ROLEX


December 1, 2022

1994 Rolex Explorer II 16570 40mm on Rubber B strap $10,300.00 CAD. 505-000329

Some may consider adding a custom bright red rubber strap to a classic Rolex sacrilege, but we love it. Maybe not for year-round use but it certainly adds a bit of playfulness to the sometimes stuffy world of collectible Rolex watches. For many Rolex aficionados, there is an 11th commandment, and it goes a little something like this; ” thou shall not modify”. This is true for most modifications to a Rolex as they usually adversely affect the value of the watch. A custom diamond dial or bezel may achieve the look you want, but it adds little to no value if you ever want to trade it in. An innocuous rubber strap like this Rubber B can easily be removed and replaced with the original stainless steel Oyster bracelet in just a couple of minutes. No harm no foul in our books with this upgrade. Rubber B straps are high quality purpose built accessories designed to fit perfectly. The contoured ends sit securely within the dimensions of the lugs and look like they were equipped at the factory, utilizing the original spring bars and Rolex fliplock buckle. The rest of this popular Rolex Explorer II is pretty standard stuff. The perfect condition tritium dial and hands are original and blemish free. There are no scratches on the sapphire crystal and the 12-link Oyster bracelet shows practically no sag and zero stretch. The watch has been carefully refinished and it looks much younger than its true age of 28 years would suggest. The Explorer II is a dual time model that 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 features that have made Rolex number 1 in the luxury watch world. Water resistant oyster case made from super resistant 904L stainless steel. Bright white hands and markers made from 18 karat white gold make time interpretation quick and effortless, as long as you’re not in the dark. Vintage Rolex like this lose their ability to phosphoresce in the dark as the tritium pigment becomes ineffective after about 20-25 years. If you’d like it to glow again, Rolex will happily sell you a replacement dial/hands with the exchange of the original for an updated face with long-lasting glowing material. This would be considered a mistake by almost all Rolex collectors as a permanent change lowers the value. This is the curious world of collectible Rolex, improving the watch can lower its value. This 16570 Explorer II is running well with all functions operating as designed. It comes with our complimentary 1-year mechanical warranty. Included with purchase are the complete Rubber B packaging, some Rolex documents, inner/outer boxes, and the pillow with a blanket, all in very good condition. Bright and playful one minute, subtle and classic the next. This vintage Rolex watch is estate priced at $10,300.00 CAD. Stock #505-00329.


November 30, 2022

2021 Tudor Black Bay Steel 41mm 79730 (worn around 10 times), $3,580.00 CAD. e14438 505-00123

The clean, utilitarian look of Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay line of watches has been one of their most appealing characteristics. The black dials with extra-large luminous hands and hour markers define legibility under all lighting conditions. But for me, the basic Black Bay is missing a key function. This version, (Black Bay Steel 79730) is the only stainless steel diver Black Bay that comes equipped with a calendar. I suppose I could think for a few seconds about what day of the month it is, but a quick glance at my watch is much easier. This example looks almost new. According to the previous owner it was only worn around ten times. It remains 100% original and has not been polished or touched up in any way. The marvelous in-house manufactured chronometer grade MT5612 movement is functioning flawlessly and is protected from moisture to a depth of over 600 feet by the very capable 41mm Oyster style case. The heavy-duty case is equipped with an oversized threaded crown, screw-on case back, domed sapphire crystal, and a one-way timer bezel. The 26 jewel mechanism secured inside sets the bar for certified chronometer accuracy levels at this price point. There isn’t much else in the market offering a 70-hour power reserve, plus a useful calendar that doesn’t cost substantially more. Its silicon hairspring and basically the same balance wheel from Rolex are far more stable when exposed to high magnetic fields and shocks. This watch comes complete with everything when originally purchased from the Canadian Tudor/Rolex authorized agent in the spring of 2021. The next owner will benefit from Tudor’s 5-year international warranty valid until April 2026. These are popular models, excellent condition examples with complete documentation are difficult to find in Canada. This Black Bay Steel 79730 is estate priced under its suggested retail price at $3,580.00 CAD. Stock #e14438 505-00123.

SOLD

 

 


2021 Tudor Black Bay Heritage GMT 79830RB like new $4,300.00 CAD. 505-00286

The wildly popular Rolex 126710BLRO GMT “Pepsi” blue/red GMT-Master II has a suggested retail price of $12,400.00 CAD. If you’re looking for a better price in the secondary and used market, you’re in for a surprise. Asking prices for brand new or like-new examples are more than twice that of retail. It’s currently a crazy market for certain luxury watch brands, far more demand than supply has many used watches selling for much more than new ones. The Tudor GMT 79830RB was once selling for more than retail on the secondary market but prices have eased quite a bit for this model. Our latest Tudor GMT is in 100% original condition and was only lightly worn by a customer of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. It was only occasionally used in rotation with other watches from his collection. The condition is almost like new, there are only a few light scuffs on the case, bracelet, and buckle. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. In addition to offering the basic 3 hand timekeeping function with a calendar, the GMT has a few tricks up its sleeve. The diamond-shaped tipped red hour hand can point to a second time zone shown in a 24-hour format displayed on the blue/red bezel. The traditional hour hand (local time) can be set independently of the 24-hour 2nd-time zone hand without disturbing the actual time. This handy feature is perfect for the world traveler when moving back and forth through different time zones. The rotating bezel can be turned to temporarily display a 3rd time zone. Daytime hours are shown in red and nighttime hours are in dark blue. The 41mm stainless case is water-tight to 100 meters, protected by a screw-down crown and case-back. Large hands and hour markers contribute to excellent legibility in any lighting condition courtesy of highly luminous pigment. The snowflake hands, aluminum bezel insert, connected minute track, and “rivet” look bracelet give the Tudor GMT an attractive vintage appearance. Comes complete with everything originally supplied when purchased from the Tudor authorized agent in October of 2021. This watch is covered under the terms of Tudor’s 5-year international warranty until the fall of 2026. Take advantage of a pause in the luxury watch market and a weak Canadian dollar with this popular and collectible Tudor. The watch is estate priced at $4,300.00 CAD. Stock #505-00286.

SOLD


November 28, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 31 & 41 worn once 278273 $17,750.00 126333 $22,750.00. Available Dec. 23.

At this time of year, our inventory can move in and out within a blink of an eye. Many times we are unable to even showcase some of the treasures, as they are purchased before we even get a chance to showcase them. This pair of Rolex watches isn’t a matching set, but they certainly are complimentary to each other and are more than worthy of a little exposure before they can be taken home. They are both newly purchased in 2022 and have only been worn once. They remain completely original and have only been wiped free of fingerprints with a Rolex cloth. They come complete with their full complement of boxes, instructions, dated warranty cards, paper hang tags, chronometer tags, foam box liners, and even 2 Rolex shopping bags. They are the very popular ladies’ model 278273 31mm and gents’ model 126333 41mm sizes. Constructed from premium 904L stainless steel and proprietary Rolex 18 karat yellow gold alloy. The enduring two-tone design is a more grown-up version of stainless steel and can be worn with confidence for the rest of your life. The silver and white mother of pearl dials with reflective 18 karat gold hands are very easy to interpret for those of us who are well into the age of majority. The dials on both of these watches are decorated with optional diamond highlights costing $1,900.00 and $3,250.00 once you factor in the mother of pearl face on the gents. The super comfortable Jubilee bracelets are a $750.00 upgrade over the more casual Oyster bracelet offering. Without opting for a ring of diamonds on the bezel or going all in for a completely gold Rolex, these are about as good as they get. If you’ve been looking for one of these popular models at a Rolex agent or boutique you know how hard they are to find. If you’re interested in one or the pair you can reserve them for December 23rd delivery. Like these, there are always other Rolex here that are not on our website. The condition of these two watches is like new, only under the most extreme scrutiny can any evidence of use be seen. They were only worn once and have resided inside their plush boxes ever since. The next owners will benefit from the balance of Rolex’s 5-year international warranty that will carry over until well into 2027. These popular Rolex Datejusts are estate priced at $17,750.00 CAD stock #505-00324 (ladies) and $22,750.00 CAD stock #505-00323 (gents).

Both on hold for E.C.


November 25, 2022

1996 Rolex 16233 36mm just serviced with box & papers $7,000.00 CAD. 505-00325

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 its 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 constant. It’s a mature design but it never grows old. Our latest example was produced in 1996. For a 26 year old watch, the condition is very good. Chrisp edges on the fluted bezel are still sharp showing the watch hasn’t been overly polished. The bracelet shows well, it displays 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 the unusual moniker. At 36mm in 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 get 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, I especially love the tiny little Roman numbers that are printed along the outside minute track chapter ring. In the late 1990s Rolex changed the luminous pigment on the hands and hour plots from slightly radioactive tritium to a new luminous pigment. This watch received an updated replacement dial and hands when being serviced through Rolex at some point. While this new dial isn’t the one it was delivered from the factory with, it does benefit from glowing in the dark. An original tritium dial of this age will no longer glow in the dark. The new luminous pigments shouldn’t die after around 25 years as the oldtritium dials do. Champagne is not exactly a rare dial colour but this one looks perfect. Very good overall condition, keeping great time with all functions working as designed. Our master watchmaker just performed a full overhaul to the intricate automatic movement in October 2022 and has it running well within chronometer designation. Synthetic sapphire crystals from this era sit slightly above the bezel making the sharp edge prone to small nicks and chips. We are happy to report this crystal is in perfect condition, without the tiniest ding or scuff. This one owner watch comes with its original inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet, documents, endorsed warranty card (November 1996), and a 1996-1997 calendar.  Current versions of this watch are still being made today with a price of $14,100.00 plus tax at your local Canadian Rolex agent and can be seen online here. This classic estate Rolex is priced at less than 1/2 its replacement cost. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this example is estate priced at $7,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00325.

SOLD


November 23, 2022

2022 Rolex Yacht-Master 126622 Rhodium dial $19,888.00 CAD. 505-00320

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 our weak currency. Well, it’s happened a few times lately but Canada still has one of the lowest prices for Rolex watches compared to other countries. That doesn’t mean buying a Rolex isn’t expensive. It just means buying one here is 13% less costly compared to buying one in the U.S.A., (as of Nov. 23, 2022) and that doesn’t include the 5% duty if you import a Swiss watch to Canada. That all sounds fine and dandy but many popular models are difficult to impossible find in Canada or anywhere else in the world. All of the most popular gents’ professional models are scarce and usually available only by placing your name on a waiting list that can extend over a year or more in many cases. We’ve noticed the scarcity too. The sporting models like the Submariner, Daytona, GMT II Master, Explorer, Yacht-Master, etc. don’t show up like they once did. When a sporty does show up it’s a real treat. When a super hot, unworn, almost impossible to find model like the Yacht-Master 126622 in rhodium/sky blue turns, we think we must be dreaming. We’ve only ever had a handful of this hard to find, preferred dial colour before. The Rhodium dial with sky-blue accents is the most sought after version in the 126622 Yacht-Master lineup. 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 an authorized agent in 2022 by an avid watch aficionado collector customer of ours but remains unworn. The watch has never been worn. In fact, not even one of the screws from the adjustable Oyster bracelet has ever been turned. The condition can best be described as 100% brand new condition. The case, bezel, and bracelet are completely blemish free.  It comes complete with the full complement of adjusting links, endorsed authorized agent 5-year warranty, instructions, paper hang tag, green chronometer hang tag, inner/outer box, cardboard sleeve, protective foam sheet, Rolex polishing cloth, and even a Rolex shopping bag. This watch has a USD retail price of $12,350.00 and a Canadian retail price of $14,500.00. The official Rolex 5-year international warranty will cover the new owner until well into 2022. The Estate price of this Rolex is $19,888.00 CAD. Stock #505-00320.


November 21, 2022

2019 Rolex Datejust 36 126234 $9,980.00 CAD. 505-00321

A proven formula that has defied change yet is still likely the most popular watch on the planet. The Datejust has been around since 1945 with little external change in appearance. Think about how styles have changed in clothes, cars, appliances, and pretty much every other consumer item, yet the Rolex Datejust is a constant in life. Even though outwardly almost identical, this Datejust 126234 was all new when introduced in 2019. The 36mm 100 meter water resistant case contains the Rolex manufactured 3235 automatic winding mechanism with a longer power reserve of just under 3 days. The new movement takes the certified chronometer rating to a new level of accuracy. Rolex claims the new Datejust 36 is accurate to plus/minus 2 seconds per day; this figure is 50% better than the chronometer designation requires. This Datejust is just over 2 years old . The black dial with luminous 18 karat white gold index markers is a Rolex classic day or night. A solid 18 karat white gold fluted bezel adds some bling plus a luxury touch in keeping with the Rolex tradition. The stainless steel Oyster bracelet with a polished centre is a little less dressy than the Jubilee option and is suitable for both men and women. The watch is in very good condition and remains 100% original, it has never been polished or refinished in any way. It does display scratches and scuffs associated with use but nothing that couldn’t be removed should you choose to. We will happily supply a complimentary refinishing and polish to bring it back like new should you decide to. It comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, instruction/service booklet, endorsed warranty card (Oct. 31, 2019), green plastic chronometer hang tag, protective bezel guard, a photocopy of the original bill of sale, and even a Rolex shopping bag is included. The new owner will be covered by the balance of the 5-year international warranty until the fall of 2024. This estate Rolex is estate priced at $9,980.00 CAD. Stock #505-00321.


November 18, 2022

2022 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 green dial $12,800.00 CAD. 505-00313

A very wise actor once said, “it’s not easy being green”. While that statement may be true for Kermit the frog, it certainly doesn’t apply to Rolex watches. Anything green from the esteemed Swiss watch manufacturer has been incredibly popular for the last decade or so. If you’re into the Rolex hobby, you’ve seen watches like the various green bezel and green dial Submariners triple in value. Green Day-Dates are among the scarcest and most costly of the flagship model. The newly introduced green/black, left-hand GMT -Master II 126720VTNR has asking prices more than twice the current suggested retail price on the secondary market. Our latest estate watch is the size everyone is looking for but no one can find. The 41mm case size looks bigger because it lacks a thick bezel, yet it wears small due to its 11.7mm case thickness. The green dial hue is the perfect match for the brand’s corporate colour. The basic Oyster case with threaded crown and case back can trace its roots back to 1926 when the patented design debuted. A simple 3-segment bracelet is durable and just as timeless as the watch itself. Basic dial layout with 3 hands for timekeeping duty only, no calendar, no dual-time, and no chronograph features, just some bright luminous pigment in only the necessary locations for time interpretation in any lighting condition. This is the ultimate less is more design. The watch has never been worn, it remains in as delivered condition, the same as when originally purchased from the authorized agent. Not even a screw has been turned in the adjustable length 12-link Oyster bracelet. The next owner will benefit from the balance of Rolex’s 5-year international warranty expiring well into 2027. The watch comes with the full complement of documents, tags, endorsed warranty card, inner/outer boxes, foam box liner, white cardboard sleeve, and even a green Rolex shopping bag. The estate price is $12,800.00 CAD. Stock #505-00313.

SOLD


November 17, 2022

2003 Rolex Air-King 14000M blue stick 34mm $4,800.00 CAD. 505-00311

These classic Rolex watches just look right. 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 2003. The 34mm case size (34.5mm by actual measurement) is a bit smaller by contemporary standards but they’re super comfy on smaller wrists and look great on any woman’s arm. The sunburst blue dial may not be the easiest to read in some lighting but boy oh boy does it ever look good with the stainless steel. 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 14000M is in good to very good condition showing only scratches, scuffs, and “flea bites” from close to 20 years of faithful service. The full length 13 link Oyster bracelet is tight and crisp showing just a touch of sag. The synthetic sapphire crystal is perfect, with not even the slightest nick on the edge. The navy blue dial radial finish dial and 18 karat white gold hands/hour markers are absolutely perfect; luminous hands and hour marker dots still glow strongly in the dark.  A basic Rolex without a calendar, and plain old stick hour markers on the tough oyster bracelet may have been an entry level offering but it sure has stood the test of time. These 14000M Air-King Rolex represent an excellent value. These are the last of the thin lug 34s and the later “M” versions are the ones to get. They feature the updated calibre 3130 offering a longer power reserve of a full 2 days. It is a fully adjusted movement but has not been independently tested for chronometer certification. It’s the same movement you’d get in a no date Submariner 14060M that is officially certified with chronometer status. These little gems are one of the great secrets of Rolex watches. Keeping excellent time while looking great is a combination that never goes out of style. Including a one-year warranty, this classic Rolex is estate priced at $4,800.00 CAD. Stock #505-00311.

SOLD


2022 Rolex Datejust 36 126234 18kt. fluted bezel sunburst blue dial $12,888.00 CAD. 505-00302

It may look like a familiar watch but it’s actually pretty new. Well, perhaps it is not completely new but rather an evolution of the most popular watch in the world. Much like the width of a gentleman’s tie or the length of a lady’s skirt, watch dimensions ebb and flow. This generation of the classic 36mm Datejust debuted in 2018 with narrower lugs and slight tweaks to the case, dial, and bezel. It follows the traditional balanced look of the original 1945 Datejust. A more significant change can be found inside the 100m watertight Oyster case. The old calibre 3135 has been replaced with the all-new calibre 3235. A new movement isn’t something that happens very often for Rolex, the 3135 saw duty in many Rolex watches from 1988 until 2019. The new movement isn’t an evolution of the 3135 as over 90% of the parts are redesigned or different. The 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), a modified barrel design that allows for a longer mainspring for an extended power reserve, a new winding module to increase efficiency, and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in-house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the mechanism. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, robust timepiece with an extra long 70-hour power reserve. They have even tightened up the accuracy tolerances to a claimed plus or minus 2 seconds per day. This Datejust is absolutely perfect in every way and has never been worn. There is still a factory applied protective sticker on the bracelet end link. This Datejust features the upgraded 18 karat white gold fluted bezel and factory Sunburst Blue dial with bright luminous hands and hour markers. The radial finish dial with the Oyster bracelet offers a slightly sportier look compared to the Jubilee style bracelet. Hidden under the embossed buckle is a clever extension that allows a 5mm length adjustment without the need for any tools, on days when a bit of extra room is more comfortable. At 36mm this watch is perfect for the lady who likes something a little larger but not a cartoon on her wrist, or the gentleman who doesn’t like the bulk of a 40mm Professional model. The watch comes with everything as delivered from the original authorized Rolex agent. Full documents, booklets, endorsed warranty card, inner/outer boxes, hangtags, foam box liner, white cardboard protective box sleeve, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The next owner will benefit from the 5-year international Rolex warranty until the fall of 2022. While not as difficult to find as a Daytona or Submariner, stainless steel, fluted bezel, blue dial Datejust is not a watch often seen in the showcase of your local Rolex agent. This perfect condition is estate priced at $12,888.00 CAD. Stock #505-00302.


