ROLEX


September 18, 2019

Rolex Submariner 116610LN $12,245.00 CAD. e12666

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

SOLD


September 14, 2019

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

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


September 12, 2019

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

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

SOLD


September 6, 2019

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

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

SOLD


September 1, 2019

Rolex Submariner 1680 Red $35,000.00 CAD. e11644

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


August 30, 2019

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.


August 27, 2019

Rolex Submariner 114060 with stickers 2 months old $11,800.00 CAD TAX INCLUDED!!!! e12568

This is it, the most pure form of the Rolex Submariner available today. It’s the ultimate expression in absolute functionality. When the submariner debuted in 1953 it had no calendar, no chronograph, no moon phase, no bells or whistles of any kind. Just a black dial with contrasting white hands and a two way rotating bezel for measuring elapsed time. In more than 60 years of production the basic model is considered by many to be the most desirable. Many early examples now trade hands for more than 100 times the original price. The glossy black dial without distractions and no date aperture with magnifier certainly makes for a purposeful design. In any lighting condition I can’t imagine an easier dial to read. The more I look at this watch the more I appreciate why the original design is coveted by so many collectors. You couldn’t ask for a more balanced clean look. There has been a waiting list for this model since it was introduced in 2012. Most Rolex retailers have them sold long before they’re even in stock. Their scarcity has brand new ones popping up for sale with grey market dealers in the United States for $10,000.00. Importing one of these to Canada will cost you 5% import duty plus any additional federal and provincial taxes. By the way, Federal and Provincial tax is calculated on top of  the 5% import duty so you’ll be paying tax on the tax unless you smuggle one across the border. As our Canadian dollar continues to flounder I wouldn’t be surprised if Rolex Canada raises the prices of all their watches in Canada. We’ve been speculating a price increase for a few years and it still hasn’t happened. For retaining value it’s always best to keep your Rolex original and keep everything that came with the watch when first delivered. You’ve been looking for one, we have it and it’s absolutely perfect. Our latest example was purchased brand new in at a Canadian authorized agent in July of 2019. The watch was only worn only a couple times and still has many of the protective delivery stickers attached to the case and bracelet. Overall condition is perfect after much examination we can’t see any evidence of use. Inner/outer box, instruction booklet, endorsed authorized agent warranty card (dated July 2019), all paperwork, hang tags, booklets, card board sleeve and even a Rolex shopping bag is included with purchase. Comes with the full compliment of bracelet adjusting links. Never polished or refinished in any way. It’s 100% original, the bracelet has never been removed from the case. Working like new and keeping great time the watch is estate priced at $11,800.00 CAD (TAX INCLUDED!!!) Stock e12568.

SOLD


August 26, 2019

Rolex Fun Fact

Here’s your Rolex fun fact for the day. I’ve always been curious to know just how much gold a Rolex crown contains. I peeled the gold cap off this 6mm Rolex TwinLock crown and found out it weighs around 0.12 grams. With the price of gold at over $2,000.00 Canadian per ounce the gold used in the construction of this crown is worth around $5.85 CAD. I just thought you’d like to know.

 


August 25, 2019

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

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


August 22, 2019

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

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


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

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

 


August 21, 2019

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

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


August 20, 2019

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

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

 

 


August 18, 2019

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

We don’t toss out the 3 star ***rare*** headline very often. With close to 600 watches posted on our website this is only the 6th time we’ve labelled a watch as such. Any Rolex Oyster Perpetual 5501 is quite rare but one with a white honeycomb dial is exceptionally rare. With collectible Rolex the dial is practically everything. The dial on this one is very original and in very good condition. These textured Explorer dials with gold markers are thought to have been exclusively produced for the Canadian market. Even so, we’ve never seen another example of this dial before and likely never will see one again. According to the previous owner the watch was used for about a decade and then left in a drawer for the next 40 plus years. The watch is running great despite being quite dry. If it is to be used regularly we suggest a full service to the original 25 jewel Rolex calibre 1530. This service will be performed no charge for the new owner.  The long term storage story seems to make sense as the inside case back shows only one or two service records. When a watch is serviced the technician usually etches a code in the inside of the case. The inside  shows the usual Rolex factory stamping with production date code (1st quarter of 1961) but almost no other etchings. It’s nice to see an original watch movement that hasn’t been messed around with. The watch came to us in what we believe to be its original and equally rare burgundy red hinged Rolex box. As the legend goes this watch sat in the box unused since the late 1960s. The condition of the box is practically like new. The red velvet display card with Rolex logo is crisp and sharp edged. Submariner, Daytona, GMT-Master are the Rolex watches that get all the headlines. The smaller size 34mm Explorer models have always been a watch for the hardcore collector. I’m sure there are more than a few collectors looking at this watch that never even knew something like this existed. The dressy Explorer dial with 14 karat gold fluted bezel (also in great condition) set it apart as one of the rarest models you’re likely to encounter. We we love the rare 7205 riveted bracelet with 57 end pieces. As was Rolex practice during the 60s these bracelet links were assembled from flat and folded sections of sheet stainless steel riveted together. The hollow nature of the design made them somewhat fragile and prone to dents and wear of decades of use. As Rolex manufacturing techniques improved these original bracelet were replaced with solid link versions. Most vintage Rolex have had their original bracelets replaced modern replacements over the years. The buckle on this bracelet is date stamped 1967. Its condition is quite good for 52 years old. Showing a small amount of stretch, a little sage and no too much lateral movement. Including a one year mechanical warranty the watch is estate priced at $19,460.00 CAD. Stock #e11829.


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.


August 15, 2019

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

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


August 12, 2019

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

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

 

 


August 10, 2019

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

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


August 7, 2019

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

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


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

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

 


August 1, 2019

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

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


July 30, 2019

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.


July 29, 2019

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

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


July 25, 2019

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

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


July 23, 2019

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

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


July 20, 2019

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

4 digit model number Rolex watches from the 1950s do not show up very often, in fact they almost never show up. The 1950s were a time when Rolex really began to establish themselves as a high quality do it all watch manufacturer that could stand up to the demands of modern 20th century. The demographics of the 1950s presented Rolex the perfect opportunity to take advantage of middle class disposable income. Jobs and money were plentiful; this watch likely only cost about 2 weeks wages at the time. Rolex was establishing a vast dealer network across North America looking to grab a piece of the action. This Rolex Oyster looks much more modern than the mid 50s thanks to its more modern service dial and hour/minute hands. The nifty blued steel seconds hand offers a clue to the its true age.  This watch likely originally was delivered with an Explorer type dial. The original dial was likely exchanged for this more modern silver with radial finish and classic 18 karat white gold stick hour markers. The watch is powered by what appears to be the original calibre A296-775 Rolex automatic winding mechanism that is running strong and keeping good time.Semi bubble back case Rolex watches in 36mm sizes are much harder to come across than the common 34mm size. The original Oyster case is in excellent condition showing very little pitting as is common on early steel Rolex watches. The original engraved serial/style numbers are clearly visible after the American made Jubilee bracelet is removed.  Instead of reading REGISTERED DESIGN this case says BREVET, derived from the french word for patented. It’s remarkable to us that a 63 year old watch can look so contemporary, but such is the Rolex style. 6 months, 6 years or 6 decades old, a Rolex Oyster is always in style. The loose link Jubilee bracelet allows a super comfortable fit for a wrist size of up to 7 3/4 inches. The famous Rolex coronet buckle still displays good relief. Looking at current Rolex watches a similar 36mm model is still available although only with the more sporty Oyster style bracelet. The current version of this watch can be seen on the Rolex website for $6,150.00 CAD. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11990.


July 19, 2019

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

Sometimes we sell a watch and the purchaser prefers a leather strap over the factory bracelet. This 14 karat and stainless steel Swiss made original Rolex Jubilee bracelet will fit almost any 36 or 40mm Oyster case Rolex up to the early 2000s. Good overall condition, showing sag and stretch appropriate for a 4o plus year old watch. It contains 19 links and measures 16cm from spring bar to spring bar. Buckle stamped 62523H. End pieces stamped 455 J. We may have an extra link or two in stock if you need a little extra length. Estate priced at $2,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11837.

 


July 18, 2019

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

When the Tudor Heritage Black Bay was released in 2012 it was obviously heavily inspired by the ever popular Tudor Submariners of the 1950s. It featured beautiful contrasting snowflake hands over a flat black dial. Initially only available with a burgundy/red bezel and later offered in blue. The design and look was so classic, so perfectly executed that it was honored by the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva in 2013. The highly anticipated Black Bay Black was released in the fall of 2015 and was available on either distressed leather strap or metal bracelet. Our latest estate example has both along with the correct Tudor deployment stainless steel buckle.  The previous owner purchased the strap/buckle in the fall of 2018 and is in hardly worn condition. A few months after the release of the Black Bay Black there was an announcement at Baselworld 2016 that all Tudor Black Bay models would soon feature an in-house manufactured movement. What’s interesting and noteworthy is, the Black Bay Black with Tudor 2824 caliber was available for sale for less than a year and much more rare than the red or blue models. The Tudor 2824 caliber movement is based on the ETA 2824 movement used by many high end luxury watch brands. It’s a time tested (pun intended), trusted movement known for its precision and reliability. Tudor’s watchmaking expertise improved upon the basic ETA 2824 incabloc shock protection and regulation system making the movement more specific to the Black Bay. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is; the original Tudor Black Bay Black has the traditional Tudor Rose emblem on the dial above the name Tudor, whereas the new generation “in house” calibre Black Bay feature the Tudor Shield logo.All Heritage Black Bay models from 2012-2016 came with a factory supplied nylon NATO style strap in addition to the leather or steel bracelet whereas the latest version comes with only metal bracelet or strap, but not both. The great thing about our estate Black Bay Black is the fact that it was only occasionally worn with the stainless steel Oyster style bracelet leaving the factory supplied accessory black nylon strap untouched in its protective plastic sleeve. The watch was purchased brand new in Toronto in December 2015 and comes with its original bill of sale from Royal De Versailles. They say hindsight is 20/20 and I have to agree. Many of the rare and unusual Rolex and Tudor watches we’ve sold over the last few years have seen substantial price increases. I’m sure this Black Bay Black will see similar price appreciation over time being such a short production run model. They already sell for a significant premium compared to the red and blue when they occasionally show up on the secondary market. If you’re going to collect one, get the best around and this one is about as close to perfect as you’re likely to encounter. It still retains its original factory finish, it’s only ever been ultrasonically cleaned, never polished. It shows some scuffs and scratches on the case/bracelet but overall is in excellent condition. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year complimentary warranty. Comes with original inner/outer boxes, instructions, warranty card, nylon strap, plastic hang tag with serial/style number and even the original cardboard box sleeve. The Heritage Black Bay 79220N is one of the hottest watches on the market right now, if you want one DON’T WAIT this one will not last long! Estate priced at $5,725.00 CAD. Stock #e11581.

 


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.


July 17, 2019

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

It’s always exciting when one of the most sought after Ladies Rolex models appears in our estate department. When that watch is still under factory warranty, 100% original, Canadian delivery with its full compliment of documentation and packaging we really take notice. From what we understand 31mm models are seldom seen on display at authorized agents. This size is the preferred choice as it is big enough to make a subtle statement but not so big it’s bulky and uncomfortable. Maybe it’s nothing more than a fashion trend that women’s watches have become larger or could it be something else. Perhaps Rolex is tracking their target demographic of clients who are nicely established with some disposable income and who are more than likely in their 40s. A bigger watch is just easier to read for those of us no longer in their 20s. After decades of production Rolex no longer even offer a 26mm Datejust. This example comes with a beautiful silver dial that perfectly compliments the 904L stainless steel used in the famous water tight Oyster case. The seamless transition broken up only by Rolex’ proprietary 18 karat yellow gold alloy and the sparkle of top quality diamond hour markers. Many Rolex watches are customized with aftermarket dials containing lower quality brilliant cut diamonds. Rolex only use the finest single cut diamonds available for dial markers. Despite the simple 17 facet arrangement (compared to a 57 facet brilliant cut) the smallest deviation in cut is instantly spotted in a single cut. You will never see an original Rolex supplied diamond that isn’t perfectly cut. Even the solid 18 karat gold beveled edge octagon settings are perfection in every detail.While the basic Rolex design philosophy is simple and functional they do it without compromise. No other brand does microscopic details better than Rolex. This watch is 100% original and in excellent condition. It shows minor evidence of use in the form of small scuffs on the case and bracelet. It has never been refinished in any way. We’d be happy to give it a complimentary polish if you wish. Originally delivered December 2015 to a Toronto area authorized agency. The factory endorsed warranty expires in  December 2020 after which Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide an additional year of warranty coverage. If you buy the current 31mm Rolex Datejust in the United States it carries a retail price of $11,950.00 USD. With  our weak currency the watch is a relative bargain in the great white north priced at just $13,700.00 CAD as shown on the Rolex Canada website. Including everything shown our latest previously enjoyed estate Rolex is priced at $11,490.00 CAD. Stock #e12350.


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

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


July 15, 2019

Vintage Rolex Day-Date 1803 36mm 18kt. gold $7,600.00 CAD. e11943

Looking great for a watch that was made in 1967 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 likely 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 one from your local Rolex boutique is becoming more of a challenge all the time with a list price of $24,550.00 CAD on leather strap as shown on the Rolex Canada website. 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 $7,600.00 CAD our latest estate Rolex is a great value. Excellent condition, recent service, brand new Austrian Hirsch black leather strap and gold plated deployment buckle give this watch the luxury look it deserves. We are happy to support this watch with a complimentary one year warranty. Estate priced at $7,600.00 CAD. Stock #e11943.

 

 


July 10, 2019

Rolex Datejust 36 16200 $5,600.00 CAD. e11942

It’s a safe bet to say everyone wants a Rolex. I’m also pretty sure even those who say they aren’t the “Rolex” type secretly desire to own one, even if they don’t admit to it. The same reasons people love them are exactly the same reasons why some don’t. For anyone that has a fondness for high quality mechanical watches a Rolex Oyster is always on the short list. For the person that wants a Rolex, but doesn’t want the attention the bigger sport models or solid gold versions attract we present a most demure example. The Datejust 16200 doesn’t have a flashy gold fluted bezel; instead it makes due with just a simple smooth polished bezel. You won’t find a dressy Jubilee bracelet with its multitude of shiny centre links; this one has the basic flat satin finish Oyster bracelet. It doesn’t even come with a bright white or bold blue dial, just a simple silver face with modest stick hour markers. For those who love luxury with a less is more philosophy we have your watch. At 22 years old it’s not quite vintage or retro yet but it’s well on the way. The original dial is 100% perfect with tritium plots fully intact. The rounded dome profile hash mark hour markers have a subtle look that the modern totally flat reflective markers somewhat lack. Overall condition of this watch is excellent; the sapphire crystal is completely absent of even the most minor scratch. The 11 link Oyster bracelet is tight showing practically zero stretch or sag. The embossed coronet Rolex logo on the buckle is complete, it does display some flattening from a previous polish/refinishing. Included with purchase is a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty. Estate priced at $5,600.00 CAD. Stock #e11942.


July 8, 2019

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

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

 


July 5, 2019

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 $31,250 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.


July 3, 2019

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

e10215-tudor-balck-bay-79220n-001When the Tudor Black Bay series was released in 2012 it was obviously heavily inspired by the ever popular Tudor Submariners of the 1950s, featuring the beautiful contrasting snowflake hands. Initially only available in red then blue it’s design was so classic and perfectly executed it was honoured by the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva in 2013. The highly anticipated Black Bay Black was released in the fall of 2015 and was available on either leather strap or metal bracelet. A few months after the release of the Black Bay Black there was an announcement in Baselworld 2016 that all Tudor Black Bay models would soon feature an in-house designed and manufactured movement. What’s interesting and noteworthy, is that would make the Black Bay Black with Tudor 2824 caliber available for sale for less than a year. The Tudor 2824 caliber movement is based on an ETA 2824 movement used by nearly every luxury watch brand. It’s a time tested (pun intended), trusted movement known for its precision and reliability. However, Tudor’s watchmaking expertise improved upon the ETA incabloc shock protection and regulation system making the movement more specific to the Black Bay. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that the original Tudor Black Bay Black had the iconic Tudor Rose emblem on the dial above the name Tudor, whereas the new generation Black Bays with the in-house calibre feature the Tudor Shield. All ETA2824 Black Bay models come with an accessory cloth NATO style strap in addition to a metal bracelet or leather strap (but not both). One of the great things about our Black Bay Black is that it comes with all three bracelet/strap options. When it was initially purchased in March 2016, the watch came on a stainless steel bracelet. The original owner decided to purchase the distressed black leather strap with matching Tudor deployment buckle to have the option to change up the look. Metal, leather and cloth bracelets are all in very good condition. That is three unique looks for one watch. The watch is in very good condition showing some scuffs and scratches but remains in original unpolished condition.e10215-tudor-balck-bay-79220n-003 Keeping with the theme of an homage to vintage dive watches Tudor chose to use flat black dial with gold writing to be paired with gold plated snowflake hands and hour indices giving it a similar look to how early Submariners have aged. Heritage Black Bay Blacks were produced for less than one year making them far more rare than the red or blue bezel versions. Its short production run will surely lead to an increase in value over time and will solidify a place in the horilogical annals. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, accessories, booklets, hang tag and a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. The previous owner even kept the white cardboard sleeve showing the correct serial number on the outside sticker. You’re not likely to find a more complete example than this one. Estate priced at $5,250.00 CAD. Stock #e11798.e10215-tudor-balck-bay-79220n-002

 


July 2, 2019

1977 Rolex SeaDweller 1665 “double red” $60,000.00 CAD (tax included). e11917

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

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June 30, 2019

Tudor oyster 4540 $600.00 CAD. e9193

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


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.


June 18, 2019

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

Vintage Rolex watches are hot commodities. It’s not unusual for rare and desirable examples to sell for 6 or even 7 figures. The prices have definitely seen large increases over the past few years. This Rolex Air-King-Date on its own is an unusual model as it was only sold in commonwealth countries. The rest of the world had to make do without the calendar feature on their Air-Kings. Beside the amazing condition of this 1972 example it’s the completeness of the package that will really get the Rolex collector excited. Any single component of the kit has significant value. The case back 5701 foil sticker, the 30 page Rolex booklet outlining Rolex’ achievements to date, perfect condition inner box with outer box, dated warranty card and plastic folder. All of these individual parts if acquired separately would cost a few thousand dollars. To our knowledge the watch is completely original. It also comes with service papers from 1993 through Humbertown Jewellers Toronto. Overall condition is second to none, especially for a watch that is 46 years old. Perfect condition champagne dial, crisp sharp fluted yellow gold bezel, tight folded link bracelet (date coded 1971), strong relief in the frogs toes Rolex logo on buckle and even the threaded crown turns 450 degrees before popping out. This watch is a bit of a time capsule of originality. A quick vacuum test for water resistance revealed no leaks, the vintage oyster case performed like it was brand new. $8500.00 for a champagne dialed Air-King-Date may be at the top of the price range but you’re not going to find a better condition and more complete example anywhere. The two tone Oyster bracelet is missing a couple links, they are not too difficult to find online if you need a little extra length. Keeping good time and ready for the next 4 decades of use with the occasional service. Including everything described and a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $8,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11528.


June 15, 2019

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

Rolex is the most respected watch manufacturer of all the Swiss brands; their pro models are legendary in terms of performance and universal appeal. When it comes to Rolex diver watches the Sea-Dweller is the top of the line when it comes to professional qualification. While it looks almost identical to a garden variety Submariner, it’s actually quite different. First thing you notice is the absence of a date magnifier over the calendar. The synthetic crystal is much thicker that the standard Submariner, as is the stainless steel case which enables the watch a water resistance rating of an amazing 4000 feet. Located on the 9:00 case edge is a Helium escape valve, something the regular Submariner lacks. If you’re living in a pressurized diving bell breathing a mixture of oxygen and helium, your watch will need this escape valve to bleed off the accumulated helium gas as you decompress. This example was manufactured around in 2001 according to the late P serial number and endorsed warranty certificate (November 2001). It was used professionally by the original commercial diver owner. The case and bracelet show the telltale signs of use in the form of scratches and scuffs but the watch remains in its original unpolished condition. The case edges are crisp and sharp, the bracelet links are tight showing little sag or stretch. Sea-Dwellers of this era were the most qualified of all Rolex watches and are still  considered a very serious machine yet when new only cost around 5% more than a standard Submariner. You can’t get them with fancy diamond dials or with gold trim; they are only available in all business stainless steel with a jet black glossy dial. Without question this is the most complete Sea-Dweller we’ve ever had. According to the previous owner, the day it was purchased from the Kingston Jamaica Rolex agent the box and accessories were put away in a drawer until he decided to sell it recently. It comes with a specific Rolex wallet/folder containing a Buehlmann dive table decompression card, 2001-2002 calendar, chronometer certification booklet plus an extra extension link (in addition to the standard diver extension link found under the buckle). A small Rolex bracelet removal/screwdriver tool (Rolex Ref. 2100) is also included. Located within the body of the tool in a secret compartment an extra black link screw can be found. Inner/outer boxes, foam liner, pillow, blanket, chronometer hang tag, bezel guard, and correct 4000 foot metal anchor in plastic pouch are also here. 14 page Rolex Submariner booklet, 26 page Rolex Oyster booklet, endorsed paperwork top off the most complete package we’ve ever been able to showcase. As a final detail the watch is supplied with a polishing cloth detailing how to clean your Rolex in 5 different languages. This is an accessory we’ve never seen before. We don’t know if it’s OEM or something the authorized agent had made up but it’s a really cool addition completing the package.   The 16600 Sea-Dweller has been discontinued for some time making this example one of the most collectible. This most purposeful of any Rolex is working great, keeping excellent time and comes with a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. Estate priced at $11,990.00. Stock #e12012.


June 6, 2019

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

 


June 5, 2019

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

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

 


Rolex GMT Master 16750 40mm $14,000.00 CAD. e11645

It’s hard for me to think of a watch as an inanimate object. Especially when it comes to something like a luxury mechanical watch. To many people they are almost like a tiny pet; they must be wound up, regularly worn or they’ll stop; much like a dog that needs to be exercised. The quick rhythm of the escapement releasing stored power as the familiar audible tick tick tick…….. is a sound that can make you believe they have a heartbeat. When you stop to think about it, you likely spend more time with your watch than anything else in your life. When a vintage Rolex turns up in our estate department it’s always an exciting thing. Aside from a Daytona or perhaps a Submariner, GMT Masters are about the most requested model from the esteemed Geneva based manufacturer. It’s too bad these old watches can’t talk because I’d love to know their entire history. Many times we can only speculate on the previous life they’ve experienced. Like an expensive automobile, a Rolex watch usually has had many owners over the years and previous history details are lost or forgotten. Sporty models have been appreciating assets for decades and often get traded in for different models as an owner’s lifestyle changes over the years. This Rolex is curious because of the lack of history that can be deciphered from previous service records etched inside. For a watch dating from 1982 there is not a single etching inside the back. Watchmakers usually leave tiny coded dates and records of service for future reference. Does this mean it has never been serviced? Maybe the case back was replaced; perhaps it was serviced but the technician didn’t record a record of the work done. If it’s been serviced there are no real telltale signs. No scratches from screwdriver blades and the screw heads are not marked up. It’s working but very dry and would benefit from a service if it is to be regularly used. The glossy dial is amazing. These dials are merciless and unforgiving when it comes to showing small blemishes and scuffs. This one is absolutely perfect leading me to believe the little to no previous service scenario. The mystery deepens with the fact the coronet buckle logo has seen significant polishing. The G code buckle dates to 1982, the same year the serial number indicates. The 12 link 78360/580 oyster bracelet is in great shape showing almost no sag. Leave it alone as a great vintage example to occasionally wear or let us do a full service and wear it every day for the rest of your life. They don’t make them like this anymore. Plastic crystals and aluminum bezels are features the collector community is always looking for. The values for all sporty Rolex from the 80s and earlier have at least doubled in the last ten years. They are now snapped up from trade ins and go into the hands of long term collections never to be seen again. The 16750 GMT Master is the last of the plastic crystal GMTs. They are not exactly rare but they are certainly in demand. This is a very nice one and is estate priced at $14,000.00 CAD. Stock e11645.


June 3, 2019

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.

 


May 30, 2019

Rolex Datjust 36 16233 $6,000.00 CAD. e12229

We’ve spoken about it many times before but it never gets old. The Rolex Datejust could just be the universal watch. It’s got to be the longest continuously produced model in the industry. Introduced in 1945 at the same time Rolex was celebrating their 40th anniversary. The occasion also marked the debut of the aptly named jubilee bracelet. If the Datejust is the most popular Rolex ever produced, the two tone champagne dial with jubilee bracelet and fluted bezel has got to be one of the most sophisticated of the countless versions available. Whether it’s an original from the 40s or one just purchased, the look has remained the same. It’s a mature design but is never gets old. Our latest example was produced in 1989. For a 30 year old watch the condition is excellent. Crisp edges on the fluted bezel are still sharp showing the watch hasn’t been overly polished. The bracelet shows well, it displays a little sag making it just that much more comfortable. A calendar display is a very common thing to see on modern watches but in 1945 Rolex was the only manufacturer with such a feature incorporating a quick changeover at midnight. The name Datejust may seem a bit awkward, but it makes perfect sense given some thought. Most watches slowly turn over the date display starting around 10:00 pm taking several hours to fully reveal the next date of the month. Rolex produced a quick turn mechanism advancing the date in an instant, plus or minus a few minutes of exactly midnight. This process makes the date display absolutely true and “just”, hence unusual moniker. At 36mm diameter this watch was traditionally the domain of men but today many women find the size appropriate as an easy to read timepiece with just enough presence to make a statement. Rolex watches aren’t exactly cutting edge when it comes to designs but when they do something they do it perfectly. I never grow tired of looking at the subtle dial details on Rolex watches. This example is no different. Perfect text, perfectly polished and faceted 18 karat gold hands/markers. In the late 1990s Rolex changed the luminous pigment from slightly radioactive tritium to a new luminous pigment. Vintage Rolex collectors love finding original tritium examples. They can be distinguished by a couple Ts found on the bottom of the dial. Over time tritium plots can colour shift to a soft tan hue adding to the vintage look. On this dial the tritium plots are still completely intact and retain their original very slightly greenish white colour. Champagne is not exactly a rare dial colour but this one looks perfect. Excellent overall condition, keeping great time with all functions working as designed. Synthetic sapphire crystals from this era sit slightly above the bezel making the sharp edge prone to small nicks and chips. This example has a few small blemishes around the edge that go virtually unnoticed. Current versions of this watch are still being made today with a price of $12,850.00 plus tax at your local Canadian Rolex agent and can be seen online here. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this example is estate priced at $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #e12229.

