ROLEX


May 18, 2022

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

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


May 17, 2022

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

We’ve all had those woulda coulda shoulda moments that we didn’t capitalize on. Opportunities that didn’t necessarily look like opportunities until years later. There are few consumer products that have appreciated in value better than a Rolex sports watch. Not many discretionary purchases have any value left in them after a few years, let alone a few decades. I remember not much more than a decade ago, Submariners like this were trading hands for around $5,000.00. Today I think this watch is still a good opportunity priced at $13,770.00 CAD. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers sold this exact watch to its previous owner in 2019. He sold it back to us recently for more than he initially paid for it in 2019. It’s not difficult to make a compelling case that Rolex is an actual asset class all on its own. Very few Rolex watches are worth less today than when they were new. All have seen appreciation, but the sports models have seen the most. Our latest estate Rolex was the most popular Submariner ever produced. The 16610 remained in production for close to 25 years. It is what most people identify as what a Submariner should look like. It offers the classic symmetry of a 40mm case with a 20mm Oyster bracelet. It is the last model with an aluminum bezel insert. Some expert collectors believe the 16610 is one of the more investible and accessible Rolex watches on the vintage market today, and this one is pretty nice. We’ve sold 100s of this model over the years. If we knew what they’d be worth today we would have never sold them, we would have squirreled them away and been much better off. This is but one of our woulda coulda shoulda Rolex moments, of which there are many. I wonder where the Rolex market going to be in the next ten years. It appears Rolex and real estate are only inexpensive in hindsight. This 1996 example comes with an accessory Everest rubber strap. These high-quality straps are made in Switzerland, specifically made for Rolex. The soft rubber strap fits perfectly without gaps and comes with a strong stainless steel buckle. The watch also comes with a Rolex inner/outer box, some documents, chronometer hag-tag, calendar, wallet, and our complimentary 1-year warranty. It is estate priced at $13,770.00 CAD. Stock #505-00226 e13090.

 


May 13, 2022

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

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


May 10, 2022

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

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

 


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

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

SOLD


May 7, 2022

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

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


May 5, 2022

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

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


May 2, 2022

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

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

SOLD


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

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

SOLD


April 30, 2022

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

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

 


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

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


April 29, 2022

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

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


April 27, 2022

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

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


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

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

 


April 25, 2022

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

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


April 24, 2022

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

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

SOLD

 

 


April 14, 2022

1997 Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 Mother of pearl diamond sapphire dial $38,888.00 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 very good condition but is actually 5 years older dating from 1997. The original Yacht-Master debuted in 1992 as a luxury alternative to the pure function of the Submariner. Initially, only solid gold versions like this were offered. Compared to Submariners and Sea-Dwellers the Yacht-Master has a slightly softer outline with turned down lugs, a thinner profile, solid gold two-way rotating bezel and a more modest water resistance rating of “only” 300 feet. What it does share with the traditional Submariner is the famous oyster case, triplock crown with guards, marine style hands, oyster bracelet, fliplock buckle, and the same automatic winding calibre 3135 movement. This is a rarely encountered model with the super scarce factory-supplied white mother of pearl, diamond, and sapphire dial. This optional upgrade added over $5,000.00 to the basic cost. This particular example is equipped with the now legislated out of existence tritium hands as indicated by the “T” text at the bottom of the dial. As with all Rolex watches only the finest quality components will do. The silver/white mother of pearl dial shimmers with life and colour with even the slightest movement. 8 Virtually flawless single cut diamonds set within solid 18 karat yellow gold bezels plot out the hours along with custom cut royal blue sapphires. 6 lines of text in red and black are executed with printing precision that can only be revealed under magnification. The bright red print is so thick it actually sits high reflecting white from the rounded surface tension edges (yes watch nerds get excited about such seemingly trivial details). For a 24-year-old watch, the condition is very good. The watch exhibits virtually no areas of measurable wear. The beautifully embossed/sandblasted bezel is sharp and crisp, the 12 link Oyster bracelet shows no stretch or sag. All the polished sections are bright and shiny, brushed areas show a perfectly contrasting flat finish. Even the raised coronet buckle logo shows excellent detail. This is one of the first areas to show wear and tear. The only small blemish is a small scratch on the sapphire crystal at 8:00 o’clock. This small blemish goes virtually unnoticed against the light coloured dial. Rolex no longer offers a yellow gold Yacht-Master on a bracelet like this. A current 18 karat rose gold 40mm Yacht-Master on rubber strap 126655 is $32,200.00; the much larger 44mm 116688 Yacht-Master II priced at $51,450.00. A close alternative is a 40mm gold Submariner 116618 for $43,650.00 but it comes with a simple dial and non-precious ceramic bezel insert. If you were able to add an exotic mother of pearl, diamond, and sapphire dial the price would have to be over $50,000.00. Comes with a June 2019, Damiani Jewellers (Rolex authorized agent) Certificate of Appraisal and Rolex box  We are happy to offer a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated to 5 years) for the new owner covering all aspects of mechanical failure. Priced at $38,888.00. CAD. Stock #e13120.

 

 


April 13, 2022

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

We don’t toss out the 3 star ***rare*** headline very often. 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.


April 10, 2022

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

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

 

 


April 5, 2022

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

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


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

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


March 23, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 36 126281RBR factory diamond bezel & pearl dial $27,500.00 CAD. e14653

In the world of luxury Swiss watches, the Rolex Datejust is as ubiquitous as you can get. That being said, there is an almost infinite number of dial, bezel, bracelet, case size, and metal combinations that allow for a unique personality while still maintaining that classic Datejust look. The Datejust has been in continuous production since 1945. In the world of consumer product design, there are few styles that have endured as well as the Datejust. Our latest estate Datejust is definitely one of the more unique combinations to grace our showcase. The gold and stainless-steel two-tone look is a popular choice, offering versatility that steel can’t. Rolex’s rose gold offers a beautiful hue unique to the brand; at first glance, it doesn’t look much different from its yellow gold. Developed in 2005 and christened “Everose”, this alloy holds several patents protecting its exclusive use by Rolex. Traditional rose and pink gold alloys contain some copper giving them that blushed look. Long-term exposure to solutions containing chlorine or prolonged use in environments like salt water can cause the copper in traditional rose/pink gold alloys to chemically react and lose luster. Rolex adds a little platinum to their rose gold protecting against the effects of harsh chemicals. Rolex is the only watch manufacturer with its own foundries; they produce exclusive gold alloys for their sole use. Rolex metallurgists are free to develop specific formulas for use in only Rolex products. There is more than just some exotic platinum used in the manufacturing of Everose 18 karat gold, but Rolex isn’t talking or giving away any trade secrets. The beautiful mother of pearl dial blends especially well with rose gold, the subtle rainbow of pastel colours rolls across the dial as the watch is moved. Adding some extra luxury are 10 exceptional quality single-cut diamond hour markers and 52 brilliant cut diamonds in the bezel. Each diamond is expertly set in a frame of 18 karat rose gold. This watch has only been worn a couple of times, it remains in perfect condition without a scratch or blemish or any kind. The easy to wear 36mm case and Jubilee bracelet are suitable for the average sized gentleman or lady who prefers a little bit larger watch. The mechanical locking buckle features Rolex’s “easylink” extension. This clever mechanism allows a small amount of extra length to be deployed from under the buckle when a little more room is needed. The watch was purchased from an authorized agent and benefits from the 5-year international warranty, covering the next owner until the midwinter of 2027. It comes complete with perfect condition inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, hang tags, and operating instructions. This distinctive Datejust 36 is estate priced at $27,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14653.


March 11, 2022

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

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


March 3, 2022

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

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


March 1, 2022

1972 Tudor Oyster Princess 22mm 7586/3 freshly serviced $1,890.00 CAD. e14634

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


February 27, 2022

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

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


February 6, 2022

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

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


February 3, 2022

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

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

Viewing by appointment only.

 

 


January 26, 2022

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

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


January 10, 2022

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

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

 


December 23, 2021

Rolex Fun Fact

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

 


December 21, 2021

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

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

SOLD

 


December 20, 2021

Tudor Style M12700, 41mm, never worn. $2,295.00 CAD. e13892

Tudor and parent company Rolex make some of the industry’s most desirable watches. Their products that seem to get all the headlines are the sporty Professional models that feature gadgets and over the top specifications that the majority will never use or require. Most people don’t even realize Tudor and Rolex have a more gentle, comfortable, and ultimately practical line of watches. Rolex has the Cellini and Tudor have their Style line buried within their website. Our latest estate watch offers everything you need and nothing you don’t. A large 41mm case constructed from stainless steel, a synthetic sapphire crystal offering perfect optics and is much harder than any ordinary glass crystal. Reflective, faceted hands offer good contrast with the glossy lacquer dial, a screw-down crown, and threaded case back provide a water-resistance rating of 100 meters. Handy features like a sweeping seconds hand, calendar, and easy to use deployment buckle with fliplock safety make daily wear a pleasure. The folding clasp is a luxury touch providing better security than a tang style buckle and helps the high-quality leather to last longer. The watch is in unworn condition, not a scratch can be seen on the watch. The protective case-back sticker is still in place. The watch comes with the original inner/outer box, foam liner, and instruction booklet but no warranty card. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a complimentary 1-year warranty for the new owner. Estate priced at $2,295.00 CAD. Stock #e13892.

SOLD


December 19, 2021

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

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

SOLD


December 18, 2021

2022 Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 full kit, never worn. $18,888.00 CAD. e14663

It is not vintage, and it is definitely not from an estate, but it is previously owned but never worn. If you have been following the Rolex market over the last few years and you are reading this post, you already know just how hard it is to find any professional models. Authorized agents have only waiting lists and empty displays. A visit to any Rolex boutique can be frustrating as they do not have the models you want. Stainless steel sports models are almost impossible to find. No Submariners, no GMT-Masters, no Explorers, and steel Daytonas have been out of stock and on backorder for existing customers for decades (no kidding). We are selling this 43mm Red Sea-Dweller for an important customer who ordered it sight unseen but finds it a little too big on his wrist now that he has received it. He tried it on at the store and it has sat in its box since earlier this year. Sea-Dwellers have been around for over 50 years; they have always been the top of the line for professional diver’s watches. Looking almost identical to the basic Submariner except for being slightly larger, thicker, and bulkier. The purposeful dial has not changed its basic format of bold luminous markers against a jet-black dial since the 1960s. Sea-Dwellers are equipped with a titanium helium escape valve on the side of the case. If you are living in a diving bell while you are decompressing from a particularly deep dive, breathing a mixture of oxygen and helium, your watch will need this valve to bleed off accumulated helium gas as you decompress. Without the automatic valve, the extra-thick sapphire crystal could explode from gas pressure inside the case. Since the initial introduction in 1967 Sea-Dwellers were always 40mm in diameter. For the 50th anniversary of the original Sea-Dweller in 2017, Rolex decided to give the Sea-Dweller a unique identity matching its overachieving water resistance rating of 4000 feet (basic Submariner is rated for 1000 feet) with a larger 43mm case size. The red SEA-DWELLER text is a subtle homage to the original dial from the 60s and 70s. Nice condition original examples are selling for over $50,000.00 these days. Needless to say, this never-worn Rolex is in perfect condition. It has only been wiped with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints for these pictures. There are still a couple of protective delivery stickers on the watch. The Sea-Dweller 126600 adds a complicated locking buckle system that not only allows for multiple micro-length adjustments without the need for tools; it also has a 1-inch extension to fit over a light wetsuit. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, cardboard product tag with the style/serial number, plastic chronometer hang tag, Rolex shopping bag, and the foam box lid sheet. The official Rolex warranty is valid until the spring of 2027. This collectible Rolex is priced at $18,888.00 CAD. Stock #e14663.

