium gas can build up inside the watch case. Once decompression begins high pressure helium in the watch case can cause the watch crystal to explode out from the watch. Rolex developed a built in relief valve on the side of the case to let the gas escape. The SeaDweller is the only Rolex to be equipped with this valve. Any SeaDweller is a rare watch for us to showcase. This is the very first vintage SeaDweller that Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers has ever had the opportunity to showcase. It’s one of the best and most complete examples available anywhere. It was purchased by the original and only owner in Toronto in July 1978. The original Rolex warranty card endorsed by Gordon Jewellers showing the style and serial number in its protective plastic sleeve is included. Also included is an 8-page Submariner booklet, Rolex service guarantee card from August 1983 showing the original owner’s name with watch model/serial number. Original packaging and paperwork along with a complete history are factors every collector is concerned about. We’re happy to report the inner and outer box are also supplied with purchase. In May of 2009 authorized Rolex agents, Damiani Jewellers in Woodbridge performed a service to the watch at a cost of $800.00 plus tax. The original repair slip is included. Box, papers, Rolex service card, and a single owner history come together making this SeaDweller one of the most complete and desirable available. The original bracelet was showing some wear from many years of faithful service and was replaced with a 12 link Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet date coded S AB2 (service replacement 2000). The two lines of Red text on the dial is what makes this a “Double Red”. The original dial is crisp and sharp showing virtually no patina of any kind. The service procedure every 5 to 7 years requires the mechanism to be removed from the case and the dial removed from the movement. During this process 4 of the white tipped minute markers (25, 30, 55 & 60) lost a tiny amount of the white paint. The missing white pigment has been touched up with glossy black paint.   This minor little observation is the only defect we can see on this beautiful example of a matte black Submariner dial. The hour plots and hands are perfectly matched showing no patina, cracks, or missing sections. All seven lines of white and red text are 100% complete.  An original Rolex service invoice from May 2001 shows the original owner thankfully declined the offer from Rolex to replace the dial, bezel insert, and hands. Honest original examples of sporty Rolex watches are becoming increasingly more difficult to find all the time. We’ve known of this watch for quite a while. After many years of faithful companionship, the original owner has decided it’s time to pass it along to someone new who can enjoy it for the next 40 years. The overall condition of the watch is very good showing the usual amount of wear associated with 40 plus years of careful use. The lugs are nice and thick showing the beveled age on all four sides. The silver date wheel shows the vintage open 6/9 font savvy collector always looks for. The anodized aluminum bezel insert appears original with a flat 4 and no glow pearl reference dot. This is a significant and important collectible Rolex that we’ll not likely see another as good. Estate priced at $50,000.00 CAD (tax included). Stock #e11917.

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June 9, 2022

2004 Rolex Datejust 116203 36mm (June 2022 factory service) $12,750.00 CAD. 505-00248

If only your last used car came as well documented as this watch. Buying a preowned Rolex is much the same as buying a used car, except once you’re ready to move on the Rolex is still going to be worth a bunch of money. Condition and history are paramount considerations when it comes to purchasing anything that’s had a previous owner. This 1 owner Datejust 36mm 116203 was purchased new in Kitchener Ontario in December 2004. At that time this watch had a suggested retail price of $9,580.00 CAD. 18 years later this watch is an excellent value at $12,750.00 and shouldn’t last long. It was worn as a timekeeping tool by its previous owner every day. He kept to the Rolex maintenance schedule of a complete servicing to the automatic movement every 5-years. The original service invoices are included with the package. The second service was just performed at Rolex Canada in June 2022. Since the June 22 service, the watch hasn’t been worn and still has the protective plastic service stickers on the case! Included with the recent service was a professional refinishing of the 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel case. The watch now looks practically new aside from only a little bit of sag/wear in the full length Oyster bracelet. Complete kit, 1 owner, Rolex watches are not that uncommon, but one with full factory service history is quite rare. You can rest assured the watch was serviced to Rolex’s high standards and will continue to function as a reliable luxury watch for decades to come. The classic two tone Datejust with the smooth bezel and sportier Oyster bracelet is much less common than the typical fluted bezel with the Jubilee bracelet we usually see. Needless to say, the watch comes with all its original documentation and packaging. The watch is covered by Rolex’s 2-year international service warranty. If you bought a used car 18 years ago for the cost of this watch, that car was likely scrapped ten years ago and you likely received a few hundred dollars for it. Buying a new or used Rolex often works out to be an unlikely but positive investment decision. If you’re considering buying a preowned Rolex this is a great example to consider. We’re always looking for good quality trade-ins. Bring us your old gold, silver, watches, diamonds, or other used jewellery. There is always room in our estate department for another previously enjoyed treasure. Once the Rolex service warranty expires in June of 2024, the balance of our 5-year prorated warranty will extend decreasing coverage until June 2027. This is now a retired model but the replacement model 126203 looks pretty much the same. This excellent example is estate priced at $12,750.00 CAD. Stock #505-00248.


June 4, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 36 126234 diamond dial (never worn) $17,340.00 CAD. 505-00238

It may look like a familiar watch but it’s actually somewhat new (at least by Rolex standards). Well, perhaps it is not completely new but rather an evolution of the most popular watch in the world. Much like the width of a gentleman’s tie or the length of a lady’s skirt, watch dimensions ebb and flow. This generation of the classic 36mm Datejust debuted in early 2018 with narrower lugs and slight tweaks to the case, dial, and bezel. It follows the traditional balanced look of the original 1945 Datejust. A more significant change can be found inside the 100m watertight Oyster case. The old calibre 3135 has been replaced with the all-new calibre 3235. A new movement isn’t something that happens very often for Rolex, the 3135 saw duty in the many Rolex watches from 1988 until 2019. The new movement isn’t an evolution of the 3135 as over 90% of the parts are redesigned or different. The 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), a modified barrel design that allows for a longer mainspring for an extended power reserve, a new winding module to increase efficiency, and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in-house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the mechanism. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, robust timepiece with a long 70-hour power reserve. They have even tightened up the accuracy tolerances to a claimed plus or minus of around 2 seconds per day. This Datejust is absolutely perfect in every way and has never been worn. It features the upgraded 18 karat white gold fluted bezel and factory diamond dial. The radial finish sunburst blue dial with the Oyster bracelet offers a slightly sportier look compared to the Jubilee style and the diamonds add a touch of sophisticated sparkle. Hidden under the embossed buckle is a clever extension that allows a 5mm length adjustment without the need for any tools, on days when a bit of extra room is more comfortable. At 36mm this watch is perfect for the lady who likes something a bit bigger but not a cartoon or the slim gentleman who doesn’t like the bulk of a 40mm Professional model. The watch comes with everything as delivered from the original authorized Rolex agent. Full documents, booklets, endorsed warranty card, inner/outer boxes, chronometer hang tag, foam box liner, white cardboard protective box sleeve, clear plastic bezel guard, and even a large Rolex shopping bag. There are still many of the original protective plastic stickers on the buckle, case back, and lugs. The next owner will benefit from the 5-year international Rolex warranty until the spring of 2027. While not as difficult to find as a Daytona or Submariner, a stainless steel with white gold, blue dial Datejust is not a watch seen often in the showcase of your local Rolex agent. This brand new, never worn, perfect condition Datejust 126234 is estate priced at $17,340.00 CAD. Stock #505-00238


April 24, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 41 126333 “Wimbledon”. Like New. $19,490.00 CAD. 505-00244

Rolex and tennis have had an official association dating back to 1978 when they became the official timer of Wimbledon. That year Björn Borg took the title in straight sets. To this day you can see Björn in Rolex marketing material. Rolex and prestigious sporting events go hand in hand. Our newest estate Rolex has unofficially acquired its nickname “The Wimbledon” among the Rolex enthusiast community. This version is a 2022 model and has only been worn a handful of times. I strongly suspect the unusual dial combination of printed two-tone Roman numbers against a dark grey radial finish would have come and gone with little fanfare as merely a DateJust II experiment if it was not for the unofficial promotion generated over the past few years. The original Datejust II was discontinued after only a few years but the peculiar dial has carried on with the new Datejust 41 126333 and is now sought after. The basic rhodium dial has always been a consistent seller but adding the printed Roman numerals was a curious departure for the uber-conservative Rolex brand. The green framed, black Roman numerals are painted on so think they actually have height. And what’s with that giant single luminous marker at 9:00 o’clock? To some, it balances the 3:00 o’clock date aperture; to others, it just looks out of place. In the dark, you’ll need to train your eyes to realize this point of reference is 9:00 o’clock, not 12:00 o’clock. Either way, you look at it, this is a striking dial that is sure to get noticed. The current model really began its rise to popularity when Rolex ambassador Roger Federer was pictured wearing a version at one of his many victories. Our latest estate Rolex also features the popular and more sporty Oyster link bracelet. Concealed under the buckle is the Rolex “EasyLink”. This clever link allows a 5mm extension for those days when a touch more room makes the perfect fit. A large 41mm Rolex with a hard to find dial is obviously a look the market is seeking as these sell on the secondary market for a significant premium over new. The watch is completely original and 100% untouched, not even a screw has been removed to adjust the length of the bracelet. An endorsed warranty card and all packaging are included with the purchase. The factory warranty with cover the next owner until early 2027. The watch comes with inner/outer boxes, instructions, warranty card, service booklet, foam box liner, hang tags, protective cardboard sleeve, and even a Rolex shopping bag.  Estate priced at $19,490.00 CAD (trade-ins are welcomed). Stock #505-00244.

SOLD


April 23, 2022

2022 Rolex Air-King 126900 40mm (never worn) $13,990.00 CAD. 505-00267

The Rolex Air-King has been around in one form or another for over 75 years. The basic looking oyster cased Rolex was first labeled Air-King as a tribute to Britain’s Royal Air Force who participated in the battle of Britain. RAF pilots at the time preferred using the Rolex oyster over the standard issue lower quality watches. The robust design and relatively large case size (for the era) made it the perfect pilot tool for quick time interpretation. Not to mention, the entry level Rolex was a far superior offering to anything standard issue for Royal Air Force pilots. After the 34mm Air-King was discontinued in 2014 it appeared that one of the longest running models from Rolex was gone forever. Rolex is known to revive past models with an injection of new style and new technology, and the new Air-King 126900 is the result and the most current offering. The 2022 model has a few updates over last year’s 116900. The large threaded crown is now protected with a crown guard case extension, and the five minute dial marker has gained a zero in front that better balances the look with the other minute markers. It’s ready for the next few generations of pilots or those who just love the style and tradition that is the Rolex Air-King. Gone is the rather small 34mm case, replaced by a 40mm version. If the larger Oyster case didn’t catch your attention the incredible dial has got everyone talking. Although some feel the mix of the highly polished white gold 3,6 and 9 hour markers mixed with large painted 05, 10, 20, 25….. minute markers is a little busy looking, I just love it. It certainly is a departure from the basic stick or Arabic/stick combo of previous generation Air-Kings. The look is unique and still very purposeful. Luminous Mercedes style hands are far larger and easier to read than any set previously fitted. Along with the new case is the newest automatic calibre 3230, equipped with an antimagnetic shield protecting it from strong magnetic fields. This ultra high precision movement easily exceeds the minimum standards for chronometer rating at an incredible +/- 2 seconds per day according to Rolex. It also boasts a longer 70-hour power reserve. This watch was purchased new in the summer of 2022 but never used. It comes with an authorized dealer endorsed 5-year international warranty card, the original inner/outer boxes, Rolex shopping bag, instruction booklet, hang tags, and all other documentation. The watch remains perfect in every way, without a scuff or blemish.  This watch, along with every other gent’s professional model is almost impossible to find anywhere. We’re always looking for interesting trades. Take advantage of the strong Rolex market and offset some sales tax with your trade. It’s been a few years since the last 40mm Air-King made an appearance in our estate department. We don’t expect this one will last too long. Never worn and ready to go, priced at $13,990.00 CAD. Stock #505-00267.

SOLD


April 22, 2022

2022 Rolex Explorer 36mm 124270 never worn $10,875.00 CAD. 505-00274

A classic Rolex that debuted in the 1950s. This is the ultimate field watch. The Rolex Explorer got its name after Sir Edmund Hillary wore one on his quest to be the first person to successfully climb to the peak of Mount Everest. Ever since it has been a top choice for adventurous people who want the pinnacle in absolute functional timekeeping. Crafted in Switzerland in the Rolex factory using very expensive 904L stainless steel that contains molybdenum. This exotic element makes the Explorer extra resistant to corrosive salt water and other types of chemical exposure. Large luminous markers make low light/no light time interpretation a snap. The Arabic 3,6 and 9 add to the clear clean functional nature of this watch. Purchased new in the summer of 2022 this watch remains unworn. All aspects of the watch are perfect. At 36mm diameter, this Explorer is not one of those jumbo watches you can’t fit under a shirt cuff. It’s on the smaller size for a gents sporty watch but for a smaller gentleman’s wrist, it’s perfectly proportioned. Women too love the absolute function this model offers. There are not many nicer dials than that of a Rolex Explorer. The thin polished bezel makes the watch appear a little larger in person. Screw down crown and case back keep this watch watertight to a depth of 300 feet. Model 124270 was introduced in 2021 and takes two steps forward and one step back in design and technology. The new model comes with an ungraded movement that showcases a longer 70 power reserve, with greater accuracy compared to the last 36mm model, solid links, locking buckle, and EasyLink bracelet extension. For around 10 years (2010-2021) Rolex dropped the traditional 36mm Explorer and replaced it with a 39mm version, which proved to be very popular, maybe even more successful than the 36mm. For 2021 this model returned to its roots with the 36mm case size in a surprising move by Rolex Tradition runs deep with Rolex, despite the success of the 39mm it has been retired in favor of the perfectly balanced historically correct 36mm size. This never worn Explorer comes with the original packaging, warranty card, instructions, booklets, plastic chronometer tag, product/serial number tag, foam box liner, white cardboard sleeve, booklet/card holder, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The Rolex 5-year international warranty with cover the next owner until the summer of 2027. This watch is estate priced at $10,875.00 CAD. Stock #505-00274.

SOLD

 


April 21, 2022

2020 Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 79500 blue dial 36mm $3,125.00 CAD. 505-00270

Building on the success of the Heritage Black Bay, Tudor introduced a slightly more subtle sporting watch called the Heritage Black Bay 36. The smaller watch offers most of its larger siblings’ features in a moderate 36mm case size. A smooth polished bezel replaces the ratcheting timing bezel found on the larger Black Bay. The dressier design actually makes for a more distinctive look than the popular but ubiquitous diver design. Much the same as the Rolex Explorer is to the Submariner, the Black Bay 36 isn’t trying to do much other than be a pure time interpreting tool built of the right stuff. Large luminous hands and hour markers against a glossy navy blue dial are the epitome of legibility in any situation. Synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, deployment buckle with safety flip lock on a heavy duty solid link stainless steel bracelet should get the job done under all conditions. The distinctive snowflake hour hand and connected minute track are Tudor’s obvious nod to the Tudor/Rolex Submariners of the past, after all this is a Heritage model. Gone is the Tudor rose logo found on the original re-issued Black Bay models but curiously Tudor is still using the traditional logo on the threaded crown. This example is in very good condition. It was delivered to the original owner in September 2020 from an Alberta authorized agent. Showing evidence of wear in the form of small scuffs/scratches on the case, bezel, and bracelet. The watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. If you wish we would be happy to provide complimentary refinishing and polishing should you want it to look like new. It is covered by the Rolex/Tudor 5-year international warranty that will protect the next owner until September of 2025. Comes complete with all the original packaging, endorsed warranty card, instructions, and product price tag. Estate priced at $3,125.00 CAD. Stock #505-00270.

SOLD


Dec. 2020 Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 39mm 79303B extra strap & stickers. $3,700.00 CAD. 505-00250

 

Why mess with a winning formula. The ever-expanding Tudor Black Bay series of watches has been the most popular since the line was introduced back in 2012. The vintage inspired look put Tudor squarely back in the spotlight after decades of low visibility in the North American market. Omega, Tag-Heuer, and Breitling controlled the mid-level price points. The vast resources of Rolex (Tudor parent company) did a remarkable job re-establishing the brand to an eager group of watch enthusiasts who had all but written them off. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight was introduced a few years ago and has been a popular addition to the line. It is usually sold out and on back order since it was released. Its slightly smaller 39mm case size is more manageable for everyday use compared to the bulkier 41mm Black Bay. Aside from the size, the 58 is pretty much of the same specification. The in house MT5602 manufactured 25 jewel automatic Swiss-made movement is keeping excellent time. This proprietary chronometer rated mechanism comes standard with an extended 70-hour extended power reserve. In the past, Tudor watches used movements made by other companies. The MT5602 is the first mechanism developed and manufactured by Tudor for use in Tudor watches. These watches are extremely popular with most being delivered to clients who have had their names on a waiting list for a long time. Our latest estate example is in like new condition showing practically no evidence of use. There are still protective delivery stickers on the case edges. It comes with the original packaging, documents, and even an invoice for the purchase of an optional NATO nylon Tudor strap and buckle ($200.00). As an unusual accessory, the original purchaser was somehow able to obtain the protective plastic hinged delivery box. I’ve never seen one of these foam lined boxes with an estate watch before. This watch was purchased in December of 2020 models and carries the balance of the Tudor 5-year warranty. Estate priced at $3,700.00 CAD. Stock #505-00250.

