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May 5, 2021

2017 Tudor Heritage Black Bay Rose logo 79220B $4,375.00 CAD. e13007

Another excellent condition Tudor Heritage Black Bay diver. Black Bay 79220B comes with all its original documents and box supplied from the factory. Everything is in excellent condition; inner box, instructions, warranty card endorsed by Canadian authorized agent (December 2016), plastic hang tag and the factory supplied nylon navy blue NATO strap. The Black Bay Heritage is one of Tudor’s most successful product launches. Tudor parent company Rolex absolutely dominate in the premium segment but Tag Heuer, Omega, Breitling and many other companies compete in the $2,000.00 – $7,000.00 price range. Rolex have been missing out at this price point for a long time. Over the past number of years Tudor have been busy reestablishing themselves with the introduction of successful designs from past decades. The Heritage Black Bay has been one of the most popular. The vintage look was inspired by the Tudor Submariner from the 1950s. A flat black dial, connected minute track and the “snow flake” hour hand are familiar details to those who remember the original Tudor watches from the 1950s and 60s. This is a serious watch with sporting features like synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands/markers, ratcheting one way timer bezel, locking buckle and water tight to 200 meters. The automatic Swiss made movement within the oyster style 41mm diameter case is keeping excellent time. An August timing report shows the watch is running 3 seconds fast per day (well under the minimum requirements for chronometer certification). Take advantage of our weak Canadian dollar while you can because sooner or later Rolex will increase prices across the entire model range in Canada. In countries with a stronger currency this watch is much more expensive than domestically. Before this model was retired, the MSRP in the U.S. was $3,425.00 (approximately $4,550.00 CAD) and in Europe it has a price of 3,210.00 Euro (approximately $4,700.00 CAD). One other thing to consider; when importing a Swiss made watch to Canada a 5% duty is applied plus provincial and federal sales tax calculated on top of that. Including a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $4,375.00 CAD. Stock #e13007.

 

 


April 30, 2021

2010 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 to be found here.    It comes complete with full documentation and packaging from the authorized Canadian Tudor agent when purchased in the summer of 2010. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty this classic Tudor is estate priced at $3,200.00 CAD. Stock #e14006.


April 26, 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.


April 23, 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

Watch SOLD. Box available.


April 22, 2021

4 Rolex Submariner 16613 1989-2005 $13,260.00 each (one left). e13794 e13795 e13796 e13797

Much has been written and researched about the various Rolex Submariner models made from stainless steel. The minutia to which Rolex collectors scrutinize stainless steel Submariners is astounding. Seemingly trivial details in font styles, luminous hour plots, glossy vs. flat dial paint, and the fine serif of a particular character on a dial can make one Submariner worth thousands of dollars more than an otherwise identical watch. The luxury 18 karat gold and stainless steel Submariners are not nearly as followed in the collector market and this is too bad as they offer great value. They cost significantly more than the steel ones when new but can be found for less than the steel versions when used. They don’t quite have the history of the steel models, but they’ve been around long enough now that several generational designs have come and gone. This quartet of 18 karat and steel Submariners date from 1989 to 2005 and all come from the 16613 series that were retired around 2008. If you look closely at these images maybe you’ll be able the spot a few of the subtle differences that make the vintage watch hobby so interesting. The iridescent blue dial from the 16613 has always been a customer favorite. As some age, they begin to take on a slightly violet hue. The old luminous hour plots made from tritium can age and colour shift from white to tan or even pale orange over the years. The gold dial text on some of these examples is thicker and more prominent than on the others. Some of these have been polished more than others leading to the softening of the case and bracelet features. Some of these have been worn more often causing the bracelets to sag a little more than others that are actually much older. Solid bracelet end links vs. stamped. Solid extension links vs. stamped. Holes in lugs vs. no holes. 18 karat gold stripe in the buckle vs. only stainless steel and faded bezel indexes are some of the differences these four beautiful Submariners demonstrate. These are the last of the aluminum bezel two-tone Subs and the last of the classic 40mm case size with the preferred proportions dating back more than 60 years. We are happy to add a complimentary 1-year warranty to these watches for the new owners. They are priced at $13,260.00 each. Stock numbers e13794, e13795, e13796, e13797.

1 left. 1989 with patina markers, stock e13794.

 

 

 


April 20, 2021

2021 Rolex Lady Datejust 28mm 279381 never worn $17,250.00 CAD. e14204

The petite 25mm ladies Rolex Oysters have been retired from the lineup for over a decade now. Even the standard 26mm lady DateJust was retired a couple of years ago. Not every woman wants a large oversized bulky wristwatch. The 28mm Datejust is currently Rolex’s smallest offering. We seldom have them in stock and never before have we had one like this. This one was presented to the original owner in March 2021 how decided it wasn’t exactly to her taste, so she traded it in for something a little more pedestrian. I’m delighted she did because this combination of rich 18 karat rose gold, chocolate brown dial with Roman numerals is just stunning. Oh ya, and the string of brilliant-cut diamonds circling the face doesn’t hurt either. This is a diamond bracelet that also tells time. Exotic and beautiful to say the least, but Rolex is a brand meant to be worn every day doing almost any activity. This watch is watertight to over 300 feet, the crystal is made from synthetic sapphire that is able to withstand impacts that would scratch and destroy even hardened glass. The solid construction 18 karat and stainless steel Oyster bracelet comes with a mechanical locking buckle and easylink extension. An extra 5mm of length is available with a quick release of the cleverly engineered easylink without the need for any sort of tool. A smooth-running second-hand and large magnified date calendar add some welcomed utility. This watch is a new offering from Rolex and is currently shown on the corporate website priced at $17,950.00 CAD. The 5-year international warranty covers the next owner until March of 2026. This is not a grey market watch, it was originally delivered to a Canadian authorized agent. It has never been worn other than to try on. Perfect condition in every way, not a scuff or scratch to be seen anywhere. Click here for a short YouTube video, or send us your WhatsApp number for a higher quality video. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, instructions, chronometer hangtag, and dated warranty card. We are offering this one month old Rolex at a $700.00 discount over the retail price. Estate priced at $17,250.00 CAD. Stock #e14204.


April 16, 2021

2015 Tudor Black Bay 79220N with box & papers $5,000.00 CAD. e10467

When the Tudor Black Bay series was released in 2012 it was obviously heavily inspired by the ever popular Tudor Submariners of the 1950s. Featuring a gold connected minute track, cool snowflake hands on a flat black dial the watch has an undeniably vintage look. Initially only available in Burgundy and Blue it’s design and look was so classic, so perfectly executed that it was honored by the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva in 2013. The highly anticipated Black Bay Black was released in the fall of 2015 and was available on either leather strap or metal bracelet. A few months after the release of the Black Bay Black there was an announcement in Baselworld 2016 that all Tudor Black Bay models would soon feature an in-house movement. What’s interesting and noteworthy, is that would make the Black Bay Black with Tudor 2824 caliber available for sale for less than a year. The Tudor 2824 caliber movement is based on the ETA 2824 movement used by many high end Swiss watch manufactures. It’s a time tested (pun intended), trusted movement known for its precision and reliability. However, Tudor’s watchmaking expertise improved upon the ETA incabloc shock protection and regulation system making the movement more specific to the Black Bay. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is; the original Tudor Black Bay Black had the iconic Tudor Rose emblem on the dial above the name Tudor, whereas the new generation Black Bays with the in-house calibre feature the Tudor Shield.All Black Bay models come on a cloth NATO style strap. They say hindsight is 20/20 and I have to agree. Many of the rare or unusual Rolex and Tudor watches we’ve sold over the last few years have seen substantial price increases. I think the Black Bay Black will see similar price appreciation over time being such a short production run model. If you’re going to collect one, get the best and most complete example you can. This example has been responsibly worn by a watch enthusiast client of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers for only a couple years. It maintains its original finish and has never been polished, only ultrasonically cleaned. The bracelet and case show some scuffs and scratches but nothing excessive. A sharp-eyed client examining the watch spotted a small discolouration in the centre of the 4:00 o’clock luminous plot. This anomoly 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 nylon strap. Estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #e10467.

 


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 is 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, 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.


April 15, 2021

2000 Rolex Explorer II 16570 Polar white $11,111.00 CAD. e13567

Rolex Explorer IIs are only available in stainless steel with a white or black dial on an Oyster bracelet. That is it; no options, no diamonds, no gold or two-tone cases. That is the way it’s been since the first Explorer II was introduced way back in 1971. Not even a Jubilee bracelet option is available. If you want a classic sport Rolex this may be the model for you. Measuring 40mm diameter makes for a comfortable size that can be worn by anyone. Not too big, not too small, and not too thick. The lighter bracelet and buckle from this generation contribute to a comfortable weight of 121 grams. The 16570 has become more collectible since it was replaced with the new larger 42mm version in 2011. Prices are on the move for this interesting model that flies a little under the radar compared to Submariners and Daytonas. The white dial is the preferred choice for the Explorer II. A sporty Rolex with a white dial is not nearly as common as black, offering a clean fresh alternative. This is an almost complete example of a 16570. The condition is very good but does show evidence of use in the form of scratches on the case, bezel, and bracelet. The diabolically difficult to duplicate radial finished 24-hour bezel is in very good condition. Collectors love complete packages, few are more complete than this example. The inner wood lined box, correct outer cardboard box, warranty paper, hanging tag with matching serial/model number, and warranty sleeve, are all included with purchase. The condition and completeness say a lot about the previous owners and how they took care of this watch since its delivery in July of 2002 in British Columbia Canada. The endorsed warranty card shows the watch was originally delivered with a black dial. At some point, the original owner had the black dial exchanged by Rolex for the preferred white face. The Explorer II is a dual-time model that can display a second time zone in a 24-hour format using the independently adjustable second red hour hand in combination with the easy to read 24-hour fixed bezel. The watch is running great and keeping excellent time. It’s a rugged watch, built with features that have made the prestigious brand number 1 in the luxury watch world. Water resistant Oyster case manufactured from super resistant 904L stainless steel. Bright luminous hands/markers made from 18 karat white gold make time interpretation quick and effortless in any lighting situation. The synthetic sapphire crystal is exponentially tougher than glass and offers perfect optics. A convenient magnified calendar window helps out those with 40 plus year old eyesight. A tough and sporty Oyster bracelet equipped with fliplock buckle (correctly date coded DE9) is a design element that almost alone defines the sporty Rolex experience. The bracelet and case still exhibit details that become less defined with extended years of hard use. Included with the watch is a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $11,111.00 CAD. Stock #e13567.

SOLD

 


April 13, 2021

1971 Rolex Datejust 1601 “wide boy” $6,120.00 CAD. e13732

You can spend nicely over $10,000.00 to buy a decent but common Submariner, double that for an average Daytona or pick up a truly rare Rolex for a little over $6,000.00. There are a few rare Datejust models out there worthy of consideration. The “Wide Boy” is just one such watch. The basic 1601 white gold bezel Datejust isn’t rare but this example with slightly thicker hands and hour markers gives it a distinctive dial that offer superior legibility. These watches can be found with or without glowing plots and hands. This example is the cleaner version without luminous tritium markers/hands. It’s a great example of simple and basic timekeeping. The tone on tone look with distinctive Rolex 18 karat white gold fluted bezel and magnified date aperture are classic Rolex details. The rolled link Jubilee bracelet appears original although the buckle is a service replacement from the mid 1990s. There is not a single blemish of any kind on the dial or white gold hands, perfect text against a perfect silver sunburst finish, the ultimate expression of less is more. This watch was manufactured in 1971, it would make the perfect gift for anyone marking their 50 birthday in 2021. The 26 jewel chronometer rated automatic movement is the same one you’d find in a period Submarine is running great, keeping excellent time. Included with purchase is a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $6,120.00 CAD. Stock #e13732.


April 12, 2021

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

The ultimate in a luxury sport watch is without doubt an 18 karat yellow gold Rolex Daytona. The Daytona Cosmograph is a watch of legend, the mythical unicorn for the average watch collector. Despite what you’ve heard they aren’t all that rare, you just don’t see them very often. A quick look on a popular watch market website has over 5000 for sale; that’s right five thousand! A Daytona is actually one of the most common watches offered for sale around. The only difficulty obtaining one is coming up with the extra $15,000.00 you’re going to need to buy the least expensive used one you’re likely to encounter. For $15,000.00 you should be able to find one, but it won’t be all gold and it will be lacking the original Rolex paperwork. A truly rare Daytona would be an early manual wind model from the 1960s through the mid 1980s, if you want one of those be prepared to part with 6 figures for a reasonable example. But even a stem wind Daytona is easier to find than something like our most recent estate Rolex. A solid 18 karat gold Daytona is a very rare watch; one with its original paperwork and amazing mother of pearl dial represent well under 1% of all the Daytona Cosmographs available in the marketplace. The absolutely garden variety steel versions capture all the headlines and attention but something like our latest estate watch is far more unique. The rare mother of pearl dial is what really sets this watch apart from the crowd. The genuine oyster shell dial added more than 10% to the basic cost an already very expensive watch. With such a pricey option it’s no wonder it is almost never seen. The rich dial dial contributes so much to the luxury character of the watch, I’m so happy the original owner decided on it. The colourful pastel play of rainbow colour that cascade across the dial needs to be seen in person. A still photograph simply can’t capture the beauty. The K serial number dates this watch to the turn of the millennium. The year 2000 also marked the debut of the first in house developed Rolex chronograph, the calibre 4030. In well over 100 years of Rolex history this is their first chronograph mechanism developed within the corporation. Rolex have pretty much always offered chronographs with stopwatch features but the mechanical components have always been supplied by other manufacturers. With the release of calibre 4130 Rolex finally freed themselves from production limitations imposed by other companies. You’d think with the vast manufacturing capabilities of Rolex there shouldn’t be any problem meeting Daytona demand. Such is not the case; in fact it’s become even more difficult finding a Daytona at your local Rolex boutique. This watch has always had waiting lists. Since the new movement was introduced there is more demand than ever. The traditional debossed tachymeter bezel is a feature that connects this watch to the original Daytona dating back to the early/mid 1960s. Many people still haven’t totally warmed up to the modern look of the new ceramic bezels found on a contemporary version. This one also has thin hands, a characteristic linking it to all the classics that came before. The use of “skinny” hour and minute hands ceased sometime around 2004 when Rolex started installing slightly wider hands. Overall condition of the watch is quite good. It does show scuffs and scratches associated with years of careful use but nothing that could be described as anything more than appropriate patina. The original black crocodile strap is showing more wear than we like but not bad considering the 2003 delivery date. The watch will be delivered to its next owner with a brand new genuine Rolex strap installed. Beside the watch, the most valuable and equally rare item is the dealer endorsed chronometer certificate/warranty document. The rare punched paper signed certificate comes from Rolex authorized agents Wempe Jewellers Hamburg Germany (07/08/03). Original documentation is rare with vintage Rolex. Boxes, booklets, instructions and every other Rolex accessory (genuine and fake) can be purchased online but there can only be one original set of paperwork and this one has it. Included with the watch is a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, inner/outer Rolex boxes and document wallet. Estate price $27,975.00 CAD. Stock #e12185.


April 10, 2021

2014 Tudor Grantour 20500N 42mm excellent condition factory service $3,000.00 CAD. e14000

This is the Tudor Grantour, a watch you seldom see. Despite its sporting looks and generous 42mm size, it wasn’t a successful model for Tudor. Handsom looking with obvious vintage inspiration makes it an even bigger mystery why we don’t see these more often. The Grantour offers simple timekeeping/calendar features contained in a purposeful looking, stainless-steel Oyster case. The do it all design is water-tight to over 300 feet thanks to its threaded case-back and screw-down crown. The synthetic sapphire crystal is completely scuff free. The superior hardness of sapphire is able to ward off all but the hardest materials avoiding those annoying hairline scratches that inevitably appear on basic glass or plastic crystals. Reflective faceted hour markers on the dial are supported by silver Arabic numbers contrasting against the anodized aluminum bezel. The watch complete with everything originally supplied from the Canadian authorized agent when purchased in October of 2014. It comes with a very high-quality custom made grey with red stitch leather strap from Aaron Bespoke Montreal and a retro looking NATO nylon strap. The next owner can be assured the watch has been expertly maintained as it was serviced at Rolex Canada in July 2017. In addition to a factory service of $340.00 a brand new original style leather strap was purchased for $240.00. The replacement black leather strap appears unworn and is in perfect condition. The deployment buckle is equipped with a fliplock offering an extra level of security and ease of use. The factory applied case-back service sticker is still in place. Overall condidton of the watch is excellent aside from a small impact mark on the aluminum bezel in the 10:00 position. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in pleased provide the new owner with a complimentary 1 year warranty (prorated for 5 years). Estate price for this contempory rarity is $3,000.00 CAD. Stock #e14000.

 


April 6, 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.

 

 

 


2009 Rolex Datejust 26mm 179160 $6,200.00 CAD. e13573

Sporty and playful with an always in style white dial. Rolex no longer makes this size Datejust which is too bad. They are the perfect size for the petite woman who wants a Rolex without the bulk. According to Rolex it is 26mm diameter, but the simple polished bezel and light dial make it look larger when it is on your wrist. When you measure the case, it is just under 27mm. This example comes with the original dealer endorsed warranty card from the US Virgin Islands. The classic Oyster case with Oyster bracelet is all function and will stand up to any task. A thoughtful design feature to the locking fold over buckle is the extendable Rolex “easylink”. This clever innovation allows a 5mm increase in bracelet length without the need of adding a link. Just a strategic pull on the last link under the buckle and you have some extra room on a warm day. The bright white glossy dial with 18 karat white gold hands and hour markers are both easy to interpret and sophisticated. The sweeping second hand and magnified calendar as features that add some extra utility. The watch is in excellent condition showing zero stretch or sag in the bracelet. The super hard synthetic crystal is in perfect condition. House within the 100-meter water-resistant case beats a certified chronometer grade automatic winging movement, keeping excellent time. Including a one-year complimentary warranty, the watch is estate priced at $6,200.00 CAD. Stock #e13573.

 

 


April 5, 2021

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.


2020/2019 Tudor GMT 79830RB 41mm $4,000.00 e13850 & $4,300.00 e14085.

Tudor Black Bay GMT on leather strap or steel bracelet, the choice is yours. 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 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 2 Tudor GMT watches are in 100% original condition and only lightly worn by long-time customers of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. They were both only occasional worn in rotation with other watches from collections. The condition is like new aside from a couple of “flea bites” on some of the sharp beveled edges and minor scuffs on the bracelet/buckle. In addition to offering the basic 3 hand timekeeping function with calendar, the GMT has few tricks up its sleeve. The square-tipped blue hour hand can point to a 2nd timezone shown in a 24 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. This example comes with the casual, vintage-looking reddish-brown leather strap on deployment buckle. If your taste leans more toward the steel bracelet version, it is priced at $300.00 more. The snowflake hands, aluminum bezel insert, connected minute track, and leather strap give the Tudor GMT an attractive vintage look. The strap GMT comes complete with everything originally supplied when purchased from the Tudor authorized agent in 2020 except the warranty card. I’m sure the factory’s 5-year warranty would be honored should a mechanical issue ever arise. We would be happy to connect the next owner with the original selling agent should there ever be a warranty issue. This excellent condition example is estate priced at $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13850. The stainless steel GMT comes as a complete set, with box, papers, endorsed warranty card (March 2019), and even the original bill of sale. Including a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $4,300.00 CAD. Stock #e14085.

Metal bracelet model has been sold. Leather strap version is still available.

 


March 30, 2021

1978 Rolex GMT-Master 1675 “Pepsi” Jubilee bracelet $21,600.00 CAD. e14064

It’s been 67 years since Rolex introduced one of the most popular and distinctive sports models of all time, the GMT-Master. In the 1940s and ’50s international travel was catching on and pilots required a quick easy way to keep track of local time and Greenwich meantime. GMT is a constant time that does not change with the seasons or location, it is the international reference point to which local 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. The daylight hours are displayed in the red zone and dark nighttime hours are shown in blue. This model dates from 1978 and is in remarkable condition for its age. The dial shows absolutely no patina on the tritium hands or hour markers. The flat black, matt finish dial is perfect. We felt a watch of this quality and condition deserved a fresh factory service. In November 2020 we sent it to the Rolex Canada facility in Toronto for an estimate to service the watch and to address any other issues it may have. To our relief Rolex only suggested overhauling the 26 jewel, calibre 1570 automatic mechanism, and replacing the plastic crystal. The rest of the watch was left alone. We specifically requested Rolex DO NOT polished or refinish the case or bracelet in any way. It hasn’t been worn since the factory service was completed at the end of January 2021, it still sports the striped, protective stickers on the case edges.   The Jubilee bracelet is a service replacement from 1997. Jubilee bracelets made their first appearance on a sports Rolex with the GMT. All the other sports models came only with the Oyster style making the GMT a little different. After close to a 30-year absence Rolex is once again offering a GMT-Master with a red/blue bezel on a Jubilee bracelet, the new GMT is still the only sporty Rolex to be offered with a Jubilee bracelet. The GMT-Master was retired in the late 1990s and replaced with the GMT-Master II still in production today. The newest “Pepsi” red/blue model 126710BLRO retails for $11,400.00 CAD but apparently, the waiting list to buy one is over a year long, and used versions of the newest model have asking prices of over $20,000.00. Of course, you can always get the entirely 18 karat white gold version for $45,250.00 CAD if you don’t want to wait that long. Vintage GMT Masters have seen considerable appreciation in value over the past few years. If you’ve been chasing them for a while maybe it’s time to bite the bullet with this fantastic example. All plastic crystal professional Rolex watches are turning up less and less. Collectors are buying everything that comes on the market and tucking them away. In the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, the character Pussy Galore wore an early example of a Rolex GMT Master. A 40mm watch in the ’60s was very unusual for a woman, but looking at it today I think they great on a feminine arm too. This watch comes with the 2-year international Rolex service warranty, green faux suede service pouch, copy of service invoice for $1,412.50, service warranty card, booklet, and a Rolex polishing cloth. Don’t expect this one to last for long at the estate price of $21,600.00 CAD. Stock number e14064.