 


May 29, 2019

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

There are few watches more iconic than the Rolex Day-Date with president bracelet. All Day-Date models are 18 karat gold or occasionally platinum. There has never been an entry level stainless steel or steel/gold Day-Date like many other Rolex models. This is the top of the line today as it was in 1966 when this watch was no doubt someone’s pride and joy. Perhaps it was a well deserved achievement award or maybe it was purchased in recognition of a personal life goal fulfilled. Whatever the occasion, the watch was worn with pride for over 50 years. Now it’s time for a new owner to take over for the next few decades. The president bracelet on model 1803 is naturally showing stretch and wear but is more than wearable, super comfy and has many more years of service left. No significant dents or dings are visible showing careful treatment over the many years of use. The President bracelet contains 22 links enabling the watch to fit a wrist measuring up to 7.75 inches (extra links are available). The finished weight of 117.9 grams will feel great on your arm. Its beautiful champagne linen dial is in excellent condition, showing no discolouration or stains of any kind. The original tritium luminous dial plots have all but disappeared over the past half century. This unusual linen dial looks especially attractive with the rich gold tone of the 18 karat case and bracelet. On your wrist only a keen eyed Rolex aficionado would be able to tell this watch isn’t much more newer than it actually is. Within the last few years the previous owner had a full service preformed at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers to ensure many future years of trouble free use. The threaded crown turns more than a full 360 degrees before popping out and the plastic crystal is like new with tall crisp edges on the date magnifier window. A brand new 36mm Day-Date from Rolex sells for $31,250.00 USD and $36,050.00 CAD. 36mm Rolex Day-Date has been the traditional size since introduced in 1956. Today, many women love wearing this size especially since the introduction of the larger 40mm model. Including our one year warranty this watch is estate priced at $12,245.00 CAD. Stock #e11648.

 

 

 


May 27, 2019

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

For 200 years white dials with Roman numeral hour markers were the choice for watch manufacturers from around the world. To do anything different was rarely even considered. While it may not be the most flamboyant choice, there is no denying how effective the combination is. For a classic and conservative brand like Rolex a white dial on stainless steel case is particularly attractive. Until I owned a white dial watch myself I really didn’t appreciate its simple elegance; now you’d have a hard time convincing me to go with any other colour. For a watch that was made at the end of the last century it has stood up amazingly well. It could almost pass for new old stock. There is not even the slightest scuff, scratch or ding on the synthetic sapphire crystal. Aside from a tiny amount of sag in Jubilee bracelet and the older style buckle, this watch could pass for new. Even the green protective case back sticker is still in place, some 20 years since the factory applied it. The previous owner took care preserving the original boxes (both inner and outer) along with the Rolex Oyster booklet, plastic chronometer hang tag, pillow, blanket, original warranty paperwork and sleeve. Rolex watches are well known for their reliability and durability. They often run great for 10 years between service intervals. The 36mm size is more and more becoming the popular choice for both men and women looking for an easy to read casual look that isn’t overwhelming on an averaged size wrist. Only the smooth bezel and case/bracelet sides are polished, leaving the rest of the watch with a sporty brushed finish. Rolex still offers this same combination for $7,900.00 CAD. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to offer the new owner a one year complimentary warranty. After over 300 years of wearable mechanical time keeping devices, white dials with Roman numerals are still the first choice for many. Ready to wear and estate priced at $6,700.00 CAD. Stock #e12107.


May 25, 2019

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.


May 24, 2019

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

The tone on tone look is about being understated. Simple silver dial with stick hour markers are basic in design but effective in practice and make a confident statement. At 45 years old this classic Datejust 1603 is looking great. The previous owner submitted the watch to Rolex Canada January 2016 for an authenticity report that is included. Rolex determined the case, bracelet and movement are all authentic. Our close inspection revealed the 18 karat white gold hands are likely newer service replacements. Many times on watches this old the dial can show moisture damage, stains or scratches. We are happy to report the silver “sigma” tritium dial is completely original. A sigma dial refers to the tiny circular marks that appear beside the SWISS or SWISS MADE on watch dials made in the 1970. The little marks are actually the lower case Greek letter sigma. This logo was selected by some Swiss manufacturers to indicate that the dial markers/hands were actually made from gold not simply electroplated over base metals. The sigma logo was partially introduced to help demonstrate the value of traditional high end Swiss mechanical watches compared to new much less expensive quartz technology beginning to cut into Swiss watch sales. A watch with a sigma dial was something that set itself apart from the crowd. With rising gold prices in the 70s this was something people could identify with. The upper case Ts on our example are there to signify the luminous circular plots on the dial are made of tritium. Tritium hasn’t been used on Rolex dials for around 20 years or so; these dials too are becoming scarce over time. To anyone outside the vintage watch collecting world these tiny dial details seem irrelevant but to serious collectors it can impact values by many thousands of dollars in some cases. The rest of the watch is pretty classic Rolex stuff. 36mm oyster case, original U.S.A made jubilee bracelet date coded 12-1970, steel bezel, plastic crystal, chronometer rated automatic movement. The watch is running great keeping excellent time with all functions operating as designed. Excellent overall condition especially considering this watch was made 45 years ago. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11279.

 


May 20, 2019

Rolex Yacht-Master 116622 Rhodium/Sky Blue $14,190.00 (TAX INCLUDED!!!!!) 6 months old. e12536

Sometimes a weak Canadian dollar is actually a good thing. For many years now the Canadian dollar has been significantly lower compared to the U.S. dollar. International brands like  Rolex usually have price adjustments in local currencies to keep their products priced close in dollar adjusted terms all over the world. Canadian authorized agents and customers have speculated for quite a while that Rolex is about to increase prices in Canada to compensate for the weak currency. Well it still hasn’t happened making Rolex products in Canada among the lowest priced in the world. That doesn’t mean buying a Rolex watch isn’t expensive. It just means buying one here is 15% less costly compared to buying one in the U.S.A. That all sounds fine and dandy but many models are very difficult to find in Canada as Rolex diverts shipments to more lucrative markets such as the U.S. or selling locally in Switzerland. All of the most popular gents professional models are scarce here and usually available only by placing your name on a waiting list that can extend over a year in many cases. We’ve noticed the scarcity too. The sporting models like the Submariner, Daytona, GMT II Master, Explorer, Yacht-Master etc. almost never show up like they used to. When a sporty does show up it’s a real treat. When a super hot almost impossible to find model like the Yacht-Master 116622 in rhodium/sky blue turns up that’s less than 6 months old, we think we must be dreaming. This is only the second Rhodium dial with sky blue accents we’ve ever had. The 40mm case size is the same as a Submariner and the traditional size of all the professional series of Rolex watches. It was purchased new at a Toronto authorized agent in March of 2019 by an avid watch aficionado collector customer of ours. The watch saw hardly any wrist time as he has many other watches that get used in rotation. The condition can best be described as like new. The case, bezel and bracelet are virtually blemish free.  It comes complete with the full compliment of adjusting links, endorsed authorized agent 5 year warranty, instructions, paper hang tag, inner/outer box, cardboard sleeve and even the protective foam sheet. This watch has a USD retail price of $11,800.00 and a Canadian retail price of $13,450.00. The official Rolex 5 year international warranty was initiated in March 2019 giving you coverage until 2024. Estate priced at $14,190.00 CAD (TAX INCLUDED!!!!!) Stock #e12536.

SOLD

 

 


May 18, 2019

Rolex Explorer II 16570 $8,500.00 CAD. e12418

Rolex Explorer IIs are only available in stainless steel with a white or black dial. That’s it, no options, no diamonds, no gold or two tone cases. Even the dressier Jubilee bracelet option is not available. If you want a classic sport Rolex this may be the model for you. Measuring 40mm diameter makes for a comfortable size that can be worn by anyone. Not too big and not to small and not too thick. The 16570 has become more collectible since it was replaced with the new larger 42mm version in 2011. The classic glossy black dial is synonymous with a sporty Rolex and always looks great. This is the best example of a 16570 that we have ever had. It looks practically like new. Just a few minor scuffs on the outside of the bracelet and buckle. The diabolically difficult to duplicate radial finished 24 bezel is in perfect condition. The entire watch is in practically new old stock condition. Collectors covet originality and completeness and few are more complete than this example. Everything that came from the factory in Geneva is here. The inner wooded box, outer cardboard box, brochures, warranty paper, calendar, service guide, hanging tags, wallet and sleeve. The condition and completeness say a lot about the previous owner and how they took care of this watch since its delivery around 2002 from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent. In March of 2015 the watch was treated to a factory serviced by Rolex in Toronto. A Rolex service warranty card and booklet also come included as proof of factory maintenance. Looking at the overall condition you’d swear it was only a few months old not 17 years. The Explorer II is a dual time model than can display a second time zone in a 24 hour format using the second red hour hand in combination with the easy to read 24 hour fixed bezel. The watch is running great and keeping excellent time. It’s a rugged watch with the Rolex features that have made the prestigious brand number 1 in the luxury watch world. Water resistant oyster case made from super resistant 904L stainless steel. Bright luminous hands/markers made from 18 karat white gold make time interpretation quick and effortless in any lighting situation. Synthetic sapphire crystal that is exponentially tougher than glass while offering perfect optics, a convenient magnified calendar window sure helps out those with 40 plus year old eyesight. Tough and sporty Oyster bracelet equipped with fliplock buckle is a design element that alone almost defines the sporty Rolex. The bracelet and case still exhibit the sharp crisp details that become less defined with extended years of hard use. Included with watch is a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $8,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12418.

SOLD

 


May 8, 2019

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

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

SOLD


April 30, 2019

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

The Rolex Air-King has been around in one form or another for about 70 years. The basic looking oyster cased Rolex was first labeled Air-King as a tribute to Britain’s Royal Air Force who participated in the battle of Britain. RAF pilots of the time preferred using the Rolex oyster over the standard issue lower quality watches. The robust design and relatively large case size (for the era) made it the perfect pilot tool for quick time interpretation. Not to mention the entry level Rolex was a far superior offering to anything else of the era. After the 34mm Air-King was discontinued in 2014 it appeared that one of the longest running models from Rolex was gone forever. Rolex has been known to revive past models with an injection of new style and new technology before and the new Air-King 116900 is the result. It’s ready for the next few generations of pilots or those who just love the style and tradition that is the Rolex Air-King. Gone is the rather small 34mm case, it’s been replaced by a 40mm version. If the larger Oyster case didn’t catch your attention the incredible dial has got everyone talking. Although some feel the mix of the highly polished white gold 3,6 and 9 hour markers mixed with large painted 5, 10, 20, 25….. minute markers is a little busy looking, I just love it. It certainly is a departure from the basic stick or Arabic/stick combo of previous generation Air-Kings. The look is unique and still very purposeful. Luminous Mercedes style hands are far larger and easier to read than any set previously fitted. Along with the new case is the newer automatic calibre 3131 equipped with an antimagnetic shield protecting it from strong magnetic fields. This ultra high precision movement easily exceeds the minimum standards for chronometer rating at an incredible +/- 2 seconds per day according to Rolex. This watch was purchased new in South Africa by the original owner who recently traded it for a different Rolex at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. It was worn in rotation with a few other watches, as such it shows typical wear associated with occasional use since September 2016. Included with the watch is the inner/outer box, instructions and authorized agent endorsed warranty card (dated September 9 2016). Bill Le Boeuf will honor the full balance of the 5 year international warranty. This watch along with every other gents professional model are almost impossible to find in Canada right now. If you want a new one,be prepared to wait for months to years depending on what one you’re looking for. We have this one ready to go today for the estate price of $7,449.00 CAD. Stock #e12545.

SOLD

 


April 27, 2019

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

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

SOLD


April 25, 2019

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

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

SOLD


April 23, 2019

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

This could be the most comfortable Rolex you can buy if you have a slightly smaller wrist size. While everyone loves the ever popular professional models like the Daytona, Submariner and GMT Master, at 40mm or larger the smaller gentleman or lady can find the size a bit out of proportion with the wrist or perhaps it’s all psychological. 34mm models look great on a smaller wrist size. This glossy black dial Oyster Date 15010 looks perfect. A sporty engine turned bezel gives the watch a bit more presence but doesn’t add bulk. The glossy black dial is great for all occasions adding to the slightly sporty nature of the all steel construction. A tall profile perfect condition plastic crystal gives the watch a vintage look to those who know and can spot the difference. During the late 1980s Rolex was in the process of changing plastic crystals to much harder synthetic sapphire crystals that are standard issue today. The supremely comfortable Jubilee bracelet is showing mild stretch making it just that much more comfy. This is the bracelet anyone with a small wrist should choose. They are far more adjustable than the much larger linked Oyster bracelet. From what we understand this is a one owner watch purchased brand new at Birks on Bloor Street Toronto in June of 1989. The Birks warranty card is included showing the matching model/serial number. Also accompanying the watch is the endorsed Rolex warranty/chronometer certificate, original outer/inner wood lined box, pillow and blanket, polishing cloth, warranty sleeve, card holder and plastic chronometer hang tag. The original owner believed in servicing the watch exclusively through Rolex as there are 2 factory service documents included from 2009 and another from 2014. During one of these services a brand new dial along with a set of new 18 karat white gold hands were installed. The new faceted hands and dial are perfect, offering greater luminous properties than the originals that would have stopped glowing at around 20 years of age. The watch is running great and keeping excellent time. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this classic Rolex is estate priced at $5,400.00 CAD. Stock #e12105.

SOLD


April 22, 2019

Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 never worn, 3 weeks old, full kit $22,365.00 CAD (tax included!!!) e12477

The Gregorian Calendar has been a thorn in the side of watchmakers since the first calendar complication was added to a pocket watch in the late 19th century. Trying to accurately keep track of which months have 30 or 31 days (not to mention February and leap years) in such a small device as an analogue  mechanical watch is harder than it might seem. Most watches that display the date don’t bother even trying, and just have a 31 day wheel for every month. Though this method works it needs to be adjusted 5 times per year for months  not having 31 days; it does the job, and it’s hard to fault when the year is so hard to track properly. The Rolex Sky-Dweller, however, takes date calibration seriously, featuring what’s known as an “annual calendar.” This complication means the Sky-Dweller only needs the day of the month set once a year at the end of February. Of course, Rolex wasn’t content with only including one timekeeping complication, but also decided to add a 24-hour, separate time zone display on an offset central dial and a subtle month of the year display (red tip hour marker). Each of the 12 months corresponds to an hour marker. 1 for January, 2 for February, 3 for March….. It’s astonishing they were able to include such features and still maintain accuracy of +2/-2 seconds per day. One thing’s for sure– it wasn’t easy: The Sky-Dweller is protected by 11 patents, half of which are exclusive to the Sky-Dweller. The engineering that went into this didn’t neglect ease of use either. By turning the solid 18 karat white gold bezel when setting the watch, the day of the year, local time, and 24 hour dial can all be set independently without interrupting one another. Setting the time is as simple as it is satisfying– it’s almost a shame it only needs to be set once a year. This watch was delivered through a Canadian authorized Rolex agent July 2019. It comes with everything, many protective stickers still attached to the case/bracelet. It’s never been worn and no screws have even been turned to adjust the bracelet length. Brand new condition. This model has a long waiting list for delivery. Rolex agents have no available inventory on this watch. MSRP $14,400.00 USD, $16,500.00 CAD. Dealer endorsed paperwork, not a grey market watch. Estate price $22,365.00 CAD (tax included). Stock #e12477.

SOLD


April 21, 2019

Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR “root beer” 3 weeks old $20,975.00 CAD (TAX INCLUDED!!!) e12464

Just purchased from a Canadian authorized agent July 2019 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 $16,100.00 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 $14,050.00 USD. As our Canadian dollar continues to flounder I wouldn’t be surprised if Rolex Canada raises the price in Canada, although we’ve been speculating this for a few years and it still hasn’t happened. For retaining value it’s always best to keep your Rolex original and keep everything that 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 no sign of use. 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 2024. This watch is estate priced at $20,975.00 tax included. Stock #e12464.

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Rolex Explorer II 40mm 16570 $7,690.00 CAD. e12405

Rolex Explorer IIs are only available in stainless steel with a white or black dial. That’s it no options, no diamonds, no gold or two tone cases not even a jubilee bracelet choice. If you want a classic sport Rolex this may be the model for you. Measuring 40mm diameter makes for a comfortable size that can be worn by almost anyone. Not too big and not too small. They have become just a little more collectible over the last few years since they were replaced with the new 42mm version. The white dial gets the nod from me as there are many choices for a black dial Rolex Professional model. A white Explorer II is a little more uncommon than the black dial. This is a great example of a 20 year old 16570 and one of the earliest to use luminova instead of tritium to illuminate the hour markers and hands when the lights go out. The case, bezel and bracelets show some scratches and scuffs but we’re happy to report it has never been polished or refinished in any way. A “A” serial number engraved between the lugs dates this watch from 1999. When a previously enjoyed watch comes in it’s lucky if it comes with its original warranty card or maybe a tattered display box. This Rolex example has that plus the original booklets, calendar, holder and endorsed warranty papers form a Canadian authorized Rolex agent. The watch was just treated to a full technical revision including vacuum test results in July 2019. The electronic Vibrograph timing results show an impressive accuracy rate of just 3 seconds fast per day. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary one year mechanical warranty. Good condition, complete examples of profession Rolex watches are getting harder and harder to find. This watch was originally delivered to Chateau d’Ivoire Montreal Quebec. Estate priced at $7,690.00. Stock #e12405.

SOLD

 


April 20, 2019

Rolex 116233 Datejust $9,700.00 CAD. e11704

Destined to be a classic from the moment it was introduced in 1945. Today, this watch is still a best seller for Rolex. From the 28mm ladies to the 41mm over sized gents model. The Datejust has proven itself as the world’s choice when it comes to time keeping with style and class. Our latest estate watch is the most versatile 36mm. Originally this size was strictly the domain of men but today many women love wearing this manageable size as a do it all design that offers more legibility than the smaller versions. The silver dial offers a neutral tone that is also easy to read. Our latest Datejust 116233 is a one owner example dating from 2010. It comes complete with the original packaging, instructions and the endorsed warranty card from a Toronto area authorized agent. The full compliment of 7 adjusting links are included enabling a total length of almost 8 inches. If you have an extra large wrist we can always supply a few more links. The watch is all original and has never been polished in any way. The case and bracelet are showing some scuffs and scratches associated with occasional use by the original owner. The iconic coronet logo serving as the clasp release shows 3 dimensional relief like new aside from a few scratches.  If you’d like the watch looking like new, we can perform a full complimentary refinishing in only a day or two. Rolex still produce a watch that looks identical to this with a slightly different model number 126233. The current version comes with a suggested retail price of $12,850.00 CAD. Its traditional fluted 18 karat yellow gold bezel and Jubilee bracelet are in excellent condition. The fluting on the bezel is still crisp and sharp, The bracelet shows hardly any sag or stretch. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this classic Rolex is estate priced at $9,700.00 CAD. Stock #e11704.

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April 19, 2019

Rolex Datejust II 116300 $8,300.00 CAD. e12322

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 hour markers, bezel, the case thickness and the lug shape. In late 2015 it 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 isn’t being appreciated for its future potential rarity. I’m sure the new more subtle Datejust 41 will stick around far 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 extend an additional one year in house warranty to the new owner. Original inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card with holder, instructions, original bill of sale 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 when it was available. This model was carefully used by its previous owner; as such it exhibits small swirly scuffs and light scratches on the buckle and bracelet. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. We would include a 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 $8,300.00 CAD. Stock #e12322.

SOLD

 


April 17, 2019

Rolex Explorer II 216570 42mm $9,363.00 CAD. e12408

Rolex is a company steeped in tradition and history. They are very slow to change marketing practices and style directions. They rarely introduce new models into the lineup, preferring to slowly incorporate style tweaks and technical improvements to existing models. The original Rolex Explorer II was introduced in 1971 as an adventurers watch that was built a little more rugged than a standard Oyster, Oysterdate or Datejust. It featured an innovative orange second hour hand with outer bezel that displayed the time in a 24 format. With a 24 hour display the wearer could easily distinguish between am and pm hours. This was an actual marketing directive used by Rolex targeting speleologists (cave explorers). While never as popular as the wildly successful Submariner series, Explorer IIs have a dedicated following of enthusiasts who appreciate this very specialized piece of equipment. The current Explorer II was introduced for the 40th anniversary of the original in 2011. This was only the second style change in 40 years. The watch now measures a full 42mm and brings the model squarely into the 21st century. The regular (smaller) hour hand can be independently adjusted to display any time zone in a 12 format while the larger orange hour hand slowly circles the dial once per day. This is a great feature for the world traveler or pilot who needs to keep track of universal time or any local time from around the world. All this can be accomplished without affecting the seconds minutes or date. The complicated mechanical automatic movement calibre 3187 has an autonomy of 50 hours and has been independently certified to chronometer accuracy standards. Our latest Explorer II has the classic black dial with luminous hands and hour markers that are most effective in low light/no light situations. The watch was purchased from a Toronto area authorized agent in September of 2013. It is showing only minor evidence of use in the form of small scuffs and scratches on the buckle, case and bracelet. the radial finish stainless steel bezel remains in perfect condition. An optically perfect synthetic sapphire crystal is likewise in excellent condition. We’ve elected to leave the watch in as presented condition, we can easily remove the few small blemishes if you like in just a few minutes. The watch comes complete with original inner/outer boxes, instructions, endorsed warranty card, card holder and polishing cloth. Sporty professional watches are very difficult to find at Rolex stores these days. Many models are only available if you want to get on a waiting list. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this Explorer II is estate priced at $9,363.00 CAD. Stock #e12408.

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Rolex Datejust II 116334 $10,270.00 CAD. e11719

When Rolex decided to up-size the traditional 36mm Datejust in 2009 they did it in a big way; the 41.6mm 116334 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 hour markers, bezel, the case thickness and the lug shape. In late 2015 it 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 116334 isn’t being appreciated for its future potential rarity. I’m sure the new more subtle Datejust 41 will stick around far longer than just 6 years. This particular DJII is a little more special considering its solid 18 karat white gold fluted bezel and more importantly the unusual and somewhat rare silver dial with lilac blue Arabic hour markers. This is a dial that’s seldom seen and is a first for us. I love how the numbers gradually turn fully upside down disregarding traditional design. Our example is a Canadian delivered watch that was purchased at an Ontario authorized Rolex agent in 2012. Original inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card with holder and instructions are included with purchase. Excellent overall condition showing a few subtle signs of use in the form of light scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet. We will happily perform a complimentary polish/refinishing should the new owner want to make it look like new. A 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty will be supplied with purchase. This unique dial combination was a bit of a departure for Rolex when it was introduced with the equally bold Datejust II back in 2009. No longer in current production but available at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers for the estate price of $10,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11719.

SOLD


April 16, 2019

Tudor Black Bay 36 M79500 $2,798.00 CAD. e12042

Building on the success of the Heritage Black Bay, Tudor introduced a slightly more subtle sporting watch called the Heritage Black Bay 36. The slightly smaller watch offers most of its larger siblings features in a moderately smaller 36mm case size. A smooth polished bezel replaces the ratcheting timing bezel found on the larger Black Bay. The dressier design actually makes for a more distinctive look than the popular ubiquitous diver design. Much the same as the Rolex Explorer is to the Submariner, the Black Bay 36 isn’t trying to do much other than be a pure time interpreting tool built of the right stuff. Large luminous hands and hour markers against a glossy black dial are the epitome of legibility in any situation. Synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, deployment buckle with safety flip lock on a heavy duty solid link stainless steel bracelet should get the job done under all conditions. The distinctive snowflake hour hand and connected minute track are Tudor’s obvious nod to the Tudor/Rolex Submariners of the past, after all this is a Heritage model. Gone is the Tudor rose logo found on the original re-issued Black Bay models but curiously Tudor is still using the traditional logo on the threaded crown. This example is in like new condition. It was delivered to the original owner on Christmas Eve 2016 from a Canadian authorized agent. Showing only the slightest evidence of wear in the form of a few minor scuffs on the buckle. The watch has never been polished of refinished in any way. It is covered by our 1 year in house Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Comes complete with original Tudor packaging, endorsed warranty card, instructions and an extra genuine Tudor grey black camouflage nylon NATO strap that has never been used. Estate priced at $2,798.00 CAD. Stock #e12042.

SOLD

 


April 14, 2019

Tudor oyster 7904 $1,400.00 CAD. e9218

e9218 Tudor 7904Tudor watches have been manufactured by Rolex since just after the second world war as an alternative to their more costly namesake models. After WWII wrist watches for men were becoming very popular. The founder of Rolex (Hans Wilsdorf) never missing an marketing opportunity realized the need for a sturdy reliable timekeeper with a lower price. Some of the cases and bracelets were even labeled Rolex which certainly helped acceptance of the new entry level offering. Model 7904 is one of the earlier examples showing serial number 108163 placing its production in the early 1950s. A stainless steel oyster case is perhaps the most iconic watch design ever invented. Its threaded case back and crown insure water resistance levels like no other watch that came before.e9218.1 Tudor 7904 Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers just treated the watch to a complete technical revision including full disassembly, cleaning and lubricating of the 17 jewel calibre 1182 movement. A brand new original specification Tudor/Rolex crystal, case tube and case gasket finish off the maintenance. These high quality 17 jewel hand wind movements are surprisingly accurate and reliable; often spanning 10 years or more between cleanings.e9218.2 Tudor 7904 A lovely silver dial with arrowhead hour markers, Arabic 3,6,9 and 12 give the face an early Rolex Explorer look. Made in much smaller numbers than their more expensive Rolex cousins they are actually more difficult to find. The original small Tudor rose logo is a very subtle finishing touch completing the very good condition dial. At 34mm diameter it’s smaller than many current watches but the size is very comfortable to wear and the lack of thick bezel makes it look a little bigger. Including a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty and brand new Hirsch black leather strap this collectible Tudor is estate priced at $1,400.00 CAD. Stock #e9218.

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Rolex GMT Master II 16713 “Root beer” $14,680.00 CAD. e12254

Rolex is an immense company with substantial influence on the watch and jewellery industry. Much like a glacier that slowly changes the environment to conform to it Rolex keeps doing the same thing until it becomes the standard to which all others compare. The power of the Rolex brand has defined how the world sees time keeping in wristwatch form. Love them or love to hate them you have to admire them. In this world of atomic clocks and electronic timing with accuracy levels measured in millionths of a second. Why would anyone still be interested in an old fashion mechanical wrist watch only guaranteed precise to around 4 seconds a day? Why; because it’s a Rolex. The Rolex GMT Master is one of their iconic models that has been around for over 60 years yet still looks and functions as in did in 1954. Originally built as a professional tool for pilots travelling through multiple times. The GMT Master II has an extra hour hand plus a rotating bezel indexed for 24 hours to display a second time zone. This rare “root beer” bezel goes a step further showing daylight hours in gold and night hours in brown. Our GMT Master II 16713 is in very good condition showing signs of use appropriate for a 28 year old watch. A beautiful radial finish brown dial with tritium markers is the defining feature of this rare collectible watch. The sapphire crystal is scratch and chip free, the aluminum bezel insert is showing a desirable slightly faded patina. The 18 karat and steel 78793 bracelet date coded U11 (1998) is in good condition showing only minor sag and wear. Its full 13 links will accommodate a wrist size of up to 8 1/4 inches. The lightly factory polished oyster case display tidy and crisp beveled edges on thick lugs. The root beer option was never a popular choice when new. Often these models lingered in dealer displays for years. Now that they have been retired for more than a decade they have become quite sought after and command a significant premium price compared to the common black dial versions. Our latest example was serviced by Rolex in 2017 through authorized agent Nash Jewellers in London Ontario. Rolex service report and Nash invoice are included. A Rolex inner box, pillow and blanket make for a nice presentation. The perfect condition outer box still retains its 16713 sticker. Various Rolex booklets, instruction manuals, documents and wallet accessories come included for the new owner. A complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty completes this desirable package. Estate priced at $14,680.00 CAD. Stock #e12254

SOLD


April 11, 2019

Rolex Daytona 116520 $18,888.00 CAD. e12261

Stainless steel Daytona watches are impossible to find new at Rolex authorized agents. If you can even get on a waiting list don’t expect to receive a call until nicely into the next decade. Looking for a good deal on a used current model 116500, expect to pay in excess of $25,000.00. It’s been several years since our last all steel, white dial estate Daytona made an appearance. Our newest estate watch is a F serial number 116520 from 2003. This model was the first to use the fully in house developed Rolex calibre 4130. This movement made its debut in the Rolex Daytona in 2000. In well over 100 years of Rolex history this is Rolex’s 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 steel Daytona at your local Rolex boutique. The Daytona has always had waiting lists. Since the new movement was introduced there is more demand than ever. The traditional debossed stainless steel tachymeter bezel is a feature that connects this watch to the original Daytona dating back to the mid 1960s. Many people still haven’t totally warmed up to the modern look of the new ceramic bezel versions. The final characteristic linking this Daytona to all the classics preceding it are the use of “skinny” hour and minute hands. Sometime around 2004 Rolex started installing slightly wider hands with a little more luminous material in the centre. This 03 model is one of the last to sport the original skinny hands. The watch is running perfectly with all functions operating as designed. Overall condition of the watch is very good although it does display scratches on the case, bracelet and bezel. The bracelet exhibits very little sag but but has seen more polishing than we’d like. We are including a complimentary one year warranty covering all aspects of mechanical defects or failure except those caused by moisture or abuse. This warranty is prorated for 5 years from date of purchase. Have a look around for another white dial Daytona. $18,888.00 is a lot of money but we feel this is the most competitively priced white Daytona currently on the market. Estate priced at $18,888.00 CAD. Stock #e12261.