SOLD

 


April 20, 2022

1999 Rolex 16610 Submariner with box & papers $15,300.00 CAD. e14667 505-213

In over 60 years of business, we’ve sold millions of dollars worth of preowned Rolex that today are worth many multiples of that. We’ve sold hand-wind Daytonas from the 1960s for well under $20,000.00 that are 6-figure watches today.e14667 Early Submariners have passed through our doors for $5,000.00, which are now easily worth 10 times that.e14667 The demand for sports Rolex watches is stronger than ever, especially for current ceramic bezel models. The vintage market is also seeing robust interest with strong pricing for complete, documented examples. Many vintage watch experts feel the 16610 Submariner is a watch to keep an eye on. They are the last Submariners to come equipped with an aluminum bezel insert, traditional symmetry, and the 40mm size of the classics from the 1950s and 60s. Produced for close to 25 years there are plenty of them out there. This one model has seen many upgrades over its run. Luminous hands and markers have transitioned from tritium to luminova. The early tritium examples lose their ability to luminesce after 20-25 years. Newer luminova models like this one should phosphoresce for many more decades. Drilled lugs of the early Submariners gave way to solid, stamped bracelet end links to machined, sheet steel diver extension to solid, and serial number engraving moved from between the lugs to rehaut rings that frame the dial, are some of the upgrades to the 16610 throughout its long run. Our latest estate Rolex has most of the older details aside from glowing luminova that appeared in the very late 1990s. This watch has been carefully worn by its previous owner and exhibits the fine detail that can get worn away over time if used irresponsibly or overly polished. The beveled edges on the lugs are present (although slightly softened), the embossed buckle logo is about as good as you could expect for a 33-year-old watch, and the crystal shows no chips or scratches of any kind. The watch was serviced at Rolex Canada in December of 2017 and comes with a record of service document/card. It also comes with the coveted punched paper warranty/chronometer certificate showing date of purchase on March 23, 2000, from Goldfinger Jewellers in St. Martin. The watch is running great, with all functions operating as designed. Including complimentary a 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated 5 years), this classic Rolex Submariner is priced at $15,300.00 CAD. Stock #e14667 505-00213.

SOLD


April 19, 2022

2007 Rolex Air-King 114234 34mm (rare dial) full set $8,180.00 CAD. e13110 505-00168

I love the more modern Air-King models. All the upgrades that Rolex have incorporated to the cases, bracelets, dials, movements, and crystals over the decades come together on these “entry” level Air-Kings. When the Air-King debuted in 1945 it was a durable, relatively inexpensive watch that stood up to harsh conditions better than anything else available at the time. The Air-King soldiered on in the same basic 34mm form until it was retired around 2014. Our latest pre-owned Rolex is an early version of the last of the 34mm versions dating from 2007. This example is noteworthy for a few reasons. The solid 18 karat gold fluted bezel (exclusive to the Air-King on only model 114234) gives this Air-King that familiar Rolex look that people are accustomed to seeing on the more expensive Datejust and Day-Date models. The rhodium dial with black Roman numerals is unusual and quite sophisticated looking. The jet black, printed text is so thick it actually shows some height. Solid 18 karat gold cubes within the minute track plot out the hours and add some extra reflective bling to the dial. The last of the Air-King 34s also ushered in “Superlative Chronometer” certification to the calibre 3130 already in use for some years. Chronometer designation means each movement has been independently timed under challenging conditions, monitored for 10 days to keep time better than plus 6 to 4 seconds per day. For a completely analogue micro mechanical machine this sort of accuracy is achievable by only the finest brands. Solid link Oyster bracelets have replaced the hollow links of earlier models and mechanically locking, spring loaded buckles are now standard over the old interference fit snapping clasp. The classic Air-King was every bit the equal to the rest of the Rolex lineup. That all changed in 2014 when the 34mm Air-King was phased out. It has since been replaced by the simpler looking 34mm Rolex Perpetual 114200 which is priced at $5,900.00 CAD. Nice watch, but gone is the luxury of an 18 karat fluted bezel and only basic stick hour markers or combination stick/Arabic markers are available on a variety of dial colours. This rare dial Rolex is in original condition and is believed to be in un-restored condition. Only a few light scratches on the Oyster link bracelet and buckle show signs of use. The watch was delivered in Ontario to its original owner in October of 2007. Including a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is priced at $8,180.00 CAD. Stock #e13110 505-00168

SOLD

 


April 18, 2022

2004 Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 40mm. $35,000.00 CAD. e14551 505-00136

In this crazy Rolex market, I think there are still a few good values to be had. Forget about finding an inexpensive Daytona or Submariner. That ship sailed away years ago. Those are the 2 most sought-after models that Rolex makes. On Chrono-24 alone there are currently over 11,000 for sale. Most of them are ridiculously overpriced and don’t have a hope of selling. I guess the optimistic owners are hoping to catch a bid from someone who wants one at any cost. Current stainless steel Submariners have asking prices of close to twice the retail price, and Daytonas have asking prices of triple retail. Any of the solid gold sports models have more sensible pricing when preowned, especially when you consider their original retail price. None more so than the uncommon and beautiful Yacht-Master. The dressiest of the Rolex sports models comes with a unique sandblasted finish on the two-way rotating bezel. This is only the 3rd solid gold Yacht-Master to grace our estate showcase and the first with this beautiful navy blue dial. The maxi hands and dial markers provide excellent contrast against the dark dial, even in complete darkness. The softer blue is far more subtle than the bright, royal blue found on a Submariner. A splash of red text is applied so thick it actually shows height. This watch is in excellent condition showing little wear, and absolutely no stretch or sag in the bracelet. It will accommodate a 7 1/2 plus inch wrist with a little extra room to spare. The crown rotates close to 1 1/2 turns before the winding position. Some light scratches and scuffs are visible mostly on the bracelet and can be removed with a light polish if you wish. As always we try to leave our estate watches in original, as presented condition. Every time a polishing wheel touches a scratched surface a small amount of metal is removed to smooth the surface. The more this process is repeated, the more gold or steel is removed, eventually rounding off the edges and details of the original design. As a testament to the light use this was has seen, a factory applied protective green sticker on the case back is still attached. The watch comes with its full complement of adjustable links. Weighing in at 177.8 grams you’ll know you are wearing something very special. Compared to a Submariner or Daytona a solid gold Yacht-Master is definitely not something seen every day. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty this watch is estate priced at $35,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14551 505-00136.

SOLD

 


April 17, 2022

2015 Tudor North Flag Chronometer 91210N $5,000.00 CAD. 505-00266

When the Tudor North Flag debuted, it was a game changer for the brand that has always lived in the background of its parent company Rolex. I can’t believe it has been 7 years since the Tudor in-house developed MT5621 movement debuted in the North Flag. Perhaps it was by necessity that Tudor was forced to develop their our mechanisms. Rival company The Swatch Group had supplied movements for Tudor from their ETA movement division for years. There are obvious commercial disadvantages when the competition supplies the single most important component for your products. With the vast resources of parent company Rolex behind them, Tudor created a movement without rivals at this price point. This is the first certified chronometer from Tudor. The chronometer designation is the Swiss benchmark for accuracy, usually associated with much more expensive watches than what Tudor usually offers. When initially offered this watch had a Canadian retail price of only $3,980.00 CAD. For under $4,000.00 there isn’t another watch with this technology. The 28 jewel MT5621 mechanism offers a long 70-hour power reserve, a silicon hairspring that is unaffected by strong magnetic fields, a power reserve display, a 31-day calendar, and a beautiful pierced rotor that displays sandblasted plates and bridges. The movement is both supremely functional and pretty to look at too. Tudor must clearly be proud of their achievement as they have also equipped the North Flag with a transparent display case-back, a feature you normally never see with Rolex/Tudor products. The threaded case-back and threaded crown allow a water resistance rating of 100 meters. The 40mm case wears a little bigger than the size suggests, it lacks a thick bezel that makes the matt finish dial appear a little larger. The dial is nicely balanced with large luminous hour markers (Arabic 12/6), a date display in the 3:00 position, and the 70-hour power reserve display at 9:00. This example is a very early model as it was delivered to the original owner in the fall of 2015. It comes fully documented with the original bill of sale, fully endorsed warranty card, instructions, document holder, inner/outer boxes, and a white cardboard sleeve. This watch is almost 7 years old but looks like it’s only 7 days old. The previous owner was very careful wearing this was in rotation with others in his collection. It remains in its original condition, it has not been refinished or polished in any way. There are minor scuffs and scratches on the bracelet/buckle, but the case is almost perfect despite its sharp lug edges. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to include a complimentary 1-year warranty for the next owner. This watch is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00266.

SOLD


April 16, 2022

2022 Rolex Yacht-Master 126622 blue dial (never worn) $19,900.00 CAD. 505-00268

Sometimes a weak Canadian dollar is actually a good thing. For many years now the Canadian dollar has been significantly lower compared to the U.S. dollar. International brands like  Rolex usually have price adjustments in local currencies to keep their products priced close in dollar-adjusted terms all over the world. Canadian authorized agents and customers have speculated for quite a while that Rolex is about to increase prices in Canada again to compensate for the weak currency. Well, it still hasn’t happened making Rolex products in Canada among the lowest priced in the world. That doesn’t mean buying a Rolex watch isn’t expensive. It just means buying one here is 10% less costly compared to buying one in the U.S.A. (15% less expensive once you consider the 5% duty levied on imported Swiss watches brought into Canada). That all sounds fine and dandy but many models are very difficult to find in Canada. We speculate that many Rolex watches are shipped to more lucrative markets with stronger currencies such as the U.S. or sold locally in Switzerland. All of the most popular gents’ professional models are scarce here and usually available only by placing your name on a waiting list that can extend over a year in many cases. We’ve noticed the scarcity too. The sporting models like the Submariner, Daytona, GMT II Master, Explorer, Yacht-Master, etc. almost never show up like they used to. When a sporty does show up it’s a real treat. When a super hot almost impossible to find model like the Yacht-Master 126622 in navy blue turns up that’s never been worn, we think we must be dreaming. This is the first of the newest generation 126622 Yacht-Master to appear in our estate department. The 40mm case size is the same as a Submariner and the traditional size of all the professional series of Rolex watches. It was purchased new at an authorized agent in the summer 2022 by an avid watch aficionado collector customer of ours but has never been worn. It remains in 100% perfect, untouched condition, without a scratch, scuff, or blemish of any kind. It comes complete with the full complement of adjusting links, endorsed authorized agent 5-year warranty, instructions, paper hang tag, inner/outer box, cardboard sleeve, foam liner, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The official Rolex 5-year international warranty will cover the next owner until the summer of 2027. We’re always looking for interesting trades, bring us a sellable trade in and offset some sales tax. This never worn Yacht-Master is estate priced at $19,900.00 CAD. Stock number 505-00268.

SOLD


April 15, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 36 126231 with slate dial. $16,300.00 CAD. 505-000234

Rolex calls the Datejust “The Classic Watch of Reference”. That sentence truly describes how the world views the look of traditional timekeeping. As far as iconic watches go, the Datejust sets the mark. Despite the fact that this model has been around for over 75 years as one of the most popular, Rolex always manages to surprise us with a combination we wouldn’t normally consider. This is the first example to come through in 18 karat rose gold, stainless steel, with a beautiful “slate” dial. The dial isn’t silver and it certainly isn’t black. Depending on the lighting, there is a slight brown hue to this unique dial. The 18 karat rose gold hands and markers really bring out the subtle colours of this dial. Perfect white text proudly proclaims what this watch is. A traditional solid 18 karat fluted bezel brings home the look of Rolex on the 36mm Oyster case. Fitted with the casual and slightly sportier Oyster bracelet make this watch an everyday accessory, suitable for the gentleman looking for a classic size or the lady who likes something a bit bigger. Locking buckle with 3 positions micro adjustment and the Rolex “Easylink” when a bit of extra length is more comfortable. Watertight to over 300 feet, super tough sapphire crystal, 31-day calendar, second hand, and large luminous hands/markers are in keeping with the everyday usefulness of the Datejust. This is a watch you could wear for the rest of your life and hopefully will be. It is a previously owned, but never worn, 2022 model. Purchased in the spring but never used or even adjusted in length. It remains 100% original and in perfect condition, not displaying even the slightest blemish. Comes with the balance of a 5-year international warranty, every bit of original packaging, and documentation that came with it when first delivered, plus a Rolex shopping bag. If you’d like to upgrade your old Rolex, bring in your trade. We’re always interested in older Rolex watches of every model. This Datejust 126231 is preowned priced at $16,300.00 CAD. Stock #505-00234.

SOLD


April 11, 2022

1995 Rolex Submariner 16613 with papers. $17,800.00 CAD. e11140

You’ve wanted one for years, perhaps decades, and you’ve watched the prices creep higher every year. You’ve been tempted but never made the plunge because you think a better, less expensive example will eventually turn up. Well, I’ve got news for you; a Rolex Submariner has always been highly coveted and there is no such thing as a cheap one. Rolex watches and real estate only look inexpensive in hindsight. Here is an opportunity to purchase a very nice example that represents good value. This classic 16613 blue dial 18 karat and steel model dates from 1995. It was purchased in Aruba in the late winter of 1995 and carefully worn for the last 27 years. It’s naturally showing evidence of use, mostly in the form of small scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet. The bracelet shows practically zero stretch and almost no sag. The 18 karat gold-capped crown has close to 2 full turns before it pops out to the winding position. The royal blue anodized bezel insert is in like-new condition, showing only microscopic blemishes. This watch becomes more attractive when you consider that it comes with the original endorsed paperwork and accessories (no box). The best feature of this classic 16613 is the perfect dial, hands, and markers. Sometimes these dials from the 1980s and 90s have a colour shift in either direction of the spectrum. Often the older models will colour shift to a more violet/blue, almost purple hue. This watch has gone the other direction and become a slightly less saturated navy blue. This more subtle colour is very complimentary with the rich 18 karat gold bezel and bracelet sections. The original tritium hands and hour markers are still quite white, showing little patina despite being over a quarter of a century of age. The watch comes with a Royal De Versailles insurance appraisal from the spring of 2015. Rolex has recently introduced a couple of new two-tone, 18 karat yeIlow gold and stainless steel sports watches. With Rolex once again promoting the two-tone look, I think classic models like this will see renewed interest among collectors. The current replacement version model 126613LB comes with a suggested retail price of $17,300.00. Our master watchmaker just completed a full technical revision (January 2022) to the movement and replaced all the gaskets. After its service, the watch was subjected to vacuum/pressure testing and final regulating/timing adjustments. Water resistance and Vibrograf reports are included for the next owner. A one-year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty should give you the confidence to tick this item off your personal bucket list. This watch is estate priced at $17,800.00 CAD. Stock #e11140.

SOLD

 


April 10, 2022

Rolex Air-King 5500 34mm $4,200.00 CAD. e11718

Classic, all original Rolex Air-King Oyster Perpetual. This is a great watch to get your feet wet in the Rolex collecting world before jumping into a 5 figure professional. The automatic movement was cleaned and lubricated in October 2019 and hasn’t been worn since. It is ready for the next 5 to 7 years of trouble free service before its next maintenance interval. At 53 years old this 1969 Rolex is showing some dents and dings in the original 7205 riveted bracelet. The buckle appears original and is stamped with the date coded to the 3rd quarter of 1970. Even though the Air-King was an entry level offering our master watchmaker was able to tune the vintage movement to perform well within chronometer specifications at plus 4 seconds per day. 34mm diameter watches like this can be worn by men or women. A vintage 34 looks perfect on the fashionable feminine wrist. This watch will never be mistaken for new as the telltale dome of the plastic crystal and lighter construction of the folded link bracelet are dead giveaways to its vintage nature. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this vintage watch is priced at $4,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11718.