 


March 27, 2021

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 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.

 


March 20, 2021

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

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


March 17, 2021

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

Before everyone gets upset that the dial has been refinished, the bezel insert is likely a service replacement item and it doesn’t come with the original Oyster bracelet look at what it is and what it offers. It’s a vintage 1965 Submariner 5513, one of the most sought after watches on the planet and it’s selling for not a whole lot more than a contemporary used Submariner is. This is a genuine rarity that you can actually wear every day and don’t need to be worried about hurting the value. The 26 jewel calibre 1520 lurking within the 40mm Oyster case is working great and keeping very good time. This workhorse movement is a favorite of watchmakers for its easy servicing and durability. At some point over the last 50 plus years the original Oyster bracelet was replaced by this rare 6251H Jubilee example date coded from 1969. Maybe the original owner preferred the dressier look of a Jubilee bracelet and traded a buddy for the bracelet off his GMT-Master. The bracelet is in great condition for 50 years old. It shows some sag but very little stretch. The embossed Rolex logo on the buckle displays great detail not looking overly polished. The refinished dial has been done to a high standard. The only obvious telltale sign it’s not original is the silver text that should be white. The font is a little thick compared to the original but it is still very attractive on the flat matte finish. For a Submariner of this era, the depth rating should read meters before feet not feet before meters. The luminous plots have been expertly applied to a high standard with just enough surface tension dome. No, it’s not a museum piece and it’ll never win an originality contest but it looks great and comes with a somewhat affordable (at least for Rolex) vintage look that can only come with age. We just changed the plastic crystal with a genuine Rolex replacement; after installation, the watch passed our vacuum test for water resistance. Plastic crystal Submariners hardly ever show up around here anymore. Almost every example that turns up in the market is immediately snapped up and squirreled away by collectors and are never seen again. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this vintage Submariner is estate priced at $13,260.00. Stock #e12228.

 


March 10, 2021

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

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


March 8, 2021

1972 Rolex Datejust 1603 Sigma dial $5,000.00 CAD. e11279

The tone on tone look is about being understated. Simple silver dial with stick hour markers are basic in design but effective in practice and make a confident statement. At 45 years old this classic Datejust 1603 is looking great. The previous owner submitted the watch to Rolex Canada in January 2016 for an authenticity report that is included. Rolex determined the case, bracelet and movement are all authentic. Our close inspection revealed the 18 karat white gold hands and the date ring are likely newer service replacements. Many times on watches this old the dial can show moisture damage, stains, or scratches. We are happy to report the silver “sigma” tritium dial is completely original. A sigma dial refers to the tiny circular marks that appear beside the SWISS or SWISS MADE on watch dials made in the 1970s. The little marks are actually the lower case Greek letter sigma. This logo was selected by some Swiss manufacturers to indicate that the dial markers/hands were actually made from gold not simply electroplated over base metals. The sigma logo was partially introduced to help demonstrate the value of traditional high-end Swiss mechanical watches compared to new much less expensive quartz technology beginning to cut into Swiss watch sales. A watch with a sigma dial was something that set itself apart from the crowd. With rising gold prices in the 70s, this was something people could identify with. The upper case Ts on our example is there to signify the luminous circular plots on the dial are made of tritium. Tritium hasn’t been used on Rolex dials for around 20 years or so; these dials too are becoming scarce over time. To anyone outside the vintage watch collecting world, these tiny dial details seem irrelevant but to serious collectors, they can impact values by many thousands of dollars in some cases. The rest of the watch is pretty classic Rolex stuff. 36mm oyster case, original U.S.A made jubilee bracelet date coded 12-1970, steel bezel, plastic crystal, chronometer rated automatic calibre 1570 movement. The watch is running great keeping excellent time with all functions operating as designed. Excellent overall condition especially considering this watch was made 45 years ago. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11279.

 


March 3, 2021

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

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


February 27, 2021

1956 Rolex Oyster 36mm 6298 $5,500.00 CAD. e11990

4 digit model number Rolex watches from the 1950s do not show up very often, in fact they almost never show up. The 1950s were a time when Rolex really began to establish themselves as a high quality do it all watch manufacturer that could stand up to the demands of the modern 20th century. The demographics of the 1950s presented Rolex the perfect opportunity to take advantage of middle-class disposable income. Jobs and money were plentiful; this watch likely only cost about 2 weeks 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 the its true age.  This watch likely originally was delivered with an Explorer type dial. The original dial was likely exchanged for this more modern silver with radial finish and classic 18 karat white gold stick hour markers. The watch is powered by what appears to be the original calibre A296-775 Rolex automatic winding mechanism that is running strong and keeping good time. Semi bubble back case Rolex watches in 36mm sizes are much harder to come across than the common 34mm size. The original Oyster case is in excellent condition showing very little pitting as is common on early steel Rolex watches. The original engraved serial/style numbers are clearly visible after the American made Jubilee bracelet is removed. Instead of reading REGISTERED DESIGN, this case says BREVET, derived from the french word for patent. It’s remarkable to us that a 63-year-old watch can look so contemporary, but such is the Rolex style. 6 months, 6 years or 6 decades old, a Rolex Oyster is always in style. The loose link Jubilee bracelet allows a super comfortable fit for a wrist size of up to 7 3/4 inches. The famous Rolex coronet buckle still displays good relief. Looking at current Rolex watches a similar 36mm model is still available although only with the more sporty Oyster style bracelet. The current version of this watch can be seen on the Rolex website for $6,150.00 CAD. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11990.


February 26, 2021

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.


February 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 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, 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.


February 12, 2021

1977 Rolex Oyster Date 1500 violet sigma dial $6,200.00 CAD. e13452

Nothing speaks of originality and authenticity like some honest patina. Subtle patina can add a whole new dimension of style and can greatly enhance the ownership experience. From a worn pair of faded jeans to the way an old metal statue oxidizes over time; things like this would not have nearly the charm if they were “perfect”. The Statue of Liberty was once shiny and copper coloured, over the years exposure to the elements have changed it to the bluish/green hue we are familiar with today. Occasionally a vintage Rolex shows up with a touch of patina in the form of colour shift dial and on rare occasions, the change is more dramatic. Our latest vintage Rolex has experienced a remarkable change of colour from dark navy blue to what you see here, and I love it. The exact hue is difficult to describe but medium slightly bluish violet comes to mind. It is a soft colour that we have never seen before on any Rolex. It is very flattering with the white text with 18-karat white gold hour markers and hands. The face is not stained, blemished, or damaged in any way. We cannot explain how this significant colour shift occurred over the last 43 years since this watch was manufactured. The sealed nature of the watertight oyster case is designed to keep moisture out, but it also keeps air and gases from escaping. I have a theory that chemical compounds and gases form as the various lubricants age along with rubber gaskets, paint, tritium, plastic and other components off-gas and age over time. Given enough exposure dials can subtly change colour or fade and shift to something completely new. Black can turn brown, silver can turn taupe and champagne can turn a bronze colour, but we’ve never seen anything like this before. This watch has been well looked after by its long time owner until it was recently traded in for something new. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers serviced it only a year or two ago. Its condition is excellent for a watch that was made in 1977. The 34mm Oyster case displays no dents or dings, the 12 link Oyster bracelet shows little sag and the lugs are thick and even. It has been only lightly polished over its lifetime. This is an excellent example of a classic Rolex Date 1500. The 34mm case size works great for any fashionable lady or a gentleman who does not need a massive watch. From what we believe this is a one owner watch. Curiously, it only comes with its excellent condition outer box. The previous owner could not locate the inner box and documentation when he traded it in. We know this is the correct and rare seahorse outer box because of the stickers. One sticker shows the 1500 model number and the small circular blue sticker means the watch that came in this box had a blue dial. The watch is running well and keeping great time with all functions operating as designed.  Included with purchase is a 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate price $6,200.00. Stock number e13452.

 


February 10, 2021

1984 Rolex Datejust 16030 36mm, 1 owner, paperwork & original invoice. $7,000.00 CAD. e13888

If you’re simply looking for the least expensive Rolex Datejust on the market there are others available that may appeal to you more. For Rolex aficionados, originality and pedigree are of significant importance and contribute much to the overall value of a watch. A mid-1980s Datejust 16030 isn’t exactly rare but that doesn’t mean this isn’t an important Rolex model. They were the first Datejusts to feature a “quick-set” calendar and the last of the Datejusts with a plastic crystal. Plastic crystals are the easiest features that even the novice Rolex collector can identify by their taller profile. The 27 jewel calibre 3035 found inside the 100-meter water-resistant Oyster case is rather significant in its own right. This movement was the first-ever Rolex mechanism to feature a high beat frequency of 28,800 cycles per hour, leading to greater accuracy levels over its predecessor. Introduced in 1977, the 3035 is considered one of the most reliable and robust Rolex movements made. It was produced for 12 years until it was upgraded and renamed the 3135 that stayed in production until 2015. With regular service intervals every 5 to 7 years these mechanisms are pretty much bulletproof. This 1984 Datejust came to us from a long time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers customer who received it for his 18th birthday in 1984. It was purchased brand new October 1984 at Wempe Jewellers, Hannover Germany as per the original receipt. The punched holes, fully endorsed, original warranty papers confirm the point of purchase, date and vendor. We almost never receive original purchase receipts with vintage Rolex. This watch has been very well looked after over the past 37 years. It shows minor wear with some sag and a bit of stretch in the Jubilee bracelet along with evidence of polishing on the buckle. The bracelet is original to the watch as confirmed by the 1984 stamped date code I2. As mentioned, this watch was owned by a long time customer of ours who also kept a service receipt and warranty card from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers, dated February 2004. The card shows payment for service/overhaul that totalled $420.00 plus tax and likely consisted of cleaning, gasket set and perhaps a crystal. When looking for vintage Rolex watches the dial/face is perhaps the most important aspect affecting value. We’re pleased to report this medium silver/grey dial is absolutely perfect. There is not a scuff or blemish anywhere to be seen. Perfect black text and perfect triangular profile, scratch-free18 karat white gold hour markers. Each marker is tipped with a completely intact tritium plot showing little to no patina. The 18 karat white gold hour and minute hands are also in perfect condition with matching tritium luminous material (no longer glowing). Strangely the seconds hand shows an unusual and unexplained pattern of pits and nicks along its entire length. All things considered, this is a great example of a desirable vintage Rolex. The factory engraved model/serial number are fully intact, showing very little wear. We’re happy to offer the next owner (2nd in 37 years) a complimentary 1-year warranty and the offer to continue the tradition of service by Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers for as long as we can. The watch has an estate price of $7,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13888.

 


February 4, 2021

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

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


January 30, 2021

1987 Rolex Air-King-Date Precision 5701N 34mm (rare 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 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.


January 29, 2021

2020 Rolex Datejust 41 126303 factory diamond dial $16,990.00 CAD. e13770

It’s 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 champagne dial and factory-applied diamond hour markers are the luxury features you’d expect from Rolex. This watch is in like-new, shopworn condition. The fully endorsed Canadian authorized agent warranty card is dated October 2020 leaving just shy of 5 years on the warranty for the next owner. The only evidence of use is a scuff/scratch on the highly polished bezel at 11:00 and 12:00 o’clock. This minor blemish can be removed by our goldsmiths while you wait, should you choose to. You can’t 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, 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. 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, and even the Rolex shopping bag that came with the watch when originally delivered from the Canadian Rolex agent in October 2020.  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 and priced a touch below MSRP. Estate price $16,990.00 CAD. Stock #e13770.

 


January 26, 2021

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

Anyone who’s been chasing Rolex Daytona for a while know 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 more rare. Searching “Tudor Chronograph” on a popular watch selling website reveals 256 for sale, while searching “Rolex Daytona” 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 to 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.

 


January 20, 2021

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.


January 15, 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 delciate 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 weight 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.


January 12, 2021

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

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

 


January 10, 2021

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

Buy it because it’s a Rolex. Buy it because it’s a classic looking watch that’s never out of style. Buy it because it’s an uncommon model and collectible. Buy it because there are a lot of worse things you can do with $5,595.00. Buy it because a new version of a similar look is going to cost you $13,000.00 or buy it just because you’ve always wanted a Rolex. There are a thousand reasons to buy a vintage Rolex but in the end, a Rolex is a Rolex is a Rolex. There is no substitute for this brand, period. Our latest vintage watch is a tidy Air-King-Date. This watch is a little unusual because it’s an Air-King but it also features a calendar feature. Almost every Air-King you’re likely to encounter is equipped to display the time only. A calendar feature is quite uncommon for an Air-King. This combination was only available in commonwealth countries like Canada, Australia etc. All other destinations got the Air-King without a date feature. I believe this is the only gents’ automatic watch with a calendar that Rolex made during this era that was not chronometer rated. Lacking chronometer status makes the dial a little cleaner looking as it has just 4 lines of text instead of 6. It’s an excellent example with a perfect condition tritium dial absent of any stains, discolouration, or damage. The simple gold hands and hour markers are showing just a hint of oxidation confirming its vintage nature. Tritium hour plots colour match the hands perfectly. The sporty Oyster bracelet shows almost no stretch or sag. Women are starting to appreciate the 34mm size as it offers an easier to read experience without making too much of a statement. These vintage models are very easy to wear with their lighter weight. Despite the solid gold bezel and bracelet trim the 34mm watch weighs just 85 grams. A contemporary DateJust 36 weighs over 50% more. At 32 years old it’s nicely broken in and with the occasional round of maintenance it should be good for several more generations. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is priced at $5,595.00 CAD. Stock #e12541.


January 5, 2021

1971 Rolex Datejust 1601 36mm $6,000.00 CAD. e11650

A 36mm Rolex Datejust isn’t an uncommon sight on the wrist of a watch connoisseur, but the vintage nature of this one made us look twice. The basic design hasn’t changed since the Datejust was introduced in 1945. Subtle changes Rolex slowly incorporate are what keep collectors searching for the rare and unusual. The silver dial is a welcome change from the typically encountered champagne colour. What I most like about this dial are the solid 18 karat yellow gold hour markers. The combination of machine cut/engraved, rectangular with stepped profile are definitely different than the typical thin hash marks normally encountered on Datejusts. The markers, the turned down dial edge, the unique optics of the plastic crystal and soft feel of an early style Jubilee bracelet make this otherwise garden variety Rolex a desirable vintage collectible. The 2.8 million serial number places production of the watch in the 3rd quarter of 1971. From the perfect condition dial to the overall shape you’d never believe this watch is 50 years old. I can’t help but think what a great gift this watch would be for someone celebrating a 50th birthday this year. The jubilee bracelet is showing only minor wear and stretch as these old Jubilee bracelets were never designed to be tight even when new. For a bracelet dated coded January 1976 the condition is actually very good to excellent. The bracelet still has another 50 years of life left in it if kept clean. Measuring 36mm diameter makes this watch suitable for anyone. Men like the classic sophisticated look and many women love wearing a slightly larger easier to read watch. A beautiful Rolex manufactured Swiss made automatic mechanism running inside the oyster case is working as designed and keeping great time. The 26 jewel fully adjusted chronometer grade Rolex calibre 1570 should be good for at least another lifetime with the occasional service. Buying the brand new equivalent Rolex 116234 Datejust similar to this comes with a price of $13,750.00 CAD. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty this vintage estate Rolex is priced less than half at $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11650.


January 3, 2021

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

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

 


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

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

 


December 25, 2020

2000 Rolex Oyster 25mm 76193 perfect factory diamond dial $5,800.00 CAD. e13618

These small Rolex Oyster watches do not show up very often compared to the more expensive and only slightly larger Datejust models. For the lady who likes the clean look of a watch without a calendar and does not want to be bothered correcting the date for months without 31 days, the less is more Rolex Oyster 76193 may be for you. This little watch measures 25mm diameter and is fitted with an uncommon black dial. Most of these watches come with a silver, white or champagne dial. The radial finish sunburst dial is absolutely perfect, showing scuffs or stains of any kind. The 11 diamond hour markers are up to the usual Rolex standard of virtually flawless quality and perfect cut. You can hide conceal an average of good cut a 57 facet brilliant cut diamond but when it comes to a 17 facet single cut only the finest cutting geometry will result in a bright sparkling display. Rolex is the only company I now of that use single cut diamonds. Single cut diamonds just look better in the smaller sizes suitable for hour marker decoration. Even the perfect settings the diamonds are secured in have been crafted from premium 18 karat yellow gold. Even though this is a smaller Rolex it still comes with the features you would expect from Rolex. The crystal is manufactured from optically perfect synthetic sapphire. This material is far harder than regular glass, it shrugs off impacts and abrasive contact that would destroy a mineral glass crystal. The classic Oyster case is protected from moisture to a depth of 100 meters by a thread crown and case back. Inside the stainless-steel case beats a fully adjusted in 5 positions and temperature compensated Rolex manufactured calibre 2230. The 31-jewel automatic winding mechanism runs at the same 28,800 cycles per hour frequency and the larger certified chronometer models. Our black beauty is in excellent condition and keeping great time. The 19 link Jubilee bracelet shows very minor sag and almost no stretch. The combination blushed/polished finish case and bracelet are scratch free. 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel, Jubilee bracelet, smaller size and sophisticated black dial give the watch some extra appeal to those who like to dress up from time to time. We are please to offer a no charge 1-year warranty for the new owner. Today the least expensive 18 karat/stainless steel Rolex with a diamond dial will set you back $13,650.00 CAD as shown on the Rolex website. The new model is a little bit larger at 28mm but otherwise similar. Our latest ladies Rolex Oyster is estate priced at $5,800.00 CAD. Stock #e13618.


December 24, 2020

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

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


December 17, 2020

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 2 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 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.

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December 11, 2020

2020 Tudor Black Bay Steel M79730 like new $4,100.00 CAD. e13875

The clean, utilitarian look of the Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay line of watches has been one of their most appealing characteristics. The black dials with extra-large luminous hands and hour markers define legibility under all lighting conditions. But for me, the basic Black Bay is missing a key function. This model is the only stainless steel, diver Black Bay that comes equipped with a calendar. I suppose I could learn to think for a few seconds about what day of the month it is, but a quick glance at my watch is much easier. This example looks practically new, there are still a few protective blue stickers on the buckle and bracelet. The only signs of use are a few very light scratches of the edge of the case that could be removed in about a minute. It remains 100% original and has not been polished. 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 winter of 2020. The next owner will benefit from Tudor’s 5-year international warranty valid until March 2025. These are popular models, excellent condition examples with complete documentation are difficult to find in Canada. This Black Bay Steel 79730 is estate priced at $4,100.00 CAD. Stock #e13875.

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December 10, 2020

1995 Rolex 16613 Submariner black tritium dial $12,250.00 CAD. e13834

Another nice example of an 18 karat gold and stainless steel Rolex Submariner 16613. While the two-tone look is not as trendy as the stainless steel, I feel they are a good value in the red hot sporty Rolex market. They offer the same features like the stainless steel models yet offer that luxury touch of solid 18 karat gold. If you’re going to wear a Rolex, why not add some luxury too. The gold bezel and bracelet trim let allow the 16613 to be worn in more formal settings. If you purchased one new, a two-tone Submariner would cost around 50% more than the basic entry-level steel model. On the used and secondary market, the price difference between a steel version and a two-tone is almost nothing. This 1995 example is in very good condition. The V4 date-coded bracelet is period correct and thought to be original, it is showing only moderate sag. The original tritium hands and dial are perfect, showing no stains, scratches, or blemishes of any kind. The crystal is a genuine Rolex service replacement and the aluminum bezel insert has faded to silver over the years. The watch is working great and keeping good time with all functions operating as designed. The 12 link Oyster bracelet will easily accommodate a wrist size of slightly more than 8 inches. Including a 1 year warranty, this watch is estate priced at $12,250.00 CAD. e13834.