SOLD

 


April 6, 2019

Vintage Rolex Oyster Date 25mm 6517 $4,000.00 CAD. e11875

50 years ago you could pretty much order a Rolex at almost any decent jewellery store. Exclusive distribution and the concept of a limited official authorized dealer network had yet to be developed. Rolex simply wanted its share in the relatively young Canadian market and they’d pretty much sell to anyone in good standing. As this lovely Rolex Oyster date shows, you could have even bought one in the tiny community of South Porcupine Ontario (suburb of Timmins) or literally many 100s of other locations in Canada. Today there are less than 30 official authorized Rolex agents in Canada and the distribution is fiercely controlled. Our latest ladies estate Rolex remained in the same family since it was purchased as a Christmas gift way back in 1970. It was worn by several generations of the same family until it was recently traded in to Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. It is a bit of a time capsule into the easy going nature of the early Canadian Rolex market. No specific “void if tampered with” pre-printed warranty cards, just a universal booklet with a couple blank empty spaces to fill in a serial number, date of purchase plus space to hand write the store it was purchased from. I must admit I do prefer the old school informal way business was conducted decades ago. A 1984 receipt from Rolex Canada shows a service was completed to the watch for $162.00 plus just 7% tax and $8.40 shipping to the customer and payment for it was by a cheque. This was a very civilized way to conduct business. The watch was a precious and cherished possession, carefully and cautiously used since 1970. Service receipts, warranty card, plastic sleeve and an extra link in a still sealed envelope for close to 50 years are all neatly organized inside the original box. The inner cardboard box has some wear on the corners but the inner box looks like new. I’m sure the box was never used to store the watch. Any Rolex box this old in excellent condition is far more rare than the actual watch that originally came inside.  The watch itself is pretty common stuff. A 25mm Oyster case with 14 karat fluted bezel and USA made Rolex Jubilee bracelet with 14 karat gold centre links are all standard items. The bracelet is in good condition showing some stretch and wear but these old American made bracelets were always loose even when brand new. The bracelet without the extra link will accommodate a wrist size of up to 8 inches. The 5 pointed coronet Rolex logo is still in good relief embossed on the fold over buckle. The original silver tritium dial is a refreshing change from the very common champagne hue usually seen. All of the 11 luminous hour plots are completely intact showing a subtle tan patina that can only come with age. Running great and keeping good time, model 6517 comes with a handy 31 day calendar and the original open 6 silver date wheel. The patented twinlock crown still turns close to a full 360 degrees before popping out to adjust the time. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers has just completed a full technical revision on the movement July 2019. The electronic Vibrograph timing report is showing an excellent rate of plus 3 seconds per day. The fresh service should have the watch running trouble free for the next 5 to 10 years. We are happy to include a complimentary one year warranty for the estate price of $4,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11875.

SOLD

 

 


March 30, 2019

Rolex Submariner 14060 box & service papers $9,090.00 CAD. e11950

This is it, the most pure form of the Rolex Submariner, the ultimate in functionality. When the submariner debuted in 1953 it had no calendar no chronograph no moon phase no bells or whistles. Just a black dial with contrasting white hands and a rotating 60 minute bezel timer. In more than 60 years of production the basic model is considered by many to be the most desirable. The clean dial with only 4 lines of text and no date aperture with magnifier on crystal certainly makes for a purposeful design. The more I look at this watch the more I appreciate the original style coveted by so many collectors. Model 14060 has been discontinued and replaced with the slightly bulkier ceramic bezel version. This example dates from 1997 and is in very good condition. The original Oyster link steel bracelet has been replaced by an ultra tough NATO style nylon strap and a more dressy Hirsch black crocodile grain leather strap. You get two different looks in one watch. The simple lug holes on the case allow quick strap exchange in less than a minute with just a sharp pin. The synthetic sapphire crystal that was replaced with factory service in 2011 is perfect, lacking even the slightest scratch or chip. There is a slight depression or soft dent in the aluminum bezel insert at the 50 minute mark. These watches come by much less often than the chronometer, calendar equipped models. It comes with all the usual features of screw down crown/case back, automatic winding movement, one way bezel timer, luminous hands and markers. The original wooden lined inner/outer box set, along with a factory service invoice and card are included with purchase. A complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty will provide the new owner peace of mind ownership. Estate priced at $9,090.00 CAD. Stock #e11950.

SOLD


March 28, 2019

Rolex Oyster Date 26mm 6917 with paperwork $3,700.00 CAD. e11481

Admission into the Rolex club will cost you $10,450.00 CAD if you’re partial to the look of this iconic design and you choose to buy a brand new one (model #279173). For that princely sum you get to have your name on the warranty card, a watch that is 2mm larger than this 26mm estate example, a contemporary synthetic sapphire crystal instead of plastic, a concealed buckle and some other very minor style differences along with some mechanical updates. The fact that this Rolex is 39 years old will come as a huge shock to almost anyone who looks at it. Rolex is more that just a watch manufacturer, they are an institution within the jewellery and luxury product industry. If you buy a Rolex you can be confident you’ll not need another watch in your lifetime. Styles, trends come and go but a Rolex Oyster, Date, Datejust or Day-Date will stand the test of time like nothing else. These have been the most popular watches from the Geneva based company for over 70 years. Our latest estate example is in good condition showing less wear than you’d expect for a watch approaching 40 years old. The champagne dial with solid 18 karat fluted bezel on an 18 karat and steel jubilee bracelet has always been a best seller. Its neutral colour blends with any outfit and can be worn on any occasion. For almost 70% less compared to new it’s likely a better investment than buying a brand new one. Your new car is going to depreciate more in a month or two than the cost of this watch. Accompanying the watch is the rare original endorsed paperwork from 1980 along along with a more contemporary Rolex service pouch. It’s working great and keeping good time with all functions operating as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to include a complimentary one year warranty for the new owner. Estate priced at $3,700.00 CAD. Stock number e11481.

SOLD


March 20, 2019

Rolex Submariner 16613 18kt. & steel 40mm “Bluesy” $12,444.00 CAD. e12212

The 16613 Rolex Submariner “Bluesy” always stops people in their tracks. The bright royal blue dial with rich complimentary 18 karat yellow gold trim is striking to say the least. Large bold luminous hour markers and hands contrast with functional efficiency like no other. I can’t think of another watch that announces who it is and what it does in such a bold statement like a Submariner. The 7 lines of text and logo are embossed with golden ink so thick it actually stands off the dial in the 3rd dimension. Love them or hate them, Rolex is without question the most significant watch brand ever. Even though they now use scrambled serial numbers to keep production numbers a secret, everyone knows the brand produce over a million watches per year with revenues in the billions. Hans Wilsdorf the founder of Rolex owned all the shares in the company. He had no close heirs to pass along his 100% ownership in the company to. Upon his death he wanted the company to continue what he started so he set up a trust, appropriately named The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. In theory it’s a charitable not for profit organization. Although it does contribute to worthy causes the foundations main goal is for the continued dominance of the brand. It has no shareholders to pay dividends to or share profits with, only a group of trustees who decide how to reinvest the vast revenue. Some of the profits are dumped backed into state of the art automated factories that continually update their technology. They also pay very good wages to the most talented engineers and watchmakers they’re able to recruit. No one really knows just how much money the trust has squirrelled away over the decades but it must be in the billions. There isn’t another watch company that operates in such a manner. You can buy into a little bit of the enigmatic brand with this classic Bluesy Submariner. The condition is very good for a watch dating from the year 2006. The original 93253 oyster bracelet date coded OP3 is showing almost no stretch or sag. All the features are working as designed and the watch is keeping great time. A recent full service from one of the finest independent watch repair facilities in Canada shows a gain rate of just 1 second per day. Just a quick ultrasonic cleaning was really all that was needed to make it look practically unworn. The crisp edges and fine details still show almost like new although the watch has experience a soft refinishing when serviced September 2017. The more jewellery like creations of the original pure tool design stainless steel Submariners have seen amazing appreciation in value over the past few years. A newer ceramic bezel, heavier case version (116613) replaced the 16613 in 2009 but many people prefer the easier to wear, lighter original design. Included with purchase is a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers mechanical warranty. Estate priced at $12,444.00 CAD. Stock #e12212.

SOLD

 


March 19, 2019

Ladies Rolex Oyster 31 177200 dark grey/Roman (1 month old) $5,150.00 CAD. e12286

Buying a brand new Rolex can be a frustrating experience. After scrimping and saving for a long time, the watch you’ve wanted for years likely isn’t in the showcase. Chances are if you’re looking for one of the many popular models it won’t be in stock and quite likely could have a waiting list extending many months or even years. Submariner, Daytona, GMT Master and many more professional models in stainless steel are simply not available for delivery. If it’s a ladies model you’re after things are a little better but even they can be difficult to find if you want one of the popular sizes with a specialty dial. In the ladies segment nothing is hotter than the stainless steel Oyster 31 177200. Most authorized agents have none in stock and if they do it has a rather ordinary silver, black or white dial. Our latest estate ladies Rolex is the hard to find 31mm size with a fantasic “Dark Grey” dial as Rolex put it. The actual colour is more of a beautiful radial finish brownish/grey with rich bronze/orange Roman numerals. The III, IV and IX numerals are made from perfectly polished 18 karat white gold. Nobody does dials better than Rolex. The best part about this watch is the fact it’s only one month old. It was purchased in May 2019 at a Canadian Rolex authorized agency and was only worn a few times. It comes complete with the original endorsed paperwork, instructions, booklet, hang tag (with serial/style number), chronometer hang tag, clear plastic bezel guard, inner/outer boxes and even the protective cardboard sleeve. Unpolished and 100% original. You can see this model on the Rolex Canada website showing a retail price of $5,650.00. One of the few nice things about our weak Canadian dollar is the price of new Rolex watches (if you can find one). In the United States this watch carries a retail price of $4,950.00 USD. By the time you go to the bank to buy some U.S. currency and purchase the same watch it will end up costing you the equivalent of $6,650.00 CAD plus sales tax. Including the balance of the 5 year international warranty we are offering this 1 month old example for $5,150.00 CAD. Stock #e12286.

SOLD


March 17, 2019

Rolex Deepsea 116660 $12,790.00 CAD. Stock #e11732

Have you always wanted a Rolex Submariner but felt the 40mm case size was just a little too small and dainty for your taste. The big and bulky Deepsea Sea-Dweller 116660 is for you. The Rolex Sea-Dweller is a classic design that has seen little change since it was introduced close to 50 years ago. Always the most watertight of any Rolex, always made of stainless steel (no gold or two tone versions) and always 40mm diameter. Over the years the depth rating has increased from 610 meters, but the basic look remained the same until the 116660 Deepsea was introduced in 2008. At 44mm diameter it was the largest size watch in the Rolex line up. It’s a big watch and is more than capable with a water resistance depth rating of a remarkable 12800 feet! I don’t know about you but my ears start to hurt at the bottom of the deep end in a swimming pool. An automatic helium escape valve is standard for those of you who need to decompress while living in a diving bell for extended periods of time. Our 1 owner example was purchased new at an authorized Canadian Rolex agent in the spring of 2011. The watch comes with original packaging, boxes, instructions, plastic tag, warranty card, even the original bill of sale is included; and yes it’s worth more used than what was paid brand new. That’s how it goes with many used Rolex watches, after a few years they are often worth more than what they cost new. The watch is in lightly used original condition showing evidence of use but not abuse. Minor scratches and scuffs can be found on the case/bracelet. We will happily perform a no charge refinishing if you wish. Polishing a desirable Rolex sport watch usually isn’t advised as most collectors prefer completely original and are willing to accept a few blemishes. Deepsea 116660 had a suggested retail value of $12,050.00 USD and the current Deepsea 126660 has a suggested retail price of $14,050.00 CAD. Comes complete with everything shown plus our one year warranty for the estate price of $12,790.00 CAD. Stock #e11732.

SOLD


March 16, 2019

Rolex 1803 Day-Date 18 karat gold $11,425.00 CAD. e11610

Rolex Day-Date models don’t come in nearly as often as we get requests for them. This one is something just a little different as it is equipped with the much more uncommon Jubilee bracelet option. Many people recognize this watch as a Rolex President but officially it’s known as the Day-Date. The standard issue 3 segment “pillow” link is what Rolex call the “President” bracelet, not the watch itself. In all the years of selling estate Rolex watches this is only the 2nd time we have offered a Day-Date on a Jubilee style bracelet. Model 1803 dates from around 1973 and is in very good condition for a 45 year old watch. The classic champagne dial has always been the most popular choice and gives any Day-Date the rich tone on tone all gold look that speaks volumes without saying a word.  The bracelet is showing the expected amount of stretch and sag for a watch getting close to half a century old, but then again aren’t we all. Keep in mind these bracelets were never tight as links are hollow This solid gold 18 karat masterpiece represents the benchmark of achievement for Rolex in the 1970s. The chronometer rated 26 jewel calibre 1556 is keeping great time, just as it has done for close to 50 years. This movement has been adjusted in 5 different positions and compensated for temperature changes in order to achieve the Rolex “Superlative Chronometer” designation. The Day-Date is still considered top of the line with a starting price of over $36,000.00 CAD. Day-Date watches have only ever been constructed from either 18 karat gold or platinum, there are no “entry level” Day-Dates manufactured in stainless steel or combination 18 karat and stainless. Although this example is 46 years old Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers has no worries supplying a complimentary one year warranty. We just completed a full mechanical overhaul including changing the crystal with a genuine Rolex replacement (April 2018). The watch is running great and keeping excellent time. With reasonable care there is no reason this vintage timepiece can’t go at least another 50 years. Our in house warranty covers all aspects of mechanical failure except those caused by misuse or damage caused by moisture. Estate price $11,425.00 CAD. Stock #e11610.

SOLD

 

 


March 11, 2019

Rolex Submariner 16613 $13,940.00 CAD. e10991

The market for both new and pre-owned Rolex “professional” models has never been stronger. Finding new examples at authorized agents in Canada right now is almost impossible. Almost every dealer I know have little to no sporty models in stock. Most have waiting lists for the popular models extending at least well into the year. If you’re patient enough to wait you may have to pay a little more than you hoped because Rolex do not honor current prices if increases occur. Such is the Rolex market in Canada. Our weak dollar keeps many of the more desirable models out of Canada right now. One of the most iconic of the professional models is the Submariner. These are turning up far less often and costing more when they do, especially for the good ones. This one is more than good, it’s great. It comes with pretty much everything as new when delivered to an Ontario authorized agent in January 2005 where it was sold for $9,700.00 (original bill of sale included). The watch could practically pass for new old stock. The case and bracelet are virtually scratch free. This submariner must have been used for special occasions only. The case is crisp and sharp with a nice bevel on each of the 4 lugs. The 18 karat/steel oyster bracelet with divers extension and flip lock buckle is working perfectly closing with a satisfying click. Amazing how little stretch and sag the bracelet exhibits. In the spring of 2017 the watch was returned to the original vendor who forwarded it to Rolex for a full service. While at Rolex the watch was fully overhauled including replacing the crystal, bezel insert, gaskets and a case refinishing. The detailed service invoice for $1,271.25 comes included as part of the complete package. Seldom do we receive a watch so thoroughly documented as this example. This type of attention to detail says a lot about the previous owner and how they treated the watch. While certainly not the least expensive 16613 on the market, it may just be the best value for a solid end link, no holes in lugs example. If you are looking for a complete, freshly serviced classic Rolex Submariner this is it. Comes with inner box, outer box (16613 sticker still in place), instructions, booklets, anchor pendant, chronometer tag, warranty service card (expiring May 2019), calendar card (2004-2005), wallet, original bill of sale and more. Estate priced at $13,940.00 CAD. Stock #e10991

SOLD

 

 


March 6, 2019

e12267 Rolex Submariner 116610LV “The Hulk” full kit $18,410.00 CAD. e12267

The juggernaut within the watch and jewellery industry is without doubt Rolex. There are other important brands within the business but Rolex is all powerful. Love them or hate them you have to respect them. Rolex, no question, is the most significant watch brand ever. Even though they now use scrambled serial numbers to keep production numbers a secret, everyone knows the brand produces over a million watches per year with revenues in the billions. Hans Wilsdorf the founder of Rolex owned all the shares in the company. He had no close heirs to pass along his 100% ownership in the company to. Upon his death he wanted the company to continue what he started. A trust was set up to run the company and oversee its operation, appropriately named The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. In theory it’s a charitable not for profit organization. The trust does contribute to worthy causes; the foundation’s mandate is for the continued dominance of the brand by reinvestment and promotion. It has no shareholders to pay dividends to or share profits with, only a group of trustees who decide how to reinvest the vast revenue. Some of the profits are dumped backed into state of the art automated factories that continually update their technology. They also pay very good wages to the most talented engineers and watchmakers they’re able to recruit. No one really knows just how much money the trust has squirrelled away over the decades but it must be in the billions. There isn’t another watch company that operates in such a manner. The main function of the trust is to promote and protect the brands position as the number 1 Swiss watch manufacturer at all cost. You can buy into a little bit of the enigmatic brand with this green Submariner. The green dial green bezel combination has been one of their hottest models since it was introduced in 2010. These never appear in the displays of Rolex agents. Once news leaked of a green dial/bezel Rolex Submarnier coming it generated an instant list over 8 years ago and things haven’t changed. The demand for this and many other sport models have many Rolex boutiques no longer even taken orders as the wait time has extended to years. The 116610LV has earned the nickname “The Hulk” among the Rolex collector community. This is our first green/green Hulk and our latest estate offering. The watch was originally delivered to its first and only previous owner from a Canadian authorized agent April 7 2012 (as per the endorsed warranty card). It comes complete with everything supplied from the factory. Perfect condition inner/outer boxes with outside cardboard sleeve, plastic hang tag showing serial number, red chronometer seal, warranty card, instruction booklets, other documents and bezel guard. These watches sell for significant premiums over what they sold for when new. The condition of this one is in next to perfect. The previous owner is an important Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers collector customer with many other watches. As such this watch was rarely used. Scarce as these are, they’re almost never seen as pre-owned original Canadian delivery complete set examples. For your added confidence Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will include a complimentary 1 year warranty for the new owner. Buying this watch in Canada will NOT trigger a 5% import duty compared to importing a watch purchased out of country. Estate price $18,460.00 CAD. Stock #e12267.

SOLD


March 2, 2019

Rolex Explorer II 216570 42mm $9,595.00 CAD. e12094

Rolex is a company steeped in tradition and history. They’re very slow to change marketing and style directions. They rarely introduce new models into the lineup, preferring to slowly incorporate style tweaks and technical improvements to existing models. The Rolex Explorer II was introduced in 1971 as an adventurers watch that was built a little more rugged than a standard Oyster, Oysterdate or Datejust. It featured an innovative orange second hour hand with outer bezel that displayed the time in a 24 format. With a 24 hour display the wearer could easily distinguish between am and pm hours. This was an actual marketing directive used by Rolex targeting speleologists (cave explorers). While never as popular as the wildly successful Submariner series, Explorer IIs have a dedicated following of enthusiasts who appreciate this very specialized piece of equipment. The current Explorer II was introduced for the 40th anniversary of the original in 2011. This was only the second style change in 40 years. The watch now measures a full 42mm and brings the model squarely into the 21st century. The regular (smaller) hour hand can now be independently adjusted to display any time zone in a 12 format while the larger orange hour hand slowly circles the dial once per day. This is a great feature for the world traveler or pilot who needs to keep track of universal time plus any local time from around the world. All this can be accomplished without affecting the seconds minutes or date. The complicated mechanical automatic calibre 3187 has an autonomy of 50 hours and has been independently certified to chronometer accuracy standards. Our latest Explorer II has the slightly less common and arguably more desirable white dial. A Rolex with a white dial is always refreshing to see as most sporty Rolex come only with black dials. The watch was purchased brand new from a Canadian authorized agent and comes with warranty card. The card was not dated so the exact age of the watch is unknown to all but Rolex due to their scrambled serial number policy. It appears to have never been polished. It is showing evidence of careful use in the form of small scratches on the case, bracelet and bezel.The synthetic sapphire crystal is in perfect condition. We always prefer to leave a watch in its original condition, we can easily remove these minor blemishes if you prefer. The watch comes complete with original inner/outer boxes, instructions, warranty card and even the cardboard sleeve.. Sporty watches are almost impossible to find at Rolex stores these days. Many models are only available if you get on a waiting list. Including a 3 year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this Explorer II 216570 is estate priced at $9,595.00.00 CAD. Stock #e12094.

SOLD


March 1, 2019

Rolex Turn-O-Graph 36mm 16264 $6,700.00 CAD. e12106

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 the 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 idea of the rotating timer bezel, 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. Our example appears to be in original condition, showing minor wear. According to the “P” serial number the watch dates from 2000 although it was not sold until January of 2004. The black dial is the popular choice along with the tough durable and sporty all brushed oyster bracelet. For a watch 19 years old it’s in great condition showing almost no sag or stretch in the bracelet. It was purchased brand new at Humbertown Jewellers in Etobicoke Ontario and when it came time for service it returned to Humbertown in December 2012. The watch comes complete with the 2012 Rolex factory service card, original wood lined box with untouched inner pillow and blanket. Endorsed warranty paperwork with sleeve completes this package. Including a one year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $6,700.00 CAD. Stock #e12106.

SOLD

 

 


February 27, 2019

Rolex Turn-O-Graph 16264 rare factory diamond dial $7,800.00 CAD. e8687

Talk about a watch ahead of its time. Someone was taking a real style leap back in 1993 when this watch was specially ordered from Rolex. The Datejust Turn-O-Graph sometimes known as the Thunderbird has been around since the 1950s but has never been a strong seller for Rolex, so even seeing one is a little unusual. Seeing one with a factory rose serti diamond dial could be a one of a kind. 25 years ago this watch would have had a very unusual look at a time when yellow gold and two tone designs were the norm. Today with ladies wearing larger watches the 36mm case looks right at home on a feminine wrist. The 37mm 18 karat white gold rotating timer bezel is the feature that makes the 16264 Turn-O-Graph watch different from the common Datejust models. After around 50 years of production these watches are no longer available from Rolex. The Thunderbird bezel Datejust always carried a premium price over the standard Datejust. A modern Datejust 126234 with a fixed white gold bezel and diamond dial has a retail price of $11,650.00 CAD. Our example is in original condition. We haven’t refinished the case or polished the bracelet. Overall condition is pretty good, the 18 karat white gold bezel is showing some scuffs and dings that are to be expected from a 25 year old watch, but the light patina does not distract from the watch. Unusual too is the fact the watch comes complete with original wooden box, pillow, instructions, plastic tag with serial number, endorsed warranty card and other paperwork.e8687.1 Rolex Turn-O-Graph Thunderbird 16264 Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $7,800.00 CAD. Stock #e8687.

SOLD

 


February 26, 2019

Rolex Milgauss 116400GV $9,200.00 CAD. e10855

If you have the means Rolex make a watch for every man and every woman. Traditional Rolex watches are robustly made from the best components available and are considered the most reliable of any Swiss made watch. The basic styles are suitable for almost any activity you may subject them to. There are however a few watches within the Rolex model line that have been engineered for use during some very specialized tasks. These models are known within Rolex circles as the professionals. The Sea-Dweller comes to mind as a purpose built professional diving tool that is water tight to depths of 12800 feet and comes with an automatic helium escape valve. Our featured professional Rolex is the Milgauss. The Milgauss is perhaps an even more specialized piece of equipment. The original model was introduced in 1956 as an answer to problems encountered when mechanical watches were exposed to strong magnetic fields. The introduction of the Milgauss allowed scientists to wear a watch while working in strong magnetic fields. Without magnetic protection performing your job in extremely strong magnetic fields would render a regular watch useless or unreliable at best. Rolex have gone to extraordinary measures in order to protect the calibre 3131 from the affects of magnetic fields. A special inner shield contained within the oyster case is made from a proprietary Rolex blend of metals that keeps the movement running well within chronometer specification even under extreme magnetic field conditions. Our estate Milgauss was purchased in Toronto at an authorized Rolex agent Dec 2014. It has been well taken care of during the last few years and looks almost like new. Only a few light scratches can be seen on the case, bracelet and case back. The blue dial, orange lightning bolt second hand and tinted green sapphire crystal make this one unmistakable model to say the least. A complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty comes included along with all the original packaging, instructions, warranty card and chronometer hang tag. Estate priced at $9,200.00 CAD. Stock #e10855.

SOLD


February 7, 2019

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41mm 79220R $3,500.00 CAD. e12017

Another great condition Tudor Black Bay diver. Our Black Bay 79220R comes complete with never used Tudor nylon nato strap, inner/outer boxes, cardboard sleeve, instruction booklet, papers plus an extra high quality stainless steel bracelet and rubber strap. Everything is in like new condition. If you’ve got a very large wrist the high quality, aftermarket, flip lock, stainless bracelet will fit a wrist of up to 9 1/4 inches. The original deployment buckle, distressed dark brown leather strap looks like it was only worn a handful of times, it show no scuffs or stains of any kind.The watch was originally purchased at Canadian authorized agent Raffi (December 2015) but seldom used by the previous and only owner. It’s a very complete example that was owned by a fastidious watch collector. The Black Bay Heritage has proven to be one of Tudors most successful product launches ever. Tudor parent company Rolex absolutely dominate in the premium watch 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 few years Tudor have been re-establishing themselves with the introduction of successful designs from past decades. The Heritage Black Bay is 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 “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 watertight to 200 meters. The case is blemish free still displaying the crisp sharp beveled edge on the case lugs. An ETA calibre 2824 automatic Swiss made movement within the oyster style 41mm case is keeping excellent time and should prove a very reliable and robust timekeeper for decades to come. Take advantage of our weak Canadian dollar while you can because Rolex will eventually be increasing prices across the entire model range. In countries that have a strong currency this watch was much more expensive than here in Canada. For instance, in the USA this watch had a suggested retail price of $3,425.00 (approximately $4,600.00 CAD) and in Europe it has a price of 3,210.00 Euro (approximately $4,750.00 CAD). One other thing to consider; when importing a Swiss made watch to Canada is the 5% duty plus additional provincial and federal sales tax calculated on top of that. So buying this watch in the USA could ultimately cost you around $5,450.00 if you live in Ontario. Rolex recently introduced a new Heritage Black Bay  using their new proprietary chronometer grade movement. Outwardly the style has changed a little with a new bracelet, a shield dial logo replacing the traditional Tudor rose and some additional dial text. These original Black Bays have already seen appreciation on the secondary market. Including a Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty this watch is estate priced at $3,500.00 CAD  Stock #e12017.