SOLD

 


December 15, 2021

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

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

SOLD


December 13, 2021

2021 Tudor Black Bay Steel 41mm 79730 (worn for only a few hours), $4,350.00 CAD. e14438

The clean, utilitarian look of Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay line of watches has been one of their most appealing characteristics. The black dials with extra-large luminous hands and hour markers define legibility under all lighting conditions. But for me, the basic Black Bay is missing a key function. This version, (Black Bay Steel 79730) is the only stainless steel diver Black Bay that comes equipped with a calendar. I suppose I could think for a few seconds about what day of the month it is, but a quick glance at my watch is much easier. This example is like new, it was only worn for a few hours before the previous owner decided it was a little too large and bulky for his wrist. It was traded in at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers the day after it was purchased from the Tudor authorized agent. The watch even comes with the original bill of sale. It remains 100% original and has not been polished or touching up in any way. The marvelous in-house manufactured chronometer grade MT5612 movement is functioning flawlessly and is protected from moisture to a depth of over 600 feet by the very capable 41mm Oyster style case. The heavy-duty case is equipped with an oversized threaded crown, screw-on case back, domed sapphire crystal, and one-way timer bezel. The 26 jewel mechanism secured inside sets the bar for certified chronometer accuracy levels at this price point. There isn’t much else in the market offering a 70-hour power reserve, plus a useful calendar that doesn’t cost substantially more. Its silicon hairspring and basically the same balance wheel from Rolex are far more stable when exposed to high magnetic fields and shocks. This watch comes complete with everything when originally purchased from the Canadian Tudor/Rolex authorized agent in the spring of 2021. The next owner will benefit from Tudor’s 5-year international warranty valid until April 2026. These are popular models, excellent condition examples with complete documentation are difficult to find in Canada. This Black Bay Steel 79730 is estate priced under its suggested retail price at $4,350.00 CAD. Stock #e14438.

SOLD

 


December 12, 2021

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

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

SOLD


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

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

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December 10, 2021

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

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

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December 9, 2021

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

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

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December 8, 2021

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

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

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December 7, 2021

2022 Rolex GMT-Master 126710BLNR never worn $29,999.00 CAD. e14644

Aside from the stainless steel Daytona, the blue/black GMT Master II 126710BLNR is one of the toughest watches to find at your local Rolex authorized agent. There has been a long waiting list for this model since it was introduced. This is the latest of the stainless steel GMTs and it’s my favorite. For several decades now all Rolex sports models came only on the basic looking and purposeful Oyster link bracelet. The Oyster bracelet is still the only choice for every other “Professional” model Rolex offers. The stainless steel GMT-Master II is the only sports model with the uber comfortable Jubilee bracelet. The Jubilee contours much better to any wrist size/shape, especially for those of us who don’t have massive arms. The smaller 5 segment links allow the bracelet to conform to any wrist. Its dome profile, D-shaped link sections tend only to show scuffs and scratches at their highest point leaving the rest of the link to maintain the factory-applied polished and brushed finish. Small scratches and scuffs are very obvious on the flat Oyster bracelet. The Jubilee bracelet also helps the GMT-Master II achieve a dressier look a Submariner could never pull off. Ceramic bezels have become commonplace for the Rolex but the 2 colour ceramic bezels are still quite new. The blue/black combination on our latest estate Rolex makes the most sense. The blue section represents daylight hours between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm (18:00 hours), and the black displays the night hour from 18:00 hours through 6:00 am as indexed by the handy 24-hour, blue hour hand. The bezel is indexed for the 24 hours in a day and can be turned to show a 2nd or temporary 3rd time zone. Rolex promotes the GMT as the cosmopolitan watch for good reason. It is the perfect travel companion for anyone who travels through multiple time zones in different cities around the world. The long, arrow-tipped hour hand can continuously track your home time (or Greenwich Mean Time) in a 24-hour format. The “regular” 12-hour hade can quickly be adjusted to show the local time wherever you happen to be in the world. The clever system can even jump timezones that trigger a date change forward or backward. This GMT was delivered to the original owner in early 2022 but never worn of even sized to their wrist. It comes complete with the fully endorsed 5-year international warranty, instruction booklet, worldwide service booklet, green chronometer hang tag, inner/outer boxes, Rolex polishing cloth, foam box liner, and a Rolex shopping bag. The overall condition of the watch is at least 100% perfect without even the slightest blemish. These watches are trading hands on the secondary market for well over twice their original suggested retail price. Our never worn estate example is priced at $29,999.00 CAD. Stock #e14644.

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December 6, 2021

2022 Rolex Submariner 126613LB. Never worn. $26,888.00 CAD. e14620

The much anticipated new Submariners are out. The new model 126613LB debuted in 2020. The design takes one step forward and one step back. The slightly larger case size of 41mm versus 40mm isn’t really noticeable. What can be seen is the more balanced ratio between the case, the lugs, and the bracelet. The top-heavy look of the outgoing 116613LB has been addressed with slimmer lugs and the addition of 1mm width to the iconic Oyster bracelet. The new proportions are more in keeping with Submariners of the past, making the previous version perhaps a one-off experiment. Powering the new Sub is the 31 jewel calibre 3235 automatic that offers an increased power reserve of 70 hours and an accuracy expectation of +-2 seconds per day. This latest Submariner is preowned and technically an estate offering, but barely. It was purchased early in 2022 and was never worn. Not even a screw has been turned on any of the adjustable bracelet links. It comes with its original endorsed 2022 warranty card, instructions, hangtags, and more. It remains in unpolished original condition. The only need for preparation for resale was to wipe a few finger pints off with a soft cloth. The factory’s 5-year international warranty will accompany the watch until early 2027. All the regular modern Submariner features are here. The “Glidelock” buckle can after the bracelet length by 18mm in 9 separate increments. This clever buckle ensures a perfect fit no matter what you are doing. Rolex has been promoting the two-tone look for sports models more and more lately. The new Explorer is now available in steel and gold, along with the SeaDweller. The two-tone blue dial Submariner has been a favorite among Rolex fans for many decades. The new 41mm “Bluesy” is sure to continue the tradition for many years to come. This watch is priced at $26,888.00 CAD. Stock #e14620.

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December 4, 2021

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

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

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

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

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November 27, 2021

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

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

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November 25, 2021

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

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

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November 24, 2021

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

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

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November 17, 2021

2022 Rolex Datejust 41 126333 “Wimbledon”. Never worn. $19,888.00 CAD. e14621

Rolex and tennis have had an official association dating back to 1978 when they became the official timer of Wimbledon. That year Björn Borg took the title in straight sets. To this day you can see Björn in Rolex marketing material. Rolex and prestigious sporting events go hand in hand. Our newest estate Rolex has unofficially acquired its nickname “The Wimbledon” among the Rolex enthusiast community. This version is a 2022 model, has never been worn, and is in perfect condition. I strongly suspect the unusual dial combination of printed two-tone Roman numbers against a dark grey radial finish would have come and gone with little fanfare as merely a DateJust II experiment if it was not for the unofficial promotion generated over the past few years. The original Datejust II was discontinued after only a few years but the peculiar dial has carried on with the new Datejust 41 126333 and is now sought after. The basic rhodium dial has always been a consistent seller but adding the printed Roman numerals was a curious departure for the uber-conservative Rolex brand. The green framed, black Roman numerals are painted on so think they actually have height. And what’s with that giant single luminous marker at 9:00 o’clock? To some, it balances the 3:00 o’clock date aperture; to others, it just looks out of place. In the dark, you’ll need to train your eyes to realize this point of reference is 9:00 o’clock, not 12:00 o’clock. Either way, you look at it, this is a striking dial that is sure to get noticed. The current model really began its rise to popularity when Rolex ambassador Roger Federer was pictured wearing a version at one of his many victories. Our latest estate Rolex also features the popular and more sporty Oyster link bracelet. Concealed under the buckle is the Rolex “EasyLink”. This clever link allows a 5mm extension for those days when a touch more room makes the perfect fit. A large 41mm Rolex with a hard to find dial is obviously a look the market is seeking as these sell on the secondary market for a significant premium over new. The watch is completely original and 100% untouched, not even a screw has been removed to adjust the length of the bracelet. An endorsed warranty card and all packaging are included with the purchase. The factory warranty with cover the next owner until early 2027. The watch comes with inner/outer boxes, instructions, warranty card, service booklet, foam box liner, hang tags, protective cardboard sleeve, and even a Rolex shopping bag.  Estate priced at $19,888.00 CAD (trade-ins are welcomed). Stock #e14621.

SOLD


November 15, 2021

Rolex Milgauss 16400GV with Everest strap. $12,250.00 CAD. e14619 505-00181

If you have the means, Rolex makes a watch for every man and every woman. Traditional Rolex watches are robustly made from the best components available and are considered the most reliable of any Swiss-made watch. The basic styles are suitable for almost any activity you may subject them to. There are however a few watches within the Rolex model line that have been engineered for use during some very specialized tasks. These models are known within Rolex circles as professionals. The Sea-Dweller comes to mind as a purpose-built professional diving tool that is water-tight to depths of 12,800 feet and comes with an automatic helium escape valve. Our featured professional Rolex is this black dial Milgauss. This is perhaps an even more specialized piece of equipment. The original Milgauss was introduced in 1956 as an answer to problems encountered when mechanical watches were exposed to strong magnetic fields. The introduction of the Milgauss allowed scientists to wear a watch while working in environments with extreme magnetic fields. Without magnetic protection, performing your job in strong magnetic fields would render a regular watch useless or unreliable at best. Rolex has gone to extraordinary measures in order to shield the calibre 3131 from the effects of magnetism. A special inner liner inside the Oyster case made from a proprietary Rolex blend of metals keeps the movement running within chronometer specification even under extreme magnetic field conditions. Our latest example is in very good condition. An additional light polish/refinishing and an ultrasonic cleaning would have it looking practically new if you choose. The black dial, orange lightning bolt second hand, and tinted green sapphire crystal make this an unmistakable model, to say the least. When the light grows dim the Milgauss’ luminous hands and oversized markers strongly glow making excellent nighttime legibility. Our latest estate Rolex comes with a very cool green rubber strap by Everest. These high-quality Swiss-made accessory straps give watches like the Milgauss a completely different personality. They are specifically fitted for various Rolex models and look like they came directly from the Rolex factory. This watch comes with a Rolex box, Milgauss instruction booklet, and the original Everest strap packaging. A complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is also included with purchase. Our estate price is $12,250.00 CAD. Stock #e14619   505-00181.

SOLD


November 12, 2021

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

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

SOLD


November 10, 2021

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

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

SOLD

 


November 6, 2021

2022 Rolex Datejust 41 126300 blue Roman. Never worn. $12,750.00 CAD. e14609

Blue is almost everyone’s favorite colour, so why don’t we see more blue dial Rolex watches pass through? I suspect when people are making a high dollar purchase, they decide to play it safe with black, white, or silver. Life is too short to live in a non colour world. If your favorite color is blue, you should buy that bright blue Mercedes and buy the colour Rolex that you really want. This is a previously owned but never worn DateJust 41. It’s the size that you never see on display at the Rolex agent but the size every guy is looking for. The solid 18 karat white gold Roman numerals are a welcome change from the traditional stick hour markers. I’ve always found it interesting and wondered why clock and watch dials use IIII to indicate 4 o’clock and not IV as traditional Roman numeral practice for representing the Arabic number 4. There are several theories about why this is. Here are two of them. “There is a story that a famous clockmaker had constructed a clock for Louis XIV, king of France. The clockmaker had naturally used IV for four. When the clock was shown to the king, he remarked that IIII should have been used instead of IV. When it was explained to him that IV was correct, he still insisted, so that there was nothing to do but change the clock dial. This introduced the custom of using IIII for four. This is probably only a story, however, as IIII occurs long before the time of Louis XIV. And this same story is also told in connection with other monarchs. There is one reason why IIII is preferable to IV, and it may have caused the change. On the other side of the clock dial the VIII is the heaviest number, consisting of four heavy strokes and one light one, as it is usually made. It would destroy the symmetry to have the IV with only two heavy strokes on the other side. Thus IIII with four heavy strokes is much to be preferred. The change may therefore have been made for reasons of symmetry.” From Time & Timekeepers, W. I. Milham, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1947, p. 196. Whatever the reason, to see anything other than IIII would indeed look odd. This blue dial beauty is perfect in every sense. Not a scuff or blemish anywhere. Not even one of the seven screws in the removable adjustment links has been turned. This watch retains the Rolex 5-year international warranty valid until 2027. Comes complete with all documentation, booklets, endorsed warranty card, hang tags, inner/outer boxes, protective cardboard sleeve, foam liner, an embossed Rolex polishing cloth, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The sunburst dial Rolex 126300 is estate priced at $12,750.00 CAD. Stock #e14609.