SOLD

 


April 9, 2022

2001 Rolex Submariner 14060 (Rolex Canada agent endorsement) $15,800.00 CAD. 505-00241

Everyone loves a good story with estate items and this 14060 Submariner was an interesting one. Submariners without a date function are the purest examples of what the first few generations of the world’s most famous sports watch are all about. Submariners without the 3 0’clock date window offer the most perfectly balanced and most purposeful look.  I’d estimate we only see one no date Submariners for every 4 or 5 Submariner date models that come in. That fact alone makes no date Submariners a bit more appealing for many. How this Submariner was acquired by the first owner is the interesting part. The original owner brought his Tudor watch to Rolex Canada for routine servicing. The story goes that when the management of Rolex saw the Tudor they explained it was a rare model and would like it for their museum. They offered the Tudor owner a brand new 2021 Submariner 14060 if he would like to trade. I guess it was an offer he couldn’t refuse and he made the trade. Minutes later he walked out with this Submariner. The most interesting aspect of the story is the Rolex Canada endorsement of the original punched papers. Rolex has a small dedicated network of authorized retail agents that Rolex fiercely protects with geographic exclusivity. Rolex also controls distribution with ruthless efficiency, no one sells a new Rolex to the original retail purchaser except an authorized retail agent partner. If you go into Rolex Canada and ask about a new watch, they will politely direct you to your local authorized agent without exception. In the many years we’ve been selling estate and unworn Rolex watches, we’ve never seen a warranty/chronometer document that was endorsed by Rolex themselves. Other than the unique warranty card the rest of this watch is standard issue stuff. It appears original and unpolished, showing evidence of use in the form of scuffs, scratches, and dings to the case and bracelet. The most significant mark is a small dent at the 22 minutes mark on the black aluminum bezel insert. This bezel isn’t an expensive component and can easily be replaced as a service item the next time the watch goes to Rolex for maintenance. The 11 link Oyster bracelet equipped with a locking clasp and diver’s extension shows only minor sag and the embossed logo on the buckle has excellent relief. The buckle is correctly date code stamped  DE3 for 2001. Included with the watch are the original inner/outer boxes with model sticker, pillow, blanket, 2001-2002 calendar, card holder, instructions, and of course the Rolex Canada endorsed paperwork with black cardboard liner and green sleeve. Also included with the package is a period correct Rolex brochure showing many other Rolex models from 2001 and pricing, The no date Submariner 14060 had a suggested retail price of just $4,970.00 CAD back in 2001. Including a complimentary 1-year warranty this watch is estate priced at $15,800.00 CAD. Stock #505-00241.

SOLD


April 8, 2022

1997 Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 Mother of pearl diamond sapphire dial $38,888.00 CAD. e13120 505-00161

A strategically purchased watch can be a decent investment and sometimes it can be a home run, especially if it’s a Rolex sports model. We can give you many examples of Rolex we’ve sold over the years that have appreciated numerous times over the price we sold them for. Without exception, every single “Professional” model has seen significant gains over the last decade, some more than others, with the Daytona, GMT-Master II and Submariner leading the group. Even the super luxury models like this solid 18 karat gold Rolex Yacht-Master have become quite a bit more valuable. The last time we had a similar example was 13 years ago when we sold a perfect condition 2002 model for less than $20,000.00 when it was just 5 years old. This example is in very good condition but is actually 5 years older dating from 1997. The original Yacht-Master debuted in 1992 as a luxury alternative to the pure function of the Submariner. Initially, only solid gold versions like this were offered. Compared to Submariners and Sea-Dwellers the Yacht-Master has a slightly softer outline with turned down lugs, a thinner profile, solid gold two-way rotating bezel and a more modest water resistance rating of “only” 300 feet. What it does share with the traditional Submariner is the famous oyster case, TripLock crown with guards, marine style hands, oyster bracelet, FlipLock buckle, and the same automatic winding calibre 3135 movement. This is a rarely encountered model with the super scarce factory-supplied white mother of pearl, diamond, and sapphire dial. This optional upgrade added over $5,000.00 to the basic cost. This particular example is equipped with the now legislated out of existence tritium hands as indicated by the “T” text at the bottom of the dial. As with all Rolex watches only the finest quality components will do. The silver/white mother of pearl dial shimmers with life and colour with even the slightest movement. 8 Virtually flawless single cut diamonds set within solid 18 karat yellow gold bezels plot out the hours along with custom cut royal blue sapphires. 6 lines of text in red and black are executed with printing precision that can only be revealed under magnification. The bright red print is so thick it actually sits high reflecting white from the rounded surface tension edges (yes watch nerds get excited about such seemingly trivial details). For a 24-year-old watch, the condition is very good. The watch exhibits virtually no areas of measurable wear. The beautifully embossed/sandblasted bezel is sharp and crisp, and the 12 link Oyster bracelet shows no stretch or sag. All the polished sections are bright and shiny, brushed areas show a perfectly contrasting flat finish. Even the raised coronet buckle logo shows excellent detail. This is one of the first areas to show wear and tear. The only small blemish is a small scratch on the sapphire crystal at 8:00 o’clock. This small blemish goes virtually unnoticed against the light coloured dial. Rolex no longer offers a yellow gold Yacht-Master on a bracelet like this. A current 18 karat rose gold 40mm Yacht-Master on rubber strap 126655 is $33,100.00; the much larger 44mm 116688 Yacht-Master II priced at $51,450.00. A close alternative is a 40mm gold Submariner 126618LN for $44,750.00 but it comes with a simple dial and non-precious ceramic bezel insert. If you were able to add an exotic mother of pearl, diamond, and sapphire dial the price would have to be over $50,000.00. Comes with June 2019, Damiani Jewellers (Rolex authorized agent) Certificate of Appraisal and Rolex box  We are happy to offer a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated to 5 years) for the new owner covering all aspects of mechanical failure. Priced at $38,888.00. CAD. Stock #e13120 505-00161.

SOLD

 

 


April 7, 2022

1968 Rolex Datejust 1603, dark grey dial with black text, full kit, $7,900.00 CAD. e14432 505-00121

Besides a hammer or screwdriver, I can’t think of many consumer products that after over 50 years of faithful service are still useful, reliable, and have residual value. A stainless steel Rolex Datejust is the definitive “tool” of wristwatches today and when the model was introduced way back in 1945. These do it all watches are Rolex’s best sellers, they come in countless different configurations of bracelets, bezels, dials, and metal choices. The entry-level stainless steel versions have always been the collector/enthusiast’s favorite. Our latest vintage DJ is interesting on several levels, the most obvious in how complete the package is. Getting a watch in the original box is always a treat, but when that box is this nice after well over 50 years, it makes the presentation quite special. Even the protective outer box is here. A previous owner coloured the edges of the box where the green had worn off, they obviously wanted the outer box to look as nice as the inner. I suppose you can always find an old Rolex box if you are missing the original, but you can’t ever duplicate the original paperwork documentation, and this watch has it. The 30-page warranty/instruction booklet bears the serial number 1943697 pierced through the centre tear-out pages. The booklet goes on to document Rolex notable achievements through 1968 (the year this watch was made). Finding a vintage Rolex that comes with the actual chronometer testing certificate is something we’ve only seen a few times. The Swiss Institute For Official Chronometer Tests outlines the specific timing results of this actual watch. The tests lasted 15 days, completed on March 4, 1969. The movement was tested in 5 different positions at 3 different temperatures. At the end of the exhaustive testing, the movement ran to an average of just 4.1 seconds per day fast (well within specification). Even more remarkable than the rare chronometer testing results, this watch comes with the original embossed, foil price tag ($275,00) and “swimpruf” tag, which also displays the matching serial number and price. These rare accessories are also almost never seen. The original made in USA Jubilee bracelet is showing significant wear and stretch but remains in wearable condition with years left of use remaining. My favorite aspect of the watch is the dark grey radial finish dial. The hue is almost identical to the contemporary Rolex “rhodium”  colour dial. The black text almost disappears against the dark grey. I suspect this dial was originally a light silver, but over the years somehow colour shifted to the dark grey you see today. Rolex always uses strong contrasting text on their dials. Black text on dark grey isn’t their normal practice. Overall dial condition is excellent, all tritium hour plots are fully intact, and matching hands appear original. The engine turned bezel is a style that Rolex no longer offers. The finely machined bezel still displays its original subtle detail. We believe only the date-ring and crystal are factory replacement items. We recently completed a full overhaul and service to the 52 year old mechanism in September of 2021. The watch is running great, keeping excellent time with all functions operating as designed. Estate priced at $7,900.00 CAD. Stock #e14432 505-00121

SOLD

 


April 5, 2022

1972 Rolex Datejust 1603 Sigma dial $5,800.00 CAD. e11279 505-00236

The tone on tone look is about being understated. Simple silver dial with stick hour markers are basic in design but effective in practice and make a confident statement. At 45 years old this classic Datejust 1603 is looking great. The previous owner submitted the watch to Rolex Canada in January 2016 for an authenticity report that is included. Rolex determined the case, bracelet and movement are all authentic. Our close inspection revealed the 18 karat white gold hands and the date ring are likely newer service replacements. Many times on watches this old the dial can show moisture damage, stains, or scratches. We are happy to report the silver “sigma” tritium dial is completely original. A sigma dial refers to the tiny circular marks that appear beside the SWISS or SWISS MADE on watch dials made in the 1970s. The little marks are actually the lower case Greek letter sigma. This logo was selected by some Swiss manufacturers to indicate that the dial markers/hands were actually made from gold not simply electroplated over base metals. The sigma logo was partially introduced to help demonstrate the value of traditional high-end Swiss mechanical watches compared to new much less expensive quartz technology beginning to cut into Swiss watch sales. A watch with a sigma dial was something that set itself apart from the crowd. With rising gold prices in the 70s, this was something people could identify with. The upper case Ts on our example is there to signify the luminous circular plots on the dial are made of tritium. Tritium hasn’t been used on Rolex dials for around 20 years or so; these dials too are becoming scarce over time. To anyone outside the vintage watch collecting world, these tiny dial details seem irrelevant but to serious collectors, they can impact values by many thousands of dollars in some cases. The rest of the watch is pretty classic Rolex stuff. 36mm oyster case, original U.S.A made jubilee bracelet date coded 12-1970, steel bezel, plastic crystal, chronometer rated automatic calibre 1570 movement. The watch is running great keeping excellent time with all functions operating as designed. Excellent overall condition especially considering this watch was made 45 years ago. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, the watch is estate priced at $5,800.00 CAD. Stock #e11279 505-00236.

SOLD

 

 

 


April 3, 2022

Rolex Milgauss 16400GV with Everest strap. $12,500.00 CAD. 505-00181

If you have the means, Rolex makes a watch for every man and every woman. Traditional Rolex watches are robustly made from the best components available and are considered the most reliable of any Swiss-made watch. The basic styles are suitable for almost any activity you may subject them to. There are however a few watches within the Rolex model line that have been engineered for use during some very specialized tasks. These models are known within Rolex circles as professionals. The Sea-Dweller comes to mind as a purpose-built professional diving tool that is water-tight to depths of 12,800 feet and comes with an automatic helium escape valve. Our featured professional Rolex is this black dial Milgauss. This is perhaps an even more specialized piece of equipment. The original Milgauss was introduced in 1956 as an answer to problems encountered when mechanical watches were exposed to strong magnetic fields. The introduction of the Milgauss allowed scientists to wear a watch while working in environments with extreme magnetic fields. Without magnetic protection, performing your job in strong magnetic fields would render a regular watch useless or unreliable at best. Rolex has gone to extraordinary measures in order to shield the calibre 3131 from the effects of magnetism. A special inner liner inside the Oyster case made from a proprietary Rolex blend of metals keeps the movement running within chronometer specifications even under extreme magnetic field conditions. Our latest example is in very good condition. An additional light polish/refinishing and an ultrasonic cleaning would have it looking practically new if you choose. The black dial, orange lightning bolt second hand, and tinted green sapphire crystal make this an unmistakable model, to say the least. When the light grows dim the Milgauss’ luminous hands and oversized markers strongly glow making excellent nighttime legibility. Our latest estate Rolex comes with a very cool green rubber strap by Everest. These high-quality Swiss-made accessory straps give watches like the Milgauss a completely different personality. They are specifically fitted for various Rolex models and look like they came directly from the Rolex factory. This watch comes with a Rolex box, Milgauss instruction booklet, and the original Everest strap packaging. A complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is also included with purchase. Our estate price is $12,500.00 CAD. Stock #505-00181.

SOLD

 


April 2, 2022

2021 Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR “Batman” 40mm like new. $25,000.00 CAD. 505-00254

Aside from a Holy Grail stainless steel Daytona, the blue/black GMT Master II 126710BLNR “Batman” is one of the toughest watches to find at your local Rolex authorized agent. There has been a long waiting list for this model since it was introduced. This is the latest of the stainless steel GMTs and it is a personal favorite. The “Batman” moniker comes from the blue/black ceramic bezel treatment reminescent of everyone’s favorite caped crusader’s colours. If you’ve heard this watch described as a “Batgirl” it will come on the dressier, arguably more feminine Jubilee style bracelet. Ceramic bezels have become commonplace for the Rolex since around 2005 but the 2 colour ceramic bezels are still fairly new. The blue/black combination on our latest estate Rolex makes the most sense. The blue section represents daylight hours between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm (18:00 hours), and the black displays the night hour from 18:00 hours through 6:00 am as indexed by the handy 24-hour blue hour hand. The bezel is indexed for the 24 hours in a day and can be turned to show a 2nd or temporary 3rd time zone. Rolex promotes the GMT as the cosmopolitan watch for good reason. It is the perfect travel companion for anyone who travels through multiple time zones in different cities around the world. The long, arrow-tipped hour hand can continuously track your home time (or Greenwich Mean Time) in a 24-hour format. The “regular” 12-hour hade can quickly be adjusted to show the local time wherever you happen to be in the world. The clever system can even jump timezones that trigger a date change forward or backward. This GMT was delivered to the original owner in August of 2021. It comes complete with the fully endorsed 5-year international warranty, instruction booklet, worldwide service booklet, cardboard hangtag with serial/model number, inner/outer boxes, foam box liner, and a Rolex shopping bag. The overall condition of the watch is close to 100%. There are a few very insignificant scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet. The watch doesn’t look like it has ever seen a polishing wheel or buffing compound and appears 100% original. The 5 year international warranty on this less than 1-year-old Rolex will cover the next owner until the summer of 2026. Our estate price for this popular Rolex is $25,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00254.

SOLD


March 30, 2022

2021 Rolex Day-Date 128238 36mm with extra link $44,400.00 CAD. 505-00212

Rolex themselves describe the Day-Date like this, “the first waterproof and self-winding chronometer wristwatch to offer a modern calendar with an instantaneous day display, spelled out in full in a window on the dial, in addition to the date. The exceptional precision, reliability, legibility, and presence of this prestigious model have made it the ultimate status watch.” Since 1956 the Day-Date has been the top on the line when it comes to the Rolex brand. Buying a previously enjoyed Rolex is an investment as much as it is a lifestyle statement. They often cost more than a good used car. Making this sort of purchase can be very similar and equally stressful. Not only is the current condition important, but you also need to know what kind of care it received by the previous owner(s). Our latest pre-owned Rolex is a beautiful 128238 Day-Date; it’s a great example of a current model that is less than one year old. Just as buying the best quality used car may end up costing much less in the long term, buying the best example pre-owned watch always proves to be the best investment. Purchased brand new at a Canadian authorized Rolex agent in July of 2021, it was enjoyed by the previous mature owner for less than a year. Now it’s time to find a new home. It has never been touched by a polishing wheel and remains original in every way. It does show some scuffs, scratches, and a few small dings as it was enjoyed for close to a year. We would be happy to provide a complimentary refinishing/polish if you wish. We always believe in leaving these collectible watches in original untouched condition. Powering the Day-Date is the Rolex 31 jewel in house caliber 3255. This automatic winding mechanism replaces the outgoing 3155 that saw service for around 30 years. The new movement has improved accuracy and a longer 70-hour power reserve. The tiniest of details and refinements Rolex incorporate into their movements are truly remarkable. A great example of this is the escape wheel. It has been skeletonized to make it lighter and less influenced by inertia forces, and the lever fork and been beautifully beveled and polished. Since Rolex does not incorporate display case backs, the only people who see these lovely mechanical masterpieces will be your watchmaker. This new movement has already added to Rolex’s reputation for accuracy and reliability befitting the flagship model. The Rolex Parachrom hairspring is made from niobium and zirconium; it is practically impervious to temperature changes, is non-magnetic, and is up to 10 times more resistant to shocks enabling it to oscillate with far more accuracy under extreme conditions than traditional hairsprings. The expected accuracy for this movement is an exceptional +/- 2 seconds per day! The double quickset feature makes day/date/time correction a very simple task if the watch is left unattended for more than 3 days and stops. This example comes with an extra link or two e President bracelet that extends the total available length to just over 20cm. The 28-link (plus end pieces) bracelet is showing no sag or stretch of any kind and the fluted bezel still maintains its classic sharp corrugated fluted pattern. The champagne/hash mark dial has always been the most popular. The neutral hue is the epitome of class and tradition. Measuring 36mm diameter as all traditional Day-Date models have since 1956 the 128238 is much heavier than the previous Day-Date models weighing in at a substantial 193.7 grams. The buckle and bracelet on the 118238 are a big upgrade over the earlier versions with a superior mechanical locking buckle with more durable links that feature a ceramic bushing reducing long term wear. A super hard synthetic sapphire crystal is scratch and scuff free. A Rolex Day-Date is a watch on many bucket lists, its look hasn’t changed in decades. Unlike a used car this is something you won’t need to replace ever again. The new owner will benefit from the balance of the 5-year factory warranty until July 2026 which time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers extend the warranty an additional year. Comes complete with all the original documents, paperwork, inner/outer boxes, hang tags, and a protective white cardboard sleeve. The watch is estate priced at $44,400.00 CAD. Stock 505-00212.