SOLD


January 30, 2019

1957 Rolex Precision 6422 34mm $2,480.00 CAD. e12097

The essence of simple and reliable timekeeping can be found on this vintage Rolex precision dating from the middle of 1957. The shock protected 17 jewel Rolex calibre 1210 is running like new to a slow beat rhythm of 18,000 cycles per hour. The soothing tic tic tic tic tic can easily be heard through the domed plastic crystal. This basic manual winding movement has a very useful power reserve well over 2 days allowing the user the need to wind it up only every other day. Long before there were self winding and electronic watches, wind up technology was the only type available. It’s running great and keeping very good time thanks to a full mechanical overhaul and new mainspring (April 2019). Stick hands, hash mark hour markers display the time in basic and typical Rolex fashion with good legibility. Blued steel hands were a common feature found on pocket watches from the 19th and 20th century. As pocket watches fell out of favor in the 1930s many watch manufacturers still used blue steel hands as they provided great contrast against silver and white dials popular of the time. The use of such a second hand is a subtle clue to the age of this watch. The thin profile of this Rolex also reveals the true age to any vintage Rolex aficionado. Modern automatic Rolex watches are much thicker and bulky. The riveted, folded link bracelet appears original as the buckle is date stamped 3 57. Not many original Oyster bracelets and buckles have survived over 60 years. At some point in the past the dial was professionally refinished to a slightly champagne silver hue. The 34mm case is perfect for the gentleman who doesn’t want to be continuously reminded that he’s wearing a giant over sized timepiece. Many woman are wearing this size too for a fun and supremely functional alternative to something more dainty. Although we don’t know the entire history of this watch the previous owner supplied us with a service invoice from 2004. Rolex authorized agents Damiani Jewellers from Woodbridge fully serviced the watch including a new crystal plus replacing the crown and waterproof tube. Including a full one year warranty this 62 year old Rolex is estate priced at $2,480.00 CAD. Stock #e12097.

SOLD


January 25, 2019

Rolex Datejust 36 116201 pink champagne dial $9,090.00 CAD (TAX INCLUDED!!!). e12044

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The basic Rolex Datejust formula hasn’t changed in 70 years. The classic Jubilee bracelet, fluted bezel, 36mm oyster case and champagne dial is the most popular combination; just as it was when the Datejust was introduced in 1945. This look has come to almost define the brand all by itself. Our most recent example offers a slightly different take on the standard look. Smooth polished bezel constructed of solid 18 karat rose gold, sportier Oyster Bracelet (also with solid rose gold centre links) and a special order pink champagne dial. The dial is subtle and blends perfectly with the Rolex “Everose” gold alloy that is milled in house. This proprietary alloy is manufactured exclusively by Rolex and contains a few percentage of platinum that acts as a bonding agent with a small amount of copper gives the 18 karat gold alloy its unique hue. The pale pink champagne dial blends well with almost any look and the rugged nature of the oyster case allows wear for almost any activity. This example of model 116201 dates from 2005 according to the “D” serial number. At 13 years old you’d expect the condition to exhibit far more wear. The bezel is crisp, showing only the most minor swirls from light use. The full length Oyster bracelet is in like new condition showing zero stretch and no sag of any kind. A full factory technical revision by Rolex Canada was performed in Toronto (December 2012). A movement overhaul and the special order dial along with a new set of 18 karat rose gold hands were installed to the tune of $1061.07 (invoice included). In addition to an internal/external cleaning the case was refinished and polished to the exacting standards of Rolex. The watch is running like new and keeping great time. Purchasing a brand new Datejust of this specification carries a list price of $12,400.00 CAD and $10,900.00 USD plus tax. Included with purchase is the original inner/outer Rolex box, Rolex service receipts, endorsed warranty papers, plastic chronometer tag, instruction booklet plus a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers wholesale warranty. Estate priced at $9,090.00 CAD (tax included). Stock #e12044.

SOLD


January 23, 2019

Rolex Datejust 18kt/stainless steel 16013 with tapestry dial $5,500.00 CAD. e9091

e9091 Rolex Datejust tapestry dial 16013A Rolex Datejust isn’t exactly a rare model but when it comes with the unusual tapestry dial it’s time to pay attention. For a watch that is pushing 40 years old this example is in great shape. The bracelet is shows only minor stretch; the fluted bezel is showing a just slightly softened edge. A 36mm diameter case is suitable for a man looking for a “regular” sized watch or a woman looking for a slightly larger size. The tapestry dial is a seldom seen option that integrates especially well with the dressier jubilee bracelet. The striped dial is created by embossing a corrugated texture across the surface creating little hills and valleys. This treatment causes shadows to form across the dial when the watch is moved causing a striking effect. It’s surprising the dial wasn’t more popular option when this watch was new.e9091.1 Rolex Datejust tapestry dial 16013Current replacement model for the Rolex Datejust 16013 has a list price of $12,850.00 CAN but you can’t get it with a this tapestry dial. We just performed a complete technical revision on the movement this summer. The fresh service should have the watch running reliably until its next regular service interval around 5 to 7 years from now. Including a complementary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #e9091.e9091.2 Rolex Datejust tapestry dial 16013

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

Not very often do popular watches come in that are less than a year old. Rolex has been missing out on business in the mid range price segment for many years. They absolutely dominate in the premium segment but Tag Heuer, Omega, Breitling and many other companies competing in the $2,000.00 – $7,000.00 price range have shut Rolex out for many years. Tudor has always been made by Rolex but lacked the recognition of the parent company. Over the past few years Tudor have been re-establishing themselves with the introduction of the successful designs from past decades. The Heritage Black Bay is one of their most popular. The vintage look was inspired by the Tudor Submariner from the 1950s. A flat black dial, gold printing and the “snow flake” hour/second hand are familiar details to those who remember the original watches. Our example was purchased in September of 2017 at Royal De Versailles in Toronto but has been seldom worn. The condition is of course excellent and original. We have not polished or refinished the case in any way. It is also showing no wear of any kind. The original distressed leather strap remains unworn. It’s a serious watch with sporting features like synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands/markers, locking buckle and water tight to 200 meters. The in house MT5602 manufactured 25 jewel automatic Swiss made movement is keeping excellent time. This proprietary mechanism comes standard with an extended 70 hour power reserve. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year extended warranty when the factory warranty expires in the fall of 2019. Inner/outer boxes, instructions, paper hang tag and even an extra heavy duty red/black nylon strap are included with purchase. Model 79230R has a suggested retail price of $3425.00 USD. Our like new 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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January 22, 2019

Rolex Oyster Chronometer 1005 34mm $2,995.00 CAD. e11792

It’s not difficult to get into the Rolex market for under $3,000.00. What is difficult is finding an Oyster perpetual model. This one gives you some added luxury details like hands, dial markers and fluted bezel that are all made from solid 14 karat yellow gold. For watch nerds like me it’s what’s inside the Oyster case that’s so enticing for this price. Not only is the Rolex calibre 1570 a completely in house developed and manufactured movement, it’s a self winding certified chronometer. Chronometers are among the most accurate wristwatches available. Engineering such a small mechanical device to run better than 99.99% accurate per day is no small task. Consider what a watch is exposed to on a daily basis while being worn; 100s of position changes, constant acceleration/deceleration forces, temperature changes, changes in spring tension as the watch powers down at night while you sleep. Even with all these forces acting on the tiny components, a certified chronometer must keep accurate time within plus 6 to minus 4 seconds per day every day. The 26 jewel movement inside the 34mm oyster case was independently tested and certified to do just this way back in 1972. It’s a remarkable thing that this reliable movement was used by Rolex from the early 1970 right through the late 1980s. What’s also remarkable is just how timeless a Rolex Oyster watch is. The classic good looks are appropriate on the wrist of anyone today despite the fact this watch is 46 years old. We’ve installed a brand new 20mm brown Hirsch strap that blends well with the light champagne dial. The watch is running great and ready to be proudly worn by the next owner for the next 1/2 century. Included with purchase is a complimentary one year warranty covering all aspects of mechanical failure except those caused by abuse or moisture damage. Estate priced at $2,990.00 CAD. Stock #e11792.

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January 21, 2019

Rolex Datejust 36 16233 rare pyramid dial $7,500.00 CAD. e11586

Any Rolex is a desirable thing even if it’s a relatively common model. One could argue there really is no such thing as a rare modern Rolex since the company has been producing over 1 million watches per year since the 1990s. Datejust 16233 is a model we’ve seen many times at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers but this one is just a little more unique. The “P” serial number places the production around 2000, nothing too rare about that. What’s interesting is the perfect, blemish free silver/ivory pyramid dial. This dial is seldom encountered. Most examples of this watch come with a champagne or silver face. The pyramid name comes from the subtle repeating pattern that almost looks like well crafted quilt. The effect is very difficult to capture in a photograph. Polished Roman numerals and hour markers made from solid 18 karat yellow gold add a sophisticated finishing touch. The condition is good but not a perfect 10. The bracelet is exhibiting some horizontal sag and a bit of stretch but is still good for many decades of use. The synthetic sapphire crystal while completely scratch free does show 2 small nicks along the sharp edge. Small chips like this are very common as the crystal on these watches sit a little higher than the locking bezel. The low contrast light coloured dial and the location make the small imperfection almost invisible. A 36mm 18 karat and stainless steel Datejust model is still offered today with a retail price of $10,900.00 USD. Sadly though if you want a new one with the attractive pyramid dial it’s no longer available. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $7,500.00 CAD. Stock #e9522.

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January 20, 2019

Rolex Precision 6426 manual wind $1,999.00 CAD. e12011

This essence of simple and reliable timekeeping can be found on this vintage Rolex precision dating from late 1959. The shock protected 17 jewel Rolex calibre 1210 is running to a slow beat rhythm of 18,000 cycles per hour. The soothing tic tic tic tic tic can easily be heard through the domed plastic crystal. This basic manual winding movement has a very useful power reserve well over 2 days allowing the user the need to wind it up only every other day. Long before there were self winding and electronic watches, wind up technology was the only type available. It’s running great and keeping very good time. Thin tapered hands with arrow head hour markers provide excellent legibility. Blued steel hands were a common feature found on pocket watches from the 19th and 20th century. As pocket watches fell out of favor in the 1930s many watch manufactures still used blue steel hands as they provided great contrast against popular silver and white dials. The simple use of such a second hand is a subtle clue to the age of this watch. The thin profile of this Rolex also reveals the true age to any vintage Rolex aficionado. Modern automatic Rolex watches are much more thick and bulky. It is possible to get into a vintage Rolex for under $2,000.00 with this Oyster Precision 6426. The 34mm case is perfect for the gentleman who doesn’t want to be continuously reminded that he’s wearing a giant over sized timepiece. Many woman are wearing this size too for a fun and supremely function alternative to something more dainty. Including a full one year warranty this 60 year old Rolex is estate priced at $1,999.00 CAD. Stock #e12011.

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January 18, 2019

Rolex Daytona 116519 18kt. white gold $22,425.00 CAD. e11647

Without question, the Rolex Daytona is the most sought after watch in the world. If you’re shopping for a brand new stainless steel version, prepare to get on a waiting list that I hear is now several years long. Used examples of current ceramic bezel stainless models are trading hands for around $25,000.00, though the MSRP for a new one is only $14,250.00 CAD. Even two tone and solid gold models aren’t always available for immediate delivery; often taking many months to deliver. Any Daytona that makes an appearance in our estate department makes for an exciting day. We’ve had stainless and 18 karat/stainless steel Daytona before but never all gold before and this one is white gold! While stainless steel get all the attention they are a little boring. You can get them with a white or black dial and that’s it. No other dial options and no bracelet or strap options. If you opt for the initially more expensive two tone or solid gold versions you can choose from dozens of beautiful dials, including mother of pearl or diamonds, oyster bracelet, rubber strap or various leather strap colours. For a sporting watch like a Daytona the large Arabic hour markers and red second/register hands really add to the character and are only available on solid gold models. The neutral silver dial background with black highlights go with any look. Our late F serial number ( circa 2005) solid 18 karat white gold Daytona is currently fitted with a Swiss made black rubber strap by Rubber B using the original Rolex 18 karat white gold deployment buckle. The watch also comes with a brand new black alligator stitched edge leather strap that has never even been installed. This strap was specially ordered from Rolex and has a replacement value of close to $600.00. The leather strap is easily switched and takes the watch in a decidedly dressier direction. At 40mm diameter this watch has been popular with men and women who like the statement a bigger chronograph equipped watch makes. Included with purchase is an insurance appraisal and Rolex box. Overall condition looks original and unpolished. The white gold case and tachymeter bezel show minor scuffs and scratches but nothing too distracting. As with all sport Rolex watches we avoid refinishing cases and bracelets. Most collectors prefer originality over perfection. We will provide a complimentary polish on request but remember something can only be original once. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $22,425.00 CAD. Stock #e11647.

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January 10, 2019

Datejust 79173 26mm never worn $6,500.00 CAD. e12090

Any Rolex is a desirable thing even if it’s a relatively common model. One could argue there really is no such thing as a rare modern Rolex since the company has been producing well over 1 million watches per year since the 1990s. Ladies Datejust 79173 is a model we’ve seen many times at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers but this one is just a little more unique. The “P” serial number places the production around 2000, nothing too rare about that. What’s interesting is the remarkable condition, make that the brand new condition. Although the Canadian authorized agents endorsed warranty shows June 22 2000 this watch has never been worn. The red chronometer plastic seal tag and green serial number tag have never been removed from the bracelet. Not only is the green case back sticker still in place, the clear plastic sticker over top is still intact along with the red tab buckle sticker.  Everything regarding the condition can be described as brand new. The proprietary Rolex 18 karat yellow gold alloy has ever so slightly oxidized becoming slightly darker. Something like this can only happen after many years of sitting idle in the box. A quick wipe with a polishing cloth will restore the true colour but we’ve left it alone as testament to its zero use history. The sharp edged fluted bezel ring synonymous with the brand still twinkles like a finely faceted crystal with razor sharp edges. People who know what to look for will always measure the “horizontal sag” and stretch of the bracelet on any Rolex. No disappointment here as the 18 karat and stainless steel jubilee bracelet is perpendicular with the case back. The always popular traditional champagne dial with hash mark hour markers is still the choice for many Rolex clients.  A 26mm 18 karat and stainless steel Datejust model is no longer offered today. The current Rolex Datejust 28mm example of similar specification with run you $10,450.00 CAD and $9,150.00 USD. Every bit of original documentation and packaging comes included. A complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty accompanies this time capsule Rolex. Yes you can easily find the same model for less but it will not be brand new. Without question this is the best condition 20 year old Rolex we’ve ever had. Estate priced at $6,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12090.

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January 7, 2019

Datejust 36 16233 with extra diamond dial $12,485.00 CAD. e11838

One owner, like new condition and only factory serviced. This may sound like a slick used car salesman’s pitch but I can’t think of a better way to describe this Rolex Datejust that just came in. I love it when an owner takes such great care of a cherished possession. Overall condition tells us a lot about how a watch was worn and the condition of this one couldn’t be much better. The 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel is crisp and sharp reflecting light and twinkling from across a room. The edges on the Oyster case are well defined with a perfect transition between the brushed and polished sections. The hollow centre link Jubilee bracelet shows only the most insignificant amount of sag with no stretch. This watch was purchased new in 1988 from European Jewellers Toronto who were authorized Rolex agents at the time. It was delivered with a black diamond set tritium dial. This rare dial stayed with the watch until the original owner decided he wanted a different look. He gave the watch a 180 degree change of appearance in 2016 by switching to a gloss white dial with regular hour markers, luminous luminova plots and hands. The new white dial, matching hands, date ring and Toronto Rolex service cost $1,485.95. The original receipt for service comes included. The owner was extremely fortunate to have Rolex return the original black tritium dial, hands and champagne date ring to him when he picked up the watch after service. The usual Rolex policy is for dial exchange with purchase only. To have your original dial returned is not normal policy. It may not seem like a big deal now but in the future the perfect tritium hand set with beautiful diamond dial will become increasingly rare and desirable. Factory fresh is the best way to describe the entire package. The original and unusual green Rolex box has a perforated diagonal embossed stripe running corner to corner. Rolex used to continuously change their packaging; I don’t recall seeing this exact style box before. The inner chamois pillow and blanket are absolutely perfect and blemish free. Instruction booklet, calendar card, double wallet, oyster booklet, chronometer hang tag, punched paper warranty card with sleeve and even the completely blank black cardboard insert are here. It’s a 30 year old time capsule.   For a finishing touch the original protective outer cardboard box is included. Aside from some white paper showing through on the corners it could also pass for new. The side of the box still displays the Rolex model number for the watch that was never peeled away. Clean, fresh, casual white dial or dressy and dramatic diamond black dial. The choice is yours, we will happily switch to your preference but we will not separate the package. You can still buy a 36mm Datejust that looks almost identical to this from your local Rolex boutique. The retail price for a diamond dial version is $15,150.00 CAD and a little more expensive for American customers at $12,550.00 USD. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this remarkably well preserved 1980s Rolex Datejust is estate priced at $12,485.00 CAD. Stock #e11838.

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January 4, 2019

Vintage 1961 Rolex OysterDate 34 6694 $3,800.00 CAD. e11881

No question about it, Rolex have always been a great watch and it’s always cost a lot to buy a high quality Swiss watch. In the last 100 plus years Rolex has moved away from just a high quality watch to a true luxury item. The cost of any Rolex has outpaced inflation by a huge margin. The average working man 50 or 60 years ago could easily afford an entry level Rolex for only about 2 weeks wages. If you think that’s hard to believe check out this receipt from the Royal Air Force shop. For only £23 pound sterling the original owner purchased this watch brand new or close to new in the fall of 1961. Today an entry level Rolex of the same 34mm size with date display costs 7,250.00 CAD. So if we assume the same ratio of 2 weeks wages to buy a similar model that means the average Canadian yearly wage is pushing $200,000.00. Yes, it’s safe to say Rolex know a thing or two about marketing their products and making a profit. This OysterDate was worn by the original owner for many decades as his primary timekeeper. We have a couple of receipts and documents from 1996 and 2000 in the original owners name with matching style/serial numbers. The 19mm Oyster bracelet is a newer replacement dating from 1986 and is showing some patina from everyday use but is in otherwise excellent condition. Powering the 6694 OysterDate is the hand wind 17 jewel Rolex Calibre 1215.  These tough little movements served duty in many Rolex models from the mid 1950s. It’s shock protected and extremely reliable with a relaxing 5 hertz frequency good for close 60 hours on a single wind. The champagne dial is showing an evenly distributed freckled patina that suits the vintage look of the watch quite well. The watch is running surprisingly well and keeping very accurate time. Although we are not covering this watch with any sort of waterproof warranty we are happy to include a complimentary one year guarantee covering all aspects of mechanical failure except those caused by abuse. The full 13 link oyster bracelet will fit any wrist size up to 8 inches. This is a classic Rolex with a lovely seasoned look and a bit of history for the estate price of $3,800.00 CAD. Stock #e11881.

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January 3, 2019

Rolex Oyster Date 26mm 6917 $3,400.00 CAD. e11763

Admission into the Rolex club will cost you $10,450.00 CAD if you like the look of this iconic design and you choose to buy a brand new one (model #279173). For that princely sum you get to have your name on the warranty card, a watch that is 2mm larger than this 26mm estate example, a contemporary synthetic sapphire crystal instead of plastic, a concealed buckle and some other very minor style differences along with some mechanical updates. The fact that this Rolex is 37 years old will come as a huge shock to almost anyone who looks at it. Rolex is more that just a watch manufacturer, they are an institution within the jewellery and luxury product industry. If you buy a Rolex you can be confident you’ll not need another watch in your lifetime. Many styles and trends come and go but a Rolex Oyster, Date, Datejust or Day-Date will stand the test of time like nothing else. These have been the most popular watches from the Geneva based company for over 70 years. Our latest estate example is in excellent condition showing much less wear than you’d expect. The champagne dial with solid 18 karat fluted bezel on 18 karat and steel jubilee bracelet has always been a best seller. Its neutral colour blends with any outfit and can be worn on any occasion. For almost 70% less compared to new it’s likely a better investment than buying a brand new one. You new car is going to depreciate more in a month or two than the cost of this watch. Working great and keeping good time with all functions operating as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to include a complimentary one year warranty for the new owner. Estate priced at $3,400.00 CAD. Stock number e11763.

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January 1, 2019

Rolex Oyster Date 34mm 15203 $7,500.00 CAD. e11817

In 1997 when this watch was new, men’s watch sizes were way smaller than they are today. Rolex bucked the trend to make anything larger than 40mm until 2009 and most of the core designs today still measure 34mm to 40mm. This excellent condition Oyster Date measures a comfortable 34mm. It’s a perfect size for the more slender gentleman or the lady who wants an iconic design that makes a statement. Classic 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel oyster case/bracelet are a look that’s defined the brand for around 75 years. Clean white dial with Arabic numbers and luminous plots make time interpretation a simple task. The Oyster case and bracelet are a contrast in highly polished 18 karat gold/stainless with a few brushed steel sections. The triple section Oyster link has always been the sporty bracelet choice. A smooth bezel that frames the scuff free synthetic sapphire crystal is the sporty choice compared to the fluted option. As the collector Rolex market continues to see growth, the pure sport professional models are pricing themselves out of reach for many. Good condition Submariners, GMTs and Explorers are pushing 5 figures and discontinued models are well beyond that. Sporty Oyster Date and Datejust models are beginning to see new interest especially with our female clients. These watches look super sexy on the female wrist. For a 20 plus year old watch this one could practically pass for new. Hardly a scratch or scuff to be found anywhere. The bracelet and buckle are crisp and tight showing little to no stretch and sag. This particular Oyster Date 34 has had only one previous owner who took great care of it while he owned it. It comes accompanied by everything originally supplied by the factory. Inner/outer boxes, instructions, endorsed paperwork by an Ontario authorized Rolex agent, plastic chronometer hang tag, calendar etc. In 2005 the watch was factory serviced by Rolex. The full details of this service also come included with purchase. The Rolex Date is just about the perfect watch for everyday use. Easy to wear, easy to read with the added function of a gently sweeping second hand and magnified calendar display. Working great and keeping good time this watch is accompanied by a no charge 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $7,500.00 CAD. Stock #e10817.

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December 21, 2018

Rolex Submariner 16610 box & service papers $9,700.00 CAD. e11951

We’ve posted estate Rolex Submariners dozens of times before and much has been said about one of Rolex’ most sought after watches. The Submariner 16610 is the most popular Submariner model ever produced. I’d speculate that over the 20 plus years this model was manufactured (1987-2010) millions were produced. Despite being the most common Submariner we still can’t get enough of them. It’s one of the top requested estate watches regardless of brand. A quick summery of our latest Submariner offering is as follows. 1993 production date, original Oyster bracelet (11 links) 93150 501B date coded S11 with fliplock safety clasp and diver extension. Tritium dial and hands appear original and matching. Perfect glossy black dial and excellent condition aluminum bezel insert. The case still shows the factory bevel on all four lugs. Bracelet has little to no sag/stretch. The embossed buckle logo is still tall and proud displaying great detail. Inner/outer Rolex boxes, pillow, blanket, chronometer hang tag and 2001 service papers are all included. Running well with all functions working as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide the new owner with a complimentary one year warranty. Estate priced at $9,700.00 CAD. Stock #e11951. 

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December 20, 2018

Rolex Datejust 41 126334 factory diamond dial $11,995.00 CAD. e12068

It’s the less is more of the Rolex line up. You wouldn’t know it but this is one of Rolex’ newest watches. While it’s still a Datejust with roots going back to 1945 the Datejust 41 is virtually all new but at the same time comfortably familiar looking. The all steel with 18 karat white gold fluted bezel 126334 was introduced in 2017. The tweaked 41mm case design contains a completely new mechanism. The Datejust has never been the flashiest of Rolex models but adding an uncommon radial finish navy blue dial with diamond hour markers adds a little sophisticated bling. From a technical point of view the Datejust 41 is one of Rolex’ most advanced models. Watch people appreciate tradition but we also covet the art of the mechanical movement. We love the workhorse old 3135 movement which was used for 30 years in the previous Datejust and even Submariner models, but as an enthusiast you can’t help but admire the new generation Rolex 32XX movements. It’s not an evolution of the old 3135, it’s a reinvention as over 90% of the parts are new. The 3235 features a completely new escapement (the heart of a movement), a modified barrel design allowing for a longer mainspring extending power reserve, a new winding module increases efficiency and is adjusted to tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in house” manufacture, they have reduced gear train friction by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they’ve even refined the aesthetic finishes on the movement. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with a more accurate, reliable timepiece with an extra long 70 hour power reserve. Even the service intervals have been extended to 10 years. The extrovert Submariner still uses the old 3135 movement developed 30 years ago, but they still seem to get all the attention while the new Datejust 41 quietly ticks away as the higher specification, more accurate model. Our latest Datejust estate offering is only a year or so old and was only occasionally worn in rotation with other watches by the previous owner. It’s condition can be described very lightly worn. Fine surface scuffs and scratches on the oyster bracelet can easily be polished away the same day by one of our technicians if you’d like it looking brand new. Comes complete with inner/outer box, sleeve, plastic chronometer seal tag, travel pouch and Rolex certificate of authenticity (Jan. 2019). Like other Rolex Oyster models this one has the regular features of synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, 904l stainless steel construction, cyclops date magnifier, locking deployment buckle with a clever do it yourself length adjustment for those days when a few millimeters extra room is needed. The 100 meter water resistant oyster case is completely high polished. A solid 18 karat white gold fluted dial and Oyster bracelet give it the popular large but dressy look. The radial finish navy blue dial is quite easy to read using highly reflective 18 karat white gold faceted hands. The Canadian Rolex market has very little inventory available for larger sized steel watches and virtually nothing when it comes to sport models. In the USA this watch carries a retail price of $11,300.00 USD, while in Canada it’s a relative bargain considering the price of $13,000.00 (assuming you can find one for sale) at your local authorized agent. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will include a complimentary 3 year warranty for the new owner. Estate priced at $11,995.00 CAD. Stock #e12068.

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18kt. ladies 3518 Rolex watch $1,190.00 CAD. e10977

It is possible to buy a solid gold Rolex for under $1,200.00 CAD. Maybe not a heavy oyster case example but something perhaps a little more delicate and dressy. This was the style and size ladies wore 40 plus years ago when this watch was new. The vintage look is back and a fine sophisticated dress watch from the era can really finish off your look. The case is stamped with the model number 3519.Very little information about this reference is available making this a rare offering. The hooded lugs give it a different look compared to a more traditional case design. This style allows a wider strap to be fitted with a more integrated look. We’ve just installed a brand new 12mm black leather strap from Hirsch, although any colour would blend nicely with a neutral coloured dial. The 17 jewel hand wind movement housed within the solid gold case is running well and keeping good time. At only 16.0mm x 23.5mm the watch is surprisingly easy to read. The refinished silver dial with just 2 hands and full hour markers is picture of elegance and simplicity. The case was manufactured from premium 18 karat yellow gold and weighs 7.1 grams (including the thin glass crystal). For the price of a simple 18 karat ring of the same weight you could buy this complicated mechanical timepiece. Comes with a complimentary 1 year warranty covering all aspects of failure except those caused by misuse and moisture. The watch is estate priced at $1,190.00 CAD. Stock #e10977.