SOLD


December 9, 2020

1985 Datejust 16013 36mm incredible condition $7,500.00 CAD. e13734

They don’t get much better than this for a vintage Rolex. Looking at this watch the only telltale sign of its age to someone who knows Rolex would be the tall plastic crystal. Everything else about this watch would lead you to believe it is only a few years old, not more than 35. The 18 karat and stainless steel Jubilee bracelet is very tight, showing no stretch and only the slightest amount of sag. Even when new these old “D” shaped hollow link bracelets drooped a similar amount. The precise case edges are still completely intact. The iconic fluted 18 karat fluted gold bezel sparkles with sharp faceted edges appearing original and unpolished. It doesn’t matter how careful you are trying to polish one of these bezels, you can’t help softening the perfectly corrugated peaks. The traditional interference snap buckle also looks and operates like new with a satisfying snap when closed. The “frogs’ toes” Rolex coronet embossed logo is as perfect as we’ve ever seen on a Rolex of this age. Naturally, the J date code buckle matches the production year of 1985 for the watch. The classic champagne dial is blemish-free with tritium plots that have aged nicely and match the hands perfectly. Solid 18 karat gold hands and hour markers are a Rolex tradition this watch proudly showcases. These are not the typical square profile, hash marks, but domed “Napoleon Hat” profile markers. Seemingly trivial details such as these are the things hardcore Rolex nerds go wild for. The watch has been lightly machine engraved with a short personal inscription on the case-back and buckle. The shallow engraving could easily be removed but we feel it only adds to the complete genuineness of the package. If you’d like to remove the engraving we could do so while you wait. The threaded crown turns more than 360 degrees before popping into the winding position. Looking for flaws on this watch was a real challenge, there are only 2 things we can find. The bottom of the “E” in T SWISS MADE T is a little smudged and two of the luminous hour plots have a small amount of material missing. The watch is running well and keeping good time. The new owner will benefit from a 1 year complimentary warranty (prorated for 5 years). Including an excellent condition box we believe to be original, the watch is estate priced at $7,500.00 CAD. Mmmmmm….. this one is so good. Stock #e13734.

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December 8, 2020

2008 Ladies Rolex Datejust 179173 26mm like new $8,000.00 CAD. e12091

Small sacrifices, hard work, and thoughtful decisions have you in a place where you now can afford a few luxuries in life. If great value is a key ingredient in your mental process justifying an indulgence such as this, then you are a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers customer (even if you don’t know it). We always strive to showcase beautiful jewellery items that represent strong value and enduring quality. Few other products can match these characteristics better than a previously enjoyed Rolex. If this watch was previously enjoyed it’s impossible to tell. Its condition is best described as like new. Aside from the slightest swirls and microscopic scuffs, it looks brand new. We’ve done nothing to prepare it for a new owner aside from wiping off my fingerprints for a few photographs. The trademark 18 karat fluted bezel edges are razor sharp reflecting light with the slightest movement. The classic Jubilee bracelet with an invisible clasp is infinitely comfortable and flexible. It exhibits absolutely zero stretch and no sag of any kind. The 5 pointed coronet Rolex clasp release shows perfect detail, just as it did the day it was purchased at an Ontario authorized agent in October 2008. A fully polished case with thicker case lugs, larger more luminous hour markers, solid 18 karat links with an integrated buckle are a few of the differences this model displays compared to previous Datejust models. From the late 1950s to today the lady Datejust has been the most popular choice for a feminine wrist. As styles and trends come and go the Datejust continues to display its classic good looks. The case size has grown over the years to the point where men’s and ladies ‘ overlap in size but this 26mm size is just for women. Rolex has recently retired the 26 in favor of a 31mm version that looks otherwise identical and retails for $10,400.00 USD and a relative bargain (given our weak dollar) $12,250.00 CAD. If you’ve always wanted a great piece of jewellery in the form of a Rolex, and you’re at a point in your life where a purchase like this makes sense, this is the best example we have. We are pleased to supply the new owner a complimentary 2-year warranty that matches the factory warranty when first delivered in 2008. It comes complete with inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, warranty card, after sales service brochure, chronometer hang tag, and even the protective cardboard sleeve. Estate priced at $8,000.00 CAD. Stock #e12091.

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December 7, 2020

2009 Rolex Daytona 116523 with box and papers, Canadian delivery $21,700.00 CAD. e14008

An almost perfect and complete example of a collectible Rolex. The Daytona Cosmograph is always at the top of the shopping list for anyone interested in a sporty chronograph. This was not always the case. 40 years ago, a Daytona could be had for a thousand dollars or less. The hand-wind technology of the early Daytona was considered very old school when the then-new quartz technology or at minimum self-winding movements seemed far more appealing. As a result, these early hand-wind models lingered in jewellers cases for a long time. When Rolex introduced the first automatic Daytona in the late 80s it was an instant success. The only trouble was the mechanism was made by Zenith watches. Zenith’s El Primero movement was considered the finest automatic chronograph around and was a logical choice for the new automatic Daytona. Whether truth or conjecture it is hard to say but Zenith could never supply enough movements to supply the demand for the new improved and extremely popular Daytona. High demand and low supply combine to make any Daytona a hot commodity today. The past few decades have seen the Daytona become by far the most sought-after watch with prices for early examples selling for up to 100 times their original price. The year 2000 not only marked a new millennium, but it also was a milestone year for Rolex. After close to 60 years of using other manufacturers movements for their chronographs, Rolex finally unveiled the first fully in house manufactured chronograph mechanism. Calibre 4130 had an extended power reserve of 3 days, it was a little thinner and was made with fewer components making the movement easier to service and more reliable. Despite having the theoretical ability to manufacture an almost infinite number of new movements and finished watches, Rolex has chosen to keep this model scarce, to say the least. Most Rolex authorized agents go quite sometime between shipments of  Daytona models. Even on the secondary used market, it is not uncommon to see the “entry-level” stainless steel models selling for more than twice the suggested retail price. Needless to say, when we get a nice used Daytona, it’s a special day. Our 18-karat gold and stainless-steel example is in particularly good, original condition. There are some light scratches on the tachymeter bezel scale, case, and bracelet but the overall condition is great. The bracelet shows no sag or stretch of any kind. The watch was purchased new in the spring of 2010 from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent Ontario. It comes with the important original Rolex paperwork, endorsed warranty card, inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, service guide, cardholder and chronometer hangtag. Bill Le Boeuf will supply the new owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years). The champagne dial should appeal to the gentleman racer who appreciates the luxury touch of 18 karat yellow gold details. Luminous treatments on the hour and minute hands plus marker plots provide good legibility in any lighting situation. The classic hue and rich tone of the 18 karat bezel and bracelet sections give this Daytona a versatile look that is at home at the track or fundraising gala dinner. If you are looking for a Daytona this one might just check off the box. If you’d like to have a closer look at the watch, send us your WhatsApp number and we will forward a short video. Who knows when we will be able to offer another? Estate priced at $21,700.00 CAD. Stock #e14008.

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

A strategically purchased watch can be a decent investment and sometimes it can be a home run, especially if it’s a Rolex sports model. We can give you many examples of Rolex we’ve sold over the years that have appreciated numerous times over the price we sold them for. Without exception, every single “Professional” model has seen significant gains over the last decade, some more than others, with the Daytona, GMT-Master II and Submariner leading the group. Even the super luxury models like this solid 18 karat gold Rolex Yacht-Master have become quite a bit more valuable. The last time we had a similar example was 13 years ago when we sold a perfect condition 2002 model for less than $20,000.00 when it was just 5 years old. This example is in similar like-new condition but is actually 5 years older dating from 1997. The original Yacht-Master debuted in 1992 as a luxury alternative to the pure function of the Submariner. Initially, only solid gold versions like this were offered. Compared to Submariners and Sea-Dwellers the Yacht-Master has a slightly softer outline with turned down lugs, thinner profile, solid gold two-way rotating bezel and lower water resistance rating of “only” 300 feet. What it does share with the traditional Submariner is the famous oyster case, triplock crown with guards, marine style hands, oyster bracelet, 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 23-year-old watch, the condition is nothing short of exceptional. The watch exhibits virtually no areas of measurable wear. The beautifully embossed/sandblasted bezel is sharp and crisp, the 12 link Oyster bracelet shows no stretch or sag. All the polished sections are bright and shiny, brushed areas show a perfectly contrasting flat finish. Even the raised coronet buckle logo shows excellent detail. This is one of the first areas to show wear and tear. 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 $32,000.00; the much larger 44mm 116688 Yacht-Master II priced at $51,450.00. A close alternative is a 40mm gold Submariner 116618 for $42,050.00 but it comes with a simple dial and non-precious ceramic bezel insert. If you were able to add an exotic mother of pearl, diamond, and sapphire dial the price would have to be close to $50,000.00. For roughly 1/2 the price of a new comparable model this watch makes a compelling case and offers some great value. Comes with a June 2019, Damiani Jewellers (Rolex authorized agent) Certificate of Appraisal.  We are happy to offer a complimentary 1 year (prorated to 5 years) warranty for the new owner covering all aspects of mechanical failure. Priced at $27,000.00. CAD. Stock #e13120.

SOLD

 


December 6, 2020

2021 Rolex Submariner 126610LN never worn $16,999.00 CAD. e14093

The much anticipated and updated Rolex Submariner 126610 is here. Rolex has taken two steps forward and one step back with the new 126610LN. The case is now just a touch bigger at 41mm diameter and the lugs are a little thinner despite a wider bracelet. These changes are in response to the reaction over the previous Submariner. The 116610 has been described as rather bulky and slightly unbalanced compared to the traditional Rolex Submariners from 1953 right up until 2009. Besides the stainless-steel Daytona, the Submariner is likely the most difficult Rolex to find. The classic features that have made Submariners one of the most desired watches in the world are all still here. The big news inside the Oyster case is the replacement of the old calibre 3135 with the calibre 3235. A new movement is not something that happens very often for Rolex, the old 3135 saw duty in the Submariner from 1988 until now. The new movement is not an evolution of the 3135 as over 90% of the parts are redesigned or different. The 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), a modified barrel design that allows for a longer mainspring for an extended power reserve, a new winding module to increase efficiency, and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in-house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes of the mechanism. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, reliable timepiece with a long 70-hour power reserve. They have even tightened up the accuracy tolerances to a claimed plus or minus around 2 seconds per day. This watch is perfect in every way and is in unworn condition. It comes complete with all documentation, warranty card valid until the winter of 2026, hang tags, inner/outer boxes, soft foam box liner, Rolex shopping bag, and even a gold plated Rolex logo tie-tac. This watch is offered for $16,999.00 but we would really rather trade it for something interesting you may have. If you have a classic old Rolex, you’re considering updating with something new, bring it in. We are opening this opportunity to the Rolex collecting community. Let us trade something you have for something you really want but cannot get. Let us know what you have. We are always looking for vintage Submariners, GMTs, Explorers, Daytona models, or pretty much any other Rolex model. We would also be interested in trading for your old gold jewellery, larger diamonds, or gold and silver bullion. We cannot place this watch on hold for more than a few hours. Estate price $16,999.00 CAD. Stock #e14093.

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2009 Rolex Datejust 178274 31mm factory Jubilee diamond dial $10,000.00 CAD. e13868

There once was a time when Rolex was just another high-quality Swiss watch company. One of many such establishments making watches for the world market after the first world war. Their products were high quality but nothing remarkable. They simply were really a watch assembling company that purchased dials, movements, cases, and other components from various manufacturers putting them together under the ROLEX brand name. It was not until 1926 and the invention of the Oyster case that the company’s direction changed forever. The world’s first truly reliable waterproof watch case was revolutionary. The patented system of a screw-down case back and a screw-down crown was a simple but effective system of keeping moisture and contaminants away from the sensitive movement. It is amazing no one ever thought of it before, or at least nobody thought to safeguard the idea with patent protection until Rolex did. While every manufacturer uses a similar system today, Rolex had the exclusive rights to produce watches with the Oyster style case. Today, every Rolex Oyster sold comes with a threaded crown and case back. Our latest Rolex Oyster measures 31mm diameter, discontinued is the traditional 26mm size. It is in excellent condition and features the classic tone on tone look of stainless steel, 18 karat white gold bezel, silver dial with diamond markers. The face is unusual and known as the Jubilee dial. Is not just a textured finish, it is textile-like, embossed pattern of ROLEXROLEXROLEX…. Under casual observation it appears simply as an attractive finish, only under close scrutiny can you see how the effect was created.  The polished case and centre links of the bracelet give the watch a jewellery shine with the dressier upgraded Jubilee bracelet. This style bracelet is more comfortable and arguably more feminine than its sporty Oyster counterpart. The “Crownclasp” buckle integrates the clasp release seamlessly with the bracelet with jewellery like precision. The factory-supplied diamond hour markers are of exceptional quality and cut as per the Rolex tradition of using only 17 facets per diamond instead of 57. Overall condition is excellent showing only minor scuffs and scratches. The case and bracelet have never been polished or refinished. If you want the watch to look like new, our team of onsite goldsmiths can have the case refinished and polished up like new in only a few hours for no charge. Wear and tear to the numerous joints is negligible as the bracelet shows no sag or stretch. This watch can do it all, casual with your favourite pair of jeans or dressed up at your next formal event. Working great, keeping excellent time with all functions operating as designed. The watch comes with everything shown; inner/outer boxes, instructions, booklets and hang-tags. The only thing it is missing is the original warranty card (long expired anyway). We are happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary one-year warranty. Estate priced at $10,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13868.

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2018 Rolex Datejust 41 126334 factory diamond dial $14,290.00 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 2022. 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 $14,290.00 CAD. Stock #e14087.

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2018 Tudor Pelagos 25600TN 42mm $4,488.00 CAD. e13987

The Tudor Pelagos is a remarkable watch. Constructed from titanium this is the first watch manufactured by the wholly-owned Rolex subsidiary company to be made of this exotic grey metal. Much lighter than stainless steel, super resistant to chemical attack, extremely durable but difficult to machine. For a hard-core diver’s watch, the Pelagos is the ultimate accessory. This is Tudor’s top of the line diver watch with the greatest depth rating at 1640 feet. For professional saturation divers, the Pelagos comes equipped with an automatic helium escape valve. The purposeful design is all business with huge luminous hands and hour markers. Not only is the bezel “zero” index treated with glowing pigment, but the entire bezel has also been enhanced for a great display in low light or no light situations. A watch designed for extreme sporting use requires a great movement and in this respect, the Pelagos doesn’t disappoint. Tudors MT5612 sets the bar for certified chronometer accuracy levels at this price point. There is not much else in the market offering a 70-hour power reserve plus a useful calendar that does not cost substantially more. Large square and rectangular hour markers, snowflake hour hand, flat black paint connects this most modern Tudor with classics from the past. A clever double locking buckle with diver extension and spring-loaded comfort clasp is a feature that even the Rolex Submariner is lacking. This watch was purchased new from a Canadian authorized agency in January of 2018. The factory warranty has just expired but we are happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1-year extension. Comes with an extra Tudor rubber strap, plus a strap extension that could allow the watch to be worn over an atmospheric diving suit. Included with purchase are the original inner/outer boxes, cardboard shipping sleeve, instruction booklets, endorsed warranty card, extra straps with two buckles. The watch is in almost new condition. It shows just a few superficial scuffs on the bracelet and a few scratches on the buckle. These minor blemished could be removed while you wait. The watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. Priced at $4,488.00 CAD. Stock #e13987.

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December 5, 2020

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

e9735 Tudor Ranger 79910Tudor has been Rolex’s effort at capturing the mid-range luxury watch market since 1952 when they launched the first Tudor Oyster Prince. Focusing on that mid-market price point has allowed them to be 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 high-end sport/utility watch segment. Ranger model 79910 is all brushed steel with a bold black dial and ultra readable luminous hands and dial markers. The 41mm diameter watch is equipped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, screw-on case back, and screw-down crown embossed with the Tudor rose. It’s powered by a Swiss-made Tudor Calibre 2824 (ETA 2824) that features a 38-hour power reserve. The watch is water-resistant to 150 meters and was based on a design from the late 60s. Tudor offered the Heritage Ranger 79910 with four different factory-issued straps, two of which accompany this watch: the Bund leather strap with folding steel buckle with flip-lock and the NATO-style, one piece camouflage fabric strap with its own steel buckle. e9735 Tudor Ranger 79910 camouflage strapThe previous owner also purchased a high-quality brown Hirsch leather accessory strap for a third look. It is accompanied by inner and outer box, paperwork, and a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Good overall condition with evidence of use in the form of minor scratches and the odd ding on the case edge. Delivered originally from a Toronto Ontario authorized agent with endorsed warranty dated May 1, 2015. Estate price $2,690.00 CAD. Stock #e11893.e9735.1 Tudor Ranger 79910

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1991 Rolex Submariner 16610. Super nice, Toronto watch $13,250.00 CAD. e13617

It’s not unusual for us to showcase a Rolex watch with an original case-back sticker in place. The old, green, holographic stickers looked pretty cool and were difficult to remove without leaving a sticky smear, so they were often left on to naturally fall off or gradually disappear. The case-back sticker on this vintage 16610 Submariner is looking pretty tattered but I can’t believe it’s still here at all considering this watch dates from 1991! For a watch that was manufactured 30 years ago the condition is as good as we’ve ever seen. The fine details, crisp edges, original textures, and finishes are still visible albeit somewhat softened over time. The Rolex coronet logo is practically perfect. This is the first place we look when determining if a Rolex has been excessively polished or refinished. No matter how gentle and careful you are, the “frogs toes” circular tips become less defined and flattened with polishing. The buckle date code O11 places production in late 1990. Another great indication of general wear and overall condition is by checking the bracelet droop and stretch. The more wear in the bracelet (especially with these old hollow centre link designs) the more droop they are likely to exhibit. We’re happy to say the 11 link Oyster bracelet on this watch displays very little sag. The glossy black dial and tritium hours markers couldn’t be better. The white gold hands match nicely although there is some lubricant creeping up the bottom of the hands from the hour/minute wheel pinions, difficult to capture in a picture. The rest of this watch is classic Submariner. One-way bezel timer, threaded crown/case-back, quick set calendar, sapphire crystal, fliplock buckle with diver’s extension are the features you’ve come to expect from Rolex’s most popular model. The 16610 series are showing a lot more interest from collectors since the recent introduction of the new 41mm 126610LN. The 16610 in the traditional and balanced 40mm case size with aluminum bezel are the closest in spirit to the original Submariner that was launched in 1953. This example comes complete with the outer box, calendar card (1991-1992), wallet, 16-page booklet, black cardboard, and the all-important endorsed warranty card from a Toronto authorized Rolex agent. All the accessories are in excellent condition. Including a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $13,250.00 CAD. e13617.

SOLD

 

 


December 3, 2020

Late 2019 Rolex Submariner 116613LB “Bluesy” $18,360.00 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 original ceramic heavy look, 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 the 15-month-old Submariner is $18,360.00 CAD. Stock #e14083.

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1989 Rolex Datejust 16233 on Jubilee bracelet and strap $5,800.00 CAD. e13885

I know many people who own this same style of Rolex watch and you likely do too. Some are models from the 1950s, some are 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and even newer. They were purchased when the owners were much younger than they are today. Stylish then and stylish now, the 36mm Datejust defies trends and always looks right. It’s not cutting edge and it isn’t reinventing the wheel as it was introduced way back in 1945. This one is 31 years old and running strong ready for the next 3 decades of reliable service. The iconic Jubilee bracelet on our latest vintage Rolex shows significant stretch and sag but has lots of life left in it yet. Keep the 5 segment, 18 karat yellow gold/stainless links clean, and these bracelets last almost indefinitely. Should you decide to change up the look with a more casual leather strap the Datejust looks great on almost any leather strap. The Rolex service dial is absolutely perfect, showing not even the slightest blemish on the classic champagne hue. The solid 18 karat gold rectangular hour markers and straight hands are sharp and crisp displaying the time in that timeless Rolex style. I love the subtle Roman numeral minute track and fully intact hour plots. At 36mm diameter, this size is a great choice for the average sized gentleman’s wrist or the lady who desires a slightly larger size without being overwhelming. Included with the purchase is a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. This style is still one of Rolex’s best-selling models and is available at your local Rolex boutique for $13,750.00 CAD and $11,200.00 USD. Our newest vintage Rolex is priced at $5,800.00 CAD and only at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in Downtown Barrie. Stock #e12790.