SOLD


March 29, 2022

2022 Rolex Oyster 41 124300 silver/stick (never worn) $10,600.00 CAD. 505-00247

If you want a Rolex, but don’t require any extra bells or whistles, the basic Oyster model is your Rolex. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t. As an incredibly well made, mechanical, timekeeping tool, the Rolex Oyster is second to none. The only option for this model is your choice of silver, black, blue, or green dial. There is no Jubilee bracelet available, no bezel options, no two-tone, and certainly no solid gold, or precious stone decoration. What it does have  (at least in the 41mm size) is a great wrist presence. The surface area of the dial is so much larger than the benchmark Datejust 36. The lack of a calendar adds perfect symmetry and an uninterrupted track of hour markers. The silver dial version is the only Oyster with 18 karat yellow gold hands and hour markers; all the other colours come with 18 karat white gold hands and markers. I really can’t offer any explanation as to why Rolex decided to add this tiny bit of yellow gold at an otherwise completely tone on tone look. It does add just a touch of subtle luxury and a vintage look. Powering the Oyster 41 is Rolex’s 31 jewel calibre 3230. This new movement is anything but vintage, although it does draw on many decades of Rolex experience to their “perpetual” technology. The new mechanism now has a power reserve of just shy of 3 days. New none magnetic components perform better under adverse conditions that could render other watches useless. Better shock resistance and less positional error allow this watch a very impressive accuracy expectation of only around 2 seconds plus or minus per day. The other Rolex features are all present. A threaded crown, case-back, and nylon gasket pressure fit crystal maintain a watertight seal to a more than useful 100 meters. That crystal is made from flawless synthetic sapphire offering exceptional scratch resistance along with perfect optical properties. Bright luminous hands and markers make time interpretation effortless in any lighting condition. The 904l stainless steel case and bracelet are more resilient to harsh chemicals and prolonged exposure to salt water, but also can accept a beautiful polish. The Oyster bracelet comes with a locking clasp equipped with the EasyLink when a little more room is needed. This watch has never been worn. It was purchased at a Rolex authorized agent in the spring of 2022 but never worn, not even for an hour. No adjustment has been made to the bracelet and not a link screw has been turned. It comes complete with everything that was originally delivered. Rolex’s 5-year international warranty will cover the next owner until the spring of 2027. Besides the pure sports stainless models, the Oyster 41 is one of the most difficult models to locate new. This never worn 2022 example in preowned but remains unworn and is estate priced at $10,600.00 CAD. Stock #505-00247.

SOLD


February 8, 2022

2022 Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR “Root Beer”. Never worn. $25,600.00 CAD. 505-00246

Purchased from a Rolex authorized agent in the spring of 2022 we proudly offer this difficult to obtain Rolex GMT-Master II model 126711CHNR “Root Beer”. The GMT II was the first Rolex to offer the now standard ceramic bezel insert. This new material offers far better scratch resistance than the previous aluminum component. The new GMT also benefits from the larger “maxi” dial markers and hands, it’s more luminous than previous models. It has a bigger more water-tight TripLock crown, heavier bracelet with EasyLink extension, and FlipLock buckle. In short, this is not your father’s GMT. It’s a quantum leap in build quality over the previous versions. With all the improvements also came a larger price. From what we know, the only way to get a brand new one is to get on a list and wait. For retaining value it’s always best to keep your Rolex original and keep everything that it came with when first delivered. We’re happy to report this one is 100% complete and original in every way, not even an adjustment screw has been turned in the Oyster bracelet. Everything that was delivered from the original authorized Rolex agent is still here, inner/outer box, warranty card, booklets, instructions, cardholder, plastic, and paper hang tags, outer protective cardboard, foam box liner, and even a Rolex shopping bag is included. The overall condition can be described as absolutely perfect. The original purchaser never used this watch. It has been sitting untouched in the box since it was picked up. The Rolex GMT Master is one of Rolex’s most iconic models. It’s been around for over 60 years yet still looks and functions much the same as it did in 1954. Originally built as a professional tool for pilots traveling through multiple times. The GMT Master II features an extra hour hand plus a rotating bezel indexed for 24 hours to display a second time zone. The “root beer” bezel goes a step further displaying daylight hours in a rich brown hue and nighttime hours in black. Powering the latest GMT-Master II is the newer caliber 3285 as signified by the little crown between the SWISS and MADE on the dial at 6:00 o’clock. The new movement features a new “Chronergy” escapement, said to have improved geometry over the traditional Swiss lever release. Rolex says the new escapement helps contribute to the extended power reserve of 70 hours, compared to the 48-hour reserve of the 3186. Look for the little extra crown at 6:00 o’clock signifying your watch comes with caliber 3285. As a homage to GMT-Masters from the past, this dial showcases just a little bit of gold print executed in perfect block text against a glossy background. It’s subtle details like these that truly set Rolex apart. The balance of the factory’s 5-year international warranty expires in the spring 2027. This watch is estate priced at $25,600.00 CAD. Stock #505-00246.

SOLD


1989 Rolex 16710 “Coke” with Rubber B strap & box. $16,710.00 CAD. e14666

Rolex is an immense company with a powerful influence on the watch and jewellery industry. Much like a glacier that slowly changes the environment to conform to it. The power of the Rolex brand has defined how the world sees timekeeping in wristwatch form. Love them or love to hate them you have to admire the brand. In this world of atomic clocks and electronic timing with accuracy levels measured in millionths of a second. Why would anyone still be interested in a mechanical wristwatch only rated for accuracy of around 5 seconds plus or minus per day? Why; because it’s a Rolex. The Rolex GMT Master is one of their iconic sports models that is pushing 70 years old and still looks and functions just as it did in 1954. Originally built as a professional tool for pilots traveling through multiple times. The GMT Master has an extra hour hand plus a rotating bezel indexed for 24 hours to display a second time zone. The popular “Coke” bezel goes a bit further showing the daylight hours in red and the night hours in black. Our GMT Master II 16710 is in excellent condition for a 33-year-old watch and shows the typical signs of use but not abuse. A beautiful glossy black dial is perfect showing no stains or scratches of any kind. The once luminous tritium hands and markers have long since stopped phosphorescing and are now beginning to patina into a lovely parchment hue.  The sapphire crystal is virtually scratch and chip free, only under extreme scrutiny can any blemished be seen. The aluminum bezel insert is showing little fade with only a few shallow scratches.  The date coded L11 (late 1987) 78360 Oyster bracelet contains 12 links and exhibits only a small amount of sag. The 16710 was an enduring model for Rolex with a production run of 18 years. This example is an early first year L serial number dating from 1989. The current stainless steel GMT-Master II 126710 is priced at $12,400.00 CAD but only comes with a blue/red or blue/black bezel. There is no longer a red/black bezel model making this one a little more distinct. For an even more unusual look, this watch comes with an accessory Rubber B black rubber strap. This high quality Swiss-Made strap conforms perfectly with the case and utilizes the original buckle for a “factory look” similar to the Rolex OysterFlex rubber strap. This strap carries a retail price of $220.00 USD. The Rubber B strap remains in unworn condition and was only fitted to the watch for photographs. Including a period correct Rolex box and our 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated 5 years), this highly collectible watch is estate priced at $16,710 CAD. Stock #14666.

SOLD

 


February 6, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 31 278274 blue/Roman (never worn) $11,111.00 CAD. 505-00231

When it comes down to it, Rolex really only makes 1 style of watch. The Oyster case in all of its various sizes is pretty much the same design it’s always been for close to 100 years. Some Oyster cases are fitted with different bezels and bracelets but the watch still looks like a Rolex. Some cases are fitted with movements that do more than just tell the time. You can have a 31-day calendar, a stopwatch, a dual time display, or even a countdown timer, but it’s still the same watertight Oyster case with a threaded crown and case back, but I guess that’s the point. Brand identity is everything and no one does a better job protecting their brand than Rolex. For such a static design there is no more desirable watch than a Rolex. Of the 1000s of dial, bracelet, and metal configurations, the 18 karat white gold fluted bezel with stainless steel is always one of the most popular. Dress it up or dress it down, something like our latest never worn estate Rolex is up to the task. The blue/Roman dial is a bit of a bonus as most are shown with black, silver, or white dials. Any ladies Rolex is the exception with us. I’d estimate close to 90% of the estate Rolex we see are men’s models. Some women like the look of the larger gents sizes but a 31mm case is the Goldilocks size for many ladies, and they don’t come by very often. This example is brand new and never worn. It comes complete with the original inner/outer box, protective cardboard box sleeve, foam liner, instruction booklet, all documents, and an endorsed warranty card that will cover the next owner until the spring of 2027. Like all modern Datejust models this one comes with the handy “EasyLink” bracelet extension. This clever device is hidden under the locking buckle until you need a little extra room in the bracelet. The small extension gives you an extra 1/2 centimeter or so of length. The inventory situation for new Rolex is still sparse, to say the least. This never worn 2022 Rolex is estate priced over its original suggested retail price, but nicely under the average secondary market price. We can adjust the bracelet while you wait and demonstrate the various features. This Rolex is estate priced at $11,111.00 CAD. Stock #505-00231.

SOLD


February 5, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 36 126200 blue motif dial on Jubilee bracelet (never worn) $12,990.00 CAD. e14678. 505-00225

Watch geeks are quick to point out all of the technical aspects of their timepieces in extreme detail; we get excited about seemingly trivial attributes that to most are meaningless. Many luxury watch customers simply want something attractive that tells time reliably and have little to no interest in the horological technology within these mechanical masterpieces. What everyone does pay close attention to, and take a great deal of time to decide on, is what face they’d like. Rolex is known for its conservative approach to design and sticking to tradition. Once in a while, they’ll offer a slightly different look. This beautiful blue dial Datejust 36 is a newer design that takes the traditional “blue sunburst” dial and gives it a patterned motif. It reminds me a little of those lovely tapestry dials from the 1970s and 80s but more complicated. Believe it or not, this dial isn’t really embossed or textured in 3 dimensions, only the thin lines separating the pattern are slightly debossed. The traditional sunburst finish is still there within the pattern alternating with a basic navy blue section. The effect is mesmerizing, you’d swear you’re looking at a fiendishly complicated corrugated 3-D texture. The closer you look at the dial the more convincing it is, to the point that the perfectly printed white text appears to be floating in mid-air over the pattern and the different shapes are caused by shadows. This dial is a work of modern art. Rolex is the absolute master when it comes to dial finishing. Well, I totally geeked out on this dial that for many is simply an attractive pattern and colour. The rest of this 36mm Datejust is typical of the classic Datejust 36 model. It was purchased new this spring but has never been worn. Two of the lugs still have a few protective transparent stickers attached. It remains in perfect unworn condition. Not even one of the seven adjustment screws in the sporty Oyster bracelet has been turned. Concealed under the locking buckle is the “Easylink” extension when a touch of extra room is needed. This watch comes complete with the full complement of original Rolex documents, endorsed warranty card, inner/outer box, protective cardboard sleeve, foam box liner, embossed polishing cloth, Rolex shopping bag, and even a never worn off-white baseball cap. This is the first of the motif dials to pass through our estate department. Unusual colour Rolex are trading hands for significant premiums over retail on the secondary market, the motif dials are no exception. The factory warranty will cover the next owner until the spring of 2027. This estate watch is estate priced at $12,990.00 CAD. Stock #e14678. 505-00225

SOLD

 


February 4, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Black dial with diamonds (never worn) $18,360.00 CAD. e14674

The Datejust II 126334 is one of the full-sized non-sports Rolex models. It offers a handy date display, smooth sweeping seconds hand, and the iconic 18 karat white gold fluted bezel. This model has been available for a few years and has proven itself to be a very popular choice. The dial surface area is actually larger than many Rolex sports models because it lacks a thick indexed bezel.  It is optioned with the upgraded Jubilee bracelet with Rolex’s “Easylink” length adjustment. It features the latest generation claibre 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex the 31 jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous movement with an accuracy rating 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn a little more about this movement and its sister 3285 GMT movement on the official Rolex website. Our latest previously owned Rolex has never even been worn. It remains in perfect condition without flaw. It was purchased in the early spring of 2022 and has sat in its box since. It is too perfect to even display in our showcase. If you come in to have a look you’ll need to ask to see it. At 41mm diameter, it has a great wrist presence. Lacking a chunky bezel as many sports Rolex do, the Datejust 41 looks even larger than the size suggests. The sunburst black dial with factory-applied diamonds is the definition of class and classic Rolex style. The subtle finish on the dial rolls around its centre as the watch moves. In bright sunlight, the effect is easily seen. The dial changes from jet black to slate grey as the position changes. The watch remains in perfect condition, not a scuff or blemish of any kind can be seen on the case or bracelet. No polishing or refinishing of any kind has been done. A quick wipe with a soft cloth was all that was required to remove our fingerprints after we shot the pictures. The watch comes with everything from when delivered plus a Rolex shopping bag. The factory warranty remains in place until the spring of 2027. All large-size models are difficult to find at Rolex boutiques, even more so with a diamond set black dial. This recent trade-in is priced at $18,360.00 CAD. Stock #e4674.