November 15, 2022

1994 Rolex Datejust 16200 36mm $7,900.00 CAD. 505-00281

For centuries white dials with Roman or Arabic hour markers were the choice for watch and clock manufacturers from around the world. To do anything different was rarely even considered. While it may not be the most flamboyant choice, there is no denying how effective the combination is. For a classic and conservative brand like Rolex, a white dial with stainless steel case is particularly attractive. Until I owned a white dial watch myself I really didn’t appreciate its simple elegance; now you’d have a hard time convincing me to go with any other colour for my day to day. For a watch that was made close to 30 years ago, this Datejust has stood up amazingly well. It displays wear and tear typical of a watch occasionally worn for just a few years. Aside from a small amount of sag in the Jubilee bracelet and the older style buckle, this watch could pass for a contemporary model.  The previous owner(s) took care preserving the original boxes (both inner and outer), Rolex Oyster booklets, and a service receipt. Rolex watches are well known for their reliability and durability. They often run great for 10 years between service intervals. The previous owner had the watch serviced by a Canadian Authorized Rolex agent in the fall of 2021. This service comes with a 2-year Rolex warranty. The 36mm size is more and more becoming the popular choice for both men and women looking for an easy to read casual look that isn’t overwhelming on an average size wrist. Only the smooth bezel and case/bracelet sides are polished, leaving the rest of the watch with a sporty brushed finish. Rolex still makes a watch of similar design for $8,800.00 CAD, but not with the very rare tritium text Jubilee dial with Arabic hour markers. After over 300 years of wearable mechanical timekeeping devices, white dials with Roman numerals are still the first choice for many. Ready to wear and estate priced at $7,900.00 CAD. Stock #505-00281.


November 11, 2022

2022 Rolex Explorer 124270 36mm $10,625.00 CAD 505-00235

A 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 timekeeping. Crafted in Switzerland by Rolex using very expensive 904L stainless steel containing molybdenum. This exotic element makes the Explorer extra resistant to corrosive saltwater and other types of chemical exposure. Large luminous markers make low light/no-light time interpretation a snap. The Arabic 3,6 and 9 add to the clear clean functional nature of this watch, especially in the dark. Purchased new in the spring of 2022 from an authorized Rolex agent. According to the previous owner, it was carefully worn only about 10 times. It looks like new old stock, only a couple of super light scuffs and scratches are visible on the case buckle and bracelet. It remains 100% original, never refinished or polished in any way. At 36mm diameter, the Explorer is not one of those jumbo watches you can’t fit under a shirt cuff. It’s on the smaller size for a gents sporty watch but for a smaller gentleman’s wrist, it is perfectly proportioned. Women too love the absolute functionality this model offers. There are not many nicer dials than that of a Rolex Explorer. The thin polished bezel makes the watch appear a little larger in person. A screw-down crown and case back help to keep this watch watertight to a depth of 300 feet. Rolex has abandoned the old 39mm version of this watch, returning to its roots with a 36mm. Comes with the original packaging, warranty card, instructions, booklets, plastic chronometer tag, product/serial number tag, foam box liner, outer cardboard sleeve, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The new owner will benefit from the balance of the five-year warranty valid until the spring of 2027. This watch estate Explorer is priced at $10,625.00 CAD. Stock #505-00235.

SOLD

 


November 10, 2022

2021 Rolex 126613LB “Bluesy” $21,500.00 CAD. 505-00159

The much anticipated new Submariners are out. Model 126613LB debuted in 2020. The design takes one step forward and one step back. The slightly larger case size of 41mm versus 40mm isn’t really noticeable. What can be seen is the more balanced ratio between the case, the lugs, and the bracelet. The top-heavy look of the outgoing 116613LB has been addressed with slimmer lugs and the addition of 1mm width to the iconic Oyster bracelet. The new proportions are more in keeping with Submariners of the past, making the previous version perhaps a one-off experiment. Powering the new Sub is the 31 jewel calibre 3235 automatic that offers an increased power reserve of 70 hours and an accuracy expectation of +-2 seconds per day. This latest Submariner is preowned and technically an estate offering, but barely. It was purchased new in late 2021 and responsibly worn for less than a year. There are light scuffs and minor scratches on the case, bracelet, and buckle but nothing worth specific attention. Minor blemishes could easily be removed but we always like to leave collectible watches in their original condition. It comes with its endorsed 2021 warranty card, instructions, hangtags, and complete packaging. It remains in unpolished original condition. The only need for preparation for resale was to wipe a few finger pints off with a soft cloth and a quick ultrasonic cleaning. The factory’s 5-year international warranty will accompany the watch until late 2026. All the regular modern Submariner features are here. The “Glidelock” buckle can after the bracelet length by 18mm in 9 separate increments. This clever buckle ensures a perfect fit no matter what you are doing. Rolex has been promoting the two-tone look for sports models more and more lately. The new Explorer is now available in steel and gold, along with the SeaDweller. The two-tone blue dial Submariner has been a favorite among Rolex fans for many decades. The new 41mm “Bluesy” is sure to continue the tradition for many years to come. This watch is priced at $21,500.00 CAD. Stock #505-00159.


November 9, 2022

2022 Rolex Yacht-Master 126622 blue dial (never worn) $18,990.00 CAD. 505-00268

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 again 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 10% less costly compared to buying one in the U.S.A. (15% less expensive once you consider the 5% duty levied on imported Swiss watches brought into Canada). That all sounds fine and dandy but many models are very difficult to find in Canada. We speculate that many Rolex watches are shipped to more lucrative markets with stronger currencies such as the U.S. or sold 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 126622 in navy blue turns up that’s never been worn, we think we must be dreaming. This is the first of the newest generation 126622 Yacht-Master to appear in our estate department. 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 an authorized agent in the summer 2022 by an avid watch aficionado collector customer of ours but has never been worn. It remains in 100% perfect, untouched condition, without a scratch, scuff, or blemish of any kind. It comes complete with the full complement of adjusting links, endorsed authorized agent 5-year warranty, instructions, paper hang tag, inner/outer box, cardboard sleeve, foam liner, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The official Rolex 5-year international warranty will cover the next owner until the summer of 2027. We’re always looking for interesting trades, bring us a sellable trade in and offset some sales tax. This never worn Yacht-Master is estate priced at $18,990.00 CAD. Stock number 505-00268.

SOLD

 


November 7, 2022

2014 Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR “Batman” $23,500.00 CAD. 505-00260

Aside from a Holy Grail stainless steel Daytona, the blue/black GMT Master II “Batman” is one of the toughest watches to find at your local Rolex authorized agent. There has been a long waiting list for this model since it was introduced in 2013. This example is an early 116710BLNR that was purchased in Canada at an authorized Rolex agent in the spring of 2014. The “Batman” moniker comes from the blue/black ceramic bezel treatment reminiscent of everyone’s favorite caped crusader’s colours. If you’ve heard this watch described as a “Batgirl” it will come on the dressier, arguably more feminine Jubilee style bracelet. Ceramic bezels have become commonplace for the Rolex since around 2005 but the 2 colour ceramic bezels are still fairly new. The 116710BLNR was the very first Rolex to come with a two colour ceramic bezel. With the introduction of the latest generation Batman, Rolex says they’ve slightly redesigned the case to feel a little thinner and less bulky. In reality, the only easy way to tell the difference is to look for a little Rolex crown logo between the SWISS and MADE under the 6 o’clock hour marker. The original 116710BLNR only says SWISS MADE. Internal differences are a few technical updates to the 3186 movement with a redesigned “Chronergy” escapement and a longer power reserve of 70 hours. Of all the coloured GMT bezels Rolex has produced, the blue/black combination of our latest estate Rolex makes the most sense. The blue section represents daylight hours between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm (18:00 hours), and the black displays the night hour from 18:00 hours through 6:00 am as indexed by the handy 24-hour blue hour hand. The bezel is indexed for the 24 hours in a day and can be turned to show a 2nd or temporary 3rd time zone. Rolex promotes the GMT as the cosmopolitan watch for good reason. It is the perfect travel companion for anyone who travels through multiple time zones in different cities around the world. The long, arrow-tipped hour hand can continuously track your home time (or Greenwich Mean Time) in a 24-hour format. The “regular” 12-hour hade can quickly be adjusted to show the local time wherever you happen to be in the world. The clever system can even jump timezones that trigger a date change forward or backward. This watch comes complete with the fully endorsed warranty card, instruction booklet, worldwide service booklet, chronometer hang tag, inner/outer boxes, foam box liner, service papers (Feb. 2020), Registration Acknowledgement (Dec. 2019), original bill of sale (May 2014), replacement value assessment on Rolex letterhead (June 2014), plus a Rolex shopping bag.  There are even some of the original protective stickers on the white foam box liner and on other areas of the packaging. You can tell this watch was a prized possession of the previous owner. The overall condition of the watch is very good. We believe this single owner watch has never been polished or refinished. It was serviced by Rolex Canada in the winter of 2020. The invoice details the work that was performed including a crown replacement, but it says nothing about refinishing. The watch displays some scuffs and scratches associated with careful use by the original mature gentleman owner but nothing of significance. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years). Our estate price for this popular Rolex is $23,500.00 CAD.


2005 Rolex GMT-Master II (50th anniversary green dial) 116718LN $57,555.00 CAD. 505-00291

“A Crown For Every Achievement” is a phrase Rolex has used for many years. It says a lot about the brand and the people who wear them. As the world’s most renowned watchmaker Rolex has seen many firsts when it comes to timepiece innovations. Our latest estate watch showcases a significant first for Rolex but also an important achievement for the crown brand. In 1954 Rolex introduced the GMT-Master, a watch that simultaneously displayed a fixed timezone (Greenwich Mean Time) along with any other of the world’s 24 timezones by means of a rotating bezel. This was a very useful innovation for aviation professionals traveling through multiple time zones. Professional use was the intention of the GMT-Master but the new upper-middle class of international jet setters quickly adopted the professional look of the GMT in civilian use. The classic blue and red “Pepsi” rotating bezel and red arrow tipped GMT hour hand gave the watch a unique character the world had never seen before. Our 116718LN with a special green dial marks the 50th anniversary of the original GMT-Master. Instead of the bold red/blue bezel seen on many of the stainless steel models, this watch displays the 24 world times zones with a sophisticated glossy black ceramic bezel. In 2005 ceramic had never been seen on a Rolex watch, and this was the only way you could get it. The stainless steel and two-tone models had to make do with the traditional aluminum inserts until a few years later. Our solid 18 karat yellow gold GMT-Master II 116718LN is an early example dating from 2005 according to its D series serial number. The watch was recently traded in by a gentleman who has been a customer of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers for more than 30 years. He only wore this watch in rare rotation from his large watch collection. It remains in 100% original condition, never refinished, touched up, or polished in any way. In addition to the original green holographic case back sticker, we discovered 3 additional transparent protective stickers that were never removed from the buckle and fliplock.  The watch displays some scratches on the case and bracelet but it remains an excellent example of what these rare and important watches should look like. As it was seldom worn there are a few areas showing a touch of oxidation, this is a testament to the originality and lack of polishing that is almost never seen on a watch of this age. Not one of the 6 adjustment screws in the 12 link Oyster bracelet has ever even been turned or removed. The dark moss green dial with gold text is subtle but distinctive. Today any Rolex with a green dial is a hot commodity, but in 2005 a solid gold Rolex with a green dial would have been a bold choice for the original owner. The unique green dial of the 116718LN had a suggested list price of $27,690.00 CAD when it debuted in 2005 according to an old price list and catalog we have. Pretty much all professional Rolex models have seen significant price appreciation over the years and this rare anniversary GMT-Master II is no different. Curiously, Rolex no longer offers a GMT-Master II in 18 karat yellow gold (at least at the moment). You can have one in rose gold, white gold, stainless steel, or rose gold and steel, and none come with this magnificent green dial any longer. With the popularity of yellow gold these days it does seem odd this choice is no longer available, but I’m sure Rolex will bring back a yellow gold GMT-Master II in the future. Aside from some light surface scuffs and scratches, this watch shows no wear and tear. There is zero stretch and no sag in the bracelet. Even though this watch is pushing 20 years old it comes with the modern features you’d expect. The 40mm case is the first year for the bulky thick lugs and the bracelet is equipped with the Rolex EasyLink that extends the length in a few seconds without the need for any tools. This 40mm watch isn’t overly large but it does command a presence on the wrist as it weighs in at a significant 218 grams (just shy of 1/2 a pound). If you’ve been an admirer of uncommon and significant Rolex, this one should be of consideration. Maybe this could be the crown for your next achievement. This watch does not come with any original packaging or documents of any kind. It is running great with all functions operating as designed. We are happy to supply the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years). It is estate priced at $57,555.00 CAD. Stock #505-00291.

 


November 6, 2022

2016 Rolex Air-King 114210 34mm like new $8,500.00 CAD. 505-00259

Current collectible or future collectible? Without a doubt, it’s both. The Rolex Air-King has been around in one form or another for about more than 75 years. This basic looking oyster case Rolex was first labeled Air-King as a tribute to Britain’s Royal Air Force who participated in the battle of Britain. The 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 made them the perfect pilot tool for quick time interpretation. If you visit your local Rolex agent to buy a modern 34mm Oyster Perpetual you’ll notice the dial no longer reads Air-King. The new 34mm Oyster comes only with basic stick hour markers, gone are the beautiful Arabic 3,6 & 9 indices. The traditional 34mm size/style Oyster Perpetual “Air-King” era looks to be over making this example one of the last as it was purchased brand new on August 31, 2016. Previously owned by a long time client of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers who cautiously used the watch from time to time. The watch is in immaculate condition virtually unworn. Scrambled serial number, late production date, and the uncommon engine turned bezel version. It comes complete with the inner/outer box, white cardboard sleeve, paperwork, chronometer tag, plastic product tag, and Rolex shopping bag all in perfect condition guaranteeing this is a most desirable example.  I love the silver dial tone on tone look with the mostly brushed stainless steel. 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 words in mind, we are offering this amazing example for $8,500.00 CAD including a complimentary 1-year warranty. Stock #505-00259.


November 5, 2022

2021 Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze 39mm 79012M Boutique Edition $5,500.00 CAD. 505-00299

When you’ve got a winner you should stick with it. When Tudor introduced the Black Bay Heritage line of diver’s watches back in 2012 it was an instant hit. I can’t believe it’s been more than 10 years now and they are as popular as ever. For a simple, no-nonsense timekeeping tool, a Black Bay diver is one of the most legible watches on the market. Over the years the line has expanded to models with calendars, chronographs, dual-time, two-tone cases, and more. Mostly crafted from high grade stainless steel, they occasionally produce models in sterling silver and premium 18 karat gold. Our newest Black Bay estate watch is made from bronze. This unusual metal is mostly associated with marine applications where strength and resistance to corrosion are important. From what we understand the specific alloy that Tudor uses has less copper and more aluminum. Their unique alloy shouldn’t leave you with a green wrist as some copper rich bronze may. This alloy can, will, and does develop a patina specific to each person and what they expose the watch to. Our latest estate Tudor is only a year old and was worn in a very humid sub-tropical environment and often exposed to salt water. The original owner wore it with 2 of the adjustable links removed. We’ve since reinstalled the 2 links and there is an obvious difference in appearance. Given time, wear, and exposure to the elements these 2 links should blend in with the rest. This watch is 100% original and has never been polished or refinished in any way. This model is exclusively available at Tudor Boutiques only. You won’t find one at your local Tudor agency store. It is a comfortable 39mm in diameter and comes with a specific buckle that allows close to 1cm in adjustment. The length can be made adjusted without tools or special skills in any of 5 positions. More room can be made on hot humid days or you can shorten it a touch in cold weather. Too bad every Tudor doesn’t come with this clever “T-fit” buckle. The in house developed MT5400 chronometer fitted within the case offers an extra long 70 hours of power reserve with accuracy expectations as good as the most exclusive and expensive mechanical watch brands. The next owner will assume the balance of the factory’s 5-year warranty covering the watch until the fall of 2026. This watch comes complete with all the original packaging, documents, fully endorsed warranty card, product tag, original invoice, and a never worn or installed golden brown NATO strap. The nylon strap gives this watch a more casual personality and is easily installed with just a small watchmaker’s screwdriver. This scarce Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze 79012M is estate priced at $5,500.00 CAD. Stock #505-00299.


2021 Rolex Oyster Date 115200 salmon/pink dial, perfect cond. $9,725.00 CAD. 505-00240

The recently retired Rolex Oyster Date was an often overlooked but interesting option to the ever-popular Datejust and basic Oyster. They debuted in the 1950s as a less expensive alternative to the Datejust. Original versions came only with a manually wound movement but offered a date display, a useful feature for anyone needing a little more utility than just a 3 hand display. Over the years they received updates and upgrades. Quickset calendars, sapphire crystals, automatic movements, chronometer designation, and even solid 18-karat gold bracelets and cases made their way to the Oyster Date. Throughout the years one thing did remain the same. Rolex always marketed the Oyster Date as a 34mm watch. The reality is, its size has slowly been getting larger over the generations. According to our digital micrometers, this last version measures a full 35.3mm in diameter. Shown beside a current model Oyster 36 (that actually measures 36.0mm) you can see there is very little difference. The slightly smaller measurement occupied a unisex size that should have been more popular than it was. We almost never see modern Oyster Date Rolex turn up in our estate department. I guess for less than 1mm in actual case size, most people opted for the far more popular DATEJUST, making the last generation DATE a rather uncommon watch. In fact, this is the first example of the last generation 115200 we have ever had. I suppose it makes sense that Rolex has now retired the “DATE” and now only features the DATEJUST in 28mm, 31mm, 36mm, and 41mm sizes. The scarce salmon pink dial is a genuine rarity. This unusual colour features the popular stick shaped 18 karat white gold hour markers that are treated to luminous material for easy viewing in any lighting condition. This watch was only worn a couple of times by its previous owner and it remains in perfect original condition. No polishing of any kind has been done. It was originally purchased in August of 2021 and remains under the Rolex international warranty until the summer of 2026. It comes complete with the endorsed warranty card, instructions, tags, inner/outer boxes, and even a green Rolex shopping bag. This rare and retired Rolex is estate priced at $9,725.00 CAD. Stock #505-00240.