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December 2, 2020

2021 Rolex Submariner 126610LV Kermit/Cermit, never worn. $21,989.00 CAD or interesting trades. e14054

The much anticipated and updated Rolex Submariner 126610 is here. Rolex has taken two steps forward and one step back with the new 126610LV. The case is now just a touch bigger at 41mm diameter and the lugs are a little thinner despite a wider bracelet. These changes are in response to the reaction over the previous Submariner. The 116610 has been described as rather bulky and slightly unbalanced compared to the traditional Rolex Submariners from 1953 right up until 2009. Taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary bright green bezel 16610LV “Kermit”, Rolex has introduced the mossier green version that is quickly becoming known as the ceramic Kermit or “Cermit” for short. A sporty Rolex just wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t come with a clever moniker. The classic features that have made Submariners one of the most desired watches in the world are all still here. The big news inside the Oyster case is the replacement of the old calibre 3135 with the calibre 3235. A new movement isn’t something that happens very often for Rolex, the old 3135 saw duty in the Submariner from 1988 until now. The new movement isn’t an evolution of the 3135 as over 90% of the parts are redesigned or different. The 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), modified barrel design that allows for a longer mainspring for an extended power reserve, a new winding module to increase efficiency, and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in-house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the mechanism. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, reliable timepiece with a long 70-hour power reserve. They have even tightened up the accuracy tolerances to a claimed plus or minus around 2 seconds per day. This watch is perfect in every way and in unworn condition. It comes complete with all documentation, warranty card valid until the winter of 2026, hang tags, inner/outer boxes, soft foam box liner, cardboard box sleeve, and even a Rolex shopping bag. Rather than offer the watch for outright sale we are considering interesting Rolex trades as well. If you have a classic old Rolex you’re considering updating with something new, bring it in. We’re opening this opportunity to the Rolex collecting community. Let’s trade something you have for something you really want but can’t get. Let us know what you have. We are always looking for vintage Submariners, GMTs, Explorers, Daytona models, or pretty much any other Rolex model. Estate price $21,989.00 Stock #e14054.

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December 1, 2020

1997 Rolex Submariner 16610 $11,480.00 CAD. e14037

We’ve posted estate Rolex Submariners dozens of times before and much has been said about one of Rolex’s most sought-after models. The Submariner 16610 is the most popular Submariner ever produced. I would speculate that over almost 25 years of production (1987-2010) easily over a million were produced. Despite being the most common Submariner, we still can’t get enough of them. It is one of the top requested estate watches regardless of brand. A quick summary of our latest Submariner offering is as follows: 1997 production date, Oyster bracelet 91250 with 10 links not including diver extension, correct date coded Z8 for 1997, with fliplock safety clasp. The more desirable Tritium dial appears original with replacement hands. Perfect glossy black dial and good condition aluminum bezel insert, zero minute bezel index is cracked but stable and appears original. The case still shows some wear and tear on all four lugs, but they are still nice and thick. The synthetic sapphire crystal is in very good condition showing only microscopic scuff and nicks on the edges. The Oyster bracelet shows minor sag and stretch. The fliplock buckle still displays the embossed Rolex logo with particularly good relief. The watch is running well with all functions operating as designed. We are pleased to offer a complimentary 1-year warranty for the new owner. This is a model seeing significant appreciation since it was retired in 2010 and replaced with the bulkier ceramic bezel version. The older style tritium dial examples are a little more sought after and add a subtle vintage touch. At coming close to 25 years of age, I feel it is fair to call this a vintage Submariner. Priced at $11,480.00 CAD. Stock #e14037.

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November 29, 2020

2021 Rolex Sky-Dweller 326238 42mm (never worn) $46,990.00 CAD. e13988

The Gregorian Calendar has been a thorn in the side of watchmakers since the first calendar complication was added to a pocket watch in the late 19th century. Trying to accurately keep track of which months have 28, 30, or 31 days (not to mention 29 days in February every 4th year) in a small device like an analog mechanical watch is harder than it might seem. Most watches that display the date do not bother even trying, and just have a 31-day wheel for every month. Though this method works, it needs to be corrected 5 times per year for months not having 31 days. The Rolex Sky-Dweller, however, takes date calibration seriously, featuring what’s known as an “annual calendar.” This complication means the Sky-Dweller only needs the day of the month set once a year at the end of February. Of course, Rolex was not content with only including an annual calendar complication; they also decided to add a 24-hour separate time zone displayed by the offset central dial and a subtle month of the year displayed by a red tip at the end of an hour marker. Each of the 12 months corresponds to an hour marker. 1 for January, 2 for February, 3 for March….. It’s astonishing they were able to include such features and still maintain an accuracy rate expectation of +2/-2 seconds per day. One thing is for sure, it wasn’t easy: The Sky-Dweller is protected by 11 patents, half of which are exclusive to the Sky-Dweller. This is the most complicated Rolex ever produced. The engineering that went into this did not neglect ease of use either. By turning the solid 18 karat gold bezel when setting the watch, the day of the month, local time, and 24-hour dial/2nd-time zone can all be set independently adjusted without interrupting one another. Of the 3 dial colours available on the 326238 (champagne, black, and white) the silvery/white is the easiest to read. It would be my choice and is in keeping with the more casual look when equipped with the rubber strap. In daylight or complete darkness, this dial offers outstanding legibility.  Setting the time is as simple as it is satisfying– it is a shame it only needs to be coordinated once a year. It comes with everything when originally purchased from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent in January 2021. It has never been worn, perfect in every way, and comes with a 5-year international Rolex warranty. There are still a couple of protective stickers on the case. The Sky-Dweller has been a huge success for Rolex and has been on perpetual back order with waiting lists since it was introduced in 2012. This all 18 karat yellow gold version on black rubber OysterFlex strap was a new introduction for 2020. The Oyster flex strap with deployment buckle makes the large 42mm Sky-Dweller much easier to wear. Even on the rubber strap, the watch weighs in at a substantial 199.5 grams. The deployment buckle, equipped with the GlideLock feature allows quick adjustments in length when a little extra room is needed. Included with purchase are several Rolex branded gifts; a beautiful, blue, Italian silk tie with tie tac and a set of 3 TaylorMade Rolex golf balls.     We can’t guarantee these gifts will improve your golf game or make you more attractive, but they won’t hurt. Model 326238 comes with a suggested retail price of $40,000.00 in the United States and $47,250.00 in Canada. On the secondary market, these have asking prices of at least $54,000.00 CAD. Our estate price is $46,990.00 CAD. Stock #e13988.

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November 21, 2020

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

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

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November 20, 2020

1980 Rolex OysterQuartz 17013 36mm Buckley dial $7,900.00 CAD. e13805

We love these unusual battery-powered and rare Rolex OysterQuartz watches. Scarce as they are, this one adds a couple more characteristics that make it extra interesting to the collector who appreciates the unique nature of this watch. The first thing you may notice is the “Buckley” dial. These dials are characterized by the unique Roman numeral font that is painted/stenciled directly on the face. This method is unlike the typical practice of Rolex using applied 18 karat gold markers. It has been speculated that these dials were made for people who had a difficult time reading the highly polished, reflective raised gold hour markers. When introduced these dials were slow sellers, today these are highly prized by collectors, and this one is the best we’ve seen. The once luminous tritium hour plots are 100% intact and have aged to a lovely tan patina that matches the tritium strip in the black hands perfectly. The best part of the watch is the originality and like-new appearance of the case and bracelet. We’ve never seen an OysterQuartz bracelet as tight and crisp as this one. There is zero sag and no stretch to the 13 link integrated bracelet. The OysterQuartz bracelet looks like a flattened Jubilee style and is only seen on the OysterQuartz and the very rare and short-lived Oyster Date and Datejust models (model 1530 and 1630). The case on this example displays the original beveled edges like no other we’ve ever seen. These pictures display the facet like precision on the case edge corners to which Rolex detailed these high tech electronic masterpieces.   Once these watches get polished these edges are lost. If you have any interest in the history of the Rolex OysterQuartz a great resource is OysterQuartz.net. There are always a few of these watches on the market and most are quite a bit less expensive than this one, but I doubt you’ll find one as nice as this. The 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel is crisp and sharp, catching the light in its corrugated `flat surfaces. The Twinlock Oyster crown smoothly turns a full 540 degrees before popping. This watch is in as close to new old stock condition as we’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot considering this watch dates from 1980 according to its 6401686 serial number. We are pleased to offer the next owner a complimentary 1 year warranty. This interesting piece of Rolex history and technology is estate priced at $7,900.00 CAD. Stock #e13805.

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November 18, 2020

2021 Rolex Oyster 34 blue dial 124200 $6,600.00 CAD. e13989

Here’s a gift that you’ll enjoy picking up and a gift that they’ll love to receive. The Rolex 34mm Oyster is a great mix of classic Rolex design and with contemporary details that are instantly noticeable. There is a good chance blue is their favorite colour. Of all the colours to choose from, blue is cited as the favorite colour of around 35% of people asked. Blue dial Rolex watches are always a top seller for us. Blue is refreshing to see on a conservative brand like Rolex that usually features silver, black, white, or champagne dials. The raised 18 karat white gold luminous hour markers and hands are the classic rectangular shape. The watch was purchase new in January 2021 and has never been worn. It comes complete with everything delivered from the authorized agent, including inner/outer box, endorsed warranty card, instructions, hanging bracelet tags, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The uncluttered functional dial with smooth bezel and sporty oyster bracelet make this watch the perfect accessory for an active lifestyle. A super scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, threaded twin lock crown, and a screw-on case back allow for a 100-meter water-resistant rating. Not a scuff or scratch anywhere to be found. The 34mm size is the perfect size for the casual look on a woman’s arm, or for the slim gentleman who doesn’t like an overwhelming watch. This size is almost always sold out at Rolex agents and seldom seen in display cases. On the secondary market, the average 124200 has typical asking prices of more than $1,500.00 OVER the suggested retail price of $6,150.00 CAD (significantly more for unworn 2021 models). Being a 2021 model this watch benefits from the Rolex 5 year international warranty. Estate priced at $6,600.00. Stock. e13989.

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November 17, 2020

2017 Rolex Day-Date 36mm 118135 with 2 factory straps $22,220.00 CAD. e13986

The Day-Date has always been the quiet leader of the Rolex Oyster models. It’s the top of the line and it’s almost always shown in 18 karat yellow gold with a champagne dial on a “President” bracelet. A yellow gold Day-Date is the watch you expect to see and often do on the arms of those who can afford some of the nicer things in life. While our latest estate watch is Rolex’s pinnacle offering, it is certainly not the default yellow gold/champagne dial standard issue. This one has been crafted from a proprietary 18 karat rose gold alloy produced in the Rolex foundry. Developed in 2005 and christened “Everose”, this alloy holds several patents protecting its exclusive use by Rolex. Traditional rose gold 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, but Rolex isn’t talking or giving away any trade secrets. The next thing you’ll notice about this watch is its beautiful rhodium dial. The silver/grey hue is sophisticated, neutral, and timeless. The hands, hour markers, and the distinctive Rolex coronet logo are all crafted from solid 18 karat Everose too. The most striking feature of our newest estate Rolex is the fantastic deep green factory-supplied alligator strap with deployment buckle. This is the first Rolex in our long history to come with a green strap and I love it. The elaborate deployment clasp fitted to the strap is in itself a work of art comprised of more than a dozen components. The seemingly simple buckle is thoughtfully engineered, functions beautifully while offering excellent security and extending the life of the strap. Included with the watch is an extra, lightly worn, Rolex black alligator strap for those days when a more subtle look is preferred. The watch was originally delivered to a Canadian authorized agent on August 30, 2017. It comes complete with the endorsed warranty card, original bill of sale, inner/outer boxes, service guide booklet, and chronometer hang-tag. The 5-year factory warranty is valid until the end of August 2022. The previous owner of this unique Rolex is a luxury watch connoisseur who only occasionally wore it in rotation with others. We are presenting it in its original condition. It has never been polished or refinished in any watch. The only preparation required to present it was a gentle case cleaning. It is in excellent condition showing only a few small scuff and scratches. The iconic fluted bezel shows a minor impact flat spot at the 27 1/2 minute mark. Seeing a Rolex Day-Date 118135 is very rare. Rolex no longer offers any Day-Date models on a leather strap making this retired model even more unusual and unique. The 36mm size is perfect for those who don’t want a watch to dominate their arm and appreciate the traditional Day-Date dimensions. This size is easily worn by both men and women. Estate priced at $22,220.00 CAD. Stock #e13986.

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

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

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November 10, 2020

2016 Rolex Datejust II 116300 41mm $10,200.00 CAD. e13832

Originally owned by a customer of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers who used it for a few years then traded in for something a little different. When Rolex decided to up-size the traditional 36mm Datejust in 2009 they did it in a big way; the 41.6mm 116300 Datejust II was the result. Upon initial introduction, it was a huge success both literally and figuratively. It wasn’t long before the watch community began to critique the bulky nature of the bezel, case thickness, lug shape, and those wonderful, extra-large hour markers. The oversized, luminous markers are what makes this watch so appealing. In the dark, it’s easy to see how much out of scale the hour markers are compared to the hands. Many valuable, long discontinued Rolex watches with unusual dials are the models that see more appreciation over the year. The “lollipop” Submariner and “Wide Boy” Datejust are now noticeably more costly than the regular dial examples. In late 2015 the Datejust II was discontinued after only 6 years in production making for a short production run. Rolex is known for moving very slowly and keeping models in the line up for decades in many cases. The 116300 is beginning to be appreciated for its uniqueness. I’m sure the new more subtle 126300 Datejust 41 will stick around for longer than just 6 years. This is a Canadian delivered watch purchased in October 2016 from an Ontario authorized agent. The remaining balance of the transferable factory 5-year warranty is included. Once that expires Bill LeBoeuf Jewellers will add an additional one-year in-house warranty for the new owner. Original inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card with holder, instructions, original bill of sale, outer white cardboard sleeve, hangtags, and all accessories come included. Even the clear plastic bezel guard that protects the smooth shiny bezel while on display is here. This watch had a suggested retail price of $7,150.00 USD before it was retired. It carefully used by its previous owner but not babied; as such it exhibits swirly scuffs and light scratches on the buckle, bracelet, bezel, and case. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. We would include complimentary refinishing/polishing if you wish. Our advice is to leave it alone as it can only be original once. A future collector will appreciate the fact it is in its original condition. Our example with the favored glossy black dial is estate priced at $10,200.00 CAD. Stock #e13832

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November 9, 2020

1995 Rolex Datejust 16233 36mm, factory mother of pearl dial $12,125.00 CAD. e13583

If you are a Rolex fan (and there are many) you know what you’re looking at. It’s a very common mid-1990s two-tone Datejust 16233 on an Oyster bracelet. This model is perhaps Rolex’ most popular and is the epitome of what a Rolex looks like. What makes this watch so special is the factory white mother of pearl dial. Ordering a new Rolex and want a different colour dial, no problem. Most options 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, 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 $3,350.00 to the basic $13,000.00 cost. That’s more than 25% 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 to craft these natural 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 our actual watch, but it can’t truly capture just how pretty it is. Besides the exceptional dial, the watch is equally impressive for being 25 years old. The 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel is sharp and crisp showing little wear and the 11 link Oyster bracelet displays little sag and no stretch. The watch was serviced at Rolex Canada in 2013 and has only been worn a few times since. While there are many custom MOP dials out there in the sometimes 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 to an aftermarket replacement. We are completely confident in the pedigree of this dial as Rolex noted the white Mother of Pearl dial at the time of the factory service. If the dial was customized or aftermarket they would have refused to service it. This watch would make the perfect timepiece for man or woman looking for the ultimate upgrade without the obvious bling of a diamonds on the face or bezel. The watch is running great and keeping excellent time. We are pleased to offer the new owner a complimentary one year warranty with purchase. Estate priced at $12,125.00 CAD. Stock #e13583.

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November 8, 2020

2020 Rolex GMT Master II 126710BLNR full kit, like new. $19,800.00 CAD. e13893

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 offer. 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 until 6:00 am as indexed by the handy 24-hour, blue hour hand. 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 from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent in the late summer of 2020. It comes complete with the fully endorsed 5-year international warranty, instruction booklet, worldwide service booklet, green chronometer hang tag, inner/outer boxes, and a Rolex shopping bag. The overall condition of the watch is at least 99% or better. There are just the lightest few scuffs on the polished centre strip of the buckle. I can’t find a single blemish anywhere else. We’d be happy to provide a complimentary while you wait polish to the buckle if you wish, but once you see how minor they are I think you’ll choose to leave it alone. These watches are trading hands on the secondary market for significantly more than their original retail price. 2020 examples have asking prices in the low $20,000.00 CAD range. Our next to new example is estate priced at $19,800.00 CAD. Stock #e13893.

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November 7, 2020

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

For 200 years white dials with Roman numeral hour markers were the choice for watch manufacturers from around the world. To do anything different was rarely even considered. While it may not be the most flamboyant choice, there is no denying how effective the combination is. For a classic and conservative brand like Rolex a white dial on stainless steel case is particularly attractive. Until I owned a white dial watch myself I really didn’t appreciate its simple elegance; now you’d have a hard time convincing me to go with any other colour. For a watch that was made at the end of the last century, it has stood up amazingly well. It could almost pass for new old stock. There is not even the slightest scuff, scratch, or ding on the synthetic sapphire crystal. Aside from a tiny amount of sag in 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 $6,700.00 CAD. Stock #e12107.

SOLD


November 6, 2020

2020 Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Wimbledon (worn for one week) $15,888.00 CAD. e13803

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 almost brand new. It was purchased in late October 2020 and only worn for a week. I strongly suspect the unusual dial 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 126334 and is now highly sought after. The basic rhodium dial has always been a consistent seller but adding the dark green Roman numerals was a curious departure for the uber-conservative brand. 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. 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 hard to find Jubilee bracelet. Most examples of this watch come with the sporty Oyster style bracelet. A large 41mm Rolex with the dressy Jubilee bracelet is obviously a look the market is seeking as it sells on the secondary market for a significant premium compared to the oyster. The watch is completely original, the only evidence of use are a few light scratches on the “EasyLink” equipped buckle. A fully endorsed warranty card and all packaging are included with the purchase. The factory warranty with cover the next owner until the end of October 2025. 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 $15,888.00 CAD (trade-ins are welcomed). Stock #e13803.

SOLD


November 5, 2020

1989 Rolex Daytona 16523 $17,500.00 CAD. e12734

A Rolex Daytona is just about the safest blue-chip watch investment possible if history is any type of indicator. Over the last 30 years, many models have seen 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), new chronograph reset pusher, set of hands, crown, crystal, and light case/bracelet refinishing. The fresh service/repair was just 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 well over $25,000.00 CAD (around $10,000.00 over original retail pricing). Buying a Rolex Daytona in the last 20 years has only been a bargain in hindsight. It certainly hasn’t been a mistake as every single one has seen significant appreciation. Right now you might be saying, “I can’t believe I’m considering paying $17,500.00 for a used Daytona”. Ten years from now I bet you’ll be saying “I can’t believe I ONLY paid $17,500.00 for this Daytona”. The case and bracelet have been lightly polished and show almost like new. All functions are working as designed and the watch is keeping great time. Included with purchase is the balance of 2-year warranty valid until September 2021. The watch also comes with a vintage Rolex box, booklet, ’89-90 calendar, plastic chronometer hangtag, and cardholder wallet. Estate priced at $17,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12734.

SOLD

 


November 4, 2020

2000 Rolex Air-King 14000 white Roman 34mm $4,100.00 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 $4,100.00 CAD. Stock #e13874.

SOLD


November 3, 2020

2020 Rolex Datejust 36 126234 factory diamond dial $12,700.00 CAD. e13872

It may look like a familiar watch but it’s actually all-new. Well, perhaps it is not completely new but rather an evolution of the most popular watch in the world. Much like the width of a gentleman’s tie or the length of a ladies skirt, watch dimensions ebb and flow. This generation of the classic 36mm Datejust debuted in early 2018 with narrower lugs and slight tweaks to the case, dial, and bezel. It follows the traditional balanced look of the original 1945 Datejust. A more significant change can be found inside the 100m watertight Oyster case. The old calibre 3135 has been replaced with the all-new calibre 3235. A new movement isn’t something that happens very often for Rolex, the 3135 saw duty in the many Rolex watches from 1988 until 2019. The new movement isn’t an evolution of the 3135 as over 90% of the parts are redesigned or different. The 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), a modified barrel design that allows for a longer mainspring for an extended power reserve, a new winding module to increase efficiency, and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the mechanism. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, robust timepiece with a long 70-hour power reserve. They have even tightened up the accuracy tolerances to a claimed plus or minus around 2 seconds per day. This Datejust is absolutely perfect in every way and has never been worn. It features the upgraded 18 karat white gold fluted bezel and factory diamond dial. The radial finish black dial with Oyster bracelet offers a slightly sportier look compared to the Jubilee style and the diamond add a touch of sophisticated sparkle. Hidden under the embossed buckle is a clever extension that allows a 5mm length adjustment without the need for any tools, on days when a bit of extra room is more comfortable.  At 36mm this watch is perfect for the lady who likes something a bit bigger but not a cartoon or the slim gentleman who doesn’t like the bulk of a 40mm Professional model. The watch comes with everything as delivered from the original authorized Rolex agent. Full documents, booklets, endorsed warranty card, inner/outer boxes, hangtags, foam box liner, white cardboard protective box sleeve, and even a large Rolex shopping bag. We are including a very difficult to find, never worn, microfiber, Rolex embroidered baseball hat. These hats are not sold by Rolex and are only occasionally given out for preferred clients as gifts with purchase. On the secondary market, nice ones like this fetch around $200.00. The next owner will benefit from the 5-year international Rolex warranty. While not as difficult to find as a Daytona or Submariner, a stainless steel with white gold, black dial Datejust is not a watch seen often in the showcase of your local Rolex agent. This perfect condition is estate priced at $12,700.00 CAD. Stock #e13872.