SOLD


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

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

SOLD


October 23, 2021

1986 Rolex Explorer II 16550 with service dial $11,500.00 CAD. e14458

The first Rolex Explorer II (model 1655) was pretty much a commercial disaster. It was marketed as a specialty watch for those interested in spelunking (cave exploration). In the 1950s and 60s, this activity was actually becoming somewhat popular. The original Explorer II had two hours hands and a fixed bezel indexed for 24 hours. The smaller, skinny hour hand would circle the dial every 12 hours while the dominant hour hand took a full 24 hours to go around the black dial, which was the only colour offered. The theory was, in the absolute darkness of a cave the only way to determine AM hours from PM hours would be by referencing a 24 hour hand. The oversized 24 hand was treated to an extra-large dose of luminous tritium making it the obvious feature in a no light situation. Unlike the rotating bezel of a Submariner that can be used as a minute timer and the GMT-Master bezel that displayed a second timezone, the Explorer II bezel is fixed in place. It can only show the current time albeit in a 24-hour format. The vintage looking first generation Explorer II didn’t sell in large numbers, today they are expensive collectibles with prices starting at $30,000.00. Production of the originals ran from 1971 to 1984. Our latest estate Rolex is a very early 2nd generation from 1986. The 16550 features an entirely new larger case, sapphire crystal, white gold framed hour markers, a white dial option, and a new caliber 3085 movement. The new movement enables the user to independently adjust the 24 hour hand to display a second timezone. This feature set the Explorer II free from the depths of just cave exploration to the world of jet travel with a dual time zone display capability. The 16550 was only produced from 1985 until 1989 making it a relatively scarce transition model. I think this is the first one we have ever had. If you come across a Rolex that looks like this, chances are it is the much more common 16570 that was produced from 1989 until 2011. Aside from a few minor movement differences, the only way to distinguish a 16550 from the common 16570 is, the 16550 has a thicker numeral font, horizontal middle sections on the 2s, triangle indexes are a little longer and slightly closer to the inner bezel edge. It’s always fun to discover the tiniest changes that Rolex implemented into their watches as they evolved. At some point over the past 35 years, the original tritium dial was replaced with a more modern luminova version. The purist collector will always prefer complete originality. Many of the original dials on 16550 Explorer IIs have been updated (especially the white versions) as the paint shifted to a creamy color, while the paint on the black dials often cracked. The newer replacement dial on our 16550 offers an obvious advantage of still exhibiting phosphorescence after exposure to bright light. Original tritium dials lose their ability to glow after around 25 years. Our Explorer II is in good overall condition, showing some sag, stretch and wear in the 11 link 78360 Oyster bracelet with service buckle. The synthetic sapphire service crystal shows a small scratch but otherwise displays perfect optics over the glossy black dial. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty prorated for 5 years, this uncommon Explorer II is estate priced at $11,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14458.

SOLD

 


October 22, 2021

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

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

SOLD

 

 


October 21, 2021

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

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

SOLD


October 20, 2021

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

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

SOLD


October 17, 2021

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

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

SOLD

 

 

 

 


October 15, 2021

2007 Rolex Submariner 16613 $18,000.00 CAD. e14554

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

SOLD


October 11, 2021

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

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

SOLD


October 8, 2021

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

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

BOTH SOLD


October 4, 2021

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

For hundreds of years, white dials with Roman numeral hour markers were the choice for watch and clock manufacturers from around the world. In fact, there were pretty much no other choices available. To do anything different was rarely even considered. While it may not be the most flamboyant choice, there is no denying how effective the combination is. For a classic and conservative brand like Rolex, a white dial with stainless steel case is particularly attractive. Until I owned a white dial watch myself I really didn’t appreciate its simple elegance; now you’d have a hard time convincing me to go with any other colour. Our latest previously enjoyed watch was purchased in the fall of 2021. It has never been worn and new in every respect except the 5-year international warranty has been initiated. There is not even the slightest scuff or smudge on the 41mm case or Oyster bracelet. Comes with the original boxes (both inner/outer and sleeve) along with the Rolex Oyster booklet, plastic chronometer hang tag, instructions, endorsed authorized agent warranty card, the white cardboard product tag with serial/style numbers, and even a Rolex shopping bag come with the watch. The warranty is fully transferable and will cover the new owner until the fall of 2026. Rolex watches are well known for their reliability and durability. They often run great for 10 years between service intervals. The 41mm size is more and more becoming the popular choice for men who desire a full-size watch. If you have been looking for an all-steel, full-sized Rolex you know just how difficult they are to find. Most authorized agents have nothing available. There is no denying the added legibility that comes with this size, especially in white. As with the newer Rolex style the entire case is highly polished, only the top edges of the sporty Oyster bracelet receive a subtle brushed finish. Standard with the Oyster bracelet is what Rolex calls an “easy link”. This clever extension allows a quick 5mm length adjustment when an additional bit of length is more comfortable. After over 300 years of wearable mechanical timekeeping devices, white dials with Roman numerals are still the first choice for many. Estate priced at $12,750.00 CAD. Stock #e14568.

SOLD


October 3, 2021

1972 Rolex Datejust 1601 36mm $7,000.00 CAD. e14570

Another example of the traditional 36mm gents Datejust. This classic champagne dial example is 50 years old in 2022. This dial colour and fluted 18 karat yellow gold bezel have been the most popular combination since the Datejust first debuted in 1945. Timex, Seiko, Citizen, Bulova, and practically every other low to mid-range watch manufacturer have made models of watches that look like this but there can only be one original. Watches approaching their 50th birthday often show moisture damage, stains, or scratches on the dial. We are happy to report the silver “sigma” tritium dial is completely original. There is some oxidation on the stepped 18 karat gold hour markers, but the dial is in very nice overall condition. As is typically the case, there is a single tritium hour plot missing, this time it is at the 11 o’clock position. Two little circles are clearly visible on each side of the T SWISS T  text at 6 o’clock. The little marks are actually the lower case Greek letter sigma. A sigma dial refers to the tiny circular marks that appear beside the SWISS or SWISS MADE on watch dials made in the 1970s. This logo was selected by some Swiss manufacturers to indicate that the dial markers/hands were actually made from gold, not simply electroplated over base metals. The sigma logo was partially introduced to help demonstrate the value of traditional high-end Swiss mechanical watches compared to new much less expensive quartz technology beginning to cut into Swiss watch sales. A watch with a sigma dial was something that set itself apart from the crowd. With rising gold prices in the 70s, this was something people could identify with. The upper case Ts on our example is there to signify the luminous circular plots on the dial are made of tritium. Tritium hasn’t been used on Rolex dials for over 20 years, these original dials are becoming scarce over time. To anyone outside the vintage watch collecting world, these tiny dial details seem irrelevant but to serious collectors, they can impact values by many thousands of dollars in some cases. The rest of the watch is pretty classic Rolex stuff. 36mm oyster case, plastic crystal, chronometer rated automatic calibre 1570 movement. Attached to the watch is an aftermarket Oyster style bracelet with a genuine Rolex buckle. The watch is running great keeping excellent time with all functions operating as designed. We just completed a full overhaul to the movement, replaced the crystal, and installed a new genuine Rolex crown. The timing report shows accuracy well within chronometer standards. and threaded  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 $7,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14570.

SOLD


October 1, 2021

1996 Rolex Yacht-Master 68628 35mm like new cond. $25,500.00 CAD. e14556

If you didn’t know it, you’d swear this watch is brand new and not 25 years old. When we received it there were only the faintest minor scuffs and tiny scratches. After a light and careful polish, it presents as in new old stock condition. From the factory-applied green case back sticker to the original sandblasted background on the bezel, this Rolex Yacht-Master 68628 appears just as it did when it left Rolex’s Geneva workshops in 1996. Solid gold Rolex Sports watches are a rare sight in our estate showcases. Occasionally we’ll be lucky enough to have an all-gold gent’s professional model, but this is our first all-gold lady’s sport model ever to be showcased in our estate department. For the most part, the only all gold Rolex watches we encounter are gents Day-Date and the occasional Lady President. It is our pleasure the feature this 35mm mid-sized Yacht-Master. If you’re lucky enough to see one of these watches, they usually come with a white or blue dial. The sophisticated champagne dial is rarely seen. The tone-on-tone look gives the watch a dressier and slightly more formal look compared to the white or blue dials. Given it was made from premium 18 karat gold, I really doubt watches of this description are worn for any hard-core sporting activity. They are more of a luxurious lifestyle statement and not a professional tool watch. The Yacht-Master has always been the “dressy” sports Rolex. The Yacht-Master will be celebrating its 30 anniversary in 2022. Since 1992 they have always been equipped with at least a precious metal bezel made of 18 karat gold or platinum, no entry-level stainless steel bezel for this model. More round and turned-down lugs give all sizes of Yacht-Masters a more comfortable wearing experience. The functional timer bezel rotates in both directions for simplified use timing events of up to 1 hour in duration. The fliplock equipped buckle doesn’t come with a diver’s extension allowing a lower, more comfortable profile. Large, easy-to-read hands and markers make time interpretation a snap even with the low contrast 18 karat gold hands. A handy calendar and smooth sweeping second-hand offer some useful extra utility. Like all Rolex Oyster watches this one comes with a threaded case-back and crown that protect the self-winding movement with a water-resistance rating of over 300 feet. This watch doesn’t come with its original paperwork or packaging. We’ve been saving a special Rolex tapestry presentation box for something just like this for some time. This box was originally for a Rolex Lady President 6917 from the 1970s. It is in perfect condition, looking unused. The inner red velvet liner is spotless and blemish-free. The outer cardboard box is also perfect. Included with the purchase is a new old stock, gift with purchase Rolex wallet. The burgundy wallet has 3 compartments and still smells like leather. It comes inside its original protective plastic bag. Also included is a period correct 26 page Oyster booklet, newer chronometer hangtag, and a Rolex logo Fisba Stoffels handkerchief with foil label still attached (not pictured). We feel this handkerchief has been inside the box, under the display pad for close to 50 years, and has never been completely unfolded. Rolex no longer produces a Yacht-Master in a 35mm size. The closest current model is the 37mm rose gold version with a black ceramic bezel and rubber strap. We are happy to supply a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) for the next owner. This beautiful watch is estate priced at $25,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14556.

SOLD


September 30, 2021

Late 2019 Rolex Submariner 116613LB “Bluesy” $21,420.00 CAD. e14083

This is the recently retired version of the ever-popular Submariner “Bluesy” 116613LB. The Submariner can trace its roots back to the early 1950s and has become the world’s most popular sports watch. 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 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 is 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 Ontario in December of 2019. It remains in worn but original condition. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. There are small scratches on the case and bracelet. The overall condition is very good. We’d happily include a complimentary refinishing if you’d prefer it to look perfect. Model 116613LB had a retail price of $16,600.00 CAD when it was a current model. Since the retirement of this model and higher demand than supply, they are selling for more used than when they were new. The newest two-tone blue dial Submariner model 126613LB is slightly larger (41mm vs. 40mm) but also a little less bulky wearing with thinner shoulders. If you prefer the single generation bulky case, this is a great example to consider. The watch comes complete with inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, green plastic chronometer hang tag, white product/serial number hang tag, white cardboard box sleeve, soft foam outer box liner, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The 5-year factory warranty expires in December of 2024. As with all sporty professional models, the latest version of this watch is difficult to find at Rolex agents and is usually on backorder with a waiting list. This model is now retired, and old stock examples are long gone now. Our estate price for this Submariner is $21,420.00 CAD. Stock #e14083.

