ROLEX


May 24, 2020

Rolex Pearlmaster 29mm 80318 $18,000.00 CAD. e12004

The Rolex Pearlmaster was introduced in 1992 as the brand’s most luxurious interpretation of the classic lady Datejust. At the time it was larger than the standard Datejust by 3mm at 29mm diameter and it was substantially heavier at over 112 grams. It also was the first to feature polished lugs, now standard on all Datejust models. What sets it apart is the unique bezel and intricate bracelet. This is a very complicated design; each link consists of 5 main segments plus a thick tube bushing and a thin locking screw. It could have been made much more simply with as little as 3 pieces per link, but that wouldn’t be the standard of excellence Rolex is known for. Short cuts are never a consideration for Rolex. The complex design helps prolong joint durability and keep wear to an absolute minimum. At 10 years of age it appears to be working as the heavy bracelet shows no stretch or sag on any kind. Only available in solid 18 karat white, yellow or rose gold the Pearlmaster is the pinnacle of ladies Rolex. Current pricing for Pearlmaster is $39,750.00 CAD for the entry level 34mm version. The gold that’s used in all Rolex watches is a proprietary alloy manufactured in house. We are very happy to showcase only our 2nd ever Pearlmaster to come through our estate department. This example purchased brand new at Chateau d’Ivoire Montreal in December of 2008. It features the popular snow white dial with 18 karat Roman numeral hour markers. The watch was only lightly used since new and has never been polished in any way. It is showing some minor scratches and scuffs associated with careful use from its one and only previous owner. Being completely constructed from premium 18 karat gold we can easily restore the high polished finish to like new before delivery if you wish. Rolex coronet logo on the concealed clasp still shows excellent relief as testament to responsible use. When over polished the logo becomes flattened loosing its crisp details. As with all Datejust models the automatic movement inside the 100 meter water resistant case is a certified chronometer grade mechanism. It has been independently checked for accuracy over a ten day period in multiple positions and temperatures. During the testing period the watch must maintain an accuracy rate of plus 6 to minus 4 seconds per day. Only highly regulated and adjusted mechanical watches are able to earn the coveted chronometer designation. If you cherish a watch that is 100% complete this one is for you.  Comes with inner box, outer box, cardboard sleeve showing serial/model numbercard holder, Datejust booklet, chronometer hag tag, green Rolex ID tag with model/serial numbers and the price tag showing $22,220.00 from way back in 2008. Even the plastic bezel protector is included with the package. It’s nice to see all the adjustable bracelet links with the watch along with an extra link screw (just in case).  Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1 year warranty with purchase. Estate priced at $18,000.00 CAD. Stock #e12004.


May 20, 2020

2019 Rolex Datejust 41 126333 full kit Canadian watch $14,500.00 CAD. e13293

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 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 36mm Datejust the Datejust 41 is noticeably bigger. 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 collector’s 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 too technical, the 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), modified barrel design allowing for 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 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 slightly more comfortable and dressier Jubilee bracelet features a clever “easylink” with 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 occasionally worn since it was originally purchased from a Canadian authorized agency store in November 2019. It comes with the original fully endorsed warranty card covering the watch under international warranty until November 2024. 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, even the protective cardboard box sleeve and foam liner come included. The watch shows only minor minor scuffs and very light surface scratches on the flat buckle sections and case edges. It has never been polished or refinished in any way retaining the difficult to duplicate perfect factory finish. Estate priced at $14,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13293.


May 15, 2020

Ladies Rolex Yacht-Master 169222 $6,000.00 CAD. e10932

If you’re searching for a ladies Rolex with a more sporting personality the Yacht-Master is basically your only choice. It has been one of the most sought after models in the Rolex line up. When the platinum and stainless steel versions came out they were only available by getting on a waiting list or paying more than retail for a used one. Now that they have been on the market for a while, nice pre-owned estate models are turning up but only very rarely. What makes model 169622 so attractive is that solid platinum bezel and dial. It’s not a simple painted base metal face, it is actually made from precious platinum with a micro sandblasted texture. The Yacht-Master is the only ladies watch that offers a handy 2 way timer bezel timer indexed for 60 minutes. The simple device easily allows the user to keep track of any event of up to one hour duration within about 30 seconds accuracy. Parking meters, lunch hours and maybe the perfectly timed steak are just a few things the bezel could accurately time. The 29mm watch is equipped with the famous Rolex Twinlock crown and oyster case water resistant to 300 feet. At 18 years old the watch is in remarkable condition. Only showing a little honest patina mostly in the form of a bit of sag in the oyster bracelet. Truthfully the small amount of sag actually makes the sportiest Rolex bracelet a bit more comfortable. With only 12 hinged links a little extra give allows a more comfy fit. Included with watch is Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. Very good overall condition. The coronet Rolex logo on the buckle still sits up nice and tall as evidence of not being excessively polished. Estate priced at $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #e10932


May 14, 2020

1970 gold capped Rolex Oyster Chronometer 1024 34mm $3,500.00 CAD. e12437

The essence of understatement is key to what makes this Rolex Oyster so attractive. Simple style with classic details made it someone’s choice in 1970 when it was originally purchased. Close to 50 years later the Rolex tradition of design excellence continues with this less is more 34mm chronometer. Today a gold colour Rolex watch means solid 18 karat gold but there was a time when a laminated gold cap was available. The thick gold cap measures around 250 microns, more than enough to last a lifetime under normal use. Under the decorative gold cap is the famous Oyster case manufactured from resilient stainless steel. Its combination screw down crown, case back and tension ring crystal has been keeping Rolex movements protected from the elements since 1926. The calibre 1570 within the case is most worthy of such protection. This 26 jewel Rolex designed mechanism can be found in some of their most famous watches like the Submariner and Explorer. The robust design has a power reserve of 2 full days helped in part by its leisurely frequency of 19,800 cycles per hour. Despite the slower beat this movement easily conforms to the tough requirements needed to earn the title of certified chronometer. The original pale champagne dial is beautiful and completely original. The tritium hour plots and luminous hand pigment match perfectly and are believed original. What look like the typical hash mark hour markers actually taper slightly and are tipped with tritium dots. We just performed a minor service including genuine replacement crystal, crown, waterproof tube and associated rubber gaskets. Attached to the versatile 34mm case is a casual looking dark brown leather strap. Not very often do we see a leather strap equipped Rolex, even less often does one turn up with a proper signed Rolex buckle installed. The watch is in excellent condition showing practically no signs of wear. The gold capped lug tips are not showing even the slightest areas of exposing the stainless steel core. This vintage Rolex is running great, keeping excellent time and comes with our complimentary one year warranty. Estate priced at $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12437.


May 10, 2020

Rolex Air-King 5500 34mm freshly serviced $3,300.00 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 watch was freshly serviced in October 2019 and is ready to go. At 50 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 price at $3,300.00 CAD. Stock #e11718.


1997 Tudor Prince Date with tritium explorer dial $3,880.00 CAD. e13391

Looking for an unusual but affordable blue-chip collectable Tudor or Rolex is difficult. Everyone has seen the price of any decent Rolex Submarines creep over $10,000.00 in recent years. Even Tudor Submariners are trading into 5 figures for nice complete examples. A basic Tudor Prince Date like this is modern enough to wear everyday without worrying. Rugged 316L stainless steel, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, oyster case with threaded crown/case back and a solid link bracelet all manufactured by Tudor’s parent company Rolex. At 23 years old this Tudor 74000N is well on its way to becoming a desirable collectable. The sporty Explorer style dial is rarely seen on the Prince Date and even less so with tritium treatment on the hands and hour plots. The completeness and originality also make this watch very attractive. Its wooden lined inner box with pillow and blanket look as if they’ve never been touched. Outer cardboard box is perfect as is the endorsed warranty certificate (Guam November 16, 1998). The 21 page instructional booklet shows no creases and the corners are not curled. The packaging looks like it has been stored untouched for a couple of decades. Beating inside the 34mm Oyster style case is a Tudor modified ETA 2428-2 25 jewel, shock protected movement in excellent running order. The watch is believed to be in 100% unrestored condition showing no signs of previous polishing. The glossy black dial is the essence of functionality with its combination of classic stick hour markers with large Arabic 6,9 and 12. A handy 31 day calendar with magnified display adds an additional useful feature. Its modest size is super comfortable for men and women alike. Included with purchase the watch comes with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. $3,880.00 CAD. Stock #e13391.

SOLD


May 7, 2020

Tudor Black Bay 79220N $5,000.00 CAD. e10467

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 hands on a flat black dial the watch has an undeniably vintage look. Initially only available in Burgundy and Blue it’s design and look was 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 manufactures. 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 to the Black Bay. 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 come on a cloth NATO style 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. I think the Black Bay Black will see similar price appreciation over time being such a short production run model. 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 only a couple 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. Comes with a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, original inner/outer boxes, instructions, endorsed Canadian warranty card and nylon strap. Estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #e10467.

SOLD


May 4, 2020

Rolex Datejust 31mm 178273 full kit & factory diamond dial $11,490.00 CAD. e12350

It’s always exciting when one of the most sought after Ladies Rolex models appears in our estate department. When that watch is still under factory warranty, 100% original, Canadian delivery with its full compliment of documentation and packaging we really take notice. From what we understand 31mm models are seldom seen on display at authorized agents. This size is the preferred choice as it is big enough to make a subtle statement but not so big it’s bulky and uncomfortable. Maybe it’s nothing more than a fashion trend that women’s watches have become larger or could it be something else. Perhaps Rolex is tracking their target demographic of clients who are nicely established with some disposable income and who are more than likely in their 40s. A bigger watch is just easier to read for those of us no longer in their 20s. After decades of production Rolex no longer even offer a 26mm Datejust. This example comes with a beautiful silver dial that perfectly compliments the 904L stainless steel used in the famous water tight Oyster case. The seamless transition broken up only by Rolex’ proprietary 18 karat yellow gold alloy and the sparkle of top quality diamond hour markers. Many Rolex watches are customized with aftermarket dials containing lower quality brilliant cut diamonds. Rolex only use the finest single cut diamonds available for dial markers. Despite the simple 17 facet arrangement (compared to a 57 facet brilliant cut) the smallest deviation in cut is instantly spotted in a single cut. You will never see an original Rolex supplied diamond that isn’t perfectly cut. Even the solid 18 karat gold beveled edge octagon settings are perfection in every detail.While the basic Rolex design philosophy is simple and functional they do it without compromise. No other brand does microscopic details better than Rolex. This watch is 100% original and in excellent condition. It shows minor evidence of use in the form of small scuffs on the case and bracelet. It has never been refinished in any way. We’d be happy to give it a complimentary polish if you wish. Originally delivered December 2015 to a Toronto area authorized agency. The factory endorsed warranty expires in  December 2020 after which Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide an additional year of warranty coverage. With our weak currency the current version of this watch is much less expensive in Canada priced at $14,650.00 CAD as shown on the Rolex Canada website. Including everything shown our latest previously enjoyed estate Rolex is priced at $11,490.00 CAD. Stock #e12350.


April 27, 2020

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 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 a 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 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 owners 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.

Viewing by appointment only please.


April 26, 2020

Rolex Daytona 16523 $17,500.00 CAD. e12734

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 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 don’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), new chronograph reset pusher, set of hands, crown, crystal and light case/bracelet refinishing. The fresh service/repair was just completed 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 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 well over $25,000.00 CAD (around $10,000.00 over original retail pricing). 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 $17,500.00 for a used Daytona”. Ten years from now I bet you’ll be saying “I can’t believe I ONLY paid $17,500.00 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 purchase is the balance of 2 year warrant valid until September 2021. The watch also comes with a vintage Rolex box, booklet, ’89-90 calendar, plastic chronometer hang tag and card holder wallet. Estate priced at $17,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12734.


April 16, 2020

1956 Rolex Oyster 36mm 6298 $5,500.00 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 themselves as a high quality do it all watch manufacturer that could stand up to the demands of modern 20th century. The demographics of the 1950s presented Rolex the perfect opportunity to take advantage of middle class disposable income. Jobs and money were plentiful; this watch likely only cost about 2 weeks 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 the 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 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 patented. It’s remarkable to us that a 63 year old watch can look so contemporary, but such is the Rolex style. 6 months, 6 years or 6 decades 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 $6,150.00 CAD. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11990.


April 12, 2020

Tudor Prince OysterDate 9050/0 $2,500.00 CAD. e12629

If you ever wanted to get into the collector Rolex market but didn’t want to spend $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 doing it here is a great place to start. When it’s time to trade up to a big boy Rolex this one should offer great trade-in potential. It looks like a Rolex, it’s made by Rolex, the Oyster case, bracelet and crown are all Rolex. Tudor have always been manufactured by Rolex but usually come with a modified Swiss movement made by someone else. In this case the movement is an automatic winding 25 jewel calibre 2784 made by ETA, equipped with a hacking second hand and quick set calendar. I like this watch because of the clean silver dial and tone on tone look. A traditional style should make for an easy sell when the time comes to trade in this vintage watch made sometime around 1970. The watch comes with a very good condition Rolex Jubilee bracelet number 62510H date coded to 1980. The traditional smooth polished bezel, Oyster case and bracelet help to instantly identify this watch as a product from the most famous of all Swiss manufacturers. We just installed a brand new genuine Rolex threaded crown and waterproof tube to the 34.4mm stainless steel case. The watch is running well with all functions working as designed. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $2,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12629.

 


April 10, 2020

2000 Rolex Daytona 116518 40mm 18kt. gold with papers $24,900.00 CAD. e11577

The ultimate luxury sport watch is without doubt an 18 karat gold Rolex Daytona. The Daytona Cosmograph is a watch of legend, the mythical unicorn for the average watch collector. Despite what one would think they aren’t all that rare, you just don’t see them very often. A quick look on a popular watch market website has over 6000 for sale; that’s right six thousand! A Daytona is actually one of the most common watches offered for sale. The only difficulty obtaining one is coming up with an extra $15,000.00 needed to buy the least expensive used one you’re likely to encounter. For $15,000.00 you should be able to find one, but it won’t be all gold and it will definitely be lacking original 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 represents around 1% of all the Daytona Cosmographs available in the marketplace. The absolutely garden variety steel versions capture all the headlines and attention but something like our latest estate watch is far more uncommon. The clean white dial is the essence of sporting functionality, the Arabic hour markers add extra utility. P 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 movement, the calibre 4130. In well over 100 years of Rolex history this is their first chronograph mechanism developed within the corporation. Rolex have 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 finding a Daytona at your local Rolex boutique. 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 (priced at $33,650.00 CAD). 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. 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. Collectors and enthusiasts agree; they’d rather have an original example compared to one that has been refinished and polished. This watch appears to maintain its original finish. The tachymeter bezel scale is the first place to look for evidence of previous polishing. The debossed text will always show rounded edges where polishing smooths away imperfections. I’m happy to report this bezel has some minor imperfections but the letters/numbers still show crisp sharp relief. The original black crocodile strap is showing more wear than we like but not bad considering the 2003 delivery date. We will supply the watch with 2 genuine Rolex alligator straps (black and brown). Along with a brand new Rolex strap. Besides the watch, the dealer endorsed chronometer certificate/warranty document adds significant value. Rare punched paper endorsed certificate comes from Rolex authorized agents Humbertown Jewellers Toronto (January 2002). Original documentation is hard to find with vintage Rolex. Boxes, booklets, instructions and every other Rolex accessory (genuine and fake) can be purchased online but there can only be one original warranty certificate and this one has it. The watch still sports the original case back sticker too. Included with the watch is a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. $24,900.00 CAD. Stock #e11577.


April 4, 2020

1990 Rolex Oyster 34 white Roman on Oyster bracelet 14233 $5,100.00 CAD. e12793

Our latest vintage Rolex has one of the more unusual dials you’re likely to encounter; solid 18 karat yellow gold block shaped hour markers tipped with tritium plots along with black printed Roman numerals. Having 2 full sets of hour markers is not seen on many models but it works very well against the glossy white background. This watch is in remarkable condition for being close to 30 years old. The solid 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel is in almost perfect condition. Its sharp crisp faceted edges catch the light and twinkle with even the slightest wrist movement. The original oyster bracelet shows almost no sag or stretch and the embossed Rolex logo on the buckle cover still displays excellent detail. These characteristics suggest the watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. It has been worn but not too often given its age. There are minor scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet but they are very shallow and easily removed. As always we’d be happy to refinish the watch to like new if you prefer. For the collector we’ve elected to leave it 100% original for now. Model 14233 offers only basic time keeping functions with “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” status, Rolex language for this thing keeps excellent time. The 34mm Oyster case with 18 karat trim is the perfect size for the lady looking for a slightly larger watch with some bling. Buying a brand new Rolex today with similar features will cost you over $10,000.00, including a service box and plastic chronometer hang tag and our 1 year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this vintage Rolex is priced at $5,100.00 CAD. Stock #e12793.


April 1, 2020

2006 Rolex Datejust “Roulette” 36mm 116233 $10,100.00 CAD. e12838

The “roulette” moniker refers to the alternating red black date display. Red displays the odd days of the month and black shows even. This was a feature of the original Datejust when it was introduced for the 40th anniversary of Rolex in 1945. After decades of absence it was only reintroduced on a hand full of Datejusts from the recently discontinued 1162xx series. The red/black display only came with a few dial colours. This unusual and uncommon feature is experiencing some collector interest as they are a little different. The every other day splash of colour is the most apparent on white dials. Finding a two tone 18 karat gold and stainless steel Datejust with a Jubilee bracelet and roulette date wheel is a very rare combination. The rest of this F series 2006 Rolex comes from the regular playbook. Iconic 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel adds a luxury touch pairing well with the glossy black dial. A dressy and ultra comfortable Jubilee bracelet with hidden clasp costs a bit more than the sporty Oyster bracelet and suits the more formal black a little better. The bracelet shows only the smallest amount of sag with no stretch. There are a some scuffs, scratches, impact marks on the case and bracelet as the one owner watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. These minor blemishes can easily be removed by our onsite technicians if you wish but we think it would be best to leave the 100% original and complete watch alone. 18 karat white yellow hands and hour markers have been specially treated to a luminous pigment that allows time interpretation long after the lights go out. This is a Canadian delivered watch purchased brand new by the one and only Ontario owner. The watch comes complete with the original bill of sale from January 25 2006, inner/outer boxes, card holder, instructions, booklet and plastic chronometer hang tag, bezel guard, punched paper warranty sheet (with black construction paper contrast card). Even the outside protective cardboard sleeve is here showing the style number and black dial index marker confirmation of originality. Looking on the Rolex website the black dial option appears to only be available with diamond markers and no roulette date wheel for $16,150.00 CAD. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1 year warranty with purchase. Estate priced at $10,100.00 CAD. Stock #e12838.


March 30, 2020

1987 Rolex Day-Date 18108 bark finish factory diamond bezel 36mm $17,980.00 CAD. e13276

We’re quite fortunate to showcase some truly remarkable vintage watches at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. Sometimes they’re in amazing condition, looking practically unworn. While we love selling these time capsules to our growing collector following, I feel a little sad for the previous owner(s) who chose to only rarely wear them. While I understand some of the watches we profile are quite special, they’re still meant to be used more than just a few times per year for special occasions. Life is short and wearing a luxury watch is a feeling that should be experienced as often as possible. Sure there are times when a solid gold watch shouldn’t be worn but for 90% of the time, something like this should be used and enjoyed. Our latest vintage Rolex is a rare Day-Date 18108 bark finish with factory supplied diamond bezel. The bark texture alone makes this watch a little more interesting than a standard Day-Date. The upgraded diamond bezel adds some contrasting bling against the rough, bark textured bezel. More than just some decorative sparkle, these diamonds actually serve a purpose; they are set inline with the dial markers helping confirm the hour. That may be a bit of a stretch but sometimes people need a small excuse to justify a little sparkle in their life. Originality is an important characteristic when gauging the value of an estate watch, we’re happy to say that everything about this watch appears correct and original. Rolex of Canada seem to agree as their document from March 2019 describes the watch and its features as shown. Rolex are very quick to comment if their watches have been modified or customized with aftermarket parts. Often they will refuse to service your watch is it has been customized by an aftermarket supplier. The Champagne colour dial dial isn’t unusual but its use of small Roman numerals is somewhat rare, adding to the character of this vintage Rolex that dates from 1987. The once luminous tritium hour plots and hands no longer glow in the dark but they are perfectly matched, displaying a warm tan hue blending perfectly with the dial. To those who know, only the bark finish gives this watch away as a vintage piece. Its condition can be described as almost new. The super hard synthetic sapphire crystal is perfectly scratch and chip free. The case and bracelet show some minor scratches but nothing significant. The fine textured bark finish on bezel and bracelet display no evidence of softening. For a watch 1/3 of a century old the bracelet exhibits no stretch and almost zero sag. The long 25 link bracelet (including end pieces) is in remarkable condition. The edges are sharp and the D shaped sections do not show any flat areas from over polishing. That iconic Rolex coronet logo clasp release looks perfect too. Even with expert refinishing this area is the first place to show wear and tear due to its proximity and tendency to get knocked against hard surfaces. If you’ve always wanted the flagship Rolex Day-Date this one is different enough to be unique but not over the top in its extravagance. The watch is running great with all functions operating as designed. We’re happy to provide the new owner with a 1 year complimentary warranty (prorated for 5 years) covering all aspects of mechanical failure except those caused by abuse or moisture. Rolex no longer make the bark finish Day-Date and only offer the full diamond bezel option. When so equipped a new 36mm Rolex Day-Date retails for $54,650.00 as shown on the Rolex Canada website. Our price for this vintage Rolex classic. $17,980.00 CAD. Stock #e13276.


March 27, 2020

2003 Rolex Daytona 116518 18kt. gold mother of pearl dial $27,975.00 CAD. e12185

The ultimate in a luxury sport 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. 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 market website has over 5000 for sale; that’s right five thousand! A Daytona is actually one of the most common watches offered for sale around. The only difficulty obtaining one is coming up with the extra $15,000.00 you’re going to need to buy the least expensive used one you’re likely to encounter. For $15,000.00 you should be able to find one, but it won’t be all gold and it will be lacking the original Rolex 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. 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 an already very expensive watch. With such a pricey option it’s no wonder it is almost never seen. The rich dial 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 rainbow colour that cascade across the dial needs 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 4030. In well over 100 years of Rolex history this is their first chronograph mechanism developed within the corporation. Rolex have 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 finding a Daytona at your local Rolex boutique. 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. 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. The watch will be delivered to its next owner with a brand new genuine Rolex strap installed. Beside 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 (genuine and fake) can be purchased online but there can only be one original set of paperwork and this one has it. Included with the watch is a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, inner/outer Rolex boxes and document wallet. Estate price $27,975.00 CAD. Stock #e12185.


March 20, 2020

Rolex Submariner 16613 Tritium Dial $11,495.00 CAD. e12513

It’s a classic bread and butter Rolex collectible. The 16613 is one of Rolex’s most popular and distinctive models. That bright blue dial/bezel on the 18 karat yellow gold and stainless case is very striking. It’s a design that almost every manufacturer has copied. Often imitated but never duplicated, there is no substitute for the real thing. The 16613 was produced for over 20 years  remaining largely unchanged since the introduction around 1988. One of the subtle changes was the move away from luminous tritium for the hands and hour markers to a more friendly non radio active material called luminova. Tritium begins to show a lovely tan patina over the decades that is very complimentary to the blue dial. At 28 years old this example is starting to show a soft even tan. Another subtle change (likely unintended) was the tendency for some dials to slightly colour shift to an amazing more violet/blue hue, especially when viewed at a shallow angle. I can’t totally capture the effect with my poor photography skills but this watch definitely has it. The watch is in very good condition. Sapphire crystal is scratch and scuff free, the crown turns close to two full revolutions before locking down in place. Two links have been removed from the oyster bracelet that shows some minor stretch and sag.  It’s running great, keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $11,495.00 CAD. Stock #e12513.

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31mm Datejust 31 68278 new old stock condition $18,360.00 CAD. e11941

31mm Oysters are the most popular of any size ladies Rolex. We get 26mm versions all the time but the elusive 31s are very scarce around here. There are usually at least a few 34mm and 36mm models on display here but some women find them just a little to cumbersome. The Goldilocks size; not too big and not too small is the 31mm. This 1987 example certainly puts the gold in Goldilocks. Datejust 68278 is completely constructed from Rolex’ proprietary alloy they manufacture in house. Even the hands and Arabic dial markers are crafted from solid 18 karat gold. We’re always thrilled when a 31 comes in, even more so when it’s solid gold and in like new condition. Like new really doesn’t describe this example accurately, it’s more like new old stock condition. There is zero measurable wear anywhere. The case and bracelet appear never to have been polished since original delivery. We believe this watch was only worn a handful of times. The all gold president style bracelet with concealed clasp shows no stretch or sag of any kind even with the full compliment of 27 links installed. The brushed and highly polished finish remains scratch free with sharp, crisp and well defined edges that look factory fresh. The only way you’d know the watch isn’t brand new is some minor oxidation between the links that only occurs from years of sitting unworn. The oxidation is easily wiped away but we thought it best to leave it alone as evidence of lack of use. Even the original green case back sticker is still in place 32 years after it was placed there.If you’re considering a brand new 31mm Datejust model #278278, the basic offering has a list price of $27,250.00 USD (for those of you who live in The United States). With our weak Canadian currency the suggested retail of the same model is a relative bargain, priced at $31,850.00 CAD as seen on the Rolex Canada website. Our example features the classic tone on tone look with tritium champagne dial and very cool Arabic numerals. It comes complete with the original deluxe wooden Rolex box and paperwork from Luxury Swiss jeweller Bucherer (May 1989 Lucerne). We are so confident in the quality of this example we are happy to include a complimentary 5 year warranty. Our warranty covers all aspects of mechanical defect or failure except those caused by moisture or misuse. At more than a 40% discount compared to its replacement value this classic Rolex offers excellent value. Estate priced at $18,360.00 CAD. Stock #e11941.


March 19, 2020

20mm Jubilee bracelet 62523H mid 1970s $2,000.00 CAD. e11837

Sometimes we sell a watch and the purchaser prefers a leather strap over the factory bracelet. This 14 karat and stainless steel Swiss made original Rolex Jubilee bracelet will fit almost any 36 or 40mm Oyster case Rolex up to the early 2000s. Good overall condition, showing sag and stretch appropriate for a 40 plus year old watch. It contains 19 links and measures 16cm from spring bar to spring bar. Buckle stamped 62523H. End pieces stamped 455 J. We may have an extra link or two in stock if you need a little extra length. Estate priced at $2,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11837.

 


March 15, 2020

2013 Rolex GMT-Master II 116713LN full kit perfect condition $16,000.00 CAD. e13298

100% original and complete are exactly what the watch collector/enthusiast is looking for. When you come across a retired model in excellent condition and it’s a Rolex “professional”, it gets even more interesting. Our latest pre-owned watch was purchased new from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent in the spring of 2013. This model 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 piece. 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 triplock 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. Like all professional watches in the Rolex line up seeing a GMT-Master on display at your local Rolex agent isn’t likely to happen. This model has been retired and replaced with the rose gold/steel combination with brown/black bezel as seen here on Rolex’s website. Since the recent retirement/remodeling of the GMT the old models have become more desirable than ever. Rolex collectors are snapping these up as nice examples with complete documentation and packaging come to market. This one was delivered new in Canada and is 100% complete and original. It has never been refinished or polished in any way. It shows like a watch only a few weeks old. The previous owner hardly wore it. Only the most minor swirls and light scuffs can be found on the highly polished sections of the case, bracelet and buckle. We’d suggest leaving it original; the collector Rolex market covets originality over all else. Having the original inner/outer boxes, instructions, booklet, endorsed warranty card and the red chronometer hang tag, original bill of sale, plus an old appraisal from June 2013 adds significant value too. The red hang tag is somewhat interesting in its own right; for decades Rolex have used red chronometer hang tags. Not too long after this watch was made they changed the tag colour to green. The watch is running great with all functions working as designed. The original owner was so careful to keep everything original, he actually kept all the transparent plastic protective stickers. They can be found on the back of the instruction booklet neatly arranged. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this collectible Rolex is estate priced at $16,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13298.


March 10, 2020

2007 Rolex Air-King 14000M 34mm rare Salmon dial $5,400.00 CAD. e13300

Current collectible or future collectible? Without a doubt it’s both. The Rolex Air-King has been around in one form or another for 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. RAF pilots of the time preferred using Rolex Oysters over their standard issue lower quality watches. The robust design and relatively large case size made them the perfect pilot tool for quick time interpretation and navigation. If you visit your local Rolex agent to buy a modern 34mm oyster 114200 you’ll notice the dial no longer reads Air-King. The traditional size 34mm Oyster Perpetual “Air-King” era appears to be over. Our latest estate Rolex is in excellent condition, looking like it was rarely worn. The case and Oyster bracelet look practically new, showing almost no evidence of use, no stretch or sag. We are quite confident the watch has never been refinished or polished before. It features the striking and quite unusual radial finish salmon dial with Arabic 3,6 and 9 markers. Most Air-King models have basic silver, black or white dial with simple stick hour markers. This 2007 Z serial number is a late production Air-King 14000M; the “M” makes it just a little more special. The earlier 14000 Air-King was powered by the Rolex in house manufactured calibre 3000 beating to a frequency of 28,800 cycles per hour with a 42 hour power reserve. The “M” comes with an updated calibre 3130 featuring a longer 48 hour power reserve, new balance bridge, Breguet overcoil style hairspring offering better accuracy especially when the power reserve is low. There were far fewer M models produced as they appeared only close to end of the production run. The watch still has the factory applied green case back sticker in place. Comes with the original paperwork and a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Priced at $5,400.00. Stock #e13300.