SOLD

 


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

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

SOLD

 


2018 Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN full kit, perfect. $17,000.00 CAD. e11679

Purchased new from Reeds Jenss New York authorized Rolex agent in the summer of 2018 we proudly offer this discontinued Rolex GMT-Master II model 116710LN. This model GMT II was the first Rolex to offer the now standard ceramic bezel insert. This new material offers far better scratch resistance than the previous aluminum piece. The new GMT also benefits from the larger “maxi” dial markers and hands, it’s more luminous than previous models, has a bigger more watertight 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. Like all professional stainless steel watches in the Rolex line up seeing a GMT-Master on display at your local Rolex agent isn’t likely to happen. There have been waiting lists for this model pretty much from the time of introduction in 2007. Now that they’ve been discontinued they are really difficult to find. Since the recent retirement, these particular models have become especially desirable. Rolex no longer offers a GMT-Master II in stainless steel with a totally black dial, even the classic sporty oyster style bracelet has been replaced with the dressy Jubilee design. This may be the last of the monochromatic GMT-Masters. Rolex collectors are snapping these up as nice examples with complete documentation and packaging come to market. This one was delivered new in New York and is 100% complete and original. It has never been refinished in any way. As such it’s showing signs of regular use in the form of scuffs and scratches. We’d suggest leaving it original; the collector Rolex market covets originality over all else. Having the original inner/outer boxes, instructions, booklet, endorsed warranty card and the green chronometer hangtag adds significant value too. Since these pictures have been taken the remaining protective plastic stickers have fallen off the fliplock but the watch remains in virtually like-new condition, showing only a few scuffs and scratches. The watch is running great with all functions working as designed. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this very collectible Rolex is estate priced at $17,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11679.

SOLD


November 2, 2020

2020 Rolex Datejust 41 126303 Wimbledon $16,970.00 CAD. e13853

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 almost brand new. It was purchased in late 2020 and only worn for a day or two. I strongly suspect the unusual dial 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 126334 and is now highly sought after. The basic rhodium dial has always been a consistent seller but adding the dark green Roman numerals was a curious departure for the uber-conservative brand. The green framed, black Roman numerals are painted on so think they actually have some 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. 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 premium over new. The watch is completely original, the only evidence of use is a few light scuffs on the bezel and bracelet. These minor blemishes can be removed by one of our goldsmiths while you wait if you’d like if perfect. A fully endorsed warranty card and all packaging are included with the purchase. The factory warranty with cover the next owner until the end of 2025. 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 $16,970.00 CAD (trade-ins are welcomed). Stock #e13853.

SOLD

 

 


November 1, 2020

2020 Rolex Day-Date 40 white gold blue Roman 228239 $45,990.00 CAD. e13864

To the casual observer, this may look like an attractive stainless steel watch of generous size; perhaps they may even recognize it as a Rolex. To anyone who appreciates fine watches, it will be immediately be noticed as the Rolex DAY-DATE. What makes this particular DAY-DATE so interesting is the choice of metal used in its construction. Almost all DD Rolex watches are manufactured in 18 yellow gold. This is the top of the model line for Rolex, there isn’t a DD Rolex made from anything other than gold or platinum. You can’t but a budget DAY-DATE from stainless steel or even combination steel and gold. Since 1958 we’ve been buying/selling/trading Rolex watches but this is the first white gold Day-Date that we have ever had. 18 karat yellow gold versions show up with regularity every month or so, but in over 62 years this is the first 18 karat white gold model. The white gold is what makes this watch so very interesting. Rolex produces unique alloys of precious metals in their own foundries. Their jealously guarded alloy formulas are a trade secret designed for beauty and resilience to last a lifetime. A white gold DAY-DATE is the ultimate under the radar watch. They are rarely seen in person and when they are they blend into any crowd without creating attention to any but those who know what they’re looking at. I’ve never seen a DD in a Rolex agent’s showcase. They can be ordered in a variety of dial silver to black dial hues, you can even order a dial created from a thin slice of meteorite. While the silver to black tones are very classy and sophisticated, the green and blue are the most coveted. The unique Roman numeral font design is specific to the Day-Date and not seen on any other model. Not only is this our first ever white gold DD it is our first example of the larger 40mm diameter. It’s not overwhelming in dimension but you sure know you’re wearing it. Being crafted entirely from 18 karat you know it’s something special as soon as you put it on. This watch weighs over 210 grams (close to 1/2 a pound). The watch is powered by the Rolex in house manufactured calibre 3255 mechanism. This mechanical movement is one of the most precise ever produced with an expected daily accuracy rate of just plus or minus 2 seconds per day and a power reserve of close to 3 days. This watch is a 2020 model that has never been worn. There isn’t even the slightest scuff or scratch anywhere. The screws that secure the removable links never been removed. Of course, it comes with the authorized Rolex agent 5-year warranty card, booklets, instructions, hang tags, inner/outer boxes, protective cardboard sleeve, and more. Included with purchase are a Victorinox Rolex brand pocketknife, 2021 Rolex calendar, large Rolex shopping bag, and a beautiful cashmere scarf in a Rolex box. Who knows when we’ll have the privilege to feature another white gold Day-Date. The estate price for this Rolex masterpiece is $45,990.00 CAD. Stock #e13864.

SOLD


October 31, 2020

1988 Rolex Datejust 16220 blue stick tritium dial 36mm $6,200.00 CAD. e11952

The Datejust has been the default watch for most Rolex customers since the model was introduced in 1945. The do-it-all design is appropriate for the office boardroom or a weekend adventure with your buddies. Comfortable and versatile, the 36mm case size has stood the test of time better than any design before or since. Super thin rectangular quartz watches from the 80s to contemporary gigantic sports chronographs, the traditional 36mm Datejust quietly marches on as Geneva’s most popular watch brand’s ambassador to the world. With most sporty vintage Rolex becoming out of reach to many enthusiasts unusual Datejust models are attracting new attention. By far the most common dial colour for a stainless steel Datejust is silver or champagne for the two-tone models. Considering blue is the favourite colour for most people when asked, it’s surprising we don’t see more blue dial Rolex. Come to think of it, this is one of the few blue dial, all-steel Datejust we’ve had. We estimate less than 10% of 16220 Datejust came this a blue dial and far less survive today with an original tritium example. This watch is really all about the dial. The radial finish medium navy blue hue is perfect; not too bright and not overly saturated. Finding a tritium blue dial from the late 80s is a special treat for us. Even the 18 karat white gold stick hour markers are a little different than the traditional style. These ones have a more triangular profile with a peaked knife edge. The dial is spotless with 5 lines of beautiful text proclaiming everything about the watch. Rolex isn’t shy about letting the world know what they’re looking at. Rolex isn’t making tritium dials anymore, it may be a long time before we ever see another blue one come through our estate department. The rest of the watch is very nice, very typical Rolex stuff. Water-resistant Oyster case, threaded case back and crown with a full 1 1/2 turns before releasing. The synthetic sapphire crystal has a few small chips along the edge. The engine turned stainless steel bezel is a bit more understated than the fluted white gold. The stainless steel Oyster bracelet goes especially well the sporty blue dial. Running great, keeping time with all functions operating as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary one year warranty. Estate priced at $6,200.00 CAD. e11952.

SOLD

 


October 30, 2020

2020 Tudor Black Bay 58 M79030 Black or Blue. Both with box/papers $4,970.00 each. e13588 e13564

 Why mess with a winning formula. The ever-expanding Tudor Black Bay series of watches has been the most popular since the line was introduced back in 2012. The vintage inspired look put Tudor squarely back in the spotlight after decades of low visibility in the North American market. Omega, Tag-Heuer, and Breitling controlled the mid-level price points. The vast resources of Rolex (Tudor parent company) did a remarkable job re-establishing the brand to an eager group of watch enthusiasts who had all but written them off. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight is a recent introduction to the series and has been sold out across the world since it was released. Its slightly smaller 39mm case size is more manageable for everyday use compared to the bulkier 41mm Black Bay. Aside from the size, the 58 is pretty much of the same specification. The in house MT5602 manufactured 25 jewel automatic Swiss-made movement is keeping excellent time. This proprietary chronometer rated mechanism comes standard with an extended 70-hour power reserve. In the past, Tudor watches used movements made by other companies. The MT5602 is the first mechanism developed and manufactured by Tudor for use in Tudor watches. These watches are extremely popular with most being delivered to clients who have had their name on a waiting list for a long time. Our 2 estate examples are in like new condition showing no evidence of use. Both come complete with the full and original packaging, documents, and even the original invoices. Both are 2020 models and carry the balance of the Tudor 5-year warranty. Traditional black dial or the new release blue, the choice is yours. Both are priced at $4,970.00 CAD. Stock #e13588 and e13564.

BOTH SOLD.

 

 


October 29, 2020

2017 Rolex Datejust 116233 36mm $11,500.00 CAD. e13798

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 are still the most popular combination; just as they were when the model was introduced in 1945. This look has come to almost define the brand all by itself. Practically as long as there’s been Rolex there’s been a watch in the line that looks almost identical to this. The neutral colour champagne dial goes well with almost anything and the rugged nature of the oyster case allows use for almost any activity. While these characteristics have been a constant that doesn’t stop Rolex from refining the design. It only seems like a few years ago that Rolex introduced model 116233. It is now discontinued and replaced with the 126333 for $13,750.00. While the new watch showcases some interesting technology some feel the old 116233 is the Datejust to own. Gone are the thick case lugs, subtle hour markers, and decorative railroad hour track with Roman numerals. The biggest and most obvious difference is the disappearance of the concealed “Crownclasp”. The hidden buckle is a feature that really elevated the Datejust to a higher luxury level. This example of model 116233 dates from December 2017 and was originally purchased from our friends at Humbertown Jewellers Toronto. This watch looks practically new. 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 virtually no sag or stretch. No surprise really as the previous owner took great care and rarely wore it. The watch is running like new and keeping great time. Purchasing a brand new Datejust of this specification carries a list price of $13,750.00 CAD. Fashion comes and goes but style is forever. Included with purchase is the inner/outer Rolex box, dealer endorsed warranty card, booklet, and other accessories. The 5-year factory warranty will cover the new owner until December 2022.  Our price for this recently retired classic Rolex is $11,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13798.

SOLD


October 28, 2020

1994 Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 with paperwork $14,285.00 CAD. e13818

At this time of year, it’s hard to find the time to describe all the fantastic estate items we showcase, so we’ll let the pictures do most of the talking for this one. What we can briefly say is this one owner 1994 Rolex GMT-Master II was originally purchased on Dec. 31, 1994, for just $2,522.00 USD. It comes with Rolex service papers from 2009, a work order from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers, July 2015 (the last time it was serviced) and a ton of other documents, booklets and accessories. It has a Rolex service dial, service hands and crystal but otherwise appears original. It comes delivered with everything shown in these images but is missing the inner box. The new owner will receive a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated for 5 years). Estate priced at $14,285.00. CAD. Stock #e13818.  

SOLD


October 27, 2020

2006 Rolex Datejust 36mm 116200 silver/Roman $7,140.00 CAD. e12981

This just might be the “universal watch”. What I mean by that is, it could be the perfect watch for any/all occasions. Part of this includes the fact that yes it’s a Rolex too. Being a Rolex means it is more than just a basic machine to tell you the time. It is a tradition of excellence and achievement going back well over 100 years. World explorers, heads of state, international celebrities, captains of industry to professionals of all walks of life; wearing a Rolex watch is as much a lifestyle statement as it is the best tool to get the job done. A silver dial tone on tone 36mm Datejust really can do it all. The oyster case was a ground-breaking advancement in making watches watertight.  Rolex states: Invented by Rolex in 1926, it was the world’s first waterproof case for a wristwatch thanks to its patented system of screwing down the bezel, case back and winding crown against the middle case. A symbol of robustness and water resistance, this perfectly proportioned and elegant watch case is a superb blend of form and function. Ultra dressy with a tuxedo on your wedding day or kickin back on the deck with your buddies this watch always looks great. The case and bracelet are crafted exclusively from 904L stainless. 316L stainless is the industry standard for high quality watches, it works great and offers excellent resistance to corrosion but Rolex demand better. In 1985 they were the first watch manufacturer to use 904L. It offers an even higher level of protection from almost all types of chemicals and corrosion. It produces a beautiful polish and sheen, but it is more difficult to machine. Rolex had to produce its own special tools and processes in order to properly work with 904L steel. Rolex takes extraordinary measures making their watches as functional as possible. Solid 18 karat white gold hands and hour markers are far more resistant to oxidation than simple nickel or gold plating used by other manufacturers. The silver dial with Roman numerals sets it apart from the common stick markers commonly seen on this model and the Oyster style bracelet is sportier than the Jubilee option. It displays practically no evidence of any wear. The bracelet shows no stretch or sag and the case/bracelet is scratch free. We are happy to offer the new owner a complimentary one year warranty (prorated for 5 years). Comes complete with original inner/outer box, instructions, and warranty/chronometer documents. Priced at $7,140.00 CAD. Stock #e12981.

SOLD


October 25, 2020

1981 Rolex OysterQuartz 17014 $6,450.00 CAD. e13589

In the 1970s Rolex decided to join the world of ultra-accurate electronic battery operated quartz watches and manufactured their own in house developed movement. The public received this new Rolex with a lukewarm reception at best. It was a slow selling model but managed to stick around until approximately the year 2000 when it was quietly retired without notice. It has been estimated that only around 25,000 Oysterquartz watches were produced during the entire 25 year production run, making it one of the rarest regular production Rolex watches. We’ve seen a few stainless steel examples and the occasional two tone Datejust OysterQuartz turns up around here, but this is the first one that comes to memory with the expensive 18 karat white gold bezel option. That simple fluted bezel reinforces the fact that this is a Rolex and yes Rolex did indeed make quartz watches that actually “tick”. The combination of 18 karat white gold bezel with a glossy black dial (genuine service replacement) makes this a Rolex equally at home kickin back with your buddies or at your next black-tie event. This is one Rolex that can truly be considered quite rare. If you’ve always wanted a Rolex but also want one that actually keeps extremely accurate time as well, the Oysterquartz is for you. Rolex took extraordinary measures to make sure their quartz watch better and more accurate than any other available. A sensor found within the movement samples ambient temperature and adjusts the frequency of the quartz crystal accordingly. The fully jewelled Oysterquartz movement is widely considered the finest electronic movement ever produced in terms of robust design, finish, and durability. Our example was manufactured in 1981 according to a number of independent serial number database lists. The OysterQuartz wasn’t a low cost alternative to the traditional automatic perpetual movement. We have an old price list from the fall of 1999 showing this watch had a retail price of $5,650.00 CAD, exactly the same as its very common Julibee bracelet equipped automatic DateJust 16234 sibling. Overall condition is very good, there is some stretch and sag in the bracelet as to be expected for a 39-year-old watch. This watch could pass just a few years old. The fluted bezel still shows crisp and sharp. At 36mm diameter, the thick, heavy, square flat top Oyster case with flat link bracelet still looks modern today. The stainless steel links on the integrated bracelet are all of heavy gauge construction. 12 links in the bracelet allow a total length of  7 3/4 inches (extra links are still available if you have a larger than average wrist size). A super sharp client of ours spotted a tiny cavity on the case where it meets the threaded back exposing a portion of the rubber o-ring gasket. This small cavity didn’t seem to matter to Rolex when it was last serviced and it easily passed our vacuum test for water-resistance. At 36mm diameter, it is the same size as an automatic Datejust but it is noticeably heavier at over 116 grams. Just as a comparison a solid gold Day-Date from the same era only weighs around 10 grams more. Those familiar with the brand will quickly realize just how rare a watch like this is. If this watch tweaks some interest visit www.oysterquartz.net for more information on the remarkable Oysterquartz and a little bit of its history. This watch comes complete with Rolex service documents from 2014 and a minor factory adjustment in 2019. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will include a one-year complimentary mechanical warranty with purchase for added peace of mind. These almost forgotten OysterQuartz watches are really cool and need to be seen in person to truly appreciate their quality. Own a rare piece of Rolex history for the estate price of $6,450.00 CAD. Stock #e13589.

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October 18, 2020

*** RARE*** 1958 Tudor Oyster Yorke 7934 34.5mm $2,100.00 CAD. e13558

The Tudor Oyster Yorke is a rarity among rarities. Information is very scarce about the English cities’ series of Tudor watches from the 1950s. Made for the English market only, they were a series of watches named in honor of various local cities. Any 7934 is scarce, seeing one from the cities series is very uncommon, but finding one with a beautiful glossy black, honeycomb, gilt dial will not likely happen again. The rare dial is in extraordinary condition considering it was made the same year as we opened our doors at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in 1958. Even the luminous hour plots are fully intact. Although no longer glowing, they have taken on a lovey orange patina coveted by collectors. The hands appear original with some pitting to the gold-plated surface and very dark luminous material that is complete. These old Tudors have gold plated, base metal Oyster cases with stainless steel threaded backs. Even though the gold plating is very thick (almost a gold cap), given enough use the gold plating can wear thin. This example is showing some wear through on the lugs and bottom edges of the case. We have just completed a full overhaul to the 17 jewel, hand wind, shock protected, calibre 1156. It is running great and keeping good time. At the time of service, the crown, stem, and case back gasket were changed using genuine Rolex replacement parts. With the new parts installed the Oyster case passed our vacuum test for water resistance. If you are looking for the rare or unusual give this one some thought. It comes with a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. $2,100.00 CAD. Stock #e13558.

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October 13, 2020

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

The ultimate luxury sports watch is without a doubt an 18 karat gold Rolex Daytona. The Daytona Cosmograph is a watch of legend, the mythical unicorn for the average watch collector. Despite what one would think they aren’t all that rare, you just don’t see them very often. A quick look at a popular watch market website has over 6000 for sale; that’s right six thousand! A Daytona is actually one of the most common watches offered for sale. The only difficulty obtaining one is coming up with an extra $15,000.00 needed to buy the least expensive used one you’re likely to encounter. For $15,000.00 you should be able to find one, but it won’t be all gold and it will definitely be lacking original paperwork. A truly rare Daytona would be an early manual wind model from the 1960s through the mid-1980s; if you want one of those, be prepared to part with 6 figures for a reasonable example. But even a stem wind Daytona is easier to find than something like our most recent estate Rolex. A solid 18 karat gold Daytona is a very rare watch; one with its original paperwork represents around 1% of all the Daytona Cosmographs available in the marketplace. The absolutely garden variety steel versions capture all the headlines and attention but something like our latest estate watch is far more uncommon. The clean white dial is the essence of sporting functionality, the Arabic hour markers add extra utility. P serial number dates this watch to the turn of the millennium. The year 2000 also marked the debut of the first in house developed Rolex chronograph movement, the calibre 4130. In well over 100 years of Rolex history, this is their first chronograph mechanism developed within the corporation. Rolex have pretty much always offered chronographs with stopwatch features but the mechanical components have always been supplied by other manufacturers. With the release of calibre 4130 Rolex finally freed themselves from production limitations imposed by other companies. You’d think with the vast manufacturing capabilities of Rolex there shouldn’t be any problem meeting Daytona demand. Such is not the case; in fact, it’s become even more difficult finding a Daytona at your local Rolex boutique. This watch has always had waiting lists. Since the new movement was introduced there is more demand than ever. The traditional debossed tachymeter bezel is a feature that connects this watch to the original Daytona dating back to the early/mid-1960s. Many people still haven’t totally warmed up to the modern look of the new ceramic bezels found on a contemporary version (priced at $33,650.00 CAD). This one also has thin hands, a characteristic linking it to all the classics that came before. The use of “skinny” hour and minute hands ceased sometime around 2004 when Rolex started installing slightly wider hands. Overall condition of the watch is quite good. It does show scuffs and scratches associated with years of careful use but nothing that could be described as anything more than appropriate patina. Collectors and enthusiasts agree; they’d rather have an original example compared to one that has been refinished and polished. This watch appears to maintain its original finish. The tachymeter bezel scale is the first place to look for evidence of previous polishing. The debossed text will always show rounded edges where polishing smooths away imperfections. I’m happy to report this bezel has some minor imperfections but the letters/numbers still show crisp sharp relief. The original black crocodile strap is showing more wear than we like but not bad considering the 2003 delivery date. We will supply the watch with 2 genuine Rolex alligator straps (black and brown). Along with a brand new Rolex strap. Besides the watch, the dealer endorsed chronometer certificate/warranty document adds significant value. Rare punched paper endorsed certificate comes from Rolex authorized agents Humbertown Jewellers Toronto (January 2002). Original documentation is hard to find with vintage Rolex. Boxes, booklets, instructions and every other Rolex accessory (genuine and fake) can be purchased online but there can only be one original warranty certificate and this one has it. The watch still sports the original case back sticker too. Included with the watch is a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. $24,900.00 CAD. Stock #e11577.