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Rolex GMT Master II 16713T late model “Root Beer” $15,800.00 CAD. e9708

e9708 Rolex GMT Master II root beerEvery Rolex is collectible to a degree, some more so than others. What distinguishes the most collectible are not only the uncommon and rare models but also their story and history. The history of the GMT is a notable one that goes back to the 1950s. High speed long distance air travel was becoming the norm and pilots travelling across multiple time zones in a single trip was common place. They needed a watch that could keep track of a worldwide standardized time plus the local time of where they currently were. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was adopted as the constant. This “universal” time is displayed by the long thin arrow style 2nd hour hand on the watch and displays hours on the outer bezel in a 24 hour format. Daylight hours (6:00 am to 6:00 pm) are displayed on a lovely light champagne colour while the nighttime hours (6:00 pm to 6:00 am) are shown on the iridescent brown bezel section. The regular hour hand can quickly and easily be adjusted independent of the long 24 hour hand. It may sound a little confusing but in practice it’s quite clever and easy to use. Overall condition is very good. The original oyster bracelet shows almost no stretch or sag with a full compliment of adjusting links.e9708.1 Rolex GMT MASTER II root beer dial You don’t need to be a pilot to love the GMT Master. Anyone who needs to keep track of local time in a 12 and 24 hour format (nurses, police, military etc.) will appreciate how easy the watch is to read and interpret. Our GMT II Master 16713 has a good story too. This rare “root beer” version was purchased brand new  in May 2006 at Bucherer in Geneva Switzerland, just down the road from the Rolex factory in the same Swiss city. The first owner purchased the watch as a reward to himself for successfully landing a business deal. The watch comes with everything from that spring day 12 years ago. The original box is in blemish free condition (even still smells like a brand new Rolex box), with endorsed punched paper warranty certificate, instruction booklet, card holder wallet and the original bill of sale with American Express receipt still attached.e9708.3 Rolex GMT Master II root beer Also included are period correct catalogs with price lists in Canadian dollars and Swiss francs plus a Rolex Canada watch registration receipt dated May 25 2006. You just don’t see many Rolex watches as thoroughly documented as this one. Its D08XXXX serial number places production around 2005 making this a late model root beer. In fact, after much investigation I couldn’t find more than a couple newer serial numbers than this example for sale. There are not many 16713 “T” models around. At 13 years old it can hardly be considered vintage, but down the road this is the root beer you want to own. Rare dial along with more than complete history and paperwork will guarantee it is one most desirable GMT-Master II. We have decided to leave the watch in 100% original condition. It has never been polished or refinished in any way, still retaining the original factory finished beveled lug edges. Solid end links and no lug holes in the features seen on only the latest versions of this watch. The vast majority have flimsy stamped  bracelet end links with the old school lug holes in the case. The watch is worn but hasn’t been abused; its most significant blemish is this impact mark on the gold bezel We will refinish the case and bracelet to look like new if you want, but please remember they’re only original once. Including a one year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $15,800.00 CAD. Stock #e9708.e9708.2 Rolex GMT MASTER II root beer

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December 19, 2018

Rolex Submariner 16610 “Swiss only” dial, box/papers & bill of sale $10,800.00 CAD. e11949

Submariners have been one of the hottest Rolex models for a many years. Most authorized agents have waiting lists if you’re looking for a new ceramic bezel version. If completeness and originality are important to you this 16610 Submariner will checks off the right box. Paperwork is very important to most collectors and this one has every fiber of every document from the day it was delivered November 17 1999. Even the original invoice from the Canadian authorized agent comes in this package. 16610 Submariners were produced from 1987 to around 2010 making it the most widely produced model to date. They remained pretty much unchanged throughout the model run. When Rolex stopped using tritium for the luminous pigment on the hands and markers around 1999, the dial text changed a tiny bit. Instead of reading SWISS -T<25 the dial now simply read SWISS to reflect the use of Luminova for the luminous hour plots and hands. Insignificant yes, important to hardcore Rolex people, absolutely. The SWISS only dial lasted a year or two before being changed again to “SWISS MADE” lasting until the 16610 was discontinued. At the moment this difference is mostly a curiosity but the dial on our latest estate Submariner will always be most uncommon dial of any 16610. I just love the completeness of this package, right down to the plain black cardboard sheet that allows contrast and easy interpretation of the punched paper warranty. The outer box still displays the 16610 sticker along with the matching serial number written in. The original owner’s name can still be found on the bill of sale and the warranty card. The original purchase price shown of the receipt shows is only $5,560.00. In less than 20 years the value of this watch has doubled even though it is no longer brand new. Overall condition is very good but the watch does display the usual signs of careful use. The correct oyster bracelet 93150 501B is date coded X6 (1999) and contains 11 links. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this not too old but definitely collectible Rolex is estate priced at $10,800.00 CAD. Stock #e11949.

SOLD


December 14, 2018

Rolex Oyster Date 15210 $5,500.00 CAD. e11708

At the turn of millennium when this watch was new, men’s watch sizes were way smaller than they are today. Rolex bucked the trend to make anything larger than 40mm until quite recently and majority of their core designs today still measure a conservative 34mm to 40mm. This excellent condition Oyster Date measures a comfortable 34mm. It’s a perfect size for the more slender gentleman or the lady who wants a classic style that makes a bit of a statement. Simple colour scheme, basic stick hour markers whisper understated class. The watch and bracelet have a soft satin brushed finish except for the edges and bezel studs that are highly polished for just a touch of bling. The 3 segment Oyster link has always been the sporty bracelet choice. An engine turned bezel frames the perfect condition subtle radial finish black dial and synthetic sapphire crystal. This machined bezel is a little more unusual only seen about half as often as its smooth edged cousin. As the collector Rolex market continues to see solid growth, the pure sport professional models are pricing themselves out of reach for many. Good condition Submariner, GMT and Daytona watches easily exceed $10,000.00 these days. Sporty Oyster Date and Datejust models are beginning to see new interest especially with our female clients. These watches look super sexy on the female wrist. For an 18 year old watch this one could practically pass for new. Hardly a scratch or scuff to be found anywhere. The bracelet and buckle are crisp and tight showing little to no stretch or sag. The Rolex Date is just about the perfect watch for everyday use. Easy to wear, easy to read with the added function of a gently sweeping second hand and magnified calendar display. Working great and keeping great time this watch is accompanied by the original inner/outer box, endorsed Ontario authorized agent punched paperwork, instructions, polishing cloth, appraisal from Nash Jewellers in London and service receipt for full overhaul September 2017. Included with purchase is a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11708.

SOLD

 


December 13, 2018

Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 116261 18kt. rose gold/steel $10,400.00 CAD. e11739

The original do it all luxury watch is the Rolex Turn-O-Graph model 116261. Need a dressy watch for a special occasion the beautiful black dial, highly polished case with 18 karat rose gold bezel and bracelet links make the right statement. Going out on the boat, the 36mm oyster case is water tested to 300 feet. The two way rotating timer bezel is extremely useful as a quick reference for timing any event lasting up to 60 minutes. As an everyday tool watch the Turn-O-Graph excels, sapphire crystal, Oyster bracelet with 5.0mm quick extension integrated into mechanical clasp, luminous hands/markers, calendar, sapphire crystal, date magnifier and large red second hand. This example was originally purchased in Toronto June 2005. It comes complete with box, warranty chronometer certificate and other paperwork. This watch looks like new showing little to no evidence of wear. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers just completed its first service since the original and only owner purchased it brand new. Discontinued a few years ago this watch is no longer available. The last suggested retail price for the rose gold and steel Turn-O-Graph was $10,700.00 USD. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $10,400.00 CAD. Stock #e11261.

SOLD

 


December 6, 2018

Rolex Submariner 116610LN full set 6 months old perfect $10,750.00 CAD. e12038

Just a black dial with contrasting white hands and a two way rotating bezel for measuring elapsed time. In more than 60 years of production the Submariner formula has changed very little. Rare vintage examples now trade hands for more than 100 times their original price. The upgraded 116610LN Date model adds a useful calendar display at 3 o’clock with that iconic magnified Cyclops bubble. A simple glossy black dial with luminous hands and markers makes for a most purposeful design day or night. If there was a list of blue chip collectible watches the Rolex Submariner would be right at the top. Like any blue chip stock they always appear expensive when you first consider purchasing and they never go on sale. As the years go by and they continually appreciate in value you realize you should have bought one a long time ago. With our weak Canadian dollar they are difficult to find either new or used. If you want to pick up a new one in Canada be prepared to get on a waiting list. Most examples are being diverted to the United States for sale with a much stronger currency, but even in the States they are rarely seen in authorized agent showcases. The current list price for the Submariner Date is $8550.00 in the U.S. At current exchange rates, plus 5% duty, plus 5% GST, plus provincial sales tax, buying one in the United States could cost you the equivalent of $13,600.00 Canadian by the time you get in across the border in Ontario. Our latest estate Submariner was originally delivered in Canada to an official Rolex agent September of 2017. Being a Canadian delivered watch and coming with the original documentation including the first and original owner’s name on the warranty card you can be confident all the taxes have been paid. You can travel hassle free across the border should a customs agent ask you to prove the appropriate Canadian tax was paid and the watch wasn’t smuggled into Canada. Overall condition is pretty much perfect. It was only occasional worn by its previous collector owner, it’s never been polished or refinished in any way. Inner/outer box, instruction booklet, endorsed warranty card, all paperwork, hanging chronometer seal, cardboard hanging tag showing style/serial number cardboard shipping sleeve and even the soft foam box top liner come included. If you’re considering purchasing a Rolex keep in mind they only appear inexpensive in hindsight. A simple change of ownership at Rolex Canada will keep you covered with the full support of the international warranty until September of 2023. Rolex will not change ownership title without the original endorsed authorized agent warranty card. Gray market vendor watch warranties are not honored by Rolex. Working perfectly and keeping great time the watch is estate priced at $10,750.00 CAD. If you’ve been trying to find one of these at your local Rolex agent you know how hard they are to find. Don’t delay, if you want one now this is the one to get. Stock #e12038.

SOLD


December 5, 2018

Rolex Day-Date on president bracelet 18238 $20,400.00 CAD. e11700

The Rolex Day-Date; there isn’t another model within the line that sums up the Rolex experience better. It’s an ultimate expression of simple luxury and function. This is the top of the line. There is no such thing as an entry level stainless steel Day-Date or even one made from a combination of 18 karat gold and steel. The Day-Date is only available in premium 18 karat gold or platinum. Rolex produces their proprietary gold alloys in house at their own foundry. The basic look hasn’t changed since its introduction over 60 years ago. Easy to read stick hands treated to just a touch of luminous tritium material. A day of the week display is discreetly showcased in a gentle arch shaped cut out window at 12:00 o’clock with a 2.5 times magnified day of the month aperture at 3:00 o’clock. All the applied dial markers and hands are made from 18 karat gold. A traditional champagne dial with basic stick indexes is present on this most classic of examples. The tone on tone all gold look is a most luxurious combination yet still offers excellent legibility and blends well with any outfit. This subtle marriage of design, colour, heritage and reputation speaks volumes without saying a word. The original dial and hands are in absolutely perfect condition showing no blemishes of any kind. This look will never go out of style and is still available today on the Rolex website with a retail price of $36,050.00 CAD. Our example dates from 1991 according to its X serial number; a better example of model 18238 would be difficult to find. Some evidence of careful, cautious use can be found on the president style bracelet and case in the form of shallow insignificant scuffs. The few microscopic nicks along the sharp synthetic sapphire crystal edge can be felt with a finger nail but are only visible under extreme scrutiny. It’s exciting to see that the original factory finish is intact. The bracelet and case edges are very sharp showing excellent definition between the polished and brushed sections. The president bracelet with 23 links can accommodate a wrist size of up to almost 8 inches. Showing the slightest amount of stretch and sag. If you have a large wrist we have a couple of extra links in stock that can be installed while you wait. As is often the case with these watches the fluted bezel becomes less defined with a few polishing sessions over the years. I’m happy to report the bezel on this one is still sharp and angular. The coronet on the buckle is perfect,  exhibiting crisp details that disappear even after a few careful polishes. Tiny characteristics like these mark the difference between a well worn example and the truly exceptional. Even the case  back, original spring bars and 4 inside lugs look great. Often these areas are overlooked by consumers but it’s great to see they are not scratched up by a careless technician’s screwdriver. At 36mm diameter it’s the classic Day-Date size, easily worn by any man or the woman who likes the look of a reasonable sized “gents” watch. Weighing 139 grams it’s no lightweight but the mass is distributed throughout the case and bracelet resulting in a balanced feel that you’ll enjoy wearing at every opportunity. Comes complete with a beautiful Rolex wooden presentation box, booklet, wallet, chronometer hang tag, 1992 insurance appraisal, vacuum testing results from a full 2016 service with vibrograph timing results showing excellent chronometer accuracy levels. Along with the accessories Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers includes a complimentary one year warranty covering all aspects of mechanical failure and defects. This model has a current replacement value of $36,050.00 CAD and $31,350.00 USD. Our estate example is priced at $20,400.00 CAD. Stock #e11700.

SOLD


December 4, 2018

Rolex Air-King Date 5700 34mm $3,000.00 CAD. e11965

If you’ve always wanted to get into a vintage Rolex but didn’t think it was affordable we’ve got a very temping offering for you. This little Explorer 5700 has a lot going for it. Classic Rolex Oyster looks, manageable 34mm case suitable for the averaged sized man or woman, handy calendar feature with incorporated magnifying lens and the ever popular all stainless steel construction with sporty Oyster bracelet. It offers a casual appearance completely at home with jeans and a t-shirt or jacket and tie. Our master watchmaker just completed a full mechanical overhaul to the Rolex manufactured 26 jewel calibre 1520 automatic winding movement. Despite being well over 50 years old our watchmaker managed to get the NON chronometer rated mechanism to run at chronometer accuracy levels. With the fresh service and installation of a new genuine Rolex crystal you won’t believe the watch was made in early 1966. At some point in the past the dial was professionally refinished to a very legible silver hue displaying excellent contrast against the reflective faceted white gold hands and markers. With a service every 5 to 10 years there’s no reason why this watch won’t easily make it to its 100 birthday in 2066. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to include a 1 year complimentary warranty with purchase. Estate priced at $3,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11965.

SOLD

 

 


December 3, 2018

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

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

SOLD


December 2, 2018

Rolex Submariner 16610 $9,999.00 CAD. e12013

Got a watch habit? Don’t worry you’re not alone. There are many people out there who love watches, especially Rolex watches. There isn’t another brand that even comes close when it comes to the collector market following the esteemed brand from Geneva Switzerland has. There are many enthusiast driven websites devoted to only Rolex; in fact there are websites loyal to just specific Rolex models. The Submariner is perhaps the most famous of all Rolex designs. Since its introduction in 1953 the basic formula for the steel version has been constant. Highly water resistant case, black dial with luminous hands/markers, timer bezel, oyster bracelet and automatic winding movement. Updates like calendar display, sapphire crystal, increased water resistance rating, heavier bracelets, ceramic bezel inserts etc. are quietly introduced from time to time. To all but the hard core Rolex aficionado they pretty much all look the same. I’ve said it many times to our clients before, “Rolex watches are only inexpensive in hindsight”. Looking back, our business would have been much better off squirreling away every single Rolex professional model that has ever come in. Many of the models we’ve sold years ago are worth 5 to 10 times what we let them go for. Old hand wind Daytona models, early Submariners and GMTs have seen incredible increases in value. I guess we can always visit the old Polaroid pictures and reflect on what might have been if we had just kept them.  Our latest professional Rolex model is the iconic 16610. This model is probably the most common of all Submariners as it was produced from the later 1980s until 2010. Over the entire production run only very minor changes were made to update it. This 16610 dates from 1989 and comes with the desirable and more rare tritium dial favored by collectors. It was serviced by Rolex Toronto in February of 2001 and again in August 2013. Both receipts of maintenance are included. When it comes to freshening up your vintage Rolex the factory does a remarkable job detailing the case and bracelet to look almost as nice as the day it left the factory. The correct finishes are reapplied to the case and bracelet. Sharp edges are made crisp again, brushed sections are given that understated satin look and the polished areas are shined to a mirror finish. Wear and tear over the years does take a small toll that can never be brought back. The buckle coronet is losing some of its relief but the overall condition of the bracelet is great for a 20 plus year old watch.Despite the fact this watch was produced for such a long time and is considered rather common, it’s always a treat receiving such a great example. Many collectors and even the general consumer find this generation of Submariner easier to wear with nicer proportions compared to the newest model. They are definitely lighter and fit a slender wrist better than the new 116610 Ceramic bezel Submariner. Comes with original inner/outer boxes, booklets, pillow and blanket all in excellent condition. Including a one year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $9,999.00 CAD. Stock #e12013.

SOLD


December 1, 2018

Rolex Daytona 116520 skinny hands, early P series $22,500.00 CAD. e12000

Stainless steel Daytona watches are impossible to find new at Rolex authorized agents. If you can even get on a waiting list don’t expect to receive a call until nicely into the next decade. Looking for a good deal on a used current model 116500, expect to pay in excess of $25,000.00. It’s been over a year since our last steel estate Daytona made an appearance. Our newest estate watch is a one owner box and papers P serial number 116520. This watch is an early 116520 example and one of the first to use the fully in house developed Rolex calibre 4130. This movement made its debut in the Rolex Daytona in 2000. In well over 100 years of Rolex history this is Rolex’s 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 steel Daytona at your local Rolex boutique. Although the serial number on our watch (P529150) should date from 2000, the previous and only owner says it was presented to him as a sales award around 2003. This makes sense given the long waiting lists that the Daytona has had for decades now. We know it’s a very early in house movement model due to its low production serial number and previous generation wood lined box and very rare paper warranty/chronometer sheet. The vintage looking box, original “paper” paperwork, debossed stainless steel tachymeter bezel are features that connect this watch to the original Daytona dating back to the mid 1960s. Many people still haven’t totally warmed up to the modern look of the new ceramic bezel versions. The final characteristic linking this Daytona to all the classics preceding it are the use of “skinny” hour and minute hands. Sometime around 2004 Rolex started installing slightly wider hands with a little more luminous material in the centre. Thankfully ours still sports the original skinny hands. The watch comes complete with absolutely perfect condition inner/outer boxes, folded paperwork and Cosmograph Daytona booklet showing USA print date of 2001. The watch is running perfectly with all functions operating as designed. Overall condition of the watch is very good although it does display scratches on the case, bracelet and bezel. We are confident this watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. We are including a complimentary one year warranty covering all aspects of mechanical defect or failure except those caused by moisture. Estate priced at $22,500.00 CAD. Stock #e12000.

SOLD


November 29, 2018

Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN full kit $10,775.00 CAD. e12016

Purchased new from a Cayman Islands authorized agent in November 2010 we proudly offer this excellent example Rolex GMT-Master II model 116710LN. 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 piece. The new GMT also benefits from the larger “maxi” dial markers and hands, it’s more luminous than previous models, has a bigger more water tight trip lock crown, heavier bracelet with quick micro adjustment and flip lock buckle.In short this is not your father’s GMT. It’s a quantum leap in build quality over the previous versions. Like all professional stainless steel watches in the Rolex line up these are almost never on display at Rolex agents. There has been a waiting list for this model pretty much since it was introduced in 2007. Most Rolex retailers have them sold long before they’re even in stock. Their scarcity has brand new ones popping up for sale with grey dealers in the United States for $10,000.00. Importing one of these to Canada will cost you 5% import duty plus any additional federal and provincial taxes. By the way, Federal and Provincial tax is calculated on top of  the 5% import duty so you’ll be paying tax on the tax unless you smuggle one across the border. As our Canadian dollar continues to flounder I wouldn’t be surprised if Rolex Canada raises the prices of all their watches in Canada. We’ve been speculating a price increase for a few years and it still hasn’t happened. For retaining value it’s always best to keep your Rolex original and keep everything that came with the watch when first delivered. The one and only previous owner thankfully kept everything from the original delivery. Inner/outer box, warranty card, booklets, instructions, card holder, plastic hanging tags, foam box cover and even the white cardboard sleeve with corresponding model and serial number. The original packaging, documents and accessories are all in perfect condition. Overall watch condition is excellent. It was only occasionally worn by the previous watch collector owner. It shows virtually no signs of use aside from very light scuffs. There is no measurable wear in any of the bracelet links or movable parts. This watch is estate priced at $10,775.00 including a complimentary one year warranty from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. Stock #e12016.

SOLD


November 28, 2018

Explorer 214270 39mm 214270 $7,640.00 CAD. e11845

The tiniest detail can make thousands of dollars difference between two otherwise identical Rolex watches. A bit of red paint on the dial of a Submariner, some Art Decoesque chronograph registers on a vintage Daytona can make a huge difference in the price of the same model. The Explorer in its current larger 39mm form has only been around since 2010 and has remained unchanged until 2016. Rolex decided to add full luminous pigment to the inside of the 3,6 and 9 Arabic hour markers compared to the perfectly plain polished 18 karat white gold numbers. They also made the hour and minute hand slightly longer and a bit thicker. The old version perhaps looks a bit more sophisticated while the new version offers slightly better night visibility, not that the original was deficient. The market is placing a slight premium on the full glow look at the moment but I think this will eventually change in favor of the earlier dial. Rolex will likely never go back to the old version and that makes it just different enough to potentially be more valuable down the road. This will definitely be the case if Rolex soldiers on with the new style for the next decade or so. In either case the Explorer is a classic model that does nothing else but display the time in is most basic form. No calendar, no rotating dial, no chronograph, not an extra do-dad to be found. I suppose you could buy a Timex that looks the same and likely keeps better time but you’d be missing the point. An Explorer or any other Rolex is far more than an expensive tool to keep track of time. Some people get it and some don’t. If your reading this you’re one of those who appreciate the fine art of luxury mechanical timekeeping. No other brand does it as well as Rolex. Their reputation for no nonsense reliable watches that hold their value is unparalleled. This 214270 Explorer example comes with its complete packaging, instructions, Canadian authorized agents endorsed warranty card (February 2017) and chronometer hang tag. The condition is almost like new, case back sticker still in place and only a few scuffs on the bracelet show careful and responsible occasional use. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $7,640.00 CAD. Stock #e11845.

SOLD


November 26, 2018

1941 Oyster Lipton by Rolex 3373 $350.00 CAD. e11434

Project or parts? We’ll let you decide what to do with this old timer. As estate jewellery/watch enthusiasts we can’t stand seeing anything go to waste. With that in mind we’re offering this cute little Oyster Lipton boys size watch. The stainless steel case measures 28.7mm diameter. This watch dates from the early 1940s and has sat in a drawer for close to 50 years according to the previous owner. If you have an old Oyster similar to this one missing a critical part like a balance staff or proper crown this is your chance to buy a working model for very little cost. The robust 15 jewel calibre 59 is running pretty good considering it’s dirty and bone dry. The case back has been engraved (likely with the original owner’s name) and the dial/hands have obvious signs of previous moisture damage. We are selling the watch as running but without mechanical warranty. The value of just a couple components on the watch are more than our entire asking price. The case back and crown thread nicely into position. Estate priced at $350.00 CAD. Stock #e11434.

SOLD


November 24, 2018

Rolex Milgauss 116400GV $8,500.00 CAD. e11653

If you have the means Rolex make a watch for every man and every woman. Traditional Rolex watches are robustly made from the best components available and are considered the most reliable of any Swiss made watch. The basic styles are suitable for almost any activity you may subject them to. There are however a few watches within the Rolex model line that have been engineered for use during some very specialized tasks. These models are known within Rolex circles as the professionals. The Sea-Dweller comes to mind as a purpose built professional diving tool that is water tight to depths of 12800 feet and comes with an automatic helium escape valve. Our featured professional Rolex is this black dial Milgauss. This is perhaps an even more specialized piece of equipment. The original Milgauss was introduced in 1956 as an answer to problems encountered when mechanical watches were exposed to strong magnetic fields. The introduction of the Milgauss allowed scientists to wear a watch while working in environments with extreme magnetic fields. Without magnetic protection performing your job in strong magnetic fields would render a regular watch useless or unreliable at best. Rolex have gone to extraordinary measures in order to protect the calibre 3131 from the affects of magnetism. A special inner shield contained within the oyster case is made from a proprietary Rolex blend of metals that keeps the movement running well within chronometer specification even under extreme magnetic field conditions. Our estate Milgauss was purchased in Toronto at an authorized Rolex agent January 2015. It has been well taken care by the one and only previous owner. There are some light shallow scratches on the case and bracelet that can easily be removed to make the watch look like new. Small scuffs and blemishes bother the jeweller in me because I know they can be completely removed making the watch look perfect. The watch collector in me says leave the patina alone because collectors prefer originality above all else. We can remove small scratches over and over but it can only be original once. We’ll leave this dilemma to the next owner. The black dial, orange lightning bolt second hand and tinted green sapphire crystal make this an unmistakable model to say the least. A complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty along with full refinishing are included with purchase. Original packaging, instructions, endorsed warranty card and chronometer hang tag are all in perfect condition. Estate priced at $8,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11653.

SOLD


November 23, 2018

Rolex Datejust 69173 $4,390.00 CAD. e10572

It seems we have two types of visitors to our website. The kind who ask us to focus more on jewellery items and stop posting sooooo many watches; then there are the watch people who immediately move on if there isn’t a cool new timepiece listed. Truth is no matter how often we post a fairly common watch like this we keep getting requests for more from this vocal and passionate group. Well, we’re sticking to the schedule and teasing the watch community about once or twice a week with something nice. For the jewellery and diamond folks the majority of our listings are for you, so please bear with us while we briefly showcase this Rolex Datejust 69173.You’ve seen it here before and you’ll see it again, the two tone Datejust with champagne dial and jubilee bracelet. Of all the potential dial, bezel, bracelet combinations this version shows up more often than any. As often as we see it, it never gets old. It may never be the choice for the uber fashionista but sooner or later you’ll grow to admire the timeless mature look. This ladies 26mm example dates from 1991 but looks like it was just made yesterday. Excellent overall condition showing hardly any wear. The synthetic sapphire crystal is completely scratch free and the bracelet shows very little sag especially considering the open centre link construction of this model. The bracelet sag test is the easiest way to gauge the overall amount of use and wear a Rolex has experienced. You’d never believe this watch is over 25 years old. Running great and keeping excellent time the watch comes with a 1 year warranty. We performed (July 2017) a full mechanical overhaul to the movement including gasket kit, vacuum testing, regulating and case/bracelet refinishing. Also included with purchase is a Rolex inner/outer box also in like new condition. Estate priced at $4,390.00 CAD. Stock #e10572.