 


February 28, 2020

Rolex Day-Date 18248 36mm bark finish $17,960.00 CAD. e13203

Blue dials are uncommon on Rolex dress models and at the moment it seems everyone is looking for unusual dial colours. The secondary market is seeing big premiums for blue dials on certain hard to get models. Our newest vintage watch is noteworthy for many reasons. A factory applied bark finish on the President style bracelet and bezel is a rarely seen option. Most Day-Date watches have the traditional polished centre section on the bracelet with a fluted bezel. The bark option was one of the few alternative finishes offered and was phased out in the 1990s. This one is a late example from 1991. It features a “double quick set” movement, that enables the wearer to quickly adjust both the day of the month and day of the week by turning the crown one way or the other. Earlier models only allowed rapid changing of the day of the month. The Day ring on this watch has been printed in German. Rolex offer the day display in all major languages should you want it changed. As with most heavy, solid gold watches (and this one is heavy at 140.8 grams) the bracelet links can dispaly wear and tear over the decades as the rivets and joints rub together. I’m happy to report the 22 link President bracelet shows next to no stretch and virtually no sag. For a watch pushing 30 years old this one is exceptional. The custom navy blue dial is of very high quality and was likely specially commissioned by the original owner. Its radial sunburst finish changes from dark navy blue under certain lighting conditions and angles to an almost royal blue as the lighting changes. Luminous plots and hands are perfectly matched and dimly glow when the lights go out. The watch is running great and keeping good time with all functions working as designed. Comes with a Rolex presentation box (not the original) and Oyster booklet. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1 year warranty. Bark finish Day-Date watches rarely appear in our estate department and this is the first one we’ve ever seen with a blue dial and double quick set movement. Rolex no longer offer this special bark finish. The closest current replacement model 128238 is priced at $39,150.00 CAD and a blue dial doesn’t appear as an online option. This excellent condition vintage model is priced at $17,960.00 CAD. Stock #e13203.


Rolex Air-King Date 5701 34mm $4,700.00 CAD. e12221

This watch is a little unusual because it’s an Air-King but it also has a calendar feature. Almost every Air-King you’re likely to encounter is only equipped to display the time. A calendar feature is quite uncommon with an Air-King. This combination was only available in commonwealth countries like Canada, Australia etc. All other destinations got the Air-King without the date feature. I believe this is the only gents automatic watch with calendar that Rolex made during this era that was not chronometer rated. The original dial has a couple sections where the clear lacquer coating shows some bubbling. It’s intact and stable but the dial can not be considered perfect be any means. This likely was caused by moisture entering the watch through a crack at the base of the crystal. The moisture went unnoticed because the crack in the crystal was concealed by the fluted gold bezel. We’ve corrected this from getting any worse by installing a brand new original Rolex crystal along with new case, tube and crown gaskets. The original stainless steel bracelet is date coded to 1986 (the same as the watch) and is in good condition showing reasonable stretch for a 33 year old watch. Including complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty this commonwealth only watch is estate priced at $4,700.00. Stock #e12221.


February 27, 2020

Vintage 1960 Rolex Air-King Date 5701 $3,685.00 CAD. e12675

Despite the restored dial I think this watch is an excellent opportunity for anyone on the sidelines who’s thinking of buying a vintage Rolex. It was made way back in the 1st quarter of 1960 according to the case back date stamping. Finding any Rolex of this age is getting more difficult all the time. The Jubilee bracelet is a genuine Rolex item from 1989. At 30 years old it’s in great shape showing only minor sag with very little stretch. Inside the 34mm Oyster case beats a nice example of their 25 jewel calibre 1530 equipped with date display. Most 1530s only display the time. Only Commonwealth countries could get Rolex Oyster watches that were NON chronometer rated yet had a date display. This early example still has the coveted butterfly rotor. I’m sure an original “Air-King Date” dial could be sourced for the person who prefers the watch looking closer to what the factory delivered close to 60 years ago. Running great and keeping time, we’re happy to include a 1 year complimentary warranty for the new owner. Estate priced at $3,850.00 CAD. Stock #e12675.


1982 Rolex Datejust 16030 36mm white text on taupe tritium dial service papers $5,980.00 CAD. e13154

If you’re a specialist Rolex collector interested in something a little unusual, this vintage 36mm Datejust may just scratch the itch. A 16030 isn’t a particularly rare watch but one with a taupe dial is. This dial likely started off quite a bit darker as the text on the dial is white offering little contrast. Rolex is a proud company who like everyone to know what their watches are all about, so having white text on a pale dial isn’t their style. As per usual Rolex practice, the dial displays 5 lines of text printed out with absolute precision. Rolex always select strongly contrasting print and dial colours; to have subtle contrast as this example is rather rare. The dial must have colour shifted over the last 38 years to this very attractive hue. Some older Rolex dials had a habit of changing colour over the years; blues can turn purple, black can change to brown etc. In addition to the interesting dial the tritium plots have also aged to this fantastic tan/pale orange colour. Each tritium plot is fully intact and match the hands perfectly. Even the 18 karat white gold hour markers are somewhat unusual with their domed profile, brushed finish and front and back edges cut on a highly polished bias. Datejust models like this are scarce but not impossible to find. They offer an interesting and affordable alternative compared to chasing the popular pure sports models that everyone seems to be looking for. This one was owned by a single family since new and comes with a Rolex service box and documents from a factory service back in 2013. There is a personal inscription hand engraved into the case back. We always leave our vintage/estate watches in their as delivered condition. We will happily remove the inscription should the new owner prefer to have the case back look original. Attached to the 36mm Oyster case is the classic stainless steel Jubliee bracelet with fold over buckle date coded to 1999. The watch is running well and keeping good time with all functions working as designed. Included with purchase is a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. $5,980.00 CAD. Stock #e13154.


February 18, 2020

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 46 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.


February 15, 2020

Vintage 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 $13,260.00 CAD. e12228

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 a not whole lot more 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. At some point over the last 50 plus years the original Oyster bracelet was replaced by this rare 6251H Jubilee example date coded from 1969. Maybe the original owner preferred the dressier look of a Jubilee bracelet and traded a buddy for the bracelet off his GMT-Master. The bracelet is in great condition for 50 years old. It shows some sag but very little stretch. The embossed Rolex logo on the buckle displays great detail not looking overly polished. 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 are never seen again. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this vintage Submariner is estate priced at $13,260.00. Stock #e12228.

 


February 13, 2020

2017 Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 44mm one owner full kit $24,480.00 CAD. e13188

Without 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 chronograph or dual time features 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 introduce such an audacious, narrowly focused watch. Well because they can, and because everyone was talking about this new giant Rolex, plus it also clearly demonstrated that Rolex are still at the cutting edge of watchmaking skill. 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 pre-programmed 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 one owner example is in excellent condition. It was occasionally worn by its former mature owner in rotation with a few other watches in his collection. It’s never been polished of refinished in any way. Only a quick ultrasonic cleaning was needed to prepare it for its next owner. It does display some light surface scuffs and scratches. 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 like new. Model 116681 is the ungraded 18 karat “Rolesore Everose” version, Rolex speak for steel and 18 karat rose gold. Purchased new February 2017 at an Ontario authorized Rolex agent. The watch retains the balance of the transferable international 5 year warranty. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, white cardboard protective sleeve, instruction booklet, endorsed 5 year warranty card, chronometer hang tag seal, cardboard product/serial number tag, plastic bezel guard, sizing link for the larger wrist and a certificate of value should you decide to insure it. 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 have their next price increase in Canada. Excellent one owner examples like this one almost never turn up. Priced at $24,480.00 CAD. Stock #e13188.


February 12, 2020

2017 Rolex Datejust 116200 36mm white/Roman full kit perfect condition $7,399.00 CAD. e13187

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 others 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 new in the spring of 2017. It could pass for new old stock. There are absolutely no scuffs or scratches to be found anywhere on the case or bracelet, it is truly perfect. It would be pointless trying to display the sag or wear in the bracelet because there is none. Protective sticker on the case back is still in place.The previous owner took care preserving the original boxes (both inner and outer) along with the Rolex Oyster booklet, plastic chronometer hang tag, instructions, endorsed Canadian authorized agent warranty card and even the white cardboard product tag with serial/style numbers and original price. The warranty is fully transferable and will cover the new owner until May of 2022. Rolex watches are well known for their reliability and durability. They often run great for 10 years between service intervals. The 36mm size is more and more becoming the popular choice for both men and women looking for an easy to read casual look that isn’t overwhelming on an averaged size wrist. As with the newer Rolex style the entire case is highly polished, only the sides of the sporty Oyster bracelet receive a subtle brushed finish. Standard with the Oyster bracelet is what Rolex call an “easy link”, this clever extension allows a quick 5mm length adjustment when a touch more length is more comfortable. Naturally Rolex still offer this same combination of dial and bracelet for $8,300.00 CAD. The newest model features slightly thinned lugs while still retaining the 36mm diameter that is suitable for the slimmer wrist. After over 300 years of wearable mechanical time keeping devices, white dials with Roman numerals are still the first choice for many. Ready to wear and priced at $7,399.00 CAD. Stock #e13187.


February 6, 2020

Rolex Datejust 69173 26mm $4,250.00 CAD. e10187

e10187-rolex-datejust-69173-champagne-roman-001I’m pretty sure this champagne dial has somehow color shifted to a more brownish bronze hue. Whether the subtle change occurred by accident or natural patina, I find the shade very attractive. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers just preformed a full technical revision on the chronometer grade automatic movement. The December 2016 service included a full disassembly of the mechanism, cleaning, lubricating, adjusting time keeping, replacing the waterproof tube, replacing crown, new crystal gasket and case gaskets. After the service the watch was vacuum tested to assure water resistance to factory specification. The stainless steel/18 karat yellow gold case and bracelet have been professionally refinished making the 28 year old watch look practically like new. 18 karat yellow gold Roman numeral hour markers are little different, as this watch is most often seen with regular stick markers. With the full reconditioning finished this watch is ready for many years of reliable service. Any Rolex is more than just a watch, they’re are also great jewellery items too. The jubilee style bracelet is soft and comfortable showing a moderate amount to stretch. Besides twinkling as the watch is worn, the fluted 18 karat yellow gold bezel is an integral structural component. It’s designed to lock the crystal and nylon gasket in place keeping the 26mm oyster case watertight to over 300 feet. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $4,250.00 CAD. Stock #e10187.e10187-rolex-datejust-69173-champagne-roman-002

 


February 1, 2020

1999 Rolex Datejust 36 16200 white/Roman $6,700.00 CAD. e12107

For 200 years white dials with Roman numeral hour markers were the choice for watch manufacturers from around the world. 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 on 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. For a watch that was made at the end of the last century it has stood up amazingly well. It could almost pass for new old stock. There is not even the slightest scuff, scratch or ding on the synthetic sapphire crystal. Aside from a tiny amount of sag in Jubilee bracelet and the older style buckle, this watch could pass for new. Even the green protective case back sticker is still in place, some 20 plus years since the factory applied it. The previous owner took care preserving the original boxes (both inner and outer) along with the Rolex Oyster booklet, plastic chronometer hang tag, pillow, blanket, original warranty paperwork and sleeve. Rolex watches are well known for their reliability and durability. They often run great for 10 years between service intervals. The 36mm size is more and more becoming the popular choice for both men and women looking for an easy to read casual look that isn’t overwhelming on an averaged size wrist. Only the smooth bezel and case/bracelet sides are polished, leaving the rest of the watch with a sporty brushed finish. Rolex still offers this same combination for $8,550.00 CAD. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to offer the new owner a one year complimentary warranty. After over 300 years of wearable mechanical time keeping devices, white dials with Roman numerals are still the first choice for many. Ready to wear and estate priced at $6,700.00 CAD. Stock #e12107.


January 30, 2020

1996 Rolex Datejust 16233 36mm factory diamonds $8800.00 CAD. e10156

Don’t be shy, a little bling never hurt anyone, especially on a classic Rolex 36mm Datejust. These diamonds aren’t merely decoration, they actually perform a very important function; they’re masterfully set in 18 karat yellow gold settings plotting the hours on the champagne dial. Rolex has gone to extraordinary lengths matching the quality of the 8 diamonds that grace this dial. Each one is a perfectly proportioned single cut. Single cut diamonds are almost never used in the jewellery industry any more. Most manufacturers prefer to use a 57 facet brilliant cut. Rolex has kept the tradition of using only single cut diamonds on their dials for good reason. Exceptionally well made single cut diamonds reflect light better with a more prominent flash compared to even the best brilliant cuts. Cutting geometry must be absolutely perfect with single cut diamonds to make them look so good. Most manufacturers use full cut diamonds as the cutting standards can be lower and still appear to match. No one controls precision, consistency and mass production like Rolex. Quality assurance is taken to an extreme with Rolex, allowing them the luxury of doing what many others find impossible. This 36mm Datejust model 16233 was made in 1996 and is in excellent condition. The fluted 18 karat yellow gold bezel is still crisp and sharp. The dressy jubilee bracelet is showing only minor sag, better than many examples half the age.  The watch comes with the original inner/outer box, polishing cloth, 2013 appraisal, service booklet and warranty card showing the factory service was performed in Jan 2011.  A 91 page 2010 product brochure with a Canadian price list showing a retail price of $10,190.00 for this model (without the diamond dial) is also included. The current suggested retail price for replacement model 116233 with diamond dial is $13,150.00 USD. It’s a relative bargain in Canada where it is currently priced at $16,150.00 CAD as seen on the Rolex Canada website. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is priced at $8,800.00 CAD. Stock #e10156.


Rolex Datejust 1603 Sigma dial $4,500.00 CAD. e11279

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 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 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 1970. 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 are 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 it 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 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 $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11279.

 


January 29, 2020

1997 Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 Mother of pearl diamond sapphire dial $27,000.00 CAD. e13120

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 similar like new 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, thinner profile, solid gold two way rotating bezel and lower 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, flip lock 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 23 year old watch the condition is nothing short of exceptional. The watch exhibits virtually no areas of measurable wear. The beautifully embossed/sandblasted bezel is sharp and crisp, 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. Rolex no longer offer a yellow gold Yacht-Master on a bracelet like this. A current 18 karat rose gold 40mm Yacht-Master on rubber strap 126655 is $32,000.00; the much larger 44mm 116688 Yacht-Master II priced at $51,450.00. A close alternative is a 40mm gold Submariner 116618 for $42,050.00 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 close to $50,000.00. For roughly 1/2 the price of a new comparable model this watch makes a compelling case and offers some great value. We are happy to offer a complimentary 1 year (prorated to 5 years) warranty for the new owner covering all aspects of mechanical failure. Priced at $27,000.00. CAD. Stock #e13120.


January 25, 2020

Ultra rare ROLEX Precision hinged box $1,700.00 CAD. e10104

Special edition this and limited edition that. What makes one thing more collectable than the next. I suppose being rare is a good place to start, but more importantly there must be a market willing to buy your so called collectors item. From old beer cans to million dollar vintage cars there seems to be a collector for almost anything. A Rolex watch is a logical thing to collect. What’s more rare than a Rolex watch? It’s the box that it was presented in. There was only ever 1 box for every watch, there are no spare parts for a box. Rolex will not replace your damaged, lost or broken box. Most boxes get tossed after the watch goes out of warranty, they get stored in damp basements, kids play with them, they get used to hold loose change or nuts and bolts. The older a watch gets the less chance it will still have the box. Well collectors, here’s your chance. I think this is the oldest Rolex box that has ever come to Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. As far as we can tell, this is the watch that came with it around seventy years ago.rolex-standard-calibre-59-17-jewel-square-case-with-vintage-box-006 The watch is a little unusual in its own right. Not too many Rolex watches from the 1940s were square, the majority were round and occasionally rectangular. Our little hand wind example measures 25.5mm x 26.0mm (not including the lugs or crown). The lovely 17 jewel calibre 59 was just serviced by our watchmaker and is keeping great time.rolex-standard-calibre-59-17-jewel-square-case-with-vintage-box-002 A very old, well worn and period correct brown leather strap with expandable section are fitted adding to the originality of the package.rolex-standard-calibre-59-17-jewel-square-case-with-vintage-box-004 Interesting and collectable the watch may be, but the box is where the value is. Try as I may I just couldn’t see another example of this box no matter how long I searched the internet. There are similar selling for €1000.00 to €1500.00 but none the same. It measures 12.4cm x 7.2cm and the condition is as good as it gets given the age. The burgundy exterior and velvet liner are virtually blemish free, as is the pale golden satin liner that reads “ROLEX THE WORLD’S MOST ACCURATE WRISTWATCH”. A pretty scroll styled gilded pin stripe lines the outer edge of the base and lid. The spring loaded hinge snaps closed tightly like the day it was made. We see many different Rolex watches every day but almost never a vintage box turns up like this one. It does seem a little strange, but of the two components that make up this package the box is by far the most valuable. A box like this would usually be something seen only in a watch museum. If only this watch could talk; I’m sure it would have a great story to tell. The well tarnished two tone silver dial with Roman numerals has the patina that comes with a life well lived.rolex-standard-calibre-59-17-jewel-square-case-with-vintage-box-001The gold plated case is showing its age too as the base metal is showing through many of the sharper case edges. Everything about the watch and box speak to the original condition. I’m so glad the previous owner(s) decided not to restore the dial and re-gold plate the case. The watch has been sold and is no longer available. The box only is estate priced at $1,700.00 CAD. Stock #e10104.rolex-standard-calibre-59-17-jewel-square-case-with-vintage-box-007

Watch SOLD. Box available.


January 23, 2020

1984 Rolex Day-Date 18038 36mm $17,290.00 CAD. e13113

Buying a used Rolex is an investment as much as it is a lifestyle statement. Often they cost as much as a good used car and making the purchase can be very similar. Not only is the current condition important, you need to know what kind of care it received by the previous owner(s). Our beautiful 18038 Day-Date is a great example of a well cared for classic. Just like buying the least expensive used car may end up costing much more in the long term, buying the best example pre-owned watch always proves to be the best investment. This watch has been lovingly worn for the last 35 years from those who appreciate a fine, luxury watch. When it needed routine service the watch was sent to Rolex Canada for work.  This is a carefully enjoyed watch with many decades of reliable service left. The certified chronometer grade single quickset movement is functioning flawlessly. The fast adjustment calendar is handy for making adjustments with months having less than 31 days. You will however need to roll the day display forward should the watch ever power down and the day of the week display falls behind. This adjustment is done by simply advancing the hands until the correct day of the week is displayed. A period correct very expensive leather bound, wood lined Rolex box in practically like new condition is included. The basic current model Rolex Day-Date (model 128238) carries a suggested retail price of $39,150.00 CAD; even more expensive in the United States where it’s priced at $33,150.00 USD. While our latest estate Rolex Day-Date may not be the least expensive you’re able to find, it is most certainly one of the best condition examples available, especially when the 8,382,952 serial number suggests it was made way back in 1984. The bracelet is showing just a little sag, far better than most of this age. This watch had a major restoration by Rolex Canada in 2005. At this time the movement was fully overhauled, a new set of 18 karat gold hands were installed along with a new silver/champagne dial, new crown, new waterproof tube, new synthetic sapphire crystal and an extensive bracelet restoration. The bracelet restoration required the bracelet to be returned to Switzerland and completely rebuilt, replacing all hinged joints. The bracelet restoration alone cost the previous owner $7,900.00 plus tax. We have the original invoice detailing the complete service.Including 3 removable adjustment links (22 in total) the watch weights in at 138.5 grams. A Rolex Day-Date is a watch that is on many bucket lists. The look hasn’t changed in more than 50 years. Unlike a used car this is something you won’t need to replace ever again. Also included with purchase is a vintage Rolex Day-Date instruction booklet/brochure featuring a 18038 Day-Date, plastic document folder, Rolex service warranty card, service invoice copies, inner box, outside cardboard box and of course our complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. Priced at $17,290.00 CAD. Stock #e13113


January 21, 2020

Tudor Classic 38mm diamond dial Day + Date 18kt/steel $3,975.00 CAD. e12785

Rolex have never needed to justify their prices. They are masters of brand control and sell out everything they manufacture for full price often with long waiting lists for popular models. A Rolex is a Rolex is a Rolex, no need to say any more. Tudor on the other hand is often compared to different brands with similar price points and has to fight for pretty much every sale. Omega, Breitling, Tag-Heuer and many others operate in the $3,000.00 to $10,000.00 price point. When it comes to bang for the buck Tudor is tough to beat. Our latest previously enjoyed trade in watch is a great example of that. A Rolex of this similar description (model 126233) but 2mm smaller is selling for $15,150.00 but this Tudor can be purchased for $4,510.00 at your local Tudor Agent. Both are trimmed with a similar amount of 18 karat yellow gold, both have tiny diamonds that serve as hour markers, both are water resistant to 100 meters. They each have automatic winding Swiss made fully jewelled movements with calendar displays (Tudor also shows the day of the week) yet the Rolex costs well over 3 times as much. For the Tudor price point there are few competitors offering the same great features. With Tudor you get a watch made by the same company as Rolex but at a fraction of the cost. If you’d ever like to trade it back in, Tudor do very well compared to some of the other brands out there. Our newest trade in Tudor is the Classic 38. It was purchased brand new in Canada February of 2018 and comes with its fully compliment of packaging, documents and endorsed warranty card (expires February 2020). The watch itself looks practically like new old stock. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to offer a complimentary one year warranty extension to the new owner with purchase. Pre-owned, perfect condition and priced at $3,975.00. Stock #e12785.

 


January 20, 2020

1967 Rolex Day-Date 1803 36mm $12,245.00 CAD. e11648

There are few watches more iconic than the Rolex Day-Date with president bracelet. All Day-Date models are 18 karat gold or occasionally platinum. There has never been an entry level stainless steel or steel/gold Day-Date like many other Rolex models. This is the top of the line today as it was in 1966 when this watch was no doubt someone’s pride and joy. Perhaps it was a well deserved achievement award or maybe it was purchased in recognition of a personal life goal fulfilled. Whatever the occasion, the watch was worn with pride for over 50 years. Now it’s time for a new owner to take over for the next few decades. The president bracelet on model 1803 is naturally showing stretch and wear but is more than wearable, super comfy and has many more years of service left. No significant dents or dings are visible showing careful treatment over the many years of use. The President bracelet contains 22 links enabling the watch to fit a wrist measuring up to 7.75 inches (extra links are available). The finished weight of 117.9 grams will feel great on your arm. Its beautiful champagne linen dial is in excellent condition, showing no discolouration or stains of any kind. The original tritium luminous dial plots have all but disappeared over the past half century. This unusual linen dial looks especially attractive with the rich gold tone of the 18 karat case and bracelet. On your wrist only a keen eyed Rolex aficionado would be able to tell this watch isn’t much more newer than it actually is. Within the last few years the previous owner had a full service preformed at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers to ensure many future years of trouble free use. The threaded crown turns more than a full 360 degrees before popping out and the plastic crystal is like new with tall crisp edges on the date magnifier window. A brand new 36mm Day-Date from Rolex sells for $31,250.00 USD and $39,150.00 CAD. 36mm Rolex Day-Date has been the traditional size since introduced in 1956. Today, many women love wearing this size especially since the introduction of the larger 40mm model. Including our one year warranty this watch is estate priced at $12,245.00 CAD. Stock #e11648.

 

 

 


1988 Rolex Datejust 16233 on Jubilee bracelet and strap $5,100.00 CAD. e12790

I know many people who own this same style Rolex watch. Some are models from the 1950s, some are 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and even newer. They were purchased when the owners were much younger than they are today. Stylish then and stylish now, the 36mm Datejust defies trends and always looks right. It’s not cutting edge and it isn’t reinventing the wheel as it was introduced way back in 1945. This one is 31 years old and running strong ready for the next 3 decades of reliable service. The iconic Jubilee bracelet on our latest vintage Rolex shows significant stretch and sag but has lots of life left in it yet. Keep the 5 segment 18 karat yellow gold and stainless links clean and these bracelets last almost indefinitely. Should you decide to change up the look with a more casual leather strap the Datejust looks great on almost any leather strap.The original dial is absolutely perfect, showing not even the slightest blemish on the classic champagne hue. The solid 18 karat gold rectangular hour markers and straight hands are sharp and crisp displaying the time in that timeless Rolex  style. I love the subtle Roman numeral minute track and fully intact tritium hour plots. At 36mm diameter this size is a great choice for the average sized gentleman’s wrist or the lady who desires a slightly larger size without being overwhelming. Included with purchase is a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. This style is still one of Rolex’ best selling models and is available at your local Rolex boutique for $13,750.00 CAD and $11,200.00 USD. Our newest vintage Rolex is priced at $5,100.00 CAD and only at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in Downtown Barrie.Stock#e12790.


January 18, 2020

2005 Rolex 16613 new old stock (never worn) $17,290.00 CAD. e13112

It’s always an exciting day when a Rolex Submariner turns up in our estate department, but when its a retired model that’s never been worn we get truly giddy. This classic 18 karat and stainless steel 16613 was discontinued in 2008. If you’re reading this you likely know how the Rolex market for retired sports and current sports models has exploded over the past few years. As soon as professional models are phased out the prices skyrocket for the retired versions. I couldn’t believe my eyes when this one came in as new old stock with only showcase miles on it. There are still a few protective plastic stickers on the case and bracelet after 15 years. I don’t know of another “new old stock” example of a black dial 16613 on the market. If you’re a collector of Submariners and need a template of what a mid 80s to late 00s Submariner should look like here’s your chance. Never polished or refinished in any way, only some finger prints have been wiped away. As a 15 year old model from an Ontario authorized Rolex agency I’m sure the movement was serviced at least once or twice over the years as Rolex like to keep even there new old stock watches freshly serviced. At such there is some evidence of the case back being removed for maintenance. Inner/outer boxes, booklets, instructions, plastic bezel guard, chronometer hang tag, card holder, open but endorsed agent punched warranty paperwork and even a section of protective foam inside the wood lined box. All documents and packaging in perfect condition. The proper 16613 sticker on the box edge in here with an additional black dot to signify this one has the black dial. Watches like this simply do not show up. Never worn watches show up on a fairly regular basis but we’ve never had one more than a year or two old. A 15 year old NOS Submariner is unheard of. Including a one year complimentary warranty this time brand new time capsule Submariner isn’t going to cost you a whole lot more than the currently available  model. $17,290.00 CAD. Stock #e13112.


January 10, 2020

Rolex Air-King-Date 5701 34mm $5,595.00 CAD. e12541

Buy it because it’s a Rolex. Buy it because it’s a classic looking watch never out of style. Buy it because it’s an uncommon model and collectible. Buy it because there are a lot worse things you can do with $5,595.00. Buy it because a new version of similar look is going to cost you $13,750.00 or buy it just because you’ve always wanted a Rolex. There are a thousand reasons to buy a vintage Rolex but in the end a Rolex is a Rolex is a Rolex. There is no substitute for this brand, period. Our latest vintage watch is a tidy Air-King-Date. This watch is a little unusual because it’s an Air-King but it also features a calendar feature. Almost every Air-King you’re likely to encounter is equipped to display the time only. A calendar feature is quite uncommon for an Air-King. This combination was only available in commonwealth countries like Canada, Australia etc. All other destinations got the Air-King without a date feature. I believe this is the only gents automatic watch with calendar that Rolex made during this era that was not chronometer rated. Lacking chronometer status makes the dial a little cleaner looking as it has just 4 lines of text instead of 6. It’s an excellent example with a perfect condition tritium dial absent of any stains, discolouration or damage. The simple gold hands and hour markers are showing just a hint of oxidation confirming its vintage nature. Tritium hour plots colour match the hands perfectly. The traditional Jubilee bracelet is showing some droop but with  some sag comes a more comfortable fit. Women are starting to appreciate the 34mm size as it offers an easier to read experience without making too much of a statement. These vintage models are very easy to wear with their lighter weight. Despite the solid gold bezel and bracelet trim the 34mm watch weighs just 85 grams. A contemporary DateJust 36 weighs over 50% more. At 32 years old it’s nicely broken in and with the occasional round of maintenance it should be good for several more generations. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is priced at $5,595.00 CAD. Stock #e12541.