SOLD


October 7, 2020

2004 Rolex Submariner 16610 $11,500.00 CAD. e13569

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. For most of my early career, the Rolex Submariner 16610 was a constant. It came out in 1987 and remained pretty much unchanged for close to 25 years. They have been retired since 2010 and replaced by the bulkier ceramic bezel 116610 version. I used to take these classic Submariners for granted; they would come and go through our estate department almost with clockwork frequency. I have noticed over the last year or so, we are seeing them less and less often. The 16610 was the last Submariner model that truly reflected the spirit of the original. The first Sub was released in 1953 as a specialized piece of timekeeping equipment designed for professional use. They were available to anyone wanting a high quality, reliable, water resistant watch who had a couple of hundred dollars to spend on one. I love all things watch related, especially Rolex but I still have not completely warmed up to the new Submariner. Their specifications have improved with each successive model with subtle improvements, but they have lost some of their original charm. They are now more of a luxury lifestyle statement. Beautifully made with incredible detail the originals could not dream of, but they still leave me admiring vintage models more and more all the time. Thin lugs, aluminum bezel inserts, hollow centre links, lighter weight, noisy bracelets, small hour markers, skinny hands and simple interference fitting buckles have all been replaced with improved components, but I still cherish the old. To draw a comparison in the automotive world I would say: A modern high-power performance automobile is vastly superior to an old car, but the pleasure of driving an older, analog, stick shift machine from decades ago is somehow more satisfying. I guess I am just getting old. Our latest 16610 Submariner is one of the later 16610s from 2004. It features solid end links with the solid link push button diver extension. The condition of the watch is excellent. The lightly polished case looks like new; it shows almost no scratches or scuffs of any kind. The 13 link (incl. extension) Oyster bracelet displays virtually no sag or stretch. The embossed Rolex coronet logo displays great detail and height. The bezel insert has a few light scratches and the zero-minute pearl index is cracked but securely intact. At some point during its life, the date magnifying window experienced an encounter with an extremely hard abrasive surface resulting in a blemish on its domed surface. The date is still legible but somewhat blurred. He just recently replaced the crystal with a new, genuine Rolex crystal and nylon gasket. We are including the scratched crystal as part of the watches’ history. The watch is running well and keeping excellent time within chronometer tolerances. We are happy to include a Submariner booklet and complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty for the new owner. This watch is estate priced at $11,500.00 CAD. Stock #e13569.

SOLD

 

 


September 29, 2020

1978 Rolex OysterQuartz 17013 “one liner” 36mm $5,500.00 CAD. e13804

If ever there was a Rolex that is underappreciated it’s the OysterQuartz. Given the scarcity and uniqueness of these watches, I’m amazed they do not command far higher prices. When traditional, analogue, mechanical timekeeping became threatened by low cost, high quality, ultra-accurate, electronic battery operated watches from Japan, Rolex decided it too needed a watch that used high-speed frequency, quartz, electronic circuitry. They took the technology a step further by integrating the first thermally compensated quartz movement making Rolex quartz watches accurate to 1 minute per year or less. The proprietary quartz movements in these rare Rolex watches are like nothing else produced. While the timekeeping concept in all quartz watches is the same, the way Rolex translated the concept into the 3 hand analogue time display is unique. The Rolex step motor drives a forked lever and escape wheel (just like their automatic mechanical movements). The palet fork is locked into the escape wheel resulting in a precisely controlled second hand with an audible tick the same as a mechanical watch but at a much slower 1:1 ration. The absolute impulses of the second hand and the noise produced by the jewelled movement is unlike anything produced before or since. Rolex designed these mechanisms to last a lifetime with a finish a nice as any of their mechanical options. The large capacity silver oxide battery powering these watches can last 2 or 3 years and is readily available and easy to change for any watchmaker. As an added bonus these silver oxide batteries are fully recyclable unlike many of today’s lithium battery powered watches. It is not unusual for an OysterQuartz to operate flawlessly for up to 15 years between servicings. Our latest OysterQuartz is an early example dating from 1978. For the first year or so of production, Rolex didn’t submit their quartz movements for independent chronometer testing, as a result, the dials on the early versions are known as “one-liners”. One-liners are estimated to make up about 20% of total production making them less common and a bit more collectable. The OysterQuartz debuted in 1977 and were still shown in Rolex marketing material until the early 2000s then disappeared without mention. It is thought that Rolex only produced in the order of 25,000 OysterQuartz watches throughout the 25-year production span. Our OysterQuartz is running great, keeping excellent time with all functions operating as designed. Its condition is good for a watch well into its 40s. The integrated bracelet shows a little sag but nothing significant. The case has been refinished to highlight the angular inspiration of the Oyster case. It presents quite nicely showing some softening if the typically sharp edges of the unique case and integrated bracelet. Including a 1 year complimentary warranty (prorated for 5 years) the watch is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. e13804.

SOLD


September 12, 2020

2007 Rolex Milgauss 116400 brand new Rubber B strap $10,300.00 CAD. e13566

If you have the means and the priority, 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. Their basic styles are suitable for almost any activity you may subject them to. There are however a few watches within the Rolex model range that have been engineered for use during some very specialized tasks. These models are known within Rolex circles as professionals. The Sea-Dweller comes to mind as a purpose-built professional diving tool that is watertight to depths of 12,800 feet and comes with an automatic helium escape valve. Our featured professional Rolex is the Milgauss. The Milgauss is perhaps an even more specialized piece of equipment. The original model was introduced in 1956 as an answer to problems encountered when mechanical watches were exposed to strong magnetic fields. The introduction of the Milgauss allowed scientists to wear a watch while working in strong magnetic fields. Without magnetic protection performing your job in extremely strong magnetic fields would render a regular watch useless or unreliable at best. Rolex have gone to extraordinary measures in order to protect the calibre 3131 from the effects of magnetism. A special inner shield contained within the 40mm oyster case is made from a proprietary Rolex blend of metals that keeps the movement running well within chronometer specification even under extreme magnetic field conditions. Purchased new in January 2008, our latest estate watch is in remarkable condition with only a few very minor scratches on the case and bracelet. In addition to the bracelet, this watch comes with a full length, brand new, never worn Rubber B strap— a premium aftermarket strap manufactured in Switzerland specifically for this and only this particular Rolex Milgauss model. The orange and black strap is made of soft vulcanized rubber and incorporates the original Milgauss buckle with the sort of precision you would swear it came from the Rolex factory that way. With a more edgy look than the original bracelet, the strap makes it easy to wear this watch causally, giving this admittedly eccentric watch some much appreciated versatility. Comes complete with the original Canadian authorized Rolex warranty card, documents, inner/outer boxes, and the Rubber B packaging and booklets. The watch is running great, keeping excellent time well within chronometer tolerances. We are pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary one-year warranty. The watch is estate priced at $10,300.00 CAD. e13566.

SOLD

 


September 9, 2020

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

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

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August 26, 2020

1990 Rolex Oyster 34 white Roman on Oyster bracelet 14233 $5,300.00 CAD. e12793

Our latest vintage Rolex has one of the more unusual dials you’re likely to encounter; solid 18 karat yellow gold block shaped hour markers tipped with tritium plots along with black printed Roman numerals. Having 2 full sets of hour markers is not seen on many models but it works very well against the glossy white background. This watch is in remarkable condition for being close to 30 years old. The solid 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel is in almost perfect condition. Its sharp crisp faceted edges catch the light and twinkle with even the slightest wrist movement. The original oyster bracelet shows almost no sag or stretch and the embossed Rolex logo on the buckle cover still displays excellent detail. These characteristics suggest the watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. It has been worn but not too often given its age. There are minor scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet but they are very shallow and easily removed. As always we’d be happy to refinish the watch to like new if you prefer. For the collector we’ve elected to leave it 100% original for now. Model 14233 offers only basic timekeeping functions with “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” status, Rolex language for this thing keeps excellent time. The 34mm Oyster case with 18 karat trim is the perfect size for the lady looking for a slightly larger watch with some bling. Buying a brand new Rolex today with similar features will cost you over $10,000.00, including a service box and plastic chronometer hang tag, and our 1 year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this vintage Rolex is priced at $5,300.00 CAD. Stock #e12793.

SOLD

 

 


August 13, 2020

1971 Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 35mm $3,225.00 CAD. e13738

Before we had smartphones, radio controlled satellite timing equipment, and long before there was electronic quartz circuits, wind up watches ruled the watch industry. This antique timekeeping 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 appears to have only been serviced once or twice before. There is only one service etching in side the case-back. The screw heads and plates are not all scratched up and it generally looks as it did when it left the Geneva factory close to 50 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. 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 is something quite therapeutic about winding your watch up every day and hearing the audible tick tick tick tick of the pallet jewels gently releasing power to the escape wheel. You actually only need to wind this watch every two days as it has a rather long power reserve of 58 hours. The overall condition of the watch is very good. The hands show some discolouration as do the hour markers and tritium plots but otherwise it looks great. The Oyster bracelet is a genuine Rolex replacement from 1983 showing a little sag. Including a complimentary warranty, the watch is estate priced at $3,225.00 CAD. Stock #e13738.

SOLD

 


August 9, 2020

2020 Tudor Black Bay Black 79230N with box & papers $3,945.00 CAD. e13623

“Box and papers”; if ever there was a phrase that watch collectors love to hear, that would be it. Never polished and all original may be a close second. Purchased new in Portugal in March 2020 and still under factory warranty until March 2025 round out the desirable characteristics that this watch can boast. Over the past few years, Tudor have been re-establishing themselves with the introduction of successful designs from past decades. The Heritage Black Bay is their most popular. The vintage look was inspired by the Tudor Submariner from the 1950s. A flat black dial, gold text, and the “snowflake” hour/second hand are familiar details to those who remember the original watches. This a serious diver watch with sporting features like synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands/markers, locking buckle, and watertight to 200 meters. The in house MT5602 manufactured 25 jewel automatic Swiss-made movement is keeping excellent time. This proprietary mechanism comes standard with an extended 70-hour power reserve. Inner/outer boxes, instructions, endorsed warranty card, soft foam box liner, and outer sleeve box are included with purchase. Model 79230N has a current suggested retail price of $3,800.00 USD. Thanks to our weak Canadian dollar it’s a little less expensive here at $4,330.00 CAD. This watch is in lightly worn, all original condition. The head of the watch looks great with only superficial scuffs on the polished and brushed surfaces. The anodized aluminum bezel insert has 2 small scuffs we didn’t notice until they were pointed out to us in this image. The bracelet displays a few light scratches with the buckle showing the most evidence of use (far less obvious in person). All of these marks could easily be removed but we anyways prefer to let the next owner decide it they’d like to remove these minor blemishes or leave the watch original. This pre-owned Black Bay is priced at $3,945.00.00 CAD. Stock #e13623.

SOLD


August 4, 2020

2005 Yacht-Master 16623 40mm $11,900.00 CAD. e13574

 The 40mm Yacht-Master is a watch that bridges the gap between the uber purposeful stainless-steel Submariner model and the dressier DateJust series. Yes, it has a timer bezel but it is made from premium 18 karat yellow gold with embossed/polished indexes and rotates in two directions for easy use. Its Oyster bracelet has polished centre links that too are made from 18 karat gold compared to the all brushed stainless-steel bracelet of the basic Submariner. The Yacht-Master has a milder water-resistance depth rating of 100 meters compared to 300 for the Submariner, yet they share the same overachieving triplock crown. There are a few other subtle differences in the case and bracelet, but it is the dial that makes the Yacht-Master more individual. Our latest estate Rolex features a very unusual dial. Nothing strange about a clean white face but it is the glossy black markers are very different. While offering amazing contrast by day, in the dark they are completely useless. I always thought this was a strange thing for Rolex to do until we actually looked really close at the dial. Rolex have cleverly blended triangular, luminous, plots directly on the glossy white dial. The markers go completely undetected until the light grows dim. In the dark the 8 reference points glow along with the large 18 karat gold frame marine style hands allowing for quick time interpretation in all lighting conditions. I cannot think of another Rolex with glowing indexes found inboard of the hour markers. I have gained a new respect for this watch since seeing it in the dark. The watch is in excellent condition for 15 years of age. The 12-link bracelet exhibits little sag and no stretch. The fiendishly difficult to refinish sandblasted/polished bezel looks like new. The watch shows few signs of use in its freshly polished state. The same Rolex calibre 3135 movement found in the Submariner serves duty in the Yacht-Master. It is working flawlessly after a recent service, keeping excellent time within chronometer tolerances. We are pleased to offer a no charge one-year warranty for the new owner. This gently used Rolex is estate priced at $11,900.00 CAD. Stock #e13574.

SOLD

 


August 2, 2020

1968 Tudor Oyster Princess Date 7576/0 22.5mm $1,000.00 CAD. e13737

Unlike today’s fashions for women’s watches, the 1960s and 1970s were a time of smaller proportions. Even the famous Rolex Oyster was being downsized, yet still maintaining the characteristics that make an Oyster and Oyster. This example measures only 22.5mm in diameter. Even though this watch is well under 1 inch diameter it still offers the features of the full sized men’s models. Fully automatic winding mechanical movement, watertight to 100 meters, threaded crown, threaded case back, calendar display, and even a sweeping second hand. The case, the bracelet, and the crown are signed Rolex parts. Only the movement is this Tudor is not made by Rolex. The mechanism was manufactured by Rolex supplier ETA. ETA manufactured high quality watch movements for many private label brands. Today, Tudor make their own movements and ETA have been acquired by the Swatch group and are still producing some of the world’s highest quality watch internals. I really like these small Oyster watches from Rolex and Tudor, our customers appreciate the cute size too as they never seem to last very long when they occasionally turn up. For only $1000.00 I can’t think of a better value in a ladies Tudor. This watch is in overall very good condition for a watch over 50 years old. The hands and markers have been painted black for more contrast in the past and the silver dial appears to have had a high quality refinishing done at some point in the past. What is really outstanding is the expansion Oyster bracelet. Every link is super tight showing no wear and the internal springs in every link are completely intact are firm. The bracelet shows no sag of any kind. Coronet logo on the buckle crisp and tall. The watch is working well and keeping time. Included with the purchase is our one year warranty along with a complimentary first service whenever it is required. Estate priced at $1,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13737.

SOLD


July 29, 2020

1965 Rolex Datejust 1601 with custom diamond bezel & dial $4,590.00 CAD. e13189

This vintage 36mm Datejust will never win an award for originality but considering it’s 55 years old it certainly may win a beauty contest. This Rolex is part diamond bracelet and part luxury watch. It’s hard not to miss the string of bead set round brilliant cut diamonds surrounding the dial. The diamonds are of SI2-I1-HI quality, twinkling and sparkling with the slightest wrist movement. 8 more round brilliant cut diamonds can be found on the refinished silver dial. Under certain lighting conditions the dial takes on a subtle pinkish blush hue. The standard Rolex Datejust features are all here; threaded crown, threaded case back, 31 day calendar with magnification lens, sweeping second hand and chronometer grade automatic winding movement. Attached to the iconic Oyster case is a very good condition, vintage rolled link Jubilee bracelet with fold over clasp. The watch is working well and keeping good time. Even though this watch was manufactured in the mid 1960s the style is still right on point; in fact Rolex still make a watch that looks the same. When factory equipped with a diamond dial and bezel the current version of this watch carries a retail price of $20,750.00 as shown on the Rolex Canada website. Purchasing a brand new version gives you virtually flawless diamonds and a fancy box with instructional booklet plus other documents. Buying a brand new one also costs 450% more and lacks any sort of vintage personality. We are pleased to offer the next owner a complimentary one year warranty covering mechanical failure except if caused by abuse or moisture. In the Rolex world you’ll have a hard time finding more bling for the buck than this one. We just replaced the crystal, case back gasket and crown gasket. Priced at $4,590.00 CAD. Stock #e13189.

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July 26, 2020

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

Blue dials are uncommon on Rolex dress models and at the moment it seems everyone is looking for unusual dial colours. The secondary market is seeing big premiums for blue dials on certain hard to get models. Our newest vintage watch is noteworthy for many reasons. A factory applied bark finish on the President style bracelet and bezel is a rarely seen option. Most Day-Date watches have the traditional polished centre section on the bracelet with a fluted bezel. The bark option was one of the few alternative finishes offered and was phased out in the 1990s. This one is a late example from 1991. It features a “double quick set” movement, that enables the wearer to quickly adjust both the day of the month and day of the week by turning the crown one way or the other. Earlier models only allowed rapid changes of the day of the month. The Day ring on this watch has been printed in German. Rolex offers the day display in all major languages should you want it changed. As with most heavy, solid gold watches (and this one is heavy at 138.4 grams), the bracelet links can display wear and tear over the decades as the rivets and joints rub together. I’m happy to report the 21 link President bracelet shows next to no stretch and little sag. For a watch pushing 30 years old this one is exceptional. The custom navy blue dial is of very high quality and was likely specially commissioned by the original owner. Its radial sunburst finish changes from dark navy blue under certain lighting conditions and angles to an almost royal blue as the lighting changes. Luminous plots and hands are perfectly matched and dimly glow when the lights go out. The watch is running great and keeping good time with all functions working as designed. Comes with a Rolex presentation box (not the original) and Oyster booklet. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1 year warranty. Bark finish Day-Date watches rarely appear in our estate department and this is the first one we’ve ever seen with a blue dial and double quick set movement. Rolex no longer offers this special bark finish. The closest current replacement model 128238 is priced at $39,150.00 CAD and a blue dial doesn’t appear as an online option. This excellent condition vintage model is priced at $17,960.00 CAD. Stock #e13203.

SOLD


July 21, 2020

2020 Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 full kit, never used $17,498.00 CAD. e13777

It’s not vintage and it’s definitely not from an estate but it is previously owned albeit only for a few months but never worn. If you’ve been following the Rolex market over the last few years and you’re reading this post you already know just how hard it is to find any professional models. Authorized agents have only waiting lists and empty displays. A visit to any Rolex boutique can be frustrating as they don’t have the models you want. Stainless steel sports models are almost impossible to find. No Submariners, no GMT-Masters, no Explorers, and steel Daytona’s have been out of stock for decades. 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’s received it. He tried it on at the store and it has sat in its box since earlier this year.  This watch was delivered from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent in the spring of 2020. Sea-Dwellers have been around for over 50 years; they’ve always been the top of the line in Rolex dive watches. Looking almost identical to the basic Submariner except for being slightly larger, thicker, and bulkier. The purposeful dial hasn’t changed its basic format of bold luminous markers against a jet black dial since the 1960s. Sea-Dwellers are equipped with a titanium helium escape valve on the side of the case. If you’re living in a diving bell while you’re decompressing from a particularly deep dive breathing a mixture of oxygen and helium, your watch will need this valve to bleed off accumulated helium gas as you decompress. Without the automatic valve, the extra-thick sapphire crystal could explode from gas pressure inside the case. Since the initial introduction in 1967 Sea-Dwellers were always 40mm diameter. For the 50th anniversary of the original Sea-Dweller in 2017 Rolex decided to give the Sea-Dweller a unique identity matching its overachieving water resistance rating of 4000 feet (basic Submariner is rated for 1000 feet) with a larger 43mm case size. The red SEA-DWELLER text is a subtle homage to the originals dial. Nice condition original examples are selling for well over $50,000.00 these days. Needless to say, this never worn Rolex is in perfect condition. It has only been wiped with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints. There are still a few protective stickers to be found on the buckle and case-back. The Sea-Dweller 126600 adds a complicated locking buckle system that not only allows for multiple micro length adjustments without the need of tools; it also has a 1-inch extension to fit over a light wet-suit. 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, original invoice, foam box lid sheet, authorized agent order slip, and a “Rolex Worksheet” delivery document. Official Rolex warranty is valid until the late spring of 2025. This collectible Rolex is priced at $17,498.00 CAD. Stock #e13777.