SOLD

 


September 29, 2021

Uncommon 1986 Rolex Submariner 16803 40mm with papers. $14,500.00 CAD. e14558

Not exactly a 5-star rarity, but certainly uncommon to say the least. This is only the 4th transition model Submariner that we remember and this one is quite nice. Externally they look exactly like a common 20-year model run 16613 but are equipped with the older calibre 3035 movements from the previous generation plastic crystal 200-meter Submariners. The transition model 16803 was only made for 3 or 4 years making them far less common and ultimately more collectible in our opinion. The 9.1 million serial number places a production date on this example to 1986 making it a middle of the run model. 16803 Submariners were the first Submariners to be made from 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel. They were also the first to feature a synthetic sapphire crystal compared to the previous plastic. For a 35-year-old watch, this one is very nice, showing reasonable wear and tear. I really love these old anodized aluminum bezel Subs, but it’s the black dial is that makes this specific example so interesting. These models featured glossy black or blue dials, but our example has a semigloss finish, making the dial appear almost brown. Not a truly tropical hue but not pure black either. Colour-shifting dials are an anomaly that isn’t fully understood but it definitely occurs with some vintage Submariners and other Rolex models. Black dials can turn a chocolate brown colour, royal blue can shift more to the violet end of the spectrum of fade to a denim hue. We are pleased to say this watch comes with its original paperwork from European Jewellery Toronto, along with a fax copy of service from Rolex Canada in February 2002. The automatic movement was fully cleaned, lubricated, regulated, crystal replaced, bezel insert installed, the case was lightly refinished and polished to look new. I’m tempted to keep this one for myself as it could easily be the last transition 16803 with a perfect dial and paperwork we ever see. My dad use to say, “don’t fall in love with your inventory”; with those wise words we are offering it to the next vintage Rolex enthusiast. The original tritium dial markers and hands are showing just a touch of tan patina appropriate given the age. Perfect gold text on that beautiful dial is worth a close-up picture or two. The stainless steel/18 karat yellow gold case still shows excellent detail with thick lugs and evidence of the original factory-applied beveled edges on the lugs. The 93153/493 bracelet is original to the watch as the J11 date-coded buckle places production to late 1985. Considering its age the 12 link Oyster bracelet exhibits the sort of stretch and sag you’d expect. It rattles and jingles with a noise common to this vintage. The embossed frog toes Rolex coronet logo on the buckle shows good definition. The old 27 jewel 3035 is running great, easily conforming to the certified chronometer dial designation for accuracy. The watch will be delivered with a full one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. A traditional size 40mm Submariner is very comfortable for most men. It’s considered the Goldilocks size for a sports watch; not too big and not too small, it’s juuuuust right. Comes complete with original warranty paperwork (not dated), an Oyster booklet, service papers from Rolex Canada, a service pouch, and a perfect condition inner/outer box (missing the cuff). Estate priced at $14,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14558.

SOLD


September 28, 2021

2021 Rolex Submariner 126618LN 18 karat gold (worn for 1 day) $54,888.00 CAD. e14576

Rolex sports watches are stainless steel and the dressy models are gold. For those wanting a do it all look, Rolex offers many of their models in a combination of steel and gold that is more versatile. For the person seeking a luxury look in a pure sports package, Rolex occasionally makes the world’s most popular sports watch in solid 18 karat gold. Over the years we have sold 100s of solid gold Rolex watches, 99% of them were the smaller size dress models. This is only the 2 solid gold Submariner to ever show up in our estate collection. The 41mm Oyster case and bracelet weigh in at slightly over half a pound (236.6 grams)! This watch was only worn for 1 day and is in new condition. I can’t imagine this watch being used for its intended function as a diver’s tool for measuring elapsed dive times, but it’s nice to know it has all the functional capability as the standard-issue stainless steel model. Threaded crown/case-back, one-way timer bezel, watertight to 1000 feet, glide look buckle extension, luminous hands/markers, and a super scratch-resistant sythetic sapphire crystal. Gold Submariners are exponentially more scarce than their two-tone and steel siblings. From what we understand, most agents only get one or two per year. Since 1969 the gold Submariner came as a 40mm model. This is the first gold Submariner Rolex has ever offered in the slightly larger 41mm size. The new larger case features slightly thinner lugs and a wider bracelet resulting in a more balanced look compare to the previous bulky, top-heavy previous generation. This new style is more in keeping with the Submariner silhouette from the 1950s through 2010. I love the gold hallmarks Rolex stamp under the lugs. There is, of course, the famous Rolex coronet logo, purity stamp, scales, and since 1995 the St. Bernard dog can be found on Swiss watches made of precious metal. The G stands for Geneva. Powering the new 126618N is the Rolex calibre 3235. This automatic winding mechanism sports power reserve just shy of 3 full days and does so, well within chronometer level precision. Rolex suggests service intervals of a lengthy 10 years. The new owner of this remarkable watch will benefit from an international warranty that is good until the fall of 2026. The watch comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, booklets, fully endorsed warranty car, chronometer hangtag, price/product tag with serial/style number, and even the protective white cardboard sleeve. Estate priced at $54,888.00 CAD. Stock #e14576.

SOLD


2019 Rolex Day-Date 118238 36mm Champagne $36,888.00 CAD. e13764

Rolex themselves describe the Day-Date like this, “the first waterproof and self-winding chronometer wristwatch to offer a modern calendar with an instantaneous day display, spelled out in full in a window on the dial, in addition to the date. The exceptional precision, reliability, legibility, and presence of this prestigious model have made it the ultimate status watch.” Since 1956 the Day-Date has been the top on the line when it comes to the Rolex brand. Buying a previously enjoyed Rolex is an investment as much as it is a lifestyle statement. Often they cost more than a good used car. Making this sort of purchase can be very similar and equally stressful. Not only is the current condition important, but you also need to know what kind of care it received by the previous owner(s). Our latest pre-owned Rolex is a beautiful 118238 Day-Date; it’s a perfect 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 Toronto area authorized Rolex agent in January 2019, it has been occasionally worn and enjoyed by the previous mature owner for less than 3 years. Now it’s time to find a new home. It has never been touched by a polishing wheel and remains original in every way. Powering the Day-Date is the Rolex 31 jewel in house caliber 3155. This automatic winding mechanism has been powering the Day-Date for over 30 years and has earned a reputation for accuracy and reliability befitting the flagship model. 2018-2019 marked the last year for the venerable calibre 3155 and the 118238. This example is one of the last models to feature the 3155 and benefits from 30 years of development including the Rolex Parachrom hairspring. The spring is made from niobium and zirconium; it is practically impervious to temperature changes, is non-magnetic, and is up to 10 times more resistant to shocks enabling it to oscillate with far accuracy under extreme conditions than traditional steel alloy hairsprings. The 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. The latest Rolex Day-Date model 128238 carries a suggested retail price of $33,150.00 USD, €31,600.00 Euros but substantially less in Canada at $39,150.00 CAD. While this is not the least expensive previously enjoyed Day-Date, it is most certainly the best condition and most complete on the market for this price especially considering it’s a 2019. The bracelet is showing no sag or stretch of any kind and the fluted bezel still maintains its classic sharp corrugated fluted pattern. The champagne/hash mark dial with luminous inlay has always been the most popular. The neutral hue is the epitome of class and tradition. Clean and fresh, always in style. Measuring 36mm diameter as all traditional Day-Date models have since 1956 the 118238 is much heavier than the previous Day-Date models weighing in at a substantial 179.7 grams. The buckle and bracelet on the 118238 are a big upgrade over the earlier versions 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 that hasn’t changed in decades. Unlike a used car this is something you won’t need to replace ever again. The new owner will benefit from the balance of the 5-year factory warranty until January 2024 at which time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers extend the warranty an additional year. Comes complete with all the original documents, paperwork, inner and outer boxes. The watch is estate priced at $36,888.00 CAD. Stock #e13764.

SOLD

 


September 27, 2021

Rolex Submariner 5513 $13,000.00 CAD. e14572

One of the great things about a Rolex watch is that it can 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 5513 was produced from the early 1960s through the late 1980s. This particular example must have had some significant damage done 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 calibre 1520 movement looks original and perhaps the case back is original too as the stamped date code suggests it was made in the 4th quarter of 1970. Other than that, the true age will remain a mystery, only Rolex know the history and age of this watch and they aren’t talking. The DE9 bracelet date indicates it was manufactured around 2001. The dial has been replaced with a modern version as it phosphoresces brightly in the dark after exposure to strong light. The original tritium dial would have lost its ability to glow by now. The same can be said of the hands and aluminium bezel insert as they glow very well too. The non-original (but genuine) replacement parts will keep this 5513 priced at the low end of the range but that doesn’t mean it isn’t desirable or collectable. It is a great watch, with a vintage look, that you don’t need to worry about wearing every day. We thought we’d bring this watch and some estate jewellery to one of those collectables/gold buying companies that were in Barrie yesterday (November 26, 2021). They had a quick examination of the watch and said it was worth $2,000.00 to $5,000.00 to them, but we’d need to leave it for further assessment. Naturally, we passed on the offer. The jewellery we brought to show them received offers averaging just 40% of the value of the metal content only, they offered nothing for the diamonds the jewellery contained. Between the jewellery and the Rolex watch, the travelling show offered us $6,990.00 (we paid our customers over $20,000.00 for it). In full transparency, for just the Rolex we paid $11,000.00 from the previous owner, completely aware of the replacement parts. We’ve all heard the expression “buyer beware” but “seller beware” is something to be equally aware of if you’re considering parting with a family treasure. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to offer the next owner of this watch a complimentary 1-year warranty. Our warranty covers all aspects of mechanical failure except if caused by misuse or moisture. The watch easily passed our water-resistance tests, but this is still a vintage watch likely 50 years old and shouldn’t be used for diving, doing so is at your own risk. Estate priced at $13,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14572.

SOLD


September 26, 2021

1930s lady’s 9 karat gold, 15 jewel Rolex $1,700.00 CAD. e13883

Although Rolex has been around since 1905 there are dozens of Swiss watch manufactures that are much older, many dating back to the 1700s. Pocket watches were the watch of choice for 100s of years as early technology limited the size to larger devices more suited to be worn inside clothing. This also protected the delicate, non-shock protected movements from impacts and moisture. When the first world war broke out, pilots required watches that could easily be used while trying to control their flying machines. Wire lugs were soldered onto pocket watches and leather straps were fitted to create early wristwatches. Fashions of the day persisted and most wristwatches were worn by women as wearing anything but a proper pocket watch was considered rather feminine. It wasn’t until the 1940s that men really started to embrace the wristwatch. This petite lady’s Rolex dates from the 1930s and measures a diminutive 13.3mm x 22.8mm. It would have been manufactured specifically for the export commonwealth market as the case and bracelet are manufactured from 9 karat gold. The silky rope bracelet is not made by Rolex but is a period-correct addition that was made in England. The clever buckle is adjustable in length to 6 different positions and is also equipped with a safety chain. The delicate watch accommodates a wrist size of up to 6 1/2 inches. Ticking happily away inside the case is a hand-wind 15 jewel signed Rolex movement that is running well and keeping time. The original parchment dial with Arabic hour markers is showing some oxidation and patina appropriate for a watch made close to 90 years ago. Blued steel hands contrast nicely with the off-white dial and are a tradition carried over from pocket watch design. The case, bracelet, and glass crystal weigh a combined 11.1 grams (no movement). We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. Estate priced at $1,700.00 CAD. Stock #e13883.