SOLD


February 3, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 36 126281RBR factory diamond bezel & pearl dial $25,000.00 CAD. e14653 505-00251

In the world of luxury Swiss watches, the Rolex Datejust is as ubiquitous as you can get. That being said, there is an almost infinite number of dial, bezel, bracelet, case size, and metal combinations that allow for a unique personality while still maintaining that classic Datejust look. The Datejust has been in continuous production since 1945. In the world of consumer product design, there are few styles that have endured as well as the Datejust. Our latest estate Datejust is definitely one of the more unique combinations to grace our showcase. The gold and stainless-steel two-tone look is a popular choice, offering versatility that steel can’t. Rolex’s rose gold offers a beautiful hue unique to the brand; at first glance, it doesn’t look much different from its yellow gold. Developed in 2005 and christened “Everose”, this alloy holds several patents protecting its exclusive use by Rolex. Traditional rose and pink gold alloys contain some copper giving them that blushed look. Long-term exposure to solutions containing chlorine or prolonged use in environments like salt water can cause the copper in traditional rose/pink gold alloys to chemically react and lose luster. Rolex adds a little platinum to their rose gold protecting against the effects of harsh chemicals. Rolex is the only watch manufacturer with its own foundries; they produce exclusive gold alloys for their sole use. Rolex metallurgists are free to develop specific formulas for use in only Rolex products. There is more than just some exotic platinum used in the manufacturing of Everose 18 karat gold, but Rolex isn’t talking or giving away any trade secrets. The beautiful mother of pearl dial blends especially well with rose gold, the subtle rainbow of pastel colours rolls across the dial as the watch is moved. Adding some extra luxury are 10 exceptional quality single-cut diamond hour markers and 52 brilliant cut diamonds in the bezel. Each diamond is expertly set in a frame of 18 karat rose gold. This watch has only been worn a couple of times, it remains in perfect condition without a scratch or blemish or any kind. The easy to wear 36mm case and Jubilee bracelet is suitable for the average sized gentleman or lady who prefers a little bit larger watch. The mechanical locking buckle features Rolex’s “easylink” extension. This clever mechanism allows a small amount of extra length to be deployed from under the buckle when a little more room is needed. The watch was purchased from an authorized agent and benefits from the 5-year international warranty, covering the next owner until the midwinter of 2027. It comes complete with perfect condition inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, hang tags, and operating instructions. This distinctive Datejust 36 is estate priced at $25,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14653 505-00251

SOLD


February 2, 2022

1960 Rolex Datejust 1601 36mm on Jubilee bracelet $5,000.00 CAD. e14671

Rolex has summed it up best on their website describing the Datejust as “The Classic Watch of Reference”. In 1960 when this watch was produced the Datejust model was already 15 years and already a classic. Over 60 years later the 36mm Datejust in this combination of Jubilee bracelet, fluted 18 karat gold bezel, and champagne dial almost singlehandedly define the Rolex look. The watch is how the world views what a luxury watch looks like. I feel privileged when an older watch like this comes through our estate department for servicing and resale. Watches like this are best preserved rather than restored. Old enough to see patina on the dial, case, and bracelet, but still young enough to be worn every day and enjoyed. When a consumer product that is used daily for over 6 decades can still be covered by an independent warranty, you know that it is a quality item. After a complete technical revision by our master watchmaker, the watch is easily running within chronometer accuracy levels. The 25 jewel Rolex calibre 1560 is ticking away at a leisurely 18,000 cycles per hour. These “butterfly” rotor movements are rather rare nowadays to see in this condition. It is unusual to see an original oscillating weight and old-style reverser wheels that have not been exchanged for modern Teflon coated replacements. Naturally, the bracelet is showing significant wear and stretch but it is still functional and secure. The original buckle proudly displays a date code from 1958, while the case back shows a production date of 1960. It isn’t unusual to see various date codes on different components from this era; after all, these watches go many years between styling tweaks. The dial and hands are showing some patina and pin point moisture spots. As per usual, many of the  tritium hour plots are discoloured and are damaged to some degree. The faceted arrowhead arrow markers are something you won’t see on a contemporary Datejust. After its March 2022 servicing the watch was run through a series of vacuum and pressure tests to check for water resistance. While we do not warranty against watch damage, it is nice to know the watch passed all its tests. If you’d like to get into the vintage Rolex market, this is a great watch to start off with. A two-tone Datejust like this from the 60s is a safe place to invest and trade up when the right opportunity presents itself. Including our 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) this classic Datejust is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14671.

SOLD


January 27, 2022

Rolex/Dennison pocket watch, 17 jewel, circa 1910. $1,400.00 CAD. e14649 505-00204

There once was a time when Rolex wasn’t a household name, a time when they didn’t even produce wristwatches. Pocket watches ruled the day for a couple of hundred years when it came to wearable timepieces. Keeping a schedule was very important in the early part of the 20 century, and a good quality pocket watch was an essential accessory. This watch is half Swiss and half English. The movement was made in Switzerland, likely by a 3rd party manufacturer, labeled Rolex, then shipped to England where it was paired with a gold plated case made by The Dennison Watch Case Co. Ltd. In the early days of Rolex, they were simply an assembler of parts and not a manufacturer. The name Rolex wasn’t even officially registered until 1908. This watch dates from around that time period. The 17 jewel movement is of high quality and has been adjusted for accuracy in 3 different positions. This wouldn’t have been the top of the line for a Rolex mechanism but better than most of the era. It is nicely detailed with engine-turned highlights, beveled polished plate edges, and an intricate regulating lever. The watch has likely sitting around unused for 50 years. The early replacement plastic crystal had yellowed over time. We had a perfect new old stock replacement crystal that has likely been in our store since the 1950s maybe longer. The steel hands have sections displaying areas of rust that were likely caused by small amounts of condensation over the years. This watch was used for decades as the timekeeping tool it was designed for. The previous owner probably used it day to day performing most of their activities. The patina on the bow and case edges confirm this watch wasn’t just used for special occasions. Dennison Watch Case Co. was a prolific producer of watch cases, making more than 250,000 by the late 1920s according to their website. This expertly made case is equipped with a tight-fitting inner dust cover to help protect the movement from the elements. Even this entry-level case came with a 10-year warranty guaranteeing the original gold plating would not wear through for at least a decade. Other than the bow and minor base metal exposure around some edges the original gold plating is fully intact. These old hand wind movements are remarkably robust and durable. After sitting for close to 50 years we wound it up full and away it went, ticking away with that classic tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick sound only a pocket watch like this can make. Because it had been sitting in a drawer for decades we felt the watch deserved a full overhaul. Our master watchmaker performed his magic on the over 100-year-old mechanism; now it is running as well as new, keeping time almost to chronometer accuracy standards. The April 2022 electronic Vibrograf report shows a daily rate of just 8 seconds fast per day. We are happy to fully warranty this antique watch for 1-year (prorated for 5-years). Running strong, ready to go for another 100 years. It is estate priced at $1,400.00 CAD. Stock number e14649  505-00204

SOLD


December 23, 2021

2022 Rolex Datejust 41 blue/Roman 126300 never worn $12,990.00 CAD. e14677

Blue is almost everyone’s favorite colour, so why don’t we see more blue dial Rolex watches pass through? I suspect when people are making a high dollar purchase, they decide to play it safe with black, white, or silver. Life is too short to live in a non colour world. If your favorite color is blue, you should buy that bright blue Mercedes and buy the colour Rolex that you really want (if you can find it). This is a previously owned but never worn DateJust 41. It’s the size that you never see on display at the Rolex agent but the size every guy is looking for. The solid 18 karat white gold Roman numerals are a welcome change from the traditional stick hour markers. I’ve always found it interesting and wondered why clock and watch dials use IIII to indicate 4 o’clock and not IV as traditional Roman numeral practice for representing the Arabic number 4. There are several theories about why this is. Here are two of them. “There is a story that a famous clockmaker had constructed a clock for Louis XIV, king of France. The clockmaker had naturally used IV for four. When the clock was shown to the king, he remarked that IIII should have been used instead of IV. When it was explained to him that IV was correct, he still insisted, so that there was nothing to do but change the clock dial. This introduced the custom of using IIII for four. This is probably only a story, however, as IIII occurs long before the time of Louis XIV. And this same story is also told in connection with other monarchs. There is one reason why IIII is preferable to IV, and it may have caused the change. On the other side of the clock dial, the VIII is the heaviest number, consisting of four heavy strokes and one light one, as it is usually made. It would destroy the symmetry to have the IV with only two heavy strokes on the other side. Thus IIII with four heavy strokes is much to be preferred. The change may therefore have been made for reasons of symmetry.” From Time & Timekeepers, W. I. Milham, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1947, p. 196. Whatever the reason, to see anything other than IIII would indeed look odd. This blue dial beauty is perfect in every sense. Not a scuff or blemish anywhere. Not even one of the seven screws in the removable adjustment links has been turned. This watch retains the Rolex 5-year international warranty valid until the spring of 2027. Comes complete with all documentation, booklets, endorsed warranty card, hang tags, inner/outer boxes, protective cardboard sleeve, foam liner, an embossed Rolex polishing cloth, and even a Rolex shopping bag. This sunburst blue/Roman dial Rolex 126300 is estate priced at $12,990.00 CAD. Stock #e14677.

SOLD


Rolex Fun Fact

Here’s your Rolex fun fact for the day. I’ve always been curious to know just how much gold a Rolex crown contains. I peeled the gold cap off this 6mm Rolex TwinLock crown and found out it weighs around 0.12 grams. With the price of gold at $2,220.00 Canadian per ounce, the gold used in the construction of this crown is worth around $6.42 CAD. I just thought you’d like to know.

 


December 22, 2021

2014 Rolex Datejust 36mm 116233 $14,880.00 CAD. e14656

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The basic Rolex Datejust formula hasn’t changed in over 75 years. The Jubilee bracelet, coin edge fluted bezel, 36mm oyster case and champagne dial is still the most popular combination; just as they were when the model was introduced in 1945. This look has come to almost define the brand all by itself. Practically as long as there’s been Rolex there’s been a watch in the line that looks almost identical to this. The neutral colour champagne dial goes well with almost anything and the rugged nature of the oyster case allows use for almost any activity. This example of model 116233 dates from December of 2014 and was originally purchased from Tourneau, the world’s largest watch retailer. At over 8 years old you’d expect the condition to show areas of wear but this one looks like it’s only a few months old. The fluted bezel is crisp and sharp, allowing the flat edges to catch the light and sparkle as the watch is moved. The full length jubilee bracelet is in excellent condition showing no sag and no stretch. If you buy a new Datejust 36 you won’t get the integrated concealed “CrownClasp” buckle; new models come with an EasyLink extension but a regular style exposed buckle. The invisible clasp on this generation Datejust is a definite bonus and sets this new retired model apart from the rest. The Clown Clasp was a one-generation innovation that many feel added an extra level of luxury the bulky buckles of today lack.  The previous owner took great care and only wore this for special occasions. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. Just a few scuffs and small scratches can be seen on the case and bracelet. The watch is running like new and keeping great time. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated 5-years). Purchasing a brand new Datejust of this specification carries a list price of $14,100.00 CAD. A 2022 model from the Rolex website looks exactly the same as this 2014 (except for the bracelet clasp). Fashion comes and goes but style is forever. Included with the purchase is the inner/outer Rolex box, dealer endorsed warranty card, booklet, other accessories, and even a Rolex shopping bag. Our estate price for this retired classic Rolex model is $14,880.00 CAD. Stock #e14656.

SOLD


2021 Rolex Datejust 41 126333 (worn only a few hours) $16,888.00 CAD. e14577

The Datejust has evolved over the past 7 plus decades with dial variations, new bezels, movement/bracelet improvements as well as new material options. What hasn’t changed is the overall feel and look, always remaining distinctly Datejust. When introduced in 1945 it was a game-changer, commemorating the esteemed Swiss brand’s 40th. anniversary. Not only was the Datejust the first self-winding wrist chronometer with a date display, first watch with a quick-changing calendar, it was also the first Rolex to feature the legendary cyclops date magnifier on the crystal. It’s Rolex’s most versatile model and for decades had an almost unchanging Dorian Gray effect; a watch that could be purchased and worn for decades without looking dated or out of fashion. In recent years the trend shifted towards larger watches (until 2009 the largest Datejust was 36mm) plus a greater appreciation for attention to detail with technological and mechanical advancements. Slow to change Rolex realized they had to come up with something bigger appealing to a new generation of luxury watch clients. Pictured beside a 1972 36mm Datejust, the Datejust 41 is noticeably larger. Rolex has always maintained extremely strict tolerance and standards for anything leaving their factory. They even refine their own gold to assure colour consistency and control alloy specifications. They knew they could produce a 41mm timepiece that would be revered for years to come. Rolex’s first foray into a larger 41mm diameter Datejust was with the Datejust II and it received somewhat mixed reviews. As expected, people loved the size, but they also found the proportions to be a bit off and complained it was a bit bulky and awkward-looking. There are numerous online watch forums you can join where collectors gather and dissect every subtle nuance found in a wristwatch. No scratch, blemish, or discoloration was acceptable coming from the factory and many of the concerns over the case profile and lug shape of the DJII were voiced. Slowly a “perfect Datejust checklist” was formed with changes that could be implemented to make a 41mm Datejust perfect. In 2016, to many collectors’ delights, Rolex released the new Datejust 41. Almost immediately and uniformly believed to be the best Datejust ever. It featured a slimmer profile with thinner lugs blending beautifully allowing it to show proudly on the wrist and yet slip comfortably under a shirt cuff. What lurks within the 904L stainless steel case is also new and exciting; the 3235 movement. As a collector, I can fully appreciate the older workhorse 3135 movement which was used for 20 plus years in the Datejust and even Submariner models but as a wearer, you cannot compete against the new generation Rolex 32XX movements like the 3235. It is not an evolution of the 3135, as over 90% of the parts are new. Without getting overly technical, the 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), a modified barrel design allowing for a longer mainspring, extended power reserve, and a new winding module to increase efficiency and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in-house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the movement itself. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, reliable timepiece with a very long 70-hour power reserve. Our Datejust 41 is the upgraded two-tone yellow Rolesor model featuring the quintessential Rolex yellow gold fluted bezel and classic champagne dial. The slightly sportier Oyster bracelet features a clever “easylink” with a locking buckle. The easy link provides a convenient small extension when you need a touch more room in the bracelet. The buckle has been, believe it or not, factory tested and designed to “snap” closed not only to be secure but to also sound secure. This watch was only worn only a few hours. It comes with the original warranty card endorsed by a Canadian authorized Rolex agent covering the watch under warranty until the fall of 2026. It has the popular champagne dial that blends perfectly with the rich 18 karat gold. The neutral hue is flattering with any outfit. The large luminous hands and hour markers offer superior clarity in low lighting. At night the ample application of luminous material on the hands and hour markers make time interpretation a snap. This is a full set in pristine condition looking as crisp as the day it left the Geneva factory. It was only worn for a few hours. It comes with the balance of the 5-year international warranty that will cover the next owner until the fall of 2026. Offered with inner/outer box, papers, warranty card, the often-forgotten Rolex hang tags, even the protective cardboard box sleeve, foam liner come included, polishing cloth, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The watch shows no signs of any wear, it has never been polished or refinished in any way retaining the difficult to duplicate perfect factory finish. Estate priced at $16,888.00 CAD. Stock #e14577.

SOLD

 

 


December 21, 2021

2022 Rolex Datejust 41 126333 black Jubilee (never worn) $18,988.00 CAD. e14639

The Datejust has evolved over the past 7 plus decades with dial variations, new bezels, movement/bracelet improvements as well as new material options. What hasn’t changed is the overall feel and look, always remaining distinctly Datejust. When introduced in 1945 it was a game-changer, commemorating the esteemed Swiss brand’s 40th anniversary. Not only was the Datejust the first self-winding wrist chronometer with a date display, first watch with an instantaneous change calendar, it was also the first Rolex to feature the legendary cyclops date magnifier on the crystal. It’s Rolex’s most versatile model and for decades had an almost unchanging Dorian Gray effect; a watch that could be purchased and worn for decades without looking dated or out of fashion. Over the past decade or so the trend shifted towards larger watches (until 2009 the largest Datejust was 36mm). Consumers demanded more sophistication and greater attention to detail with technological and mechanical advancements. Slow to change Rolex realized they had to come up with something bigger, appealing to a new generation of luxury watch clients. Pictured beside a 36mm Datejust the Datejust 41 is noticeably larger. Rolex has always maintained extremely strict tolerance and standards for anything leaving their factory. They even refine their own gold to assure colour consistency and control alloy specifications. They knew they could produce a 41mm timepiece that would be revered for years to come. Rolex’s first foray into a larger 41mm diameter Datejust was with the Datejust II and it received somewhat mixed reviews. As expected, people loved the size, but they also found the proportions to be a bit off and complained it was a bit bulky and awkward looking. There are numerous online watch forums you can join where collectors gather and dissect every subtle nuance found in a wristwatch. No scuff, blemish, or discoloration was acceptable coming from the factory and many of the concerns over the case profile and lug shape of the DJII were voiced. Slowly a “perfect Datejust checklist” was formed with changes that could be implemented to make a 41mm Datejust perfect. In 2016, to many collector’s delights, Rolex released a second version of the 41mm Datejust, the Datejust 41. Almost immediately and uniformly believed to be the best Datejust ever. It featured a slimmer profile with thinner lugs blending beautifully allowing it to show proudly on the wrist and yet slip comfortably under a shirt cuff. What lurks within the 904L stainless steel case is also new and exciting; the 3235 movement. As a collector, I can fully appreciate the older workhorse 3135 movements that were used for 20 plus years in the Datejust and even Submariner models, but as a user, you cannot compete against the new generation Rolex 32XX movements like the 3235. It is not an evolution of the 3135, as over 90% of the parts are new. Without getting too technical, the 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), a modified barrel design allowing for a longer mainspring, extended power reserve, new winding module to increase efficiency and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in-house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the movement itself. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, reliable timepiece with a very long 70-hour power reserve. Our Datejust 41 is the upgraded two-tone yellow Rolesor model featuring the quintessential Rolex yellow gold fluted bezel and classy black dial. The more comfortable and dressier Jubilee bracelet features a clever “easylink” with a locking buckle. The easy link provides a convenient small extension when you need a touch more room in the bracelet. The buckle has been, believe it or not, factory tested and designed to “snap” closed not only to be secure but to also sound secure. This watch is perfect in every way. It has never even been worn. It comes with the original fully endorsed warranty card covering the watch under an international 5-year warranty until early 2027. At night the ample application of luminous material on the hands and hour markers make time interpretation a snap. This is a full set in pristine condition looking as crisp as the day it left the Geneva factory. Offered with inner/outer box, papers, warranty card, the often-forgotten Rolex hang tags, protective cardboard box sleeve, foam liner, and even a Rolex shopping bag are included. As an added bonus the new owner will receive a navy blue Rolex baseball hat. Estate priced at $18,988.00 CAD. Stock #e14639.