January 9, 2020

Rolex Oyster Date 6694 100% original $5,180.00 CAD. e11472

Before there were smartphones, radio controlled satellite timing equipment, and long before we had electronic quartz technology, wind up watches ruled the watch industry. This antique time keeping technology worked great for hundreds of years. Even today some popular models still require daily winding, although now it’s mostly for nostalgia and tradition reasons. No batteries, no capacitors, no electronic components to fail. In many cases these old machines are more reliable and serviceable than a modern watch. Just try to find a replacement circuit for your 1980s electronic watch if it should ever fail. In fact, we have more success restoring 200 year old pocket watches than 1970s battery operated watches. The 17 jewel calibre 1225 movement in this Rolex has never been serviced, not a screw has ever been turned since it left the Geneva factory close to 40 years ago. Wind it up and away it goes, that’s the type of reliability no electronic watch could ever hope to have. This Rolex Oyster Date is a true survivor. It must have lead a very sheltered life as its condition is impeccable. Everything about this watch looks practically new old stock. There are some minor scratches on the back side of the bracelet and the smooth bezel but nothing that wouldn’t appear with regular use of only a few months. The pale champagne dial is absolutely perfect. Every tritium plot although no longer luminous is fully intact and has aged to a beautiful tan colour. Not a blemish or tiny spec on the dial of any kind. The 18 karat hands are perfectly polished and scuff free, it doesn’t appear as if they’ve ever been removed. The hands have oxidized a little darker over the last 4 decades and contrast better with the dial than when new. As always Rolex dial writing is perfect, the black Rolex text is applied so thick it actually shows a little height. The 35mm case is appropriate for a man who doesn’t need to have the biggest watch at the dinner party or the lady who would like a little more size on her wrist. This style has been a Rolex standard for decades. Rolex still make an almost identical looking model but the hand winding mechanism has been replaced with an all automatic winding system. The 6694 series of manual winding watches are among the last of their kind to be produced by Rolex and they’ve earned a following from those who appreciate the essence of simple, reliable time keeping. There are really two things you could do with a watch like this; leave it alone to age gracefully tucked away in a safe place wearing it every now and again or, let us perform a full service and wear it everyday for the next 50 years or so. A complimentary first service along with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty are included with this almost museum quality watch. I even think the plastic crystal is original to the watch as it still shows a crisp edge that quickly disappears once polished a few times. The watch is estate priced at $5,180.00 CAD. Stock #e11472.


January 7, 2020

Rolex Air-King 14010M 34mm with papers $5,080.00 CAD. e12588

Rolex watches just look right. Their traditional style never grows old. It could be argued that they’re even a little boring. Perhaps they’re not the cutting edge when it comes to trendy fashion looks, but 20 years from now I bet this watch will be just as sought after as it is today or when purchased brand new in 2005. The 34mm case size is a bit smaller by contemporary standards but they’re super comfy on the average gents wrist and look great on a woman’s arm too. The slightly more unusual engine turned bezel makes the watch appear a little larger and definitely adds a sporty touch. This uncommon bezel appears unpolished still retaining its crisp sharp details. Its perfect black dial is very complimentary to the robust stainless steel Oyster case. It’s dressy, it’s sporty, it’s the Rolex Air-King Oyster, the do it all design that set the bar for water resistance when first introduced in the 1920s. To this day it’s still the standard to which all others compare. The rugged durable design can be worn 24/7 for almost any activity. Model 14010M is in excellent condition showing only the slightest amount of use. The Oyster bracelet with 3 segment links is very tight displaying only minor wear and almost no sag or stretch. Equipped with a super hard synthetic sapphire crystal that is completely scratch and chip free. The jet black dial and hands are absolutely perfect; luminova treated hands and hour plots are small but effective in no light situations. A basic Rolex lacking a calendar with plain old stick hour markers on the tough oyster bracelet may have been the entry level offering but it sure has stood the test of time. Keeping excellent time while looking great is a combination that never goes out of style. The “M” versions are the last of the original 34mm size and feature the upgraded Rolex calibre 3130. This movement is still being used in current chronometer grade Submariners. This watch comes with the coveted original dealer endorsed paperwork showing a purchase date of December 5 2005 in Toronto. Including a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this classic Rolex is estate priced at $5,080.00 CAD. Stock #e12588.


January 4, 2020

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.


January 3, 2020

Oyster CentreGraph 3478 *RARE* $1,500.00 CAD. e9320

Rolex Oyster 3478.1 Centre GraphToday we take a water resistant sport watch for granted. You’d think nothing of diving in a swimming pool with your modern sport watch. Back in the early days of men’s wrist watches nothing was as resistant to water, moisture and dust as a Rolex Oyster cased watch. The screwed on case back, screw down crown and tension fit crystal set the standard close to 90 years ago. Even today Rolex still use this same formula in every one of their oyster style watches. International patents protected Rolex from imitators allowing market exclusivity for many years. Their reputation for extremely durable and accurate watches exploded after the introduction of the oyster case. Dating from approximately 1942 our 29mm stainless steel model 3478 has a very rare version of the Centre Graph dial. In addition to the red 24 hour track the dial has a beautiful gold chapter ring that separates the minutes from the hours.Rolex Oyster 3478 Centre Graph Powering this little watch is the venerable Rolex calibre 59. A robust movement manufactured to a very high standard with an excellent finish designed to last many decades under any wearing condition. It’s working great and keeping good time and comes with a one year warranty.Rolex 3478 calibre 59 e9320 Many of these watches saw service in the second world war where the 24 hour dial with Arabic numbers made time interpretation quick and simple. The original crown recently had to be replaced with a generic substitute but is included with purchase. It could possibly be re-used but will be unable to thread into the case. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $1,500.00. CAD. Stock #e9320.

 


Tudor Heritage Chronograph 70330N $3,950.00 CAD. e12414

Been keeping track of Rolex Daytona pricing over the last 20 years or so? You’ll not find a used one for much less than $20,000.00 for an all stainless steel example these days and it’s very easy to spend many multiples of that on anything remotely rare or unusual. Enter the Tudor Heritage chronograph 70330N. For a fraction of the cost of a Daytona you get a similar watch manufactured by Rolex with the same chronograph function albeit with a 45 minute timer capacity instead of 12 hours. The Tudor also adds a very useful calendar, plus a dual time function for the world traveler (the Daytona lacks both of these features). The stainless steel oyster style case is water resistant to an additional 50 meters more than a Daytona at 150. The Tudor comes with similar threaded crown, pushers and case back. Its Heritage designation comes from the retro styling reminiscent of the hand wind Tudor chronos of the 1970s. Original Tudor chronographs have become very collectible in their own right, especially since Daytona pricing has gotten truly ridiculous. The grey, black, orange dial is actually rather subdued compared to the blue/orange version that is also a current offering from Tudor. Model 70330N has a retail price of $4980.00 CAD as seen on the official Tudor website. Our example is in very lightly worn condition. It’s 100% original, hasn’t been polished in any way, still retains the sharp beveled lug edges and even sports the protective plastic sticker on the case back. The additional colour coordinated fabric strap is perfect as it’s never even been installed. When fitted, the nylon strap gives the watch a totally different look further reinforcing the fun 70s vibe. Comes complete with the inner/outer boxes, cardboard sleeve, instructions, wallet, pamphlets and endorsed warranty card from a Canadian authorized agent (January 2018), plastic hang tag showing original price and serial number. The watch retains a factory warranty until January 2020 at which time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a complimentary 1 year warranty covering all aspects as the original. Tudor chronographs rarely make appearances in our estate department. Estate priced at $3,950.00 CAD. Stock #e12414.

 


December 29, 2019

1979 34mm Rolex Oyster Date 1550 on custom President style bracelet $4,980.00 CAD. e12270

Modern Rolex watches are manufactured exclusively from proprietary formulas of 18 karat gold, platinum or 904l stainless steel. There was a time when Rolex wasn’t the super luxury product it is today. Prior to the mid 1980s you could purchase an entry level Rolex chronometer that was gold plated over basic stainless steel. Rolex watches from the first half of the 20th century were sometimes made completely from base metal with just a light gold plating or completely made from low 9 or 10 karat gold. Even when made with cost in mind Rolex never cut corners just to make it cheaply. Our latest estate Rolex is a great example of high quality construction without compromising the standards of the brand. This is a gold plated Oyster Date 1550 from 1979. Inside the famous 34mm Oyster case is a fully automatic chronometer grade movement that has been officially certified. Calibre 1570 is the same mechanism found in the brand’s more famous models like the Submariner and GMT Master (slightly modified). This movement is very sought after for high dollar restorations in far more valuable models. The excellent condition 26 jewel movement looks totally original and possibly has never been serviced. These movements sell for well over $2,000.00 in this condition if you can find one. Every screw still displays a brilliant polish. There are no rotor scars on any plate surface or beveled edge. The stainless steel case back doesn’t show a single service etching. The time capsule movement and case are perfect examples of how Rolex built watches 40 years ago. Technically speaking the case is gold plated but this really isn’t the most fitting term. Most manufacturers coat a base metal watch with 5 to 10 microns worth of gold resulting in a long lasting rich finish. The Rolex coating is more of a gold cap with a thickness so deep it can actually be measured. Our microfilm gauge suggests the gold cap at least 200 to 250 microns thick (25 times more than typical plating). You can easily see just how thick the gold capping process is on the case lug. Attached to the watch is a custom president style gold bracelet. It’s a very well made reproduction of the Rolex original right down to the concealed clasp complete with Rolex logo. Whoever made this bracelet wasn’t completely trying to fool the customer as the buckle doesn’t say Rolex anywhere and it’s stamped only 40%, Rolex use a gold content of 75%. A quick gold test reveals a purity of somewhere near 10 karat or close to 40%. Converting 40% gold is equal to 9.6 karat gold. The bracelet weighs over 49 grams and will accommodate a wrist size of just shy of 7 inches. Aftermarket replica or genuine Rolex President links should fit right in should you require a little extra length. The colour of replacement links may be slightly different due to their higher gold content. Overall condition of the watch and bracelet are very good to excellent. The watch dial appears original without blemishes or defects. Original tritium marker plots are fully intact showing even patina matching the hands. The replica President style bracelet shows next to no wear in any of the 21 domed links and the concealed clasp snaps securely shut.The watch is running pretty well but would benefit from a full service and overhaul. In addition to a complimentary one year warranty Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will include it’s first service free of charge with purchase. A 34mm Rolex is a great size for the lady who prefers a good sized watch but not one that looks awkward or overwhelming. While the bracelet isn’t original Rolex it fits the watch perfectly and is of good quality. The watch is estate priced at $4,980.00 CAD. e12270.


December 28, 2019

Gents vintage 36mm Rolex Datejust 1601 $4,200.00 CAD. e10142

Nothing shows off classic Rolex Design better than a Datejust 1601. The Datejust was first released in 1945 and was a major breakthrough in horological technology and design as the first wristwatch with an instantaneously date change. Often replicated in design however never successfully duplicated this Datejust will always be a classic featuring a yellow gold fluted bezel similar to the original design of 1945 and champagne colour dial. Rolex patented the term Rolesor in 1933 referring to the combination of gold and steel, the metal combination of this particular vintage 1970 example. The original plastic crystal at some point in its life was replaced by an aftermarket sapphire crystal.Replacement plastic Rolex crystals are available if you’d like it returned to the original specification it had when new in 1970. The Rolex Oyster case combined with a screw down gold crown protects and houses the caliber 1570 movement, known to be a workhorse and one of the best movements ever made by Rolex. The original date 1970 date coded jubilee bracelet is showing significant wear but far from totally worn out. These intelligently designed bracelets last almost forever despite the stretch. As the links gradually “break in” they just get more comfortable too. The watch was fully serviced by our master watchmaker in April of 2018. The fresh service should have the watch running trouble free for at least the next half decade or more. Appreciated for generations this timepiece is ready to continue its life story with a new owner and is estate priced at $4,200.00 CAD. Comes with a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Stock #e10142.e10142-rolex-1601-datejust-002


December 27, 2019

2017 Tudor Heritage Black Bay Rose logo 79220B $4,000.00 CAD. e13007

Another excellent condition Tudor Heritage Black Bay diver. Black Bay 79220B comes with all its original documents and box supplied from the factory. Everything is in excellent condition; inner box, instructions, warranty card endorsed by Canadian authorized agent (December 2016), plastic hang tag and the factory supplied nylon navy blue NATO strap. The Black Bay Heritage is one of Tudor’s most successful product launches. Tudor parent company Rolex absolutely dominate in the premium segment but Tag Heuer, Omega, Breitling and many other companies compete in the $2,000.00 – $7,000.00 price range. Rolex have been missing out at this price point for a long time. Over the past number of years Tudor have been busy reestablishing themselves with the introduction of successful designs from past decades. The Heritage Black Bay has been one of the most popular. The vintage look was inspired by the Tudor Submariner from the 1950s. A flat black dial, connected minute track and the “snow flake” hour hand are familiar details to those who remember the original Tudor watches from the 1950s and 60s. This is a serious watch with sporting features like synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands/markers, ratcheting one way timer bezel, locking buckle and water tight to 200 meters. The automatic Swiss made movement within the oyster style 41mm diameter case is keeping excellent time. An August timing report shows the watch is running 3 seconds fast per day (well under the minimum requirements for chronometer certification). Take advantage of our weak Canadian dollar while you can because sooner or later Rolex will increase prices across the entire model range in Canada. In countries with a stronger currency this watch is much more expensive than domestically. Before this model was retired, the MSRP in the U.S. was $3,425.00 (approximately $4,550.00 CAD) and in Europe it has a price of 3,210.00 Euro (approximately $4,700.00 CAD). One other thing to consider; when importing a Swiss made watch to Canada a 5% duty is applied plus provincial and federal sales tax calculated on top of that. Including a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13007.

 


2018 Rolex Datejust 116200 36mm $7,497.00 CAD. e12778.

For hundreds of years white dials with Roman numeral hour markers were the choice for watch and clock manufacturers from around the world. 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 brand new in 2018. It could almost pass for new old stock. There are only a few small scuffs and scratches on the polished sections of the case and bracelet but otherwise it is perfect. It would be pointless trying to display the sag or wear in the bracelet because there is none. With about 10 minutes worth of polishing time this watch could be made to look brand new. Protective stickers on both sides of the buckle are still in place. The previous owner took care preserving the original boxes (both inner and outer) along with the outside white cardboard sleeve, Rolex Oyster booklet, plastic chronometer hang tag, instructions and endorsed Royal De Versailles Jewellers warranty card. The warranty is fully transferable and will cover the new owner until June of 2023. Rolex watches are well known for their reliability and durability. They often run great for 10 years between service intervals. The 36mm size is more and more becoming the popular choice for both men and women looking for an easy to read casual look that isn’t overwhelming on an averaged size wrist. As with the newer Rolex style the entire case is highly polished, only the sides of the Jubilee bracelet receive a subtle brushed finish. Rolex still offers this same combination for $8,550.00 CAD. After over 300 years of wearable mechanical time keeping devices, white dials with Roman numerals are still the first choice for many. Ready to wear and priced at $7,497.00 CAD. Stock #e12778.


December 23, 2019

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41mm 79230R $3,400.00 CAD. e11356

Rolex has been missing out on business in the mid range price segment for many years. They absolutely dominate in the premium segment but Tag Heuer, Omega, Breitling and many other companies competing in the $2,000.00 – $7,000.00 price range have shut Rolex out for many years. Tudor has always been made by Rolex but lacked the recognition of the parent company. Over the past few years Tudor have been re-establishing themselves with the introduction of the successful designs from past decades. The Heritage Black Bay is one of their most popular. The vintage look was inspired by the Tudor Submariner from the 1950s. A flat black dial, gold printing and the “snow flake” hour/second hand are familiar details to those who remember the original watches. Our example was purchased in September of 2017 at Royal De Versailles in Toronto and has been seldom worn. The condition is very good and completely original. We have not polished or refinished the case in any way. It is showing minor wear on the distressed leather strap and case. It’s a serious watch with sporting features like synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands/markers, locking buckle and water tight to 200 meters. The in house MT5602 manufactured 25 jewel automatic Swiss made movement is keeping excellent time. This proprietary mechanism comes standard with an extended 70 hour power reserve. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year extended warranty for the new owner. Inner/outer boxes, instructions, paper hang tag and even an extra heavy duty red/black nylon strap are included with purchase. Model 79230R has a suggested retail price of $3,425.00 USD. Our slightly worn model is estate priced at $3,400.00 CAD. Don’t wait too long I can’t imagine this watch being here for long. Stock #e11356.

 

 


December 18, 2019

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

We don’t toss out the 3 star ***rare*** headline very often. With close to 600 watches posted on our website this is only the 6th time we’ve labelled a watch as such. Any 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 no charge for 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 in 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 Rolex logo is crisp and sharp edged. Submariner, Daytona, 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 we love the rare 7205 riveted bracelet with 57 end pieces. As was 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 bracelet were replaced with solid link versions. Most vintage Rolex have had their original bracelets replaced 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 no too much lateral movement. Including a one year mechanical warranty the watch is estate priced at $19,460.00 CAD. Stock #e11829.


December 16, 2019

Rolex Datejust 179173 26mm like new $8,000.00 CAD. e12091

Small sacrifices, hard work and thoughtful decisions have you in a place where you now can afford a few luxuries in life. If great value is a key ingredient in your mental process justifying an indulgence such as this, then you are a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers customer (even if you don’t know it). We always strive to showcase beautiful jewellery items that represent strong value and enduring quality. Few other products can match these characteristics better than an previously enjoyed Rolex. If this watch was previously enjoyed it’s impossible to tell. Its condition is best described as like new. Aside from the slightest swirls and microscopic scuffs it looks brand new. We’ve done nothing to prepare it for a new owner aside from wiping off my finger prints for a few photographs. The trademark 18 karat fluted bezel edges are razor sharp reflecting light with the slightest movement. The classic Jubilee bracelet with invisible clasp is infinitely comfortable and flexible. It exhibits absolutely zero stretch and no sag of any kind. The 5 pointed coronet Rolex clasp release shows perfect detail, just as it did the day it was purchased at an Ontario authorized agent October 2008. Fully polished case with thicker case lugs, larger more luminous hour markers, solid 18 karat links with an integrated buckle are a few of the differences this model displays compared to previous Datejust models. From the late 1950s to today the lady Datejust has been the most popular choice for a feminine wrist. As styles and trends come and go the Datejust continues to display its classic good looks. The case size has grown over the years to the point where men’s and lady’s overlap in size but this 26mm size is just for women. Rolex has recently retired the 26 in favor of a 28mm version that looks otherwise identical and retails for $9,150.00 USD and a relative bargain (given our weak dollar) $10,450.00 CAD. If you’ve always wanted a great piece of jewellery in the form of a Rolex, and you’re at a point in your life where a purchase like this makes sense, this is the best example we have. We are pleased to supply the new owner a complimentary 2 year warranty that matches the factory warranty when first delivered in 2008. It comes complete with inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, warranty card, after sales service brochure, chronometer hang tag and even the protective cardboard sleeve. Estate priced at $8,000.00 CAD. Stock #e12091.


December 13, 2019

1988 Rolex Datejust 16013 36mm blue dial $6,600.00 CAD. e13277

A gent’s Rolex Datejust is not an uncommon sight on the wrist of a watch connoisseur; but the vintage nature of this one made us look twice. The basic design hasn’t changed in over half a century but the subtle changes Rolex slowly incorporate are what keep collectors searching for the rare and unusual. The violet/blue dial is a welcome change from the typically encountered champagne or silver. What I most like about the dial is the captivating colour and the solid 18 karat yellow gold hour markers. The combination of yellow text so thick it actually shows height on the blue background and unique rounded dome profile hour markers make this dial a real showstopper. The hour markers are perfect, tritium plots are 100% intact and show next to no patina with matching hands. The unique optics of a plastic crystal and soft feel of a gently worn jubilee bracelet help to make this otherwise garden variety Rolex a desirable vintage collectible. The R serial number is the first of the letter series and places production of the watch around 1987 or 1988. As mentioned, the jubilee bracelet is showing a little sag and some degree of stretch appropriate for the age. The embossed Rolex logo on the buckle is in excellent condition looking almost like new. Quite often this logo is the first to show wear when scratches are removed from the buckle.These bracelets last for many decades and get more comfortable with use as the multiple link sections allow complete conformity to any wrist, male or female. Measuring 36mm diameter makes this watch suitable for anyone. Men like the classic sophisticated look and women love wearing a slightly bigger easier to read dial. A brand new modern Rolex 126233 Datejust that looks like this has a price of $13,750.00 CAD as seen on the Rolex website but they don’t show a blue dial. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty this watch is estate priced at $6,600.00 CAD. Stock #e13277.

SOLD

 


December 12, 2019

2007 Rolex Air-King 114234 34mm (rare dial) full set $7,199.00 CAD. e13110

I love the more modern Air-King models. All the upgrades that Rolex have incorporated to the cases, bracelets, dials, movements, 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 line up. That all changed is 2014 when the 34mm Air-King was phased out. It has since been replaced by the simpler looking 34mm Rolex Perpetual 114200 that 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 October of 2007. The screw on case back has been personalized with a short engraving. This can easily be removed but it was left there as reliable pedigree matching the name on the paperwork. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is priced at $7,199.00 CAD. Stock #e13110.

SOLD


December 11, 2019

1998 Tudor Tiger Chronograph 79260 new old stock $5,100.00 CAD. e13278

Rolex Daytona pricing has truly gotten out of hand to all but the most serious collector with very deep pockets. An entry level stainless steel model is going to set you back at least $20,000.00 CAD; far more for rare examples. The 79260 Tudor Tiger Chronograph offers an interesting option. It comes with Rolex’s famous Oyster case, offers a handy 31 day calendar, 12 hour chronograph, bezel tachymeter scale, threaded pushers/crown plus a trusted and proven Valjoux 7750 movement. These watches are actually far more rare than any contemporary Daytona by many multiples. Our newest estate watch is a never worn model dating from 1998. It’s a new old stock example complete with everything from when it left the Geneva factory. The case back sticker is still in place, blank warranty card, booklets, instructions, inner/outer boxes. There is even a model number sticker on the bottom of the box with serial number. The black leather stitched leather strap is perfect in every way. The stainless steel deployment buckle snaps tightly shut with a reassuring click. It shows some scuffs and minor impact marks on the case and bezel likely from showroom wear and tear. Modern Tudor chronographs turn up around here from time to time but I think this is the first older model we’ve ever had. At 20 years of age it should be coming into its own as a seldom seen collectible. The black tritium dial of course is absolutely perfect, without stain or speck of dust to blemish the pristine glossy surface. Wear it now or let it age more like a fine wine. You’re not likely to find another as good on the market anywhere. Priced a $5,100.00 CAD. Stock #e13278.

SOLD


December 6, 2019

2010 Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 40mm full kit $11,900.00 CAD. e12970

When the platinum and stainless steel Yacht-Master came out they were only available by getting on a waiting list or paying more than retail for a used one. Not much has changed really, current model Yacht-Masters are seldom seen on the shelves of Rolex agents and excellent conditional used examples like this easily sell for more than their original MSRP of $10,970.00 CAD (original price tag included). Now that they have been on the market for a while, nice pre-owned estate models are turning up but only very rarely. What makes model 16622 so attractive is that solid platinum bezel and dial. It’s not a simple painted base metal face, it is actually made from precious platinum with a micro sandblasted texture. The Yacht-Master is one of the few Rolex watches that offers a handy 2 way timer bezel timer indexed for 60 minutes. The simple device easily allows the user to keep track of any event of up to one hour duration within about 30 seconds accuracy. Parking meters, lunch hours and maybe the perfectly timed steak are just a few things the bezel could accurately time. The 40mm watch is equipped with the famous Rolex Triplock crown and oyster case water resistant to 300 feet. At 9 years old the watch is in remarkable condition. The case and bracelet could pass for new old stock and the fiendishly difficult to refinish/polish platinum bezel looks practically brand new. The polished/brushed finished oyster bracelet is showing no sag. Included with watch is everything that it was delivered with new in the summer 2010 from an Ontario authorized Rolex agent. All the documents and packaging are in like new condition. Professional models that are what every Rolex collector is looking for; a discontinued model complete with all its accessories including the protective cardboard box sleeve is the holy grail for aficionados. A complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty finishes this desirable package. Estate priced at $11,900.00 CAD. Stock #e12970.

SOLD


December 5, 2019

Rolex Datejust 36 16200 $5,600.00 CAD. e11942

It’s a safe bet to say everyone wants a Rolex. I’m also pretty sure even those who say they aren’t the “Rolex” type secretly desire to own one, even if they don’t admit to it. The same reasons people love them are exactly the same reasons why some don’t. For anyone that has a fondness for high quality mechanical watches a Rolex Oyster is always on the short list. For the person that wants a Rolex, but doesn’t want the attention the bigger sport models or solid gold versions attract we present a most demure example. The Datejust 16200 doesn’t have a flashy gold fluted bezel; instead it makes due with just a simple smooth polished bezel. You won’t find a dressy Jubilee bracelet with its multitude of shiny centre links; this one has the basic flat satin finish Oyster bracelet. It doesn’t even come with a bright white or bold blue dial, just a simple silver face with modest stick hour markers. For those who love luxury with a less is more philosophy we have your watch. At 22 years old it’s not quite vintage or retro yet but it’s well on the way. The original dial is 100% perfect with tritium plots fully intact. The rounded dome profile hash mark hour markers have a subtle look that the modern totally flat reflective markers somewhat lack. Overall condition of this watch is very good; the sapphire crystal is completely absent of even the most minor scratch. The bracelet shows hardly any stretch or sag. Included with purchase is a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty. Estate priced at $5,600.00 CAD. Stock #e11942.

SOLD


November 30, 2019

2018 Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue in house movement 79230B $3,375.00 CAD. e13006

“Box and papers”; if ever there was a phrase that watch collectors love to hear, that would be it. Never polished and all original may be a close 2nd. One owner, locally purchased and still under factory warranty round out the desirable characteristics that this watch can boast. Over the past few years Tudor have been re-establishing themselves with the introduction of successful designs from past decades. The Heritage Black Bay is one of their most popular. The vintage look was inspired by the Tudor Submariner from the 1950s. A flat black dial, silver text and the “snow flake” hour/second hand are familiar details to those who remember the original watches. This a serious diver watch with sporting features like synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands/markers, locking buckle and water tight to 200 meters. The in house MT5602 manufactured 25 jewel automatic Swiss made movement is keeping excellent time. This proprietary mechanism comes standard with an extended 70 hour power reserve. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year extended warranty when the factory warranty expires in July 2020. Inner/outer boxes, instructions, endorsed warranty card, soft foam box liner, outer sleeve box and even the cardboard product/serial number tag with original price are included with purchase. Model 79230N has a current suggested retail price of $3,675.00 USD. Thanks to our weak Canadian dollar it’s a little less expensive here at $4,160.00 CAD. Our excellent condition pre-owned model is priced at $3,375.00.00 CAD. Stock #e13006.

SOLD


November 25, 2019

1996 Rolex Explorer II 16570 tritium dial. Freshly serviced $8,500.00 CAD. e13296

Rolex Explorer IIs are only available in stainless steel with a white or black dial. That’s it, no options, no diamonds, no gold or two tone cases not even a jubilee bracelet choice. If you want a classic sport Rolex this may be the model for you. Measuring 40mm diameter makes for a comfortable size that can be worn by almost anyone. Not too big and not too small. They have become just a little more collectible over the last few years since they were replaced with the new 42mm version. The white dial gets the nod from me as there are many choices for a black dial Rolex Professional model. A white Explorer II is a little more uncommon than the black dial. This is a great example of a 24 year old 16570 with more scarce tritium dial. The luminous properties of tritium only last around 20 years, so night time visibility of this one is no longer effective. The case, bezel and bracelet are in excellent condition. All four corners still show the factory applied beveled edge. Only very light surface scratches show and the diabolically difficult to refinish radial textured bezel is close to perfect. If the watch was polished before it’s hard to say but it still displays the sharp details you’d expect on a watch much newer than the mid 1990s. The 12 link Oyster bracelet with fliplock is in like new condition displaying practically no stretch or sag. A “T” serial number engraved between the lugs dates this watch from 1996. Comes with a 1996-97 calendar, Explorer II 10 page booklet, Rolex box with pillow and blanket. We just treated the watch to a full technical revision including vacuum testing in January 2020. The electronic Vibrograph timing results show the freshly overhauled movement is running within chronometer specifications. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary one year mechanical warranty. Excellent condition examples of professional Rolex watches are always in demand and difficult to find. Explorer IIs are noticeably less expensive than Submariners and GMTs, offer a great look with that extra hour hand in red and black framed hands. The tritium treated hands and dial markers on this example are absolutely perfect. They display no tan patina, cracks or damage of any kind. The watch is priced at $8,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13296.

SOLD


November 21, 2019

Rolex Datejust II 126334 factory diamond dial perfect condition $13,350.00 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 newly designed model has only 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’ 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 Chonometer 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 2 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 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 essence of classic simplicity in Rolex design. This watch has only been worn for a few days 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 $13,350.00 CAD. Stock #e13279.