SOLD


September 25, 2021

1967 Rolex GMT-Master 1675, 1 owner with box & papers, $41,000.00 CAD. e14084

Every watch collection needs a cornerstone piece. For the Rolex collector that piece is likely a Daytona, a Submariner, or a GMT-Master. These three models are the holy trinity for anyone interested in Geneve’s most famous brand. Any 4 digit reference, plastic crystal, Rolex sports model is a rarity these days and seldom comes to market. Our latest estate Rolex is a very special example of a Rolex 1675 GMT-Master. The watch dates from the second half of 1967 and has only had one owner since it was purchased brand new at Alteen’s Jewellery, Syndey Nova Scotia on December 19, 1968. It was a cherished possession for over 50 years and carefully worn on a regular basis by its one and only owner. In the 1940s and 50s international travel was catching on and pilots required an easy way to keep track of local time and Greenwich meantime. GMT is a constant time that doesn’t change with the seasons and is the international reference point to which all local time zones are calculated. The simple rotating bezel can be rotated to show GMT using the second long red hour hand in a 24-hour format with the daylight hours indicated in the red zone and dark nighttime hours are shown in blue. This simple format has been the standard display since the Rolex GMT-Master was introduced in 1954. This 1967 example is the best, most complete 1675 GMT we’ve ever had. It comes with a couple of accessories we’ve never seen before. Accompanying the watch is a small green plastic clip that would have attached to the Oyster bracelet when on display in the jewellers showcase. The first and only owner carefully preserved the original metal foil Rolex price tag of just $295.00, and the foil “Swimpruf” Oyster tag. The back of the tag is labeled with some of the watch details and serial number. All the other documents are original, correct and in very good to excellent condition. It is exceedingly rare to find any Rolex with this amount of original documentation. Completing the package are the inner/outer boxes and red plastic chronometer hang-tag, all in well-preserved condition. To our knowledge, the watch was only ever serviced through Rolex Canada. The case-back service etching confirms this statement as there is only one record, and it corresponds with a Rolex service guarantee tag and invoice receipt issued in June 1990 for $444.00. There are no missing chapters to the story of this watch. When serviced in 1990 at Rolex Canada it is assumed the “Pepsi” red/blue bezel insert was replaced, along with the crystal and date-ring. We believe the rest of the watch is original. The 13 link, folded/rivet bracelet is in excellent condition showing only minor sag and little stretch. The buckle is clearly stamped with a production date of 2/68. The matt black dial is absolutely perfect, with no stains, scuffs, or scratches of any kind. The 11 luminous tritium hour plots are completely intact, showing even patina of a slight parchment hue. The four 18 karat white gold tritium hands match perfectly and are also in perfect condition. The more we examine the watch we more we appreciate the honest representation. Aside from a light surface cleaning we have left the watch in the condition presented to us. Light scratches and softening of the beveled case edges are to be expected for a watch close to 55 years old. It may be impossible to find a better example of a one-owner, GMT-Master. Never mind it is Canadian delivered, this may be one of the best, most complete vintage GMTs available anywhere. We’ll let the pictures do some talking. Rolex sports watches have turned out to be an unlikely investment for more than 30 years. Values for watches like this have quadrupled in that time period. An excellent condition, collectible Rolex always seems expensive, except in hindsight. We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty (pro-rated for 5 years). This wonderful collector GMT-Master 1675 is estate priced at $41,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14084.

SOLD

 


September 23, 2021

1980 Rolex Day-Date 36mm 18038 $24,990.00 CAD. e14411

Rolex has capitalized on the luxury market better than any other watch brand. They produce over a dozen different solid gold models for almost every taste, with prices exceeding $50,000.00 CAD. Adding diamonds and other precious stones to the dial and case can bump the price to 6 figures. Many of the more expensive models are exactly the same as the entry-level stainless steel versions but made from 18 karat gold. Submariners, GMT-Master II, and Daytona were once only available in stainless steel. They were designed as high-quality, rugged, reliable timekeepers and offered at least one other function for a specific customer. Divers, pilots, and racers could buy a brand new stainless steel Submariner, GMT-Master, or Daytona Cosmograph in the 1960s for around $300.00 (less than $1,000.00 in 2021 dollars). Fast forward to 2021 and the least expensive Submariner retails for $9,500.00. Rolex certainly knows a thing or two about marketing their products. The 36mm Day-Date has been eclipsed over the years by the bigger and flashier professional offerings, but since its inception in 1956, it has always been only available as a luxury model in 18 karat gold (and occasionally platinum). It is only ever been available as a top on the line offering; no stainless steel or tw0-tone gold and steel versions. The purity and consistency of the design have remained the same for 65 years. Our latest Day-Date is one of the best we’ve ever had, it is basically a one-owner watch that was seldom worn and meticulously maintained. The 18038 is the first 5 digit reference number Rolex and it ushered in some significant changes to the outgoing 1803 Day-Date that was introduced about 1960. The 18038 came with a synthetic sapphire crystal that offered perfect optics and was super resistant to scratches. The brand new 27 jewel calibre 3055 ran at a frequency 45% faster than the old movement, this resulted in improved accuracy and better shock resistance. The power reserve was extended to 2 full days and introduced a quick set day of the month calendar. The day of the week still requires advancing the hands manually 24 hours to advance. A new Twinlock screw-down crown offered a water-resistant rating of over 300 feet. The 18038 was in production for a relatively short period of time at 11 years. They are one of the better values out there, offering the same look and performance as the newer 18238 and 118238 at a lower price. Our latest Day-Date was made in 1980 according to its 6,216,862 serial number. Around 2014 the dial, hands, and date-ring were replaced with white when the watch was being serviced at Rolex Canada. The white dial offers better legibility and a slightly more casual look compared to the tone-on-tone champagne dial the watch originally was delivered with. The rest of the watch is original and in remarkable condition for 41 years of age. The President bracelet shows little sag and no stretch. The concealed crown clasp snaps shut tight with a reassuring click and no play in the hinge. The inner presentation box is perfect, showing no wear, stains, or damage. The outer box still displays the 18038 model number and a gold sticker to show the watch came with a champagne dial. The green product tag with serial/style number and the red chronometer hang-tag are not frayed or worn. A still folded Fisba Stoffels handkerchief with gold printed Rolex logo is still folded as original with foil label attached. Day-Date and Oyster booklets are present in excellent like-new condition. The only thing missing is the original endorsed warranty/chronometer certificate. This document was likely stored away with other important papers and tossed when the original warranty expired over 40 years ago. The watch is running beautifully. It is keeping great time and all the functions are operating as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty (pro-rated to 5 years). This watch is estate priced at $24,990.00 CAD. Stock #e14411.

SOLD

 

 


August 28, 2021

2021 Rolex Datejust 41 126334, white dial, 18kt. fluted bezel, oyster bracelet. $14,500.00 CAD. e14548

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 been available for a few years now but is never in stock at Rolex agents. These are very popular and we seldom see them. In fact, this is the first one we’ve had in this specification. This one also comes with the far less common and casual white dial with stick markers. It features Rolex’s new generation 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex, the 31 jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous generation with an accuracy rating 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn more about this movement and its sister 3255 Day-Date movement on the official Rolex website. Our latest previously owned Rolex was purchased in the spring of 2021 but has seldom been worn. At 41mm diameter, it has a great wrist presence, especially with the brilliant white dial. Lacking a thick bezel as many full-sized Rolex do, the Datejust 41 looks even larger than the size suggests. The neutral crisp white dial works with any skin tone or outfit. It’s the essence of simplicity in Rolex design day or night. This watch has only been worn occasionally by a fastidious previous owner who recently traded it as it wasn’t seeing much use. The watch remains in excellent condition, only a few light scuffs on the buckle are evidence of any wear. 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 including a Rolex polishing cloth. The factory warranty remains in place until the spring of 2026. Large size all steel models are difficult to find at Rolex boutiques, even more so with a white dial. Our most recent Rolex estate watch is priced at $14,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14548.

SOLD

 


July 16, 2021

2021 Rolex Datejust 31mm 278273, never worn, factory diamond dial. $17,499.00 CAD. e14549

It’s always exciting when one of the most sought after ladies Rolex models appears in our estate department. When that watch was never worn, has factory warranty coverage until 2026, is 100% original, Canadian delivered with documentation and packaging we really take notice. From what we know 31mm models are seldom seen on display at authorized agents. This size is the preferred choice among women. 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, have some disposable income, and who are more than likely in their 40s or 50s. A bigger watch is just easier to read for those of us no longer in our 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 watertight Oyster case. The seamless transition broke up only by Rolex’s 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 uses the finest single cut diamonds available for its dials markers. Despite the simple 17 facet arrangement (compared to a 57-facet brilliant cut) the smallest deviation in the 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 perfect 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 brand new, unworn condition. Not even the most insignificant blemish can be spotted. None of the 11 screws in the adjustable links have ever been turned. Originally purchased from a Canadian Rolex agent in the fall of 2021 it has never been on display. The factory-endorsed warranty expires in the fall of 2026. Even the original white cardboard sleeve protecting the green box and Rolex shopping bag comes with the purchase. Including everything shown, our latest previously estate Rolex is priced at $17,499.00 CAD. Stock #e14549.

SOLD


July 12, 2021

2004 Rolex Datejust 79178 26mm “Lady President” 18kt. gold $12,240.00 CAD. e14315

It may be a bit of a stretch, but this is actually a practical piece of jewellery. If you prefer a traditional wristwatch to tell you the time, you might as well do it in style with a Rolex. Smartphones, Apple watches, and fitbits are all remarkable pieces of technology, but they can’t come close to matching the elegance of a fine wristwatch. When it comes to the ultimate in luxury, the Rolex 18 karat DateJust “Lady President” is the one that sets the bar. 18 karat gold Rolex watches don’t come around every day, and a lady’s gold Rolex is quite uncommon for us to showcase. Only a handful have ever come by, and this example is one of the nicest we have ever had. The traditional 18 karat yellow gold case, fluted bezel, and President bracelet have been an all-time classic since the introduction of the Lady Datejust in 1956. The only way to get this design of the bracelet is with an all-gold or platinum model. There are no budget stainless steel President bracelets, the style is reserved for only the top of the Rolex line. The dial on this watch may look like a standard champagne colour, but in person, it displays a subtle silver/pink hue. Try as we may, we just couldn’t capture the beautiful colour in these pictures. The 18 karat gold Roman numeral hour markers and perfectly polished hands are simple and provide effective contrast for easy reading. A continuously sweeping second hand and magnified calendar display add some extra utility. As with all Oyster case Rolex watches, this one is water-resistant to 300 feet, courtesy of the threaded crown and case-back. For a small 26mm watch you are going to be surprised at the weight of 76 grams. The density of 18 karat gold is always surprising to people who are not accustomed to handling it. 35 flexible links plus end pieces conform to every contour of the wrist making for a super comfortable fit. Aside from some light, surface scuffs, and scratches the watch is in like-new condition. The crown turns a full 1 3/4 rotations before popping out, the bracelet shows no stretch with practically no sag, the buckle snaps shut with a reassuring snap, and the hinge is still stiff. We believe the watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. The crisp, sharp, case and bracelet details still show excellent relief. The 26mm case size was recently retired and has been replaced with a 28mm version. Pricing on a new 28mm 279178 comes in at a starting price point of $30,205.00 CAD. This like-new Lady President Datejust Rolex comes with the original Rolex inner/outer box, instructions, chronometer hang-tag, and our complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years). Estate priced at $12,240.00 CAD. Stock #e14315.

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July 10, 2021

Rare vintage Tudor by Rolex box, excellent condition, $500.00 CAD. e14094

Chances are, the more collectible and sought-after the watch is, the greater likelihood it will be missing its original box. Regular visitors to our website can attest to this phenomenon. This time the tables have turned; we have a really rare Tudor by Rolex box without the watch! After searching online for another version of this box I couldn’t find a single example, let alone one in as nice a condition. This box measures approximately 12.0cm x 8.5cm x 4.0mm and should complement almost any vintage Tudor watch. Judging by the style we believe this box is from the 1970s. The red velvet “slash card” display pad is like new, with no stains or severe creases. An embossed gold leaf plastic Rolex coronet logo is proudly showcased in the lower-left corner confirming you know what you’re looking at. The spring-loaded hinge is strong and snaps shut with authority. The silk liner isn’t torn or frayed and is printed with perfect text. If you’re missing a box for your increasingly valuable Tudor Submariner or Chronograph this box will make the perfect accessory. Estate priced at $500.00 CAD. Stock #e14094.