SOLD

 


December 19, 2021

2022 18kt. Rolex Daytona 116518LN OysterFlex (never worn). e14654

If you’ve purchased a sporty Rolex sometime over the last half-century or so congratulations; you have great taste and you’ve also made a great investment. Rolex watches, specifically, professional models have seen explosive appreciation over the years. Even if only a few years old, sports models trade hands on the secondary market for well over their original retail price. Explorers, Submariners, and GMT-Masters, have all done well, but there is one model that has eclipsed all others, the Daytona. There is something about these watches that convey the concept of exclusivity, exoticness, and desirability like no other. Since developing their proprietary chronograph mechanism over 20 years ago, Rolex has continued the unofficial policy of limiting the production of the Daytona to waaaaay under worldwide demand. The desire is so great for an entry-level stainless steel Daytona, contemporary models are currently selling for close to triple the original retail price, even more, if it has a white dial. Rolex it seems, has turned into a legitimate albeit unlikely asset class all on its own. The power of the Rolex brand is unparalleled by any other product that comes to mind. Our latest estate Daytona is this pre-owned example purchased in the late winter of 2022 but never worn. It is perfect in every way without a scuff or smudge of any kind. The white dial has been the preferred colour for the Daytona in any configuration. White dials offer superior legibility, especially for interpreting the chronograph registers, and make the watch appear a little larger than its 40mm case size suggests. Daytona dials have recently been upgraded and are now more attractive than ever. The chronograph hour/minute registers along with the constant seconds register are now defined with updated thick gold rings. The circular frames are engraved with microscopic concentric rings that disperse reflected light in a subtle display of rainbow colours. The effect must be seen in person to truly be appreciated. This example comes on the super-soft OysterFlex black rubber strap with an integrated FlipLock 18 karat buckle. Like everything Rolex does the clasp is a marvelously engineered item. Discreetly hidden within the buckle is a small 5mm extension for when a little extra room is more comfortable. Folding over the FlipLock offers a satisfying feeling with a secure click. Beating inside the 100-meter water-resistant Oyster case is the fully in-house developed Rolex calibre 4130. This movement made its debut in the 2000 Daytona. In more than 100 years of history, this is Rolex’s first chronograph mechanism developed entirely inside the company. They’ve pretty much always offered watches with stopwatch features but the mechanical components have always been supplied by other manufacturers. With the release of calibre 4130 in 2000 Rolex finally freed themselves from production limitations imposed by other companies. You’d think with the vast manufacturing capabilities of Rolex there shouldn’t be any problem meeting Daytona demand. Such is not the case; in fact, it’s become even more difficult to find a Daytona at your local Rolex boutique. Ever since the first automatic Daytona debuted in the late 1980s it has always been on waiting lists. Even when Rolex agents had plentiful amounts of inventory on display, a steel Daytona would never be been seen on display. The legend of the Daytona continues with the latest ceramic bezel generation. Since the new movement was introduced there is more demand than ever. This watch comes with an International warranty covering the next owner until the late winter of 2027. It also comes with the original booklets, a Rolex shopping bag, a white Rolex baseball hat, and a Rolex umbrella. Even the gift with purchase umbrella is worthy of the coronet logo. It appears to be very well made of sturdy construction. A gold Rolex Daytona is a very special watch, this is the first example we had the privilege to offer equipped with the OysterFlex rubber strap. The modern look of rubber combined with the scratch-resistant ceramic tachymeter bezel perfectly frames the traditional dial layout the Daytona has sported since the early 1960s. Stock #e14654.

SOLD


December 15, 2021

2007 Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 40mm $13,570.00 CAD. e11646

When a regular Submariner just isn’t quite up to the task because it’s only watertight to 1000 feet, you need a Sea-Dweller. While it looks almost identical to a garden variety Submariner, it’s actually quite different. The first thing you notice is the absence of a date magnifier over the calendar. The synthetic crystal is much thicker than the standard Submariner, as is the stainless steel case which enables the watch a water resistance rating of an amazing 4000 feet. Located on the 9:00 case edge is a Helium escape valve, something the ordinary Submariner lacks. If you’re living in a pressurized diving bell breathing a mixture of oxygen and helium, your watch will need this escape valve to bleed off the accumulated helium gas as you decompress. This example was manufactured around 2007 according to the “M” serial number. The watch has been worn but worn responsibly. There are no significant areas of wear. The full length Oyster bracelet shows very little sag and no stretch. Sea-Dwellers of this era were the most qualified of all Rolex watches and are far rarer than Submariners of the same era. They are the most specialized sports Rolex model. You couldn’t get them with fancy diamond dials or with gold trim, they only come in all business stainless steel with a jet black glossy dial. We don’t have Sea-Dwellers very often so we thought it would be fun to compare it to a Submariner. The bezel on the SD measures 39.5mm in diameter while the Submariner measures 40.1mm. The case of the SD is 14.6mm thick and the Sub measures just 12.9mm. The SD weighs 87.3 grams (head only), Sub weighs 74.3 grams. Sea-Dwellers are the bulldog of the Rolex line; compact, tuff, and they have a bit of an attitude. This watch lacks its original paperwork and box but it does come with some Sea-Dweller exclusive accessories. The never installed extra bracelet extension link is accounted for, as is the Rolex supplied tool to install it. If you happen to lose a bracelet screw off the dock while making the adjustment, not to worry, Rolex includes an extra link screw inside the body of the screwdriver/pusher. The watch also comes with a Buehlmann decompression dive table document and travel wallet. This most purposeful of any Rolex is working great, keeping excellent time, and comes with a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1-year warranty. Estate priced at $13,570.00 CAD. The very rare matt dial 168000 Submariner pictured in this post is also available. Sea-Dweller stock #e11646.

SOLD


December 12, 2021

2021 Rolex Datejust 41mm mother of pearl/diamond dial 126331 (never worn). $25,950.00 CAD. e14569

In the world of luxury Swiss watches, the Rolex Datejust is as ubiquitous as you can get. That being said, there is an almost infinite number of dial, bezel, bracelet, case size, and metal combinations that allow for a unique personality while still maintaining that classic Datejust look. The Datejust has been in continuous production since 1945. In the world of consumer product design, there are few styles that have endured as well as the Datejust. Our latest estate Datejust is definitely one of the more unique combinations to grace our showcase. Two-tone is a popular choice, offering a versatility that all steel can’t. Rolex’s rose gold offers a beautiful hue unique to the brand; at first glance, it doesn’t look much different from its yellow gold. Developed in 2005 and christened “Everose”, this alloy holds several patents protecting its exclusive use by Rolex. Traditional rose and pink gold alloys contain some copper giving them that blushed look. Long-term exposure to solutions containing chlorine or prolonged use in environments like salt water can cause the copper in traditional rose/pink gold alloys to chemically react and lose luster. Rolex adds a little platinum to their rose gold protecting against the effects of harsh chemicals. Rolex is the only watch manufacturer with its own foundries; they produce exclusive precious metals for their sole use. Their metallurgists are free to develop specific formulas for use in only Rolex products. There is more than just some exotic platinum used in the manufacturing of Everose 18 karat gold, but Rolex isn’t talking or giving away any trade secrets. The mother of pearl face blends especially well with rose gold with its subtle rainbow of pastel colours that roll across the dial as the watch is moved. Adding an extra luxury touch are 10 exceptional quality single-cut diamond hour markers. Each is expertly set in an 18 karat rose gold frame. This watch has never been worn and is in perfect condition. The large 41mm case and Jubilee bracelet are completely scuff-free. The mechanical locking buckle features Rolex’s “easylink” extension. This clever mechanism allows a small amount of extra length to be deployed from under the buckle when a little more room is needed. The watch was purchased from an authorized agent and benefits from the 5-year international warranty, covering the next owner until the fall of 2026. The watch comes complete with perfect condition inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, hang tags, operating instructions, and even the protective white outer cardboard sleeve. This distinctive Datejust 41 is estate priced at $25,950.00 CAD. Stock #e14569.

SOLD


1989 Rolex Daytona Zenith L series 16523 $23,000.00 CAD. e14607

A Rolex Daytona is just about the safest blue-chip watch investment possible if history is any type of indicator. Over the last 30 years, many models have seen an appreciation of many multiples. Those that have experienced the greatest return have been the stainless steel examples with rare dials. If you’re the least bit into the watch collecting hobby I’m sure you are aware of the October 2017 auction of Paul Newman’s personal 1968 Rolex Daytona. It made international headlines selling for an astounding 17 million U.S. dollars. Obviously, the superstar pedigree played a huge role in the world record sale. Even non celebrity-owned examples in nice condition easily sell for hundreds of thousands from this era. The key to these prices is the rare dial. The “Paul Newman” dial as it’s known today was a poor seller in the 60s and 70s. The exotic dial languished on jewellers shelves for years.   Customers at the time preferred the more conservative silver or black dials. If we only knew what these watches would be worth today. In the 1970s these watches could be picked up for under $500.00. Now even standard dial examples in excellent condition trade hands for 6 figures. Our latest Daytona may not experience the type of appreciation of those early hand-wind examples, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet it will increase in value more than many others because of the unusual white/black/Arabic dial combination. Daytona’s are usually seen with simple champagne, white, black or silver dials with basic hash marks to plot out the hours. These Arabic number two-tone dials are only seen on the high dollar solid gold examples. The black on white provides great contrast while adding to the sporting character of the watch. Arabic hour markers make for an even easier to read face. How this dial somehow made its way onto an 18 karat gold/stainless steel watch is a mystery but Rolex doesn’t seem to mind. This watch was recently submitted (January 2019) to Rolex Toronto for a service estimate. The factory acknowledged the dial belongs to a different model but they didn’t have any issues about leaving it on for the service. Ultimately the previous owner had the watch serviced at Rolex Authorized agents Damiani Jewellers Woodbridge because the factory required 6 weeks to perform the service. The Damiani service included a full overhaul to the Zenith manufactured movement (Rolex calibre 4030), a new chronograph reset pusher, a set of hands, crown, crystal, and light case/bracelet refinishing. The fresh service/repair was completed on September 6, 2019. The invoice came to a total of $2,768.50. Aside from light wear and tear in the bracelet and mild softening of the tachymeter bezel index markings the watch looks like new. Zenith equipped Daytona watches have been appreciating in value over the years along with all sporty professional models. This early example with its upgraded dial is especially interesting and attractive. Purists may argue that no gold and steel Daytona is investable. I would counter by saying; with the pricing of all steel examples becoming out of reach for most it only makes sense that the two tones are the ones to buy. In fact, there are far more stainless steel Daytona on the market than there are two-tone versions. Trying to buy a new all-steel Daytona will get you on a waiting list of at least several years assuming you are even able to get on a list. If you don’t feel like waiting, nice used current models are trading hands for around $20,000.00 over their original retail price! Buying a Rolex Daytona in the last 20 years has only been a bargain in hindsight. It certainly hasn’t been a mistake as every single one has seen significant appreciation. Right now you might be saying, “I can’t believe I’m considering paying $23,000.00 for a used Daytona”. Ten years from now I bet you’ll be saying “I can’t believe I ONLY paid $23,000.00 for this Daytona”. The case and bracelet have been lightly polished and show almost like new. All functions are working as designed and the watch is keeping great time. Included with the purchase is a complimentary 1-year warranty. The watch also comes with a vintage Rolex box, booklet, ’89-90 calendar, plastic chronometer hang tag, and cardholder wallet. Estate priced at $23,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14607.

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December 10, 2021

2018 Rolex Submariner 116613LN (retired model) $22,220.00 CAD. e14626

Our latest example of the most popular sports watch of all time. The Rolex Submariner model 116613 boasts some significant improvements over the old 16613. That single extra digit in the style number gives you a ceramic bezel insert, thicker hands, and larger hour markers that are far more luminous. The new model also receives a slightly heavier case with wider more comfortable lugs. The center links are now solid 18 karat gold and the bracelet is completely new. A patented “glidelock” buckle allows rapid micro-adjustments of length. There are few other watches that have a collector following like the Rolex Submariner. It is not that uncommon for a Submariner from the 1950s or 60s that was purchased new for a few hundred dollars or so to sell for 30 thousand dollars today. This example was purchased new in Canada from an authorized Rolex agent in early 2018. It was worn intermittently by the original owner for four years and shows evidence of use in the form of scratches on the case and bracelet. Overall condition is very good and 100% original, there are still a few protective stickers on the buckle and last link. It has never been refinished or polished in any way. If you’d like it refinished, we’d be happy to do so at no charge. This recently discontinued model has already seen appreciation since being replaced with model 126613LN. Model 116613LN could turn out to be an even more desirable model in the future. It was the first Submariner to feature a ceramic bezel insert. It was also the first to experiment with altered symmetry/balance of thick heavy lugs, and a bracelet that looked a bit too skinny to some. The latest model has returned to thinner lugs and a slightly wider bracelet, more in keeping with every previous generation Submariner. Could this model end up being the only thick-lug, bulky case Submariner? “Subs” are almost impossible to find at Rolex agents, they haven’t been seen on displays for years. This watch comes complete with everything delivered from the factory including inner/outer boxes, protective cardboard sleeve, foam box liner, endorsed warranty card, instructions, and all other paperwork. The chronometer hangtag, and serial/style number hang tag are here along with the original sale receipt from Brinkhaus Jewellers in Calgary. Rolex is very confident in the quality and reliability of their watches; each one comes with a 5-year international warranty. The original warranty protection accompanies this watch until February of 2023 at which time our 5-year prorated warranty kicks in. This retired Rolex Submariner is estate priced at $22,220.00 CAD. Stock #e14626.

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December 9, 2021

1987 Rolex 5513 Submariner 40mm $15,125.00 CAD. e14655

If you’d like a watch that holds its value buy a Rolex. If you want a watch to hold its value and likely appreciate, buy a Rolex sports watch. At least that has been the trend for the half-century or so. For a sports watch, the Rolex Submariner defines the category. If there is one watch that sums up the spirit of the sports watch, this is it, the purest form of the Rolex Submariner. When the submariner debuted in 1953 it had no calendar no chronograph no moon phase no bells or whistles, just a black dial with contrasting white hands/hour markers and a rotating 60-minute bezel timer. It was designed to do one thing, display the time in an easy to read format in any environment. In close to 70 years of production, the basic model is considered by many to be the most desirable. The clean dial with only 4 lines of text and no date aperture with magnifier on crystal certainly makes for a purposeful design. The more I look at this watch the more I appreciate why the original style is coveted by so many collectors. Model 5513 was discontinued over 30 years ago and has been replaced by 3 generations of newer models that share the same basic format but are a little more removed from the original with each new version. The original 5513 was the go-to watch for water-tight, robust, functional timekeeping and it remained almost completely unchanged for 27 years, if it ain’t broke don’t fit it. The Rolex 5513 was the least expensive Submariner from the early 1960s until it was discontinued around 1990. This model was the last Submariner and the second last Rolex that featured a plastic crystal. By the late 80s, Rolex was pretty much the last manufacturer still using a plastic crystal on a diver’s watch. Other manufacturers had implemented the use of synthetic sapphire crystals for their superior hardness and strength. The domed plastic crystal on this watch is in excellent condition and adds to the vintage character. Warm to the touch and perched well above the rotating bezel these plastic crystals are a throwback look that we can’t get enough of. The original glossy black dial is in great shape showing microscopic patina on the reflective lacquer surface. The 18 karat white gold hands and markers still contain the original white tritium pigment that is beginning to turn a pleasant parchment hue. The sporty Oyster link bracelet is equipped with a concealed diver’s extension and Fliplock. The original buckle is stamped with date code L9 indicating 1987 production that corresponds with the watch serial number. The 11 link bracelet shows only a little sag and just a touch of stretch. The watch shows typical wear associated with use over the decades but still displays the original edges that have somewhat softened over the years. We feel the watch has never been refinished. The Triplock crown is in like-new condition turning just short of two rotations before popping into the winding position. The automatic movement feels freshly serviced, winding smoothly and clicking into the setting position with almost no effort. Although Omega has been the choice for James Bond since 1995 there have been many Submariners worn by 007 including the 5513. As you know, the market for all things Rolex is on fire, and vintage Submariners are no different. Not too long ago a decent 5513 could be found for $5,000.00, today a tired one without a bracelet fetches twice that figure. Complete examples in excellent condition with matt black dials often have asking prices well over $25,000.00. This is the first original dial, plastic crystal Submariner to appear in our estate department for quite some time. Including our complimentary 1-year warranty (pro-rated 5 years), this Rolex is estate priced at $15,125.00 CAD. Stock #e14655.

