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We have unique experience in buying, trading and selling estate jewellery. We have hundreds of previously owned items such as: diamond rings, gold coins, bracelets, earrings, pendants etc. Call or visit our store if there is a particular item you are looking for.


September 20, 2020

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

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

 


September 19, 2020

Ruby & diamond pear shape cluster 0.87ct. total weight 5.6gr. 14kt. $1,260.00 CAD. e13481

There is a great deal of debate in the world of gemology about where the line gets drawn between a lighter toned ruby and a pink sapphire. In fact there are countries that won’t recognize pink sapphires, they grade them simply as weakly coloured rubies. This 0.42 carat is just starting to tip into the realm of pink, showing a slight purple cast that makes the overall colour a deep magenta. It’s been wrapped in a two tier halo of petite SI-HI quality round brilliant cut diamonds that equal 0.45 carat total weight. The setting is cast from bright white gold to keep the focus on the gemstones. The ring itself is 14 karat yellow and currently measures a finger size 8 with plenty of room to adjust up or down as needed. Estate price $1,260.00 CAD. Stock #e13481.


September 18, 2020

7 3/4 inch, 8.8mm wide, 14kt. gold curb link bracelet 15.1gr. hollow $1,190.00 CAD. e13484

This puffy curb link measures 8.8mm wide by 3.8mm thick giving it a bold presence on any ladies wrist. That bulk is achieved by hollow construction but the 14 karat yellow gold bracelet still weighs over half an ounce at 15.1 grams. It is in like new condition, showing no dents or dings as proof of its durability. The piece is a slightly longer than average at 7 3/4 inches and is estate priced for $1,190.00 CAD. Stock #e13484.


September 17, 2020

Michael Hill 0.50ct. tw. I1-IJ diamond cluster 2.3gr. 10kt. $700.00 CAD. e13375

One of the advantages of being able to try rings on in person is the ability to discover a style you’d not have considered. Most people turn their nose up to two tone options but when worn they are very striking. The contrast of the two colours is used to direct the focus of the ring and move the eye. With this Michael Hill example the yellow gold shank becomes understated on the finger, making the floral cluster stand out sharply as if it were suspended on the hand. If this had been cast from all white gold the cluster would have been lost against the diamond studded shoulders. Now the shoulders twinkle subtly compared to the chromy white center. The 37 hand set I1-IJ round brilliant cut diamonds come together to equal 0.50 carats. The 10 karat ring is in like new condition showing no signs of wear and is accompanied by its original inner and outer boxes. It currently measures a finger size 7 1/2 with some room to adjust. The ring is currently available on Michael Hill’s website for $1,399.00 CAD. Our estate price $700.00 CAD. Stock #e13375.


September 16, 2020

2020 Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600. Full kit. Worn for a few days $17,888.00 CAD. e13644

It’s not vintage and it’s definitely not an estate item but it is previously owned albeit only for a few days. If you’ve been following the Rolex market over the last few years and you’re reading this post you already know just how hard it is to find any professional models. Authorized agents have only waiting lists and empty displays. A visit to any Rolex boutique can be frustrating as they don’t have the models you want. Stainless steel sports models are almost impossible to find. No Submariners, no GMT-Masters, no Explorers, and steel Daytona’s have been out of stock for decades. We are selling this 43mm Red Sea-Dweller for an important customer who wants something else. This watch was just delivered from a Canadian authorized Rolex agent earlier this month. Sea-Dwellers have been around for over 50 years; they’ve always been the top of the line in Rolex dive watches. Looking almost identical to the basic Submariner except for being slightly thicker and bulkier. The purposeful dial hasn’t changed its basic format of bold luminous markers against a jet black dial since the 1960s. Sea-Dwellers are equipped with a titanium helium escape valve on the side of the case. If you’re living in a diving bell while you’re decompressing from a particularly deep dive breathing a mixture of oxygen and helium, your watch will need this valve to bleed off accumulated helium gas as you decompress. Without the automatic valve the extra thick sapphire crystal could explode from gas pressure inside the case. Since the initial introduction in 1967 Sea-Dwellers were always 40mm diameter. For the 50th anniversary of the original Sea-Dweller in 2017 Rolex decided to give the Sea-Dweller a unique identity matching its overachieving water resistance rating of 4000 feet (basic Submariner is rated for 1000 feet) with larger 43mm case size. The red SEA-DWELLER text is a subtle homage to the originals dial. Nice condition original examples are selling for well over $50,000.00 these days. Needless to say this virtually brand new Rolex is in excellent condition. Under initial inspection it looks perfect. Under scrutiny there are a few minor scratches on the highly polished case edges as a result of a few days use. The Sea-Dweller 126600 adds a complicated locking buckle system that not only allows for multiple micro length adjustment without the need of any tools; it also has a 1 inch extension to fit over a light wet-suit. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, cardboard product tag with style/serial number, plastic chronometer hang tag and Rolex shopping bag. Official Rolex warranty good until late summer 2025. This collectible like new Rolex is priced at $17,888.00 CAD. Stock #e13644.

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