SOLD


November 3, 2022

2017 Tudor Black Bay 36 79500 with extra strap. $2,850.00 CAD. 505-00301

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 components. 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 very good condition. It was delivered to the original owner in April 2017 by an Ontario authorized agent. Showing minor evidence of wear in the form of a few small scuffs and scratches. The watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. These minor blemishes can be removed in just a day or so by one of our onsite goldsmiths. The watch is running great and keeping excellent time, it is covered by our 1 year in house Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Comes complete with original Tudor packaging, endorsed warranty card, instructions, original bill of sale, and an extra genuine Tudor grey-black camouflage nylon NATO strap that has never been used. Estate priced at $2,850.00 CAD. Stock #505-00301.

SOLD


November 1, 2022

2021 18kt. white gold 36mm Rolex Day-Date diamond dial & bezel 128349RBR $56,000.00 CAD. 505-00304

For some people, a watch is a redundant relic from a bygone era. Accessing the accurate time is as easy as checking your phone. For certain specific professional applications, an analogue wristwatch is a mandatory piece of equipment for times when pulling out your phone for reference can not only be impractical, but it can also be potentially dangerous. For most people who still wear and love wristwatches, they can be a handy tool, a piece of jewellery, an investment, a fashion accessory, or all of those things. From Timex to Rolex, watch manufacturers produce as many styles for as many tastes and for every budget. When it comes to the flagship model from Rolex, the Day-Date is the top of the line. The Day-Date has only ever been manufactured in precious metal. If you’d like a day of the week displayed on your Rolex, you can only get it in 18 karat gold or platinum. I’m sure we’ve sold 100s of Rolex Date-Date watches over the past 6 decades doing business here in Downtown Barrie, but this is only the second one made from white gold that anyone here can recall. When you’re paying this amount for a watch, almost everyone goes for the traditional yellow gold look. White gold is the subtle choice when it comes to a Day-Date. Unless you’re familiar with Rolex, most would assume this was just another stainless steel Rolex (if it was even recognized as such), or perhaps just another fashion watch with some crystal bling. Those in the loop will instantly see this watch as something very special indeed. This is much more than the basic 36mm, 18 karat, white gold Day-Date. This watch features a spectacular white mother of pearl dial with 8 round single cut diamonds and 2 baguette cut diamonds to plot out the hours. Surrounding the iridescent natural pearl dial is the upgraded diamond set bezel. The bezel contains 52 exceptional quality round brilliant cut natural diamonds weighing approximately 1.50 carats in total. Many people incorrectly refer to the Day-Date watch as “The President”, the name really only refers to the style of the bracelet. This bracelet debuted with the arrival of the first Rolex Day-Date in 1956. It wasn’t until the mid-1960s when U.S. President Lyndon Johnson wore the model that the “President” moniker appeared. In an advertisement campaign of time, Rolex wrote ”the presidents’ watch”. Ever since, the name stuck for both the Day-Date and the Day-Date bracelet, although the name originally referred to just the bracelet. Our latest 36mm Day-Date model number 128349RBR dates from the summer of 2021, as per the endorsed warranty card. It was occasionally worn by the previous owner from time to time. It remains in very good condition and does show some evidence of use. There are small scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet. There is a tiny chip on the raised edge of the sapphire crystal at the 33-minute position mark that is all but invisible. One of the adjustment links has a decent sized scratch that can easily be removed along with any other blemishes. As always, we prefer to present our watches in their original unpolished condition. The back of the case lugs displays all the gold hallmark stamps in perfect detail. The President bracelet with locking/integrated buckle has never been removed from the case.  The watch features Rolex’s new generation 3255 automatic movement. According to Rolex, the 31 jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous generation with an accuracy rating 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. White gold Day-Date watches are rarely seen around here. This example remains under the 5-year Rolex international warranty until the summer of 2026. It comes complete with the original box, full paperwork with an endorsed warranty card, and a Rolex shopping bag. The large presentation box is in perfect condition. This box doubles as an eight compartment jewellery box to hold any other of your treasures. Any Rolex qualifies as a high quality watch, this one is so much more. This diamond masterpiece is also a magnificent item of jewellery made to last generations. This estate watch is priced at $56,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00304.


1986 Rolex Explorer II 16550 with service dial $12,500.00 CAD. 505-00128

The first Rolex Explorer II (model 1655) was pretty much a commercial disaster. It was marketed as a specialty watch for those interested in spelunking (cave exploration). In the 1950s and 60s, this activity was actually becoming somewhat popular. The original Explorer II had two hours hands and a fixed bezel indexed for 24 hours. The smaller, skinny hour hand would circle the dial every 12 hours while the dominant hour hand took a full 24 hours to go around the black dial, which was the only colour offered. The theory was, in the absolute darkness of a cave the only way to determine AM hours from PM hours would be by referencing a 24 hour hand. The oversized 24 hand was treated to an extra-large dose of luminous tritium making it the obvious feature in a no light situation. Unlike the rotating bezel of a Submariner that can be used as a minute timer and the GMT-Master bezel that displayed a second timezone, the Explorer II bezel is fixed in place. It can only show the current time albeit in a 24-hour format. The vintage looking first generation Explorer II didn’t sell in large numbers, today they are expensive collectibles with prices starting at $30,000.00. Production of the originals ran from 1971 to 1984. Our latest estate Rolex is a very early 2nd generation from 1986. The 16550 features an entirely new larger case, sapphire crystal, white gold framed hour markers, a white dial option, and a new caliber 3085 movement. The new movement enables the user to independently adjust the 24 hour hand to display a second timezone. This feature set the Explorer II free from the depths of just cave exploration to the world of jet travel with a dual time zone display capability. The 16550 was only produced from 1985 until 1989 making it a relatively scarce transition model. I think this is the first one we have ever had. If you come across a Rolex that looks like this, chances are it is the much more common 16570 that was produced from 1989 until 2011. Aside from a few minor movement differences, the only way to distinguish a 16550 from the common 16570 is, the 16550 has a thicker numeral font, horizontal middle sections on the 2s, triangle indexes are a little longer and slightly closer to the inner bezel edge. It’s always fun to discover the tiniest changes that Rolex implemented into their watches as they evolved. At some point over the past 35 years, the original tritium dial was replaced with a more modern luminova version. The purist collector will always prefer complete originality. Many of the original dials on 16550 Explorer IIs have been updated (especially the white versions) as the paint shifted to a creamy color, while the paint on the black dials often cracked. The newer replacement dial on our 16550 offers an obvious advantage of still exhibiting phosphorescence after exposure to bright light. Original tritium dials lose their ability to glow after around 25 years. Our Explorer II is in good overall condition, showing some sag, stretch and wear in the 11 link 78360 Oyster bracelet with service buckle. The synthetic sapphire service crystal shows a small scratch but otherwise displays perfect optics over the glossy black dial. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty prorated for 5 years, this uncommon Explorer II is estate priced at $12,500.00 CAD. Stock #505-00128.

 

 

 


October 30, 2022

2022 Tudor Pelagos FXD 42mm titanium 25707B (never worn) $6,100.00 CAD. 505-00293

The Tudor Pelagos FXD 265707 is not just another capable diver’s watch. This one was truly developed as a Professional diver’s underwater navigation tool. On Tudor’s website, they explain underwater like this: “Underwater navigation consists of reaching a precise location by sea, without surfacing, by following a meticulously planned route. Divers carry out this underwater navigation in pairs, connected to one another by a strap known as a “life line”, and complete a series of straight swims guided by a magnetic compass. They swim at a constant speed for a set time in each section, completing as many sections as necessary whilst timing each one exactly. Underwater navigation entails restarting a countdown at each change of course. The anticlockwise graduation and luminescence of the bezel of this model make it easy to set up and monitor each countdown, by aligning the time set for the section to be covered on the bezel with the minute hand. When the minute hand arrives opposite the triangle, the team changes course and the diver in charge of timing begins the next countdown. The Pelagos FXD has also been fitted with a large bezel ring, which exceeds the diameter of the case for optimum grip, even with neoprene gloves and hands that are numb from long dives in cold water.” There you have it underwater navigation 101 by Tudor. This watch is officially supplied equipment for the Marine Nationale (French Navy). Its robust design, ease of function, and information interpretation couldn’t be more suited to the tasks asked of it. The FXD refers to the case design with its FiXeD lugs exclusively for use with NATO-style one-piece straps. Traditional springbar equipped watches can fall off if a bar breaks, bends, or somehow comes dislodged. The titanium case measures around 41mm in diameter, but the bezel measures 43mm according to our micrometer. The extra overlap makes countdown timer adjustment extra easy. The glowing characteristics are not reserved for the dial or part of the bezel. The entire bezel ring is treated with some of the most luminous material we’ve ever seen. Beating within the case is Tudor’s in-house developed, automatic winding, 25 jewel, calibre MT5602. This movement dates from 2015 and can be found in every 3-hand Tudor Chronometer. It runs at an industry standard 28,800 cycles per hour but provides an extra long 70 hours of power reserve. Its silicon hairspring is anti-magnetic and is something you don’t see in many watches in this price range. Tudor’s MT series (Manufacture Tudor) frees them from the limitations of sourcing movements from outside makers that are often the competition. This watch has never been worn and is in perfect condition. It comes complete with boxes, tags, documents, an endorsed warranty card, both straps, and even a Tudor shopping bag (not shown). The new owner will benefit from the balance of the 5-year warranty until April 2027. This watch is estate priced at $6,100.00 CAD. Stock #505-00293.


October 27, 2022

1997 Rolex 16610 Submariner (Oct. 2022 factory servicing). $13,075.00 CAD. 505-00243

The 16610 is an absolute classic when it comes to Rolex Sports watches. In fact, of all the Submariners produced to date, the 16610 was the most prolific as it was in continuous production for the better part of 25 years. There were only some minor tweaks to the bracelet, movement, case, and dial over all those years. If you see a vintage Submariner on someone’s wrist there is a good chance it is one of these. Of the 3 dial significant dial variations, this is by far the rarest. The fact that this dial only says “SWISS” in the tiny text under the 6 o’clock marker makes it pretty rare. Rolex only marked their dials like this for about a year or so in 1999. Before that, the dials read SWISS-25<. After 1999 until the model was retired the tiny text under the 6 o’clock marker read “SWISS MADE”. This seemingly trivial detail is one reason Rolex collectors seek out these watches. Sometimes the tiniest feature can add many thousands of dollars to otherwise identical Rolex watches. What makes this watch potentially even more unusual is the fact it is a 1997 model and should feature the SWISS-T <25 dial. This means at some point, likely around 1999 this dial was changed while being serviced, perhaps under warranty or perhaps due to damage, but the fact it has the “Swiss only” dial is notable. Because Rolex only used this dial for a year or so, I would imagine there are very few 16610 Submariners with “Swiss only” service dials. While no longer 100% original it makes an interesting story and gives this watch a rare character. With the dial anomaly, we thought it would be a good idea to send the watch to Rolex Canada for full service and their blessing. They replaced the crown and bezel insert, plus the entire movement was disassembled and serviced. The October 21, 2022 overhaul cost $973.00 plus sales tax, but now we are confident everything is in order with our latest estate Submariner. The watch comes with Rolex’s 2-year international service warranty. We are happy to include the original service documents with the warranty card, travel case, and complimentary polishing cloth to the next owner. The service stickers are still applied to the case sides and back. Please note most of these pictures were taken prior to the service without stickers. This unusual Rolex is estate priced at $13,075.00 CAD. Stock #505-00243.

SOLD


October 25, 2022

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

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


October 24, 2022

1972 Tudor Oyster Princess 22mm 7586/3 freshly serviced $1,890.00 CAD. e14643

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


October 23, 2022

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

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


October 18, 2022

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

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


2021 Rolex Explorer II 226570 $15,300.00 CAD. 505-00196

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 adventurer’s watch that was built a little more rugged than a standard Oyster, Oysterdate, or Datejust. It featured an innovative orange second hour hand with an 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 style 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 3285 has an autonomy of 70 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 an authorized agent in December 2021. It is showing minor evidence of use in the form of small scuffs and scratches on the buckle, case, and bracelet. The radial finish stainless steel bezel also displays a few scuffs. An optically perfect synthetic sapphire crystal is in perfect 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, an endorsed warranty card, a card holder, and a Rolex shopping bag. 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 the balance of the factory’s 5-year international warranty, this Explorer II is estate priced at $15,300.00 CAD. Stock #505-00196.


October 14, 2022

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

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


October 13, 2022

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

We don’t toss out the 3-star ***rare*** headline very often. 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 at no charge to 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 on 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 the Rolex logo is crisp and sharp edged. Submariner, Daytona, and 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 love the rare 7205 riveted bracelet with 57 end pieces. As was the 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 bracelets were replaced with solid link versions. Most vintage Rolex have had their original bracelets replaced with 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 not too much lateral movement. Including a one year mechanical warranty, the watch is estate priced at $19,460.00 CAD. Stock #e11829.


October 10, 2022

2019 Tudor BlackBay 41 79543 $4,200.00 CAD. 505-00233

Building on the success of the Heritage Black Bay, Tudor introduced a slightly more subtle sporting watch called the Heritage Black Bay 41. It’s the same size case as the diver’s version but it appears larger because it lacks the 60-minute rotating bezel timer. A brushed finish 18 karat yellow gold fixed bezel replaces the ratcheting timing bezel found on diver Black Bay. The dressier design actually makes for a more distinctive look than the popular yet ubiquitous diver design. Much the same as the Rolex Explorer is to the Submariner, the Black Bay 41 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 with 18 karat gold cap bracelet should get the job done under all conditions. I love the brightly polished centre stainless steel section showing great contrast against the brushed finish on the other links. The distinctive snowflake hour hand, curved text, 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 very good condition. It was delivered to the original owner in June of 2019 from a German authorized Tudor agent. Showing only minor evidence of wear in the form of a few small scuffs and scratches. The watch has never been polished or 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 navy blue nylon Nato strap that is easily swapped for a much more casual look. This model has been retired and replaced with pretty much the same watch with a few subtle changes that can be seen on the Tudor website priced at $6,150.00 CAD. This less is more Tudor is estate priced at $4,200.00 CAD. Stock #505-00233

 


October 6, 2022

1990 Rolex Day-Date President 18238 ultra rare glossular garnet & diamond dial $55,555.00 CAD 505-00104. e14302

Since 1956 the Rolex Day-Date has been the flagship of the prestigious brand from Geneva Switzerland. The basic form and perfect proportions have changed little in more than 65 years. While Rolex briefly offered a 41mm version of the watch, and now you can buy a basic 40mm model for $43,050.00 CAD, it’s the traditional 36mm that is the Goldilocks size; not too big and not too small, it’s juuuust right. At 36mm diameter and only available in weighty 18 karat gold or platinum, it has more wrist presence than you might expect. The current 40mm Day-Date weighs close to 1/2 a pound, making it a bit of a commitment to wear every day. Our latest Day-Date still weighs in at a substantial 142.5 grams, so you know you’re wearing it but it isn’t a task or cumbersome. Model 18238 was produced from 1988 until 2000 and was the first version to feature a double quickset calendar, both the day and date can be adjusted without affecting the time. A visit to a Rolex boutique will often showcase a champagne dial, Day-Date in a beautifully lit museum display case or window. We even have a sidewalk sign displaying a vintage Day-Date from the 1960s. There is no other model that defines the Rolex experience better than a Day-Date. Our latest Day-Date with classic President bracelet is by far the most significant example to ever have passed through these doors, and this is its second go around. We sold this watch for the first time in 2005 for $20,000.00. After 16 years of special occasion use, the previous owner decided it was time for someone else to take over stewardship duties. When selecting a Day-Date, most people choose the iconic fluted bezel, president bracelet, and champagne dial. Occasionally we see them with a white, silver, or black dial. For those who want a little more bling, diamond markers and an iridescent pearl dial can be had. For someone looking for a more bespoke look in the 1980s and 90s, Rolex offered dials crafted from wood and exotic stones. Black onyx, lapis lazuli, tigers eye, turquoise, malachite, jasper, coral, and other mineral dials were available to make your Day-Date a little more unique. For a truly out-of-this-world look, you can even get a dial cut from a section of meteorite. Those dials are uncommon and downright rare, but our grossular garnet dial with diamond hour markers is virtually unique. After much online research, we could only find a couple of other examples. From documents supplied with the watch from Rolex, we feel this dial was a $6,800.00 option no later than July 2006. This watch was cautiously worn by careful owners who obviously treated it as an important, cherished possession. The condition of this watch dating from 1990 is remarkable. It was treated to a full factory service in 2012 through a Rolex authorized agent. The fluted bezel is sharp and crisp, the 25-link bracelet exhibits almost no sag, and will fit a wrist with a circumference of up to 21cm. While the watch has seen at least one professional refinishing when serviced at Rolex, the case and bracelet details remain in practically new condition. A telltale sign of a Rolex that has been excessively polished and refinished is the “frog toes” Rolex coronet logo on the buckle. Over the years even unpolished watches will lose definition on the buckle logo, the logo on this watch is almost perfect. The position of the buckle release trigger causes it to continuously be subjected to wear and tear. Once worn down it is impossible to recover unless you replace the entire buckle. With the significant increases in value experienced by all Rolex over the years, we wonder what lies ahead for this watch, and who will be the next owner. Will it go to someone who loves the unique look of the purplish dial or to the Rolex investor searching for something far rarer than even a vintage Paul Newman Daytona. This is a watch that we are tempted to just hang on to as I’m sure we’ll never see another. The meticulous previous owner kept every document that we supplied to him 16 years ago. It comes with the original instruction booklet, 2 polishing cloths from different eras, chronometer hang-tag, bill of sale from 2005, Rolex service papers 2012, service booklet with warranty card, service travel pouch, various other documents, and the original wood lined presentation box. While the package is missing the original agent-endorsed warranty paperwork, we feel this is the most complete and best example of this extremely rare dial Day-Date on the market. Including a one-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) this unique piece of vintage Rolex history is estate priced at $55,555.00 CAD. Stock #505-00104.