SOLD

 


July 19, 2020

2018 Rolex Oyster 39 114300 black dial full kit $7,190.00 CAD. e13597

The Rolex tradition of uncompromising quality in basic luxury timekeeping is epitomized in the Oyster 39. Nothing but classic time telling information with 3 hands, large luminous hour markers on a contrasting dial. The only option you can select are a couple of dial colours. The sturdy Oyster bracelet is the only one offered and a smooth polished bezel is the only way to frame the basic dial layout. When introduced in 2015 it was and still is the entry offering if you want a larger size Rolex. It’s been a huge hit with those wanting a Rolex but not wanting to invest five figures. The demand is more than supply as this watch along with other steel sporty models have long waiting lists at Rolex agency stores. This example was purchased in the Toronto area in August of 2018 and was only occasionally worn by the previous owner. The condition is excellent with only a few very light scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet. Even an entry level Rolex comes with features of the much more expensive models. The famous Oyster case with screw down crown and case back keep contaminants and moisture at bay and is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters. Locking buckle and sturdy solid link Oyster bracelet will stand up to rugged everyday use under any situation. That beautiful black dial will continue to look great under the super hard synthetic sapphire crystal that will shrug off pretty much all potential scratch producing impacts. Inside the expertly machined and polished 904L stainless steel case beats the proprietary 3132 movement. This little powerhouse also has the features of the more expensive models at a lower price. Rolex’s non magnetic blue Parachrom hairspring with Breguet overcoil pulses at 28,800 cycles per hour with a large balance wheel. Gold regulating screws offer exact balancing for precise timing. The complete balance and hairspring are protected by Rolex’s own Paraflex shock protection system. The 48-hour-long power reserve is not the highest in the industry but it is still around 20% longer than most. For a reliable Rolex that doesn’t cost a fortune the Oyster 39 is a model that you should consider. There are waiting lists for this watch at dealers and they are always welcome for trade in should you want something a little more exotic. The 5 year international warranty will cover the next owner until August of 2023. This watch comes complete with everything from original delivery; inner/outer boxes, protective white cardboard sleeve, endorsed warranty card, plastic chronometer tag, white paper string tag with product/serial number and photocopy of the original invoice. The watch also comes with the protective plastic shipping box and a really cooly Victorinox Swiss Rolex pocket knife. The package also contains the instruction booklets, guarantee manual and card sleeve. All packaging and accessories are in perfect condition. We actually run into these watches far less often than you’d expect; we see Submariners, Explorers, GMT-Masters and other pure sports models far more often. Our price for this lightly used example is $7,190.00 CAD. Stock #e13597.

SOLD


July 8, 2020

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

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

SOLD


July 6, 2020

2010 Rolex DateJust II 116333 Wimbledon $15,000.00 CAD.

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 particular watch dates from 2010, well before the tennis moniker was connected to it. I strongly suspect the unusual dial 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. This Datejust II 116333 was discontinued after only a few years but the new Datejust 41 12633 continues with the exact same dial. The basic rhodium dial has always been a consistent seller but adding the dark green Roman numerals was a rather unusual departure for Rolex. And what about 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. Either way you look at it this is a striking dial to look it. The current model really began its rise to popularity when Rolex ambassador Roger Federer was pictured wearing as version at one of his many victories. Our Wimbledon is an early 2010 example shown with the iconic fluted bezel and sporty Oyster bracelet. It was originally purchased in Canada at a Rolex authorized agent. It is completely original and remains in unpolished condition. A fully endorsed warranty card and all packaging are included with purchase. The 18 karat and stainless steel “easylink” equipped bracelet with locking buckle shows zero stretch or sag. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellery is happy to provide the new owner a complimentary one year warranty. You can still purchase the new “Wimbledon” Datejust 41 162333 for $14,900.00 CAD. Our original, now retired Datejust II model 11633 Wimbledon is estate priced at $15,000.00 CAD. Stock #e13600.

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July 3, 2020

2010 Rolex Explorer 214270 39mm, no lume 3,6,9. $8,888.00 CAD. e8700.

The tiniest detail can make thousands of dollars difference between two otherwise identical Rolex watches. A bit of red paint on the dial of a Submariner, some Art Decoesque chronograph registers on a vintage Daytona can make a huge difference in the price of the same model. The Explorer in its current larger 39mm form has only been around since 2010 and has remained unchanged until 2016. Rolex decided to add full luminous pigment to the inside of the 3,6 and 9 Arabic hour markers compared to the perfectly plain polished 18 karat white gold numbers. They also made the hour and minute hand slightly longer and a bit thicker. The original version perhaps looks a bit more sophisticated while the new version offers slightly better night visibility, not that the original was deficient. Currently, the secondary market is placing roughly equal value on the two, given time I feel the original dial will eventually be the more valuable. Rolex will likely never go back to the old version and that makes it different enough to potentially be more valuable down the road. This will definitely be the case if Rolex soldiers on with the new style for the next decade or so. In either case, the Explorer is a classic model that does nothing else but display the time in its most basic form. No calendar, no rotating dial, no chronograph, not an extra do-dad to be found. I suppose you could buy a Timex that looks the same and keeps better time but you’d be missing the point. An Explorer or any other Rolex is far more than an expensive tool to keep track of time. Some people get it and some don’t. If your reading this you’re one of those who appreciate the fine art of luxury mechanical timekeeping. No other brand does it as well as Rolex. Their reputation for no-nonsense reliable watches that hold their value is unparalleled. This 214270 Explorer example comes with its complete packaging, instructions, Canadian authorized agents endorsed warranty card (March 2014), chronometer hang tag, plastic product tag with style/serial number, and even the protective outside cardboard sleeve. The condition is very good but the watch has been worn for 6 years. The case, bracelet, and buckle display scuffs and scratches associated with use. We are happy to report the watch appears completely original showing no evidence of ever being refinished or polished. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $8,888.00 CAD. Stock #e8700.

SOLD

 


July 1, 2020

2020 Rolex Datejust 41 126300 worn only for a few days $10,725.00 CAD. e13730

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 new in the fall of 2020. It could pass for new old stock. There are only a few light scuffs on the buckle as it was only worn for a few days. The protective sticker on the buckle back is still in place.  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 2025. 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. 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 sides 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. Ready to wear and priced at $10,725.00 CAD. Stock #e13730.

SOLD


June 24, 2020

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

For hundreds of years white dials with Roman numeral hour markers were the choice for watch and clock manufacturers from around the world. To do anything different was rarely even considered. While it may not be the most flamboyant choice, there is no denying how effective the combination is. For a classic and conservative brand like Rolex a white dial with stainless steel case is particularly attractive. Until I owned a white dial watch myself I really didn’t appreciate its simple elegance; now you’d have a hard time convincing me to go with any other colour. Our latest previously enjoyed watch was purchased brand new in 2018. It could almost pass for new old stock. There are only a few small scuffs and scratches on the polished sections of the case and bracelet but otherwise it is perfect. It would be pointless trying to display the sag or wear in the bracelet because there is none. With about 10 minutes worth of polishing time this watch could be made to look brand new. Protective stickers on both sides of the buckle are still in place. The previous owner took care preserving the original boxes (both inner and outer) along with the outside white cardboard sleeve, Rolex Oyster booklet, plastic chronometer hang tag, instructions and endorsed Royal De Versailles Jewellers warranty card. The warranty is fully transferable and will cover the new owner until June of 2023. Rolex watches are well known for their reliability and durability. They often run great for 10 years between service intervals. The 36mm size is more and more becoming the popular choice for both men and women looking for an easy to read casual look that isn’t overwhelming on an averaged size wrist. As with the newer Rolex style the entire case is highly polished, only the sides of the Jubilee bracelet receive a subtle brushed finish. Rolex still offers this same combination for $8,550.00 CAD. After over 300 years of wearable mechanical time keeping devices, white dials with Roman numerals are still the first choice for many. Ready to wear and priced at $7,497.00 CAD. Stock #e12778.

SOLD

 

 


June 9, 2020

2000 Rolex Submariner 16610 $11,500.00 CAD. e13570

Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and pony up when the right watch turns up. The most common of all the aluminum bezel Submariners is the 16610. They were in production for close to 25 years. Only Rolex knows exactly how many were produced but it must have been a few million. Despite the quantity made we are seeing fewer and fewer all the time. 15 years ago, nice examples could be bought for around $5,000.00. At the time 5K did not seem like a bargain but today it is difficult to find decent examples at twice that price. A Rolex watch is only inexpensive in hindsight. Looking back at a Rolex price list from 2001 shows this watch could have been purchased brand new for under $6,000.00 and you likely could have got a discount. Today purchasing a Submariner requires getting on a waiting list that is said to over a year long. The demand is so high for all stainless-steel Professional models dealers almost never have any in stock. When this excellent example came in, we simply could not say no. It was factory serviced in January 2019 and has not been worn since. The fully refurbished watch looks and runs like new. There is not a defect to be mentioned. The 13 link (incl. diver’s extension) Oyster bracelet shows virtually no sag and the Rolex coronet embossed logo looks perfect showing great relief and detail. Thick lugs and sharp, crisp edges on the case show the type of detail only a carefully worn watch, lightly refinished at Rolex will display. The original case back sticker still covers the threaded back as it did when placed there 20 years ago. Factory applied case stickers have not been removed since servicing. This is the closest thing to finding a new old stock Submariner as we have seen in a long time. Included with purchase is the service invoice details, warranty card valid until January 2021. After the factory warranty expires Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will extend the warranty one full year for no charge. Stock #e13570.

SOLD


June 2, 2020

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

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

SOLD


May 22, 2020

1997 Rolex Oyster 25mm 67180 with papers $3,570.00 CAD. e13575

If you have a petite frame or just prefer the look of a smaller watch, this less is more Rolex Oyster is for you. While popular belief says this watch should be 24mm diameter it actually measures just over 25mm. The casual looking Oyster case and bracelet represent time keeping in the most basic Rolex form. A simple radial finish silver dial with stick hour markers and hands has defined a classic Rolex for decades. The soft brushed finish case and bracelet resist scratches and give a casual sporty look. Only the smooth bezel and bracelet edges are polished. This watch was originally purchased in Toronto at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in the fall of 1998 as the endorsed authorized agent warranty certificate shows. It is in excellent condition showing only a small amount of sag in the 11 link Oyster bracelet. The small size does not mean it lacks what you expect from a Rolex. The case is equipped with a super hard synthetic sapphire crystal that is blemish free; the hands/dial markers are made from solid 18 karat white gold; a threaded crown and case back provide water resistance to 100 meters. Inside the stainless-steel case beats an automatic, self winding Rolex manufactured 29 jewel calibre 2130. Even these small movements are adjusted in 5 different positions and compensated for different temperatures to improve accuracy just like the larger size certified chronometers. Including a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $3,570.00 CAD. Stock #e13575.

SOLD


May 21, 2020

2020 Rolex Datejust 41 126333 only worn for a few hours $14,888.00 CAD. e13674

The Datejust has evolved over the past 7 plus decades with dial variations, new bezels, movement/bracelet improvements as well as new material options. What hasn’t changed is the overall feel and look, always remaining distinctly Datejust. When introduced in 1945 it was a game changer, commemorating the esteemed Swiss brand’s 40th. anniversary. Not only was the Datejust the first self-winding wrist chronometer with a date display, first watch with a quick changing calendar, it was also the first Rolex to feature the legendary cyclops date magnifier on the crystal. It’s Rolex’s most versatile model and for decades had an almost unchanging Dorian Gray effect; a watch that could be purchased and worn for decades without looking dated or out of fashion. In recent years the trend shifted towards larger watches (until 2009 the largest Datejust was 36mm) plus greater appreciation for attention to detail with technological and mechanical advancements. Slow to change Rolex realized they had to come up with something bigger appealing to a new generation of luxury watch clients. Pictured beside a 36mm Datejust the Datejust 41 is noticeably larger. Rolex has always maintained extremely strict tolerance and standards for anything leaving their factory. They even refine their own gold to assure colour consistency and control alloy specifications. They knew they could produce a 41mm timepiece that would be revered for years to come. Rolex’s first foray into a larger 41mm diameter Datejust was with the Datejust II and it received somewhat mixed reviews. As expected, people loved the size, but they also found the proportions to be a bit off and complained it was a bit bulky and awkward looking. There are numerous online watch forums you can join where collectors gather and dissect every subtle nuance found in a wristwatch. No scratch, blemish or discoloration was acceptable coming from the factory and many of the concerns over the case profile and lug shape of the DJII were voiced. Slowly a “perfect Datejust checklist” was formed with changes that could be implemented to make a 41mm Datejust perfect. In 2016, to many collector’s delights Rolex released the new Datejust 41. Almost immediately and uniformly believed to be the best Datejust ever. It featured a slimmer profile with thinner lugs blending beautifully allowing it to show proudly on the wrist and yet slip comfortably under a shirt cuff. What lurks within the 904L stainless steel case is also new and exciting; the 3235 movement. As a collector I can fully appreciate the older workhorse 3135 movement which was used for 20 plus years in the Datejust and even Submariner models but as a wearer you cannot compete against the new generation Rolex 32XX movements like the 3235. It is not an evolution of the 3135, as over 90% of the parts are new. Without getting too technical, the 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), modified barrel design allowing for longer mainspring, extended power reserve, new winding module to increase efficiency and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the movement itself. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, reliable timepiece with a very long 70 hour power reserve. Our Datejust 41 is the upgraded two tone yellow Rolesor model featuring the quintessential Rolex yellow gold fluted bezel and preferred white dial. The slightly sportier Oyster bracelet features a clever “easylink” with locking buckle. The easy link provides a convenient small extension when you need a touch more room in the bracelet. The buckle has been believe it or not factory tested and designed to “snap” closed not only to be secure but to also sound secure. This watch was only worn only a few hours. It comes with the original warranty card endorsed by a Canadian authorized Rolex agent covering the watch under warranty until 2025. It has the preferred and slightly less common white dial that always looks fresh and clean. The white dial offers superior clarity in low lighting. At night the ample application of luminous material on the hands and hour markers make time interpretation a snap. This is a full set in pristine condition looking as crisp as the day it left the Geneva factory. Offered with inner/outer box, papers, warranty card, the often-forgotten Rolex hang tags, even the protective cardboard box sleeve, foam liner come included and even a Rolex shopping bag. The watch shows virtually no signs of any wear, it has never been polished or refinished in any way retaining the difficult to duplicate perfect factory finish. Estate priced at $14,888.00 CAD. Stock #e13674.

SOLD

 


May 20, 2020

2000 Rolex Datejust 36mm 16233 rare Arabic Jubilee dial $6,680.00 CAD. e13546

We have spoken about it many times before, but it never gets old. The Rolex Datejust could just be the universal watch. I am sure it is the world’s most popular model as it has been in continuous production for 75 years. Introduced in 1945 at the same time Rolex was celebrating their 40th anniversary. The occasion also marked the debut of the aptly named Jubilee bracelet. This example takes the celebratory theme one step further as it showcases the uncommon Arabic Jubilee dial. This dial features ROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEX overlapped, embossed, and offset, covering the entire surface. Unless you concentrate and look at it under magnification it appears only as an attractive texture. I love the easy to interpret, highly polished 18 karat yellow gold Arabic hour markers and how they point to the centre turning upside down as they circle the dial. Whether it is an original from the 40s or one just purchased, the look has remained the same. It is a mature design but is never gets old. Our latest example was produced in 2000. For a 20-year-old watch the condition is very good. The edges on the bezel are still sharp, displaying the distinctive twinkle from the iconic fluted 18 karat yellow gold bezel. The bracelet shows well, although it does display some sag and stretch making it just that much more comfortable. A calendar display is a very common thing to see on modern watches but in 1945 Rolex was the only manufacturer with such a feature incorporating a quick changeover at midnight. The name Datejust may seem a bit awkward, but it makes perfect sense given some thought. Most watches slowly turn over the date display starting around 10:00 pm taking several hours to fully reveal the next date of the month. Rolex produced a quick turn mechanism advancing the date in an instant, plus or minus a few minutes of exactly midnight. This process makes the date display absolutely true and “just”, hence unusual moniker. At 36mm diameter this watch was traditionally the domain of men but today many women find the size appropriate as an easy to read timepiece with just enough presence to make a statement. Rolex watches are not exactly cutting edge when it comes to designs but when they do something, they do it perfectly. I never grow tired of looking at the subtle dial details on Rolex watches. This example is no different. Perfect text, perfectly polished and faceted 18 karat gold hands/markers. Excellent overall condition, keeping great time with all functions working as designed. The watch was recently treated (March 2020) to a full technical revision and overhaul. The service included new gaskets, date driving wheel with spring, vacuum test and case/bracelet refinishing. The Vibrograf timing report shows a accuracy rate of plus 5 seconds per with a strong 273 degrees of balance amplitude. Current versions of this watch are still being made today with a price of $13,750.00 plus tax at your local Canadian Rolex agent and can be seen online here. Including a 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this example is estate priced at $6,680.00 CAD. Stock #e13546.

SOLD


May 13, 2020

1970 Gents vintage 36mm Rolex Datejust 1601 $4,200.00 CAD. e10142

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

SOLD


May 6, 2020

2019 Oyster 39 114300 full kit Canadian delivery $7,450.00 CAD. e13782

The Rolex tradition of uncompromising quality in basic luxury timekeeping is epitomized in the Oyster 39. Nothing but classic time telling information with 3 hands, large luminous hour markers on a contrasting dial. The only option you can select are a couple of dial colours. The sturdy Oyster bracelet is the only one offered and a smooth polished bezel is the only way to frame the basic dial layout. When introduced in 2015 it was and still is the entry offering if you want a larger size Rolex. It’s been a huge hit with those wanting a Rolex but not wanting to invest five figures. The demand is more than supply as this watch along with other steel sporty models have long waiting lists at Rolex agency stores. This example was purchased in the Toronto area in late 2019 and was occasionally worn by the previous owner for only a month or so. The condition is excellent with only a few very light scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet. Even an entry level Rolex comes with features of the much more expensive models. The famous Oyster case with screw down crown and case back keep contaminants and moisture at bay and is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters. Locking buckle and sturdy solid link Oyster bracelet will stand up to rugged everyday use under any situation. That beautiful black dial will continue to look great under the super hard synthetic sapphire crystal that will shrug off pretty much all potential scratch producing impacts. Inside the expertly machined and polished 904L stainless steel case beats the proprietary 3132 movement. This little powerhouse also has the features of the more expensive models at a lower price. Rolex’s non magnetic blue Parachrom hairspring with Breguet overcoil pulses at 28,800 cycles per hour with a large balance wheel. Gold regulating screws offer exact balancing for precise timing. The complete balance and hairspring are protected by Rolex’s own Paraflex shock protection system. The 48-hour-long power reserve is not the highest in the industry but it is still around 20% longer than most. For a reliable Rolex that doesn’t cost a fortune the Oyster 39 is a model that you should consider. There are waiting lists for this watch at dealers and they are always welcome for trade in should you want something a little more exotic. The 5 year international warranty will cover the next owner until November 2024. This watch comes complete with everything from original delivery; inner/outer boxes, protective white cardboard sleeve, foam liner, fully endorsed warranty card, plastic chronometer tag, white paper string tag with product/serial number and Canadian price displayed. The package also contains the instruction booklets, guarantee manual and card sleeve. All packaging and accessories are in perfect condition. We actually run into these watches far less often than you’d expect; we see Submariners, Explorers, GMT-Masters and other pure sports models far more often. Our price for this lightly used example is $7,450.00 CAD. Stock #e13782.

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April 28, 2020

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

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

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April 20, 2020

2019 Tudor Heritage Black Bay “Blue” 41mm 79230B $3,700.00 CAD. e13083

“Box and papers”; if ever there was a phrase that watch collectors love to hear, that would be it. Never polished and all original may be a close 2nd. One owner, Toronto purchased and still under factory warranty round out the desirable characteristics that this watch can boast. Over the past few years, Tudor has been re-establishing itself with the introduction of successful designs from past decades. The Heritage Black Bay is their most popular. The vintage look was inspired by the Tudor Submariners from the 1950s. A flat black dial, silver text, and the “snowflake” hour/second hand are familiar details to those who remember the original watches. This a serious diver watch with sporting features like synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands/markers, locking buckle, and watertight to 200 meters. The in house MT5602 manufactured 25 jewel automatic Swiss-made movement is keeping excellent time. This proprietary chronometer rated mechanism comes standard with an extended 70-hour power reserve. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year extended warranty when the factory warranty expires in August 2021. Inner/ outer box, instructions, endorsed warranty card, cardboard product/serial number tag, Tudor shopping bag, and 100 page Tudor catalog. Model 79230N has a current suggested retail price of $4,330.00. This pre-owned watch is in like-new condition, shopworn scuffs on the buckle. Priced at $3,700.00 CAD. Stock #e13083.

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April 13, 2020

1967 Vintage Rolex Day-Date 1803 36mm 18kt. gold $8,980.00 CAD. e11943

Looking great for a watch that was made over 50 years ago according to its 1.6 million serial number. Along the way I’m sure it’s been polished a few times and the tritium dial/hands are possibly service replacements from more than 20 years ago. A 50 plus year old example or one made yesterday, top of line Rolex Day-Date watches all look pretty much the same. The standard version has been 36mm diameter since the first Day-Date came out of Rolex’ Geneva factory way back in 1956. There is no mistaking this watch for anything other than a Rolex. The patented water resistant Oyster case with threaded back and threaded crown made all Oyster Rolex watches far more resistant to the elements compared to almost any competing brand. Even the iconic decorative fluted bezel is much more than a sparkly adornment. It’s a clever component crucial to keeping the watch watertight. The fluted bezel compresses the plastic crystal edges over a gold flange on the case helping keep everything inside safe to a depth of 100 meters. A dressy watch with this sort of water resistant rating is very impressive even today. That’s why the Day-Date is such a desirable watch; not only does it have an iconic timeless look, it’s a watch that can be worn for a lifetime and always be in style. Obtaining one has been a bucket list dream for many. Having the pleasure of buying a new one from your local Rolex boutique is becoming more of a challenge all the time with a list price of $39,150.00 CAD as seen on the Rolex website. The current Day-Date models are only available with the President style bracelet and are no longer available on a leather strap. This example may not come with that lovely green box and solid gold deployment buckle but it does have a subtle vintage charm that a new one lacks. The tan patina of the tritium hour plots and hands, the turned down edges of the classic champagne dial and tall profile of the plastic crystal. These small details represent the evolution of the Day-Date to the Rolex aficionado.Like all Day-Dates this one is made from 18 karat gold. Although some are made from platinum, none are made from non precious stainless steel. There is no such thing as a budget Day-Date; it’s the top of the line. They’ve never been cheap but at just $8,980.00 CAD estate Rolex is a great value. Excellent condition, recent service, brand new dark brown crocodile strap with genuine Rolex tang buckle give this watch the luxury look it deserves. We’ve just completed a full servicing to the watch (August 2020), including new case back gasket, mainspring and vacuum testing for water resistance. We are happy to support this watch with a complimentary one year warranty. Estate priced at $8,980.00 CAD. Stock #e11943.