SOLD


November 19, 2019

2007 Rolex Air-King 114210 rare concentric blue/orange dial $6,700.00 CAD. e13392

It’s been speculated that Rolex make in the neighbourhood of one million watches per year making them the most prolific manufacturer in shear numbers and total value (by a long shot). How rare can something like a modern Rolex really be? Although there are many sports models that are sold out, on waiting lists and generally impossible to get they are far from rare. A recent look at a popular watch trading website reveals over 2300 examples of current model stainless steel Daytona and Submariner Date watches for sale on just one website. This same website shows less than 50 Rolex Air-King 114210 and not a single example of the fabulous dial. The blue/orange concentric ring dial has got to be one of the most flamboyant dials even fitted to a Rolex. It looks more like the face you’d expect to see on a Swatch watch. Extra large bright orange Arabic hour markers with white edges can’t be missed against the navy-blue background. What’s with the single white gold numeral 6 breaking up the pattern. I’m not even going to get started as to why the numbers are sideways and upside-down. The centre section appears a little darker blue as the concentric rings cause interesting shadows to form and role over as the watch is moved. This is something that needs to be seen in this short 17 second video of our actual watch. There are so many interesting elements to this dial our entire posting could be devoted to just the face. The watch itself is one of the last 34mm Air-Kings and is in like new condition looking like it just came out of the box. It was treated to a full factory service from Rolex Canada in February 2019 and remains under factory warranty. The movement was overhauled, new spring bars installed, and the case/bracelet were refinished to look like new. The fee for the full servicing amounted to $650.00 plus sales tax. This sort of maintenance should be preformed about every 10 years or so. The watch comes with a Rolex box, service warranty card and service invoice. After the factory warranty expires in February 2021 Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will add a complimentary additional year warranty. The 34mm Air-Kings are no longer available and we’re not likely to see another one like this again. It is priced at $6,700.00 CAD. Stock #e13392.

SOLD


November 18, 2019

2020 Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600. Full kit. Worn for a few days $17,000.00 CAD. e13292

It’s not vintage and it’s definitely not an estate item but it is previously owned albeit only for a few months. If you’ve been following the Rolex market over the last few years and you’re reading this post you already know just how hard it is to find any professional models. Authorized agents have only waiting lists and empty displays. A visit to any Rolex boutique can be frustrating as they don’t 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 for decades. We are selling this 43mm Red Sea-Dweller for an important customer who wants something else. This watch was just delivered from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent earlier this year. Sea-Dwellers have been around for over 50 years; they’ve always been the top of the line in Rolex dive watches. Looking almost identical to the basic Submariner except for being slightly thicker and bulkier. The purposeful dial hasn’t 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’re living in a diving bell while you’re 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 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 larger 43mm case size. The red SEA-DWELLER text is a subtle homage to the originals dial. Nice condition original examples are selling for well over $50,000.00 these days. Needless to say this virtually brand new Rolex is in excellent condition. Only a couple super light scuffs on the buckle are evidence of previous use. There is still a small protective sticker on the glidelock. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, cardboard product tag with style/serial number, plastic chronometer hang tag and Rolex shopping bag. Official Rolex warranty good until early 2025. This collectible like new Rolex is priced at $17,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13292.

SOLD

 

 


November 17, 2019

1982 Rolex GMT-Master 16750 $12,980.00 CAD. e12789

One of the great things about a Rolex watch is that they can pretty much always be repaired. Rolex has made millions and millions of watches over the last 100 plus years. Even if you need a part for a very old discontinued watch chances are you’ll be able to find it somewhere. If this watch could talk it could tell at least one interesting story. Model 16750 was produced from 1981 through 1988. This particular example must have had some significant damage to the case at one time because Rolex replaced it. Once a case is replaced by Rolex the original serial number is lost and is replaced by a “re-case” number. This new case is completely genuine, it’s just not original. The base calibre 3035 is working great keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. I love the infinitely comfortable Jubilee bracelet. A sporty GMT-Master with this bracelet was just recently reintroduced by Rolex again after several decades of just the Oyster bracelet as standard issue. The more rarely encountered 62510 jubilee bracelet is correct for the watch and date coded from 1982 (G6). For its age the bracelet doesn’t show much sag or stretch, especially considering the “D” shaped centre links from this era are hollow. The original tritium dial is still in great shape as are the hands that are thought to be service replacements. “Pepsi” bezel GMT Masters are the most sought after of the various bezel colour combinations and resemble the original 1950s versions best. Ours looks great with a new case, perfect crystal, bright colourful bezel and the slightly dressier jubilee bracelet. A short 13 second video can be seen here. The watch comes with Rolex service papers from Cuba where is was serviced in late 2011. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1 year warranty. Complete with 1980s Rolex box, job envelope and Rolex Service Cuba documents. A very fresh looking vintage watch priced at the very low end of what these trade hands for. $12,980.00 CAD. Stock #e12789.

SOLD

 

 


His & Hers Rolex Datejust 36mm 28mm 126233 279173 2 weeks old $12,175.00 $9,975.00 e13186 e13185

Very shortly after these matching his and hers Rolex watches were presented as corporate gifts of recognition they made their way to Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers looking for a new home. Believe it or not there are those who don’t share our love for fine quality jewellery. Let’s face it, an 18 karat and stainless Rolex watch is really jewellery. Sure it serves the purpose of telling time but it’s much more than that. I suppose a small economy car serves a purpose of getting from A to B and back to A, but it’s not the same as doing it in something with more style and luxury. These matching Rolex watches were just 2 weeks old when they became part of our extensive estate jewellery collection. Both watches have endorsed warranty cards from an Ontario authorized Rolex agent dated January 21 2020. They are perfect in every sense of the word. Not a blemish, scuff or smear of any kind can be found. A few Factory applied protective stickers can still be found on cases and bracelets. These are the styles that define the Rolex look and Rolex experience. The Datejust has been the most popular model since they were introduced for the 40th anniversary of the brand in 1945. The champagne dial, Jubilee bracelet and fluted bezel combination was a best seller way back then and still is today. The gents model 126233 is the newest Datejust incarnation with thinner lugs reminiscent of the original but with a much evolved automatic winding movement, calibre 3135. This new movement boasts an accuracy rate of just +-2 seconds per day, an amazing figure for a completely analogue technology timepiece. It also features close to a 3 day power reserve, new hairspring and escapement that aren’t affected by magnetic fields. The integrated buckle is gone, replaced by a more traditional looking capped design. Hidden under the buckle is a handy “easy link” that allows a quick 5mm extension without the need for tools. The ladies example 279173 is the newer 28mm size. The traditional 26mm has been retired in favor of this slightly larger, easier to use size. Both watches are luminous in the dark and watertight to 100 meters for use in any environment. These watches are current styles and can be seen on the Rolex website 126233 and 279173. They carry a retail price of $13,750 and $11,250.00 Canadian. The United States they are quite a bit more expensive at $11,700.00 and $9,550.00 USD. Both watches come complete with perfect condition inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, guarantee manual, endorsed warranty cards and document holder. The fully transferable 5 year international warranty will cover the new owners until January 2025. Priced at $12,175.00 CAD and $9,975.00 CAD. Stock #e13186 & e13185.

BOTH SOLD


November 16, 2019

2019 Rolex Submariner 116610LV “The Hulk” full kit Canadian $18,750.00 CAD. e13297

The juggernaut within the watch and jewellery industry is without doubt Rolex. There are other important brands within the business but Rolex is all powerful. Love them or hate them you have to respect them. Rolex, no question, is the most significant watch brand ever. Even though they now use scrambled serial numbers to keep production numbers a secret, everyone knows the brand produces over a million watches per year with revenues in the billions. Hans Wilsdorf the founder of Rolex owned all the shares in the company. He had no close heirs to pass along his 100% ownership in the company to. Upon his death he wanted the company to continue what he started. A trust was set up to run the company and oversee its operation, appropriately named The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. In theory it’s a charitable not for profit organization. The trust does contribute to worthy causes; but the foundation’s mandate is for the continued dominance of the brand by reinvestment and promotion. It has no shareholders to pay dividends to or distribute profits with, only a group of well paid trustees who decide how to reinvest the vast revenue. Some of the profits are dumped back into state of the art automated factories that continually update their technology. They also pay very good wages to the most talented engineers and watchmakers they’re able to recruit. No one really knows just how much money the trust has squirrelled away over the decades but it must be in the billions. There isn’t another watch company that operates in such a manner. The main function of the trust is to promote and protect the brands position as the number 1 Swiss watch manufacturer at all cost. You can buy into a little bit of the enigmatic brand with this green Submariner. The green dial green bezel combination has been one of their hottest models since it was introduced in 2010. These never appear in the displays of Rolex agents. Once news leaked of a green dial/bezel Rolex Submarnier coming it generated an instant waiting list 10 years ago and things haven’t changed. The demand for this and many other sport models have many Rolex boutiques no longer even taking orders as the wait time has extended to years. The 116610LV has earned the nickname “The Hulk” among the Rolex collector community. This is only our 3rd green/green Hulk and our latest estate offering. The watch was originally delivered to its first and only previous owner from a Canadian authorized agent in late 2019 and was only worn for a few times. It displays only the most insignificant, superficial scuffs from shirt cuffs etc. All of the protective plastic stickers were removed at the Rolex authorized agency store as per strict Rolex policy. It was only occasionally and carefully wore by the previous owner until it came to us. Naturally it comes complete with everything supplied from the factory upon delivery. Perfect condition inner/outer boxes with outside cardboard sleeve, plastic hang tag showing serial number, green plastic chronometer seal, fully endorsed warranty card, instruction booklets, other documents and even the plastic bezel guard. These watches are trading hands for significant premiums over what they sold for when new. The Rolex collector community has been speculating that “The Hulk” is going to be retired leaving 1000s of orders going unfilled. The resale market for hard to obtain Rolex sport watches is still very strong for properly priced premium quality examples with known history and good providence. The previous owner is an important Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers collector customer with many other watches. This watch is 100% correct in every way without exception. Scarce as these are, they’re almost never seen as pre-owned, original Canadian delivery complete set examples. The factory warranty will cover the next owner for the balance of 5 years expiring in the fall of 2024. Buying this watch in Canada will NOT trigger a 5% import duty compared to importing a watch purchased out of country. Estate price $18,750.00 CAD. Stock #e13297.

SOLD


1965 Rolex Datejust 1601 with custom diamond bezel & dial $4,090.00 CAD. e13189

This vintage 36mm Datejust will never win an award for originality but considering it’s 55 years old it certainly may win a beauty contest. This watch is part diamond bracelet and part luxury watch. It’s hard not to miss the string of bead set round brilliant cut diamonds surrounding the dial. The diamonds are of SI2-I1-HI quality, twinkling and sparkling with the slightest wrist movement. 8 more round brilliant cut diamonds can be found on the refinished silver dial. Under certain lighting conditions the dial takes on a subtle pinkish blush hue. The standard Rolex Datejust features are all here; threaded crown, threaded case back, 31 day calendar with magnification lens, sweeping second hand and chronometer grade automatic winding movement. Attached to the iconic Oyster case is a very good condition, vintage rolled link Jubilee bracelet with fold over clasp. The watch is working well and keeping good time. Even though this watch was manufactured in the mid 1960s the style is still right on point; in fact Rolex still make a watch that looks the same. When factory equipped with a diamond dial and bezel the current version of this watch carries a retail price of $20,750.00 as shown on the Rolex Canada website. Of course the Rolex diamonds are nearly virtually flawless and it comes in a fancy box with instructional booklet plus other documents. It also costs 500% more and lacks any sort of vintage personality. We are pleased to offer the next owner a complimentary one year warranty covering mechanical failure except if caused by abuse or moisture. In the Rolex world you’ll have a hard time finding more bling for the buck than this one. Priced at $4,090.00 CAD. Stock #e13189.

SOLD

 


November 13, 2019

2018 Rolex Submariner 116613LB full kit worn a couple times $16,350.00 CAD. e13290

This is the current version of the most famous sport watch of all time. Submariner model 116613LB boasts some significant improvements over the old 16613LB. That single extra digit in the style number gives you a ceramic bezel insert, thicker hands and hour markers that are far more luminous. The new model also receives a slightly larger 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 adjustment in length. There are few other watches that have a collector following like the Rolex Submariner. It’s not all that uncommon for a Submariner from the 1950s or 60s that was purchased new for a hundred dollars or so to sell for 30 thousand dollars today. This example was purchased brand new in the Toronto area in August of 2018. It remains in like new condition as it was only worn a couple of times. There are still a few of the original protective plastic stickers on the bracelet and both sides of the buckle. There are no scratches of any kind on the case, bracelet, crystal or ceramic bezel. The watch looks like new. Model 116613LB has a retail price of $16,600.00 CAD. This watch comes complete with inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, green plastic chronometer hang tag, white cardboard box sleeve, hard plastic bezel guard, soft foam outer box liner and even a Rolex shopping bag. The 5 year factory warranty expires in August 2023. The authorized agent endorsed warranty card has not been filled out with a customer name. As with all sporty professional models, this watch is difficult to find at Rolex agents and is usually on back order with a waiting list. Our price, $16,350.00 CAD. Stock #e13290.

SOLD


November 12, 2019

2016 Rolex Submariner 114060 (full kit) $10,500.00 CAD. e10242

Rolex Submariner was introduced in 1953 as a utilitarian tool watch, this is the epitome of that spirit in the current Rolex lineup. Brushed stainless steel and glossy black in a 40mm diameter case size, it’s the most universal looking Submariner. For diving purposes the Rolex 114060 is equipped with a trip lock crown that’s water resistant even when unscrewed plus a threaded solid steel case back. The Oysterlock clasp with Glidelock adjustment allows for changing the strap length without any tools, removing the need for the old style fold out diver’s extension. The heavily knurled edge of the unidirectional ratcheting Cerachrom bezel timer was designed for added grip underwater. This allows divers easy monitoring of diving time and decompression stops. The zero capsule in the black scratch resistant bezel along with the 18 karat white gold dial markers and hands are accented with luminescent inserts for added legibility in low or no light conditions. No surprise that this ‘Archetype of the Diver’s Watch’ (as Rolex puts it) is made from solid 904L stainless steel, a high grade alloy that’s anti-magnetic, but more importantly has excellent resistance to warm seawater and chlorides. The Submariner is powered by the Rolex in-house Calibre 3130 Swiss chronometer grade perpetual movement that features a bidirectional self winding rotor, 48 hour power reserve, and Parachrom hairspring. This specially made hairspring has greater resistance to shock and changes in temperature, which will come in handy if you wear the watch in the conditions Rolex intended it for. Rated for a depth of 300 meters/1000 feet the Rolex Submariner 114060 is ready for anything with a 5 year transferable factory warranty valid until September 2021. The watch is in very good, 100% original condition. It has never been polished or refinished in any way, just a quick ultrasonic cleaning was all that was necessary to prepare it for the new owner. There are still a few sections of factory applied protective stickers attached to the buckle area. We opted to leave the watch in its original condition showing some scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet. The blemishes are very minor and could easily be removed should you choose. We always prefer leaving these collectible watches in as presented condition; they can be refinished over and over but they’re only original once. The watch is accompanied by all paperwork, Canadian endorsed warranty card, plastic bezel guard, original cardboard product tag with model/serial number and the original box, all in mint condition. $10,500.00 CAD. Stock #e10242.

SOLD

 


November 10, 2019

Tudor Black Bay 36 79500 $2,798.00 CAD. e13002

Building on the success of the Heritage Black Bay, Tudor introduced a slightly more subtle sporting watch called the Heritage Black Bay 36. The slightly smaller watch offers most of its larger siblings features in a moderately smaller 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 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 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 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 vert good condition. It was delivered to the original owner in March 2017 from an Ontario authorized agent. Showing only minor evidence of wear in the form of a few small scuff and scrtaches. The watch has never been polished of 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 grey black camouflage nylon NATO strap that has never been used. Estate priced at $2,798.00 CAD. Stock #e13002.

SOLD

 

 


November 6, 2019

2019 Oyster 39 114300 full kit Canadian delivery $6,450.00 CAD. e13294

The Rolex tradition of uncompromising quality in basic luxury timekeeping is epitomized in the Oyster 39. Nothing but classic time telling information with 3 hands, large luminous hour markers on a contrasting dial. The only option you can select are a couple of dial colours. The sturdy Oyster bracelet is the only one offered and a smooth polished bezel is the only way to frame the basic dial layout. When introduced in 2015 it was and still is the entry offering if you want a larger size Rolex. It’s been a huge hit with those wanting a Rolex but not wanting to invest five figures. The demand is more than supply as this watch along with other steel sporty models have long waiting lists at Rolex agency stores. This example was purchased in the Toronto area in late 2019 and was occasionally worn by the previous owner for only a month or so. The condition is excellent with only a few very light scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet. Even an entry level Rolex comes with features of the much more expensive models. The famous Oyster case with screw down crown and case back keep contaminants and moisture at bay and is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters. Locking buckle and sturdy solid link Oyster bracelet will stand up to rugged everyday use under any situation. That beautiful black dial will continue to look great under the super hard synthetic sapphire crystal that will shrug off pretty much all potential scratch producing impacts. Inside the expertly machined and polished 904L stainless steel case beats the proprietary 3132 movement. This little powerhouse also has the features of the more expensive models at a lower price. Rolex’s non magnetic blue Parachrom hairspring with Breguet overcoil pulses at 28,800 cycles per hour with a large balance wheel. Gold regulating screws offer exact balancing for precise timing. The complete balance and hairspring are protected by Rolex’s own Paraflex shock protection system. The 48-hour-long power reserve is not the highest in the industry but it is still around 20% longer than most. For a reliable Rolex that doesn’t cost a fortune the Oyster 39 is a model that you should consider. There are waiting lists for this watch at dealers and they are always welcome for trade in should you want something a little more exotic. The 5 year international warranty will cover the next owner until November 2024. This watch comes complete with everything from original delivery; inner/outer boxes, protective white cardboard sleeve, foam liner, fully endorsed warranty card, plastic chronometer tag, white paper string tag with product/serial number and Canadian price displayed. The package also contains the instruction booklets, guarantee manual and card sleeve. All packaging and accessories are in perfect condition. We actually run into these watches far less often than you’d expect; we see Submariners, Explorers, GMT-Masters and other pure sports models far more often. Our price for this lightly used example is $6,450.00 CAD. Stock #e13294.

SOLD


October 28, 2019

2001 Rolex Explorer II 16570 40mm full kit $9,000.00 CAD. e13117

Rolex Explorer IIs are only available in stainless steel with a white or black dial on an Oyster bracelet. That’s it; no options, no diamonds, no gold or two tone cases. That’s 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 sport Rolex this may be the model for you. Measuring 40mm diameter makes for a comfortable size that can be worn by anyone. Not too big, not to small and not too thick. 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. We sold this exact watch to a savvy customer less than 5 years ago for $5,900.00, we recently purchased it from that same client for significantly more. 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 the most complete example of a 16570 that we have had in a long time. 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 bezel is in good condition. Collectors covet originality and completeness, few are more complete than this example. Everything that came from the factory in Geneva is here. The inner wood lined box, correct outer cardboard box with stickers, brochures, warranty paper, calendar, service guide, hanging tags and wallet. The condition and completeness say a lot about the previous owners and how they took care of this watch since its delivery March of 2002 in Hong Kong. The Explorer II is a dual time model than 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 made 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 while offering perfect optics, a convenient magnified calendar window helps out those with 40 plus year old eyesight. Tough and sporty Oyster bracelet equipped with fliplock buckle (correctly date coded DE9) is a design element that almost alone defines the sporty Rolex experience. The bracelet and case still exhibit sharp crisp details that become less defined with extended years of hard use. Included with watch is a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $9,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13117.

SOLD


October 27, 2019

Rolex Datejust 36mm 116234 Roman/rhodium dial 18kt. bezel $7,800.00 CAD. e13183

It’s a little bit dressy, it’s a little bit sporty and it’s a whole lot of classic looking Rolex. The Roman numeral/rhodium dial with radial finish is the epitome of class, shifting from silver to grey as the watch is moved. You can see the actual watch on this short 10 second YouTube video. No white luminous pigment in the hands or markers. Just perfectly formed and polished details executed in premium 18 karat white gold. In case you didn’t know, Rolex use 18 karat gold in the manufacturing of their hands, hour markers and of course the 5 pointed Rolex crown logo. The sparkling dial frame is a detail that many would dismiss as simply polished stainless steel; those in the know realize it’s the upgraded, solid 18 karat white gold bezel. The expertly made fluted, faceted edges twinkle with the slightest wrist movement. The fluted bezel is one of those design elements that make a Rolex a Rolex. The optional and slightly more sporty Oyster bracelet give this example a more youthful look while paying homage to the pure sport professional models. This watch is the perfect Rolex for anyone wanting a do it all design suitable for any occasion. This watch dates from 2010 according to its G series serial number. It’s condition is like new old stock. Never polished or refinished in any way. Sharp crisp edges on the fluted bezel are perfect and there is no wear of any kind on the bracelet. There are a couple minor scuffs on the polished sections of the locking buckle. Rolex’ handy “easy link” allows a 5mm extension that quickly adds some extra length for humid summer days or when you just need a touch more room. Comes with Rolex box, original tags and a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. The current version of this watch retails for $9,800.00 Canadian. Our like new pre-owned example is priced at $7,800.00 CAD. Stock #e13183.

SOLD


October 26, 2019

1991 Rolex Submariner 16610 fading blue bezel full kit one owner $12,360.00 CAD. e13153

This Rolex 16610 Submariner really puts the “blue” in blue chip collectible. The last of the aluminum bezel insert Subs are seeing big appreciation since being replaced by the current ceramic model. Occasionally these aluminum bezels can colour shift a noticeable blue hue from the original black. This watch dates from 1991 and its original bezel has faded to this beautiful dark blue. The dark blueberry colour is actually very complimentary, especially against the tan patina of the tritium hour markers on the original dial. Not only does it showcase the interesting bezel, the watch is quite desirable in its own right. One owner, Birks Canada original delivery, boxes, papers, booklets and accessories all in perfect condition. Our fresh service (January 2020) should provide the new owner with up to 10 years of trouble free service. Early example 16610 Submariners are well over 30 years old now and they are joining the other collectible 168000, 16800, and 1680 date display versions. A savvy collector client of ours learned of this watch and committed to its purchase before I could even post it to our website. Hopefully we’ll have another 16610 soon that everyone can see before it’s sold. Sometimes things can move pretty fast in our estate department. Stock #e13153.

SOLD


October 23, 2019

2014 Tudor Heritage Chronograph 70330B 42mm full kit $4,300.00 CAD. e12971

Been keeping track of Rolex Daytona pricing over the last 20 years or so? You’ll not find a used one for much less than $20,000.00 in stainless steel these days and it’s very easy to spend many multiples of that on anything remotely rare or unusual. Enter the Tudor Heritage chronograph 70330B. For a fraction of the cost of a Daytona you get a similar watch manufactured by Rolex with the same chronograph function albeit with a shorter 45 minute timer capacity instead of 12 hours. The Tudor adds a very useful calendar, plus a dual time function for the world traveler (the Daytona lacks both of these features). Its stainless steel oyster style case is water resistant to an additional 50 meters more than a Daytona at 150. The Tudor comes with similar threaded crown, pushers and case back. Its Heritage designation comes from the retro styling reminiscent of hand wind Tudor chronos of the 1970s. Original Tudor chronographs have become very collectible in their own right, especially since Daytona pricing has gotten truly out of reach for most. This example comes with the preferred blue/orange version with matching OEM nylon NATO strap. Model 70330B has a retail price of $4,980.00 CAD as seen on the official Tudor website. Our example is in very lightly worn condition. It’s 100% original, it hasn’t been polished in any way and still retains the sharp beveled lug edges. The first and only previous owner mostly used the watch on the strap leaving the original Oyster style bracelet in perfect condition. When fitted with the nylon strap the watch takes on a totally different look further reinforcing the fun 70s vibe that inspired the design. Comes complete with the inner/outer boxes, cardboard sleeve, instructions, wallet, pamphlets and endorsed warranty card from a Canadian authorized agent (July 2014). Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a complimentary 1 year warranty covering all aspects of the original factory guarantee. Tudor chronographs rarely make appearances in our estate department. This one is estate priced at $4,300.00 CAD. Stock #e12971.

SOLD


October 22, 2019

2016 Tudor North Flag 91210N 40mm $3,500.00 CAD. e13003

Just because you don’t see it on our web site doesn’t mean it isn’t here. We always have more watches and other estate jewellery than we’re able to showcase online. Taking numerous pictures and writing about each item takes a surprising amount of time; time we sometimes just don’t have. Here are 3 examples of like new, excellent condition, estate watches we’d love to individually profile if we had more time. Each comes complete with original box, warranty papers and instructions. All were purchased through Canadian authorized agents and come with a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty.

2016 Tudor North Flag 91210N $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13003 SOLD

2014 Omega Speedmaster Mark II 327.10.43.50.06.00 $5,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11600 SOLD

2012 Bell & Ross GMT BR01-93-50 $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11599 SOLD


October 20, 2019

Sept. 2019 Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 $28,000.00 CAD. e13005

Without 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 chronograph or dual time features but even these are housed in subtle oyster cases of a moderate 40mm case 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 introduce such an audacious, narrowly focused watch. Well because they can, and because everyone was talking about this new giant Rolex. The Yacht Master II clearly demonstrates that Rolex are still at the cutting edge of watchmaking skill. 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. The integrated bright blue ceramic bezel along with the red arrow tipped hand displays an easy to read 1 to 10 minute countdown timer. The countdown 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 race official. If the regular stop/reset sequence is used the timer returns to your mechanically programmed 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 example is perfect as it is was just purchased September 2019 and only worn a few times since then, perhaps less than 20 hours in total. It was purchased new in Ontario from an official Rolex authorized agent October 15 2019. There isn’t a scuff or blemish to be found anywhere on the 18 karat rose gold and stainless steel case or bracelet. This is the latest version of model 116681 featuring marine style hands similar to what’s found on a Submariner. The endorsed warranty card will keep the new owner covered under the factory 5 year warranty until October 2024. All functions are working as designed and it’s keeping excellent time. Purchasing a brand new 116681 Yacht Master II in the USA will cost you the princely sum of $25,150.00 USD. In Canada the watch retails for the relative bargain price of only $28,850.00. Despite our weak dollar Rolex hasn’t increased prices in Canada in a long time. We are one of the least expensive markets for brand new Rolex in the world assuming you can find what you’re looking for here. Our 2 week old example comes with the original packaging, inner/outer boxes, booklets, and endorsed transferable warranty card. Don’t wait until Rolex has a price increase in Canada. Getting a discount on a 2 week old example is a great opportunity if you’re looking for a large, bold Rolex sports watch. Priced at $28,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13005.

SOLD


October 18, 2019

Rolex Datjust 36 16233 $6,000.00 CAD. e12229

We’ve spoken about it many times before but it never gets old. The Rolex Datejust could just be the universal watch. It’s got to be the longest continuously produced model in the industry. Introduced in 1945 at the same time Rolex was celebrating their 40th anniversary. The occasion also marked the debut of the aptly named jubilee bracelet. If the Datejust is the most popular Rolex ever produced, the two tone champagne dial with jubilee bracelet and fluted bezel has got to be one of the most sophisticated of the countless versions available. Whether it’s an original from the 40s or one just purchased, the look has remained the same. It’s a mature design but is never gets old. Our latest example was produced in 1989. For a 30 year old watch the condition is excellent. Crisp edges on the fluted bezel are still sharp showing the watch hasn’t been overly polished. The bracelet shows well, it displays a little sag making it just that much more comfortable. A calendar display is a very common thing to see on modern watches but in 1945 Rolex was the only manufacturer with such a feature incorporating a quick changeover at midnight. 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 10:00 pm taking several hours to fully reveal the next date of the month. Rolex produced a quick turn mechanism advancing the date in an instant, plus or minus a few minutes of exactly midnight. This process makes the date display absolutely true and “just”, hence unusual moniker. At 36mm diameter this watch was traditionally the domain of men but today many women find the size appropriate as an easy to read timepiece with just enough presence to make a statement. Rolex watches aren’t exactly cutting edge when it comes to designs but when they do something they do it perfectly. I never grow tired of looking at the subtle dial details on Rolex watches. This example is no different. Perfect text, perfectly polished and faceted 18 karat gold hands/markers. In the late 1990s Rolex changed the luminous pigment from slightly radioactive tritium to a new luminous pigment. Vintage Rolex collectors love finding original tritium examples. They can be distinguished by a couple Ts found on the bottom of the dial. Over time tritium plots can colour shift to a soft tan hue adding to the vintage look. On this dial the tritium plots are still completely intact and retain their original very slightly greenish white colour. Champagne is not exactly a rare dial colour but this one looks perfect. Excellent overall condition, keeping great time with all functions working as designed. Synthetic sapphire crystals from this era sit slightly above the bezel making the sharp edge prone to small nicks and chips. This example has a few small blemishes around the edge that go virtually unnoticed. Current versions of this watch are still being made today with a price of $13,750.00 plus tax at your local Canadian Rolex agent and can be seen online here. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this example is estate priced at $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #e12229.