 


October 2, 2022

2004 Rolex Datejust 116203 36mm (June 2022 factory service) $12,750.00 CAD. 505-00248

If only your last used car came as well documented as this watch. Buying a preowned Rolex is much the same as buying a used car, except once you’re ready to move on the Rolex is still going to be worth a bunch of money. Condition and history are paramount considerations when it comes to purchasing anything that’s had a previous owner. This 1 owner Datejust 36mm 116203 was purchased new in Kitchener Ontario in December 2004. At that time this watch had a suggested retail price of $9,580.00 CAD. 18 years later this watch is an excellent value at $12,750.00 and shouldn’t last long. It was worn as a timekeeping tool by its previous owner every day. He kept to the Rolex maintenance schedule of a complete servicing to the automatic movement every 5-years. The original service invoices are included with the package. The second service was just performed at Rolex Canada in June 2022. Since the June 22 service, the watch hasn’t been worn and still has the protective plastic service stickers on the case! Included with the recent service was a professional refinishing of the 18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel case. The watch now looks practically new aside from only a little bit of sag/wear in the full length Oyster bracelet. Complete kit, 1 owner, Rolex watches are not that uncommon, but one with full factory service history is quite rare. You can rest assured the watch was serviced to Rolex’s high standards and will continue to function as a reliable luxury watch for decades to come. The classic two tone Datejust with the smooth bezel and sportier Oyster bracelet is much less common than the typical fluted bezel with the Jubilee bracelet we usually see. Needless to say, the watch comes with all its original documentation and packaging. The watch is covered by Rolex’s 2-year international service warranty. If you bought a used car 18 years ago for the cost of this watch, that car was likely scrapped ten years ago and you likely received a few hundred dollars for it. Buying a new or used Rolex often works out to be an unlikely but positive investment decision. If you’re considering buying a preowned Rolex this is a great example to consider. We’re always looking for good quality trade-ins. Bring us your old gold, silver, watches, diamonds, or other used jewellery. There is always room in our estate department for another previously enjoyed treasure. Once the Rolex service warranty expires in June of 2024, the balance of our 5-year prorated warranty will extend decreasing coverage until June 2027. This is now a retired model but the replacement model 126203 looks pretty much the same. This excellent example is estate priced at $12,750.00 CAD. Stock #505-00248.


October 1, 2022

2022 Rolex Oyster 34 blue dial 124200 (never worn) $8,700.00 CAD. 505-00297

Here’s a gift that you’ll enjoy picking up and a gift that they’ll love to receive. The Rolex 34mm Oyster is a great mix of classic Rolex design with contemporary details that are instantly noticeable. There is a good chance blue is their favorite colour. Of all the colours to choose from, blue is cited as the favorite colour of around 35% of people asked. Blue dial Rolex watches are always a top seller for us. Blue is refreshing to see on a conservative brand like Rolex that usually features silver, black, white, or champagne dials. The raised 18 karat white gold luminous hour markers and hands are the classic rectangular shape. The watch was purchased new in August 2022 and has never been worn. It comes complete with everything delivered from the authorized agent, including an inner/outer box, endorsed warranty card, instructions, hanging bracelet tags, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The uncluttered functional dial with smooth bezel and sporty oyster bracelet make this watch the perfect accessory for an active lifestyle. A super scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, threaded twin lock crown, and a screw-on case back allow for a 100-meter water-resistant rating. Not a scuff or scratch anywhere to be found. The 34mm size is the perfect size for the casual look on a woman’s arm, or for the slim gentleman who doesn’t like an overwhelming watch. This size is almost always sold out at Rolex agents and is seldom seen in display cases. Being a 2022 model this watch benefits from the Rolex 5-year international warranty. Estate priced at $8,700.00. Stock #505-00297.

 


September 30, 2022

2000 Rolex Submariner 16613 blue dial 40mm serviced $15,500.00 CAD. 505-00137

Two-tone sports watches are making a comeback, and Rolex is actively promoting the concept with the introduction of the Sea-Dweller 126603 and the debut of the 2021 Explorer 124273. These purposefully designed professional models have been available for decades but were previously only offered in stainless steel. Although they haven’t lost any of their overachieving sporting specifications, they have gained the ability to be worn for more dressy occasions with the addition of solid 18 karat yellow gold details. If you’re buying an expensive watch, doesn’t it make sense to be able to wear it in any situation? It is my opinion that the current price of many vintage and used two-tone Rolex sports watches offer good value at the moment. It is absolutely impossible to buy a nice example of a used stainless steel Submariner for less than $12,000.00 CAD right now. New ones are on perpetual backorder at Rolex agents with waiting lists extending well into the future. New to lightly used, current model (126610LN) stainless steel Submariners are selling for around 60% more than the original suggested retail price. Buying a new two-tone Submariner 126613LB comes with a retail price of $16,800. Older, used, retired models in reasonable condition are available anywhere from around $14,000, but this price is rising. Every time we get an estate/vintage blue dial 16613 Submariner, can’t understand why these are not way more popular than the entry-level steel versions. The bright royal blue dial and bezel insert of these discontinued models is the perfect complement to the rich warm hue of Rolex’s proprietary 18 karat yellow gold alloy. The 16613 is one of Rolex’s best designs and was produced for over 20 years. Our latest two-tone Submariner is a great example that was serviced by us in April of 2022. It is running well within chronometer specifications as per our timing report. It is a model year 2000 and benefits from a few upgrades implemented by Rolex over the years. The case still features holes with long pin springbars, the same as the original Submariner but the bracelet eng pieces are of solid construction and much stronger than the stamped ends from previous years.  The diver’s extension links are also solid and feature gold centre links unlike the stamped steel extension found on earlier bracelets. The 18 karat stripe on the buckle integrates nicely with the rest of the Oyster bracelet. The watch has been worn regularly for the past 22 years and shows some wear on the embossed buckle logo, a touch of bracelet sag, and some light scratches. That iconic royal blue dial is in excellent condition. The 18 karat gold hands and dial markers are also in great shape and display some subtle oxidation. The luminous insert glow strongly after exposure to a bright light source and are stain free. Even the gold text, all 7 lines are impeccable with lettering applied so thick it actually has some height. Two-tone Rolex Submariners come and go with regularity at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers, but we still get excited each time the next one briefly is displayed in our showcase. This watch comes with our one-year complimentary warranty (prorated for 5 years), this watch is estate priced at $15,500.00 CAD. Stock #505-00137.


2000 Rolex Datejust 26 mother or pearl/diamond dial 79173 $10,200.00 CAD 505-00276

Admission into the Rolex club will cost you $14,500.00 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 our 26mm estate example, a concealed buckle, and some other very minor style differences along with some mechanical updates. The fact that this Rolex is over 20 years old will come as a huge shock to almost anyone who looks at it. Rolex is more than just a watch manufacturer, they are an institution within the jewellery and luxury product industry. If you buy a Rolex, you can be confident you’ll not need another watch in your lifetime. Styles and trends come and go but a Rolex Oyster, Date, Datejust, or Day-Date will stand the test of time like nothing else. Datejusts have been the most popular model from the Geneva based company for over 75 years. Our latest estate example is in very good condition. The beautiful natural mother of pearl dial is an expensive option and seldom seen. Each MOP dial is unique and features a slightly different rainbow display of dispersed light over its pearl surface. The super hard/tough sapphire crystal is completely scratch free, without even the slightest nick on the sharp edges. These sapphire crystals sit off the bezel a touch, it is very common to see the edge chipped a little. Solid 18 karat yellow gold stick hands and hour markers are a standard Rolex feature. Most manufacturers use simple gold plated dial features, but in the Rolex tradition of luxury, only a premium 18 karat alloy is used. Each of the ten hour markers showcases an exceptional quality single diamond for an extra touch of sophisticated sparkle. The yellow gold fluted bezel with the 18 karat and steel jubilee bracelet has always been a best seller. The soft dial colour blend with any outfit and can be worn on any occasion. The long 22 link bracelet is showing some sag and a touch of stretch but has many decades of service left. This bracelet will accommodate a wrist size of up to  7 1/2 inches. At some point in the past, an overzealous watchmaker polished the back of the buckle a little more than we would have liked to see, resulting in the embossed Rolex coronet losing much of its detail.  For a significant discount compared to a new one, this watch is likely a better investment than buying new. The watch was recently treated to a comprehensive service (February 2022) that has it running like new. That new car you’ve been eyeing is going to depreciate more in a year than the total cost of this watch. Accompanying the watch is everything that originally came when delivered including the dealer-endorsed warranty/chronometer certificate, and the original bill of sale from Mappin & Webb at the Heathrow airport. The original owner had us provide an appraisal for insurance in the summer 0f 2015, our appraisal is included as part of this watch’s comprehensive history. The original purchase price was ₤3,914.89. It’s working great and keeping good time with all functions operating as designed. We are happy to include a complimentary one-year warranty (prorated for 5 years) for the next owner. This retired 26mm Lady Datejust is estate priced at $10,290.00 CAD. Stock number 505-00276.

 


September 24, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 36 126234 diamond dial (never worn) $17,340.00 CAD. 505-00238

It may look like a familiar watch but it’s actually somewhat new (at least by Rolex standards). Well, perhaps it is not completely new but rather an evolution of the most popular watch in the world. Much like the width of a gentleman’s tie or the length of a lady’s skirt, watch dimensions ebb and flow. This generation of the classic 36mm Datejust debuted in early 2018 with narrower lugs and slight tweaks to the case, dial, and bezel. It follows the traditional balanced look of the original 1945 Datejust. A more significant change can be found inside the 100m watertight Oyster case. The old calibre 3135 has been replaced with the all-new calibre 3235. A new movement isn’t something that happens very often for Rolex, the 3135 saw duty in the many Rolex watches from 1988 until 2019. The new movement isn’t an evolution of the 3135 as over 90% of the parts are redesigned or different. The 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), a modified barrel design that allows for a longer mainspring for an extended power reserve, a new winding module to increase efficiency, and tighter accuracy tolerances. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in-house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the mechanism. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, robust timepiece with a long 70-hour power reserve. They have even tightened up the accuracy tolerances to a claimed plus or minus of around 2 seconds per day. This Datejust is absolutely perfect in every way and has never been worn. It features the upgraded 18 karat white gold fluted bezel and factory diamond dial. The radial finish sunburst blue dial with the Oyster bracelet offers a slightly sportier look compared to the Jubilee style and the diamonds add a touch of sophisticated sparkle. Hidden under the embossed buckle is a clever extension that allows a 5mm length adjustment without the need for any tools, on days when a bit of extra room is more comfortable. At 36mm this watch is perfect for the lady who likes something a bit bigger but not a cartoon or the slim gentleman who doesn’t like the bulk of a 40mm Professional model. The watch comes with everything as delivered from the original authorized Rolex agent. Full documents, booklets, endorsed warranty card, inner/outer boxes, chronometer hang tag, foam box liner, white cardboard protective box sleeve, clear plastic bezel guard, and even a large Rolex shopping bag. There are still many of the original protective plastic stickers on the buckle, case back, and lugs. The next owner will benefit from the 5-year international Rolex warranty until the spring of 2027. While not as difficult to find as a Daytona or Submariner, a stainless steel with white gold, blue dial Datejust is not a watch seen often in the showcase of your local Rolex agent. This brand new, never worn, perfect condition Datejust 126234 is estate priced at $17,340.00 CAD. Stock #505-00238


1978 Rolex GMT-Master 1675 “Pepsi” Jubilee bracelet $28,000.00 CAD. 505-00034

It’s been 67 years since Rolex introduced one of the most popular and distinctive sports models of all time, the GMT-Master. In the 1940s and ’50s international travel was catching on and pilots required a quick easy way to keep track of local time and Greenwich meantime. GMT is a constant time that does not change with the seasons or location, it is the international reference point to which local all local time zones are calculated. The simple rotating bezel can be rotated to show GMT using the second long red hour hand in a 24-hour format. The daylight hours are displayed in the red zone and dark nighttime hours are shown in blue. This model dates from 1978 and is in remarkable condition for its age. The dial shows absolutely no patina on the tritium hands or hour markers. The flat black, matt finish dial is perfect. We felt a watch of this quality and condition deserved a fresh factory service. In November 2020 we sent it to the Rolex Canada facility in Toronto for an estimate to service the watch and to address any other issues it may have. To our relief Rolex only suggested overhauling the 26 jewel, calibre 1570 automatic mechanism, and replacing the plastic crystal. The rest of the watch was left alone. We specifically requested that Rolex DO NOT polish or refinish the case or bracelet in any way. It has only been worn a handful of times since the factory service was completed at the end of January 2021. The previous owner removed the protective factory service stickers since these pictures were taken but the watch finish remains in excellent condition.   The Jubilee bracelet is a service replacement from 1997. Jubilee bracelets made their first appearance on a sports Rolex with the GMT. All the other sports models came only with the Oyster style making the GMT a little different. After close to a 30-year absence Rolex is once again offering a GMT-Master with a red/blue bezel on a Jubilee bracelet, the new GMT is still the only sporty Rolex to be offered with a Jubilee bracelet. The GMT-Master was retired in the late 1990s and replaced with the GMT-Master II still in production today. The newest “Pepsi” red/blue model 126710BLRO retails for $12,650.00 CAD but apparently, the waiting list to buy one is a mile long, and used versions of the newest model have asking prices of over $25,000.00.Of course, you can always get the entirely 18 karat white gold version for $46,550.00 CAD, but there are long waiting lists for that one too. Vintage GMT Masters have seen considerable appreciation in value over the past few years. If you’ve been chasing them for a while maybe it’s time to bite the bullet with this fantastic example. All four digit model number, plastic crystal professional Rolex watches are turning up less and less often. Collectors are buying everything that comes on the market and tucking them away. In the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, the character Pussy Galore wore an early example of a Rolex GMT Master. A 40mm watch in the ’60s was very unusual for a woman, but looking at it today I think they look fantastic on a feminine wrist, especially with a Jubilee bracelet like this one. This watch comes with the 2-year international Rolex service warranty, green faux suede service pouch, copy of service invoice for $1,412.50, service warranty card, booklet, and a Rolex polishing cloth. This beautiful example of a vintage GMT-Master is estate priced at $28,000.00 CAD. Stock number 505-00034.

 

 


September 20, 2022

1969 Rolex Air-King Date 5701 34mm $5,190.00 CAD. 505-00255

If your significant other is giving you a hard time about your watch collection, let them know there are worse ways to spend your disposable income. Here is more evidence supporting my argument. Our latest estate watch was purchased from us in late 2001 for just $2,250.00, and at $5,190.00 today I think it’s still good value for an entry-level collector Rolex. This watch is a little unusual because it is an Air-King but it also has a calendar feature. This combination was only available in commonwealth countries like Canada, Australia, etc. All other countries got the Air-King without the date feature. I believe this is the only automatic watch that Rolex made during this era that had a calendar feature but wasn’t chronometer rated. These 34mm Air-Kings can be worn by men or women on the original stainless steel Oyster bracelet or a leather strap of your colour choice that gives the watch a completely different character. The Air-King Date features an extremely sturdy and reliable calibre 1520. This 26 jewel automatic winding mechanism was initially developed in 1957 and stayed in service in watches like the no date Submariner until the late 1980s. A more than 30-year run speaks volumes for reliability. This Air-King has been worn off and on by various owners for over 50 years. The full length 13 folded link Oyster bracelet should fit almost anyone and is in decent condition. It is showing some dents and dings with some sage but has many decades of useful service life left. The logo on the buckle is very well worn but still displays some relief. We are happy to supply the next owner of this vintage (and somewhat rare Rolex) with a complimentary 1-year warranty. The watch is estate priced at $5,190.00 CAD. Stock #505-00255.


September 17, 2022

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

We’ve all had those woulda coulda shoulda moments that we didn’t capitalize on. Opportunities that didn’t necessarily look like opportunities until years later. There are few consumer products that have appreciated in value better than a Rolex sports watch. Not many discretionary purchases have any value left in them after a few years, let alone a few decades. I remember not much more than a decade ago, Submariners like this were trading hands for around $5,000.00. Today I think this watch is still a good opportunity priced at $13,770.00 CAD. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers sold this exact watch to its previous owner in 2019. He sold it back to us recently for more than he initially paid for it in 2019. It’s not difficult to make a compelling case that Rolex is an actual asset class all on its own. Very few Rolex watches are worth less today than when they were new. All have seen appreciation, but the sports models have seen the most. Our latest estate Rolex was the most popular Submariner ever produced. The 16610 remained in production for close to 25 years. It is what most people identify as what a Submariner should look like. It offers the classic symmetry of a 40mm case with a 20mm Oyster bracelet. It is the last model with an aluminum bezel insert. Some expert collectors believe the 16610 is one of the more investible and accessible Rolex watches on the vintage market today, and this one is pretty nice. We’ve sold 100s of this model over the years. If we knew what they’d be worth today we would have never sold them, we would have squirreled them away and been much better off. This is but one of our woulda coulda shoulda Rolex moments, of which there are many. I wonder where the Rolex market going to be in the next ten years. It appears Rolex and real estate are only inexpensive in hindsight. This 1996 example comes with an accessory Everest rubber strap. These high-quality straps are made in Switzerland, specifically made for Rolex. The soft rubber strap fits perfectly without gaps and comes with a strong stainless steel buckle. The watch also comes with a Rolex inner/outer box, some documents, chronometer hag-tag, calendar, wallet, and our complimentary 1-year warranty. It is estate priced at $13,770.00 CAD. Stock #505-00228 e13090.

 


September 15, 2022

Rare 1950s Tudor cocktail watch with diamonds 14kt. white gold. $1,090.00 CAD. 505-00263

Current jewellery styles are thin, light, and delicate when it comes to engagement rings, necklaces and bracelets. Vintage watches like this have always been around, but maybe we are beginning to see the watch come back as more than simply a time-keeping device or status symbol. Watches can be beautiful jewellery items too, with designs that look like they could be used on a ring or pendant. This vintage Tudor is a lovely jewellery item as well as a high quality mechanical watch. The petite case measures just 14mm in diameter yet contains a highly evolved calibre 342 21 jewel hand wind mechanism with shock protection, that is pretty to look at and surprisingly accurate for such a tiny movement. This rare Tudor has been crafted from 14 karat white gold in the Rolex factory with an original Rolex crown and signed case back. There is very little information around about Tudor cocktail watches like this. In sleuthing around the internet we couldn’t find a single example of a Tudor like this. I imagine in the 1950s or 60s you could have purchased a stainless steel or gold plated Rolex for less than this watch cost at the time. I’m sure this was a cherished possession for someone for many years. It appears to be in original condition aside from perhaps a different strap, but I’m sure it came with one very close to this style when new. It is hard to determine with 100% accuracy whether or not the silver tone dial has been refinished. The case doesn’t look to have ever been polished as the florentine finished lugs still show excellent detail. The six small round brilliant cut diamonds add the necessary bling every cocktail watch show display. They are of very nice VS-HI quality and weigh a combined 0.12 carats. The case back has only a couple of service etchings leading us to believe the watch was used more for special occasions rather than every day. Included with purchase are a one-year warranty and complimentary first service, whenever that may be. This unusual estate Tudor cocktail watch is estate priced at $1,090.00 CAD. Stock #505-00263.