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July 4, 2021

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

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June 28, 2021

1999 Rolex Datejust 36 16200 white/Roman $8,475.00 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 the 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 average 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 timekeeping devices, white dials with Roman numerals are still the first choice for many. Ready to wear and estate priced at $8,475.00 CAD. Stock #e12107.

SOLD

 

 


June 27, 2021

2008 Rolex Datejust 116233 36mm, mother of pearl/diamond dial, $15,300.00 CAD. e14314

If you are a Rolex fan (and there are many) you know what you are looking at. It is a very common 36mm two-tone Datejust 116233 on a Jubilee bracelet. This model is perhaps the world’s most popular luxury watch and has come to epitomize what a Rolex looks like. What makes this watch so special is the factory white mother of pearl dial. Ordering a new Rolex with a different colour dial, no problem, optional colours come at no extra charge. Want Arabic or Roman numeral hour markers, again this is a no-charge option. Want a mother of pearl dial with diamond hour markers, okay now get ready to open the wallet wide. The MOP dial is the rarest of any of the optional colours/styles available. Ordering this dial today adds $5,750.00 to the basic $13,750.00 cost, which is more than 40% of what the standard watch sells for. No wonder we see so few of these beautiful creations. I can only imagine the difficulty Rolex must have in order to craft these naturally iridescent rainbow faces. These dials look alive as they shift through the spectrum of pastel colours when the watch is moved. It has an almost hypnotic effect that must be seen in person. Here is a short YouTube video of the actual watch, it can’t truly capture just how pretty it is. For a higher quality video, send us your number and we’ll WhatsApp you a better video. Besides the exceptional dial, the watch is equally impressive for being 13 years old. The 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel is sharp and crisp showing no wear and the 25 link Jubilee bracelet displays only the slightest amount of sag and no stretch. The watch was only worn occasionally on special occasions. We believe the watch has never been polished or refinished. It shows minor scratches and scuffs, but the fine details and crisp edges are still completely intact. While there are many custom MOP dials out there in the treacherous world of online Rolex watch sales, almost all are custom additions. As mother of pearl is a product of a natural oyster shell, it can be difficult to tell a Rolex original from a custom aftermarket replacement. We are completely confident in the pedigree of this dial. The watch comes with its original bill of sale describing the diamond MOP dial. This watch would make the perfect timepiece for a man or woman looking for the ultimate upgrade without the obvious bling of a solid gold Day-Date 36 that will set you back $44,900.00 when ordered with a mother of pearl diamond dial. The ever so slightly redesigned Datejust 36 model 126333 can be seen on the Rolex website here. The watch is running great and keeping excellent time. We are pleased to offer the new owner a complimentary one-year warranty with purchase. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, booklets, instructions, warranty card, original invoice and the plastic product tag showing style/serial numbers.  Estate priced at $15,300.00 CAD. Stock #e14314.

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June 26, 2021

1988 Rolex Oyster 25mm 67230 with papers & fresh service. $4,200.00 CAD. e14240

An entry-level lady’s Rolex has a starting price of $5,900.00 and comes with an Oyster link bracelet and a smooth polished bezel and a slightly larger 28mm case. The only option you can select is a different colour dial for no additional charge. If you prefer the more feminine Jubilee style bracelet with that iconic 18 karat white gold fluted bezel the price jumps to $9,150.00. While our latest watch doesn’t have a calendar display or the gold bezel of the $9,150.00 new model, it does feature an unusual rare engine turned bezel that is somewhat reminiscent of the gold version. Our master watchmaker recently performed a full overhaul to the automatic winding movement in June 2021. The watch is running flawlessly to its original specification and comes with our Vibrograf report and vacuum testing results. For a watch made in the late 1980s, it is in excellent condition. There is not a single scuff on the sapphire crystal, the silver radial finish dial is spotless with completely intact tritium plots and 18 karat white gold hour markers. The ultra flexible Jubilee bracelet shows minimal sag and appears to retain its original factory finish along with the case. If you have a slender wrist or prefer a smaller-sized 25mm Rolex, this one may be perfect for you. It comes with its original dealer-endorsed paperwork from the winter of 1988. Including a 1-year warranty, this uncommon 67230 Rolex Oyster is estate priced at $4,200.00 CAD. Stock #e14240.

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2000 Rolex Air-King 14000M 34mm. $5,200.00 CAD. e14333.

The great thing about Rolex is they are one of the few brands that truly never go out of style. Fashions change but style is constant. A look like this can goes with everything. The clean white dial with black Roman numeral hour markers has been a popular choice for clocks and watches for hundreds of years. Another great thing about Rolex watches is how their models can span decades without changing. This watch dates from 2000 according to its P serial number but it could have easily been from the late 1980 or well into to 2000s. In fact, the 14000 Air-King is an update to the 5500 Air-King that looked pretty much the same for over 30 years. The Air-King was the entry Rolex for decades, but it is equipped with most of the same features as the more expensive models. Towards the end of the model run, Rolex upgraded the movement and gave the watch and character in the style number. Model 14000M features a new, higher specification movement with a slightly longer 48-hour power reserve. Calibre 3130 can be found in recent popular Rolex sports models like the Submariner (no date), and the Explorer. Although the dial simply reads precision, I am sure this movement will keep time within chronometer tolerances. The movement has been adjusted in 5 different positions and to temperature. For some reason, Rolex decided not to have this series “Officially Certified” as a chronometer. The perfect condition white dial is beautifully framed by a polished bezel brushed finish bracelet. The 11 link Oyster bracelet is in like-new condition showing almost no sag. For a 20 plus year old watch the condition is next to new. We can find no evidence of prior polishing or refinishing. The DE3 code on the fold-over clasp indicates a production date that closely matches the watch. This is an easy to wear watch that is not complicated or heavy. It is in excellent overall condition, perfect for the man or woman who does not need or want a big bulky watch. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1-year mechanical warranty (prorated to 5 years) on this iconic Rolex. Estate priced at $5,200.00 CAD. Stock #e14333.

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2021 Rolex Datejust 41 126334. 18kt. white gold bezel, blue dial. $13,770.00 CAD. e14312

The Datejust II 126334 is the current full-sized Rolex offering a handy date display and the iconic 18 karat white gold fluted bezel. This model has only been available for a couple of years, and we seldom see one. This popular model is rarely in stock at Rolex agents. When one arrives someone on a waiting list has already spoken for. This is the first example we have had in this specification. The blue dial is the most difficult to find and sells for a premium on the secondary market. The Datejust 41 features Rolex’s new generation 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex, the 31-jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous generation with an accuracy rating 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn more about this movement and its sister 3255 Day-Date movement on the official Rolex website. Our latest previously owned Rolex was purchased in the spring of 2021 and was only worn in the store and to confirm the bracelet fit. It was purchased in Canada at an authorized Rolex agency store and benefits from a 5-year international warranty. At 41mm diameter, it has a great wrist presence. Lacking a thick bezel as many full-sized sports models do, the Datejust 41 looks even larger than the size suggests. The classy radial finish, dark blue dial with luminous hands/markers are very striking. The sunburst blue dial can be had with Roman numerals or diamonds, but the stick hour markers are a classic Rolex design element. When the lighting grows dim, you’ll be happy you selected this luminous feature. The Datejust 41 is the essence of classic simplicity in Rolex design. 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, it even comes with the plastic bezel guard. The factory warranty remains in place until the spring of 2026. Large size stainless steel models are rarely in stock at Rolex boutiques and next to impossible to find with a blue dial. This recent trade-in is estate priced at $13,770.00 CAD. Stock #e14312.

SOLD

 


June 25, 2021

2021 Tudor Black Bay Heritage GMT 79830RB (brand new, never worn) $4,794.00 CAD. e14448

The wildly popular Rolex GMT “Pepsi” blue/red GMT-Master II has a suggested retail price of $11,400.00 CAD. If you’re looking for a better price in the secondary and used market, you’re in for a surprise. Asking prices for brand new, or like-new examples are more than twice that of retail. It’s currently a crazy market for certain luxury watch brands. Far more demand than supply has used watches selling for much more than new ones. The Tudor GMT 79830RB is also in high demand with waiting lists at authorized agents. Most examples on the used market have asking prices close to the original retail or more. Our latest Tudor GMT is in 100% original condition and is brand new with most of the protective stickers still in place. It was only tried on when it was originally purchased at a Canadian Rolex/Tudor authorized agent, but never worn outside of the store. The condition is perfect in every way, not a scuff or blemish to be found anywhere on the watch. In addition to offering the basic 3 hand timekeeping function with calendar, the GMT has few tricks up its sleeve. The diamond-shaped tipped red hour hand can point to a second time zone shown in a 24-hour format displayed on the blue/red bezel. The traditional hour hand (local time) can be set independently of the 24-hour 2nd-time zone hand without disturbing the actual time. This handy feature is perfect for the world traveler when moving back and forth through different time zones. The rotating bezel can be turned to temporarily display a 3rd time zone. Daytime hours are shown in red and nighttime hours are in dark blue. The 41mm stainless case is water-tight to 100 meters, protected by a screw-down crown and case-back. Large hands and hour markers contribute to excellent legibility in any lighting condition courtesy of highly luminous pigment. The snowflake hands, aluminum bezel insert, connected minute track, and “rivet” look bracelet give the Tudor GMT an attractive vintage appearance. Comes complete with everything originally supplied when purchased from the Tudor authorized agent in the summer of 2021, including the original bill of sale. The balance of the 5-year warranty will cover the new owner until the summer of 2026. This watch is estate priced at $4,794.00 CAD. Stock #e14448.

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Tudor Prince Date Chronograph “Tiger Woods” 79280 $6,250.00 CAD. e13696

Anyone who’s been chasing Rolex Daytona for a while knows how expensive they’ve become. They have always been costly but today they are truly becoming almost unobtainable for the average watch enthusiast. A nice stainless steel box and papers example is going to cost you around $25,000.00 on the secondary market. A Tudor Prince Date chronograph makes a very compelling alternative, especially considering they are going for more than 75% less. They’re made by Rolex, they look pretty much the same, they have the same functions, they add a very useful calendar display and when you get right down to it I imagine they are actually rarer. Searching “Tudor Chronograph” on a popular watch selling website reveals 256 for sale. Searching “Rolex Daytona” on the same website results in 5,805 for sale, don’t tell me a Daytona is a rare watch. Our latest estate watch is this marvelous Tudor Prince Date 79280 in rare Tiger Woods livery. As arguably the most famous golfer of all time, Tiger Woods has had his fair share of watch sponsorships. Though it’s been on and off, his first ever watch endorsement was with Tudor/Rolex. At only 21, Tiger appeared in several Tudor ads for Rolex (perhaps in hopes of improving the brand’s popularity with younger buyers). Either way, over the next few years, Tudor released several of their models with a limited edition dial showing the name “Tiger” on the dial. However, either due to its limited run or the fact that Tiger Woods dropped Rolex for a deal with Tag Heuer soon after these watches were made, they have become relatively rare and just a little more collectible. The “Panda” look black on white dial reminds me of the old hand wind Daytona from the 1960s and 70s. The sporty look is just as striking today as it was 50 years ago. This watch is showing the inevitable signs of use that every steel bezel Daytona also displays, in the form of fine scratches on the flat bezel. What I’m happy to report is the bezel and overall watch appear original and unpolished. It is almost impossible to polish this type of bezel without disturbing and softening the sharp edges of the tachymeter readings. The case lugs have a few good scratches but the body is otherwise quite good. The Oyster style bracelet (almost identical to the Rolex version) is super tight showing no sag or stretch. This watch comes with its original inner and outer box, 23-page booklet, sleeve, case back sticker, and the plastic hang tag with matching model/serial number. To me, these watches represent a true rarity among the Rolex family of products and some genuine value that is obvious when you consider the asking prices for any steel Daytona. We are happy to include a no-charge one-year warranty for the new owner. Estate priced at $6,250.00 CAD. Stock #e13696.