SOLD

 


October 17, 2019

2020 Rolex Submariner 116610LV “The Hulk” worn for 10 minutes, full kit $19,200.00 CAD. e13291

The juggernaut within the watch and jewellery industry is without doubt Rolex. There are other important brands within the business but Rolex is all powerful. Love them or hate them you have to respect them. Rolex, no question, is the most significant watch brand ever. Even though they now use scrambled serial numbers to keep production numbers a secret, everyone knows the brand produces over a million watches per year with revenues in the billions. Hans Wilsdorf the founder of Rolex owned all the shares in the company. He had no close heirs to pass along his 100% ownership in the company to. Upon his death he wanted the company to continue what he started. A trust was set up to run the company and oversee its operation, appropriately named The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. In theory it’s a charitable not for profit organization. The trust does contribute to worthy causes; but the foundation’s mandate is for the continued dominance of the brand by reinvestment and promotion. It has no shareholders to pay dividends to or distribute profits with, only a group of well paid trustees who decide how to reinvest the vast revenue. Some of the profits are dumped back into state of the art automated factories that continually update their technology. They also pay very good wages to the most talented engineers and watchmakers they’re able to recruit. No one really knows just how much money the trust has squirrelled away over the decades but it must be in the billions. There isn’t another watch company that operates in such a manner. The main function of the trust is to promote and protect the brands position as the number 1 Swiss watch manufacturer at all cost. You can buy into a little bit of the enigmatic brand with this green Submariner. The green dial green bezel combination has been one of their hottest models since it was introduced in 2010. These never appear in the displays of Rolex agents. Once news leaked of a green dial/bezel Rolex Submarnier coming it generated an instant waiting list 10 years ago and things haven’t changed. The demand for this and many other sport models have many Rolex boutiques no longer even taking orders as the wait time has extended to years. The 116610LV has earned the nickname “The Hulk” among the Rolex collector community. This is only our 3rd green/green Hulk and our latest estate offering. The watch was originally delivered to its first and only previous owner from a Canadian authorized agent earlier this year and was only worn for a few minutes. It displays no scuffs, scratches or blemishes of any kind. All of the protective plastic stickers were removed at the Rolex authorized agency store as per strict Rolex policy and then into the box it went until we removed it to take a few pictures for our posting. naturally it comes complete with everything supplied from the factory upon delivery. Perfect condition inner/outer boxes with outside cardboard sleeve, plastic hang tag showing serial number, green plastic chronometer seal, fully endorsed warranty card, instruction booklets, other documents and even a Rolex shopping bag. These watches are trading hands for significant premiums over what they sold for when new. The Rolex collector community has been speculating that “The Hulk” is going to be retired leaving 1000s of orders going unfilled. The resale market for hard to obtain Rolex sport watches is still very strong for properly priced premium examples with known history and good providence. The previous owner is an important Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers collector customer with many other watches. This watch is 100% perfect in every way without exception. Have a look at this 14 second YouTube video of the actual watch. Scarce as these are, they’re almost never seen as pre-owned original Canadian delivery complete set examples. The factory warranty will cover the next owner for the balance of 5 years expiring in the winter of 2025. Buying this watch in Canada will NOT trigger a 5% import duty compared to importing a watch purchased out of country. Estate price $19,200.00 CAD. Stock #e13291.

SOLD


2016 Rolex Datejust 36mm 116233 $10,775.00 CAD. e12871

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The basic Rolex Datejust formula hasn’t changed in close to 75 years. The Jubilee bracelet, coin edge fluted bezel, 36mm oyster case and champagne dial are 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 2016 and was originally purchased from our friends at Humbertown Jewellers Toronto. At just 3 1/2 years old you’d expect the condition to be very good and this one doesn’t disappoint, it truly looks unworn. 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 like new condition showing no sag or stretch. No surprise really as the previous owner claimed to have only worn it a couple of times. There really isn’t any visible flaw, scuff or scratch to be seen anywhere on the case or bracelet. It looks like new and carries the balance of the transferable 5 year factory warranty good until August 2021. The watch is running like new and keeping great time. Purchasing a brand new Datejust of this specification carries a list price of $13,570.00 CAD and $11,200.00 USD. Included with purchase is the inner/outer Rolex box, instruction/service booklets and dealer endorsed warranty card. Our price for this classic Rolex is $10,775.00 CAD. Stock #e12871.

SOLD


October 16, 2019

2019 Rolex Datejust 41 126334 $11,550.00 CAD (4 weeks old). e12901

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 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 in this specification. This one that also comes with the far less common and preferred dark rhodium dial. It features Rolex’ 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 Chonometer 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 isn’t even a month old. It was purchased in Canada at an authorized Rolex agency in early November 2019. 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, the neutral hue works with any skin tone and outfit. It’s essence of classic simplicity in Rolex design day or night. This watch has only been worn for a few days by a fastidious previous owner who recently traded in for something else. 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 for resale. The watch comes with everything from when delivered. The factory warranty remains in place until November 2024. Large size all steel models are difficult to find at Rolex boutiques, more with the dark rhodium dial. This recent trade in watch is priced at $11,550.00 CAD. Stock #e12901.

SOLD


October 10, 2019

1996 Rolex Submariner 16610 $10,200.00 CAD. e13090

We’ve posted estate Rolex Submariners dozens of times before and much has been said about one of Rolex’ most sought after models. The Submariner 16610 is the most popular Submariner ever produced. I’d speculate that over almost 25 years of production (1987-2010) easily over a million were produced. Despite being the most common Submariner we still can’t get enough of them. It’s one of the top requested estate watches regardless of brand. A quick summary of our latest Submariner offering is as follows: 1996 production date, Oyster bracelet 93250 with 11 full size links not including diver extension, date coded AB6 with fliplock safety clasp. The more desirable Tritium dial and hands appear original and matching. Perfect glossy black dial and excellent condition aluminum bezel insert. The case still shows some wear and tear on all four lugs but they are still nice and thick. We believe the watch was serviced by Rolex because is has a laser etched logo crystal and the lugs are showing the subtle beveled edge that’s extremely difficult to duplicate.The solid end link Oyster bracelet shows virtually no stretch or sag. The fliplock buckle still displays the embossed Rolex logo with very good relief. The watch is running well with all functions operating as designed. We are pleased to offer a complimentary 1 year warranty for the new owner. Comes with Rolex inner/outer box, instruction booklet, chronometer hang tag, 1998-1999 calendar and a couple of other documents but no original dealer endorsed warranty papers. This is a model seeing significant appreciation since it was retired in 2010 and replaced with the bulkier ceramic bezel version. The older style tritium dial examples are a little more sought after and add a subtle vintage touch. At approaching 25 years old, I feel it’s fair to call this a vintage Submariner. Priced at $10,200.00 CAD. Stock #e13090.

SOLD


October 6, 2019

2007 Rolex Datejust 36mm 116233 $8,888.00 CAD. e8625

Destined to be a classic from the moment it was introduced in 1945. Today, this watch is still a best seller for Rolex. From the 28mm ladies to the 41mm over sized gents model. The Oyster Datejust has proven itself as the world’s choice when it comes to time keeping with style and class under any situation. Our latest estate watch is the most versatile 36mm size. Originally this size was strictly the domain of men but today many women love wearing this manageable size as a do it all design that offers more legibility than the smaller versions. The neutral champagne hue dial is easy to read and very versatile. Rolex know a thing or two about who there demographic is. They no longer offer the small 26mm Datejust and most popular sizes are at least 34mm. The typical Rolex client is likely someone approaching that age when eye glasses become part of the wardrobe. Rolex have answered this requirement with slightly thicker hands and hour markers on many Datejust models. The hands and markers also now receive much more luminous material offering great contrast during the day and improved legibility in low and no light situations. Our latest Datejust 116233 is a 2 owner example dating from 2007. It comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, service network book, red chronometer tag, blanket and card holder. Even the original white cardboard box sleeve is included. What isn’t here is the endorsed warranty card. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers sold this watch for the first time in the summer of 2015. It was unworn at that point having been a presentation gift that was never used. We sold it to the 2nd owner who occasionally wore it for special occasions only. Its current condition is excellent and 100% original. It has never been polished or refinished in any way, just an ultrasonic cleaning was all that was necessary to prepare it for its new owner. The iconic solid 18 karat fluted bezel is still crisp and sharp, twinkling with even the slightest movement. The original protective case back sticker is still in place. The classic Jubilee bracelet contains 6 adjustment links enabling a total available length of 7 3/4 inches. If you have an extra large wrist we can always supply a few more links. There is no measurable stretch or sag associated with wear and tear.Rolex still produce a watch that looks identical to this with a slightly different model number 126233. The current version comes with a suggested retail price of $13,750 CAD. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this like new condition Rolex is priced more than 35% less than its replacement value at just $8,888.00 CAD. Stock #e8625.

SOLD


October 5, 2019

Rolex 1601 Datejust with gilt dial circa 1962 $9,680.00 CAD. e11277

Rolex Datejusts don’t get the respect they deserve. Everyone focuses on the sporty stainless steel high profile models, but a nice vintage Datejust should be a consideration for any collection. This 1962 example is one of the nicest we’ve had. It’s difficult finding any Rolex this old in original condition and black dials are quite uncommon. Dark dials were not too popular when new and just like a black car they are impossible to keep clean showing every possible mark. If any moisture or foreign contaminants touch a black dial it’s going to leave a mark and these marks usually can’t effectively be removed. We think the even patina on our 56 year old Datejust dial is simply a result of natural aging. Rolex dial paint formulas from the 50s, 60s and 70s are known to sometimes colour shift. Sometimes the paint surface can even develop a spider web crackled appearance. These images simply do not capture the beauty of this unique dark brownish green charcoal hue. 5 lines of gold gilt text are in perfect condition. Most of the original luminous tritium plots are all completely intact; sitting proud with amazing tan patina that only comes with age. The 6 o:clock plot is gone or perhaps was never there and the 3 o:clock tritium dot is mostly missing. Original and rare dauphine hands and faceted hour markers confirm originality to the Rolex connoisseur. A champagne date ring with black numerals is crystal clear, showing no stains or smudges on any of the 31 days. Open 6s and 9s are always a good thing to check for on any vintage Rolex. The watch was just treated to a full technical revision and is running well keeping excellent time. At the time of service a new waterproof tube and plastic crystal (genuine Rolex parts) were installed to keep this amazing dial looking great. The Datejust is without question the most often encountered model as they’ve been in continuous production since 1945. That being said, finding one from the early 60s is unusual. Finding one with a black dial almost never happens. Sooner of later I’m sure the Rolex collector world will come around; when they do rare and original Datejusts will be the most sought after. Including a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this watch is estate priced at $9,680.00 CAD. Stock #e11277.

SOLD

 


October 1, 2019

2019 Rolex Submariner 116613LB perfect condition $16,999.00 CAD. e13109

This is the current version of the most famous sport watch of all time. Submariner model 116613LB boasts some significant improvements over the old 16613LB. That single extra digit in the style number gives you a ceramic bezel insert, thicker hands and hour markers that are far more luminous. The new model also receives a slightly larger 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 adjustment in length. There are few other watches that have a collector following like the Rolex Submariner. It’s not all that uncommon for a Submariner from the 1950s or 60s that was purchased new for a hundred dollars or so to sell for 30 thousand dollars today. This example was purchased brand new in the Toronto area in August of 2019. It remains in like new condition as it was only worn a few times. Model 116613LB has a retail price of $16,600.00 CAD. This watch comes complete with inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, green plastic chronometer hang tag, white cardboard box sleeve, copy of original invoice, and Rolex shopping bag. The 5 year factory warranty expires in August 2024. As with all sporty professional models, this watch is difficult to find at Rolex agents and is usually on back order with a waiting list. Our price, $16,999.00 CAD. Stock #e13109.

SOLD

 


September 29, 2019

2002 Rolex Datejust 16234 36mm 18kt. fluted bezel blue stick dial $6,000.00 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 $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13108.

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1996 Tudor Submariner 79190 full kit $9,000.00 CAD. e12899

 I’ve lost track of how many Rolex Submariners we’ve showcased on our estate pages over the years, but Tudor Submariners are another story. Indeed, a vintage Tudor Submariner is quite a rare watch. One popular website frequented by many watch enthusiasts is currently listing well over 1000 Rolex Submariners of just one model (16610). A quick search on the same site for a Tudor 79190 Submariner results in only 6 examples but none in the classic black dial/black bezel like our latest estate watch. As scarce and desirable as this model is what’s most impressive about this watch is it’s completeness. Everything from the original bill of sale September 1996 with VISA receipt attached to the original case back sticker, it’s all here perfectly preserved. The original and only previous owner wore the watch every day for every activity for many years. The box and original documents were squirreled away for more than 20 years. The box and everything held within are in perfect condition. The exceptionally rare Tudor 200 meter anchor charm has never even been out of its plastic sleeve. The rich burgundy box pillow and blanket haven’t been touched or opened ever! Not a scuff, scratch or ding can be seen on the inner or outer box and the corners are dent free. The spine on the 25 page booklet (dated 4 1996) remains crease free. Guarantee and endorsed warranty documents are in similar undisturbed original condition along with their plastic billfold. The business card of the original sales person completes this Tudor time capsule. The only thing not correct with the watch is the original Oyster bracelet has been changed for a high quality generic replacement after the original broke and was tossed in the trash. The watch was never intended to be a sought after collectible, it was just a tool to be used in the manner to which it was designed. Flat black finish original tritium dial is beautiful with bright white plots showing no patina. The bezel “zero” index marker is cracked and the cyclops is showing some delamination. Our master watchmaker has just performed a full technical revision to the automatic Swiss made movement along with water resistance vacuum testing. I’m thrilled to report this NON chronometer rated watch is performing well within chronometer grade accuracy levels, showing a rate of just 2 seconds fast per day. A vintage Rolex Submariner may still be a more valuable collectible and if you want one I know of more than 1000 currently for sale, but I can’t find a single example of a Tudor Submariner 79190 as complete as our latest example. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is priced at $9,000.00 CAD. Stock #e12899.

SOLD


September 28, 2019

1991 Rolex Submariner 16613LN with box/papers $12,000.00 CAD. e13004

When the Rolex Submariner debuted in 1953 it was regarded strictly as a highly functional “tool” type watch. Made to accomplish a few specific tasks under some very harsh conditions. It was the first watch waterproof to a depth of 100 meters. The rotating bezel made it possible to quickly calculate elapsed time. It was never designed to win any beauty contests. A few decades later a calendar appeared on the watch adding an obvious and handy feature. Shortly after that a solid gold model became available. In 1984 the first steel and gold combination added a new more affordable “jewellery” version. Model 11613 came out in the late 1980s and featured the then new Rolex caliber 3135 movement that powered submariners for the next 25 years. This movement is considered one of the most durable and reliable available. An almost 50 hour power reserve is longer than most other automatic watches. Retired from production in 2009 has made the 16613 just a little more desirable.  Replacement model 116613 is still 40mm diameter but now comes with a ceramic bezel insert, updated case and bracelet but still has the familiar look that was established decades ago. A brand new 116613 will also run you $16,600.00. This example dates from 1991 and includes the original box with endorsed warranty papers. These are showing up less and less as collectors are beginning to take good examples off the market. A full technical revision was performed on the watch that included an original factory crystal, crystal gasket, case gasket, bezel insert, vacuum and pressure testing. Overall condition is very good, the bracelet shows very little sag or stretch. You would never guess it was made 28 years ago. Comes complete with original box and paperwork. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers complimentary 1 year warranty is included for the estate price of $12,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13004.

SOLD

 

 


September 1, 2019

Rolex Oyster Date 34mm 15037 one owner $10,290.00 CAD. e12061

The majority of gold gents Rolex watches ever sold are the Day-Date models better known as “The President”. You seldom encounter a men’s gold Rolex that displays only the time and a day of the month calendar. In fact, over the last 30 plus years of my memory here at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers this is only the 3rd or 4th gold Rolex Date model we’ve had. That alone makes it a pretty rare bird. What makes this one especially appealing is the one owner history with lots of documentation. After 38 years of age it’s rare to have old appraisals, service invoices, box, instruction booklet, travel pouch and even a Rolex polishing cloth. All these accessories and documents add significant assurance to a perspective purchaser looking to buy a classic Rolex. Pushing middle age this Oyster Date 15037 is in excellent condition. The Rolex signature fluted bezel is sharp and crisp, looking unpolished. That iconic and slightly sporty oyster bracelet shows far less sag than you’d expect. Keep in mind, this era bracelet is made from hollow sheets of gold fastened with rivets. This is the way Rolex made all its bracelets back then. The look is quite unique and vintage. 14 karat gold riveted Oyster bracelets in this condition are almost never seen. The buckle edges are sharp and it snaps shut with a satisfying click. Oyster Dates are a bit smaller than the common Day-Date models; this watch has a 34mm case diameter vs. 36mm for the standard Day-Date. Back in 1981 both 34mm and 36mm models were pretty well exclusively worn by men; today women wear this size all the time and they look great on a feminine wrist. The tone on tone champagne dial with gold case/bracelet is the epitome in style and classic elegance. 14 karat 34mm Date models are no longer offered by Rolex. If you wanted a similar 36mm example it’s only available in 18 karat gold and the basic model sells for $36,250.00 Canadian. In April 2013 it was fully serviced at Rolex Canada. The service included a mechanical overhaul, new dial with matching hands, new crown and tube along with a refinishing. The included original invoice for the service and parts shows a total bill of $1,388.77.  It was worn for several years after this service and is showing some scuffs and scratches. We’ve elected to leave the watch in as received condition. We’d be happy to remove the minor signs of use if you’d prefer to have it look like new. Comes complete with a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty  and all the documentation shown. Estate priced at $10,290.00 CAD. Stock #e12061.

SOLD


August 29, 2019

Rolex Milgauss 116400GV 40mm $8,280.00 CAD. e12977

If you have the means, Rolex make 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 the 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 have gone to extraordinary measures in order to shield the calibre 3131 from the affects of magnetism. A special inner liner inside the Oyster case made from a proprietary Rolex blend of metals keeps the movement running within chronometer specification even under extreme magnetic field conditions. Our latest example is in excellent condition and was carefully worn by its previous owner. A light polish/refinishing with ultrasonic cleaning was all that was required to make it look practically new. 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 over sized markers strongly glow making excellent night time legibility. A complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included with purchase. $8,280.00 CAD. Stock #e12977.

SOLD


August 28, 2019

Rolex Explorer 114270 36mm full kit excellent condition $6,700.00 CAD. e12752

A classic Rolex that debuted in the 1950s. The Rolex Explorer got its name after Sir Edmund Hillary worn one on his quest be the first person to successfully climb to the top to Mount Everest. Ever since it has been a top choice for adventurous people who want the ultimate in absolute functional time keeping. Crafted in Switzerland by Rolex using very expensive 904L stainless steel containing 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 Canada February 2007 from an authorized Ontario Rolex agent. Carefully worn by the one and only previous owner the watch is in fantastic condition. It was serviced at Rolex Canada in 2013. While being serviced the case and bracelet was lightly refinished by hand. All aspects of the watch look practically like new old stock. At 36mm diameter the 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’s 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. This model is no longer available, its been replaced with a 39mm version that looks pretty much identical. Including the original packaging, warranty card, instructions, booklets, plastic chronometer tag, accessories, Rolex service receipt and even the original bill of sale. We are happy to provide the new owner a complimentary one year warranty. Priced at $6,700.00 CAD. Stock #e12752.

SOLD


August 26, 2019

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 over $2,000.00 Canadian per ounce the gold used in the construction of this crown is worth around $5.85 CAD. I just thought you’d like to know.

 


August 24, 2019

2019 Rolex SUBMARINER 116613LN 40mm (worn for one hour) $16,685.00 CAD. e12935

Our latest example of the most popular sport watch of all time. The Rolex Submariner model 116613 boasts some major 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 purchased new for a few hundred dollars or so to sell for 30 thousand dollars today. This example was purchased brand new in Canada from an authorized Rolex agent in late 2019.It has been worn for less than one hour, it’s basically brand new, 100% perfect. Model 116613 has a retail price of  $16,600.00 CAD. Submariners are difficult to find at Rolex agents and are almost never seen on display. The watch comes complete with everything delivered from the factory including inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instructions and all other paperwork. Even the chronometer hang tag, serial/style number hang tag are here. Rolex is very confident in the quality and reliability of their watches, each one comes with a 5 year warranty. Warranty protection until the end of 2024 accompanies this watch. $16,685.00. Stock e12935.

SOLD


August 10, 2019

2014 Rolex Explorer 214270 39mm $7,500.00 CAD. e12975

The tiniest detail can make thousands of dollars difference between two otherwise identical Rolex watches. A bit of red paint on the dial of a Submariner, some Art Decoesque chronograph registers on a vintage Daytona can make a huge difference in the price of the same model. The Explorer in its current larger 39mm form has only been around since 2010 and has remained unchanged until 2016. Rolex decided to add full luminous pigment to the inside of the 3,6 and 9 Arabic hour markers compared to the perfectly plain polished 18 karat white gold numbers. They also made the hour and minute hand slightly longer and a bit thicker. The old version perhaps looks a bit more sophisticated while the new version offers slightly better night visibility, not that the original was deficient. The market is placing a slight premium on the full glow look at the moment but I think this will eventually change in favor of the earlier dial. Rolex will likely never go back to the old version and that makes it just different enough to potentially be more valuable down the road. This will definitely be the case if Rolex soldiers on with the new style for the next decade or so. In either case the Explorer is a classic model that does nothing else but display the time in is most basic form. No calendar, no rotating dial, no chronograph, not an extra do-dad to be found. I suppose you could buy a Timex that looks the same and likely keeps better time but you’d be missing the point. An Explorer or any other Rolex is far more than an expensive tool to keep track of time. Some people get it and some don’t. If your reading this you’re one of those who appreciate the fine art of luxury mechanical timekeeping. No other brand does it as well as Rolex. Their reputation for no nonsense reliable watches that hold their value is unparalleled. This 214270 Explorer example comes with its complete packaging, instructions, Canadian authorized agents endorsed warranty card (November 2014) and chronometer hang tag. The condition is very good, case back and buckle still have a couple protective stickers in place. The watch exhibits some scuffs and scratches associated with use but nothing deep or significant. It appears to retain the factory finish and has only been ultrasonically cleaned. The only touch was a minor polish on the smooth bezel to remove a couple insignificant blemishes. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $7,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12975.

SOLD

 


August 8, 2019

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 79220N 41mm $5,100.00 CAD. e11891

They say it’s better to be born lucky than rich, there is also something to be said for being in the right place at the right time. With a little knowledge and a bit of luck sometimes things just fall into place. There are quite a few “watch enthusiasts” in the world always on the lookout for the next timepiece to add or trade for a collection. When the previous and only owner of this rare Tudor Heritage Black Bay Black 79220N happened to see it at an authorized Lebanese Tudor agent in the spring of 2016 he knew it would be a wise choice to purchase. Only months after releasing the Black Bay Black Rolex announced all Tudor Black Bay models would feature an exclusive in-house manufactured movement. What’s interesting and noteworthy is that the Black Bay Black with Tudor 2824 caliber was produced for less than a year and is much more rare than the red or blue versions. The Tudor 2824 caliber movement is based on the ETA 2824 movement used by many high end luxury watch brands. It’s a time tested (pun intended), trusted movement known for its precision and reliability. Tudor’s watchmaking expertise improved upon the basic ETA 2824 incabloc shock protection and regulation system making the movement more specific to the Black Bay. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is: the original Tudor Black Bay Black has the traditional Tudor Rose emblem on the dial above the name Tudor, whereas the new generation “in house” calibre Black Bay features the Tudor Shield logo.All Heritage Black Bay models from 2012-2016 came with a factory supplied nylon NATO style strap in addition to the leather or steel bracelet. The new “in house” version comes only with a metal bracelet or strap, but not both. The great thing about our estate Black Bay Black is the fact that it was only occasionally worn with the nylon strap or the high quality custom made brown leather strap with deployment buckle. The original stainless steel bracelet has never been worn. It still displays the original protective plastic stickers on the buckle. They say hindsight is 20/20 and I have to agree. Many of the rare, unusual Rolex and Tudor watches we’ve sold over the years have seen substantial price increases. I’m sure this Black Bay Black will see a similar price appreciation over time being a short production run model. They already sell for a significant premium compared to the red and blue when they occasionally show up on the secondary market. The original owner of this watch sold it for more than he bought it for. If you’re going to collect one, get the best and this one is about as close to perfect as you’re likely to encounter. It’s in almost new condition, bracelet is unused and perfect, the case shows only the slightest signs of use. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year complimentary warranty. Comes with original inner/outer boxes, instructions, warranty card, nylon strap and the beautiful and costly custom made leather strap with folding buckle. The Heritage Black Bay 79220N is one of the hottest watches on the market, if you want one DON’T WAIT, this one shouldn’t last long! It’s rare and it’s the last Tudor Black Bay with a non Rolex produced movement yet it comes with the most coveted black black bezel/dial combination. Estate priced at $5,100.00 CAD. If you’ve been looking around for one of these you  know this one if very well priced. Stock #e11891.

SOLD


August 7, 2019

Rolex Datejust 36mm 16220 on strap $4,900.00 CAD. e12769

The Datejust has been the default watch for most Rolex customers since the model was introduced in 1945. The do it all design is appropriate for the office boardroom or a weekend adventure with your buddies. Its comfortable and versatile 36mm size has stood the test of time better than any design before or since. Super thin rectangular quartz watches from the 80s to contemporary gigantic sports chronographs, the traditional 36mm Datejust quietly marches on as Geneva’s most popular watch brand’s ambassador to the world. Our latest Datejust is this beautiful tone on tone 16200 from 1993. I love the subtle silver dial that has just begun to take on a slightly oxidized taupe hue. The faint colour shift has slowly occurred over the last 25 plus years since this watch was originally purchased. The perfect dial with its tritium treated 18 karat white gold hands and hour markers are exceptionally well matched displaying even patina. A substitute Hirsch leather strap has taken the place of the factory delivered stainless steel bracelet. The synthetic sapphire crystal has a couple small nicks on the surface at 5:00 but otherwise is in excellent condition. It’s amazing how a simple bracelet to strap swap completely changes the appearance although there is no doubt this can only be a Rolex Datejust. Comes complete with a 1 year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, original inner/outer boxes, pillow/blanket and plastic hang tags all in perfect condition. This preowned Rolex is priced at $4,900.00 CAD. Stock #e12769.

SOLD


August 6, 2019

2019 Tudor Pelagos 25610TNL (left hand crown) with extra strap $4,800.00 CAD. e12893

The Tudor Pelagos is a remarkable watch. Constructed from titanium this is the first watch manufactured by the wholly owned Rolex subsidiary company to be made of this exotic grey metal. Much lighter than stainless steel, super resistant to chemical attack, extremely durable but difficult to machine. The left hand version makes for an even more unique statement. Great for hard core lefties who wear a watch on their right wrist and also for left wrist use. Sometimes a large crown on traditional watches can bother the back of your hand. Move the crown to the opposite side and a bulky watch instantly becomes way more comfortable. This is Tudor’s top of the line diver watch with the greatest depth rating at 1640 feet. For professional saturation divers the Pelagos comes equipped with an automatic helium escape valve. The purposeful design is all business with huge luminous hands and hour markers. Not only is the bezel “zero” index treated with glowing pigment, the entire bezel has been enhanced for a great display in low light no light situations. A watch designed for extreme sporting use requires a great movement and in this respect the Pelagos doesn’t disappoint. Tudors MT5612 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. Some red text on the dial, the snowflake hour hand, flat black paint connect this most modern Tudor with classics from the past. A clever double locking buckle with diver extension and spring loaded comfort clasp is a feature that even the Rolex Submariner is lacking. This watch was purchased new from a Canadian authorized agency in September of 2019 and is covered by the factory warranty until the fall of 2021. Comes with an extra, high quality Hirsch strap, inner/outer boxes, cardboard shipping sleeve, instruction booklets, endorsed warranty card and the original bill of sale. The watch is absent of any signs of use. There is not a scuff or scratch to be seen anywhere. Priced at $4,800.00 CAD. Stock #e12893.

SOLD


August 5, 2019

Rolex Submariner 16610 (full kit) $12,250.00 CAD. e12010

If you like em complete here’s your Submariner. The demand seems insatiable for ANY Submariner. New or old they’re always in high demand. We’re quite fortunate to get them in on a regular basis, but they are seldom as complete as our latest example right down to a copy of the original bill of sale. The first owner was disposing of some receipts in his fireplace when he thought better of burning the Rolex receipt from October 2003. A photo copy of the original clearly shows the scorched areas from the fire.  I love it when an older watch comes in with its full compliment of boxes, documents and accessories all in perfect condition. The box looks like the watch was never stored inside. No stains or blemishes on the tan swede cuff of the inner box, its wooden lining is 100% scratch free courtesy of the protective foam sheet still in place. Metal anchor pendant, plastic bezel guard and chronometer hang tag are perfect too.Punched paper endorsed warranty card with black cardboard and sleeve are accounted for with sharp crisp edges. The service/instructions booklets look like they’ve never been opened fully as there are no creases in the spines. Bracelet is in practically brand new condition showing almost no sag or stretch. The embossed Rolex logo on the buckle cover still displays fine detail that is lost when refinished too often. Case lugs are thick, serrated bezel edges are sharp allowing precision adjustment of the 60 minute timer bezel. The factory applied fine beveled edge is softening slightly from use but can easily been seen. Scuffs, scratches and minor impact marks are present on the case/bracelet but overall condition for a 16 year old professional Rolex is very good. The 16610 Submariner is a very common model but finding one complete in this condition is rare. These are the last of the aluminum bezel inserts and the traditional thin lug design common to all Submarines from 1953 until the release of the current model in 2010. Over the close to 25 year production run I’m sure Rolex made hundreds of thousands of them perhaps more than a million. Since they’ve been discontinued and replaced with the new ceramic bezel model collectors are turning to these. Plastic crystal Submariners routinely sell for over $20,000.00 making the 16610 one of the only options. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this watch is priced at $12,250.00 CAD. Stock #e12010.