September 13, 2022

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

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


September 6, 2022

2000 Rolex Oyster 25mm 76193 perfect factory diamond dial $7,000.00 CAD. e13618

These small Rolex Oyster watches do not show up very often compared to the more expensive and only slightly larger Datejust models. For the lady who likes the clean look of a watch without a calendar and does not want to be bothered correcting the date for months without 31 days, the less is more Rolex Oyster 76193 may be for you. This little watch measures 25mm in diameter and is fitted with an uncommon black dial. Most of these watches come with a silver, white, or champagne dial. The radial finish sunburst dial is absolutely perfect, showing scuffs or stains of any kind. The 11 diamond hour markers are up to the usual Rolex standard of virtually flawless quality and perfect cut. You can conceal a lot of flaws and imperfections with an average or good cut 57 facet brilliant cut diamond, but when it comes to a 17 facet single cut only the finest cutting geometry will result in a bright sparkling display. Rolex is the only company I know of that uses single-cut diamonds. Single cut diamonds just look better in the smaller sizes suitable for hour marker decoration. Even the perfect settings the diamonds are secured in have been crafted from premium 18 karat yellow gold. Even though this is a smaller Rolex it still comes with the features you would expect from Rolex. The crystal is manufactured from optically perfect synthetic sapphire. This material is far harder than regular glass, it shrugs off impacts and abrasive contact that would destroy a mineral glass crystal. The classic Oyster case is protected from moisture to a depth of 100 meters by a thread crown and case back. Inside the stainless-steel case beats a fully adjusted in 5 positions and temperature compensated Rolex manufactured calibre 2230. The 31-jewel automatic winding mechanism runs at the same 28,800 cycles per hour frequency as the larger certified chronometer models. Our black beauty is in excellent condition and keeping great time. The 19 link Jubilee bracelet shows very minor sag and almost no stretch. The combination blushed/polished finish case and bracelet are scratch free. 18 karat yellow gold fluted bezel, Jubilee bracelet, smaller size, and sophisticated black dial give the watch some extra appeal to those who like to dress up from time to time. We are pleased to offer a no-charge 1-year warranty for the new owner. Today the least expensive 18 karat/stainless steel Rolex with a diamond dial will set you back $14,050.00 CAD as shown on the Rolex website. The new model is a little bit larger at 28mm but otherwise similar. Our latest ladies Rolex Oyster is estate priced at $7,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00072.

 


September 5, 2022

2000 Rolex Explorer II 16570 polar white, 40mm. $13,250.00 CAD. 505-00261

Rolex Explorer IIs are only available in stainless steel with a white or black dial on an Oyster bracelet. That is it; no options, no diamonds, no gold or two-tone cases. That is the way it’s been since the first Explorer II was introduced way back in 1971. Not even a Jubilee bracelet option is available. If you want a classic sports Rolex this may be the model for you. Measuring 40mm in diameter makes for a comfortable size that can be worn by almost anyone. Not too big, not too small, and not too thick. The lighter bracelet and buckle from this generation contribute to a comfortable weight of 124 grams with the full compliment of 13 Oyster links. The 16570 has become more collectible since it was replaced with the new larger 42mm version in 2011. Prices are on the move for this interesting model that flies a little under the radar compared to Submariners and Daytonas. The white dial is the preferred choice for the Explorer II. A sporty Rolex with a white dial is not nearly as common as black, offering a clean fresh alternative. This is a more than complete example of a 16570. The condition is very good but does show evidence of use in the form of scratches on the case, bezel, and bracelet. The diabolically difficult to duplicate radial finished 24-hour bezel is in very good condition. Collectors love complete packages, few are more complete than this example. The inner wood-lined box, correct outer cardboard box, warranty paper, hanging tag with matching serial/model number, plastic bezel guard, warranty sleeve, Rolex service papers from February 2013 and 2020, a Rolex shopping bag, service pouches x 2, plus even the original bill of sale from February 2001. It’s hard to believe, but this watch was purchased brand new in the United Kingdom for just  £1,761.70 ($4,370.00 CAD at the time).  The condition and completeness say a lot about the previous owners and how they took care of this watch since its winter of 2001 delivery. The Explorer II is a dual-time model that can display a second time zone in a 24-hour format using the independently adjustable second red hour hand in combination with the easy to read 24-hour fixed bezel. The watch is running great and keeping excellent time. It’s a rugged watch, built with features that have made the prestigious brand number 1 in the luxury watch world. Water resistant Oyster case manufactured from super resistant 904L stainless steel. Bright luminous hands/markers made from 18 karat white gold make time interpretation quick and effortless in any lighting situation. The synthetic sapphire crystal is exponentially tougher than glass and offers perfect optics. A convenient magnified calendar window helps out those with 40 plus year old eyesight. A tough and sporty Oyster bracelet equipped with fliplock buckle (correctly date coded AB9) is a design element that almost alone defines the sporty Rolex experience. The bracelet and case still exhibit details that become less defined with extended years of hard use. Included with the watch is a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $13,250.00 CAD. Stock #505-00261.


August 29, 2022

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

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


August 24, 2022

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

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


August 13, 2022

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

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


August 10, 2022

1987 Rolex Submariner 168000 “Triple zero” $14,440.00 CAD. e14571

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 3rd 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 crystal, glossy black dial with 18 karat 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 leftovers. 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 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 look appropriate for a 35 year old watch. The bracelet is in remarkable condition, it is a Rolex replacement from 2005 according to its MA date code 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 zero 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 a recent factory replacement. At the same time, 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. The previous owner decided to update the look with a very expensive Rubber B strap and buckle. The Rubber B strap with stainless steel tang buckle is in perfect condition. Including a one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this watch is estate priced at $14,440.00 CAD. Stock #e14571.


August 8, 2022

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

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

 


August 3, 2022

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

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

 


July 27, 2022

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

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


Tudor Style M12700, 41mm, never worn. $2,295.00 CAD. 505-00085

Tudor and parent company Rolex make some of the industry’s most desirable watches. Their products that seem to get all the headlines are the sporty Professional models that feature gadgets and over the top specifications that the majority will never use or require. Most people don’t even realize Tudor and Rolex have a more gentle, comfortable, and ultimately practical line of watches. Rolex has the Cellini and Tudor have their Style line buried within their website. Our latest estate watch offers everything you need and nothing you don’t. A large 41mm case constructed from stainless steel, a synthetic sapphire crystal offering perfect optics and is much harder than any ordinary glass crystal. Reflective, faceted hands offer good contrast with the glossy lacquer dial, a screw-down crown, and a threaded case back provide a water-resistance rating of 100 meters. Handy features like a sweeping seconds hand, calendar, and easy to use deployment buckle with fliplock safety make daily wear a pleasure. The folding clasp is a luxury touch providing better security than a tang style buckle and helping the high-quality leather to last longer. The watch is in unworn condition, not a scratch can be seen on the watch. The protective case-back sticker is still in place. The watch comes with the original inner/outer box, foam liner, and instruction booklet but no warranty card. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to provide a complimentary 1-year warranty for the new owner. Estate priced at $2,295.00 CAD. Stock #505-00085.

 


May 17, 2022

2021 Rolex Datejust 41 126303 $14,500.00 CAD. 505-00280

It is amazing how much more casual a Rolex Datejust appears when you substitute the iconic fluted bezel for the smooth and swap out the Jubilee bracelet for the more sporty Oyster style. The other aspects of this barely worn watch are all typical Rolex. Classic 18 karat yellow gold and 904l stainless-steel construction, silver sunburst dial are the luxury features you would expect from Rolex. This watch is in excellent condition as it has been responsibly worn since the summer of 2021. In the dark, the “Chromalight” (a made-up Rolex word referring to the luminous material used for the hands and dial markers) is bright and extra legible. The fully endorsed authorized agent warranty card is dated July 17, 2021. This international warranty covers the next owner until the middle of 2026. The sporty Oyster bracelet and buckle show very minor surface scuffs and scratches. The bezel is smooth bezel is practically perfect. This watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. The minor blemishes on the bracelet/buckle can be removed by our goldsmiths while you wait, should you choose to. You cannot get much newer than this watch and the mechanical calibre 3235 movement powering the 126303 is all new too. The previous mechanism powering Datejusts, Submariners, and other Rolex watches soldiered on for years before being replaced by the 3235. For outright performance, the old 3135 can’t compete against the new generation Rolex 32XX movements like the 3235. It is not an evolution of the 3135, as over 90% of the parts are new. Without getting overly technical, the 3235 features a completely new type of escapement (the heart of a movement), a modified barrel design allowing for a longer mainspring, extended power reserve, a new winding module to increase efficiency, and tighter accuracy tolerances. Look for the tiny Rolex coronet logo under the 6 o’clock marker to see if your Rolex houses the new calibre 3235. In keeping with the Rolex philosophy of “in-house” manufacture, they have improved gear train efficiency by developing their own proprietary lubricants. Even though the movement is rarely seen and only by qualified watchmakers, they have even refined the aesthetic finishes on the movement itself. All these improvements ultimately provide the wearer with an extremely accurate, dependable, reliable timepiece with an exceptionally long 70-hour power reserve. Not only is the movement new the Oyster bracelet is an improvement over the previous generation of bracelets. The 18 karat gold centre links are much heavier, and the buckle is no longer a simple interference lock. The mechanical spring-loaded lock offers more security and sophistication. The “easylink” extension offers the ability to easily extend the length by about 5mm without any tools. This watch comes with all the original documents, boxes, hang tags, foam box liner, and a Rolex shopping bag that came with the watch when originally delivered by the agent. This is NOT a grey market Rolex, no need to scour the internet, import one, and pay a 5% duty on this one. This is a Canadian delivered watch, sale subject to applicable sales tax only. Finding a larger size 2021 preowned Rolex selling for below its current MSRP is difficult. This watch is estate priced at $14,500.00 CAD. Stock #505-00280.

SOLD


May 16, 2022

2020 Tudor Black Bay chronograph 41mm 79350 $5,950.00 CAD. 505-00298

Anyone who’s been chasing Rolex Daytona for a while knows how expensive they’ve become. They have always been costly but today they are truly becoming almost unobtainable for the average watch enthusiast. A basic stainless steel example is going to cost you around $25,000.00 on the secondary market, and that’s not for a complete or really nice example. A Tudor chronograph makes a very compelling alternative, especially considering they are going for more than 75% less. Tudor and Rolex are sister companies but manufacture different watches. Tudor chronographs look pretty much the same as Rolex, they have the same functions plus more utility and they also have a useful calendar display at the 6 o’clock position. There has never been a Rolex Dayton to feature luminous hands and markers that are anywhere near as effective as those found on this watch. Searching “Tudor Chronograph” on a popular preowned watch re-selling website reveals 276 for sale. Searching “Rolex Daytona” on the same website results in just shy of 10,000 for sale, don’t tell me a Daytona is a rare watch. Our latest estate watch is this recently retired Tudor Black Bay chronograph 79350. The Black Bay line of Tudor sports watches has been widely successful and now incorporates chronograph equipped models like this. While this watch is first and foremost a chronograph it is more than capable as a watch you can wear in the water. Thanks to its screw-on case back, screw-down crown, and screw-down pushers, Tudor has given this watch a water-resistance rating of 200 meters. Powering the watch is a slightly modified and decorated Breitling B-01 movement. The B-01 is Breitling’s most advanced chronograph movement and offers unmatched performance at this price range. The Tudor/Breitling collaboration goes back to 2017 when the 2 companies agreed to share movements as a means of gaining independence from Swatch Group movement manufacturer Valjoux and ETA. With reduced development costs, Tudor and Breitling are now offering watches with features few can compete with at this price point. This watch was purchased in the fall of 2020 and appears hardly worn. It remains in its original unpolished condition. There are only small inconspicuous scuffs and scratches to the case, bracelet, and bezel, the sharp crisp edges are still fully intact on the lugs. It comes with its inner/outer boxes, documents, and warranty card. The next owner will assume the balance of the factory’s 5-year warranty until November 2025. This was the first Tudor chronograph to be released featuring the MT-5813 movement back in 2017. It has since been retired and replaced with different dial colour combinations versions. This like-new Tudor chrono is estate priced at $5,950.00 CAD. Stock #  505-00298.

SOLD

 

 


May 15, 2022

2021 Rolex Datejust 126200 36mm Silver Sunburst on Jubliee bracelet $9,888.00 CAD. 505-00303

This just might be the “universal watch”, or as Rolex says “The Classic Watch of Reference”. What we mean by that is, it could be the perfect watch for any/all occasions. Part of this includes the fact that yes it’s a Rolex too. Being a Rolex means it is more than just a basic machine to tell you the time. It is a tradition of excellence and achievement going back well over 100 years. World explorers, heads of state, international celebrities, captains of industry to professionals from all walks of life acknowledge this brand. Wearing a Rolex watch is as much a lifestyle statement as it is the best tool to get the job done. A silver sunburst dial, tone on tone 36mm Datejust is a watch that really can do it all. The Oyster case was a ground-breaking advancement in making watches watertight. 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 hanging out on the back deck with your friends, this watch always looks great. The case and bracelet are crafted exclusively from 904L stainless steel. 319L stainless is the industry standard for high quality watches, it works great and offers excellent resistance to corrosion but Rolex demands better. In 1985 they were the first watch manufacturer to use 904L. The exotic alloy offers an even higher level of protection from almost all types of chemicals and corrosion. It produces a beautiful polish and sheen, but it is more difficult to machine. Rolex had to produce its own special tools and processes in order to properly work with 904L steel. Rolex takes extraordinary measures to make its watches as functional as possible. Solid 18 karat white gold hands and hour markers are far more resistant to oxidation than simple nickel or gold plating used by other manufacturers. The silver dial with stick markers is the epitome of function in any lighting condition thanks to the excellent luminous qualities of the Rolex “Chromalight”.  The upgraded Jubilee bracelet adds a little bling to the otherwise all business design. The smaller links of the Jubilee design make for a more comfortable experience regardless of wrist size. The polished dome centre links don’t show the scuffs and scratches as easily as the basic Oyster style bracelet does. This watch was purchased in the fall of 2021 and is in excellent condition. It was only occasionally worn by its previous owner and displays only minor evidence of use. The polished centre of the “EasyLink” locking buckle shows light scratches along with the case and bracelet edge. These minor blemishes could easily be removed in less than 10 minutes while you wait. It remains in totally original condition. The next owner will benefit from the balance of the Rolex 5-year international warranty until the late fall of 2026. Comes complete with the original inner/outer box, instructions, endorsed warranty card, all documents, tags, protective cardboard sleeve, and even a Rolex shopping bag. Estate priced at $9,888.00 CAD. Stock #505-00303.

SOLD


May 14, 2022

2006 Rolex Submariner 16610 with box & papers $14,000.00 CAD. 505-00264

You keep asking for them, so we’ll keep posting them. The Rolex Submariner 16610 is most likely the single most popular model Rolex has ever made. The all steel construction with a black bezel and dial has defined what a sports watch looks like and is the benchmark design to which all others are measured. These are tough watches designed to do almost anything. It is refreshing to see one that was truly exercised to its abilities. Many of the newer generation  Submariners lead sheltered lives under the cuff of a dress shirt or passing time locked away in a collection. The warranty/chronometer certificate was endorsed on December 5, 2006, in Macau at New Lisboa Gold & Watches Ltd. Just one day later it was sold in Florida at West Best Jewelers for $5,1120.00 USD. The watch remained with the Florida purchaser until it was traded in with us earlier this year. It is in its original unrestored condition, never polished or refinished in any way. It shows wear and tear appropriate for a year that was worn every day for almost 16 years. The Oyster bracelet shows a little sag, the aluminum bezel has a few scratches, and the luminous zero marker is cracked but secure. The older these watches get and the more owners they have, the more likely that they are incomplete. We are happy to report this watch is almost totally complete, the all important paperwork is included. It comes with the original paperwork from Macua, Florida bill of sale, inner box, instruction booklet,  card holder, green plastic product tag with matching serial number, and red plastic chronometer hang tag. The no holes case construction with solid end links gives this old school Submariner a slightly more modern look and feel. The glossy black dial is in perfect condition and the luminova treated hour markers/hands do a fantastic job in less than optimal lighting conditions. The TripLock crown turns a full 540 degrees before it pops old. All functions are operating as designed and the watch is keeping great time. Including a complementary 1-year warranty this classic 16610 Submariner is estate priced at $14,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00264.

SOLD


May 13, 2022

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

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

SOLD

 

 


May 12, 2022

2021 Rolex Submariner 126618LN 18 karat gold (worn 10 times) $51,500.00 CAD. 505-00150

Rolex sports watches are stainless steel and the dressy models are gold. For those wanting a do it all look, Rolex offers many of their models in a combination of steel and gold that is more versatile. For the person seeking a luxury look in a pure sports package, Rolex occasionally makes the world’s most popular sports watch in solid 18 karat gold. Over the years we have sold 100s of solid gold Rolex watches, 99% of them were the smaller size dress models. This is only the 2nd or 3rd solid gold Submariner to ever show up in our estate collection. The 41mm Oyster case and bracelet weigh in at slightly over half a pound (236.6 grams)! This watch was only worn around 10 times and is in like new condition. I can’t imagine this watch being used for its intended function as a diver’s tool for measuring elapsed dive times, but it’s nice to know it has all the functional capabilities as the standard-issue stainless steel model. Threaded crown/case-back, one-way timer bezel, watertight to 1000 feet, glide look buckle extension, luminous hands/markers, and a super scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire crystal. Gold Submariners are exponentially more scarce than their two-tone and steel siblings. From what we understand, most agents only get one or two per year. Since 1969 the gold Submariner came only as a 40mm model. this is the first gold Submariner Rolex has ever offered in the slightly larger 41mm size. The new larger case features slightly thinner lugs and a wider bracelet resulting in a more balanced look compare to the previous bulky, top-heavy previous generation. This new style is more in keeping with the Submariner silhouette from the 1950s through 2010. I love the gold hallmarks Rolex stamp under the lugs. There is, of course, the famous Rolex coronet logo, a purity stamp, scales, and since 1995 the St. Bernard dog can be found on Swiss watches made of precious metal. The G stands for Geneva. Powering the new 126618LN is the Rolex calibre 3235. This automatic winding mechanism sports a power reserve just shy of 3 full days and does so, well within chronometer level precision. Rolex suggests service intervals of a lengthy 10 years. The new owner of this remarkable watch will benefit from an international warranty that is good until the fall of 2026. The watch comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, booklets, fully endorsed warranty card, chronometer hangtag, price/product tag with serial/style number, and even the protective white cardboard sleeve. Estate priced at $51,500.00 CAD. Stock #505-00150.