SOLD

 


June 24, 2021

1990 Rolex Day-Date President 18238 ultra rare glossular garnet & diamond dial $51,000.00 CAD. e14302

Since 1956 the Rolex Day-Date has been the flagship of the prestigious brand from Geneva Switzerland. The basic form and perfect proportions have changed little in more than 65 years. While Rolex briefly offered a 41mm version of the watch, and now you can buy a basic 40mm model for $43,050.00 CAD, it’s the traditional 36mm that is the Goldilocks size; not too big and not too small, it’s juuuust right. At 36mm diameter and only available in weighty 18 karat gold or platinum, it has more wrist presence than you might expect. The current 40mm Day-Date weighs close to 1/2 a pound, making it a bit of a commitment to wearing every day. Our latest Day-Date still weighs in at a substantial 140.5 grams, so you know you’re wearing it but it isn’t a task or cumbersome. Model 18238 was produced from 1988 until 2000 and was the first version to feature a double quickset calendar, both the day and date can be adjusted without affecting the time. A visit to a Rolex boutique will often showcase a champagne dial, Day-Date in a beautifully lit museum display case or window. We even have a sidewalk sign displaying a vintage Day-Date from the 1960s. There is no other model that defines the Rolex experience better than a Day-Date. Our latest Day-Date with classic President bracelet is by far the most significant example to ever have passed through these doors, and this is its second go around. We sold this watch for the first time in 2005 for $20,000.00. After 16 years of special occasion use, the previous owner decided it was time for someone else to take over stewardship duties. When selecting a Day-Date, most people choose the iconic fluted bezel, president bracelet, and champagne dial. Occasionally we see them with a white, silver, or black dial. For those who want a little more bling, diamond markers and an iridescent pearl dial can be had. For someone looking for a more bespoke look in the 1980s and 90s, Rolex offered dials crafted from wood and exotic stones. Black onyx, lapis lazuli, tigers eye, turquoise, malachite, jasper, coral, and other mineral dials were available to make your Day-Date a little more unique. For a truly out-of-this-world look, you can even get a dial cut from a section of meteorite. Those dials are uncommon and downright rare, but our grossular garnet dial with diamond hour markers is virtually unique. After much online research, we could only find a couple of other examples. From documents supplied with the watch from Rolex, we feel this dial was a $6,800.00 option no later than July 2006. This watch was cautiously worn by careful owners who obviously treated it as an important, cherished possession. The condition for a watch dating from 1990 is remarkable. It was treated to a full factory service in 2012 through a Rolex authorized agent. The fluted bezel is sharp and crisp, the 24 link bracelet exhibits almost no sag, and will fit a wrist with a circumference of up to 20cm. While the watch has seen at least one professional case/bracelet polishing when serviced at Rolex, the case and bracelet details remain in practically new condition. A telltale sign of a Rolex that has been excessively polished and refinished is the “frog toes” Rolex coronet logo on the buckle. Over the years even unpolished watches will lose definition on the buckle logo, the logo on this watch is almost perfect. The position of the buckle release trigger causes it to continuously be subjected to wear and tear. Once worn down it is impossible to recover unless you replace the entire buckle. With the significant increases in value experienced by all Rolex over the years, we wonder what lies ahead for this watch, and who will be the next owner. Will it go to someone who loves the unique look of the purplish dial or to the Rolex investor searching for something far rarer than even a vintage Paul Newman Daytona. This is a watch that we are tempted to just hang on to as I’m sure we’ll never see another. The meticulous previous owner kept every document that we supplied to him 16 years ago. It comes with the original instruction booklet, 2 polishing cloths from different eras, chronometer hang-tag, bill of sale from 2005, Rolex service papers 2012, service booklet with warranty card, service travel pouch, various other documents, and the original wood lined presentation box. While the package is missing the original agent-endorsed warranty paperwork, we feel this is the most complete and best example of this extremely rare dial Day-Date on the market. Including a one-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) this unique piece of vintage Rolex history is estate priced at $51,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14302.

SOLD


June 23, 2021

1972 Rolex Oyster Precision 6426 34mm all original $3,500.00 CAD. e12186

If you’re reading this you must have at least some interest in Rolex and the vintage watch hobby. These days it’s impossible to buy a vintage Rolex Professional Sports model for under 5 figures, and trying to buy a popular new model at your local agent will result in getting on a waiting list that can extend well over a year. Our latest estate Rolex is a great way to get your feet wet in the vintage Rolex market without spending a year’s mortgage payments. This Rolex Oyster Precision was made in the 3rd quarter of 1972 as the stamped code in the case-back shows. The precision was the entry-level Rolex back then and this watch likely only cost a couple of hundred dollars back then. Today, the entry-level Rolex runs $6,150.00 CAD if you can find one at the Rolex boutique. I love this 34mm Oyster because it is so original. The unusual silver linen dial is in perfect condition without even a single blemish, scratch, or stain. The hands appear original with completely intact tritium matching the hour plots perfectly, displaying just the right amount of tan patina. The plastic crystal is perhaps a service replacement which is to be expected for a watch made in the early 1970s. The 18 karat white gold hour markers are sharply faceted allowing them to reflect light aiding in legibility and adding a touch of sparkle. The folded link 19mm bracelet has stood up incredibly well over the years. Most examples we run into of this style are completely worn out or have been swapped to the newer style with solid links. We’re happy to report the bracelet comes with the full complement of 13 links able to fit an extra large wrist. The bracelet does show a small amount of sag but this bracelet has decades of life left. The 17 jewel, slow beat, hand-wind Rolex calibre 1225 is working great and keeping excellent time. We suspect the movement has only ever been serviced a couple of times over the years, as tell-tale signs of multiple disassemblies are absent. The 34mm size is perfect for anyone who likes a light watch (63 grams) that can easily be tucked under a shirt cuff. The hand-wind movement without a calendar helps keep the thickness down to only 9.5mm. The threaded crown looks new with sharp knurls for easy winding and setting, it turns a full 360 degrees before popping out. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this classic Rolex Oyster is estate priced at $3,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12186.

SOLD


June 22, 2021

1991 Rolex Datejust 69173 26mm $5,000.00 CAD. e14439

Admission into the Rolex club will cost you $11,250.00 CAD if you’re partial to the look of this iconic design, and you choose to buy a brand new one (model #279173). For that princely sum you get to have your name on the warranty card, a watch that is 2mm larger than this 26mm estate example, a concealed buckle and some other very minor style differences along with some mechanical updates. The fact that this Rolex is 30 years old will come as a huge shock to almost anyone who looks at it. Rolex is more than just a watch manufacturer, they are an institution within the jewellery and luxury product industry. If you buy a Rolex, you can be confident you’ll not need another watch in your lifetime. Styles, trends come and go but a Rolex Oyster, Date, Datejust or Day-Date will stand the test of time like nothing else. Datejusts have been the most popular model from the Geneva based company for over 75 years. Our latest estate example is in very good condition showing less wear than you’d expect for a watch over 30 years old. The ivory Jubilee dial is seldom seen and very subtle; unless you know the Jubilee dial is embossed with repeating/offset ROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEX you’d likely only think this dial has a pleasant textured finish. The super hard/tough sapphire crystal is completely scratch free, but it does show a few small chips on its edge at 7:00 and 8:00. These sapphire crystals sit off the bezel a touch, it is very common to see the edge chipped a little. The solid 18 karat yellow gold stick hour markers and hands are classic and functional. The yellow gold fluted bezel on the 18 karat and steel jubilee bracelet has always been a best seller. The neutral dial colour blends with any outfit and can be worn on any occasion. The 19 link bracelet is showing some sag and a touch of stretch but has at least another 30 years of service left. For less than half of its replacement price, this watch is likely a better investment than buying a brand new one. That new car you’ve been eyeing is going to depreciate more in a month or two than the total cost of this watch. Accompanying the watch is everything that originally came when delivered except the dealer warranty/chronometer certificate. It’s working great and keeping good time with all functions operating as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers serviced the watch only a few years ago. We are happy to include a complimentary one-year warranty for the next owner. Estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock number e14439.

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1987 Rolex Air-King-Date Precision 5701N 34mm (uncommon model) $6,500.00 CAD. e13695

Buy it because it’s a Rolex. Buy it because it’s a classic looking watch that never goes out of style. Buy it because it’s an uncommon model and collectible. Buy it because this is the best Air-King-Date we’ve ever had. Buy it because there are a lot worse things you can do with $6,500.00 Buy it because a new version of a similar look is going to cost you $13,750.00 or buy it just because you’ve always wanted one. 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 an exceptionally tidy Air-King-Date. This watch is rather unusual because it’s an Air-King but it also features a calendar feature. Almost every Air-King you’re likely to encounter displays only the time. A calendar feature is quite uncommon for an Air-King. This combination was only available to commonwealth countries. All other destinations got the Air-King without a date feature. I believe this is the only gent’s automatic watch with a calendar that Rolex made during this era that was not chronometer rated. Lacking chronometer status makes the dial a little cleaner 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 threaded Twinlock crown turns close to 2 full rotations before unlocking. The traditional Jubilee bracelet is showing just a little 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 looking too bulky. Being the “budget” Rolex of the time most Air-Kings were made from stainless steel or stainless steel and 14 karat gold. This is one of the last Air-King-Date models made, dating from around 1987- 1988. These late versions came with solid 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezels and bracelet centre links. Vintage models like this are very easy to wear with their lighter weight. Despite the solid gold bezel and bracelet trim the 34mm watch weighs just 92 grams. A contemporary DateJust 36 weighs close to 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. The watch is thought to be a one owner example and comes complete with Rolex service box/papers from July 2003, Ontario Rolex authorized agent insurance appraisal (August 2018), various other Rolex documents from 2002 and 2001. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, the watch is priced at $6,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13695.

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June 21, 2021

2005 Rolex Turn-O-Graph “Thunderbird” 116261 $13,260.00 CAD. e11739

The original do it all luxury watch is the Rolex Turn-O-Graph. This example was the latest attempt at reviving the Turn-O-Graph “Thunderbird” model. Need a dressy watch for a special occasion the beautiful black dial, highly polished case with 18 karat rose gold bezel and bracelet links make the right statement. Going out on the boat, the 36mm oyster case is water tested to 300 feet. The two-way rotating timer bezel is extremely useful as a quick reference for timing any event lasting up to 60 minutes. For an everyday tool watch the Turn-O-Graph excels, tough Oyster bracelet with easy link extension hidden under the clasp, luminous hands and markers, calendar, sapphire crystal with date magnifier, and large red second hand. This example was originally purchased in Ontario at a Rolex authorized agent in June of 2005. It comes complete with the box, warranty chronometer certificate, booklet, 2005-2006 calendar, and wallet. This watch looks almost brand new showing little evidence of use. Just a quick ultrasonic cleaning and it’s ready for the next owner. Discontinued a few years ago this watch is no longer available. The last suggested retail price for the rose gold and steel Turn-O-Graph was $10,700.00 USD. The watch was serviced by us in the fall of 2018, it is running great with all functions operating as designed. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $13,260.00 CAD. Stock #e11739.