SOLD


August 4, 2019

2000 Rolex Datejust 79173 26mm diamond dial $4,400.00 CAD. e12817

The allure of a classic Rolex watch is almost infinite. Rolex have been making a watch like this for almost 75 years, and today they are more sought after than ever. This traditional size 26mm lady Datejust was just serviced November 2019. It’s running as good as new (perhaps better); well within chronometer limits at just plus 2 seconds per day according to our electronic vibrograph timing report. The watch also passed our water resistance vacuum testing to the manufacturer’s specification of 100 meters. Anything yellow metal on a modern Rolex such as this is rich 18 karat gold. The reflective fluted bezel, centre “D” shaped links in the iconic Jubilee bracelet, hour markers, hands and even the setting crown is capped in 18 karat gold. The genuine diamonds set in the hour markers are very high quality single cut diamonds that are believed to be original. The beautiful silver grey refinished dial is neutral and will blend with any outfit. A colour like this is a refreshing change to the common champagne hue normally encountered. Rolex no longer make a 26mm version of this watch, the slightly larger 28mm model 279173 has a retail price of $12,750.00 in Canada and $11,100.00 in the United States. Including a period correct excellent condition box and a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this well preserved, previously enjoyed Rolex is priced at only $4,400.00 CAD. Surely a gift giving occasion is just around the corner; this Rolex makes a timeless statement that will satisfy both the jewellery and watch lover in everyone.

SOLD


August 3, 2019

2019 Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BA with extras $4,598.00 CAD. e12892

Building on the popularity of Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay series comes the Black Bay Bronze. It made its debut is 2016 and was a huge hit. We’ve had many Black Bay models over the years but this is the first Bronze and it’s a good one. Originally delivered to a Canadian authorized agency in September 2019 and in perfect condition, looking unworn and comes with 3 extra straps. The OEM black strap and signed Tudor buckle alone cost an additional $350.00 plus tax (receipt included) The watch is powered by Tudor’s in house developed MT5601 chronometer rated movement with close to 3 days of power reserve. The soft hue of the bronze case is like nothing else on the market; leave it to Tudor to try something as bold as this. The slate dial is a work of art that slowly fades from a charcoal hue at the edge to a lighter grey/slate tone in the centre. The effect adds to the charm and antique feel. A sixty minute one way timer bezel mimics the faded look you’d pay $1,000s extra for on a vintage Rolex Submariner. Extra straps, inner/outer boxes, cardboard sleeve, endorsed warranty card, original bill of sale and even the soft foam box liner is here. Balance of the factory warranty will cover the next owner until September of 2021. Like new condition and priced at $4,598.00 CAD. Stock #e12892.

SOLD


August 2, 2019

2001 Rolex Air-King 14000M blue Arabic $4,600.00 CAD. e12903

Current collectible or future collectible? Without a doubt it’s both. The Rolex Air-King has been around in one form or another for over 70 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. RAF pilots of the time preferred using Rolex oysters over their standard issue lower quality watches. The robust design and relatively large case size made them the perfect pilot tool for quick time interpretation and navigation. If you visit your local Rolex agent to buy a modern 34mm oyster 114200 you’ll notice the dial no longer reads Air-King. The traditional size 34mm Oyster Perpetual “Air-King” era appears to be over. Our latest estate Rolex is in very good condition for a 2001 model year watch. It looks as if it was only occasionally worn. Our example features the striking radial finish blue/Arabic dial making this example a little more unique. Most Air-King models have a silver, black or white dial with simple stick hour markers. Comes complete with a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewelllers warranty.  I love the blue dial, 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 wise words in mind we are offering this amazing example for $4,600.00 CAD. Stock #e12903.

SOLD


August 1, 2019

2006 Rolex Submariner 16613M $12,500.00 CAD. e12904

The 16613M Rolex Submariner “Bluesy” always stops people in their tracks. The bright royal blue dial with rich complimentary 18 karat yellow gold trim is striking to say the least. Large bold luminous hour markers and hands contrast with functional efficiency like no other. I can’t think of another watch that announces who it is and what it does in such a bold statement like a Submariner. The 7 lines of text and logo are embossed with golden ink so thick it actually stands off the dial in the 3rd dimension. Love them or hate them, Rolex is without question the most significant watch brand ever. Even though they now use scrambled serial numbers to keep production numbers a secret, everyone knows the brand produce over a million watches per year with revenues in the billions. Hans Wilsdorf the founder of Rolex owned all the shares in the company. He had no close heirs to pass along his 100% ownership in the company to. Upon his death he wanted the company to continue what he started so he set up a trust, appropriately named The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. In theory it’s a charitable not for profit organization. Although it does contribute to worthy causes the foundations main goal is for the continued dominance of the brand. It has no shareholders to pay dividends to or share profits with, only a group of trustees who decide how to reinvest the vast revenue. Some of the profits are dumped backed into state of the art automated factories that continually update their technology. They also pay very good wages to the most talented engineers and watchmakers they’re able to recruit. No one really knows just how much money the trust has squirrelled away over the decades but it must be in the billions. There isn’t another watch company that operates in such a manner. You can buy into a little bit of the enigmatic brand with this classic Bluesy Submariner. The condition is very good for a watch dating from the year 2006. The original 93253 oyster bracelet appropriately date coded MA12 shows very little stretch or sag. All the features are working as designed and the watch is keeping great time. Just a quick ultrasonic cleaning was really all that was needed to prepare it for sale. There are some light scuffs and scratches associated with occasional use over the past 13 years. The more jewellery like creations of the original pure tool design stainless steel Submariners have seen significant appreciation in value over the past few years. A newer ceramic bezel, heavier case version (116613) replaced the 16613 in 2009 but many people prefer the easy to wear, lighter original design. Included with purchase is a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty, Rolex box, Submariner booklet, chronometer hang tag and Rolex authorized agent document of appraisal from 2010. Estate priced at $12,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12904.

SOLD


July 31, 2019

1996 Rolex Datejust 36mm 16234 with extra dial $6,900.00 CAD. e12902

The choice is yours, radial finish silver dial for the classic tone on tone look or fresh, clean, bright glossy white. You really can’t go wrong with either decision as they both look great on this classic Rolex Oyster Datejust 36mm 16234 from 1996. The watch is in excellent overall condition showing virtually no wear that would reveal its true age of close to 25 years. The solid 18 karat white gold fluted bezel is sharp and crisp reflecting light with even the slightest wrist movement. They don’t come more complete than this example. Original inner/outer box, pillow, blanket, original price tag ($7,660.00), chronometer hang tag, endorsed Canadian warranty certificate, booklets, vacuum testing report (November 2019), sleeve plus that extra silver dial. You can always have Rolex change the dial on your vintage watch but they do so on a charge and exchange basis only; they charge you for the new dial and exchange it. They do not allow you to keep the original. Rolex is very restrictive when it comes to releasing parts replaced during service. Having an extra dial adds a lot of value. Genuine dials can be expensive as they’re only available through Rolex. If your watch requires additional service, parts or something else they will only sell the new dial if all the required work is completed, and that can become costly. This watch comes with our one year in house warranty and is priced at $6,900.00 CAD. Stock #e12902.

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July 30, 2019

2016 Rolex Daytona with factory diamond dial 116503 $21,550.00 CAD. e12896

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 phenomena 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 plentiful but costly; often current models in stainless steel have asking prices twice what they cost brand new. Vintage models from the 1960s and 70s can and do sell 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 was only worn to special events and the occasional dinner party according to the previous owner. Its condition is like new old stock. A few small scuffs and handling marks are the only blemishes to be found anywhere. 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 at Royal de Versailles Jewellers in Toronto July 2016. At the time of purchase an appraisal was supplied for the original client to arrange appropriate insurance coverage. It’s always a treat when an excellent example Rolex comes into our estate/vintage department. The rare factory diamond dial and a couple extras make this one particularly tempting. I’ve never seen the accessories that accompanied the watch. A beautiful soft leather folding travel pouch embossed with the Rolex logo and box, plus a handy stainless steel multi-tool pocket knife are included. Both look like new and likely have never been used. Close inspection reveals there are still a few protective plastic stickers on the case back and bracelet from original delivery as testament to the sheltered life this watch has had. The fully transferable factory warranty will remain in effect until July 2021. This most current version of the Dayton features the latest bracelet design with the integrated fliplock buckle and easy link 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 finding a steel 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. We are offering this desirable watch at a tiny discount of what the suggested retail price is. Finding any popular sports/professional Rolex models even close to the original Canadian MSRP is pretty much impossible. It comes complete with the mentioned gifts, original inner/outer boxes, instruction/service booklets, endorsed warranty card with holder, green plastic chronometer tag, cardboard product tag with model/serial number and the Royal de Versailles appraisal. Our price $21,550.00 CAD. Stock #e12896.

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July 29, 2019

2019 Rolex Datejust 116200 36mm perfect condition $7,497.00 CAD. e12810

This just might be the “universal watch”. What I mean by that is, it could be the perfect watch for any/all occasions. Part of this includes the fact that yes it’s a Rolex too. Being a Rolex means it’s more than just a basic machine to tell you the time. It’s a tradition of excellence and achievement going back well over 100 years. World explorers, heads of state, international celebrities, captains of industry to professionals of all walks of life; wearing a Rolex watch is as much a lifestyle statement as it is the best tool to get the job done. A silver dial tone on tone 36mm Datejust really can do it all. The oyster case was a ground breaking advancement in making watches watertight.  Rolex states: “Invented by Rolex in 1926, it was the world’s first waterproof case for a wristwatch thanks to its patented system of screwing down the bezel, case back and winding crown against the middle case. A symbol of robustness and water resistance, this perfectly proportioned and elegant watch case is a superb blend of form and function”. Ultra dressy with a tuxedo on your wedding day or kickin back  on the deck with your buddies this watch always looks great. The case and bracelet are crafted exclusively from 904L stainless. 316L stainless is the industry standard for high quality watches, it works great and offers excellent resistance to corrosion but Rolex demand better. In 1985 they were the first watch manufacturer to use 904L. It offers an even higher level of protection from almost all types of chemicals and corrosion. It produces a beautiful polish and sheen but it’s more difficult to machine. Rolex had to produce its own special tools and processes in order to properly work with 904L steel. Rolex take extraordinary measures making their watches as functional as possible. Solid 18 karat white gold hands and hour markers are far more resistance to oxidation than simple nickle or gold plating used by other manufactures. Day or night a Rolex dial is the epitome of tradition and utility. This watch was purchased in Toronto in September 2019 and is in 100% original and perfect condition. It displays no evidence of wear. The 5 year international endorsed warranty card is fully transferable and will cover the new owner until the fall of 2024. Comes complete with original inner/outer box, instructions, booklets, chronometer hang tag and warranty card. Priced at $7,497.00 CAD. Stock #e12810.

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July 28, 2019

Tudor oyster 4540 $600.00 CAD. e9193

e9193 Tudor 4540Tudor watches have been manufactured by Rolex since just after the second world war as an alternative to their more costly namesake models. After WWII wrist watches for men were becoming very popular. The founder of Rolex (Hans Wilsdorf) never missing an opportunity realized the need for a sturdy reliable timekeeper with a lower cost. Some of the cases and bracelets were even labeled Rolex which certainly helped acceptance of the new entry level offering. A hand wind 17 jewel movement powers this 34mm diameter watch. Calibre 59 is a very high quality mechanism with beautiful finishing that Rolex also used in some of their own models. The 59 is renowned for its logical design, longevity and low maintenance requirements.e9193.1 Tudor 4540 Model 4540 is also equipped with the same oyster case design as Rolex with its threaded case back and crown designed to ensure a watertight seal. Although the original crown has been replaced with a generic substitute it threads nicely into the gold plated case. A brand new 18mm soft black leather strap has been fitted to the case and goes very well with the silver dial.e9193.4 Tudor 4540 This watch has been well worn over the past 50 years or so and shows with evidence of base metal showing through the lugs and case edges. It’s running great and keeping excellent time. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty is included for the estate price of $600.00 CAD. Stock #e9193.

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July 26, 2019

Rolex Deepsea 126660 44mm (2 weeks old) $15,900.00 CAD. e12898

Have you always wanted a Rolex Submariner but felt the 40mm case size was just a little too small and dainty for your taste. The big and bulky Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660 is for you. The Rolex Sea-Dweller is a classic design that has seen little change since it was introduced over 50 years ago in 1967. Always the most watertight of any Rolex, always made of stainless steel until 2019 when a two tone 18 karat and stainless steel model was introduced. Over the years the depth rating has increased from 610 meters, but the basic look remained the same until the 116660 Deepsea was introduced in 2008. At 44mm diameter it was the largest size watch in the Rolex line up. It’s a big watch and is more than capable with a water resistance depth rating of a remarkable 12800 feet! I don’t know about you but my ears start to hurt at the bottom of the deep end in a swimming pool. An automatic helium escape valve is standard for those of you who need to decompress while living in a diving bell for extended periods of time. Our pre-owned example is just 2 weeks old as of this posting. It was purchased new at an authorized Canadian Rolex agent in November 2019 and comes with the original invoice. An unexpected  bill came in and the owner needed to sell it. It was only worn for a few hours and is in perfect like new condition. Not a scuff or scratch can be seen anywhere on the case or bracelet. In fact there are still several pieces of protective plastic stickers on the buckle edges. The watch comes with original packaging, inner/outer boxes, instructions, plastic tag, cardboard product/serial number tag, warranty card, and instruction/service booklets. The Deepsea 126660 has a suggested retail value of $12,250.00 USD. This is not a grey market watch, it comes with a properly endorsed paperwork and warranty card. The 5 year international warranty is fully transferable and will cover the next owner until November of 2024. Comes complete with everything shown for $15,900.00 CAD. Stock #e12898.

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Rolex Submariner 16610 $10,200.00 CAD. e12750

We’ve posted estate Rolex Submariners dozens of times before and much has been said about one of Rolex’ most sought after watches. The Submariner 16610 is the most popular Submariner model ever produced. I’d speculate that over almost 25 of production (1987-2010) easily over a million were produced. Despite being the most common Submariner we still can’t get enough of them. It’s one of the top requested estate watches regardless of brand. A quick summery of our latest Submariner offering is as follows. 1991 production date, Oyster bracelet (11 links) 93150 501B date coded R12 with fliplock safety clasp and diver extension. The more desirable Tritium dial and hands appear original and matching. Perfect glossy black dial and good condition aluminum bezel insert. The case still shows some wear and tear on all four lugs but are still nice and thick. Bracelet has a little sag and stretch but appropriate for its age with some of the outside links flat spotted from abrasions. The embossed buckle logo is still visible but displays some softening from wear and perhaps the odd polishing. The watch is running well with all functions operating as designed. Previously sold by Van Rijk Estate Jewellery in Toronto and serviced by them in April 2018. We are pleased to offer a complimentary 1 year warranty for the new owner. Comes with Rolex inner/outer box with cardboard sleeve. This is a watch seeing significant appreciation since it was retired in 2010 and replaced with the bulkier ceramic bezel version. The older style tritium dial examples are a little more sought after and add a subtle vintage touch. At pushing 30 years old I feel it’s fair to call this a vintage Submariner. Priced at $10,200.00 CAD. Stock #e12750.

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July 25, 2019

2017 Rolex Explorer 214270 full lume 39mm box/papers $7,500.00 CAD. e12895


July 24, 2019

Rolex Submariner 16610 (full kit) $12,250.00 CAD. e12751

I wonder where the collector Rolex market will be 50 years from now. Will anyone even care about a mechanical wristwatch who’s only job is to tell the time in a somewhat accurate manner. From a necessity standpoint mechanical timekeeping has be obsolete for close to 50 years, but that doesn’t make a automatic winding Rolex any less desirable. Rolex know this and so do millions of people who aspire to own one. We have another highly desirable Submariner in our vintage watch collection. The 16610 Submariner is one of the most popular models ever with a production run that lasted the better part of 25 years. This is a great example that has been recently factory serviced at Rolex Toronto July 2018 and remains under factory warranty until July 2020. At the time of last service a authenticity report was requested and provided. Rolex determined the watch was completely authentic containing only genuine Rolex components. Service history especially from the manufacturer is something collectors love to see. The endorsed warranty paperwork (summer of 2006) comes from Bridgetown Barbados. Punched warranty papers were a Rolex tradition for many years. The late “D” serial number D972149 makes this a rather late example of this style of warranty documentation. Shortly after this watch was manufactured Rolex began using the current credit card style plastic warranty card. The rest of the watch is pretty typical Rolex Submariner. Excellent overall condition showing careful use with almost no wear to any component. The watch has likely only been serviced once before and only lightly refinished by Rolex once. A tight bracelet showing little to no stretch or sag and a beautifully embossed Rolex logo sitting proudly on the buckle cover with all of its original fine detail is unusual.We’ve spoken many times about how collectible all Rolex Submariners are especially when in excellent condition and complete. As is the case with almost all products it’s always better to buy the best example you can afford. There are many less expensive 16610 Subs out there but few will be as nice or as complete as this one. We are happy to include a complimentary 1 year warranty for the new owner. Priced at $12,250.00 CAD. Stock #e12751.

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July 23, 2019

2014 Rolex Submariner 116610LN $11,990.00 CAD. e12868

Just a black dial with contrasting white hands and a two way rotating bezel for measuring elapsed time. In more than 65 years of production the Submariner formula has changed very little. Rare vintage examples now trade hands for more than 100 times their original price. The upgraded 116610LN Date model adds a useful calendar display at 3 o’clock with that iconic magnified Cyclops bubble. A simple glossy black dial with luminous hands and markers makes for a most purposeful design day or night. If there was a list of blue chip collectible watches the Rolex Submariner would be right at the top. Like any blue chip investment they always appear expensive when you first consider purchasing and they never go on sale. As the years go by and they continually appreciate in value you realize you should have bought one a long time ago. With our weak Canadian dollar current models are difficult to find either new or used. If you want to pick up a new one in Canada be prepared to get on a very long waiting list. Most examples are being diverted to the United States for sale with a much stronger currency, but even in the States they are rarely seen in authorized agent showcases. The current list price for the Submariner Date is $8,550.00 in the U.S. but only $10,500.00 in Canada. At current exchange rates, plus 5% duty, plus 5% GST, plus provincial sales tax, buying one in the United States could cost you the equivalent of $13,400.00 Canadian by the time you get in across the border in Ontario. Our latest estate Submariner was originally delivered in Canada to an official Rolex agent June of 2014. Being a Canadian delivered watch coming with the original documentation including the original owner’s name on the warranty card and bill of sale you can be confident all the taxes have been paid. You can travel hassle free across the border should a customs agent ask you to prove the appropriate Canadian tax was paid and the watch wasn’t smuggled into Canada. Overall condition is very good. It was worn carefully by the original owner for several years than put away until it was recently traded in to us. It’s never been polished or refinished in any way. Inner/outer box, instruction booklet, endorsed warranty card, all paperwork, hanging chronometer seal, plastic hanging tag showing style/serial number cardboard shipping sleeve, soft foam box top liner come included and the mentioned original sales receipt from June 16 2014. If you’re considering purchasing a Rolex keep in mind they only appear inexpensive in hindsight. Although the original factory warranty has expired we are happy to offer a complimentary one year warranty. Working perfectly and keeping great time the watch is priced at $11,990.00 CAD. If you’ve been trying to locate one of these at your local Rolex agent you know how hard they are to find. Don’t delay, if you want a fully documented no stories example, this is the one to get. Stock #e12868.

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July 22, 2019

Rolex Day-Date OysterQuartz 19018 $13,100.00 CAD. e10709

In the 1970s Rolex decided to join the world of ultra accurate electronic battery operated quartz watches and manufactured their own in house developed movement. The public received this new Rolex with a lukewarm reception at best. It was a slow selling model but managed to stick around until approximately the year 2000 when it was quietly retired. It has been estimated that only around 25000 Oysterquartz watches were  produced during the entire 25 year production run, making it one of the rarest regular production Rolex watches. We’ve seen a few stainless steel examples and the occasional two tone Datejust OysterQuartz turns up around here, but showcasing one of the very scarce 18 karat gold Day-Date models is truly a privilege. Rolex doesn’t ever speak about production numbers but one can speculate that of the total number of OysterQuartz watches produced only a small percentage would have been the top of the line 18 karat gold DAY-DATE versions. This is one Rolex that can truly be considered quite rare. We’ve only ever seen a couple other all 18 karat gold Oysterquartz in person before. If you’ve always wanted a Rolex but also want one that actually keeps extremely accurate time as well, the Oysterquartz is for you. Rolex took extraordinary measures to make their quartz watch better and more accurate than any other available. A sensor found within the movement samples ambient temperature and adjusts the frequency of the quartz crystal accordingly. The fully jewelled Oysterquartz movement is widely considered the finest electronic movement ever produced in terms of robust design, finish and durability. Our example was manufactured in 1982 according to a number in independent serial number database lists. It features the iconic Rolex fluted bezel and a slightly more unusual radial finish black dial making for a very sophisticated look. The OysterQuartz wasn’t a low cost alternative to the traditional automatic perpetual movement. We have an old price list from the fall of 1999 showing the all gold OysterQuartz with a retail price of $24,490.00, only $190.00 less than its very common automatic sibling. Overall condition is very good, there is some stretch and sag in the bracelet as to be expected for a 35 year old watch. This watch could pass just   a few years old. The fluted bezel still shows fairly crisp and sharp. At 36mm diameter the thick, heavy, square flat top Oyster case with flat link bracelet still look very modern today. The 18 karat gold links on the integrated bracelet are all of heavy gauge construction. 24 links in the bracelet allow a total length of just over 7 1/2 inches (extra links are available if you have a larger than average wrist size). This is a very heavy watch weighing over 145 grams. An automatic Day-Date from the same era only weighs around 125 grams. Those familiar with the brand will quickly realize just how rare a watch like this is. If this watch tweaks some interest visit www.oysterquartz.net for more information on the remarkable Oysterquartz and a little bit of its history. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will include a one year complimentary mechanical warranty with purchase for added piece of mind. These almost forgotten Oyster quartz watches are really cool and need to be seen in person to truly appreciate their quality. Own a rare piece of Rolex history for the estate price  of $13,100.00 CAD. Stock #e10709.

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July 21, 2019

2019 Rolex Datejust 36 126234 $9,500.00 CAD. e12867

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 constant in life. Even though outwardly almost identical this Datejust 126234 is 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 a new levels of accuracy. Rolex claim the new Datejust 36 is accurate to plus/minus 2 seconds per day; this figure is 50% better than chronometer designation requires. This Datejust is only a few weeks old and was purchased October 31st 2019. The black 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. Stainless steel Oyster bracelet with polished centre is a little less dressy than the Jubilee option and is suitable for both men and women. The watch was only worn for a few days and is in impeccable condition. It comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, instruction/service booklet, endorsed warranty card (Oct. 31 2019), green plastic chronometer hang tag, protective bezel guard, case back sticker and even the original bill of sale is included. The new owner will be covered by the balance of the 5 year international transferable warranty until the fall of 2024. Only weeks old and priced at $9,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12867

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Rolex Submariner 114060 2 weeks old. $12,489.00 (TAX INCLUDED!!!!) e12866

This is it, the most pure form of the Rolex Submariner available today. It’s the ultimate expression in absolute functionality. When the submariner debuted in 1953 it had no calendar, no chronograph, no moon phase, no bells or whistles of any kind. Just a black dial with contrasting white hands and a two way rotating bezel for measuring elapsed time. In more than 60 years of production the basic model is considered by many to be the most desirable. Many early examples now trade hands for more than 100 times the original price. The glossy black dial without distractions and no date aperture with magnifier certainly makes for a purposeful design. In any lighting condition I can’t imagine an easier dial to read. The more I look at this watch the more I appreciate why the original design is coveted by so many collectors. You couldn’t ask for a more balanced clean look. There has been a waiting list for this model since it was introduced in 2012. Most Rolex retailers have them sold long before they’re even in stock. Their scarcity has brand new ones popping up for sale with grey market dealers in the United States for $10,000.00. Importing one of these to Canada will cost you 5% import duty plus any additional federal and provincial taxes. By the way, Federal and Provincial tax is calculated on top of  the 5% import duty so you’ll be paying tax on the tax unless you smuggle one across the border. As our Canadian dollar continues to flounder I wouldn’t be surprised if Rolex Canada raises the prices of all their watches in Canada. We’ve been speculating a price increase for a few years and it still hasn’t happened. For retaining value it’s always best to keep your Rolex original and keep everything that came with the watch when first delivered. You’ve been looking for one, we have it and it’s absolutely perfect. Our latest example was purchased brand new just 13 days ago (October 31 2019). The watch was only worn for a couple of hours and still has the plastic delivery sticker on the back and buckle link. Overall condition is absolutely perfect without flaw or blemish of any kind. Inner/outer box, instruction booklet, endorsed authorized agent warranty card (dated Oct. 31 2019), all paperwork, plastic chronometer hang tags, booklets, plastic bezel guard, original bill of sale and even a Rolex shopping bag is included with purchase. Comes with the full compliment of bracelet adjusting links. Never polished or refinished in any way. It’s 100% original, the bracelet has never been removed from the case. The 5 year international warranty is fully transferable to the new owner. If you’ve read this much you know how hard it is to find these in Canada. The waiting list has grown so long many Rolex agents will no longer even accept new names. Priced at $12,489.00 TAX INCLUDED!!!! Stock e12866.

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July 20, 2019

Tudor Ranger 79910 41mm hardy worn $2,690.00 CAD. e11893

e9735 Tudor Ranger 79910Tudor 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 at 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 high end sport/utility watch segment. Ranger model 79910 is all brushed steel with a bold black dial and ultra readable luminous hands and dial markers. The 41mm diameter watch is equipped with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, screw on case back, and screw down crown embossed with the Tudor rose. It’s powered by a Swiss made Tudor Calibre 2824 (ETA 2824) that features a 38 hour power reserve. The watch 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 barely worn model: the Bund leather strap with folding steel buckle with flip lock and the NATO style one piece camouflage fabric strap with its own steel buckle. e9735 Tudor Ranger 79910 camouflage strapThe previous owner also purchased a high quality brown Hirsch leather accessory strap for a third look. It is accompanied by inner and outer box, paperwork, and a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Delivered originally from a Toronto Ontario authorized agent with endorsed warranty dated May 1 2015. Estate price $2,690.00 CAD. Stock #e11893.e9735.1 Tudor Ranger 79910

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July 19, 2019

Rolex Milgauss 116400 40mm $8,390.00 CAD. e12542

If you have the means and the priority Rolex make 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. Their basic styles are suitable for almost any activity you may subject them to. There are however a few watches within the Rolex model range that have been engineered for use during some very specialized tasks. These models are known within Rolex circles as the 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 the Milgauss. The Milgauss is perhaps an even more specialized piece of equipment. The original model 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 strong magnetic fields. Without magnetic protection performing your job in extremely strong magnetic fields would render a regular watch useless or unreliable at best. Rolex have gone to extraordinary measures in order to protect the calibre 3131 from the affects of magnetism. A special inner shield contained within the 40mm oyster case is made from a proprietary Rolex blend of metals that keeps the movement running well within chronometer specification even under extreme magnetic field conditions. Our example is a very early issue from 2007, the first year of re-introduction. It has been well taken care of during the last decade and looks like new. Only a few light scratches can be seen on the case, bracelet and case back. The flat black (actually charcoal colour) dial with contrasting orange highlights makes a very striking presentation and that orange lightning bolt second hand has got to be the coolest detail ever. There is a tiny impact mark on the thick synthetic crystal between 5 and 6 under the word CHRONOMETER. A complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty comes included. Estate priced at $8,390.00 CAD. Stock #e12542.