SOLD

 


May 11, 2022

2015 Rolex Submariner 114060 (retired model) $14,500.00 CAD. 505-00262

I can make a pretty good case for this watch to eventually become more valuable than the otherwise identical date-equipped model. The simple fact of the matter is the most basic Submariner is quite a bit rarer than the date display model. In our estimation, Rolex sold around 1 of these for every 3 of the calendar versions. The no-date Submariner is how it all started way back in 1953. It stayed that way until the model 1680 came out in the late 1960s. The basic model is the truest in the spirit of the original. Add to that this generation of Submariner is the only one that deviated from the original’s thin lug design. This was a single generation design experiment that many felt made this model look top heavy because the lugs became much wider but the case and bracelet remained the same size. For 2021 Rolex capitulated to tradition and perhaps customer criticism (although they’d never acknowledge such) and made the lugs to the same scale as every other Rolex Submariner series while at the same time increasing the case size a touch from 40mm to 41mm.  Time will tell where the value of this retired model will go, but we like the future of all the “bulky” case Submariners, especially the no date 114060. Our latest estate Submariner was worn in the spirit of what the watch was intended to be used. It wasn’t a trophy piece status symbol, it was worn every day to work outdoors in every season, rain or shine, and it has the scars to prove it. We love the patina it acquired over the past 7 years of use. We could easily refinish and polish the 904L stainless steel to look like new but these now retired watches are only new once. We can tidy them up many times over one’s lifetime if you wish. It is now time to find it a new home. The original owner was careful to preserve everything that the watch originally came with, box, papers, all documents, plus a Rolex shopping bag, and even the protective clear plastic bezel guard (these are hardly ever seen). The watch is running well and keeping excellent time. We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. This watch is estate priced at $14,500.00. Stock #505-00262.

SOLD


May 10, 2022

1995 Rolex Air-King 14010 white/Roman, engine turned bezel, 34mm. $6,000.00 CAD. 505-00242

The great thing about Rolex is they are one of the few brands that truly never go out of style. Fashions change but style is constant. A look like this can go with anything. A clean white dial with black Roman numeral hour markers has been a popular choice for clocks and watches for hundreds of years. Another great thing about Rolex watches is how their models can span decades without changing. This watch dates from 1995 according to its W serial number, but it could have easily been from the late 1980s or well into to 2000s. In fact, the 14010 Air-King is an update to the 5500 Air-King that looked pretty much the same for over 30 years. The engine-turned bezel on this watch is far less common than the smooth bezel found on the familiar Air-King 14000. The engine-turned bezel makes the smaller 34mm case look a little larger, more unique, and a little more sporty. The bezel is a great compliment to the purposeful Oyster bracelet that shows almost no stretch and very little sag. A W9 date code on the fold-over clasp indicates a production date matching the watch to the year 1995. This is an easy to wear watch that isn’t complicated or heavy. It is in very good overall condition perfect for the man or woman who doesn’t need or want a big bulky watch. We feel the case and bracelet have never been polished or refinished and remain in original condition. The protective green case back sticker is still in place showing the model number 14010 if you look hard enough. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is pleased to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1-year mechanical warranty (prorated to 5 years) on this iconic Rolex. Comes with its original paperwork, fully endorsed by a Canadian authorized Rolex agent. Estate priced at $6,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00242.

SOLD


May 9, 2022

2004 Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 40mm. $32,750.00 CAD. 505-00136

In this crazy Rolex market, I think there are still a few good values to be had. Forget about finding an inexpensive Daytona or Submariner. That ship sailed away years ago. Those are the 2 most sought-after models that Rolex makes. On Chrono-24 alone there are currently over 11,000 for sale. Most of them are ridiculously overpriced and don’t have a hope of selling. I guess the optimistic owners are hoping to catch a bid from someone who wants one at any cost. Current stainless steel Submariners have asking prices of close to twice the retail price, and Daytonas have asking prices of triple retail. Any of the solid gold sports models have more sensible pricing when preowned, especially when you consider their original retail price. None more so than the uncommon and beautiful Yacht-Master. The dressiest of the Rolex sports models comes with a unique sandblasted finish on the two-way rotating bezel. This is only the 3rd solid gold Yacht-Master to grace our estate showcase and the first with this beautiful navy blue dial. The maxi hands and dial markers provide excellent contrast against the dark dial, even in complete darkness. The softer blue is far more subtle than the bright, royal blue found on a Submariner. A splash of red text is applied so thick it actually shows height. This watch is in excellent condition showing little wear, and absolutely no stretch or sag in the bracelet. It will accommodate a 7 1/2 plus inch wrist with a little extra room to spare. The crown rotates close to 1 1/2 turns before the winding position. Some light scratches and scuffs are visible mostly on the bracelet and can be removed with a light polish if you wish. As always we try to leave our estate watches in their original, as presented condition. Every time a polishing wheel touches a scratched surface a small amount of metal is removed to smooth the surface. The more this process is repeated, the more gold or steel is removed, eventually rounding off the edges and details of the original design. As a testament to the light use this has seen, a factory applied protective green sticker on the case back is still attached. The watch comes with its full complement of adjustable links. Weighing in at 177.8 grams you’ll know you are wearing something very special. Compared to a Submariner or Daytona a solid gold Yacht-Master is definitely not something seen every day. Including a complimentary 1 year warranty this watch is estate priced at $32,750.00 CAD. Stock #505-00136.

SOLD

 

 


May 8, 2022

2020 Tudor Black Bay Steel M79730 41mm $3,580.00 CAD. e13875 505-00009

The clean, utilitarian look of Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay line of watches has been one of their most appealing characteristics. The black dials with extra-large luminous hands and hour markers define legibility under all lighting conditions. But for me, the basic Black Bay is missing a key function. This model is the only stainless steel, diver Black Bay that comes equipped with a calendar. I suppose I could learn to think for a few seconds about what day of the month it is, but a quick glance at my watch is much easier. This example has been worn for about a year and shows scuffs and scratches associated with use. The scuffs and scratches could easily be removed making the watch look practically new. It remains 100% original and has not been polished or refinished in any way.   The marvelous in-house manufactured chronometer grade MT5612 movement is functioning flawlessly and is protected from moisture to a depth of over 600 feet by the very capable 41mm Oyster style case. The heavy-duty case is equipped with an oversized threaded crown, screw-on case back, domed sapphire crystal, and a one-way timer bezel. The 26 jewel mechanism secured inside sets the bar for certified chronometer accuracy levels at this price point. There isn’t much else in the market offering a 70-hour power reserve plus a useful calendar that doesn’t cost substantially more. Its silicon hairspring and basically the same balance wheel from Rolex are far more stable when exposed to high magnetic fields and shocks. This watch comes complete with almost everything when originally purchased from the Canadian Tudor/Rolex authorized agent in the winter of 2020. Curiously, the only thing missing is the bottom section of the outer cardboard box. The next owner will benefit from Tudor’s 5-year international warranty valid until March 2025. These are popular models, good condition examples with complete documentation are difficult to find in Canada (especially at this price). This Black Bay Steel 79730 is estate priced at $3,580.00 CAD. Stock #e13875 505-00009.

SOLD

 

 

 


May 7, 2022

2022 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm 126000 green dial $14,300.00 CAD. 505-00218

A very wise actor once said, “it’s not easy being green”. While that statement may be true for frogs, it certainly doesn’t apply to Rolex watches. Anything green from the esteemed Swiss watch manufacturer has been incredibly popular for the last decade or so. If you’re into the Rolex hobby, you’ve seen watches like the various green bezel and green dial Submariners triple in value. Green Day-Dates are among the scarcest and most costly of the flagship model. The newly introduced green/black, left-hand GMT -Master II 126720VTNR has asking prices 4 times the current suggested retail price on the secondary market. Our latest estate watch truly embodies the spirit of Rolex. Not too big and not too small, the 36mm case has been the traditional size of the do it all Rolex for decades. The green dial hue is the perfect match for the brand’s corporate colour. The basic Oyster case with threaded crown and case back can trace its roots back to 1926 when the patented design debuted. A simple 3 segment bracelet is durable and just as timeless as the watch itself. Basic dial layout with 3 hands for timekeeping duty only, no calendar, no dual-time, and no chronograph features, just some bright luminous pigment in only the necessary locations for time interpritation in any lighting condition. This is the ultimate less is more design. The watch has never been worn, it remains in as delivered condition, the same as when originally purchased from the authorized agent. The next owner will benefit from the balance of Rolex’s 5-year international warranty expiring in the spring of 2027. The watch comes with the full complement of documents, tags, endorsed warranty card, inner/outer boxes, foam box liner, white cardboard sleeve, and even a green Rolex shopping bag. The estate price is $14,300.00 CAD. Stock #505-00218.

SOLD


May 6, 2022

2022 Rolex GMT-Master 126710BLNR never worn $25,525.00 CAD. 505-00199

Aside from the stainless steel Daytona, the blue/black GMT Master II 126710BLNR is one of the toughest watches to find at your local Rolex authorized agent. There has been a long waiting list for this model since it was introduced. This is the latest of the stainless steel GMTs and it’s my favorite. For several decades now all Rolex sports models came only on the basic looking and purposeful Oyster link bracelet. The Oyster bracelet is still the only choice for every other “Professional” model Rolex offers. The stainless steel GMT-Master II is the only sports model with the uber comfortable Jubilee bracelet. The Jubilee contours much better to any wrist size/shape, especially for those of us who don’t have massive arms. The smaller 5 segment links allow the bracelet to conform to any wrist. Its dome profile, D-shaped link sections tend only to show scuffs and scratches at their highest point leaving the rest of the link to maintain the factory-applied polished and brushed finish. Small scratches and scuffs are very obvious on the flat Oyster bracelet. The Jubilee bracelet also helps the GMT-Master II achieve a dressier look a Submariner could never pull off. Ceramic bezels have become commonplace for the Rolex but the 2 colour ceramic bezels are still quite new. The blue/black combination on our latest estate Rolex makes the most sense. The blue section represents daylight hours between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm (18:00 hours), and the black displays the night hour from 18:00 hours through 6:00 am as indexed by the handy 24-hour, blue hour hand. The bezel is indexed for the 24 hours in a day and can be turned to show a 2nd or temporary 3rd time zone. Rolex promotes the GMT as the cosmopolitan watch for good reason. It is the perfect travel companion for anyone who travels through multiple time zones in different cities around the world. The long, arrow-tipped hour hand can continuously track your home time (or Greenwich Mean Time) in a 24-hour format. The “regular” 12-hour hade can quickly be adjusted to show the local time wherever you happen to be in the world. The clever system can even jump timezones that trigger a date change forward or backward. This GMT was delivered to the original owner in early 2022 but never worn or even sized to their wrist. It comes complete with the fully endorsed 5-year international warranty, instruction booklet, worldwide service booklet, green chronometer hang tag, inner/outer boxes, Rolex polishing cloth, foam box liner, and a Rolex shopping bag. The overall condition of the watch is 100%. These watches are trading hands on the secondary market for close to twice their original suggested retail price. Included as a no-charge bonus, this watch comes with 2 never installed Jubilee bracelet links. If you have a larger wrist, these will come in handy. Our never worn estate example is priced at $25,525.00 CAD. Stock #505-00199.

SOLD

 

 


May 5, 2022

Rolex 116610LV “Hulk” Submariner. $23,000.00 CAD. 505-00295

The juggernaut within the watch and jewellery industry is without a 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. Though they use scrambled serial numbers to keep production numbers a secret, it is widely accepted the brand produced over a million watches per year with revenues in the billions before the pandemic. Since covid-19, Rolex claims they are unable to keep up with demand but one has to wonder, is this all part of their master marketing plan? Hans Wilsdorf the founder of Rolex owned all the shares in his company. He had no close heirs to pass along his 100% ownership to. Upon his death he wanted the company to continue what he started. A trust was set up to run the company and oversee its operation, appropriately named The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. In theory, it’s a charitable not for profit organization. The trust does contribute to worthy causes, but the foundation’s mandate is for the continued dominance of the brand by reinvestment and promotion. It has no shareholders to pay dividends to or distribute profits with, only a group of well paid trustees who decide how to reinvest the vast revenue. Some of the profits are dumped back into state of the art automated factories that continually update their technology. They also pay very good wages to the most talented engineers and watchmakers they’re able to recruit. No one really knows just how much money the trust has squirreled 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 brand’s position as the number 1 Swiss watch manufacturer at all costs. You can buy into a little bit of the enigmatic brand with this green Submariner. The now retired green dial green bezel combination has been one of their hottest models since it was introduced in 2010. Once news leaked of a green dial/bezel Rolex Submariner coming it generated an instant waiting list extending years and things haven’t changed. The demand for this and many other sports models have many Rolex boutiques no longer even taking orders as the wait time has extended to many years. The 116610LV has earned the nickname “The Hulk” among the Rolex collector community. This watch was traded in from a long time Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers customer of over 30 years. It was only worn occasionally, and in rotation with many other watches from his vast collection. It does display a few light scuffs and scratches on the case and bracelet but remains in excellent condition. We also noticed at least 5 of the original factory applied protective delivery stickers still on the watch as a testament to 100% original condition. These watches are trading hands for significant premiums over what they sold for when new. This watch has been retired but not really replaced. The new Submariner 126610LV comes close but it is only available with a black dial. If you’re looking for “The Hulk” this is the one you want. When they were discontinued a few years ago there were 1000s who wanted one but their orders were never filled. The resale market for hard to obtain retired Rolex sport watches is still very strong for properly priced premium quality examples. The previous owner is an important Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers collector customer with many other watches. This watch is 100% correct in every way without exception. It DOES NOT come with any documentation or packaging. Buying this watch in Canada will NOT trigger a 5% import duty compared to importing a watch purchased out of the country. We are happy to provide the new owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. Estate price $23,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00295.

SOLD


May 4, 2022

2022 Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm 126600 (never worn) $19,500.00 CAD. 505-00167

It’s not vintage, and it is definitely not from an estate; it is previously owned but never worn. If you have been following the Rolex market over the last few years and you are reading this post, you already know just how hard it is to find any professional models. Authorized agents have only waiting lists and perhaps a display-only model if they’re lucky. A visit to any Rolex boutique can be frustrating as they do not have the models you want. Stainless steel sports models are almost impossible to find. No Submariners, no GMT-Masters, no Explorers, and steel Daytonas have been out of stock and on backorder for existing customers for years in some cases. Sea-Dwellers have been around for over 50 years; they have always been the top of the line for professional divers’ watches. Looking almost identical to the basic Submariner except for being slightly larger (43mm vs. 40-41mm), thicker, and bulkier. The purposeful dial has not changed its basic format of bold luminous markers against a jet-black dial since the 1960s. Sea-Dwellers are equipped with a titanium helium escape valve on the side of the case. If you are living in a diving bell while you are decompressing from a particularly deep dive, breathing a mixture of oxygen and helium, your watch will need this valve to bleed off accumulated helium gas as you decompress. Without the automatic valve, the extra-thick sapphire crystal could explode from gas pressure inside the case. Since the initial introduction in 1967 Sea-Dwellers were always 40mm in diameter. For the 50th anniversary of the original Sea-Dweller in 2017, Rolex decided to give the Sea-Dweller a unique identity matching its overachieving water resistance rating of 4000 feet (basic Submariner is rated for 1000 feet) with a larger 43mm case size and some red printing on the dial. The red SEA-DWELLER text is a subtle homage to the original dial from the 60s and 70s. Nice condition original examples are selling for over $50,000.00 these days. Needless to say, this never worn Rolex is in perfect condition. There is not even the slightest scuff or blemish. If you see any marks in our images they are fingerprints or dust. This watch is perfect. We discovered there is still a protective sticker on the edge of a link. The Sea-Dweller 126600 adds a complicated locking buckle system (GlideLock) that not only allows for multiple micro-length adjustments without the need for tools; it also has a 1-inch extension to fit over a light wetsuit.  Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, an endorsed warranty card (summer 2022), an instruction booklet, a cardboard product tag with the style/serial number, a plastic chronometer hang tag, a Rolex shopping bag, the protective white cardboard box sleeve,and even the original invoice from the Rolex authorized agent. The official Rolex warranty will protect the new owner until the summer of 2027. This collectible Rolex is priced at $19,500.00 CAD. Stock #505-00167.

SOLD

 


May 3, 2022

2000 Rolex 16610 Submariner 40mm excellent condition. $14,000.00 CAD. 505-00227

There is a good reason why Rolex made the 16610 Submariner for well over 20 years. It may be the most balanced in terms of technology, tradition, comfort, fit and finish. This model year 2000 is very appealing as an excellent condition example. It looks almost like new and was treated to a comprehensive service at Rolex in New York in the fall of 2020 and remains under factory warranty until November 2022. The 2000 model year is somewhat notable for several reasons. It was one of the first years for luminova treatment for the hands and markers. This luminous material doesn’t have a shelf life like tritium which doesn’t glow after 20 years. 2000 also saw the implementation of solid end links for the Oyster bracelet and solid diver extension links. The machined end links are far more sturdy than anything that came before. The fully drilled lugs of 2000 allow the spring bars to lock far deeper into the lugs than the later models with solid lugs. There is no way you are going to bend or shear the spring bars off with this design. The drilled lugs offer better security while at the same time making it a snap to swap the bracelet for leather, rubber, or nato-style strap. The hollow centre links and foldover FlipLock buckle keep the overall weight of this watch to a very comfy 132.4 grams. The old school aluminum bezel insert just looks right and was the material of choice for Rolex Submariners since 1953. The 16610 is by far the most common of all Submariners, but that doesn’t make them any less special, and finding nice ones is getting harder every day. This one shows the original details that often lose their definition over time. The bracelet exhibits no stretch and almost no sag. The buckle “frog toes” coronet logo is as crisp and sharp as any we’ve seen. This watch comes with the balance of the factory’s 2-year international warranty plus our 1-year warranty that we prorate out to 5 years. Get em while you can, nice 16610 Submariners are a blue chip Rolex investment. The Submariner is the world’s most popular and sought after sports watch and this one is a great example and is priced to find a new home quickly. Estate priced at $14,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00227.