SOLD

 

 


November 21, 2018

Brand new Rolex set 179173 & 116233 $19,020.00 CAD (for both). e11697 e11698

e8625 e8626.2 Rolex Datejust 179173 116233Brand new, never used, perfect condition hers and his Rolex Datejust watches. They were given as presentation gifts but never worn. Both watches date from 2009 according the “V” serial numbers. They have been sitting in their original presentation boxes for 9 years along with the instruction booklets, endorsed warranty cards from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent, warranty booklets and after sales service booklets. Even the cardboard paper sleeves are included. Ladies model 179173 has recently been retired but the same model in a 2mm larger version has a Canadian retail price of $10,450.00 and gents model 116233 retails for $12,850.00. Those prices are a relative bargain because the weak Canadian dollar; in The United States these watches have a retail price of $8,700.00 & $10,900.00, that’s around $25,675.00 CAD in currency adjusted terms. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is matching the expired factory warranty of two full years on both watches. One of the most recognizable Rolex design combinations ever of champagne dial, fluted bezel with the jubilee bracelet. This combination is still in production today and also one of the most popular. Available separately, ladies $8,150.00 and gents $10,870.00. Stock #e11697 and e11698.e8625 e8626.1 Rolex 179173 116233

SOLD

 

 


November 19, 2018

Rolex Submariner 168000 rare “triple 000” $9,168.00 CAD. E11545

If you’re attracted to this watch because of the simple, purposeful classic look, you’ve got great taste. If you noticed it’s a “triple zero” Submariner you must be a Rolex collector and realize just how rare this one is. Or maybe you’re a Rolex collector and don’t know it yet. The Rolex 168000 is universally regarded as the rarest of all the modern Submariners. This is only our 2nd example that has ever been offered for sale. It’s a peculiar watch known as a transitional model. It exhibits features of the first calendar equipped Submariner 1680 plus characteristics of more recent examples. Sapphire crystals, glossy black dials with white gold hour marker plot frames are the most easily recognized updates compared to the original Submariner Date 1680. The 168000 is a Rolex anomaly; a bit of a factory Frankenstein. The 6 digit model designation was a Rolex first; it took 13 years before the second 6 digit model made an appearance. A watch that Rolex itself really doesn’t recognize in any official literature (at least that I can source). What makes the 168000 so rare? It’s the first Rolex to be made from 904L grade stainless steel yet still used the old 3035 movement from the 16800. Previous Submariners used the more pedestrian 316l stainless steel. It seems to me that Rolex didn’t quite have their timing (pun intended) quite right in terms of movement/case production. The new updated 904L grade steel case was ready to go for the yet to be released Submariner 16610 that debuted in 1988. Either the new 3135 movement wasn’t ready or they had lots of the older calibre 3035 leftover. I suspect the latter. As a result the 168000 was created to distinguish the old movement/new case watches. Rolex simply added that special extra 0 between the lugs so they could internally keep track of what was what. You’ll also notice that extra zero isn’t even centered making it seem even more like an afterthought. It didn’t take very long to consume the supply of old movements. Most sources speculate that they were used up within 6 months to 1 year. All the examples I’ve seen are “R” serial numbers dating them to 1987. A one year model run is very small for Rolex; the later 16610 model existed for over 20 years. Overall finish and wear looks appropriate for a 31 year old watch. The bracelet is in remarkable condition considering it is over 30 years old according to its MA date code (1988) on the buckle. It exhibits almost no stretch and practically no sag. Sleuthing out the cryptic world of vintage Rolex watches is almost as fun as finding that elusive vintage piece. Keep in mind that Rolex is a very secretive company that has made many millions of watches over the years. The vast numbers of examples in the world make it by far the most collected brand. Rolex doesn’t endorse any independent website opinions including ours, so do your homework. Have some fun learning about the most famous watch brand in the world. Whether you consider that little extra number significant or not, this watch has a great story and it’s a very rare bit of Rolex history. At some point in time the watch must have gone into Rolex for some service. The original tritium dial has been replaced with a luminova service replacement dial. The synthetic sapphire is in suspiciously perfect condition leading us to speculate it has been replaced. Some strong magnification reveals a laser etched Rolex logo just below the 6:00 o’clock hour marker confirming recent factory replacement. At this point it’s safe to assume the hands and bezel insert are factory service replacement items too as their colour and luminous characteristics all perfectly match. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this watch is estate priced at $9,168.00 CAD. Stock #e11545.

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November 13, 2018

Vintage Rolex Datejust 36 1601 $4,500.00 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. 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 February 1969 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. The old style rolled link bracelet results in a very slim profile that’s super comfortable and easy to wear. 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 $9,100.00 CAD. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty this vintage estate Rolex is priced less than half at $4,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11650.

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November 8, 2018

Tudor Hydronaut II 20030 $2,525.00 CAD. e11707

Legendary Rolex build quality and reputation without the premium price. This has been the Tudor philosophy since the Rolex spin off company was introduced by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf. For many years the 2 companies even shared the same cases and bracelets differing mostly internally. Rolex usually used in house designed mechanisms while little brother Tudor used high quality 3rd party movements from ETA, Lemania, Valjoux etc. The Hydronaut II was the forerunner to the wildly successful current Heritage Black Bay diver models. Hydronauts rarely turn up in Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers estate department, I think this is only the 2nd time we’ve ever had one. The white dial is very refreshing as diver watches are almost always seen in black. All the features are here for a durable do it all watch. Water resistant to 200 meters, one way ratcheting timer bezel, threaded crown/case back, synthetic sapphire crystal, solid stainless steel construction, screwed together bracelet links with solid end links and an secure flip lock buckle. Easy to read under any situation with thick black framed luminous hands and markers. Our example is in like new condition inside and out having recently been treated to a full overhaul in the fall of 2017. It comes with the receipt of service, original box, instructions, warranty card from an Ontario authorized agent, plastic hang tag and wallet. I can’t help but think this watch is undervalued at this point given its rarity. Rolex has been spending lots of money over the last decade or so promoting the brand like never before. These older Tudor dive watches have been largely overlooked since the introduction of the Heritage Black Bay series. This is a ton of watch for the money. Including a one year Bill LeBoeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $2,525.00 CAD. Stock #e11707.

SOLD

 


November 3, 2018

Datejust 36 116200 never worn $7,140.00 CAD. e11822

This just might be the “universal watch”. What I mean by that is, it could be the perfect watch for any/all occasions. Part of this includes the fact that yes it’s a Rolex too. Being a Rolex means it’s more than just a basic machine to tell you the time. It’s a tradition of excellence and achievement going back well over 100 years. World explorers, heads of state, international celebrities, captains of industry to professionals of all walks of life; wearing a Rolex watch is as much a lifestyle statement as it is the best tool to get the job done. A black dial 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 the mid 1980s 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. This watch was purchased in Ontario in late January 2018 but never worn, not even once. There is still lots of protective plastic stickers on the case and bracelet that have never been removed. The watch is 100% perfect, it comes complete with inner/outer boxes, instructions, dated/endorsed warranty, plastic chronometer hang tag and even the transparent plastic bezel guard are included. Rolex watches don’t go on sale and finding a never worn all steel example with a small discount is a rare opportunity. This watch has a suggested retail price of $6,600.00 USD and $7,600.00 CAD. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will honor the full 5 year factory warranty balance in place until January 2023. Estate priced at $7,140.00 CAD. Stock #e11822.

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November 2, 2018

Rolex Day-Date 18238 on president bracelet $21,280.00 CAD. e8979

The Rolex Day-Date; there isn’t another model within the line that sums up the Rolex experience. The ultimate expression of simple luxury and function. This is the top of the line. There is no such thing as an entry level stainless steel Day-Date or even one made from 18 karat and steel. The Day-Date is only available in 18 karat gold or platinum. The basic look hasn’t changed since its introduction over 60 years ago. Easy to read stick hands treated to just a touch of luminous material. The day the week is discreetly displayed in a gentle arch shaped cut out window at 12:00 o’clock with a 2.5 times magnified day of the month aperture at 3:00 o’clock. By far the most common dial of champagne with basic stick indexes is absent on this example. Instead a simple and beautiful glossy ivory dial with large Roman numeral hour markers help display the time in an effective yet elegant manner. This combination is a personal favorite that never goes out of style.Rolex Day-Date 18238 e8979A better example of a close to 30 year old Rolex Day-Date would be difficult to find. Some evidence of careful, cautious use can be found on the president style bracelet and case in the form of small scratches and scuffs. The few tiny chips along the sharp synthetic sapphire crystal edge can be felt with a finger nail but are only visible under extremely close inspection. It’s exciting to see that the original factory finish is still intact. The bracelet and case edges are very sharp, still showing excellent definition between the polished and brushed sections. The president bracelet with 25 links can accommodate a wrist size of up to 8 1/4 inches and shows no stretch or sag of a measurable amount. As often the case with these watches the fluted bezel becomes less defined with a few polish sessions over the years. I’m happy to report the bezel on this model 18238 looks great, still sharp and angular. Finally the coronet on the buckle is perfect, still exhibiting sharp detail most times disappears even after a few careful polishes.e8979 Rolex 18238 buckle crown Tiny details like this mark the difference between a well worn example and the truly exceptional. At 36mm diameter it’s the classic Day-Date size, easily able to be worn by any man or the lady who likes a larger than average watch. Weighing 144.5 grams it’s no lightweight but the weight is distributed throughout the case and bracelet resulting in a watch that you’ll enjoy wearing at every opportunity. Comes complete with a beautiful Rolex wooden presentation box, booklet, wallet plus a one year complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty and July 2018 insurance appraisal. This model has a current replacement value of $36,050.00 CAD. Our estate example is priced at $21,280.00 Canadian. Stock #e8979.Rolex e8979 Day-Date 18238 box

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November 1, 2018

Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 116264 $8,300.00 CAD (tax included!) e11518

e10240-rolex-turn-o-graph-116264-001I’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 much of a seller since the 1953 introduction. There are a few people 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 50 years from time to time until it was recently retired a few years back. It’s been available then retired only to be reintroduced again. Although certainly not the most profitable watch from Rolex it is notable for a number of reasons. It was the first watch to introduce the idea of the rotating bezel, 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. Our example is in its original condition, showing only the slightest wear, with just the most insignificant minor scuffs on the polished sections. It retains the original finish with crisp sharp edges on the bracelet and case. The two way solid 18 karat white gold timer bezel is crisp, sharp and easy to turn. It’s a one owner watch that has never been polished or refinished in any way. According to the “D” serial number the watch dates from 2005, making it one of the last of the thick lug Turn-O-Graphs. The large red sweep second hand with red date display and sporty oyster bracelet make this the gentleman’s sport watch without the bulk of a Submariner, GMT, Yacht-Master etc.e10240-rolex-turn-o-graph-116264-002 The watch may date from 2005 but the original invoice and warranty card place the date of purchase from September 2012. It was owned by a mature watch enthusiast and shared only occasional careful use with several other luxury watches. As such it looks practically new, complete with the factory holographic green sticker on the case back.e10240-rolex-turn-o-graph-116264-003 Comes with inner/outer boxes, endorsed Canadian warranty card, calendar, wallet, original bill of sale and various other documents.e10240-rolex-turn-o-graph-116264-004 I wouldn’t be surprised if Rolex once again re-introduces a Turn-O-Graph in the future. For such a versatile and functional watch, it’s a shame more people haven’t discovered it. Estate priced at $8,300.00 CAD tax included. Stock #e11518.e10240-rolex-turn-o-graph-116264-005

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October 31, 2018

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 79230N $3,600.00 CAD. e11782

Box, papers and bill of sale. If ever there was a phrase that watch collectors love to hear, that would be it. Never polished and all original may be a close 2nd. One owner, locally purchased and still under factory warranty round out the desirable characteristics that this watch can boast about. Over the past few years Tudor have been re-establishing themselves with the introduction of the successful designs from past decades. The Heritage Black Bay is one of their most popular. The vintage look was inspired by the Tudor Submariner from the 1950s. A flat black dial, gold printing and the “snow flake” hour/second hand are familiar details to those who remember the original watches. This a serious diver watch with sporting features like synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands/markers, locking buckle and water tight to 200 meters. The in house MT5602 manufactured 25 jewel automatic Swiss made movement is keeping excellent time. This proprietary mechanism comes standard with an extended 70 hour power reserve. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year extended warranty when the factory warranty expires in February of 2019. Inner/outer boxes, instructions, extra heavy black nylon strap that has never been worn are included with purchase. Model 79230N has a suggested retail price of $3425.00 USD. Thanks to our weak Canadian dollar it’s a little less expensive here dollar adjusted. Our like new model is estate priced at $3,600.00 CAD. Stock #e11782.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual custom diamond bezel & dial 67193 $5,700.00 CAD. e11527

If there was an 11th commandment it might read something like this; “thou shalt not modify”; from classic cars, antique furniture to collector coins. Once you start to customize to an individual taste, refinish or even clean and polish, be prepared to keep it forever or to sell it for a significant discount compared to an original example. Buying a Rolex with factory installed diamonds on the dial and bezel adds $12,200.00 to the current cost of a 28mm Datejust model. You can get a custom jeweller to do it for a fraction of that. Rolex diamonds and installation are pretty much perfect and they’re not shy about charging a premium for the privilege of buying their diamonds. The aftermarket can be fraught with perils of poor quality/workmanship and even gold plated bezels pretending to be 18 karat. The custom diamond bezel and dial combination on this watch is a little different. The original owner had Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers perform the modification using products from Time Delay Texas. The quality of their diamonds, while not quite the Rolex standard VVS-DEF, are a very nice SI1-GH. High quality diamonds and excellent workmanship makes it very difficult to distinguish them from the factory originals. For a Time Delay full bezel/dial diamond treatment the cost is only around $2,500.00 including installation. With such a difference in price it’s easy to make a case for high quality custom dials and bezels. The original 18 karat fluted bezel comes with purchase watch should you ever decide to make it look more original. The rest of the watch is pretty standard stuff. Classic jubilee 18 karat and steel bracelet correctly date coded matching the S serial number watch from 1993. At 25mm case diameter the watch is perfect for the slender wrist. The watch was just vacuum tested with excellent results for water resistance. The only reason the watch was traded in to us was because the mature original owner was beginning to have difficulty reading the champagne dial. She traded for a similar Rolex but one with a larger 36mm case size. The full length bracelet is showing the expected amount of stretch for a 25 year old Rolex, but there is easily at least another 1/4 century of use left. This watch would make a great gift for someone looking for the classic fully dressed Rolex without having to spend waaaaaay north of 5 figures to do it. Original inner/outer box, green plastic serial number hang tag, wallet and bezel come with the watch. As with all of our estate watches a one year peace of mind Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included for no charge. It’s a lot of sparkle for the estate price of just $5,700.00 CAD. Stock #e11527.

SOLD


October 29, 2018

Rolex Explorer 214270 full lume $7,990.00 CAD. e11790.

Another classic Rolex that debuted in the 1950s. The Rolex Explorer got its name after Sir Edmund Hillary wore one on his quest to be the first person to successfully climb to the top of Mount Everest. Ever since it has been a top choice for adventurous people who want the ultimate in absolute functional time keeping. Crafted in Switzerland by Rolex using very expensive 904L stainless steel containing molybdenum. This exotic element makes the Explorer extra resistant to corrosive salt water and other types of chemical exposure. Rolex say the “Chromalight” treatment on the hands and hour markers glow brightly twice as long as standard luminous materials. The Arabic 3, 6 and 9 add to the clear clean functional nature of this watch. In the last few years Rolex upgraded the dial treatment to include adding luminous material to the Arabic numbers where previously they were just polished 18 karat white gold. In the daylight they look almost identical but when the light goes out it’s a completely different watch. The full glow dial models are in much greater demand and show up far less often for resale. This is the first full glow version to show up in our estate department. Purchased new in Canada  May 2017 from an authorized Ontario Rolex agent. It was previously owned by a collector who recently moved on to something different. Worn with pride for only about 18 months the watch shows the usual scuffs and scratches associated with daily use. It has never been refinished or polished in any way, retaining its crisp sharp edges on all surfaces. We can refinish it to like in new condition if the new owner desires. At 39mm diameter the Explorer is not one of those jumbo watches you can’t fit under a shirt cuff. It’s a comfortable size that looks a little bigger than 39mm due to the large uncluttered dial. Screw down crown and case back keep this watch watertight to a depth of 300 feet. The factory warranty expires in the spring of 2022. Rolex has a suggested retail price of $6,550.00 US dollars for the Explorer 214270 but they’re almost impossible to find at authorized agents. As with most popular Rolex models there are long waiting lists in Canada to get one. Including inner/outer boxes, cardboard sleeve, warranty card, instructions, hang tags and even the original bill of sale  etc. the watch is estate priced at $7,990.00 CAD. Stock #e11790.

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October 21, 2018

Rolex Explorer II 16570 40mm $7,300.00 CAD. e11731

Rolex Explorer IIs are only available in stainless steel with a white or black dial. That’s it, no options, no diamonds, no gold or two tone cases not even an alternate jubilee bracelet choice. If you want a classic sport Rolex this may be the model for you. Measuring 40mm diameter makes for a comfortable size that can be worn by anyone. Not too big and not to small. They have become just a little more collectible over the last few years since they were replaced with the new 42mm version. The classic black tritium dial is all business and original to the watch that dates from 1995. Very good condition showing the typical signs of use in the form of scuffs and scratches. The case appears to never have been polished or refinished. All four lugs are nice and thick still showing the factory applied light bevel. The Oyster bracelet is a link or two short and has been lightly polished but still displays the factory details in nice relief. Extra links can always be ordered from Rolex if required. The 2nd hour hand (red with an arrow shaped tip) circles the dial only once every day. This hand indicates your “home” time zone in a 24 hour format on the indexed bezel. The regular hour hand can be rapidly adjusted to any local time zone you may be in without affecting the minutes or seconds or your home time. This second time zone display is a handy feature for the world traveler or pilot. Included with purchase is a period correct Rolex box thought to be the original. Included with purchase is a no charge Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $7,300.00 CAD. Stock #e11731.

SOLD


October 15, 2018

Rolex Milgauss 116400 $7,885.00 CAD. e11305

If you have the means Rolex make a watch for every man and every woman. Traditional Rolex watches are robustly made from the best components available and are considered the most reliable of any Swiss made watch. The basic styles are suitable for almost any activity you may subject them to. There are however a few watches within the Rolex model line that have been engineered for use during some very specialized tasks. These models are known within Rolex circles as the professionals. The Sea-Dweller comes to mind as a purpose built professional diving tool that is water tight to depths of 12800 feet and comes with an automatic helium escape valve. Our featured professional Rolex is the Milgauss. The Milgauss is perhaps an even more specialized piece of equipment. The original model was introduced in 1956 as an answer to problems encountered when mechanical watches were exposed to strong magnetic fields. The introduction of the Milgauss allowed scientists to wear a watch while working in strong magnetic fields. Without magnetic protection performing your job in extremely strong magnetic fields would render a regular watch useless or unreliable at best. Rolex have gone to extraordinary measures in order to protect the calibre 3131 from the affects of magnetism. A special inner shield contained within the 40mm oyster case is made from a proprietary Rolex blend of metals that keeps the movement running well within chronometer specification even under extreme magnetic field conditions. Our example is a very early issue from 2007, purchased in Canada at an authorized Rolex in January 2008. It has been well taken care of during the last decade and looks like new. Only a few light scratches can be seen on the case, bracelet and case back. The flat black (actually charcoal colour) dial with contrasting orange highlights makes a very striking presentation and that orange lightning bolt second hand has got to be the coolest detail ever. A complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty comes included along with all the inner/outer boxes, instructions and warranty card. Estate priced at $7,885.00 CAD. Stock #e11305.

SOLD

 


October 11, 2018

Rolex Datejust 31 178273 $9,950.00 CAD. e8719

Hard to find 31mm Rolex Datejust. The larger sized ladies Oyster case is something many of our clients are looking for but seldom do we have one to offer. They don’t come in very often so if you like the traditional Roman numeral on glossy white dial with jubilee bracelet don’t wait around. This dial/bezel/bracelet combination is tasteful and timeless. No luminous markers anywhere, just highly polished 18 karat yellow gold Roman numerals and the traditional straight stick Rolex hands. The hands offer amazing legibility and contrast due to a sharp crease running their entire length along with a highly reflective perfect polish. Fitted with the optional and slightly more expensive Jubilee bracelet that suits the formal look a little better than the sportier and more masculine Oyster bracelet. Comes complete with the original box and paperwork from downtown Toronto Rolex authorized agent Royal De Versailles. The endorsed warranty card is dated September 2012. Even the original red plastic chronometer hang tag and green product code/serial number tag are included. The watch is in excellent original condition having never been polished or refinished in any way. A full compliment of adjustable links are supplied allowing total available length of just over 7.25 inches. When new model 178273 carried a suggested retail price of $9,700.00 USD. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year in house warranty estate priced at $9,950.00 CAD. Stock #e8719.

SOLD


October 10, 2018

Vintage Datejust 1601 fantastic original blue dial $6,000.00 CAD. e11479

What’s your favorite colour? If you said blue you’re in the vast majority. Most surveys determine that of the basic spectral colours, red, orange, yellow, green, blue etc. blue is cited as the favorite colour of close to 50% of people. From our experience we’d agree, blue dial watches are often asked for yet seldom turn up in our estate display cases. When most people buy a high end luxury watch they typically play it safe and buy a silver, black, champagne or white dial. When you see this awesome vintage blue dial Datejust it’s hard to understand why more people didn’t opt for this colour back in the 1970s. Maybe it’s age and the subtle patina that only happens over decades, but I’m absolutely digging the very slightly purple hue of this dial. The typically perfect gold text doesn’t disappoint on this 45 year old example. The gold lettering is flawless and the tritium luminous hour plots appear original and fully intact with matching hands. The ubiquitous 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel Jubilee bracelet is in the expected condition for a watch of this age showing stretch and sag but with many decades of life left. The buckle is date coded to the mid 1970s and also appears original, snapping securely shut with a reassuring click. When ultra thin rectangular quartz watches were so popular in the 80s and 90s Rolex continued to thumb their nose at the trend and just keep on producing their same thick automatic Datejust. Today we see giant 45mm and bigger size watches yet Rolex still sells the 36mm Datejust as one of their most popular models. Rolex does offer a larger Datejust available with a 41mm diameter but the original still looks the most balanced in my eyes. Working great and keeping excellent time, this watch is ready to take on the next 40 years of the ever changing world of fashionable trendy brands. If you don’t want your watch to become dated, a classic Datejust is a safe way to go. They are always welcome back for trade; especially one with an amazing and less common blue dial. The watch is working great and keeping good time. A complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty is included with purchase. Our warranty covers all aspects of mechanical failure except those resulting from abuse or damage caused by moisture. Estate priced at $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11479.

SOLD


October 9, 2018

Rolex PearlMaster 29mm 69318 $17,285.00 CAD. e11224

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 close to 110 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 plus wear and tear. At 23 years of age it appears to be working, showing next to no stretch or sag in the heavy gold bracelet.Only available in solid 18 karat white, yellow or rose gold the Pearlmaster is the pinnacle of ladies Rolex. Current pricing for Pearlmaster is over $40,000.00 CAD for the 34mm versions. The gold that’s used in all Rolex watches is a proprietary alloy manufactured in house. We are very happy to showcase our first ever Pearlmaster to come through our estate department. It’s an early example dating from 1995. It features an upgraded and very rare navy blue vignette dial with diamond hour markers. This dial is seldom seen, it’s so unusual it is likely the only one currently for sale anywhere. The watch was treated to a full Rolex factory service through authorized agents Knar Jewellery, Oakville Ontario in the spring of 2016. The service included a complete technical revision, new crystal, crown, waterproof tube, gaskets and refinishing. This recent service cost the previous owner $1479.17 (receipt and Rolex invoice included). Lightly used since servicing, the watch is showing some minor scratches and scuffs associated with careful use. Being completely constructed from premium 18 karat gold we can easily restore the high polished finish before delivery if you wish. The plastic service sticker remains in place on the threaded case back. 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. Comes complete with inner/outer box, chronometer tag, card wallet, various documents/warranty card and receipts plus an extra 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $17,285.00 CAD. Stock #e11224.

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Rolex Submariner tropical dial 16803 (1 owner) $16,803.00 CAD. e11555

Not exactly a 5 star rarity, but certainly uncommon to say the least. This is only the 3rd transition model Submariner that we remember and this one is by far the most desirable. Externally it looks exactly like the very common 20 year model run 16613 but its equipped with the older calibre 3035 movement from the previous generation plastic crystal 200 meter Submariners. The transition model 16803 was only made for 3 or 4 years making them far less common and ultimately more collectible. The 8.4 million serial number places a production date on this example to 1984 making it an early transition model. 16803 Submariners were the first to be made from 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel. They were also the first to feature a synthetic sapphire crystal compared to the previous plastic. For a 34 year old watch this one looks fantastic, showing very little wear. I really love these old anodized aluminum bezel Subs but the tropical dial is what makes this specific example so interesting. The navy blue hue is a colour I’ve never seen on any Submariner before. The original royal blue colour dial has somehow shifted to this less saturated more grayed out navy. Colour shifting dials are an anomaly that isn’t fully understood but it definitely occurs with some vintage Rolex. Black dials can turn a chocolate brown colour, royal blue can shift more to the violet end of  the spectrum. The violet Submariners are fairly common but this navy colour is a first for us and I love it. There are even sections of the dial where some gold is beginning to appear. This is a rare one owner example complete with the original bill of sale from Hong Kong (January 1985). It was carefully worn by the 1 mature owner for 20 years until requiring service in the spring of 2005. Local area Rolex authorized agents D.C. Taylor in Collingwood sent it to Rolex Canada for routine maintenance. The automatic movement was fully cleaned, lubricated, regulated and the case was lightly refinished and polished to look new. After its first and only service the watch was put away in the box and left for the next 13 years until it was traded in to Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. I’m temped to keep this one for myself as it could easily be the first and last transition tropical blue we ever see. The original dial is showing some tan patina on the luminous tritium hour markers and hands appropriate given the age. Perfect raised gold text on that beautiful blue dial is worth a closeup picture. The stainless steel/18 karat yellow gold case still shows excellent detail with thick lugs and perfect sharp beveled edges. The factory bezel and insert still display the correct finish and details that are often overlooked.The 93153/493 bracelet is original to the watch as the date coded buckle places production to mid 1984. There is very little stretch or sag especially considering the age. Even the frog toes Rolex logo on the buckle shows little evidence of flattening.The old 27 jewel 3035 is running great easily conforming to the certified chronometer dial designation for accuracy. The watch will be delivered with a full one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. A traditional size 40mm Submariner is very comfortable for most men. It’s considered the Goldilocks size for a sport watch; not too big and not too small, it’s juuuuust right. Comes complete with original Hong Kong bill of sale, endorsed factory paperwork, service papers from Rolex Canada 2005, service box, polishing cloth and miscellaneous documents. Estate priced at $16,803.00 CAD. Stock #e11555.