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July 17, 2019

Rolex Oyster Date 15200 34mm $5,375.00 CAD. e12692

Is it or is it not coming? I’m talking about a price increase. The Canadian dollar is currently quite low compared the US dollar. The difference means the closest current version of this watch (115200) costs more than 15% in the United States verses the same new watch in Canada. Add to that 5% duty plus federal and provincial taxes at the border unless you decide to smuggle it. Right now Canadians are getting a big discount compared to our American watch connoisseur friends. Rolex likes to keep the global market fairly close in pricing so it only makes sense that a price increase is in the cards for Canadians. Now back to this watch. I love it. The blue dial with Arabic hour markers is quite rare. I’d estimate only around 2% of this model watch came with the attractive dial configuration. Arabic hour markers are especially appropriate as this watch was originally purchased in Saudi Arabia as confirmed by the original invoice. The 1 and only former owner of this watch paid just 9,500.00 Saudi Riyal ($3,350.00 CAD at current exchange rates). Large numerals and big the occasional luminous marker make for a very functional face, even in the dark. It’s dressy enough to wear with jeans and a t-shirt or a black tuxedo at your wedding. At 34mm diameter it’s a great size for a man who doesn’t need the biggest machine that can’t even fit under a shirt cuff. If you’re a lady who likes the modern look of a slightly larger face you can’t go wrong with this one. Comes complete with box, papers, pillow, blanket and invoice dated June 17 2000. Excellent overall condition showing patina appropriate for a 19 year old watch. There are scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet associated with use. We thought is best to leave the years of patina visible on the watch. A no charge refinishing is all that would be required to make this one look like new old stock. Even the original green hologram sticker is still on the case back as testament of careful use. A scratch free synthetic sapphire crystal provides perfect optics with a 2.5 times magnification lens over the calendar. Blue/Arabic dials are rather unusual and I don’t expect a combination like this to last long. The current version of this watch model 115200 is a relative bargain in Canada where it’s priced at just $7,250.00 ($6,300.00 USD in the United States). Including a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $5,375.00. Stock #e12692.

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July 16, 2019

Vintage Rolex Day-Date 1803 36mm president bracelet $11,725.00 CAD. e11830

There’s something special about a vintage watch with patina earned from a lifetime of faithful service. It’s even more noteworthy when that patina is on an 18 karat gold Rolex Day-Date with President bracelet from 1961. We usually have one or two estate Rolex Day-Date models in stock. Most are lacking their original Rolex documentation and paperwork. This 1803 model was purchased October 3rd 1961 and we have the stamped Rolex warranty card to prove it. It was purchased by a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot in Metz France at the Station Store RCAF 1 Air Division HQS. The watch remained in the same family for over 50 years providing reliable timekeeping service and was proudly worn almost every day by the original owner. A watch like a Rolex Day-Date is more than just a useful tool to tell the time. It’s a lifestyle statement that people lucky enough to own one take great joy in wearing. Even with a well worn example such as this the feeling of quality is instant and unmistakable. The tradition of a Rolex Day-Date runs deep. From its introduction in 1956 as the brands flagship model they have always been the top of the line. Construction of every Day-Date is reserved for only 18 karat gold or platinum, there are no inexpensive stainless steel or gold/steel Day-Date models. The Day-Date is an all or nothing option reserved for those who cherish and admire the art of fine Swiss watchmaking. Our showcased Day-Date is believed to be all original. From the patina on the silver dial to the fold over clasp (date coded to the 1st quarter of 1961), this watch is a time capsule for mid 20th century Rolex watchmaking. The original chronometer certificate (November 24 1960) details the complete chronometer testing results and has been entirely filled in by hand on the official report. These hand produced documents haven’t been issued in decades and original ones like this rarely surface. The movement serial number is referenced on the report and we’re happy to say the original movement with matching serial number is still working great inside the 36mm oyster case. Included with purchase are various documents and receipts that chronicle the service history over the years. The first few year Day-Date models were not known to be the most reliable. Early movements had some wheel drag issues associated with the calendar turning over leading to poor timekeeping performance. That all changed with the introduction of the in house manufactured Rolex calibre 1555. With reliability and timekeeping issues now a thing of the past, this movement and its descendants are still powering the newest Day-Date watches today. Unique to some of the early models are tapered sword style hands, cool faceted hour markers with pointy tips that you don’t see anymore. While the bezel on this watch looks like what you’d see today, it’s actually quite a bit finer. The friction fit 18 karat bezel locking the crystal to the case looks more like subtle coin edging compared to the heavier fluting on the later and current models. The bracelet has been shortened to only around 6 1/2 inches but we should have a few extra links if you need a bit more length. The watch is running great and keeping good time with all functions operating as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers last serviced this watch in 2012. In addition to our 1 year mechanical warranty we will perform the next service completely free of charge. Estate priced at $11,750.00 CAD. Stock #e11830.

SOLD

 


Vintage Rolex Datejust 1603 original USA made bracelet $4,000.00 CAD. e10143

e10143-rolex-datejust-1603-usa-bracelet-001Rolex first released the Datejust in 1945 to commemorate the company’s 40th anniversary. The original Datejust was only available in 18 karat gold. It was a striking timepiece and was the first watch with an integrated display showing the day of the month. The original Datejust had a very unique bracelet and as it was the company’s 40th anniversary it was fittingly called the Jubilee bracelet. The solid gold bracelets of 1945 were of a similar design to the current bracelet with its classic 5 link style. It wasn’t until decades later that a steel option was released. Our Datejust is an all steel model 1603 whose serial number dates it to 1974. This 1603 is on a Jubilee bracelet with clasp stamped “Stainless Steel Rolex U.S.A.”. In an effort to protect the rapidly dwindling 20th century American watchmaking industry the government taxed all imported watches. To partially avoid this extra cost Rolex had some bracelets made in the U.S.A.e10143-rolex-datejust-1603-usa-bracelet-002 We’ve mentioned before the strength and importance of the caliber 1570 movement housed with this 36mm Oyster case, its legendary reliability will not disappoint. The traditional tone on tone silver tritium dial is complimented by the polished and brushed stainless steel case. Who doesn’t love an engine turned bezel opposed to the more common bezel of the fluted gold variety.e10143-rolex-datejust-1603-usa-bracelet-003 Our close inspection revealed the 18 karat white gold hands 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 1970. 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 are 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 it can impact values by many thousands of dollars in some cases. This watch of course comes with a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and is estate priced at $4,000.00 CAD.  Stock #e10143.

SOLD


July 15, 2019

2019 Rolex Milgauss 116400GV “Z-Blue” perfect condition not a scuff $9,995.00 TAX INCLUDED!!! e12811

If you have the means Rolex make 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 the professionals. The Sea-Dweller comes to mind as a purpose built 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 the Milgauss 116400GV. The Milgauss is perhaps an even more specialized piece of equipment. The original model 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 strong magnetic fields. Without magnetic protection performing your job in extremely strong magnetic fields would render a regular watch useless or unreliable at best. Rolex have gone to extraordinary measures in order to protect the calibre 3131 from the affects of magnetic fields. A special inner shield contained within the oyster case is made from a proprietary Rolex blend of metals that keeps the movement running well within chronometer specification even under extreme magnetic field conditions. Our latest preowned Milgauss was purchased in Toronto at an authorized Rolex agent September 2019. It’s absolutely spotless showing no signs of wear of any kind. The previous collector owner only wore it a couple times before he decided the unique dial/crystal/hand colour combination wasn’t for him. The blue dial, orange lightning bolt second hand and tinted green sapphire crystal make this one unmistakable model to say the least. The 5 year warranty is fully transferable for the new owner and will cover the watch until September 2024. It comes complete with all the original packaging, instructions, endorsed warranty card, chronometer hang tag, cardboard ID/serial number tag, foam box liner and even the outside cardboard shipping sleeve. The tax included price is $9,995.00 CAD. Stock #e12811.

SOLD


July 12, 2019

Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 never worn, 4 months old, full kit $20,760.00 CAD. e12477

The Gregorian Calendar has been a thorn in the side of watchmakers since the first calendar complication was added to a pocket watch in the late 19th century. Trying to accurately keep track of which months have 30 or 31 days (not to mention February and leap years) in such a small device as an analogue  mechanical watch is harder than it might seem. Most watches that display the date don’t bother even trying, and just have a 31 day wheel for every month. Though this method works it needs to be adjusted 5 times per year for months  not having 31 days; it does the job, and it’s hard to fault when the year is so hard to track properly. The Rolex Sky-Dweller, however, takes date calibration seriously, featuring what’s known as an “annual calendar.” This complication means the Sky-Dweller only needs the day of the month set once a year at the end of February. Of course, Rolex wasn’t content with only including one timekeeping complication, but also decided to add a 24-hour, separate time zone display on an offset central dial and a subtle month of the year display (red tip hour marker). Each of the 12 months corresponds to an hour marker. 1 for January, 2 for February, 3 for March….. It’s astonishing they were able to include such features and still maintain accuracy of +2/-2 seconds per day. One thing’s for sure– it wasn’t easy: The Sky-Dweller is protected by 11 patents, half of which are exclusive to the Sky-Dweller. The engineering that went into this didn’t neglect ease of use either. By turning the solid 18 karat white gold bezel when setting the watch, the day of the year, local time, and 24 hour dial can all be set independently without interrupting one another. Setting the time is as simple as it is satisfying– it’s almost a shame it only needs to be set once a year. This watch was delivered through a Canadian authorized Rolex agent July 2019. It comes with everything, many protective stickers still attached to the case/bracelet. It’s never been worn and no screws have even been turned to adjust the bracelet length. Brand new condition. This model has a long waiting list for delivery. Rolex agents have no available inventory on this watch. MSRP $14,400.00 USD, $16,500.00 CAD. Dealer endorsed paperwork, not a grey market watch. Estate price $20,760.00 CAD. Stock #e12477.

SOLD

 


July 10, 2019

Rolex Yacht-Master 116622 Rhodium/Sky Blue 8 months old $13,250.00 CAD. e12536

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 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 15% less costly compared to buying one in the U.S.A. That all sounds fine and dandy but many models are very difficult to find in Canada as Rolex diverts shipments to more lucrative markets such as the U.S. or selling 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 116622 in rhodium/sky blue turns up that’s less than 6 months old, we think we must be dreaming. This is only the second Rhodium dial with sky blue accents we’ve ever had. 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 a Toronto authorized agent in March of 2019 by an avid watch aficionado collector customer of ours. The watch saw hardly any wrist time as he has many other watches that get used in rotation. The condition can best be described as like new. The case, bezel and bracelet are virtually blemish free.  It comes complete with the full compliment of adjusting links, endorsed authorized agent 5 year warranty, instructions, paper hang tag, inner/outer box, cardboard sleeve and even the protective foam sheet. This watch has a USD retail price of $11,800.00 and a Canadian retail price of $13,450.00. The official Rolex 5 year international warranty was initiated in March 2019 giving you coverage until 2024. Estate priced at $13,250.00 CAD. Stock #e12536.

SOLD

 


July 7, 2019

Rolex Datjust 41 126333 (like new hardly worn) $12,940.00 CAD TAX INCLUDED!!!! e12532

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 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 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 collector’s 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 too technical, the 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), modified barrel design allowing for 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 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 preferred white dial. The slightly sportier Oyster bracelet features a clever “easylink” with 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 a handful of times since its purchase less than a year ago. It comes with the original warranty card endorsed by a Canadian authorized Rolex agent covering the watch under warranty until August 2023. It has the preferred and slightly less common white dial that always looks fresh and clean. The white dial offers 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. Offered with inner/outer box, papers, warranty card, the often-forgotten Rolex hang tags, even the protective cardboard box sleeve and foam liner come included. The watch shows virtually 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 $12,940.00 CAD (TAX INCLUDED!!!!). Stock #e12532.

SOLD


July 5, 2019

Rolex Daytona 116520 full kit $22,775.00 CAD. e12758

You can see them online but seeing one at any Rolex boutique is next to impossible. If you’re able to get on a waiting list don’t expect to receive a call until well into the next decade. Looking for a good deal on a used current model 116500, the going rate is close to $30,000.00 for a nice one. Our latest pre-owned Daytona is a discontinued V serial number 116520 purchased new in late 2008. This was the first model to use the fully in house developed Rolex calibre 4130. This movement made its debut in the Rolex Daytona in 2000. In more than 100 years of history this is Rolex’s first chronograph mechanism developed within the corporation. Rolex have 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 finding a steel 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. The traditional debossed stainless steel tachymeter bezel is a feature that connects this watch to the original Daytona dating back to the mid 1960s. Our discontinued 116520 is the last version to have such a bezel. Although the bezel is showing scuffs and scratches as testimony to its sporting use it has never been polished. Whenever a steel bezel is polished the fine index markings and text loose their sharp edges and fine definition. Originality is everything with any collectible Rolex, the dial and bezel are everything with a Daytona. I’m happy to report the lettering is perfect on this example. We’ll happily polish away the scuffs and scratches if you wish but the watch will no longer be original. The watch is running perfectly with all functions operating as designed. Overall condition of the watch is quite good although it does display scratches on the case, bracelet and bezel. The bracelet exhibits zero stretch or sag and has never been polished. Purchased brand new in late December 2008 at an Ontario Rolex Authorized agent and recently assessed for insurance October 10 2019. A one owner, no story, box/papers steel Daytona is a rare find especially in Canada. We are including a complimentary one year warranty covering all aspects of mechanical defects or failure except those caused by moisture or abuse. Our warranty is prorated 5 years from date of purchase for added peace of mind. $22,775.00 is a lot of money but we feel this is the most competitively priced pre-owned all original Daytona, complete with packaging and documents currently on the market. $22,775.00 CAD. Stock #e12758.

SOLD


July 3, 2019

Rolex Submariner 16808 one owner $21,470.00 CAD. e12110

We’ve sold 100s of estate stainless steel and two tone Rolex Submariners over the past 60 plus years but this will be the very first all gold Submariner we have had the pleasure of showcasing. This is no jewellery box queen, it was used as an every day watch its entire life since purchased brand new in 1980. The first and only owner wore it for close to 40 years until he decided it was time for something new. A number of years ago the original bracelet was completely rebuilt. The solid gold screws and rivets holding everything together were replaced by Humbertown Jewellers according to the original owner. The removable screws have been substituted by soldered in place solid wire. Despite a fresh polishing the bracelet shows obvious signs of wear and tear. There is not too much sag or stretch but one of the tapered links has been removed and two links are showing small dents. The rebuilt bracelet can be safely worn for decades to come but it will never be new or perfect. The fliplock clasp with diver’s extension is working beautifully but the embossed Rolex logo has almost disappeared from wear and polishing over the past 40 years. In the fall of 2011 Rolex Canada performed a full service and overhaul of the automatic winding movement. While being serviced the watch was treated to a new dial and set of hands. The royal blue dial is perfect showing a beautiful radial sunbust pattern that colour shifts as the watch is moved. The new dial and hands provide far better low/no light visibility as the fresh luminous pigment glows far brighter than the original tritium material. Rolex service warranty card and service report are included along with the dealer invoice of $1,311.93.The head of the watch is in really nice condition. It has been professionally refinished by Rolex while in for service and still displays the proper textures on all surfaces. The lugs are still plenty thick and retain a nice beveled edge. The original leather covered wooden box is missing its liner but is in otherwise good condition. A rare accessory brown leather wallet is in perfect condition as it remained unused by the previous owner since 1980. If you prefer to purchase the watch without the 65.3 gram original bracelet we will supply any 20mm leather Hirsch strap that is available. These gold Submariners look right at home with a high quality leather or rubber strap. Without the original rebuilt bracelet the watch is priced at $18,770.00 CAD. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1 year warranty. Watch will come with all the pictured documents, box and accessories. For those of you who noticed the one way ratcheting bezel isn’t completely lined up with the minute markers, not to worry. I just missed alignment by 30 seconds which represents exactly 1 position of the 120 possible the bezel is able to display. A minor counterclockwise turn of one click and everything lines up perfectly, just as Rolex engineers designed it to almost 40 years ago. Watch and bracelet estate priced at $21,470.00. Stock #e12110.

SOLD


July 2, 2019

Tudor Black Bay Black 79220N with 2 extra straps $5,725.00 CAD. e11581

When the Tudor Heritage Black Bay was released in 2012 it was obviously heavily inspired by the ever popular Tudor Submariners of the 1950s. It featured beautiful contrasting snowflake hands over a flat black dial. Initially only available with a burgundy/red bezel and later offered in blue. The design and look was 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 distressed leather strap or metal bracelet. Our latest estate example has both along with the correct Tudor deployment stainless steel buckle.  The previous owner purchased the strap/buckle in the fall of 2018 and is in hardly worn condition. A few months after the release of the Black Bay Black there was an announcement at Baselworld 2016 that all Tudor Black Bay models would soon feature an in-house manufactured movement. What’s interesting and noteworthy is, the Black Bay Black with Tudor 2824 caliber was available for sale for less than a year and much more rare than the red or blue models. The Tudor 2824 caliber movement is based on the ETA 2824 movement used by many high end luxury watch brands. It’s a time tested (pun intended), trusted movement known for its precision and reliability. Tudor’s watchmaking expertise improved upon the basic ETA 2824 incabloc shock protection and regulation system making the movement more specific to the Black Bay. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is; the original Tudor Black Bay Black has the traditional Tudor Rose emblem on the dial above the name Tudor, whereas the new generation “in house” calibre Black Bay feature the Tudor Shield logo.All Heritage Black Bay models from 2012-2016 came with a factory supplied nylon NATO style strap in addition to the leather or steel bracelet whereas the latest version comes with only metal bracelet or strap, but not both. The great thing about our estate Black Bay Black is the fact that it was only occasionally worn with the stainless steel Oyster style bracelet leaving the factory supplied accessory black nylon strap untouched in its protective plastic sleeve. The watch was purchased brand new in Toronto in December 2015 and comes with its original bill of sale from Royal De Versailles. They say hindsight is 20/20 and I have to agree. Many of the rare and unusual Rolex and Tudor watches we’ve sold over the last few years have seen substantial price increases. I’m sure this Black Bay Black will see similar price appreciation over time being such a short production run model. They already sell for a significant premium compared to the red and blue when they occasionally show up on the secondary market. If you’re going to collect one, get the best around and this one is about as close to perfect as you’re likely to encounter. It still retains its original factory finish, it’s only ever been ultrasonically cleaned, never polished. It shows some scuffs and scratches on the case/bracelet but overall is in excellent condition. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year complimentary warranty. Comes with original inner/outer boxes, instructions, warranty card, nylon strap, plastic hang tag with serial/style number and even the original cardboard box sleeve. The Heritage Black Bay 79220N is one of the hottest watches on the market right now, if you want one DON’T WAIT this one will not last long! Estate priced at $5,725.00 CAD. Stock #e11581.

SOLD

 


June 20, 2019

Rolex Datejust 41 126300 on Jubilee bracelet $10,400.00 CAD (TAX INCLUDED!!!!!!). e12747

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 that also comes with the far less common and premium priced Jubilee bracelet. It features Rolex’ 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 Chonometer 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 not even a year old. It was purchased in Canada at an authorized Rolex agency in December of 2018. 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 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 $10,400.00 TAX INCLUDED!!!!! Stock #e12747.

SOLD


June 17, 2019

2005 Rolex Yacht-Master 16623 40mm $9,999.00 CAD. e12869

The Rolex Yacht-Master is often confused with a Submariner. The confusion is easy to understand as both watches are the same size, have a rotating bezel indexed for 60 minutes, have the large super water tight triplock crowns, large luminous dial markers with the same style hands. Where they differ is that the Yacht-Master is a little less narrowly focused in design. A totally polished case with solid 18 karat yellow gold bezel and centre bracelet links give it a more dressy jewellery look. This is still a watch that can be worn for all activities. Its famous oyster case provides a conservative water resistance rating of 300 feet. The two way indexed bezel is a handy device useful for timing any event lasting 60 minutes or less. I’ve heard people using this simple feature for timing everyday things like parking meters, lunch hours or even making the perfect steak on the barbeque. Bright over-sized luminous hands and dial markers offer good contrast against the beautiful grey/bronze dial allowing effective time interpretation under all lighting conditions. The “F” serial number dates this model from 2005 but you’d swear its only a few months old. The difficult to restore sandblasted/polished 18 karat gold bezel looks like new. The case and bracelet have a few minor surface scuffs and light scratches that could easily be polished away. It’s so close to having a perfect finish we’ve elected to leave it in as presented condition. It comes complete with the inner/outer Rolex boxes, calendar card with holder, instruction booklets, service guide, Rolyal De Versailles appraisal (July 2005) and even the plastic bezel guard. The traditional Oyster bracelet shows zero stretch or sag and the embossed Rolex buckle logo sits nice and proud. A protective holographic green delivery sticker can still be found on the case back. For a 14 year old watch it shows practically like new old stock. This slightly less often encountered model 16623 has been retired for a few years now. The closest contemporary Yacht-Master model number 126655 has a suggested retail price of $16,650.00 CAD. Don’t wait too long if you have an interest in this one. Included with purchase is a complimentary 1 year warranty. It’s  price of just $9,999.00 represents outstanding value and only at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. Stock #e12869.

SOLD

 


June 15, 2019

Tudor Glamour 57000 42mm $2,720.00 CAD. e11357

e10202-tudor-glamour-57000-001Since 1946 the Tudor Watch Company (conceived by Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex founder) have created and marketed some truly iconic watches. The Tudor Oyster Prince, Tudor Chrono 7031 and even more recently the Black Bay and Pelagos have a large following. The Tudor Glamour Double Date is another watch whose subtle charm will make for a solid addition or beginning to anyone’s collection. The Double Date gets its name due thanks to its unusual date display. Usually the date is displayed with a single toothed disk that sits behind the dial with printed numbers 1-31. The date ring clicks over around midnight everyday revealing a new date. To display the date a small hole is cut out of the dial called the date aperture. On the Tudor Glamour Double Date the date display is much more complex. At the 12 o’clock position there is a dual aperture to display the two separate date wheels. One with the numbers 0-3 and the other with the numbers 0-9. These two wheels collaborate to display the date in a rather unique and aesthetically pleasing manner. The Tudor caliber 2892 powers this watch with modifications to allow the unique double date feature. Easy to set using its steel screw down crown emblazoned with the Tudor shield logo. Cut-out steel feuille hands have a skeletonized look to not hide the beautifully machined silver tone dial with a Tudor rose used to enhance and distinguish the small second counter at 6 o’clock. All the Tudor Glamour watches have a subtle double dome bezel and a low domed sapphire crystal chosen for its durability. The Double Date is paired with an original leather strap, original steel Tudor folding clasp and safety catch. Watch was purchased new December 2014 at Royal de Versailles Toronto. All original condition showing just a few minor scuffs on the case. Comes complete with box, papers, a like new extra Hirsch black leather strap and a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $2,720.00 CAD. Stock #e11357.

SOLD

 

 


June 7, 2019

Rare Rolex Oyster Zephyr 6582 34mm $5,700.00 CAD. e12277

While the Rolex Zephyr looks somewhat similar to any other time only Rolex Oyster, it’s actually a unique model and quite rare. The cross hairs dial and distinctive bezel are not found on any other Rolex model. There are some great bargains to be had among rare 34mm Oysters. Everyone’s looking at a big sport model Rolex right now, most are downright common and all are trading hands for over 5 figures right now. Truly rare watches like the Zephyr shouldn’t be overlooked. Taking an actual digital micrometer to the stainless case reveals a true diameter of 35mm much closer to the bench mark Oyster Datejust at 36mm. There are only a handful of Zephyrs currently on the market and almost all of them have refinished dials lacking the T SWISS T at 6:00 o’clock. What makes our Zephyr so interesting is the early production from 1957, very good condition un-restored dial and the special bezel only found on this model. Instead of heavy fluting the Zephyr bezel is decorated by fine coin edging and deep triangular cut outs at the minute positions with larger cut outs at 5 minute intervals. Attached to the stainless steel case is a vintage (but not likely original) U.S.A. manufactured Rolex jubilee bracelet with 14 karat trim. Inside the legendary Oyster case beats a vintage Rolex calibre 1030 25 jewel high precision automatic winding movement. This chronometer rated mechanism was much thinner than the previous generation automatics and it was also the first completely in house developed Rolex movement. It’s the same movement found in early Submariners that can sell for more than $100,000.00. If you’re looking for a truly rare and affordable Rolex there are few models as interesting as the Zephyr. Make sure the Zephyr you’re looking at still retains its original “T SWISS T” dial. The watch is running well an keeping accurate time. Including a one year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $5,700.00 CAD. Stock #e12277.

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June 4, 2019

Tudor Black Bay Heritage 79220N with extra straps & buckles $5,250.00 CAD. e11798

e10215-tudor-balck-bay-79220n-001When the Tudor Black Bay series was released in 2012 it was obviously heavily inspired by the ever popular Tudor Submariners of the 1950s, featuring the beautiful contrasting snowflake hands. Initially only available in red then blue it’s design was so classic and perfectly executed it was honoured 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 designed and manufactured 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 an ETA 2824 movement used by nearly every luxury watch brand. 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 to the Black Bay. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that 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 ETA2824 Black Bay models come with an accessory cloth NATO style strap in addition to a metal bracelet or leather strap (but not both). One of the great things about our Black Bay Black is that it comes with all three bracelet/strap options. When it was initially purchased in March 2016, the watch came on a stainless steel bracelet. The original owner decided to purchase the distressed black leather strap with matching Tudor deployment buckle to have the option to change up the look. Metal, leather and cloth bracelets are all in very good condition. That is three unique looks for one watch. The watch is in very good condition showing some scuffs and scratches but remains in original unpolished condition.e10215-tudor-balck-bay-79220n-003 Keeping with the theme of an homage to vintage dive watches Tudor chose to use flat black dial with gold writing to be paired with gold plated snowflake hands and hour indices giving it a similar look to how early Submariners have aged. Heritage Black Bay Blacks were produced for less than one year making them far more rare than the red or blue bezel versions. Its short production run will surely lead to an increase in value over time and will solidify a place in the horilogical annals. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, accessories, booklets, hang tag and a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. The previous owner even kept the white cardboard sleeve showing the correct serial number on the outside sticker. You’re not likely to find a more complete example than this one. Estate priced at $5,250.00 CAD. Stock #e11798.e10215-tudor-balck-bay-79220n-002

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June 3, 2019

1971 Vintage Rolex Datejust 1601 with box $6,000.00 CAD. e12544 ($5000.00 w/o box)

A gents Rolex Datejust is not an uncommon sight on the wrist of a watch connoisseur; but the vintage nature of this one made us look twice. The basic design hasn’t changed in over half a century but the subtle changes Rolex slowly incorporate are what keep collectors searching for the rare and unusual. The silver dial is a welcome change from the typically encountered champagne colour. What I most like about the dial are the solid 18 karat yellow gold hour markers. The combination of brushed texture dome profile with the beveled ends are definitely a little different than the square section flat rectangular markers seen on most examples. The markers, the soft tan patina of the luminous material, the unique optics of the plastic crystal and soft feel from the well worn jubilee bracelet make this otherwise garden variety Rolex a desirable vintage collectible. The 2.8 million serial number places production of the watch to the early 1970s as confirmed by the production stamp inside the case back. As mentioned, the jubilee bracelet is showing wear and stretch appropriate for a watch approaching 50 years old. The bracelet still has decades of life left if kept clean. Measuring 36mm diameter makes this watch suitable for anyone. Men like the classic sophisticated look and many women love wearing a slightly bigger easier to read watch. A brand new modern Rolex 126233 Datejust like this has a price of $12,850 CAD. What’s so intriguing about our latest estate watch is the very rare box and documents that come included. This box is exceeding rare, Googling around I can’t find a single image of another. I have a suspicion these boxes may be unique to Canada as the only two others I’ve ever seen came from known Canadian sources just like this one. The case back has been engraved with the original owners name that appears two more times accompanying documents. The Simpsons Watch Guarantee filled out Sept. 4 1972 and the Rolex paperwork was filled out Sept. 20 1972. The odd and unfortunate thing is the Rolex paperwork indicates a different serial number. I can only speculate the retailer mixed up the documents or perhaps the watch was exchanged but Rolex paperwork wasn’t. We’ll never know the complete reason or history of why things don’t completely match but the mystery and history of these watches is a big part of the fun. The watch is running great and comes complete with our 1 year warranty. If you have no interest in the box, the watch and documents are available separately for $5,000.00. Estate price for the full kit $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #12544.

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June 2, 2019

Rolex Oyster 5500 Air-King 34mm $2,770.00 CAD. e12640

We love these old Rolex Oysters and the durability they display. The case back of this one is date stamped the the 2nd quarter of 1965. Even with more than half a century of advances made in manufacturing techniques how many modern day pieces of technology will be around 50 years from now. High quality analogue equipment was built to last, expensive when new and certainly not cheap today, but as they say, you’ll never regret buying quality. For a vintage Rolex this 34mm Oyster isn’t terribly rare but significant because it still looks great, works well and has stood the test of time. The glossy black dial has been refinished from its original appearance. It was likely silver from the factory and probably read Air-King on the dial not Explorer. At some point during the last half century the watch may have suffered some moisture damage or a previous owner just wanted a new look. The red tipped second hand is also likely a personal styling touch added along the way. The 26 jewel Rolex Calibre 1530 is working well and keeping good time. This workhorse movement is the same one you’d find in a Submariner from the era costing 10 times more than this watch. If you have a super high value vintage Submariner I’d suggest picking up this watch just to have an extra movement available if you ever need it. Finding a nice condition donor movement could easily cost more than this entire watch.Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $2,770.00 CAD. Stock #e12640.