SOLD


May 2, 2022

2021 Rolex Yacht-Master 126655 40mm OysterFlex $37,150.00 CAD $37,150.00 CAD. 505-00160

Rolex models have a reputation for longevity, some of them were introduced in the 1950s or earlier and are still in production today. The technical specifications may have changed and improved with the times but the general style remains. Rolex seldom introduces a new model. The newest watch Rolex unveiled before the Yacht-Mater was the Daytona way back in 1963. The Yacht-Master debuted in 1992 as a more refined sports watch, it featured extra-large hour markers and thicker hands providing enhanced visibility in low light. It also showcased a new two-way rotating bezel with an insert embossed from platinum or 18 karat gold rather than the anodized aluminum one-way bezels found on the Submariner and GMT-Master II of the era. As with the other contemporary Rolex sports offerings, the latest Yacht-Master sports bezels crafted from high tech ceramic, although platinum and gold can still be found on some. Our latest estate Rolex is one of the newest from the Yacht-Master family, the 126655 in solid 18 karat rose gold. This 40mm watch is only available on an OysterFlex rubber strap. There is no gold bracelet option for this model; in fact, the only option is a pave diamond dial that adds a cool $21,150.00 to the basic retail price of $33,100.00 CAD. The OysterFlex strap is the most comfortable rubber strap we’ve experienced. Inside the strap are a pair of super soft cushions that conform to your wrist, keep the watch centred, and allow your skin the breath. The solid 18 karat rose gold buckle is a masterpiece all on its own. Equipped with a FlipLock safety clasp, it features the Rolex GlideLock that enables the wearer to fine tune the length of the strap by 15mm for a perfect fit no matter the weather or what you may be doing. The two-way rotating bezel makes for a handy timer when it isn’t zeroed displaying minutes past the hour. Its highly polished embossed 5-minute sections offer excellent tone-on-tone contrast with the matt finish background. The matt finish extends to the black dial resulting in a most sophisticated look. The watch comes with a synthetic sapphire crystal to ward off almost any scratch producing impact. The threaded TripLock crown and case back ensure a conservative water resistance rating of 100 meters. Beating inside the 40mm Oyster case is Rolex’s latest generation automatic calibre 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex the 31 jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous Yacht-Master movement with an accuracy rating that is 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn a little more about this movement and its sister 3285 GMT movement on the official Rolex website. This watch was previously owned by a very important collector customer of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. He recently traded in for a different Rolex model that had caught his eye. It has been carefully worn since the late winter of 2021 and used in rotation with his many other watches. It has never been polished or refinished in any way. All that was required to prepare it for sale was to wipe a few fingerprints away. The polished section of the buckle shows a few light scratches that could easily be removed while you watch. We always try to leave our important collector watches in original, as delivered condition. The next owner of this watch will benefit from the 5-year Rolex international warranty until December of 2026. The watch comes complete with the original endorsed warranty card, all documents, inner/outer boxes, hangtags, foam box liner, soft Rolex cloth, outer cardboard box sleeve, and even a Rolex shopping bag. This watch looks new and is estate priced at $37,150.00 CAD. Stock #505-00160.

SOLD


May 1, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 41 126300 blue Roman. Hardly worn. $12,750.00 CAD. 505-00216

Blue is almost everyone’s favorite colour, so why don’t we see more blue dial Rolex watches pass through? I suspect when people are making a high dollar purchase, they decide to play it safe with black, white, or silver. Life is too short to live in a black and white world. If your favorite color is blue, you should buy that bright blue Mercedes and buy the colour Rolex that you really want. This is a previously owned, hardly worn DateJust 41. It’s the size that you never see on display at the Rolex agent but the size every guy is looking for. The solid 18 karat white gold Roman numerals are a welcome change from the traditional stick hour markers. I’ve always found it interesting and wondered why clock and watch dials use IIII to indicate 4 o’clock and not IV as traditional Roman numeral practice for representing the Arabic number 4. There are several theories about why this is. Here are two of them. “There is a story that a famous clockmaker had constructed a clock for Louis XIV, king of France. The clockmaker had naturally used IV for four. When the clock was shown to the king, he remarked that IIII should have been used instead of IV. When it was explained to him that IV was correct, he still insisted, so there was nothing to do but change the clock dial. This introduced the custom of using IIII for four. This is probably only a story, however, as IIII occurs long before the time of Louis XIV. And this same story is also told in connection with other monarchs. There is one reason why IIII is preferable to IV, and it may have caused the change. On the other side of the clock dial, the VIII is the heaviest number, consisting of four heavy strokes and one light one, as it is usually made. It would destroy the symmetry to have the IV with only two heavy strokes on the other side. Thus IIII with four heavy strokes is much to be preferred. The change may therefore have been made for reasons of symmetry.” From Time & Timekeepers, W. I. Milham, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1947, p. 196. Whatever the reason, to see anything other than IIII would indeed look odd. This blue dial beauty is perfect in every sense. Hardly a scuff or blemish anywhere. This watch retains the balance of the Rolex 5-year international warranty valid until late winter of 2027. Comes complete with all documentation, booklets, endorsed warranty card, hang tags, inner/outer boxes, protective cardboard sleeve, foam liner, an embossed Rolex polishing cloth, and even a Rolex shopping bag. The sunburst dial Rolex 126300 is estate priced at $12,750.00 CAD. Stock 505-00216.

SOLD

 


April 29, 2022

1971 Rolex Datejust 1601 bronze dial. $8,090.00 CAD. e14645 505-00206

Nothing spelled out middle success in the 1970s more than the suburban home with a 2 car garage, a station wagon, and a Rolex Datejust. There are many ways to describe such an iconic model. Rolex describes it as the “Classic Watch of Reference”. Classic indeed, the Datejust has been around since 1945 and looks pretty much the same today as when it debuted. Our latest estate Rolex is one of the most commonly encountered, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on the list for anyone looking to get into the vintage Rolex scene or the seasoned collector. These mid-sized 36mm watches are the Goldielocks size for the average size guy or lady that prefers something a bit larger but not over the top. Too many watches today are simply overwhelming for the average to smaller wrist size. 50 years ago watches were essential tools for everyday life, not the lifestyle statements they are today. A Rolex from the early 70s was for many the high point for mechanical watches. Bulova’s Accutron was the height of precision with some very clever tuning fork transistorized mechanics. Evolving technology, toxic mercury batteries, and no parts supply spelled an end to the high-pitched hum of the Accutron. A Rolex movement from this era was still hand-assembled and adjusted by hand with tiny screws located on the rim of the balance wheel. Turning these tiny screws in or out allowed Rolex’s watchmakers to poise the wheel giving it perfect balance. Rolex wasn’t the pure luxury item they are today. Rolex had to keep their costs in mind as there were other brands competing for the baby boomer dollar. In order to avoid heavy import duties, Rolex had some of their bracelets made in the USA with lower purity 14 karat gold trim instead of the Swiss Made bracelets with 18 karat. These American-made bracelets are super comfortable. Their steel oval link sections and hollow gold middle conform to every wrist contour. Even when they were new they had a loose feel, the hollow links made a jingle sound unique to this bracelet. This example shows significant sag that really doesn’t illustrate the overall condition. You need to look at the wear and gapping when viewed from the top. This watch shows only a small amount of wear and grooving between the gold links. This bracelet likely has another 50 years left in it if keep clean. The fluted bezel is still quite crisp for a watch in its 6th decade. The best part of this watch is the unique bronze dial. I think this dial has colour shifted from a silver hue to what we see today. The subtle dial is much different than the typical champagne and silver often seen on this model. The luminous tritium hands and hour plots display even patina. There is usually an hour plot or two damaged or missing on these watches and this one is no different. The 8 o’clock lume pip is almost gone. When looking closely at the dial we see the hour markers are not the common dome or hash mark style. They are sloped and faceted. This style marker is quite unusual and adds to the vintage look. Installation of a new Rolex plastic crystal and basic case cleaning was all that was required to get this classic ready for a new home. Including a 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated for 5 years), this classic Rolex is estate priced at $8,090.00 CAD. Stock #e14645 505-00206.

SOLD

 

 


April 28, 2022

2022 Datejust 41 16334 18kt bezel jubilee bracelet (never worn) $14,280.00 CAD 505-00283

The Datejust II 126334 is the most current full sized Rolex offering a handy date display and the iconic 18 karat white gold fluted bezel. This model has only been available for a few years now. In fact, this is the first one we’ve had in this exact specification. This one also comes with the far less common and preferred dark rhodium dial on the Jubilee bracelet. It features Rolex’s new generation 3235 automatic movement. According to Rolex the 31 jewel mechanism is 90% new and holds 14 patents. Its 70-hour power reserve is 50% longer than the previous generation with an accuracy rating 50% better than the already stringent industry standards for Certified Chronometer designation. You can learn more about this movement and its sister 3255 Day-Date movement on the official Rolex website. Our latest previously owned Rolex is only a few months old. It was purchased at an authorized Rolex agency in the summer of 2022. At 41mm diameter, it has great wrist presence. Lacking a thick bezel as many full sized Rolex do the Datejust 41 looks even larger than the size suggests. The classy radial finish dark rhodium dial with luminous hands/markers is very subtle, and the neutral hue works with any skin tone and outfit. It’s the essence of classic simplicity in Rolex design day or night. This watch has never been worn and is in perfect condition, not a scuff or blemish of any kind can be seen on the case or bracelet. No polishing or refinishing of any kind has been done, just a quick wipe with a soft cloth was all that was required for resale. The watch comes with everything from when delivered, even a Rolex shopping bag is included. The factory warranty remains in place until the summer of 2027. Large size all steel models are difficult to find at Rolex boutiques, even more so with the tone on tone dark rhodium dial. The Jubillee bracelet is a little bit more expensive than the sporty Oyster style bracelet and also seen less often on this model. It blends especially well with the fluted 18 karat bezel of the 126334. Concealed under the locking clasp is Rolex’s “EasyLink” extension, the clever link allows a 5mm adjustment in length for days when a little extra room is more comfortable. No tools are required to access the extra room, when not needed it tucks away inside the buckle. This recent trade in Rolex is estate priced at $14,280.00 CAD. Stock 505-00283.

SOLD


April 27, 2022

1987 Rolex Datejust 69173, 26mm with tapestry dial $5,000.00 CAD. 505-00275.

It’s been some time since a classic ladies 26mm Rolex Datejust made an appearance in our estate department. If you’re a regular visitor to our website you’ll notice a gentleman’s Rolex showing up almost every week, but ladies are quite uncommon. This one is about as traditional as it comes when referencing a lady Datejust. In fact, Rolex themselves describe the Datejust as “The classic watch of reference” on their website. The lady Datejust hasn’t changed its looks since it was introduced in 1957. 65 years later this model, with the same style bracelet, bezel, and champagne dial is still available at your favorite Rolex boutique for $11,650.00 CAD. The current 2mm larger size can be seen online here. This 1987 model comes with the desirable tapestry dial. This seldom seen option integrates particularly well with the dressier jubilee bracelet and fluted bezel. The vertically striped dial is created by embossing a corrugated texture across the surface creating tiny hills and valleys. This treatment forms shadows across the dial when the watch is moved resulting in a striking effect. It’s surprising the dial wasn’t a more popular choice when this watch was new. The rest of the watch is textbook Datejust. A sapphire crystal should fend off most scratch causing impacts. The fluted bezel is a must when it comes to adding a little bling without the extra cost of diamonds. The self winding movement is chronometer rated, just like the larger men’s offerings. The smaller the mechanism the more challenging it becomes to conform to the accuracy standards required to achieve chronometer designation. This watch is used but not abused, overall condition is very good for a 35 year old watch. The 18 karat and stainless steel Jubilee bracelet shows a little sag but is ready for many more decades of service. If you favor the petite 26mm size, this timeless combination is sure to scratch that luxury watch itch. Yes, it’s a handy time keeping tool, but a Rolex is also a great everyday piece of jewellery. Including our complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated for 5 years), this watch is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00275.

SOLD


April 26, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 36 126200 blue/stick Jubilee $9,980.00 CAD. 505-00245

The dominance of the Rolex brand in the watchmaking world is absolute. No other brand even comes close. Audemars, Patek, and a handful of other Swiss brands have great records of residual value and appreciation, but in the Rolex price point, there isn’t anything that compares. No other brand is as widely recognized, there has always been an excellent secondary market if you’d like to sell or trade one in for something different. Our newest estate Rolex is a hardly worn 2022 Datejust 36 with the sought after blue/stick dial. All stainless steel gents Rolex models have waiting lists if you’d like a new one. Anything with a blue dial carries an even longer wait. This watch was purchased at an authorized Rolex agent in the spring of 2022 and only worn a few times before it was traded in for a vintage model the previous owner preferred. There are only the slightest of scuffs on the buckle, it looks like new. It comes complete with the original inner/outer boxes, endorsed/dated warranty card, service booklet with holder, cardboard serial/style number tag, chronometer tag, foam box liner, protective cardboard sleeve, and even a green Rolex shopping bag. The watch is covered under Rolex’s 5-year international warranty until the late spring of 2027. If you’re looking for a blue dial Datejust you already know that used examples are selling for more than new. This one is already in Canada, no need to import from an unknown U.S. or international seller plus pay an extra 5% duty upon importation to Canada. Depending on which province you live in, you may only be subject to the federal GST. We ship throughout Canada and to most international locations. Local taxes and duties may apply when we export to your country. Excellent condition, running flawlessly with all functions operating as designed. We always looking for interesting trades of jewellery, watches, and gold or silver. This hardly worn Rolex is estate priced at $9,980.00 CAD. Stock #505-00245.

SOLD

 

 


April 25, 2022

2019 Rolex Submariner 114060 40mm $17,000.00 CAD. 505-00277

I can make a pretty good case for this watch to eventually become more valuable than the otherwise identical date-equipped model. The simple fact of the matter is the most basic Submariner is quite a bit rarer than the date display model. In our estimation, Rolex sold around 1 of these for every 3 of the calendar versions. The no-date Submariner is how it all started way back in 1953. It stayed that way until the model 1680 came out in the late 1960s. The basic model is the truest in the spirit of the original. Add to that this generation of Submariner is the only one that deviated from the original’s thin lug design. This was a single generation design experiment that many felt made this model look top heavy because the lugs became much wider but the case and bracelet remained the same size. For 2021 Rolex capitulated to tradition and perhaps customer criticism (although they’d never acknowledge such), and made the lugs to the same scale as every other Rolex Submariner series while at the same time increasing the case size a touch from 40mm to 41mm. Time will tell where the value of this retired model will go, but we like the future of all the “bulky” case Submariners, especially the no date 114060. Our latest estate Submariner is in like new condition. It hardly looks worn at all. There are no scratches, scuffs, dings, flea bites, or blemishes to be found anywhere. There is even a delivery sticker still attached to the bracelet. This watch was originally purchased at an authorized Rolex agent in Canada in the summer of 2019. A couple of years later the watch was sold to its second owner but wasn’t worn. It came to us on a trade for a different Rolex and now it’s looking for a new home. It is supplied with the original packaging, endorsed warranty card, documents, and invoice from the 2021 resale. The watch remains under the Rolex 5-year international warranty until July 2024. Estate price $17,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-000277.

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2015 Tudor Black Bay 79220N with box & papers $7,250.00 CAD. e14632 505-00192

When the Tudor Black Bay series was released in 2012 it was obviously heavily inspired by the ever-popular Tudor Submariners of the 1950s. Featuring a gold connected minute track, cool snowflake hour hand on a flat black dial, the watch has an undeniably vintage look. Initially only available with a burgundy bezel, a year or two later a blue bezel option appeared. Its design and look were so classic, so perfectly executed that it was honored by the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva in 2013. The highly anticipated Black Bay Black was released in the fall of 2015 and was available on either leather strap or metal bracelet. A few months after the release of the Black Bay Black there was an announcement in Baselworld 2016 that all Tudor Black Bay models would soon feature an in-house movement. What’s interesting and noteworthy, is that would make the Black Bay Black with Tudor 2824 caliber available for sale for less than a year. The Tudor 2824 caliber movement is based on the ETA 2824 movement used by many high-end Swiss watch manufacturers. It’s a time-tested (pun intended), trusted movement known for its precision and reliability. However, Tudor’s watchmaking expertise improved upon the ETA incabloc shock protection and regulation system making the movement more specific and more accurate. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is; the original Tudor Black Bay Black had the iconic Tudor Rose emblem on the dial above the name Tudor, whereas the new generation Black Bays with the in-house calibre feature the Tudor Shield. All Black Bay models ETA movement editions come with a nylon NATO-style accessory strap. They say hindsight is 20/20 and I have to agree. Many of the rare or unusual Rolex and Tudor watches we’ve sold over the last few years have seen substantial price increases. The Black Bay Black has seen similar price appreciation over the last few years. If you’re going to collect one, get the best and most complete example you can. This example has been responsibly worn by a watch enthusiast client of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers for several years. It maintains its original finish and has never been polished, only ultrasonically cleaned. The bracelet and case show some scuffs and scratches but nothing excessive. A sharp-eyed client examining the watch spotted a small discolouration in the centre of the 4:00 o’clock luminous plot. This anomaly came as a surprise to us and we can not explain how it got there. Here is a close-up image of the minor blemish. The watch comes with a complimentary one-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, original inner/outer boxes, instructions, an endorsed Canadian warranty card, and a black nylon strap (never installed). Estate priced at $7,250.00 CAD. Stock #e14632 505-00192.

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April 24, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 41 126333 “Wimbledon”. Like New. $19,490.00 CAD. 505-00244

Rolex and tennis have had an official association dating back to 1978 when they became the official timer of Wimbledon. That year Björn Borg took the title in straight sets. To this day you can see Björn in Rolex marketing material. Rolex and prestigious sporting events go hand in hand. Our newest estate Rolex has unofficially acquired its nickname “The Wimbledon” among the Rolex enthusiast community. This version is a 2022 model and has only been worn a handful of times. I strongly suspect the unusual dial combination of printed two-tone Roman numbers against a dark grey radial finish would have come and gone with little fanfare as merely a DateJust II experiment if it was not for the unofficial promotion generated over the past few years. The original Datejust II was discontinued after only a few years but the peculiar dial has carried on with the new Datejust 41 126333 and is now sought after. The basic rhodium dial has always been a consistent seller but adding the printed Roman numerals was a curious departure for the uber-conservative Rolex brand. The green framed, black Roman numerals are painted on so think they actually have height. And what’s with that giant single luminous marker at 9:00 o’clock? To some, it balances the 3:00 o’clock date aperture; to others, it just looks out of place. In the dark, you’ll need to train your eyes to realize this point of reference is 9:00 o’clock, not 12:00 o’clock. Either way, you look at it, this is a striking dial that is sure to get noticed. The current model really began its rise to popularity when Rolex ambassador Roger Federer was pictured wearing a version at one of his many victories. Our latest estate Rolex also features the popular and more sporty Oyster link bracelet. Concealed under the buckle is the Rolex “EasyLink”. This clever link allows a 5mm extension for those days when a touch more room makes the perfect fit. A large 41mm Rolex with a hard to find dial is obviously a look the market is seeking as these sell on the secondary market for a significant premium over new. The watch is completely original and 100% untouched, not even a screw has been removed to adjust the length of the bracelet. An endorsed warranty card and all packaging are included with the purchase. The factory warranty with cover the next owner until early 2027. The watch comes with inner/outer boxes, instructions, warranty card, service booklet, foam box liner, hang tags, protective cardboard sleeve, and even a Rolex shopping bag.  Estate priced at $19,490.00 CAD (trade-ins are welcomed). Stock #505-00244.