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December 8, 2021

2019 Tudor Black Bay GMT 79830RB, $4,500.00 CAD. e14416

The wildly popular Rolex GMT “Pepsi” blue/red GMT-Master II has a suggested retail price of $12,650.00 CAD. If you’re looking for a better price in the secondary and used market, you’re in for a surprise. Asking prices for brand new or like-new examples is more than twice that of retail. It’s currently a crazy market for certain luxury watch brands, far more demand than supply has used watches selling for much more than new ones. The Tudor GMT 79830RB is also in high demand with waiting lists at authorized agents. Most examples on the used market have asking prices close to the original retail. Our latest Tudor GMT is in 100% original condition and was only lightly worn by a long-time customer of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. It was only occasionally used in rotation with other watches from his collection. The condition is like new, hardly even a scuff can be seen anywhere on the entire watch. In addition to offering the basic 3 hand timekeeping function with calendar, the GMT has a few tricks up its sleeve. The diamond-shaped tipped red hour hand can point to a second time zone shown in a 24-hour format displayed on the blue/red bezel. The traditional hour hand (local time) can be set independently of the 24-hour 2nd-time zone hand without disturbing the actual time. This handy feature is perfect for the world traveler when moving back and forth through different time zones. The rotating bezel can be turned to temporarily display a 3rd time zone. Daytime hours are shown in red and nighttime hours are in dark blue. The 41mm stainless case is water-tight to 100 meters, protected by a screw-down crown and case-back. Large hands and hour markers contribute to excellent legibility in any lighting condition courtesy of highly luminous pigment. The snowflake hands, aluminum bezel insert, connected minute track, and “rivet” look bracelet give the Tudor GMT an attractive vintage appearance. Comes complete with everything originally supplied when purchased from the Tudor authorized agent in August of 2019. Including a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14416.

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December 4, 2021

2000 Rolex Air-King 14000 white Roman 34mm $4,500.00 CAD. e13874

The great thing about Rolex is they are one of the few brands that truly never go out of style. Fashions change but style is constant. A look like this can go with anything. A clean white dial with black Roman numeral hour markers has been a popular choice for clocks and watches for hundreds of years. Another great thing about Rolex watches is how their models can span decades without changing. This watch dates from 2000 according to its P serial number but it could have easily been from the late 1980s or well into to 2000s. In fact, the 14000 Air-King is an update to the 5500 Air-King that looked pretty much the same for over 30 years. The engine-turned bezel on this watch belongs to an Air-King 14010. At some point in this watches’ history, the normally seen smooth bezel was replaced with this sportier version. The engine-turned bezel makes the smaller 34mm case look a little larger and definitely more unique. The bezel is a great compliment to the purposeful Oyster bracelet that shows no stretch and very little sag. An AB5 code on the fold-over clasp indicates a production date matching the watch to the year 2000. This is an easy to wear watch that isn’t complicated or heavy. It is in very good overall condition perfect for the man or woman who doesn’t need or want a big bulky watch. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1-year mechanical warranty (prorated to 5 years) on this iconic Rolex. Estate priced at $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13874.

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November 27, 2021

2022 Rolex Datejust 41 126334 blue dial with diamonds $19,888.00 CAD. e14637

The Datejust II 126334 is one of the full-sized non-sports Rolex models. It offers a handy date display, smooth sweeping seconds hand, and the iconic 18 karat white gold fluted bezel. This model has been available for a few years and has proven itself to be a very popular choice. The dial surface area is actually larger than many Rolex sports models because it lacks a thick indexed bezel. This is the first one we’ve had in this specification. It is optioned with the upgraded Jubilee bracelet with easy link length adjustment. It features Rolex’s latest generation 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex the 31 jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous movement with an accuracy rating 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn a little more about this movement and its sister 3285 GMT movement on the official Rolex website. Our latest previously owned Rolex has never even been worn. It remains in perfect condition without flaw. It was purchased in early 2022 and has sat in its box ever since. It is too perfect to even display in our showcase. If you come in to have a look you’ll need to ask to see it. At 41mm diameter, it has a great wrist presence. Lacking a chunky bezel as many sports Rolex do, the Datejust 41 looks even larger than the size suggests. The sunburst blue dial with factory-applied diamonds is the definition of class and classic Rolex style. The subtle finish on the dial rolls around its centre as the watch moves. We attempted to capture the effect with this short YouTube video. In bright sunlight, the effect is easily seen. Blue is the favorite colour of most people when asked. It’s amazing we don’t see more blue dial watches. The watch remains in perfect condition, not a scuff or blemish of any kind can be seen on the case or bracelet. No polishing or refinishing of any kind has been done. A quick wipe with a soft cloth was all that was required to remove our fingerprints after we shot the pictures. The watch comes with everything from when delivered, plus a Rolex polishing cloth, matching dark blue never worn baseball hat, and Rolex shopping bag. The factory warranty remains in place until early 2027. All large-size models are difficult to find at Rolex boutiques, even more so with a blue dial and $2,400.00 optional upgraded diamond dial. This recent trade-in is priced at $19,888.00 CAD. Stock #e14637.

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November 25, 2021

2000 Rolex Daytona 116518 18kt. gold mother of pearl dial $38,760.00 CAD. e12185

The ultimate in a luxury sports watch is without doubt an 18 karat yellow gold Rolex Daytona. The Daytona Cosmograph is a watch of legend, the mythical unicorn for the average watch collector. Many of our watch enthusiast customers have never even seen one in person. Despite what you’ve heard, they aren’t all that rare, you just don’t see them very often. A quick look on a popular watch resale website has over 4000 currently for sale; that’s right four thousand! A Daytona is actually one of the most common watches offered for sale on the secondary market. The only difficulty obtaining one is coming up with the extra $20,000.00 to $25,000.00 you’re going to need to buy the least expensive used one you’re likely to encounter. For that princely sum, you should be able to find one, but it won’t be 18 karat gold and it will be lacking the original Rolex warranty paperwork. A truly rare Daytona would be an early manual wind model from the 1960s through the mid-1980s, if you want one of those, be prepared to part with 6 figures for a reasonable example. But even a stem wind Daytona is easier to find than something like our most recent estate Rolex. A solid 18 karat gold Daytona is a very rare watch; one with its original paperwork and amazing mother of pearl dial represent well under 1% of all the Daytona Cosmographs available in the marketplace today. The absolutely garden variety steel versions capture all the headlines and attention but something like our latest estate watch is far more unique. The rare mother of pearl dial is what really sets this watch apart from the crowd. The genuine oyster shell dial added more than 10% to the basic cost of this already very expensive watch when new. With such a pricey option it’s no wonder it is almost never seen. The rich dial contributes so much to the luxury character of the watch, I’m so happy the original owner decided on it. The colourful pastel play of soft rainbow hues that cascades across the dial need to be seen in person. A still photograph simply can’t capture the beauty. The K serial number dates this watch to the turn of the millennium. The year 2000 also marked the debut of the first in-house developed Rolex chronograph, the calibre 4130. In well over 100 years of Rolex history, this is their first chronograph mechanism developed within the corporation. Rolex has pretty much always offered chronographs with stopwatch features, but the mechanical components have always been supplied by other manufacturers. With the release of calibre 4130 Rolex finally freed themselves from production limitations imposed by other companies. You’d think with the vast manufacturing capabilities of Rolex there shouldn’t be any problem meeting Daytona demand. Such is not the case; in fact, it’s become even more difficult to find a Daytona at your local Rolex boutique since 2000. This watch has always had waiting lists. Since the new movement was introduced there is more demand than ever. The traditional debossed tachymeter bezel is a feature that connects this watch to the original Daytona dating back to the early/mid-1960s. Many people still haven’t totally warmed up to the modern look of the new ceramic bezels found on a contemporary version. This one also has thin hands, a characteristic linking it to all the classics that came before. The use of “skinny” hour and minute hands ceased sometime around 2004 when Rolex started installing slightly wider hands. The overall condition of the watch is quite good. It does show scuffs and scratches associated with years of careful use but nothing that could be described as anything more than appropriate patina. The original black crocodile strap is showing more wear than we like, but not bad considering the 2003 delivery date and comes included. The previous owner installed a genuine Rolex alligator replacement strap in a deep chestnut brown colour as shown. It has only been worn a handful of times since the new strap was installed. Besides the watch, the most valuable and equally rare item is the dealer endorsed chronometer certificate/warranty document. The rare punched paper signed certificate comes from Rolex authorized agents Wempe Jewellers Hamburg Germany (07/08/03). Original documentation is rare with vintage Rolex. Boxes, booklets, instructions, and every other Rolex accessory can be purchased online, but there can only be one original warranty document and this one has it. Our master watchmaker performed a full overhaul of the intricate mechanism in the summer of 2021. An electronic Vibrograf timing report and vacuum/pressure testing results show the watch is performing to new specifications. Included with the watch are a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated for 5-years), inner/outer Rolex boxes, and a document wallet. Estate price $38,760.00 CAD. Stock #e12185.

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November 24, 2021

2021 Rolex Daytona 116503 factory diamond dial. Like new. $33,888.00 CAD. e14588

For the sophisticated racer/enthusiast comes the Daytona Cosmograph in Oyster steel and rich 18 karat yellow gold with tuxedo black diamond dial. It’s a formidable chronograph, a luxury piece of jewellery and lifestyle statement all in one. The Daytona phenomenon isn’t new, although it’s more powerful now than ever. They’re the mythical Holy Grail watch for many collectors and have been difficult to find at Rolex agents for many decades. On the secondary market, they’re more plentiful but costly; often current models in stainless steel have asking prices two to three times what they cost brand new. Vintage models from the 1960s and 70s can and do sell for well into 6 figures. Even the upscale 18 karat gold and steel models like our latest pre-owned example have a waiting list if you’d like a new one; diamond dial versions take a little longer still. This one is previously owned and only worn for a few days. Not a scuff or blemish can be found anywhere on the case or bracelet. It retains the perfect original finish and has never been polished in any way. Just a quick wipe with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints was all it needed. This is a current model and can be seen on the Rolex Canada website here. This one was purchased new in Canada in the fall of 2021. It’s always a treat when a never-worn Rolex comes into our estate/vintage department. The uncommon factory diamond dial has been updated for 2021 and is now more attractive than ever. The chronograph hour/minute registers and the constant seconds register are now defined with thick gold rings. The circular frames are engraved with microscopic concentric rings that disperse reflected light in a subtle rainbow of colours. The effect must be seen in person to truly be appreciated. The 5-year international warranty will remain in effect until late 2026. This most current version of the Dayton features the latest bracelet design with the integrated fliplock buckle and “easylink” micro extension for days when a bit more room is needed. Beating inside the 100-meter, water-resistant Oyster case is the fully in-house developed Rolex calibre 4130. This movement made its debut in the 2000 Daytona. In more than 100 years of history, this is Rolex’s first chronograph mechanism developed entirely within the corporation. They’ve pretty much always offered watches with stopwatch features but the mechanical components have always been supplied by other manufacturers. With the release of calibre 4130 Rolex finally freed themselves from production limitations imposed by other companies. You’d think with the vast manufacturing capabilities of Rolex there shouldn’t be any problem meeting Daytona demand. Such is not the case; in fact, it’s become even more difficult to find a Daytona at your local Rolex boutique. The Daytona has always had waiting lists. Since the new movement was introduced there is more demand than ever. This watch still has a protective case-back sticker in place. We are offering this watch well above its retail price, but significantly less than the average asking price for comparables. Finding any sports/professional Rolex model even close to the original Canadian MSRP on the secondary market is impossible. It comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, instruction/service booklets, endorsed warranty card with holder, green plastic chronometer tag, cardboard product tag with model/serial number, and even the white cardboard box sleeve. Our price $33,888.00 CAD. Stock #e14588.

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November 12, 2021

1977 Tudor Prince OysterDate 9101/0 38mm, 1 owner $4,990.00 CAD. e14095

You can tell this is some sort of Tudor or Rolex product but there is something different about this. Magnifying bubble over the date, stick hand/hour markers, engine turned bezel, prominent threaded crown are all familiar features on Tudor and Rolex watches. Rolex is perhaps the most cautious and conservative of any luxury Swiss watch manufacturer. Rolex styles transcend time and generations. When it comes to testing the style waters, Tudor is a little braver than the parent company. This integrated bracelet/case design was a common theme in the 1970s. Even when this was a current style, the traditional lug Oyster case was far more popular. These unusual Tudors are seeing renewed interest from collectors and people looking for something a little different. Our latest estate watch is the Tudor Price OysterDate model 9101/0. This rare watch measures a generous (by Rolex/Tudor standards) 38.2mm in diameter. Despite there only being 9 links in the integrated bracelet, it will accommodate a wrist size of up to 8 inches. This watch is really a time capsule from the 1970s. It is a one-owner example in original condition. It has never been polished to our knowledge and was only worn occasionally, as the owner felt it was a little too large for daily use. He eventually completely stopped wearing it sometime in the late 1980s. We can confirm this history because besides our recent service etching inside the case-back, there is only one other record of service and it was from Rolex in 1978 We couldn’t find another example of this rare model on the market that is anywhere near as complete as this one. It comes with an excellent condition original box with bright red, gold-trimmed liner. The endorsed warranty papers are dated June 16, 1977, from Birks in Sudbury Ontario. Guarantee documents with pink translation papers are in perfect condition along with the operating instructions. The package even contains a red plastic folder with transparent document sleeves. The 25 jewel ETA calibre 2784 is functioning like new (perhaps better) as our Vibrograf report shows an accuracy rate of only 2 seconds fast per day. Our March 2021 overhaul revealed no issues with the movement other than it was quite dry and needed a thorough cleaning. There is evidence of use common to a watch only a year or two in age. For a watch that is well over 40 years old, the condition is remarkable. The stainless steel bracelet shows no more sag or stretch than it did when the watch was presented as a gift from the original owner’s wife back in the summer spring of 1977. The classic silver dial remains blemish-free. The tritium-enhanced hands and hour plots are perfectly matched and complete. It’s rare to see hands where the tritium isn’t cracked or has missing sections. These are as good as they get. This is the first example of an integrated bracelet Tudor Prince OysterDate we’ve ever had and it is a marvelous example. Freshly serviced, ready to turn heads and prompt conversation from hardcore watch nerds to the casual observer. This small slice of 1970s nostalgia and Tudor history is estate priced at $4,990.00 CAD. Stock number #e14095.

SOLD


November 10, 2021

2018 Rolex Datejust II 126334 factory diamond dial perfect condition $16,000.00 CAD. e13279

The Datejust II 126334 is the current full sized Rolex, offering a handy date display and the iconic 18 karat white gold fluted bezel. This model has been available for a few years and we seldom see them. In fact, this is the first one we’ve had in this specification. This one also comes with the upgraded Jubilee bracelet with easy link adjustment. It features Rolex’s new generation 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex the 31 jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous generation with an accuracy rating 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn a little more about this movement and its sister 3255 Day-Date movement on the official Rolex website. Our latest previously owned Rolex isn’t quite 4 years old but you’d never guess it’s even been worn before; the protective case back sticker is still in place. It was purchased in Canada at an authorized Rolex agency in March 2018. At 41mm diameter, it has a great wrist presence. Lacking a thick bezel as many full-sized Rolex do the Datejust 41 looks even larger than the size suggests. The sunburst black dial with factory applied diamonds is the definition of class and classic Rolex style. The subtle finish on the dial rolls around its centre as the watch moves. We attempted to capture the effect with this short 10 second YouTube video. In bright sunlight, the effect is easily seen. The black dial works with any skin tone or outfit. It’s the essence of classic simplicity in Rolex design. This watch has only been worn a few times by a fastidious previous owner. The watch remains in perfect condition, not a scuff or blemish of any kind can be seen on the case or bracelet. No polishing or refinishing of any kind has been done, just a quick wipe with a soft cloth was all that was required to prepare it for its new owner. The watch comes with everything from when delivered. The factory warranty remains in place until March 2023. All large size all steel models are difficult to find at Rolex boutiques. Even more so with the $2,400.00 optional upgraded diamond dial. This recent trade-in is priced at $16,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13279.