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June 1, 2019

Tudor Black Bay Dark 79230DK $4,299.00 CAD. e12630

Rolex’ sister company Tudor has been riding a wave of popularity not experienced since the brand was conceived as a lower priced option in 1946. Although the brand existed since the mid 20s it wasn’t until just after the 2nd World War that Rolex really began to promote it alongside its namesake brand. Obtaining a Rolex Submariner is a life long goal for many watch enthusiasts, but forking over $10,000.00 CAD for a new or used one can be a challenge. Tudor diver watches offer a more affordable alternative while offering much the same features. The value is even greater today now that Tudor are showcasing in house developed movements for exclusive duty in their creations. The Black Bay Dark 79230DK is one of the first models to feature the Tudor MT5612 chronometer rated movement. Its 3 day power reserve is close to double that of the old generic mechanism found in previous Tudor diver watches. A silicon hairspring and the same basic balance wheel that Rolex uses is more stable when exposed to high magnetic fields. For a watch in the Tudor price point there is little competition that offer such features.  This Black Bay Dark was purchased new from  M. P. Demetre Jewelers in Charleston South Carolina in November 2016 and comes with everything supplied originally. Tudor have gained such popularity lately they even have waiting lists for some of the new releases. Waiting lists are nothing new for popular Rolex models but never before on a Tudor. Other brands take note; the $3,000.00 to $7,000.00 price point has a new old player in town and they have vast resources at their disposal. I suspect Tudor is about to make the life of Omega, Tag-Heuer and Breitling just a little more challenging. Our Black Bay Dark is in new old stock condition. It’s never been polished or refinished in any way. This most purposeful of designs has one of the most legible dials in the business with a flat black dial and contrasting luminous hands/dial markers. The stealthy look comes courtesy of the flat black PVD surface coating. PVD stands for Physical Vapor Deposition. The coating is applied to the stainless steel case and bracelet in a vacuum chamber. The coating is a carbon deposition originally developed for application on military equipment as an anti-glare finish so the metal would not shine and reflect in sunlight. Included with purchase is our one year complimentary warranty. Estate priced at $4,299.00. CAD. Stock #e12630.

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May 30, 2019

Rolex Day-Date 36 118238 $23,777.00 (TAX INCLUDED!!!!) e12591

Buying a previously enjoyed Rolex is an investment as much as it is a lifestyle statement. Often they cost as much as a good used car. Making this sort of purchase can be very similar and equally stressful. Not only is the current condition important, you also need to know what kind of care it received by the previous owner(s). Our latest pre-owned Rolex is a beautiful 118238 Day-Date; it’s a great example of a one owner well cared for classic. 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 Bangkok Thailand authorized Rolex agent by a long time client of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers, it has been occasionally worn and enjoyed by the previous mature owner for the past 14 years. Now it’s time to find a new home. When it needed routine service it was exclusively maintained by Rolex in Thailand; it’s never been touched by anyone else. Every piece of original paperwork comes included with purchase. The period correct 2005-2006 calendar card, note pad (unused), wallet, chronometer booklet, inner/outer boxes and of course the punched paper warranty certificate are here. This is a carefully enjoyed watch with many decades of reliable service left. Powering the Day-Date is the Rolex 31 jewel in house calibre 3155. This automatic winding mechanism has been powering the Day-Date for over 30 years and has earned a reputation for accuracy and reliability fitting for the flagship model. Its double quickset feature makes day/date/time correction a very simple task if the watch is left unattended for more than a couple of days and stops. A current Rolex Day-Date model 128238 carries a USD suggested retail price of $31,550.00 (substantially less in Canada at only $36,250.00 CAD plus sales tax). While this may not be the least expensive previously enjoyed Day-Date, it is most certainly the best condition, most complete example on the market for this price. The bracelet is showing practically no sag or stretch of any kind and the fluted bezel still maintains its classic sharp corrugated fluted pattern. A white dial with Roman numerals is so much more interesting compared to the standard issue and somewhat boring champagne with hash mark combination. Clean and fresh, always in style and far easier to read in any lighting situation. While still measuring 36mm diameter as all traditional Day-Date models have since 1956 the 118238 is much heavier weighing in at a substantial 177.1 grams. The buckle and bracelet on the 118238 are a big upgrade over the previous version with a superior mechanical locking buckle and more durable links. A super hard synthetic sapphire crystal is scratch and scuff free, featuring a very slight dome profile. A Rolex Day-Date is a watch on many bucket lists with a look hasn’t changed in decades. Unlike a used car this is something you won’t need to replace ever again. Including all the original documents, paperwork, inner and outer boxes. The watch is estate priced at $23,777.00 CAD (TAX INCLUDED). Stock #e12591.

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May 28, 2019

Rolex Submariner 116610LN $12,245.00 CAD. e12666

Calendar equipped Rolex Submariners have been a constant offering from the Geneva based luxury watch manufacturer for more than 50 years. Over that period they all looked pretty much the same. Every few years, subtle and sometimes invisible upgrades work their way into newer models. Solid bracelet links replaced folded, plastic crystals were exchanged for synthetic sapphire, matte black dial paint is now glossy. Even the stainless steel grade changed from 316l to much more exotic 904l. Millions of examples produced all looking basically the same until 2010 when the 116610LN was introduced. While still 40mm diameter the new version looks and wears far larger. Thicker lugs/hands/crown guard, bigger brighter luminous hour markers/hands, completely solid bracelet links, stronger buckle with micro adjustment “glide lock”, 1mm longer case, 20 percent heavier and of course the ultra tough and scratch resistant ceramic bezel insert. This bezel upgrade from aluminum should prove far more durable keeping your investment looking great. I hope you like the new look because Rolex is not likely to change it for at least the next few decades if history is any indication. The market has shown it loves the new model. As soon as it was announced in the spring of 2000 long waiting lists became the norm for those who wanted to be the first to have a new Submariner. In Canada waiting lists are still the norm. Most dealers have none on display and pending orders for every Submariners that gets delivered. Our latest estate Sub was originally delivered to Rolex agents Bartorelli Jewellers Italy in December 2014. This watch is in like new condition showing little evidence of use, there are still a couple protective stickers on the bracelet and buckle. Comes complete with the original box, instructions, warranty card and plastic bezel guard. We’ll ship it to pretty much any location if you can’t come in to check it out in person. Although the original factory warranty has expired, Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide the new owner with a complimentary one year guarantee. Estate priced at $12,245.00 CAD. Stock #e12666.

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Rolex Submariner 1680 Red $35,000.00 CAD. e11644

Since 1958 Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers has been selling new and estate jewellery from our 52 Dunlop St. West location in downtown Barrie. Our displays are continuously being updated with an ever changing variety of diamond rings, pendants, earrings etc. Watches have always accounted for a significant part of our inventory. As a certified watch maker Bill Le Boeuf appreciated the function and beauty of a mechanical watch. From pocket watches to wristwatches his passion for high quality timepieces helped develop our reputation as the areas leading dealer of fine estate watches. Rolex of course is without doubt the leader when it comes to the desirable and collectible. The very first Rolex Submariner was introduced in 1954 at the Basel World Fair. An annual trade show in Basel Switzerland exhibiting all the newest and most exciting advancements in the horological world. Although the design has remained mostly unchanged since 1954, there have been versions with subtle variations that add intrigue, rarity and multiply the value. The 1680 was the first Submariner that incorporated a calendar display under that iconic cyclops magnifier lens. The Red Submariner gets its moniker quite simply because the word “Submariner” on the dial is written in red, not white. That tiny bit of red paint makes a huge difference in the collector Rolex world and this tiny bit of red paint is absolutely perfect. Today, Rolex manufactures every component that goes into their watches in order to control quality and production. There was a time however that the esteemed brand from Geneva would use different vendors for different components including the dial. The same model might have a number of different dial styles or variants, some being more rare or desirable than others. The 1680 Submariner was manufactured for 12 years between 1968 and 1980 and came with 6 different variants of dials. Our example is dated to 1970 with a serial number or 2,571,XXX and is unofficially known as a Mark IV dial. The Mark IV is the earliest “feet first” dial which display the depth rating in the imperial measurement of feet before the metric meters rating. This particular example is the earliest Mark IV dial we’ve ever seen. It also just happens to be, by far, the best example of a Red Sub we’ve ever had. The dial condition is practically perfect. The original tritium markers and hands show only the slightest even patina. The watch has a strong and honest case showing signs of slight wear but not abuse. The bevel on the lugs is still present; bezel and insert are in great overall condition. The 40mm Oyster case comes on a stainless steel 9315 bracelet with 280 end pieces. The buckle is date stamped 2nd quarter of 1970 placing production around the same time as the case. The folded link bracelet is the best we’ve seen. It shows a little sag and stretch but nowhere near what you’d expect for a watch approaching 50 years of age. Although the watch is lacking its original paperwork it is believed to be a one owner watch and comes with its original Rolex box that is in remarkable condition.  The 26 jewel Rolex calibre 1570 automatic winding movement is running strong and keeping great time. There are only 3 service etchings inside the case back. For a watch of this age it’s reassuring to see it hasn’t been serviced a lot more often. Minimal service marks and overall excellent condition speak volumes on how the previous owner treated the watch. Many times these rugged watches were subjected to a tough life of abuse, as such almost none have survived in this sort of condition. This is the best Red Submariner Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers has ever had the pleasure of showcasing. They’ve shown significant price appreciation over the last 10 years and don’t appear to be slowing. If you’ve been chasing one of these elusive Submariners, now may be an opportunity to get a really really great example. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a complimentary 1 year warranty covering all aspects of mechanical failure except damage caused by moisture. Estate priced at $35,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11644.

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May 27, 2019

Rolex Datejust 36 116234 “Roulette” $7,970.00 CAD. e12104

The “roulette” moniker refers to the alternating red black date display. Red displays the odd days of the month and black shows even. This was a feature of the original Datejust when it was introduced for the 40th anniversary of Rolex in 1945. After decades of absence it was only reintroduced on a hand full of Datejusts from the recently discontinued 1162xx series. The red/black display only came with a few dial colours. This unusual and uncommon feature is experiencing some collector interest as they are a little different. The every other day splash of colour is the most apparent with the glossy white dial of our latest previously enjoyed Rolex. The rest of this V series 2009 Rolex comes from the regular playbook. Iconic 18 karat white gold fluted bezel adds a luxury touch the rest of the all steel construction may lack. Sporty Oyster bracelet with easy link extension is in great condition showing no measurable sag or stretch. There are a few scuffs and scratches showing on some of the flat surfaces that can easily be removed by our onsite technicians if you wish. 18 karat white gold hands and hour markers have been specially treated to a luminous pigment that allows time interpretation long after the lights go out. This is a Canadian delivered watch purchased from our friends at Nash Jewellers in London Ontario. The endorsed authorized agent Rolex warranty card dates from February 2011. The watch comes complete with the original green box, card holder, instructions, booklet and plastic chronometer hang tag. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1 year warranty with purchase. Estate priced at $7,970.00 CAD. Stock #e12104.

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May 26, 2019

Rolex Submariner 16613 tritium with paperwork $12,250.00 CAD. e12001

Everyone wants a steel Rolex Daytona, GMT-Master or Submariner (the waiting lists at authorized agents can confirm this), but for sheer visual impact nothing beats a 1980s 18 karat and stainless steel Submariner with blue dial. Blue dials from this era so saturated, the hue almost approaches the violet end of the spectrum. The beautiful royal blue colour with radial finish and that special tan patina on tritium hour markers that only appears with time makes for one of the most dramatic looking faces in the business. This 16613 is in fantastic condition showing careful use from previous owner(s). The case and bracelet show only light scratches. The correct original date coded twelve link Oyster bracelet shows practically no stretch and very little sag despite being 30 years old. The 40mm, 300 meter water resistant, world famous Oyster case also shows very little wear, still displaying the factory bevel on all four of the thick drilled lugs. The iconic Rolex coronet logo proudly embossed on the flip lock buckle looks as if it was stamped yesterday. This is a great example of a modern classic. The 16613 entered production around 1988 and soldiered on until replaced by the current ceramic bezel version over 20 years later. These earlier examples are somewhat unique as they were made with tritium luminous material for the hands and hour markers. They can also be distinguished by the lack of gold stripe running through the buckle. Finding a 30 year old Rolex with full documentation is becoming more difficult every day. This one has original endorsed dealer paperwork and much more. It was purchased at European Jewellers Toronto in December of 1989. It also comes with the original bill of sale showing a sales price of only $4,250.00. Hard to believe you could buy a brand new gold and steel Submariner for so little. Today the current two tone blue dial 116613 Submariner is going to cost you $13,400.00 USD and $15,350.00 CAD as seen on the Rolex Canada website. This watch was treated to a full Rolex factory service in September of 2005. This receipt is also included among many other accessories. In addition to a complete restoration the watch received a perfect factory detail and polishing. A complete rundown of the exact scope of service is not known but we speculate the hands were not changed during the last  service as they still appear to be tritium (not available in 2005) The hands are not completely the same colour as the markers so they may have been changed during a prior service sometime before 2000 or maybe they are just aging slightly differently than the hour marker plots. The difference is subtle but it’s worth mentioning none the less. If you’ve been looking for an older tritium Rolex bluesy you need to consider this one. You’d never guess it’s anywhere near 30 years old. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the new owner a complimentary one year mechanical warranty. The watch is estate priced at $12,250.00 CAD. Stock #e12001.

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May 25, 2019

Rolex Oyster Date 34 1500 $4,080.00 CAD. E12049

For 40 years old its certainly difficult to spot this as a vintage Rolex model. The basic Rolex Oyster Date around since the 1950s has changed very little since its introduction. A quick set calendar, sapphire crystal and solid links in the bracelet are really the only obvious changes made since its introduction. The uncommon blue luminova service dial with radial finish, classic hash mark hour markers and luminous tips make for a welcome change over the more common hues. The slightly taller profile of the traditional plastic crystal is pretty much the only clue revealing this watch is not of contemporary production. According to the serial number the watch was made in 1978. At some point the bracelet was changed as the original likely needed replacing. The PJ coded buckle suggests a replacement date of 2008. The 13 link oyster bracelet is showing a small amount of sag but still has decades of life left in it.The automatic chronometer grade movement is running great and keeping excellent time. A quick look on the Rolex Canada website shows a new Rolex Oyster with calendar display on an oyster bracelet is still available with a Canadian suggested retail price of $7,250.00. At 34mm diameter this watch could be worn by a lady who likes a good sized, but not overwhelming watch or the gentleman who prefers a more moderate size. Including a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty this retro dated but certainly not retro styled Oyster Date 1500 is estate priced at $4,080.00 CAD. Stock #e12049.

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May 24, 2019

Rolex Datejust 16220 blue stick tritium dial 36mm $5,400.00 CAD. e11952

The Datejust has been the default watch for most Rolex customers since the model was introduced in 1945. The do it all design is appropriate for the office boardroom or a weekend adventure with your buddies. Its comfortable and versatile 36mm size has stood the test of time better than any design before or since. Super thin rectangular quartz watches from the 80s to contemporary gigantic sports chronographs, the traditional 36mm Datejust quietly marches on as Geneva’s most popular watch brand’s ambassador to the world. With most sporty vintage Rolex becoming out of of reach to many enthusiasts unusual Datejust models are attracting new attention. By far the most common dial colour for a Datejust is silver or champagne (for two tone models). Considering blue is a favorite colour for most people when asked, it’s surprising we don’t see more blue dial Rolex. Come to think of it, this is one of the few blue dial, all steel Datejust we’ve had. This watch is really all about the dial. The radial finish medium navy blue hue is perfect; not too bright and not overly saturated. Finding an original tritium blue dial from the late 80s is a special treat. Even the 18 karat white gold stick hour markers are a little different than the traditional style. These ones have a more triangular profile with a peaked knife edge. The dial is spotless with 5 lines of beautiful text proclaiming the everything about the watch. Rolex isn’t shy about letting the world know what they’re looking at. Rolex aren’t making tritium dials anymore, it may be a long time before we ever see another one come through our estate department. The rest of the watch is very nice, very typical Rolex stuff. Water resistant Oyster case with threaded case back and crown with close to 2 full turns before releasing. Synthetic sapphire crystal has a few small chips along the edge at 6:00 o’clock. Engine turned stainless steel bezel is a bit more understated than the fluted white gold. The original stainless steel bracelet has been replaced by a chocolate brown crocodile grain Hirsch strap giving the watch a more modest look. Running great, keeping time with all functions operating as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the new owner with a complementary one year warranty. Estate priced at $5,400.00 CAD. e11952.

SOLD


May 23, 2019

Rolex Day-Date 18038 on President bracelet box & papers $18,500.00 CAD. e12269

Anybody have an extra $36,250.00 to spend on a watch? That’s what it’s going to take to buy a new Rolex Day-Date 36 today. A brand new model looks pretty much the same as this 1981 version. If you have a special watch on your bucket list, there is a good chance that watch is a Rolex Day-Date on President bracelet. Introduced in the mid 1950s the Rolex Day-Date look has remained virtually unchanged for over 60 years. Different bracelet styles have been added, along with technical improvements like sapphire crystals, quick set calendars etc. but the basic look is still the same. Our Day-Date 18038 is one of the most pure in design. Radial finish champagne dial with hash mark hour markers is an absolute classic. The fluted bezel, concealed clasp, and of course the President bracelet are styling features these models are famous for. Originally worn almost exclusively by men the 36mm case size is now seen on the arms of many stylish ladies too. Rolex Day-Date watches have only ever been constructed from either 18 karat gold or platinum, there is no “entry level” Day-Date manufactured in stainless steel. The Day-Date has always been the Rolex flagship. This example is in excellent condition with virtually no stretch or sag in the bracelet. A good way to check for overall condition and wear in the links is to hold the watch case so the bracelet is horizontal and observe how much sag results. Drooping only a few degrees from horizontal is amazing for a watch getting close to 40 years old. The concealed buckle clicks tightly shut and the bracelet appears to still have its original spring bars. The watch has a gross weight of 138.7 grams including 3 removable adjustment links. A 38 year old Rolex like this may be one of the best values in the watch collecting world. 18038 Day-Date watches were fully depreciated years ago and now good examples are selling for more and more all the time. The sapphire crystal, single quick set movement gives the watch a modern look and feel. Something like this is always in demand from people who appreciate a fine watch and realize the value only an estate item can showcase. If you didn’t know it you’d think this watch was only a year old or so. The crisp fluted bezel retains its sharp edges and the sapphire crystal has just 1 tiny chip on the edge that can be felt with your fingernail but is virtually invisible. For a formal or dressy event there is no substitute for a Rolex Day-Date. The classy tone on tone look while not the easiest to read in low light situations makes the ultimate in sophisticated understatement. What makes this watch even more appealing is its one owner history coming complete with the original box and paperwork. When discussing its history with the original owner he revealed he only used the watch once or twice a month since it was purchased brand new by him in the spring of 1982. When he wasn’t wearing it, back in the box it went; the original tritium hour marker plots support this claim. There is a theory in the collector Rolex community about how and why tritium changes colour over time. When a watch is stored in a safe or in a box for decades the tritium can colour shift to a tan to brown colour. If the tritium is exposed to natural daylight (specifically ultraviolet light) the hands and plots better retain their original off white colour. The dial markers show a remarkable butterscotch hue and all are still 100% intact. The watch is working well with all functions operating as designed. The original owner said it has never been overhauled and had no idea these watches even require periodic service. With this in mind we decided to give the movement its first service since leaving the Rolex factory in 1981. A full disassembly and technical revision including new gaskets should keep it running reliably for the next 5 to 10 years. During the service some of the original tritium in the minute hand fell out as is quite common in vintage watches. Our watchmaker mixed up some new luminous material with a custom tint to match the hour markers. He did a great job, only under close scrutiny can any difference is hue be detected as seen in this before and after images. If you’re close by to our 52 Dunlop Street West location in downtown Barrie, come in; see and feel what the ultimate statement in a vintage luxury watch is. Estate priced at $18,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12269.

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May 22, 2019

Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 full kit $11,990.00 CAD. e12012

Rolex is the most respected watch manufacturer of all the Swiss brands; their pro models are legendary in terms of performance and universal appeal. When it comes to Rolex diver watches the Sea-Dweller is the top of the line when it comes to professional qualification. While it looks almost identical to a garden variety Submariner, it’s actually quite different. First thing you notice is the absence of a date magnifier over the calendar. The synthetic crystal is much thicker that 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 regular 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 in 2001 according to the late P serial number and endorsed warranty certificate (November 2001). It was used professionally by the original commercial diver owner. The case and bracelet show the telltale signs of use in the form of scratches and scuffs but the watch remains in its original unpolished condition. The case edges are crisp and sharp, the bracelet links are tight showing little sag or stretch. Sea-Dwellers of this era were the most qualified of all Rolex watches and are still  considered a very serious machine yet when new only cost around 5% more than a standard Submariner. You can’t get them with fancy diamond dials or with gold trim; they are only available in all business stainless steel with a jet black glossy dial. Without question this is the most complete Sea-Dweller we’ve ever had. According to the previous owner, the day it was purchased from the Kingston Jamaica Rolex agent the box and accessories were put away in a drawer until he decided to sell it recently. It comes with a specific Rolex wallet/folder containing a Buehlmann dive table decompression card, 2001-2002 calendar, chronometer certification booklet plus an extra extension link (in addition to the standard diver extension link found under the buckle). A small Rolex bracelet removal/screwdriver tool (Rolex Ref. 2100) is also included. Located within the body of the tool in a secret compartment an extra black link screw can be found. Inner/outer boxes, foam liner, pillow, blanket, chronometer hang tag, bezel guard, and correct 4000 foot metal anchor in plastic pouch are also here. 14 page Rolex Submariner booklet, 26 page Rolex Oyster booklet, endorsed paperwork top off the most complete package we’ve ever been able to showcase. As a final detail the watch is supplied with a polishing cloth detailing how to clean your Rolex in 5 different languages. This is an accessory we’ve never seen before. We don’t know if it’s OEM or something the authorized agent had made up but it’s a really cool addition completing the package.   The 16600 Sea-Dweller has been discontinued for some time making this example one of the most collectible. 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 $11,990.00. Stock #e12012.

SOLD


May 18, 2019

Rolex Explorer II 16570 $8,500.00 CAD. e12418

Rolex Explorer IIs are only available in stainless steel with a white or black dial. That’s it, no options, no diamonds, no gold or two tone cases. Even the dressier Jubilee bracelet option is not available. If you want a classic sport Rolex this may be the model for you. Measuring 40mm diameter makes for a comfortable size that can be worn by anyone. Not too big and not to small and not too thick. The 16570 has become more collectible since it was replaced with the new larger 42mm version in 2011. The classic glossy black dial is synonymous with a sporty Rolex and always looks great. This is the best example of a 16570 that we have ever had. It looks practically like new. Just a few minor scuffs on the outside of the bracelet and buckle. The diabolically difficult to duplicate radial finished 24 bezel is in perfect condition. The entire watch is in practically new old stock condition. Collectors covet originality and completeness and few are more complete than this example. Everything that came from the factory in Geneva is here. The inner wooded box, outer cardboard box, brochures, warranty paper, calendar, service guide, hanging tags, wallet and sleeve. The condition and completeness say a lot about the previous owner and how they took care of this watch since its delivery around 2002 from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent. In March of 2015 the watch was treated to a factory serviced by Rolex in Toronto. A Rolex service warranty card and booklet also come included as proof of factory maintenance. Looking at the overall condition you’d swear it was only a few months old not 17 years. The Explorer II is a dual time model than can display a second time zone in a 24 hour format using the 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 with the Rolex features that have made the prestigious brand number 1 in the luxury watch world. Water resistant oyster case made 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. Synthetic sapphire crystal that is exponentially tougher than glass while offering perfect optics, a convenient magnified calendar window sure helps out those with 40 plus year old eyesight. Tough and sporty Oyster bracelet equipped with fliplock buckle is a design element that alone almost defines the sporty Rolex. The bracelet and case still exhibit the sharp crisp details that become less defined with extended years of hard use. Included with watch is a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $8,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12418.

SOLD

 


May 8, 2019

Rolex Day-Date 18348 rare square baguette diamond Jubilee dial. $20,475.00 CAD. e12528

Available now. Rather rare early 1990s Rolex Day-Day 18348 with very rare square baguette diamond Jubilee dial. Excellent condition showing very little sag in the 24 link correct date coded P3 8385 President bracelet. The 36mm watch displays its original finish and has never been polished according to the previous owner. Comes with everything shown plus our 1 year warranty. Finished weight 142.5 grams. You won’t easily find another one like this. Double quick set day/date with sapphire crystal give the watch a very modern look and feel. Working great and keeping excellent time. Extra links are available if you have an extremely large wrist. Estate priced at $20,475.00 CAD. Stock #e12528

SOLD


April 30, 2019

Rolex Air-King 116900 $7,449.00 CAD. e12545

The Rolex Air-King has been around in one form or another for about 70 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 of 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 else of the era. After the 34mm Air-King was discontinued in 2014 it appeared that one of the longest running models from Rolex was gone forever. Rolex has been known to revive past models with an injection of new style and new technology before and the new Air-King 116900 is the result. 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, it’s been 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 5, 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 newer automatic calibre 3131 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. This watch was purchased new in South Africa by the original owner who recently traded it for a different Rolex at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. It was worn in rotation with a few other watches, as such it shows typical wear associated with occasional use since September 2016. Included with the watch is the inner/outer box, instructions and authorized agent endorsed warranty card (dated September 9 2016). Bill Le Boeuf will honor the full balance of the 5 year international warranty. This watch along with every other gents professional model are almost impossible to find in Canada right now. If you want a new one,be prepared to wait for months to years depending on what one you’re looking for. We have this one ready to go today for the estate price of $7,449.00 CAD. Stock #e12545.

SOLD

 


April 27, 2019

Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN full kit never polished $13,965.00 CAD. e12502

Purchased new from a Toronto area authorized Rolex agent in the spring of 2015 we proudly offer this discontinued Rolex GMT-Master II model 116710LN. This model 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 piece. 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 flip lock buckle. In short this is not your father’s GMT. It’s a quantum leap in build quality over the previous versions. Like all professional stainless steel watches in the Rolex line up seeing a GMT-Master on display at your local Rolex agent isn’t likely to happen. There have been waiting lists for this model pretty much from the time of introduction in 2007. Since the recent retirement these particular models have become especially desirable. Rolex no longer offer a GMT-Master II in stainless steel with a totally black dial, even the classic sporty oyster style bracelet has been replaced with the dressy Jubilee design. This may be the last of the mono chromatic GMT-Masters. Rolex collectors are snapping these up as nice examples with complete documentation and packaging come to market. This one was delivered new in Canada and is 100% complete and original. It has never been refinished in any way. As such it’s showing signs of regular use in the form of scuffs and scratches. We’d suggest leaving it original; the collector Rolex market covets originality over all else. Having the original inner/outer boxes, instructions, booklet, endorsed warranty card and the red chronometer hang tag adds significant value too. The red hang tag is somewhat interesting in its own right; for decades Rolex have used red chronometer hang tags. No too long after this watch was made they changed the tag colour to green. The watch is running great with all functions working as designed. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this collectible Rolex is estate priced at $13,965.00 CAD. Stock #e12502.

SOLD


April 25, 2019

Rolex Explorer II 40mm 16570 on jubilee bracelet $6,390.00 CAD. e11757

It’s always refreshing to see a professional Rolex model with the more dressy Jubilee style bracelet. Even Rolex must agree as they recently introduced a GMT Master II on this same style bracelet after decades of only offering the Oyster design. At some point in time a previous owner exchanged bracelets and we’re happy to have it as part of our estate collection. The Jubilee bracelet is more comfy than the oyster, doesn’t show scratches as much and is infinitely more flexible. This example is showing a fair amount of stretch but that makes it even more comfortable. The watch comes with two Rolex service receipts from 2003 and 2007 along with two polishing cloths and Rolex box. Our latest Explorer II 16570 dates from 1990 according to its E serial number making it an early example from the series. The glossy black dial with tritium dial markers and hands are look original to the watch and are in great shape. Overall condition is well worn showing wear and tear appropriate for a professional watch such as this. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $6,390.00 CAD. Stock #e11757.

SOLD


April 23, 2019

Rolex Oyster Date 34 15010 $5,400.00 CAD. e12105

This could be the most comfortable Rolex you can buy if you have a slightly smaller wrist size. While everyone loves the ever popular professional models like the Daytona, Submariner and GMT Master, at 40mm or larger the smaller gentleman or lady can find the size a bit out of proportion with the wrist or perhaps it’s all psychological. 34mm models look great on a smaller wrist size. This glossy black dial Oyster Date 15010 looks perfect. A sporty engine turned bezel gives the watch a bit more presence but doesn’t add bulk. The glossy black dial is great for all occasions adding to the slightly sporty nature of the all steel construction. A tall profile perfect condition plastic crystal gives the watch a vintage look to those who know and can spot the difference. During the late 1980s Rolex was in the process of changing plastic crystals to much harder synthetic sapphire crystals that are standard issue today. The supremely comfortable Jubilee bracelet is showing mild stretch making it just that much more comfy. This is the bracelet anyone with a small wrist should choose. They are far more adjustable than the much larger linked Oyster bracelet. From what we understand this is a one owner watch purchased brand new at Birks on Bloor Street Toronto in June of 1989. The Birks warranty card is included showing the matching model/serial number. Also accompanying the watch is the endorsed Rolex warranty/chronometer certificate, original outer/inner wood lined box, pillow and blanket, polishing cloth, warranty sleeve, card holder and plastic chronometer hang tag.