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September 28, 2018

Ladies Rolex Oyster Date 79160 new old stock $5,190.00 CAD. e11492

Mint condition, like new, excellent shape, hardly used are phrases used to describe everything from a classic car to a previously enjoyed ping pong table. Sometimes the description is accurate but many times it’s slightly or completely exaggerated. In this case that description is completely appropriate except the hardly used part. This lady’s Rolex Oyster Date has never been worn. It’s new old stock dating back to 2004. The watch is as delivered the day it came out of the Geneva Switzerland factory 14 years ago. Not only is the green sticker still on the case back, the case edge stickers and buckle sticker protecting the bracelet link is still in place. It’s hard to believe that such a classic combination of white Roman dial with the sporty Oyster bracelet made it so long without being worn. It’s a casual look for the woman who isn’t interested in the largest size fashion watch that will quickly become yesterdays news. A glossy white dial always looks clean and fresh. Solid 18 karat white gold applied hour markers and hands are quite legible. The perfectly polished dial components are extremely reflective adding to the luxury look that made Rolex the world’s number 1 watch brand. The comfortable 26mm case size was the Rolex standard for many decades until recently being replaced with a 28mm size that is currently priced at $7250.00 CAD. Comes complete with its original Rolex inner and outer box also in perfect condition. Despite being new Rolex will not honor the factory warranty but you can be confident Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will. Not only will we match the 2 year factory warranty, we will perform the first overhaul for no charge at any point in the future. If you missed your chance getting Oyster Date 26 when available here’s your opportunity to get a perfect new old stock example. Estate priced at $5,190.00 CAD. Stock #e11492.

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September 27, 2018

Rolex Day-Date President 18038 $17,500.00 CAD. e11478

Anybody got an extra $36050.00 to spend on a watch? That’s what it’s going to take to buy a new Rolex Day-Date 36 today. A brand new model looks the same as this 1987 version. If you have a special watch on your bucket list, there is a good chance that watch is a Rolex Day-Date on President bracelet. Introduced in the mid 1950s the Rolex Day-Date look has remained virtually unchanged in appearance for almost over 60 years. Different bracelets styles have been added, along with technical improvements like sapphire crystals and quick set calendars etc. but the basic look is still the same. Our Day-Date 18038 is one of the most pure in design. Glossy black dial with 18 karat hash mark hour markers, fluted bezel, concealed clasp and of course the President bracelet are styling features the model is famous for. Originally worn almost exclusively by men the 36mm case size is now seen on the arms of many stylish ladies too. Rolex Day-Date watches have only ever been constructed from either 18 karat gold or platinum, there is no “entry level” Day-Date manufactured in stainless steel. The Day-Date has always been the Rolex flagship. This example is in excellent condition with virtually no stretch or sag in the bracelet. A good way to check for overall condition and wear in the links is to hold the watch case so the bracelet is horizontal and observe how much sag results. Drooping only a few degrees from horizontal is amazing for a watch more than 3 decades old. The conceal buckle hinge is super tight and the bracelet appears to still have its original spring bars. The watch has a gross weight of total of 138.8 grams including the 4 removable sizing links. A 31 year old Rolex like this may be one of the best values in the watch collecting world. It’s likely fully depreciated, the sapphire crystal and single quick set movement give the watch a modern look and feel. Something like this is always in demand from people who appreciate a fine watch and realize the value only an estate item can showcase. A complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty is included along with a Rolex service box. If you didn’t know it you’d think this watch was brand new. The crisp fluted bezel retains its sharp edges and the sapphire crystal has just 1 tiny chip on the edge that can be felt with your fingernail but is virtually invisible.  For a formal or dressy event there is no substitute for a Rolex Day-Date. The classy black dial while not the easiest to read in low light situations makes the ultimate in sophisticated understatement. If you’re close by to our 52 Dunlop Street West location in downtown Barrie, come in; see and feel what the ultimate statement in a luxury watch is. Estate priced at $17,500.00 CAD. Stock #e11478.

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September 21, 2018

Tudor Black Bay Steel 79730 with extra strap $3,575.00 CAD. e11474

Rolex’ sister company Tudor has been riding a wave of popularity not experienced since the brand was conceived as a lower priced option in 1946. Although the brand existed since the mid 20s it wasn’t until just after the 2nd World War that Rolex really began to promote it alongside its namesake brand. Obtaining a Rolex Submariner is a life long goal for many watch enthusiasts, but forking over $10,000.00 CAD for a new one can be a challenge. Tudor diver watches offer a more affordable alternative while offering much of the same features. The value is even greater today now that Tudor are showcasing in house developed movements for exclusive duty in their creations. The Black Bay Steel 79730 is one of the first models to feature the Tudor MT5612 chronometer rated movement. Its 3 day power reserve is close to double that of the old generic mechanism found in previous Tudor diver watches. A silicon hairspring and the same basic balance wheel that Rolex use is more stable when exposed to high levels magnetic fields. For a watch in the Tudor price point there is little competition that offer such features.   This Black Bay Steel 79730 was purchased new in Canada from an authorized agent October 2017 and comes with everything supplied originally. It even comes with the bill of sale. Tudor have gained such popularity lately they even have waiting lists for some of the new releases. Waiting lists are nothing new for popular Rolex models but never before on a Tudor. Other brands take note; the $3000.00 to $7000.00 price point has a new old player in town and they have vast resources at their disposal. I suspect Tudor is about to make the life of Omega, Tag-Heuer and Breitling just a little more challenging. Our Black Bay is in like new condition. It’s never been polished or refinished in any way. This most purposeful of designs has one of the most legible dials in the business with a flat black dial and contrasting luminous hands/dial markers. Included with the watch is a dark military green nylon Tudor Nato strap. From what I understand these straps are no longer included, if you want one they are available for purchase separately. Original warranty will be honored by Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers until October 2019. Estate priced at $3,575.00. CAD. Stock #e11474.

SOLD


September 12, 2018

Rolex 16610 Submariner with box/papers $9,700.00 CAD. e11737

There’s not much that hasn’t been said about the Rolex Submariner. There has never been a better blue chip collectible watch than the watch that has defined the way the world views a diver’s watch. It is the sport watch that all others are compared to. This particular example was delivered to the original Canadian customer by an authorized agent in Toronto August 2001. As luck would have it I have a 2001 Rolex brochure with a price list dated August 2001. 17 years ago this watch had a suggested retail price of $5930.00 CAD. Oh how the times have changed. Even a badly beat up and incomplete used Submariner sells for much more than $5930.00 today. The 16610 has become the latest Sub to earn collector status. It’s the last of the aluminum bezel, thin lug design that Rolex debuted over 50 years ago. This one is fully complete with the original box and paperwork along with various other accessories that often go missing. Condition is used but not abused. 17 years of use has manifested itself in the form of some flattening of the outboard bracelet links, softening of the factory applied brushed finish and a little sag in the oyster bracelet.  What I like about this one is the genuineness of the patina. It appears never to have been refinished or touched up anywhere. While not sharp and crisp, the lovely lug bevel is still visible on every edge to one degree or another. This small detail is the toughest things to duplicate when the case is polished and it’s so nice to see it on this one. The edge of the synthetic sapphire crystal is surprisingly chip free although there is a small scratch close to the right of the logo that is quite difficult to resolve. You can always get in line and order a brand new one for $9,750.00 but I think these original style Submariners will always be more collectible compared to the new reference 116610. Including a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this watch is estate priced at $9,700.00 CAD. Stock #e11737.

SOLD

 


September 4, 2018

Rolex Submariner 16610 $8,200.00 CAD. e11346

They’ve never been cheap and there’s not a much better watch at retaining value then a Rolex Submariner. If you’ve ever wanted one of these and missed the many opportunities over the years to buy one at a lower price, remember this saying; “in hindsight they really weren’t expensive after all”. Even the most garden variety Submariner has more than doubled in value over the last 20 years. Earlier models from the 60s that seemed expensive 20 years ago at $10,000 are worth 5 times that today. At $8,200.00 (Canadian) this Submariner offers excellent value given the current state of our weak currency. I have an old Rolex brochure from 1993 (the same year this watch was produced) from the United Kingdom. The little booklet is collectible in its own right but the interesting thing is the price list. It shows a recommended retail selling price of £1,780.00 (approximately $3,400.00 CAD at the time).  Today, the least expensive Submariner with a date display shows a retail price of $9,750.00 CAD, that’s a 280% price increase since 1993. However, adjusted for inflation based on the 1993 price a new Submariner should sell for just $5,500.00. Funny how Rolex have had price increases of close to double that of inflation. This is even more surprising since Canada is one of the least expensive markets for new Rolex in the world. Most are priced around 20% cheaper in Canada (currency adjusted). The trend is clear; there are far worse things you can do than buy yourself a nice Rolex Submariner. Our latest estate example is in excellent condition showing very little wear on the classic oyster link bracelet. Its synthetic sapphire crystal is perfect, not showing even the slightest scratch or scuff. The glossy black dial is a newer Rolex service replacement featuring super bright luminova glowing material applied to the hands and hour markers. For an earlier 16610 example this one is in excellent condition. Comes with a complimentary Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. Estate priced at $8,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11346.

SOLD


September 2, 2018

Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 $11470.00 CAD. e11523

When a garden variety Submariner just isn’t quite up to the task because it’s only watertight to 1000 feet, you need the Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600. While it looks almost identical to the basic Submariner Date, it’s actually quite different. First thing you notice is the absence of a date magnifier over the calendar. The synthetic crystal is much thicker than the standard Submariner, as is the stainless steel case, water resistance rating is an amazing 4000 feet. Located on the 9 o’clock case edge is a helium escape valve (a feature the ordinary Submariner lacks). If you’re living in a pressurized diving bell breathing a mixture of oxygen and helium, your watch will need this escape valve to bleed off accumulated helium gas while you decompress. This example was manufactured around 1999 according to the “A” serial number. Despite the high level of specification it appears almost as new old stock, complete and original. The bracelet may be missing an adjustment link but these are readily available should you need one. The watch shows almost no signs of wear. It’s about the most complete example we’ve ever seen. At close to 20 years of age it’s incredible that it has never been refinished or polished in any way. The frog toes embossed buckle logo is totally correct without the usual telltale signs of polish. Case edges are crisp and sharp, the heavy oyster bracelet is like new showing no stretch or sag. Everything that came delivered with the watch brand new is still here. Inner/outer boxes, pillow, all paperwork , brochures, wallet, calendar (1999-2000), red plastic chronometer seal, green plastic hand tag with serial number, Sea-Dweller anchor in plastic sleeve along with prior receipt of sale. Sea-Dwellers of this era were the most qualified of all Rolex watches and are considered the most professional of all the pro models. You can’t buy a Sea-Dweller with a fancy diamond dial or with shiny gold trim; they only come in all business 904l stainless steel with a jet black glossy dial. This most purposeful of any Rolex is working great with all functions operating as designed. Curiously, the watch came to us with a polishing cloth plus an after sales service pamphlet. We believe the watch has never been serviced or even opened up since it left Rolex’ Geneva factory. The previous owner received the pamphlet and cloth when he bought it from Harmony Jewellers in 2017. As we can’t confirm prior service history we will perform a complementary complete overhaul in addition to our one year warranty. Sea-Dwellers are far less common than Submariners. I’d estimate for every estate Sea-Dweller that comes in we see at least 20 Submariners. If you purchase this watch you’ll have a tough decision to make; do you keep it in the box in current condition as a pure investment or do you use it as it was intended, scratches wear and tear be damned. We’ll leave that choice up  to you. Estate priced at $11,470.00 CAD. Stock #e11523.

SOLD


August 30, 2018

Ladies Rolex Datejust 69174 with custom diamond dial $4697.00 CAD. e11568

I can’t believe this watch is over 30 years old. Its tone on tone colour scheme is currently one of the most popular combinations going. When this watch was new in 1987 most people opted for the ubiquitous 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel look with a champagne dial. While the two look is certainly considered a Rolex classic that still sells well today, the rhodium dial with diamond hour markers looks much more modern and youthful. The 26mm case size is perfect for the lady with a smaller wrist. The dressy style jubilee bracelet is in very good condition showing just a little bit of stretch. A solid 18 karat white gold fluted bezel not only twinkles as the watch is worn, it serves duty keeping the synthetic sapphire crystal tightly secured to the water resistant oyster case. At some point in the past the previous owner decided to add a little dial bling in the form of sparkling diamond hour markers. The custom dial is of excellent quality with a radial rhodium finish that only an expert could tell wasn’t delivered from the Rolex factory. We just completed a full overhaul to the automatic winding chronometer grade movement in August of 2018. It’s running great keeping excellent time. The watch was also vacuum tested while serviced to make sure the water resistant qualities have been preserved. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty our newest estate Rolex is estate priced at $4697.00 CAD. Stock #e11568.

SOLD


August 28, 2018

Tudor “Pepsi” GMT 79830RB (perfect & just 3 months old) $5500.00 CAD. e11678

The Tudor GMT is one of the hottest watches you normally can’t buy. Retail agents have a waiting list for this watch and usually don’t know when Tudor will grace them with a new shipment. We were fortunate enough to get this watch from the original owner who traded it in for something different. Tudor’s new GMT is truly an amazing watch offering remarkable value unlike any other dual time model. This is the first GMT offered by Tudor and it operates in much the same fashion as its Rolex GMT Master II cousin, with a jumping local hour time zone adjustment. The watch is Tudor’s first offering with the brand new calibre MT5652 movement. The Swiss made proprietary mechanism showcases a 27 jewel certified chronometer, automatic winding timepiece with a 70 hour power reserve. Features like these are unique at the Black Bay GMTs price. Nothing else in the market offers this type of exotic performance for this price point. Purchased new in Canada from an authorized agent in July of 2018. Looking like it was just pulled out the display case is shows no evidence of use. The previous owner carefully wore it only a couple of times. It still has a few delivery stickers in place on the buckle and case back.Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, instructions, endorsed warranty card (no name filled in), full compliment of sizing links, cardboard hang tag, and original bill of sale. Even the inner foam box liner is here. The watch is covered by the factory warranty until July 2020 and Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will extend the guarantee until July of 2021. Estate priced at $5500.00 CAD. Stock #e11678.

SOLD


August 25, 2018

Rolex GMT-Master 16750 full set & then some! $17,385.00 CAD. e11597

Rolex is an immense company with a powerful influence on the watch and jewellery industry. Much like a glacier that slowly changes the environment to conform to it, Rolex does what it likes whether or not it makes sense to anyone else. The power of the Rolex brand has defined how the world experiences time keeping in wristwatch form. Love them or love to hate them you have to admire them. In this world of atomic clocks and electronic timing with accuracy levels measured in millionths of a second, why would anyone be interested in a mechanical wrist watch only guaranteed accurate to about plus or minus a few seconds a day. Why; because it’s a Rolex. The GMT-Master is one of their most iconic models that was designed over 60 years ago but still looks and functions just as it did in 1954. Originally built as a professional tool for pilots travelling through multiple time zones. The GMT Master has an extra hour hand plus a rotating bezel indexed for 24 hours to display a second time zone. The popular “Pepsi” bezel goes a bit further showing the daylight hours in red and the night hours in blue. Our GMT Master 16750 is in excellent condition showing little signs of use, especially for a model 32 years old. A beautiful glossy black service dial is perfect showing no stains or scratches of any kind. It was replaced on the recommendation of Rolex when the watch was serviced for it’s first and only time February 2010. At the same time the hands were updated with luminova examples, a new bezel insert, waterproof tube, crown and crystal were all changed with factory replacements. The full service cost for the previous and only owner $1437.50 plus sales tax (receipt included). The iconic red/blue “Pepsi” bezel is in perfect condition showing no fade. In the summer of 2010 a brand new Jubilee style bracelet was ordered (date code May 2009) and installed at Rolex Canada for $710.00 plus tax (invoice included). While most people assume the GMT-Master only came on the more sporty Oyster bracelet, the dressier Jubilee style was an option until the late 1980s. It definitely gives the watch a unique look. After close to a 30 year absence Rolex is once again is offering a GMT-Master with a red/blue bezel on a Jubilee bracelet, the new GMT is 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 new “Pepsi” red/blue model 126710BLRO retails for $10,600.00 CAD but apparently the waiting list to buy one is over a year. You could always get the entirely 18 karat white gold version for $42,150.00 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. 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. This example comes as complete as you could possibly ask. When was the last time you saw a 1 owner GMT Master with paperwork/bill of sale (photo copied), inner/outer box, brochures, plastic wallet, red chronometer hang tag, period correct calendar, fitted box pillow and blanket from the 80s?   A few service parts are not original but it would be almost impossible to find a GMT in this condition with so many different documents all in the 1st and only owners name. The watch was lightly worn, always used with care in mind and the condition is testament to that treatment. The fine finish details are present, there is little to no sag in either bracelet and the case still displays a nice bevel on the lugs. Rolex sport models never seem inexpensive except in hindsight. Red/blue Pepsi GMTs do not come by very often. This very desirable watch is estate priced at $17,385.00 CAD. Stock #e11597.

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August 5, 2018

Rolex 116613LN Submariner full kit 1 owner $13,575.00 CAD. e11611

The latest version of the most famous sport watch of all time. Submariner model 116613 boasts some major improvements over the old 16613. That single extra digit in the style number gives you a ceramic bezel insert, thicker hands and hour markers that are far more luminous. The new model also receives a slightly larger case with wider more comfortable lugs. The center links are now solid 18 karat gold and the bracelet is completely new. A patented “glidelock” buckle allows rapid micro adjustment in length. There are few other watches that have a collector following like the Rolex Submariner. It is not that uncommon for a Submariner from the 1950s or 60s purchased new for a hundred dollars or so to sell for 30 thousand dollars today. This example was purchased brand new in Ontario from an authorized Rolex agent in December of 2010. It has been worn very cautiously and only occasionally by the original mature owner for the past 8 years and is in almost new condition. It retains its 100% original factory finish. It was only hand wiped with a soft cotton cloth and never refinished. Model 116613 has a retail price of $13,400.00 USD and $15,350.00 CAD. With our Canadian dollar falling right now I wouldn’t be surprised to see a price increase some time soon bringing the Canadian price in line with our American neighbors. The watch comes complete with everything delivered from the factory including inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instructions, all other paperwork. Even the plastic bezel guard, chronometer hang tag, serial/style number hang tag are here. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will supply a complimentary one year warranty covering all mechanical failures except those caused by misuse or damage caused by moisture. A brand new plastic wrapped extra link is ready to be installed if you have a larger than average wrist size. Estate priced at $13,575.00. If you’ve been looking for a great deal on a current Submariner this is it. Compare this complete example to what else is currently available and we’ll see you soon. Stock e11611.

SOLD


August 3, 2018

Rolex Submariner 16613 $12,000.00 CAD. e11140

It’s a modern classic and soon the collector community will agree. It may not have quite the history of the basic steel Submariner that goes back to the 1950s but it certainly draws the eye with that incredible albeit not so subtle bright blue on yellow theme. Model 16613 has been discontinued and replaced with the similar blue dial/bezel ceramic version making this now discontinued example just a little more desirable. Comes with original endorsed paperwork from an Aruba authorized agency March 1996. This watch is in very good overall condition. 23 years old displaying very little wear and tear; showing only the typical scuffs and scratches associated with careful and conscious use. When we had a look at the movement it was still running quite well even though it appeared never to have been serviced before. We completed a full technical revision including replacement of all gaskets and a vacuum/pressure test in January 2015. Running great, keeping excellent time, it’s ready to go for the next several decades (with the occasional service). The embossed Rolex coronet on the buckle looks crisp and sharp.  This is one of the better example 16613 Submariners we’ve had lately. Official Toronto Rolex agents Royal De Versailles had a look at this watch May 30 2015. Their appraisal is included suggesting the appropriate insurance coverage should be $17,350.00 (local taxes included). With Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $12,000.00. Stock #e11140.

SOLD

 

 

 


July 24, 2018

Rolex Explorer II 216579 G serial, never worn $10,500.00 CAD. e11575

It seems every pre-owned Rolex has some sort of story and this one is no different. It was ordered in the spring of 2011 when Rolex announced only the 2nd redesign of the Explorer II since the original was debuted in 1971. As with most new model introductions from the esteemed Geneva based company, an instant waiting list formed overnight for the new watch. The original owner immediately got his name in and patiently waited for the call. In mid December of 2011 he was informed his watch had arrived at the local Rolex agent. The story pretty much ends there. After he picked it up he parked it unused in the original plastic shipping container until he sold it to us more than 7 years later. Occasionally a never worn Rolex turns up around here but seldom do they come as complete as this. Model 216570 comes with the inner/outer boxes, warranty card, instructions, hanging tags as you’d expect. It also comes with the protective plastic shipping container, cardboard sleeve, original bill of sale from Mayors Jewellers in Florida for $7750.00 USD plus state tax and a Mayors insurance appraisal. Most of the plastic stickers protecting the polished and brushed stainless steel case/bracelet are also still intact covering the watch. The final interesting fact about this watch is the sequential G serial number. Shortly after Rolex produced this watch they started to use a random series of scrambled numbers and letters for production identification. This new policy of mixed up characters makes it impossible to tell exactly how old a Rolex is unless you have the original dated warranty card. Without matching paperwork only Rolex knows exactly how old your watch is and they’re not talking. Whether this fact is important to you or not it sets this Explorer II apart from all Rolex watches that have been produced since. In keeping with the new 5 year Rolex warranty Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the new owner a 5 year warranty. Our in house warranty covers all aspects of mechanical failure except if caused by misuse or damage due to moisture. If you decide to purchase this watch you’ll have a choice to make. Do you continue to mothball it as a never worn or used collectible or do you peel off the plastic stickers and wear it the way Rolex intended. Decisions decisions……. Estate price $10,500.00 CAD.

SOLD


July 18, 2018

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 79220R $3700.00 CAD. e11440

e9360 Tudor Black Bay 79220RSince Tudor updated the Heritage Black Bay with the in house developed mechanism and made a few subtle external changes these first generation reintroduction Black Bays have experienced increased demand. It seems that since they’ve been discontinued they are much more collectible. Rolex has been missing out on a lot of business in the mid range price segment for decades. They absolutely dominate in the premium segment but Tag Heuer, Omega, Breitling and many other companies compete in the $2000.00 – $7000.00 price range. Tudor has always been made by Rolex but lacked the recognition of the parent company. Over the past number of years Tudor have been re-establishing themselves with the introduction of successful designs from their past. The Heritage Black Bay is one of the most popular. The vintage look was inspired by the Tudor Submariner from the 1950s. A flat black dial, gold printing and the “snow flake” hour hand are familiar details to those who remember the original watches.e9360.1 Tudor Heritage Black Bay 79220R Our example was purchased in Canada form an authorized agent April of 2015 and worn cautiously for the past couple of years. The condition is very good. Just the lightest of polishing has made the watch look almost like new. Just a few light scratches can be seen on the buckle, case edges and lugs. It’s a serious watch with sporting features like synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands/markers, locking buckle and water tight to 200 meters. The automatic Swiss made movement within the oyster style 41mm case is keeping excellent time. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a complimentary one year warranty for the new owner. Inner/outer boxes, instructions, plastic hang tag and even an extra heavy duty nylon strap are included with purchase. Model 79220R had a suggested retail price of $3425.00 USD (when available). Our like new model is estate priced at $3700.00 CAD. If you’re a fan of the old school Tudor rose dial logo don’t wait too long as collectors are buying up these future classic Black Bays. Stock #e11440.

SOLD

 


July 16, 2018

Rolex Air-King 14000 $5000.00 CAD. e10903

Current collectible or future collectible? Without a doubt it’s both. The Rolex Air-King has been around in one form or another for over 70 years. This basic looking oyster case Rolex was first labeled Air-King as a tribute to Britain’s Royal Air Force who participated in the battle of Britain. RAF pilots of the time preferred using Rolex oysters over their standard issue lower quality watches. The robust design and relatively large case size made them the perfect pilot tool for quick time interpretation and navigation. If you visit your local Rolex agent to buy a modern 34mm oyster 114200 you’ll notice the dial no longer reads Air-King. The traditional size 34mm Oyster Perpetual “Air-King” era appears to be over. Our latest estate Rolex is in very good condition for a 23 year old watch. It looks as if it was only occasionally worn. The only evidence of use that can’t simple be polished away are 2 tiny impact marks on the synthetic sapphire crystal between the centre of the crystal and the 2 o:clock hour marker. Our example features the striking radial finish blue/Arabic dial making this example a little more unique. Most Air-King models have a silver, black or white dial with simple stick hour markers. Comes complete with inner/outer box, paperwork, booklets, wallet with calendar. Everything in perfect condition guarantee this to be a very desirable watch. It also comes with a Rolex factory service warranty card and brochure from March 2014. I love the blue dial, it’s so nice I almost want to keep it for myself. It reminds me of something my Dad used to say, “never fall in love with your inventory”. So with those wise words in mind we are offering this amazing example for $5000.00 CAD including a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Stock #e10903.

SOLD

 

 


July 15, 2018

Rolex Datejust 36 late tritium model 16233 $8400.00 CAD. e11274

We’ve spoken about it many times before but it never gets old. The Rolex Datejust could just be the universal watch. It’s got to be the longest continuously produced model in the industry. Introduced in 1945 at the same time Rolex was celebrating their 40th anniversary. The occasion also marked the debut of the aptly named jubilee bracelet. If the Datejust is the most popular Rolex ever produced, the two tone silver dial with jubilee bracelet and fluted bezel has got to be one of the most sophisticated of the countless versions available. Whether it’s an original from the 40s or one just purchased, they look has remained the same. It’s a mature design but is never gets old. Our latest example was produced in 1997. For a 21 year old watch the condition is excellent. Crisp edges on the fluted bezel are still sharp showing the watch hasn’t been overly polished. The bracelet shows well, it displays only little sag making it just that much more comfortable. A calendar display is a very common thing to see on modern watches but in 1945 Rolex was the only manufacturer with such a feature incorporating a quick changeover at midnight. The name Datejust may seem a bit awkward, but it makes perfect sense given some thought. Most watches slowly turn over the date display starting around 10:00 pm taking several hours to fully reveal the next date of the month. Rolex produced a quick turn mechanism advancing the date in an instant within a few minutes of exactly midnight. This simple process makes the date display absolutely true and “just”, hence unusual moniker. At 36mm diameter this watch was traditionally the domain of men but today many women find the size appropriate as an easy to read timepiece with just enough presence to make a statement. Rolex watches aren’t exactly cutting edge when it comes to designs but when they do something they do it perfectly. I never grow tired of looking at the subtle dial details on Rolex watches. This example is no different. Perfect text, perfectly polished and faceted 18 karat gold hands/markers. In the late 1990s Rolex changed the luminous pigment from slightly radioactive tritium to luminova. Vintage Rolex collectors love finding original tritium examples. They can be distinguished by a couple Ts on the bottom of the dial. Over time tritium plots can colour shift to a soft tan hue adding to the vintage look. On this dial the tritium plots are still fully intact and retain their original very slightly greenish white colour. Not exactly a rare dial but it’s a perfect example. Excellent overall condition, keeping great time with all functions working as designed. This one owner watch comes with everything from June 23 2000 when it was purchased new at a Toronto area authorized agent. The only thing it’s missing is the pillow and inner box liner. In 2000 this watch was purchased for $6521.74 plus tax. Current examples of this watch are still being made today with a price of $12,500.00 plus tax at your local Canadian Rolex agent. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this example is estate priced at $8400.00 CAD. Stock #e11274.