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June 20, 2021

2016 Tudor Heritage Black Bay 79220N ETA movement $6,875.00 CAD. e14092

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 the beautiful contrasting, luminous snowflake hands. Initially only available in red then blue, its design was so classic and perfectly executed 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, Tudor made an announcement at Baselworld 2016 that all Tudor Black Bay models would soon feature an in-house designed and manufactured movement. What is 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 is 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 OEM distressed black leather strap with a matching Tudor deployment buckle to have the option to change up the look. Metal, leather, and nylon 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 its original unpolished condition. Keeping with the theme of an homage to vintage dive watches Tudor chose to use a 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 rarer 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 horological annals. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, accessories, booklets, hangtag, 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 are not likely to find a more complete example than this one. Estate priced at $6,875.00 CAD. Stock #e14092.

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June 19, 2021

1996 Rolex Oyster 25mm 67193 one owner $4,350.00 CAD. e14169

These smaller Rolex Oyster watches do not show up very often compared to the more expensive and only slightly larger Datejust models. For the lady who likes the clean look of a small Rolex without the bubble cyclops calendar display and does not want to be bothered correcting the date for months without 31 days, the less is more Rolex Oyster 67193 may be for you. This little watch measures 25mm in diameter and is fitted with the popular champagne dial. Even though this is a smaller Rolex it still comes with the features you would expect. The crystal is manufactured from optically perfect synthetic sapphire and shows nicks along the edge between 10:00 and 12:00 but is otherwise virtually scratch-free. The classic Oyster case is protected from moisture to a depth of 100 meters by a threaded crown and case back. Inside the stainless-steel case beats a fully adjusted Rolex manufactured calibre 2130. The 29-jewel automatic winding mechanism runs at the same 28,800 cycles per hour frequency as the larger models. These little 20mm automatic movements are some of Rolex’s most impressive performers. Their smaller size makes them far more susceptible to timing irregularities and fluctuations. The technicians at Rolex were still able to engineer these mechanisms to operate within “Certified Chronometer” standards. To earn the coveted chronometer distinction, every single mechanism is subjected to an arduous 15-day testing process. The movements must maintain tolerances of only -4 to +6 seconds per day relative to two atomic clocks. Over the testing period, each movement is timed in five positions at different temperatures, ranging from 8 to 38 degrees Celsius. Few luxury Swiss manufactures can make a small movement with this level of accuracy. Despite the size, these movements still offer a power reserve of 42 hours. Our latest estate watch is in good condition and keeping great time after a thorough service in the fall of 2019 (receipt included). The movement is in great shape and appears only to have been serviced twice over the past 25 years. The 18 link Jubilee bracelet shows stretch and sag appropriate for a Rolex from the mid-1990s. There are many decades of life left in the original bracelet despite the obvious sag. 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel, Jubilee bracelet, smaller size, and classic champagne dial give the watch versatility to be worn every day for casual and dressy events alike. We are pleased to offer a no-charge 1-year warranty for the new owner. This one-owner watch comes with the original endorsed warranty paperwork from La Swiss Mississauga October 1998, original invoice of $4,660.87 plus sales tax, period appraisal for MSRP $5,360.00, and service receipt from October 2019. Today. the entry-level 18 karat/stainless steel Rolex Oyster 279173 will set you back $11,250.00CAD as shown on the Rolex website. The new model is a little bit larger at 28mm and comes with a date display but is otherwise similar. Our latest lady’s Rolex Oyster is estate priced at $4,350.00 CAD. Stock #e14169.

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June 14, 2021

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 sports watch. Back in the early days of men’s wristwatches 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.

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June 12, 2021

2018 Rolex Datejust 41 126334 factory diamond dial $14,500.00 CAD. e14087

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. It features Rolex’s new generation 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex the 31-jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous generation with an accuracy rating 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn a little more about this movement and its sister 3255 Day-Date movement on the official Rolex website. Our latest previously owned Rolex will have its 3rd birthday in the summer of 2021. It shows evidence of use in the regular places. The buckle and bracelet show some light scratches. It was purchased in Canada at an authorized Toronto Rolex agent on June 27, 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 rhodium dial with factory-applied diamonds is the definition of class and classic Rolex style. The subtle finish on the dial rolls around its centre as the watch moves In bright light, the effect is easily seen. The neutral dial works with any skin tone or outfit. It is the essence of classic simplicity in Rolex design. No polishing or refinishing of any kind has been done, just an ultrasonic cleaning was all that was required to prepare it for its new owner. The watch comes with everything from when delivered and even the original bill of sale. The factory warranty remains in place until June 2023. All large-size, steel models are difficult to find at Rolex boutiques. Even more so with the $2,400.00 optional upgraded diamond dial. This estate watch is estate priced at $14,500.00 CAD. Stock #e14087.

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June 11, 2021

2012 Rolex Submariner 116613LN $18,800.00 CAD. e14417

As with any Rolex (especially the sports models), as soon a model gets an update with a new model number designation, the old version becomes instantly collectible. This is the first model of the new generation of ceramic bezel Rolex Submariners, and now it has been replaced with the new 126613LN. These outgoing models may be best remembered for their bulky, thick lugs that some have called out of proportion. The new model addressed these observations by slightly thinning out the lugs and adding 1mm of width to the bracelet. Seems like a trivial change, but to Rolex fans and collectors these tiny details are significant. The bulky thick look may turn out to be a single model feature, never to be seen again. Whatever future design changes the Submariner undergoes, I doubt it will stray too far from the basic formula that was established when the first two-tone Submariner came out in the early 1980s with the 16803. In fact, the incoming 126613LN looks more like the original than the now discontinued 116613LN. Perhaps Rolex pushed the traditional design a little too far with our latest estate Submariner. It doesn’t matter to us and I don’t think it will matter to the next owner. ANY Submariner is a hot commodity, and this example should appeal to anyone who has been looking for a good one. It was recently traded in from a watch collector customer who wanted something different. This is a one-owner watch that was purchased new in the Cayman Islands in November 2012. It has been responsibly worn in rotation with other watches from an extensive collection. The case and bracelet show some light scuffs and scratches, but overall the watch looks great for being almost 9 years old. It comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, booklets, chronometer hang tag, foam box liner, and most importantly, the fully endorsed warranty card. As the years go by, finding complete examples is already happening less often with these. Watches change hands, people move, misplacing documents and packaging. A complete, no stories watch will always be the most desirable. Including a 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) this Submariner is estate priced at $18,800.00 CAD. Stock #14417.

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June 9, 2021

2007 Rolex Lady-Datejust 26mm 179174 factory mother of pearl/diamond dial $8,190.00 CAD. e14317

To the casual observer, this is just an attractive, average-sized lady’s watch. It has a style common to many brands. Almost every entry-level to midgrade manufacturer makes a version of this style. Seiko, Citizen, Bulova, and even Timex make watches that look like this. There can only be one original design and this is it. The Rolex Oyster is the most imitated watch ever. Introduced in 1926, the Oyster case was the first truly watertight watch. Patent protection by Rolex gave them a huge marketing advantage over other manufacturers and they’ve never looked back since. Materials and specifications have improved over the past 95 years to the point where some Oyster cases are watertight to almost 12800 feet (3.9 kilometers). Our latest Rolex has subtle upgrades that are rarely seen on what looks like a regular stainless steel Rolex. The dressier, more feminine Jubilee bracelet costs $250.00 more than the Oyster style bracelet. The aficionado will recognize the fluted bezel as 18 karat white gold and not stainless steel. The slightly different hue and the unmistakable fluted design are only offered in precious metal. The 18 karat bezel adds $1,450.00 to the basic cost of a current 28mm version of this watch. The beautiful iridescent mother of pearl dial with 10 round diamonds adds a further $4,750.00 over the standard issue. The pearl dial is only available if you get the white gold bezel too. These options add over 80% to the basic cost of $7,700.00 CAD, bringing the replacement value of our watch to a cool $13,900.00 as shown on the Rolex website. No wonder the mother of pearl with diamonds is so rarely seen and coveted by those who appreciate the understated look. This watch was originally purchased in Ontario through an authorized Rolex agent and comes with their appraisal document. The single-owner watch shows evidence of use in the form of mild sag in the 20 Jubilee bracelet, impact marks, and worn edges on the fluted bezel. We sent the watch to the Rolex head office in Toronto for a full overhaul and crystal replacement in June of 2021. It still sports the protective yellow striped plastic stickers from Rolex. The $966.00 service has the watch running like new with all functions operating as designed. A 2-year international Rolex warranty accompanies the watch; Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will prorate warranty coverage for a full 5-years. Included with the watch are the inner/outer box, instructions, service documents, travel pouch, 2006-2007 calendar, and even the plastic chronometer hang-tag. Missing from this watch is the original endorsed warranty card. Our estate price for this rare dial Rolex is $8,190.00 CAD. Stock #e14317.

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June 7, 2021

2020 Rolex Datejust 41 126303 black oyster $14,499.00 CAD. e13839

It is amazing how much more casual a Rolex Datejust appears when you substitute the iconic fluted bezel for the smooth and swap out the Jubilee bracelet for the sporty Oyster style. The other aspects of this barely worn watch are all Rolex. Classic 18 karat yellow gold and stainless-steel construction with dressy black dial are the luxury features you would expect from Rolex. This watch is in excellent condition as it has been responsibly worn since late winter 2020. In the dark, the “Chromalight” (a made-up Rolex word referring to the luminous material used for the hands and dial markers) is bright and extra legible. The fully endorsed Canadian authorized agent warranty card is dated March 02, 2020, leaving over 4 years on the warranty for the next owner. The sporty Oyster bracelet and buckle show minor surface scuffs and scratches. The bezel is smooth bezel is practically perfect as it received a quick polish with jewellers rouge. The minor blemished on the bracelet/buckle can be removed by our goldsmiths while you wait, should you choose to. You cannot get much newer than this watch and the mechanical calibre 3235 movement powering the 126303 is all new too. The previous mechanism powering Datejusts, Submariners, and other Rolex watches soldiered on for over years before being replaced by the 3235. For outright performance, the old 3135 can’t 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 a longer mainspring, extended power reserve, a new winding module to increase efficiency, and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the movement itself. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, reliable timepiece with an exceptionally long 70-hour power reserve. Not only is the movement new the Oyster bracelet is an improvement over the previous generation of bracelets. The 18 karat gold centre links are much heavier, and the buckle is no longer a simple interference lock. The mechanical spring-loaded lock offers more security and sophistication. The “easylink” extension offers the ability to easily extend the length of about 5mm without any tools. This watch comes with all the original documents, boxes, hang tags, protective sleeve, Rolex shopping bag that came with the watch when originally delivered from the Canadian Rolex agent and even the original bill of sale. This is NOT a grey market Rolex, no need to scour the internet, import one, and pay 5% duty on this one. This is a Canadian delivered watch, sale subject to applicable sales tax only. Finding a larger size 2020 preowned Rolex selling for below the original MSRP is difficult. This watch is estate priced at $14,499.00 CAD. Stock #e13839.

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June 5, 2021

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.

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June 3, 2021

Tudor Black Bay 41 79540 like new $3,200.00 CAD. e14006

From the less is more department, comes the Tudor Black Bay 41. It has only what you need and nothing that you don’t. No bezel timer, no chronograph, no dual time, and not even a calendar. For the purest, this is really what a watch should be; an ultra-functional dial in a durable case. This is the Rolex Explorer of the Tudor line. The basic Oyster style case is much the same as its big brother Explorer too. All stainless steel construction, a smooth polished bezel that secures the super scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, a screw-down crown with a threaded case back keep everything inside protected from the elements and provide water resistance of 300 feet. Large, well-defined hands and hour markers are treated with luminous material keeping function top of mind even in complete darkness. Thoroughly modern in construction but with vintage inspiration, this watch appeals to many. Snowflake hour hand/second hand, connected minute track, and curving text are Tudor styling features from many decades ago that look right at home today. This watch is in next to new condition. Despite being over 10 years old it looks like new old stock. There are only a couple of minor scuffs on the polished case edge and bracelet but nothing else. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. The heavy-duty, stainless steel bracelet with locking buckle is beautiful in its simplicity. The solid links are secured by proper threaded pins, no failure-prone bushed rivets or split pins are to be found here.