SOLD

 


November 6, 2021

1952 Solar/Tudor 7804 King-of-Wings 34.4mm rare watch $2,000.00 CAD. e13990

Once upon a time, Rolex was just another vendor of watches. They didn’t make anything, they simply purchased the parts from various manufacturers and assembled the components. Like many upstart companies, the early years were really simply about staying in business and building the brand. In the early, to mid-1900s there were many long-established brands that dominated the watch market, which was mostly pocket watches. As Rolex began to make a name for themselves they weren’t above selling high-quality private label watches to help make ends meet. One of those private-label companies was Eaton’s Canada. For over 100 years Eaton’s was Canada’s largest department store, employing 70,000 people at one point. Eaton’s was no Walmart of its day, they had a great reputation for selling high-quality products. When it came to watches, their top of the line was SOLAR, made by you guessed it, Tudor/Rolex. We rarely encounter Solar watches in any style or condition but this one is beautiful. The original parchment dial is almost perfect. It shows almost no patina, stains, or blemishes. Some of the radium plots are damaged or missing but the small size makes their absence go almost unnoticed. There are some very faint “ghost shadows” at 3:50 hard to see in these images where the hands must have sat stationary for years or decades. The shadows formed because the luminous radium pigment in the hands “burned” the painted dial due to continuous exposure in the same position. The 34.4mm diameter case is in great shape with thick lugs, crisp, sharp edges, and no corrosion. The watch was awarded as a presentation gift by the Masonic Lodge in Toronto. The case-back has been beautifully hand-engraved by a master engraver to commemorate a special event in 1952. Engraving this type of stainless steel is no easy task. Back in the 1950s, Rolex was purchasing high-quality, Swiss-made mechanisms from other manufacturers for Tudor and this example is no different. It is a 17 jewel, hand wind, shock protected, ETA calibre 1182. These are relatively simple movements and remarkably durable. We just completed a full overhaul, including a replacement threaded crown, waterproof tube, and crystal (the original crown is included). Once fully wound this workhorse will run for close to 2 days with surprising accuracy considering the watch is close to 70 years old. We also fitted a vintage-looking, soft, black leather strap. This is a very rare watch, chances are we’ll never see another. It’s a little slice of Rolex history and also a chapter in Canadian retail history. We are proud to showcase this watch for you and also provide the new owner with a complimentary one year warranty. Estate priced at $2,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13990.

SOLD


October 22, 2021

Rolex Datejust 41 126300 on Jubilee bracelet $12,700.00 CAD. e14562

The Datejust II 126300 is the current full-sized basic Rolex that offers a handy date display. This newly designed model has only been available for a couple of years and we seldom see them. In fact, this is the first one we’ve had made completely in stainless steel. This one also comes with the far less common and premium-priced Jubilee bracelet. It features Rolex’s new generation 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex the 31 jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70 hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous generation with an accuracy rating 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn more about this movement and its sister 3255 Day-Date movement on the official Rolex website. Our latest previously owned Rolex is only a few years old. It was purchased in Canada at an authorized Rolex agency in December of 2018. At 41mm diameter, it has a great wrist presence. Lacking a thick bezel as many full-sized Rolex do the Datejust 41 looks even larger than the size suggests. The simple black dial with luminous hands and markers is the essence of classic simplicity in Rolex design day or night. This watch has been only lightly worn and remains in its original condition. No polishing or refinishing of any kind has been done. There are light scuffs and scratches associated with responsible wear but nothing significant. We will happily tidy up the minor scuffs for no charge should you choose to. The watch comes with everything originally delivered from the factory. The factory warranty remains in place until December 2023. Large-size all-steel watches are difficult to find at Rolex boutiques, especially on the iconic Jubilee style bracelet. This recent trade-in watch is priced at $12,700.00. Stock #e14595.

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October 21, 2021

2010 Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 44mm $27,900.00 CAD. e14599

Without a doubt, this is the extrovert within the conservative Rolex family of watches. Of the millions of watches they’ve produced over the last 100 plus years, most are average-sized, time-only models with perhaps a calendar function and that’s about it. There are a few specialty versions available with a chronograph or dual time feature but even these are housed in subtle oyster cases of moderate 40mm to 42mm size. In 2007 when Rolex introduced the solid gold 18 karat Yacht-Master II the watch world took notice. Why would the ultra-traditional brand from Geneva introduce such an audacious, narrowly focused watch? Well, because they can, and because everyone was talking about this new giant-sized Rolex, plus it also clearly demonstrated that Rolex is still at the cutting edge of watchmaking skills. This is one complicated watch. The 100% in-house developed calibre 4160 movement consists of 360 components. All the individual parts work in perfect harmony as a countdown timer that’s easily programmed by the Rolex “command bezel”.  An integrated bright royal blue ceramic bezel along with a red arrow tip hand display an easy-to-read 1 to 10-minute countdown timer. The timer is a horologic masterpiece with a unique fly-back feature allowing resetting to the nearest countdown minute without stopping the timer first. This enables the user to synchronize the countdown with an audible or visual signal from the yacht race official. If the regular stop/reset sequence is used the timer returns to your mechanically preprogrammed setting. It’s a really slick feature that could also work for creating the perfect soft-boiled egg or maybe timing the ultimate steak on the barbecue. At 44mm diameter, this is just about the largest Rolex on the market. The only dial colour available is brilliant white with blue and red details that strengthen the yachting theme. Our latest estate example is in very good but worn condition. It was responsibly worn by its former mature owner and Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers customer. It exhibits scuffs and shallow scratches appropriate for a watch a little over a decade in age. A short YouTube video of the actual watch can be seen here. We’d be happy to provide a complimentary refinishing if you’d prefer it to look new. Model 116681 is the ungraded 18 karat “Rolesore Everose” version, Rolex speak for steel and 18 karat rose gold. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, chronometer hangtag, and a previous bill of sale from February 2021 for $20,990.00 USD. Purchasing a 116681 Yacht-Master II in the USA will cost you the princely sum of $25,350.00 USD making this the most expensive two-tone watch Rolex has ever created. Don’t wait until Rolex has its next price increase in Canada. These don’t show up very often around here, including a 1-year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this watch is estate priced at $27,900.00 CAD. Stock #e14599.

SOLD


October 20, 2021

2019 Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR “RootBeer”. $27,750.00 CAD. e14594

Purchased from a Canadian authorized agent in the summer of 2019 we proudly offer this difficult to obtain Rolex GMT-Master II model 126711CHNR “Root Beer”. The GMT II was the first Rolex to offer the now standard ceramic bezel insert. This new material offers far better scratch resistance than the previous aluminum component. The new GMT also benefits from the larger “maxi” dial markers and hands, it’s more luminous than previous models, has a bigger more water-tight trip lock crown, heavier bracelet with quick micro-adjustment, and fliplock buckle. In short, this is not your father’s GMT. It’s a quantum leap in build quality over the previous versions. With all the improvements also came a larger price. From what we hear, the only way to get a brand new one is to get on a list and wait. For retaining value it’s always best to keep your Rolex original and keep everything that it came with when first delivered. At  2 1/2 years old this watch still comes with everything that was delivered from the original authorized Rolex agent. Inner/outer box, warranty card, booklets, instructions, cardholder, plastic, and paper hang tags, original bill of sale, outer protective cardboard sleeve are all included. Even a thin protective sheet of foam covering the box top plus a Rolex shopping bag is here. The overall condition can be described as very good to excellent. It was worn carefully by its previous owner and displays minor evidence of use. There are shallow scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet. We could easily restore the look to like-new should you decide. We always choose to leave the factory finish alone, it can only be original once. The Rolex GMT Master is one of Rolex’s most iconic models. It’s been around for over 60 years yet still looks and functions much the same as it did in 1954. Originally built as a professional tool for pilots traveling through multiple times. The GMT Master II features an extra hour hand plus a rotating bezel indexed for 24 hours to display a second time zone. The “root beer” bezel goes a step further displaying daylight hours in a rich brown hue and nighttime hours in black. Powering the latest GMT-Master II is the new caliber 3285 as signified by the little crown between the SWISS and MADE on the dial at 6:00 o’clock. The new movement features a new “Chronergy” escapement, said to have improved geometry over the traditional Swiss lever release. Rolex says the new escapement helps contribute to the extended power reserve of 70 hours, compared to the 48-hour reserve of the 3186. Look for the little extra crown at 6:00 o’clock signifying your watch comes with caliber 3285. As a homage to GMT-Masters from the past, this dial showcases just a little bit of gold print executed in perfect block text against a glossy background. It’s subtle details like these that truly set Rolex apart. The balance of the factory warranty expires in the summer of 2024. This watch is estate priced at $27,750.00 CAD. Stock #e14594.

SOLD


October 17, 2021

2002 Rolex Datejust 16234 36mm 18kt. fluted bezel blue stick dial $7,000.00 CAD. e13108

Considering blue is the universal favorite colour it’s a wonder we don’t see more blue dial watches. Perhaps when people spend big $$$$$$ they don’t want to stray too far from cautious, bland colours like white, black, silver, or any other achromatic shade in between. Perhaps this is why so many expensive cars are painted in the most mundane colours (I don’t think many will say their favorite colour is grey or silver). When a dressy Rolex Datejust comes in with a blue dial we get excited. This is a very late example of the traditional, thin lug, brushed finish Datejust that dating from 2002. The upgraded 18 karat white gold fluted bezel helps confirm there’s no mistaking this is a Rolex. The watch is in excellent overall condition except for a thin 7mm scratch on the synthetic sapphire crystal. The stainless steel case and Jubilee bracelet are in very nice shape showing very little sag and almost no stretch. Running great with all functions operating as designed. If you’ve been trying to find a new blue dial Datejust at your local authorized agent you know how hard they are to find. Previously enjoyed examples in blues are scarce too. I can’t remember the last blue dial, stainless steel/white gold Rolex we had; this may be our first one. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is priced at $7,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13108.

SOLD

 

 

 

 


October 15, 2021

2007 Rolex Submariner 16613 $18,000.00 CAD. e14554

Two-tone sports watches are making a comeback, and Rolex is actively promoting the concept with the introduction of the Sea-Dweller 126603 and the debut of the 2021 Explorer 124273. These purposefully designed professional models have been available for decades but were previously only offered in stainless steel. Although they haven’t lost any of their overachieving sporting specifications, they have gained the ability to be worn for more dressy occasions with the addition of solid 18 karat yellow gold details. If you’re buying an expensive watch, doesn’t it make sense to be able to wear it in any situation? It is my opinion that the current price of many vintage and used two-tone Rolex sports watches offer very good value at the moment. It is absolutely impossible to buy a nice example of a used stainless steel Submariner for less than around $12,000.00 CAD right now. New ones are on perpetual backorder at Rolex agents with waiting lists extending well into the future. Lightly used, current model (126610LN) stainless steel Submariners are selling for around 75% more than the original suggested retail price. Buying a new two-tone Submariner 126613LB comes with a retail price of $16,800.00. Decent older retired models are available anywhere from around $12,000.00 used. Every time we get an estate/vintage blue dial 16613 Submariner, can’t understand why these are not way more popular than the entry-level steel versions. The bright royal blue dial and bezel insert of these discontinued models is the perfect complement to the rich warm hue of Rolex’s proprietary 18 karat yellow gold alloy. The 16613 is one of Rolex’s best designs and was produced for over 20 years. Our latest two-tone Submariner is one of the nicest we’ve had the pleasure to showcase. This 2007 model was exclusively maintained by Rolex factory service facilities. Included with the purchase are Rolex service warranties from 2013 and 2018. The watch appears only lightly worn, showing little evidence of wear and tear. It shows next to no use since the last service in April 2018. The factory-applied bevel on the case lugs is easily seen. The “frog’s toes” Rolex coronet buckle logo shows excellent relief and there is only a touch of sag in the Oyster link bracelet. That iconic royal blue dial is absolutely perfect, there is not a smudge, scuff, or stain of any kind. The 18 karat gold hands and dial markers are also in excellent condition. Even the gold text, all 7 lines are impeccable with lettering applied so thick it actually has height. Two-tone Rolex Submariners come and go with regularity at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers, but we still get excited each time the next one briefly is displayed in our showcase. This watch comes with its original box, service booklets, 2 service warranty cards and its original fully endorsed warranty card. Including a one-year warranty (prorated for 5 years), this watch is estate priced at $18,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14554.

SOLD


October 11, 2021

2010 Ladies Rolex Datejust 179174, 26mm, factory mother of pearl dial, $8,200.00 CAD. e14356

The all-white look continues to be the most popular choice when it comes to jewellery and watches for both men and women. They say traditional yellow gold is making a comeback, but for conservative brands like Rolex, white gold, stainless steel and platinum are by far the most asked for. This Rolex Datejust 179174 is just about as monochromatic as you can get. The classic 26mm oyster case is constructed of 904L high grade stainless steel. This exotic alloy is milled to exacting standards by specialty suppliers then completely machined and manufactured in house by Rolex. It is more resistant to corrosion than the industry standard 316L stainless and can be polished to a superior finish. An 18 karat white gold fluted bezel locks down the synthetic sapphire crystal and is an integral part in keeping the oyster case watertight to 300 feet. The beautiful factory-delivered, iridescent, mother of pearl dial is an uncommon upgrade as is added significantly to the basic price. The slightly more feminine stainless steel jubilee bracelet finishes off the tone-on-tone look. The watch dates from 2010 and comes complete with the original inner/outer box, factory endorsed warranty card, vacuum/pressure test report, and vibrograf electronic timing report. This watch was fully serviced by our master watchmaker in April of 2021. It is functioning flawlessly and keeping great time. Its previous and only owner is a long-time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers customer who wore it in rotation with a few other watches. It is in excellent condition, showing only the slightest wear. Rolex no longer offers a mother of pearl with Roman numeral dial. If you’d like a “MOP” dial it is only available with 10 small diamond hour markers and comes with a suggested retail price of $13,900.00 CAD in the 28mm size. A complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for the estate price of $8,200.00 CAD. Stock #e14356.

SOLD


October 8, 2021

Double Vision. Two 2017 Rolex Explorer 214270 39mm. $11,750.00 CAD each. e14590 e14591

Do not adjust your screens, you are not seeing double. Here are two 2017 Rolex Explorer watches model number 214270. These are retired models and have been replaced by a new smaller 36mm version. They are the same but slightly different. The watch on the right is a late version of Mark 1 dial, with a short/narrow minute hand, narrow hour hand, and 3,6,9 hour markers that do not glow. The watch on the left is an early version of the Mark 2 dial featuring longer/thicker hands and fully luminous markers. Which dial do you prefer? The latter dial is easier to interpret in low light situations, but the early dial can be considered a little dressier with its fully polished 18 karat white gold Arabic numbers. The skinny shorter hands never really bothered anyone until the new dial replaced them. Now every time we see a short hand version it looks slightly out of proportion. Oddities and rarities and what any Rolex collector looks for and for this reason I think the off-balance Mark 1 dial is the one to collect. I’m surprised that Rolex retired the 39mm Explorer and replaced it with the traditional Explorer size of 36mm size. We always found the 39mm to be quite popular with our estate watch collectors. If you have the means or the desire to collect both examples, here is a rare opportunity. Both of these are 2017 models, come with full documentation, paperwork, packaging, and both were originally purchased in Canada at authorized Rolex agents. Neither has been polished or refinished. One still has a protective sticker on the buckle and one comes with the original bill of sale. We are happy to provide the new owner(s) with a complimentary 1-year warranty. They are priced at $11,750.00 each. Stock numbers e14590 (Mark 2), e14591 (Mark 1).

BOTH SOLD


October 4, 2021

2021 Rolex Datejust 41 126300 white/Roman (never worn) $12,750.00 CAD. e14568

For hundreds of years, white dials with Roman numeral hour markers were the choice for watch and clock manufacturers from around the world. In fact, there were pretty much no other choices available. To do anything different was rarely even considered. While it may not be the most flamboyant choice, there is no denying how effective the combination is. For a classic and conservative brand like Rolex, a white dial with stainless steel case is particularly attractive. Until I owned a white dial watch myself I really didn’t appreciate its simple elegance; now you’d have a hard time convincing me to go with any other colour. Our latest previously enjoyed watch was purchased in the fall of 2021. It has never been worn and new in every respect except the 5-year international warranty has been initiated. There is not even the slightest scuff or smudge on the 41mm case or Oyster bracelet. Comes with the original boxes (both inner/outer and sleeve) along with the Rolex Oyster booklet, plastic chronometer hang tag, instructions, endorsed authorized agent warranty card, the white cardboard product tag with serial/style numbers, and even a Rolex shopping bag come with the watch. The warranty is fully transferable and will cover the new owner until the fall of 2026.