SOLD


July 10, 2018

Rolex Submariner 5513 circa 1968 $10,750.00 CAD. e11304

Vintage Rolex professional models are the most sought after of all estate watches with Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers customers. It’s always a treat when a plastic crystal sport model turns up and this one is no different. Here’s the good news. The watch was made in the 4th quarter of 1968 according to the stamp inside the case back, making it the perfect gift for  the watch guy in your life who’s turning 50 in 2018. 50 year old Submariners are extremely scarce. Most have been snapped up by collectors and are squirreled away never to be seen again. The original case displays typical signs of wear and tear associated with close to half a century of use. Scratches and scuffs can be found on the case/bracelet but the lugs are quite thick and still display a beveled edge although now rounded from decades of use. The legendary Rolex calibre 1520 powering the watch was just serviced by us (June 2018) and is working as good as new keeping excellent time. At the time of service a new rotor axle was replaced along with a full gasket kit. The vintage domed plastic crystal, that gives these vintage Subs their classic looks, was freshly polished to reveal the glossy black dial. A few of you sharp eyed Rolex enthusiasts may have already recognized this dial isn’t original to the watch. It was replaced a number of years ago when the watch was being serviced by Rolex. Perhaps the original suffered some moisture damage and became stained or discoloured. I suspect the hands were also changed at the time as they have luminous characteristics that the originals would never have displayed. An original tritium dial from the 1960s would have long since stopped glowing, but this superluminova example looks great in the dark. While we’re at it we might also add that the aluminum bezel is likely a service replacement along with the triplock crown. The oyster link bracelet while a genuine Rolex item doesn’t even belong on a Submariner. Bracelet number 78360 is usually found on a GMT Master. Outwardly similar looking, it lacks the divers extension and flip lock buckle. It fits the case perfectly and likely replaced the original vintage folded link design that is far less durable. The bracelet date codes it to 2006 which makes sense for the fresh looking dial. If you’re looking for a completely original, excellent condition 5513 Submariner you’ll have to keep looking (best of luck). You’ll also need to bring along around $20,000.00 more if you do find one. Prices have gone crazy for original vintage Submariners. This one offers the look and the feel without the expense. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this watch is estate priced at $10,750.00 CAD. Stock #e11304.

SOLD


July 9, 2018

Rolex Submariner 16610 full set $9890.00 CAD (tax included). e11561

Rolex has likely made millions of Submariners since the model was introduced in the late 1950s. The vast numbers produced hasn’t hurt the secondary market as values continue to climb for good used examples. Trying to find a brand new one at your local Rolex agent usually turns up empty. Most dealers have a waiting list for Submariners or a first come first serve policy. If you see a new one you better buy it because chances are it’ll be gone tomorrow. Since this model was replaced by the ceramic bezel insert 116610 the aluminum generation instantly became collectible. Complete and original are what the Rolex collector looks for and this one is both. Our latest Submariner Date comes with inner/outer box, instructions, booklets, plastic hanging tags, calendar, card holder, endorsed warranty papers etc. Even the protective delivery cardboard sleeve is here. Additionally, an appraisal from Humbertown Jewellers (July 2012) and the original purchase invoice from La Difference Time Centre (April 2005) accompany the watch. Overall condition is very good. The watch displays the expected evidence of careful use for a watch produced in 2005. Some sag is present in the classic brushed finish oyster bracelet. The no lug hole oyster case has been lightly refinished over the years along along with the solid end link bracelet but the watch still displays the characteristics of new. Even under magnification the glossy black dial and synthetic sapphire crystal are perfect. The 18 karat white gold luminous hands/hour markers perfectly match and offer excellent legibility night or day. According to the previous owner the watch was recently serviced. Keeping excellent time with all functions working as designed. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year wholesale warranty covering all aspects of mechanical failure. Our in house warranty does not cover damage caused by misuse or moisture. Estate priced at $9890.00 (ALL TAXES INCLUDED). Stock #e11561.

SOLD


Rolex Datejust 41 126334 (3 months old) CAD. e11530

It’s the less is more of the Rolex line up. You wouldn’t know it but this is one of Rolex’ newest watches. While it’s still a Datejust with roots going back to 1945 the new Datejust 41 is virtually all new but at the same time comfortably familiar looking. A new 41mm case design, the first of the big Datejust models available with a Jubilee bracelet and a completely new movement. The Datejust has never been the flashiest of Rolex models especially so when executed with a tone on tone colour scheme. From a technical point of view the Datejust 41 is one of Rolex’ most advanced models. Watch people appreciate tradition but we also covet the art of the mechanical movement. We love the workhorse old 3135 movement which was used for 30 years in the Datejust and even Submariner models, but as an enthusiast you can’t help but admire the new generation Rolex 32XX movements like the 3235. It’s not an evolution of the old 3135, it’s a reinvention as over 90% of the parts are new. The 3235 features a completely new escapement (the heart of a movement), a modified barrel design allowing for a longer mainspring extending the power reserve, a new winding module increases efficiency and is adjusted to tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in house” manufacture, they have reduced gear train friction by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they’ve even refined the aesthetic finishes on the movement. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with a more accurate, reliable timepiece with an extra long 70 hour power reserve. Even the service intervals have been extended to 10 years. The extrovert Submariner still uses the old 3135 movement developed 30 years ago, but they still seem to get all the attention while the new Datejust 41 quietly ticks away as the higher specification, more accurate movement. Our latest Datejust estate offering is only a few months old and was only worn a few times. It’s condition can only be described as perfect. There is no evidence of any use. It hasn’t been refinished or polished in even the slightest way. Just a wipe with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints for photographs was all that was needed preparing it for sale as a highlight in our estate department. Canadian delivered by Royal De Versailles Toronto June 2018. Comes complete with endorsed official warranty card valid until 2023. Inner/outer box, plastic chronometer seal tag, instruction booklet and even the cardboard box sleeve are included with purchase. Like other Rolex Oyster models this one comes with the regular features of synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, 904l stainless steel construction, cyclops date magnifier, locking deployment buckle with a clever do it yourself length adjustment for those days when a few millimeters extra room is needed. The 100 meter water resistant oyster case is completely high polished. A solid 18 karat white gold fluted dial and jubilee bracelet give it the popular large but dressy look. A radial finish silver dial is one of the easiest to read and the 41mm case size makes instant time interpretation a snap. Simple stick hands and markers have been treated to a generous amount of luminous material helping visibility in low and no light situations. The Canadian Rolex market has very little inventory available for larger sized steel watches and virtually nothing when it comes to sport models. In the USA this watch carries a retail price of $9450.00 USD, while in Canada it’s a relative bargain considering the price of $10,800.00 (assuming you can find one for sale) at your local authorized agent. Stock #e11530.

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Rolex Submariner 16610 $8825.00 CAD. e11345

For over 65 years the Rolex Submariner has been a watch respected and desired by watch collectors and aficionados alike. It’s the blue chip collectible for watch aficionados. Perhaps it’s due to the Submariner connection to Hollywood celebrities Sean Connery and Steve McQueen, maybe for its connection to music legends Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen. The Submariner was also the choice of undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. Possibly because it’s universally considered to be the greatest tool watch of all time. There are many other dive watches on the market but Rolex says it best; “from the top of the world, to the bottom of the sea, Rolex proves dependable”. The popularity of Rolex and specifically the Submariner has grown so greatly in the last few years an entire industry has evolved out of customizing them with unique leather and rubber straps, specially treated dials and even hand engraved cases. Our Rolex Submariner Date 16610 is pure Rolex, the F serial number dates our watch to 2004. A few years before this example was made Rolex began laser etching the synthetic sapphire crystal at the 6:00 o’clock position. This technically difficult process was thought to have been introduced as a way of identifying high end fakes that are getting better every day.  The 16610 Submariner was introduced in 1987 and stayed in continuous production for well over 20 years. Along the way Rolex in its typical thoughtful and  cautious approach slowly introduced improvements to the case, bracelet and movement. As a relatively late production example our latest estate Sub benefits from every upgrade. Many changes go unnoticed but some are easy to spot. No drill hole lugs, solid end link bracelet and solid link diver extension are easily spotted. The laser etched crystal and the much improved superluminova glowing dial/hand markers offer superior night time legibility. It’s running beautifully and will be delivered to its new owner with a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. The 16610 Rolex was the longest produced Submariner model. Despite the long production run with potentially millions made they don’t show up everyday and each time they’re a little more expensive. Since being replaced with the new ceramic bezel version 116610, these older models have gained instant collectible status. Great overall condition and keeping fantastic time, this watch is ready for many decades to rugged use. Estate priced at $8825.00. Stock #e11345.

SOLD

 


July 8, 2018

Rolex Submariner 116613LB (6 months old) $15,000.00 CAD. e11578

The latest version of the most famous sport watch of all time. Submariner model 116613 boasts some major improvements over the old 16613. That single extra digit in the style number gives you a ceramic bezel insert, thicker hands and 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 Oyster bracelet is completely new. Incorporated into the mechanical clasp is hidden the patented Rolex “glidelock”. This clever gadget allows super quick rapid micro adjustments in length. There are few other watches that have a collector following like the Rolex Submariner. It is not 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 Toronto in March of 2018. It has been worn cautiously by the previous owner for the past half year and is in excellent condition. Just a light polish to the heavy duty Oyster link bracelet was all it required to get ready for its new owner. Model 116613 has a retail price of $13,400.00 USD and a comparative bargain at $15,350.00 CAD. With the weak Canadian dollar I wouldn’t be surprised to see a price increase sometime soon bringing the Canadian price more in line with our American neighbors. The watch comes complete with inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instructions, all other paperwork plus the plastic chronometer hang tag. When the new ceramic Sub debuted in 2010 many people (including me) thought the new blue dial and bezel wasn’t nearly as attractive as the previous model. Maybe I’m just getting used to it, but I swear this 2018 looks more royal blue than the periwinkle smurf blue of the early ceramics. The 5 year warranty expires in March of 2023. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will coordinate any warranty issues within the balance of the original factory warranty. Estate priced at $15,000.00. Stock number e11578.

SOLD

 


July 3, 2018

Rolex GMT-Master II 116713LN $14,300.00 CAD. e11560

Purchased new from a Canadian authorized agent in April 2013 we proudly offer this excellent example of a Rolex GMT-Master II model 116713LN. 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 piece. The new GMT also benefits from the larger “maxi” dial markers and hands, it’s more luminous than previous models, has a bigger more water tight trip lock crown, heavier bracelet with quick micro adjustment and flip lock buckle. In short this is not your father’s GMT. It’s a quantum leap in build quality over the previous versions. With all the improvements also came a larger price. This model currently retails for the relative bargain price of $14,900.00 CAD. In the United States it is much more expensive (dollar adjusted) priced at $13,000.00 USD. As our Canadian dollar continues to flounder I wouldn’t be surprised if Rolex Canada raises the price in Canada although we’ve been speculating this for a few years and it still hasn’t happened. For retaining value it’s always best to keep your Rolex original and keep everything that came with the watch when first delivered. The one and only previous owner took this philosophy to the extreme. Not only did he keep the inner/outer box, warranty card, booklets, instructions, card holder, plastic hanging tags etc., he also keep the original bill of sale, outer protective cardboard sleeve plus every piece of protective plastic. The protective plastic tape bits are all neatly arranged on the back of the instruction booklet. Overall condition is excellent, showing signs of regular use in the form of small scuff and scratches on the steel and 18 karat gold. There is no measurable wear in any of the bracelet links or movable parts. We’ve decided to leave the watch in it’s original presentation as most collectors prefer original to refreshed. If you’d like the watch polished and refinished to like new condition we’d be happy to provide this service free of charge. This watch is estate priced at $14,300.00 including a complimentary one year warranty from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. Stock #e11560.

SOLD


June 22, 2018

Rolex Air-King 14010 $4500.00 CAD. e10902

Rolex watches just look right. Their traditional style never grows old. It could even 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 brand new in 1997. 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. A rich navy blue dial is very complimentary with the stainless steel case. It’s dressy, it’s sporty, it’s the Rolex 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 14010 is in excellent condition showing only the slightest amount of wear. The bracelet is tight and crisp showing almost no sag or stretch. The synthetic sapphire crystal is completely scratch and chip free. The blue radial finish dial and hands are absolutely perfect; tritium treated hands and hour markers no longer glow and are still perfectly white showing no discolouration or tanning patina associated with age. 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. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this classic Rolex is estate priced at $4500.00 CAD. Stock #e10902.

SOLD

 

 


June 20, 2018

Rolex Oyster 67180 $2420.00 CAD. e11296

e9780 Rolex Oyster 67189 jubilee 002Over sized watches are certainly very popular right now. Every major brand shows watches well over 40mm diameter in both men’s and ladies models. Close to 3 decades ago when this watch was new a 25mm case size like this one was considered a generous size for a ladies watch. At the time ultra thin and tiny watches featuring small electronic quartz technology was what almost everyone wanted. The Japanese brand Seiko was by far the most popular brand, even making advances into the luxury watch world with solid gold models costing thousands of dollars. Those watches have all come and gone while Rolex continues making their simple looking oyster models. Even today the entry Rolex looks just like this but the size is now 1mm larger at 26mm. The price has also changed, a basic Oyster Perpetual now retails at $5550.00 CAD and is only available with the less dressy Oyster bracelet. Our little Rolex 67180 has recently undergone a full technical revision including servicing of the proprietary automatic Swiss made movement, calibration, gasket kit, vacuum testing and case/bracelet refinishing. It should be good for the next decade when I’m sure it’ll still  be in style. The watch is in very good condition showing some stretch in the bracelet but not too much given its 1990 vintage. How this watch came to be on a Jubilee bracelet is a bit of a mystery as every reference that I see show it with the more basic Oyster style bracelet. Perhaps it was upgraded at the time of original purchase as the date code matches up really close the our estimated production date for the watch of 1990. The dial and hands are showing some patina in the form of minor spotting and oxidation.e9780 Rolex Oyster 67189 jubilee 003 If you like a more dressy look, the jubilee style bracelet on this example is the obvious choice not to mention the superior comfort offered by the super flexible smaller links. The simple silver dial, tone on tone format with basic time only display refines the classic understated looks. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this quintessential Rolex is estate priced at $2298.00 CAD. Not many ladies all stainless steel Rolex come through our estate department and we don’t expect this one to last too long. Stock #e11296.e9780 Rolex Oyster 67189 jubilee 001

SOLD

 


June 17, 2018

Rolex Submariner 116613LN $14,500.00 CAD. e11468

The latest version of the most famous sport watch of all time. Submariner model 116613 boasts some major improvements over the old 16613. That single extra digit in the style number gives you a ceramic bezel insert, thicker hands and hour markers that are far more luminous. The new model also receives a slightly larger case with wider more comfortable lugs. The center links are now solid 18 karat gold and the bracelet is completely new. A patented “glidelock” buckle allows rapid micro adjustment in length. There are few other watches that have a collector following like the Rolex Submariner. It 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 Toronto at Royal De Versailles Jewellers in the winter of 2016. It has been worn very cautiously and only occasionally by the original owner for the past few years and is in like new condition. It retains its 100% original factory finish, never polished or refinished in any way. It truly looks virtually unworn. Model 116613 has a retail price of $13400.00 USD and $15,350.00 CAD. With our Canadian dollar falling right now I wouldn’t be surprised to see a price increase some time soon bringing the Canadian price in line with our American neighbors. The watch comes complete with everything delivered from the factory including inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instructions, all other paperwork. The 5 year warranty expires in January of 2021. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will coordinate any warranty issues within the balance of the original factory warranty. Estate priced at $14,500.00. Stock e11468.

SOLD


June 16, 2018

Rolex Datejust 16013 Linen Tritium dial $4800.00 CAD. e11278

Old enough to be considered vintage but just new enough to have conveniences of a  modern Rolex. This is a 40 year old Datejust 16013. Introduced in the mid 1940s the Datejust is one of Rolex longest running models, as such it has benefited from many improvements over the years. The extremely reliable calibre 3035 movement beats within the oyster case to a high frequency of 28800 cycles per hour; an almost 50% increase in rate over the previous generation. The 3035 was introduced in 1977 making this example one of the earliest to showcase a high beat movement.  With increased speed comes increased accuracy and the famous super smooth fluid motion second hand that Rolex is famous for. Rolex engineers eliminated the large poising screws along the outside edge of the balance wheel leaving only 4 very small timing screws inside the wheel. This development gained significant aerodynamic efficiency by reducing drag as the wheel spins. Small details like this are critical, they allow Rolex to be the number one producer of chronometer grade movements. No other company even comes close to producing as many officially certified chronometer grade movements. The newer mechanism also features a quick setting date allowing the user to change the date without affecting the time. This movement was fully overhauled by our Rolex trained watchmaker at which time a new genuine Rolex crystal was installed. The mechanism is in perfect like new condition looking more like a 4 year old example not 4 decades old. This watch must have sat around for many years unworn. The inside case back has no records of any previous service. It’s entirely possible that our March 2018 overhaul was its first. The rare linen texture dial also speaks to only occasional use as its condition is also perfect. Many times while being serviced small scuffs and scratches can occur when hands are removed and the dial is handled. Not so with this face the only thing worth mentioning is one of the fragile tritium hour plots is missing at the 8 o:clock marker. The rest of the watch appears totally original. It comes with a U.S.A. made oval link Rolex Jubilee bracelet. These bracelets appeared loose and stretched even when brand new. Larger gaps and open sections between the links give these a worn in look but also make them supremely comfortable. The buckle still displays the famous Rolex coronet logo. Rolex still make a model that looks almost the same but without the linen textured dial. The current replacement model retails at $15750.00 CAD. Including our one year warranty this excellent condition example is estate priced at $4800.00 CAD. Stock #e11278.

SOLD

 


June 12, 2018

Ladies Rolex Datejust Tapestry dial 69173 $4675.00 CAD. e10668

The Rolex Datejust could just be the most popular model ever produced by the esteemed brand. The design has been around for over 70 years with millions of men’s and lady’s examples manufactured. We see them in various sizes with different bezel, dial and bracelet combinations all the time. A tapestry face is a less commonly encountered optional dial treatment. The vertical stripes are created by embossing a corrugated texture across the surface creating little hills and valleys. This treatment causes shadows to form over the dial when the watch is moved causing a striking rolling shadow effect. It’s surprising the dial wasn’t a more popular option when this watch was new in the late 1980s. Nowadays any colour of tapestry dial is always a customer favorite. The ordinary flat finishs just look a little dull by comparison. The pale champagne tapestry looks especially sophisticated. The distinctive dial pattern is very flattering when combined with the 18 karat centre links of the jubilee bracelet. The rest of the watch is classic ladies Rolex; 26mm oyster case watertight to 100 meters, 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel on an 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel jubilee bracelet. Rolex is one of the few companies to produce a lady’s certified chronometer automatic watch. Model 69173 is no different. The mechanism has been adjusted and regulated to the same tolerances for accuracy as any of the larger men’s chronometer models. The dial text is your warranty of independent testing and certification to the world’s most exacting standards. The watch is running great with all functions working as designed. We just had a full technical revision performed on the movement along with all new gaskets. A brand new original equipment synthetic crystal was also fitted. For a 31 year old watch the overall condition is excellent. The full length bracelet is showing some wear in the form of a little sag but it still has many decades of service left. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, Rolex service pouch, water resistance testing results and timing results the watch is estate priced at $4675.00 CAD. Stock #e10668.

SOLD


June 8, 2018

2017 Rolex Datejust 116233 never worn $10,000.00 CAD. e11229

If you are reading this post you must have at least some interest in Rolex watches. Believe it or not there are those who do not share our enthusiasm for the brand and have little interest owning or wearing one. This watch was given as a presentation/service gift to someone who had completely different tastes in watches. Edgy and trendy designs are not what Rolex is all about. Rolex is anything but a fleeting fashion trend. The Datejust has been in production for over 70 years. There have been a few tweaks here and there but it still pretty much looks the same. If ever there was a classic this is it, the Datejust might just be the universal watch. It’s got to be the longest continuously manufactured model in the watch industry. It was introduced in 1945, at the same time Rolex was celebrating their 40th anniversary. The occasion also marked the debut of the aptly named jubilee bracelet. If the Datejust is the most popular Rolex ever produced, the two tone champagne dial with jubilee bracelet and fluted bezel has got to be the most favored of the countless versions available. Whether it’s an original from the 40s or a new one purchased yesterday they all look practically the same. What makes this one different compared to our usual estate offerings is it’s never been worn. It was immediately traded in on a completely different style watch from another manufacturer. It came from a Canadian authorized agent in December 2017. It still has some protective plastic film covering the polished lugs. Complete with original inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, endorsed warranty card, wallet and plastic chronometer hang tag. The watch is covered by the 5 year international warranty that expires December 2022. If you should encounter a issue within the warranty period Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will cover the $100.00 new owner registration fee. Exercising a warranty claim within the warranty period on a new Rolex is extremely rare. No other Swiss watch has the reputation that Rolex have earned for reliability and durability. Their 5 year warranty is much longer than most any other Swiss manufactured watch and service intervals of 10 years are not uncommon. This watch is absolutely perfect in every way. Buying this watch in the USA comes with a suggested retail price of $10,900.00 USD. In Canada the retail price is a little better (dollar adjusted) at $12,850.00 and Rolex never have a sale. This never worn 36mm Datejust 116233 estate example is priced at $10,000.00 CAD. Stock #e11229.

SOLD


June 6, 2018

Ladies Rolex Datejust 26 179174 $6000.00 CAD. e10931

After decades of continuous production the Datejust 26 is no longer and this is one of the last models produced. The scrambled serial number issue was purchased in the fall of 2016 at a Canadian authorized agent. The all white look continues to be a popular choice when it comes to jewellery and watches for both men and women. They say traditional yellow gold is making a comeback but for conservative brands like Rolex, white gold, stainless steel and platinum are by far the most asked for. This Datejust 179174 is just about as monochromatic as you can get. The classic 26mm oyster case is constructed of 904L high grade stainless steel. This exotic alloy is milled to exacting standards by specialty suppliers then completely machined and manufactured in house by Rolex. It is more resistant to corrosion than the industry standard 316L stainless and can be to polished to a superior finish. An 18 karat white gold fluted bezel locks down the synthetic sapphire crystal and is an integral part in keeping the oyster case watertight to 300 feet. The beautiful radial finish silver dial is the perfect compliment to the sophisticated tone on tone look, especially with the traditional luminous hash mark hour plots. Everything on this watch appears perfect and new. The stainless steel jubilee bracelet with locking buckle and micro adjustment end link completes the versatile look. The watch comes complete with the original inner/outer box, brochure booklet, endorsed warranty card expiring September 2021. Even the original cardboard box sleeve is here. Datejust 26 model 179174 is no longer available but this one is about as close to brand new condition as you could ever hope to find. The new 28mm version of this watch is priced at $8400.00 CAD. Our estate 26 is estate priced at $6000.00. CAD. Stock #e10931.

SOLD


June 1, 2018

Rolex GMT Master II 16710 $14,800.00 CAD. e11076

A “Pepsi” GMT Master and GMT Master II are among the most collectible of all the Rolex professional watches. This specialty watch is designed to continuously display two time zones  simultaneously. It’s development can be attributed to a request from Pan Am airlines. As international long distance travel was becoming popular in the 1950s pilots required a watch to display Greenwich Meantime along with local time. Luxury high speed jet travel was a very big deal back then and Airline pilots of the time commanded almost rock star social status. Pan Am wanted it’s professional pilots to be equipped with the finest in navigational timing equipment befitting their persona. The Rolex/Pan Am relationship was mutually advantageous as both companies benefitted greatly from this type of exposure. Rolex never lets a prestigious marketing opportunity pass. Our latest GMT Master II is the last of the older aluminum bezel insert designs and dates from 2005. Without a word of exaggeration this is the best condition example we’ve ever offered. Every aspect of the watch is almost like new old stock. It has been used, but only rarely. It’s hard to believe but the previous owner really didn’t care for it. Given as a gift the original owner wore it occasionally as a courtesy to the presenter. The watch still retains those original factory details so coveted by savvy collectors. If you’re into these watches there is no explanation required, you know what you are looking at. Everything on the watch is 100% original. It was delivered with the blue/red bezel and remained that way until quite recently when a factory red/black insert was ordered to change the look at bit. The perfect and preferred red/blue as delivered bezel remains in the Rolex plastic shipping container. When we acquired the watch it had never been serviced but was working perfectly well. After 12 years the movement wasn’t really dirty but it certainly was dry. In September 2017 we performed a full overhaul to the automatic calibre 3185 movement with excellent results. The vibrograf print out shows a gaining rate of just 1 second per day. That ever so important original paperwork is included along with a calendar card (2006-2007), oyster booklet and modern Rolex box. A Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers appraisal from 2014 and our 1 year in house warranty complete this very desirable package. It’s amazing to me how popular these watches are and how often we get requests for them. Examples of this quality are few and far between. If you want a great watch to start your collection off right, this is the watch. If you’ve been chasing these for a while watching the prices continuously increase, the time to buy one is now. Sporty Rolex watches are only inexpensive in hindsight. It may be quite some time before one this nice comes along again. We can’t place this one on hold. Estate priced at $14,800.00 CAD. Stock #e11076.

SOLD

 


May 23, 2018

Oyster Lipton 3136 circa 1942 $2500.00 CAD. e10141

e10141-rolex-oyster-lipton-3136-003Something for the watch and Canadiana collector. A beautifully preserved Rolex Oyster Lipton 3136 that was manufactured for the Canadian market in 1942. The 30.5mm diameter Rolex reference 3136 were produced from the mid 30s until 1945. As testament to their hearty oyster case design many 3136s were given as gifts to be used by soldiers departing for active service in World War 2 who needed durable reliable time keepers. In 1925 Paul Perregaux invented a screw down crown system for watches that not only prevented debris contamination but also created a water tight seal. Hans Wilsdorf (founder of Rolex Watch Co.) heard of the invention and immediately realizing the potential of a hermetically sealed watch purchased the patent. Soon after the Oyster crown was released and the watch world has never been the same. The inside caseback is marked SAR Oyster Watch Co. as with U.S., German, Swiss and English patent numbers referring to the revolutionary Oyster crown. When we received this watch the only thing we noticed wrong was the worn crystal and broken crown. Our watchmaker replaced the broken crystal, performed a complete service on the robust little 15 jewel caliber 59 movement and acquired a new old stock Oyster crown. With a new crystal the beautiful original dial can be fully appreciated. Showing only the slightest amount of patina the parchment dial with rare gold leaf chapter ring makes this watch that much more attractive. It’s in remarkable condition for 75 years of age. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $2500.00 CAD. Stock #e10141.e10141-rolex-oyster-lipton-3136-002

SOLD


May 9, 2018

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph 16523 $15,000.00 CAD. e10900

A Rolex Daytona is just about the safest blue chip watch investment possible if history is any type of indicator. Over the last 30 years many models have seen appreciation of many multiples. Those that have experienced the greatest return have been the stainless steel examples with rare dials. If you’re the least bit into the watch collecting hobby I’m sure you are aware of the October 2017 auction of Paul Newman’s personal 1968 Rolex Daytona. It made international headlines selling for an astounding 17 million U.S. dollars. Obviously the superstar pedigree played a huge role in the world record sale. Even non celebrity owned examples in nice condition still sell for several hundred thousand dollars 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 well 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. Only occasionally are they seen with Arabic hour markers. Rarely still do you see them white and Arabic with black sub-dial tracks as our latest example. 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 dial. This dial may have  originally come from an all gold Daytona but it sure looks great on a two tone model. Purists may argue that no gold and steel Daytona is investable. I would counter by saying, with pricing of all steel examples becoming out of reach for most it only makes sense that the two tones are the ones to buy. Indeed, even buying a new all steel Daytona will get you on a waiting list of at least a year. If you don’t feel like waiting, nice used current models are trading hands for around $20,000.00 CAD (around $6000.00 over full 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 $15,000.00 for a used Daytona”. Ten years from now I bet you’ll be saying “I can’t believe I ONLY paid $15,000.00 for this Daytona”. Excellent overall condition showing minor evidence of wear in the form of light scratches on the highly polished flat bezel. The case and bracelet have been lightly polished and show almost like new.