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April 11, 2020

2006 Rolex Datejust 178274 31mm $9,280.00 CAD. e13099

There was a time when Rolex was just another high-quality Swiss watch company. One of many who made wrist watches for the world market after the first world war. Their products were high quality but nothing remarkable. They really were a watch assembling company who purchased dials, movements, cases, and other components from various manufacturers and put them together under the ROLEX brand name. It was not until 1926 and the invention of the Oyster case that the company’s direction changed forever. The world’s first truly reliable waterproof watch case was revolutionary. The patented system of a screw down case back and crown was a simple but effective system of keeping moisture and contaminants away from the sensitive movement. It is amazing nobody ever thought of it before; or at least not thinking to safeguard the idea with patent protection. While every manufacturer uses a similar system today, Rolex had the exclusive rights to produce watches with the Oyster style case. Today, every Rolex sold comes with a threaded crown and case back. Our latest Oyster case Rolex measures 31mm diameter, gone is the smaller 26mm size. It is in excellent condition and features the classic tone on tone look of stainless steel, 18 karat white gold bezel, silver dial with diamond markers. The polished case and centre stripe Oyster bracelet give the watch a jewellery shine with an element of sportiness. It comes with a complete set of paperwork and box. The factory supplied single cut diamonds are of course exceptional quality and cut as per the Rolex tradition. The bracelet contains 12 full sized links and the handy “easylink” hidden under the buckle. This fold away extension link allows for a little more room when some extra length is needed. This watch can do it all, casual with your favorite pair of jeans or at your next formal event. Working great, keeping excellent time with all functions operating as designed. We are happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary one-year warranty. Estate priced at $9,280.00 CAD. Stock #e13099.

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April 6, 2020

2020 Rolex Deepsea 126660 Deep Blue James Cameron (never used) $18,988.00 CAD. e13598

Rolex and the sea have always had a strong relationship; from inventing the first waterproof watch in 1926 to accompanying divers to the deepest depths of the ocean. On one such dive, filmmaker James Cameron solo dived over 10,000 meters below sea level in a Deepsea Challenger submarine with a specially designed Rolex strapped to the outside. Remarkably, despite some of the submarines hardware malfunctioning, the watch kept perfect time. To commemorate the dive, rather than releasing the unreasonably large watch that accompanied Cameron’s vessel, they instead offered the Rolex Deepsea with a new “D-Blue” dial. Featuring a blue to black gradient. The unique dial symbolizes his journey into the unknown depths of the Mariana Trench. Though nowhere near the size of the 51.4 mm wide by 28.5 mm thick monster this watch commemorates, the D-Blue Deepsea is still rather large at 44 mm by 17.7 mm. This size is put to good use though, giving the watch an impressive depth rating of 12,800 feet/3,900 meters. Even if such an extreme depth rating is unnecessary for the vast majority of watch collectors, there’s no doubt that the Deepsea epitomizes Rolex’s desire for perfection in the most extreme settings the world can offer. This watch is in perfect never worn condition. It was delivered in August to a Canadian Rolex authorized agent and comes complete with all the documentation shown and a fully endorsed warranty card. Stock #e13598.

 

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April 3, 2020

2019 Rolex Datejust 41 126333 full kit Canadian watch $14,299.00 CAD. e13293

The Datejust has evolved over the past 7 plus decades with dial variations, new bezels, movement/bracelet improvements as well as new material options. What hasn’t changed is the overall feel and look, always remaining distinctly Datejust. When introduced in 1945 it was a game changer, commemorating the esteemed Swiss brand’s 40th anniversary. Not only was the Datejust the first self-winding wrist chronometer with a date display, first watch with a quick changing calendar, it was also the first Rolex to feature the legendary cyclops date magnifier on the crystal. It’s Rolex’s most versatile model and for decades had an almost unchanging Dorian Gray effect; a watch that could be purchased and worn for decades without looking dated or out of fashion. In recent years the trend shifted towards larger watches (until 2009 the largest Datejust was 36mm) plus greater appreciation for attention to detail with technological and mechanical advancements. Slow to change Rolex realized they had to come up with something bigger appealing to a new generation of luxury watch clients. Pictured beside a 36mm Datejust the Datejust 41 is noticeably bigger. Rolex has always maintained extremely strict tolerance and standards for anything leaving their factory. They even refine their own gold to assure colour consistency and control alloy specifications. They knew they could produce a 41mm timepiece that would be revered for years to come. Rolex’s first foray into a larger 41mm diameter Datejust was with the Datejust II and it received somewhat mixed reviews. As expected, people loved the size, but they also found the proportions to be a bit off and complained it was a bit bulky and awkward looking. There are numerous online watch forums you can join where collectors gather and dissect every subtle nuance found in a wristwatch. No scratch, blemish or discoloration was acceptable coming from the factory and many of the concerns over the case profile and lug shape of the DJII were voiced. Slowly a “perfect Datejust checklist” was formed with changes that could be implemented to make a 41mm Datejust perfect. In 2016, to many collector’s delights Rolex released the new Datejust 41. Almost immediately and uniformly believed to be the best Datejust ever. It featured a slimmer profile with thinner lugs blending beautifully allowing it to show proudly on the wrist and yet slip comfortably under a shirt cuff. What lurks within the 904L stainless steel case is also new and exciting; the 3235 movement. As a collector I can fully appreciate the older workhorse 3135 movement which was used for 20 plus years in the Datejust and even Submariner models but as a wearer you cannot compete against the new generation Rolex 32XX movements like the 3235. It is not an evolution of the 3135, as over 90% of the parts are new. Without getting too technical, the 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), modified barrel design allowing for longer mainspring, extended power reserve, new winding module to increase efficiency and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the movement itself. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, reliable timepiece with a very long 70 hour power reserve. Our Datejust 41 is the upgraded two tone yellow Rolesor model featuring the quintessential Rolex yellow gold fluted bezel and classy black dial. The slightly more comfortable and dressier Jubilee bracelet features a clever “easylink” with locking buckle. The easy link provides a convenient small extension when you need a touch more room in the bracelet. The buckle has been believe it or not factory tested and designed to “snap” closed not only to be secure but to also sound secure. This watch was only occasionally worn since it was originally purchased from a Canadian authorized agency store in November 2019. It comes with the original fully endorsed warranty card covering the watch under international warranty until November 2024. At night the ample application of luminous material on the hands and hour markers make time interpretation a snap. This is a full set in pristine condition looking as crisp as the day it left the Geneva factory. Offered with inner/outer box, papers, warranty card, the often-forgotten Rolex hang tags, even the protective cardboard box sleeve and foam liner come included. The watch shows only minor minor scuffs and very light surface scratches on the flat buckle sections and case edges. It has never been polished or refinished in any way retaining the difficult to duplicate perfect factory finish. Estate priced at $14,299.00 CAD. Stock #e13293.

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March 30, 2020

2000 Rolex Oyster Date 15210 34mm $4,680.00 CAD. e13557

Undeniably Rolex but like nothing else currently available from Geneva’s most well-known watch manufacturer. The Oyster Date was always considered the little brother of the more popular DATEJUST model. They were pretty much the same watch except the DATE was 2mm smaller at 34mm and only with an Oyster style bracelet. Occasionally the sportiest looking of the DATE line turns up with rarely encountered engine turned bezel. The style of bezel was never offered on the DATEJUST and gives these watches a unique character, especially when mated with a black dial. Only the hour markers on the bezel and the case/bracelet edges are polished, adding to the casual look. Our latest estate Rolex dates from the year 2000 according to its P serial number. It is in almost new condition showing very few signs of use. The 11 link Oyster bracelet shows little sag and no stretch, the coronet logo of the buckle still displays excellent relief. That wonderful bezel appears unpolished with sharp crisp edges along the faceted edges and of course a few inevitable impact marks. The rest of the watch is in almost new condition. The crown turns close to two times before popping into the winding position. There is not even the slightest scuff or chip on the sapphire crystal. The radial finish sun burst black dial is spotless, the 18-karat white gold hour markers and hands are blemish free. These watches are the right size for the slim gentleman of lady who is looking for a slightly large watch without the bulk. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one-year warranty (prorated 5 years) the watch is priced at $4,680.00 CAD. Stock #e13557.

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March 20, 2020

2009 Rolex Datejust 116233 36mm $9,700.00 CAD. e13584

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 are still the most popular combination; just as they were when the model was introduced in 1945. This look has come to almost define the brand all by itself. Practically as long as there’s been Rolex there’s been a watch in the line that looks almost identical to this. The neutral colour champagne dial goes well with almost anything and the rugged nature of the oyster case allows use for almost any activity. This example of model 116233 dates from 2009 and was originally purchased from our friends at Humbertown Jewellers Toronto. At over 10 years old you’d expect the condition to show areas of wear but this one looks like its only a couple years of age. 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 only minor sag and no stretch. No surprise really as the previous owner took great care and wore it carefully. Only a few scuffs and minor impact marks can be seen on the case and bracelet. The watch is running like new and keeping great time. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers performed a full service to the watch in 2018 as part of a 10 year service schedule. Purchasing a brand new Datejust of this specification carries a list price of $13,570.00 CAD and $11,200.00 USD. A 2020 model from the Rolex website looks exactly the same as this 2009. Fashion comes and goes but style is forever. Included with purchase is the inner/outer Rolex box, dealer endorsed warranty card, booklet and other accessories. Our price for this classic Rolex is $9,700.00 CAD. Stock #e13584.

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February 29, 2020

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

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

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February 27, 2020

1999 Rolex Oyster 67180 25mm blue Arabic dial $3,570.00 CAD. e13576

These small Rolex Oyster watches do not show up very often compared to the more expensive and only slightly larger Datejust models. For the lady who likes the clean look of a watch without a calendar and does not want to be bothered correcting the date for months without 31 days, the less is more Rolex Oyster 67180 may be for you. This little watch measures 25mm diameter and is fitted with the very rare blue Arabic dial. Most of these watches come with a silver or white dial. Sometimes black and pink are seen with the Arabic 3, 6 and 9 but seeing a blue version is very uncommon. Even though this is considered the entry level Rolex it still comes with the features you would expect from Rolex. The crystal is manufactured from optically perfect synthetic sapphire. This material is far harder than regular glass, it shrugs off impacts and abrasive contact that would destroy a mineral glass crystal. The classic Oyster case is protected from moisture to a depth of 100 meters by a thread crown and case back. Inside the stainless-steel case beats a fully adjusted in 5 positions and temperature compensated Rolex manufactured calibre 2230. The 31-jewel automatic winding mechanism runs at the same 28,800 cycles per hour frequency and the larger certified chronometer models. Our blue beauty is in very good condition and keeping great time. The 11 link Oyster bracelet shows some sag and a small amount of stretch that comes with use, but it has decades of use left. The brushed finish case and bracelet are scratch free after a refinishing. The smooth polished bezel and bracelet edges give the watch some dressy appeal when combined with that fantastic dial colour. We are please to offer a no charge 1-year warranty for the new owner. Today an entry level Rolex will set you back $5,800.00 as shown on the Rolex website. The new model is a little bit larger at 26mm but otherwise similar. Our latest ladies Rolex Oyster is estate priced at $3,570.00 CAD. Stock #e13576.

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February 20, 2020

Tudor Hydronuat 89190 Tiger Woods edition 40mm $3,200.00 CAD. e13568

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 sub-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 its lower half. 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. This Tudor Hydronaut is one of the “Tiger” watches released during this short period, and on top of the Tiger text, it also has a carbon fibre dial— a dial uncommon even on the base model. These two features definitely give the otherwise conservative watch some character, or at least an interesting back story. The Hydronaut itself takes notes from its “older brother” — the Rolex Submariner — while still being distinct enough to set the watches apart. This dive watch has a smooth 120 click bezel just like the Submariner, but with a more toned-down anodized metal finish, allowing this watch to be easily dressed up or down. The bracelet also takes some inspiration from Rolex, combining the design ideas of the dressier Jubilee bracelet with the sportier Oyster bracelet. The end result is an incredibly versatile watch with the quality of a Rolex, but without the price tag: one that can accompany you on a dive, a night out, or even golfing in the PGA championship. Estate priced at $3,200.00 CAD. Stock #e13568

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February 13, 2020

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

We’re quite fortunate to showcase some truly remarkable vintage watches at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. Sometimes they’re in amazing condition, looking practically unworn. While we love selling these time capsules to our growing collector following, I feel a little sad for the previous owner(s) who chose to only rarely wear them. While I understand some of the watches we profile are quite special, they’re still meant to be used more than just a few times per year for special occasions. Life is short and wearing a luxury watch is a feeling that should be experienced as often as possible. Sure there are times when a solid gold watch shouldn’t be worn but for 90% of the time, something like this should be used and enjoyed. Our latest vintage Rolex is a rare Day-Date 18108 bark finish with factory supplied diamond bezel. The bark texture alone makes this watch a little more interesting than a standard Day-Date. The upgraded diamond bezel adds some contrasting bling against the rough, bark textured bezel. More than just some decorative sparkle, these diamonds actually serve a purpose; they are set inline with the dial markers helping confirm the hour. That may be a bit of a stretch but sometimes people need a small excuse to justify a little sparkle in their life. Originality is an important characteristic when gauging the value of an estate watch, we’re happy to say that everything about this watch appears correct and original. Rolex of Canada seem to agree as their document from March 2019 describes the watch and its features as shown. Rolex are very quick to comment if their watches have been modified or customized with aftermarket parts. Often they will refuse to service your watch is it has been customized by an aftermarket supplier. The Champagne colour dial dial isn’t unusual but its use of small Roman numerals is somewhat rare, adding to the character of this vintage Rolex that dates from 1987. The once luminous tritium hour plots and hands no longer glow in the dark but they are perfectly matched, displaying a warm tan hue blending perfectly with the dial. To those who know, only the bark finish gives this watch away as a vintage piece. Its condition can be described as almost new. The super hard synthetic sapphire crystal is perfectly scratch and chip free. The case and bracelet show some minor scratches but nothing significant. The fine textured bark finish on bezel and bracelet display no evidence of softening. For a watch 1/3 of a century old the bracelet exhibits no stretch and almost zero sag. The 24 link bracelet (including end pieces) is in remarkable condition. The edges are sharp and the D shaped sections do not show any flat areas from over polishing. That iconic Rolex coronet logo clasp release looks perfect too. Even with expert refinishing this area is the first place to show wear and tear due to its proximity and tendency to get knocked against hard surfaces. If you’ve always wanted the flagship Rolex Day-Date this one is different enough to be unique but not over the top in its extravagance. The watch is running great with all functions operating as designed. We’re happy to provide the new owner with a 1 year complimentary warranty (prorated for 5 years) covering all aspects of mechanical failure except those caused by abuse or moisture. Rolex no longer make the bark finish Day-Date and only offer the full diamond bezel option. When so equipped a new 36mm Rolex Day-Date retails for $54,650.00 as shown on the Rolex Canada website. Our price for this vintage Rolex classic. $17,980.00 CAD. Stock #e13276.

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February 10, 2020

Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR “root beer” 3 weeks old $19,888.00 CAD. e13565

Just purchased from a Canadian authorized agent June 2020 we proudly offer this perfect example of a 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 flip lock 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. This model currently retails for the relative bargain price of $17,450.00 CAD if you can find one. From what I hear the only way to get a brand new one is get on a list and wait. In the United States it is much more expensive priced at $14,800.00 USD. As our Canadian dollar continues to flounder I wouldn’t be surprised if Rolex Canada raises the price in Canada again. For retaining value it’s always best to keep your Rolex original and keep everything that it came with when first delivered. At only 3 weeks old this watch of course comes complete with everything as delivered. Inner/outer box, warranty card, booklets, instructions, card holder, 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 are here. Overall condition can be described in 3 words, perfect, perfect, perfect. It was worn for less than 20 hours according to the owner. After taking delivery just a few short weeks ago he decided the black/brown, rose gold and steel colour scheme wasn’t for him. The watch shows only the slightest signs on use in the form of light superficial scuffs on the buckle. Aside form the tiny buckle scratches (easily removed) the only way you can tell it isn’t unworn is all the protective plastic stickers have been removed from the case and bracelet. The Rolex GMT Master is one of their the most iconic models. It’s been around for over 60 years yet still looks and functions much as it did in 1954. Originally built as a professional tool for pilots travelling 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 say 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 2025. This watch is estate priced at $19,888.00. Stock #e13565.

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February 3, 2020

2019 Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 full kit $20,400.00 CAD. e13562

The Gregorian Calendar has been a thorn in the side of watchmakers since the first calendar complication was added to a pocket watch in the late 19th century. Trying to accurately keep track of which months have 30 or 31 days (not to mention February and leap years) in such a small device as an analogue  mechanical watch is harder than it might seem. Most watches that display the date don’t bother even trying, and just have a 31 day wheel for every month. Though this method works it needs to be adjusted 5 times per year for months  not having 31 days; it does the job, and it’s hard to fault when the year is so hard to track properly. The Rolex Sky-Dweller, however, takes date calibration seriously, featuring what’s known as an “annual calendar.” This complication means the Sky-Dweller only needs the day of the month set once a year at the end of February. Of course, Rolex wasn’t content with only including one timekeeping complication, but also decided to add a 24-hour, separate time zone display on an offset central dial and a subtle month of the year display (red tip hour marker). Each of the 12 months corresponds to an hour marker. 1 for January, 2 for February, 3 for March….. It’s astonishing they were able to include such features and still maintain accuracy of +2/-2 seconds per day. One thing’s for sure– it wasn’t easy: The Sky-Dweller is protected by 11 patents, half of which are exclusive to the Sky-Dweller. The engineering that went into this didn’t neglect ease of use either. By turning the solid 18 karat white gold bezel when setting the watch, the day of the year, local time, and 24 hour dial can all be set independently without interrupting one another. Setting the time is as simple as it is satisfying– it’s almost a shame it only needs to be set once a year. It comes with everything when originally purchased from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent in July 2019. It’s been occasionally worn by its previous mature owner and is in like new condition. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. This model has a long waiting list for delivery. Rolex agents have no available inventory on this watch. MSRP $14,800.00 USD, $17,500.00 CAD. Dealer endorsed paperwork, not a grey market watch. Estate price $20,400.00 CAD. Stock #e13562.

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January 30, 2020

2000 Rolex Yacht-Master 16622 40mm $11,900.00 CAD. e12543

When the platinum and stainless steel Yacht-Master came out they were only available by getting on a waiting list or paying well over retail for a used one. Not much has changed really, current model Yacht-Masters are seldom seen on the shelves of Rolex agents and excellent conditional used examples like this easily sell for more than their original MSRP of $10,970.00 CAD. Now that they have been on the market for a while, nice pre-owned estate models are turning up occasionally. What makes model 16622 so attractive is that solid platinum bezel and dial. It’s not a simple painted base metal face, it is actually made from precious platinum with a micro sandblasted texture. The Yacht-Master is one of the few Rolex watches that offers a handy 2 way timer bezel timer indexed for 60 minutes. The simple device easily allows the user to keep track of any event of up to one hour duration within about 30 seconds accuracy. Parking meters, lunch hours and maybe the perfectly timed steak are just a few things the bezel could accurately be used for. The 40mm watch is equipped with the famous Rolex Triplock crown and oyster case water resistant to 300 feet. At 20 years old the watch is in remarkable condition. The case and bracelet could almost pass for new old stock aside from a few easily removed scratches, That fiendishly difficult to refinish/polish platinum bezel looks practically brand new. The polished/brushed finished Oyster bracelet is showing no sag or stretch and the 40mm Oyster case is completely free from scratches and impact marks. Included with watch is everything that it was delivered when new in 2000 from an Ontario authorized Rolex agent. All the documents and packaging are in like new condition.  Professional models are what every Rolex collector is looking for; a discontinued model complete with documentation and the desirable wooden lined box, including the protective cardboard outer box sleeve all in excellent condition make this one very attractive to a Rolex aficionado. A complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty finishes this desirable package. Estate priced at $11,900.00 CAD. Stock #e12543.

SOLD


January 24, 2020

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

It’s always exciting when one of the most sought after Ladies Rolex models appears in our estate department. When that watch is still under factory warranty