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April 23, 2022

2022 Rolex Air-King 126900 40mm (never worn) $13,990.00 CAD. 505-00267

The Rolex Air-King has been around in one form or another for over 75 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 at 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 standard issue for Royal Air Force pilots. After the 34mm Air-King was discontinued in 2014 it appeared that one of the longest running models from Rolex was gone forever. Rolex is known to revive past models with an injection of new style and new technology, and the new Air-King 126900 is the result and the most current offering. The 2022 model has a few updates over last year’s 116900. The large threaded crown is now protected with a crown guard case extension, and the five minute dial marker has gained a zero in front that better balances the look with the other minute markers. 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, 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 05, 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 newest automatic calibre 3230, 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. It also boasts a longer 70-hour power reserve. This watch was purchased new in the summer of 2022 but never used. It comes with an authorized dealer endorsed 5-year international warranty card, the original inner/outer boxes, Rolex shopping bag, instruction booklet, hang tags, and all other documentation. The watch remains perfect in every way, without a scuff or blemish.  This watch, along with every other gent’s professional model is almost impossible to find anywhere. We’re always looking for interesting trades. Take advantage of the strong Rolex market and offset some sales tax with your trade. It’s been a few years since the last 40mm Air-King made an appearance in our estate department. We don’t expect this one will last too long. Never worn and ready to go, priced at $13,990.00 CAD. Stock #505-00267.

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April 21, 2022

2020 Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 79500 blue dial 36mm $3,125.00 CAD. 505-00270

Building on the success of the Heritage Black Bay, Tudor introduced a slightly more subtle sporting watch called the Heritage Black Bay 36. The smaller watch offers most of its larger siblings’ features in a moderate 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 but 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 navy blue 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 very good condition. It was delivered to the original owner in September 2020 from an Alberta authorized agent. Showing evidence of wear in the form of small scuffs/scratches on the case, bezel, and bracelet. The watch has never been polished or refinished in any way. If you wish we would be happy to provide complimentary refinishing and polishing should you want it to look like new. It is covered by the Rolex/Tudor 5-year international warranty that will protect the next owner until September of 2025. Comes complete with all the original packaging, endorsed warranty card, instructions, and product price tag. Estate priced at $3,125.00 CAD. Stock #505-00270.

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Dec. 2020 Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 39mm 79303B extra strap & stickers. $3,700.00 CAD. 505-00250

 

Why mess with a winning formula. The ever-expanding Tudor Black Bay series of watches has been the most popular since the line was introduced back in 2012. The vintage inspired look put Tudor squarely back in the spotlight after decades of low visibility in the North American market. Omega, Tag-Heuer, and Breitling controlled the mid-level price points. The vast resources of Rolex (Tudor parent company) did a remarkable job re-establishing the brand to an eager group of watch enthusiasts who had all but written them off. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight was introduced a few years ago and has been a popular addition to the line. It is usually sold out and on back order since it was released. Its slightly smaller 39mm case size is more manageable for everyday use compared to the bulkier 41mm Black Bay. Aside from the size, the 58 is pretty much of the same specification. The in house MT5602 manufactured 25 jewel automatic Swiss-made movement is keeping excellent time. This proprietary chronometer rated mechanism comes standard with an extended 70-hour extended power reserve. In the past, Tudor watches used movements made by other companies. The MT5602 is the first mechanism developed and manufactured by Tudor for use in Tudor watches. These watches are extremely popular with most being delivered to clients who have had their names on a waiting list for a long time. Our latest estate example is in like new condition showing practically no evidence of use. There are still protective delivery stickers on the case edges. It comes with the original packaging, documents, and even an invoice for the purchase of an optional NATO nylon Tudor strap and buckle ($200.00). As an unusual accessory, the original purchaser was somehow able to obtain the protective plastic hinged delivery box. I’ve never seen one of these foam lined boxes with an estate watch before. This watch was purchased in December of 2020 models and carries the balance of the Tudor 5-year warranty. Estate priced at $3,700.00 CAD. Stock #505-00250.

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April 20, 2022

1999 Rolex 16610 Submariner with box & papers $15,300.00 CAD. e14667 505-213

In over 60 years of business, we’ve sold millions of dollars worth of preowned Rolex that today are worth many multiples of that. We’ve sold hand-wind Daytonas from the 1960s for well under $20,000.00 that are 6-figure watches today.e14667 Early Submariners have passed through our doors for $5,000.00, which are now easily worth 10 times that.e14667 The demand for sports Rolex watches is stronger than ever, especially for current ceramic bezel models. The vintage market is also seeing robust interest with strong pricing for complete, documented examples. Many vintage watch experts feel the 16610 Submariner is a watch to keep an eye on. They are the last Submariners to come equipped with an aluminum bezel insert, traditional symmetry, and the 40mm size of the classics from the 1950s and 60s. Produced for close to 25 years there are plenty of them out there. This one model has seen many upgrades over its run. Luminous hands and markers have transitioned from tritium to luminova. The early tritium examples lose their ability to luminesce after 20-25 years. Newer luminova models like this one should phosphoresce for many more decades. Drilled lugs of the early Submariners gave way to solid, stamped bracelet end links to machined, sheet steel diver extension to solid, and serial number engraving moved from between the lugs to rehaut rings that frame the dial, are some of the upgrades to the 16610 throughout its long run. Our latest estate Rolex has most of the older details aside from glowing luminova that appeared in the very late 1990s. This watch has been carefully worn by its previous owner and exhibits the fine detail that can get worn away over time if used irresponsibly or overly polished. The beveled edges on the lugs are present (although slightly softened), the embossed buckle logo is about as good as you could expect for a 33-year-old watch, and the crystal shows no chips or scratches of any kind. The watch was serviced at Rolex Canada in December of 2017 and comes with a record of service document/card. It also comes with the coveted punched paper warranty/chronometer certificate showing date of purchase on March 23, 2000, from Goldfinger Jewellers in St. Martin. The watch is running great, with all functions operating as designed. Including complimentary a 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty (prorated 5 years), this classic Rolex Submariner is priced at $15,300.00 CAD. Stock #e14667 505-00213.

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April 19, 2022

2007 Rolex Air-King 114234 34mm (rare dial) full set $8,180.00 CAD. e13110 505-00168

I love the more modern Air-King models. All the upgrades that Rolex have incorporated to the cases, bracelets, dials, movements, and crystals over the decades come together on these “entry” level Air-Kings. When the Air-King debuted in 1945 it was a durable, relatively inexpensive watch that stood up to harsh conditions better than anything else available at the time. The Air-King soldiered on in the same basic 34mm form until it was retired around 2014. Our latest pre-owned Rolex is an early version of the last of the 34mm versions dating from 2007. This example is noteworthy for a few reasons. The solid 18 karat gold fluted bezel (exclusive to the Air-King on only model 114234) gives this Air-King that familiar Rolex look that people are accustomed to seeing on the more expensive Datejust and Day-Date models. The rhodium dial with black Roman numerals is unusual and quite sophisticated looking. The jet black, printed text is so thick it actually shows some height. Solid 18 karat gold cubes within the minute track plot out the hours and add some extra reflective bling to the dial. The last of the Air-King 34s also ushered in “Superlative Chronometer” certification to the calibre 3130 already in use for some years. Chronometer designation means each movement has been independently timed under challenging conditions, monitored for 10 days to keep time better than plus 6 to 4 seconds per day. For a completely analogue micro mechanical machine this sort of accuracy is achievable by only the finest brands. Solid link Oyster bracelets have replaced the hollow links of earlier models and mechanically locking, spring loaded buckles are now standard over the old interference fit snapping clasp. The classic Air-King was every bit the equal to the rest of the Rolex lineup. That all changed in 2014 when the 34mm Air-King was phased out. It has since been replaced by the simpler looking 34mm Rolex Perpetual 114200 which is priced at $5,900.00 CAD. Nice watch, but gone is the luxury of an 18 karat fluted bezel and only basic stick hour markers or combination stick/Arabic markers are available on a variety of dial colours. This rare dial Rolex is in original condition and is believed to be in un-restored condition. Only a few light scratches on the Oyster link bracelet and buckle show signs of use. The watch was delivered in Ontario to its original owner in October of 2007. Including a complimentary 1-year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is priced at $8,180.00 CAD. Stock #e13110 505-00168

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April 17, 2022

2015 Tudor North Flag Chronometer 91210N $5,000.00 CAD. 505-00266

When the Tudor North Flag debuted, it was a game changer for the brand that has always lived in the background of its parent company Rolex. I can’t believe it has been 7 years since the Tudor in-house developed MT5621 movement debuted in the North Flag. Perhaps it was by necessity that Tudor was forced to develop their our mechanisms. Rival company The Swatch Group had supplied movements for Tudor from their ETA movement division for years. There are obvious commercial disadvantages when the competition supplies the single most important component for your products. With the vast resources of parent company Rolex behind them, Tudor created a movement without rivals at this price point. This is the first certified chronometer from Tudor. The chronometer designation is the Swiss benchmark for accuracy, usually associated with much more expensive watches than what Tudor usually offers. When initially offered this watch had a Canadian retail price of only $3,980.00 CAD. For under $4,000.00 there isn’t another watch with this technology. The 28 jewel MT5621 mechanism offers a long 70-hour power reserve, a silicon hairspring that is unaffected by strong magnetic fields, a power reserve display, a 31-day calendar, and a beautiful pierced rotor that displays sandblasted plates and bridges. The movement is both supremely functional and pretty to look at too. Tudor must clearly be proud of their achievement as they have also equipped the North Flag with a transparent display case-back, a feature you normally never see with Rolex/Tudor products. The threaded case-back and threaded crown allow a water resistance rating of 100 meters. The 40mm case wears a little bigger than the size suggests, it lacks a thick bezel that makes the matt finish dial appear a little larger. The dial is nicely balanced with large luminous hour markers (Arabic 12/6), a date display in the 3:00 position, and the 70-hour power reserve display at 9:00. This example is a very early model as it was delivered to the original owner in the fall of 2015. It comes fully documented with the original bill of sale, fully endorsed warranty card, instructions, document holder, inner/outer boxes, and a white cardboard sleeve. This watch is almost 7 years old but looks like it’s only 7 days old. The previous owner was very careful wearing this was in rotation with others in his collection. It remains in its original condition, it has not been refinished or polished in any way. There are minor scuffs and scratches on the bracelet/buckle, but the case is almost perfect despite its sharp lug edges. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is happy to include a complimentary 1-year warranty for the next owner. This watch is estate priced at $5,000.00 CAD. Stock #505-00266.

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April 15, 2022

2022 Rolex Datejust 36 126231 with slate dial. $16,300.00 CAD. 505-000234

Rolex calls the Datejust “The Classic Watch of Reference”. That sentence truly describes how the world views the look of traditional timekeeping. As far as iconic watches go, the Datejust sets the mark. Despite the fact that this model has been around for over 75 years as one of the most popular, Rolex always manages to surprise us with a combination we wouldn’t normally consider. This is the first example to come through in 18 karat rose gold, stainless steel, with a beautiful “slate” dial. The dial isn’t silver and it certainly isn’t black. Depending on the lighting, there is a slight brown hue to this unique dial. The 18 karat rose gold hands and markers really bring out the subtle colours of this dial. Perfect white text proudly proclaims what this watch is. A traditional solid 18 karat fluted bezel brings home the look of Rolex on the 36mm Oyster case. Fitted with the casual and slightly sportier Oyster bracelet make this watch an everyday accessory, suitable for the gentleman looking for a classic size or the lady who likes something a bit bigger. Locking buckle with 3 positions micro adjustment and the Rolex “Easylink” when a bit of extra length is more comfortable. Watertight to over 300 feet, super tough sapphire crystal, 31-day calendar, second hand, and large luminous hands/markers are in keeping with the everyday usefulness of the Datejust. This is a watch you could wear for the rest of your life and hopefully will be. It is a previously owned, but never worn, 2022 model. Purchased in the spring but never used or even adjusted in length. It remains 100% original and in perfect condition, not displaying even the slightest blemish. Comes with the balance of a 5-year international warranty, every bit of original packaging, and documentation that came with it when first delivered, plus a Rolex shopping bag. If you’d like to upgrade your old Rolex, bring in your trade. We’re always interested in older Rolex watches of every model. This Datejust 126231 is preowned priced at $16,300.00 CAD. Stock #505-00234.

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April 11, 2022

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

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

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April 10, 2022

Rolex Air-King 5500 34mm $4,200.00 CAD. e11718

Classic, all original Rolex Air-King Oyster Perpetual. This is a great watch to get your feet wet in the Rolex collecting world before jumping into a 5 figure professional. The automatic movement was cleaned and lubricated in October 2019 and hasn’t been worn since. It is ready for the next 5 to 7 years of trouble free service before its next maintenance interval. At 53 years old this 1969 Rolex is showing some dents and dings in the original 7205 riveted bracelet. The buckle appears original and is stamped with the date coded to the 3rd quarter of 1970. Even though the Air-King was an entry level offering our master watchmaker was able to tune the vintage movement to perform well within chronometer specifications at plus 4 seconds per day. 34mm diameter watches like this can be worn by men or women. A vintage 34 looks perfect on the fashionable feminine wrist. This watch will never be mistaken for new as the telltale dome of the plastic crystal and lighter construction of the folded link bracelet are dead giveaways to its vintage nature. Including a complimentary 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty this vintage watch is priced at $4,200.00 CAD. Stock #e11718.

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April 9, 2022

2001 Rolex Submariner 14060 (Rolex Canada agent endorsement) $15,800.00 CAD. 505-00241

Everyone loves a good story with estate items and this 14060 Submariner was an interesting one. Submariners without a date function are the purest examples of what the first few generations of the world’s most famous sports watch are all about. Submariners without the 3 0’clock date window offer the most perfectly balanced and most purposeful look.  I’d estimate we only see one no date Submariners for every 4 or 5 Submariner date models that come in. That fact alone makes no date Submariners a bit more appealing for many. How this Submariner was acquired by the first owner is the interesting part. The original owner brought his Tudor watch to Rolex Canada for routine servicing. The story goes that when the management of Rolex saw the Tudor they explained it was a rare model and would like it for their museum. They offered the Tudor owner a brand new 2021 Submariner 14060 if he would like to trade. I guess it was an offer he couldn’t refuse and he made the trade. Minutes later he walked out with this Submariner. The most interesting aspect of the story is the Rolex Canada endorsement of the original punched papers. Rolex has a small dedicated network of authorized retail agents that Rolex fiercely protects with geographic exclusivity. Rolex also controls distribution with ruthless efficiency, no one sells a new Rolex to the original retail purchaser except an authorized retail agent partner. If you go into Rolex Canada and ask about a new watch, they will politely direct you to your local authorized agent without exception. In the many years we’ve been selling estate and unworn Rolex watches, we’ve never seen a warranty/chronometer document that was endorsed by Rolex themselves. Other than the unique warranty card the rest of this watch is standard issue stuff. It appears original and unpolished, showing evidence of use in the form of scuffs, scratches, and dings to the case and bracelet. The most significant mark is a small dent at the 22 minutes mark on the black aluminum bezel insert. This bezel isn’t an expensive component and can easily be replaced as a service item the next time the watch goes to Rolex for maintenance. The 11 link Oyster bracelet equipped with a locking clasp and diver’s extension shows only minor sag and the embossed logo on the buckle has excellent relief. The buckle is correctly date code stamped  DE3 for 2001. Included with the watch are the original inner/outer boxes with model sticker, pillow, blanket, 2001-2002 calendar, card holder, instructions, and of course the Rolex Canada endorsed paperwork with black cardboard liner and green sleeve. Also included with the package is a period correct Rolex brochure showing many other Rolex models from 2001 and pricing, The no date Submariner 14060 had a suggested retail price of just $4,970.00 CAD back in 2001. Including a complimentary 1-year warranty this watch is estate priced at $15,800.00 CAD. Stock #505-00241.

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April 8, 2022

1997 Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 Mother of pearl diamond sapphire dial $38,888.00 CAD. e13120 505-00161

A strategically purchased watch can be a decent investment and sometimes it can be a home run, especially if it’s a Rolex sports model. We can give you many examples of Rolex we’ve sold over the years that have appreciated numerous times over the price we sold them for. Without exception, every single “Professional” model has seen significant gains over the last decade, some more than others, with the Daytona, GMT-Master II and Submariner leading the group. Even the super luxury models like this solid 18 karat gold Rolex Yacht-Master have become quite a bit more valuable. The last time we had a similar example was 13 years ago when we sold a perfect condition 2002 model for less than $20,000.00 when it was just 5 years old. This example is in very good condition but is actually 5 years older dating from 1997. The original Yacht-Master debuted in 1992 as a luxury alternative to the pure function of the Submariner. Initially, only solid gold versions like this were offered. Compared to Submariners and Sea-Dwellers the Yacht-Master has a slightly softer outline with turned down lugs, a thinner profile, solid gold two-way rotating bezel and a more modest water resistance rating of “only” 300 feet. What it does share with the traditional Submariner is the famous oyster case, TripLock crown with guards, marine style hands, oyster bracelet, FlipLock buckle, and the same automatic winding calibre 3135 movement. This is a rarely encountered model with the super scarce factory-supplied white mother of pearl, diamond, and sapphire dial. This optional upgrade added over $5,000.00 to the basic cost. This particular example is equipped with the now legislated out of existence tritium hands as indicated by the “T” text at the bottom of the dial. As with all Rolex watches only the finest quality components will do. The silver/white mother of pearl dial shimmers with life and colour with even the slightest movement. 8 Virtually flawless single cut diamonds set within solid 18 karat yellow gold bezels plot out the hours along with custom cut royal blue sapphires. 6 lines of text in red and black are executed with printing precision that can only be revealed under magnification. The bright red print is so thick it actually sits high reflecting white from the rounded surface tension edges (yes watch nerds get excited about such seemingly trivial details). For a 24-year-old watch, the condition is very good. The watch exhibits virtually no areas of measurable wear. The beautifully embossed/sandblasted bezel is sharp and crisp, and the 12 link Oyster bracelet shows no stretch or sag. All the polished sections are bright and shiny, brushed areas show a perfectly contrasting flat finish. Even the raised coronet buckle logo shows excellent detail. This is one of the first areas to show wear and tear. The only small blemish is a small scratch on the sapphire crystal at 8:00 o’clock. This small blemish goes virtually unnoticed against the light coloured dial. Rolex no longer offers a yellow gold Yacht-Master on a bracelet like this. A current 18 karat rose gold 40mm Yacht-Master on rubber strap 126655 is $33,100.00; the much larger 44mm 116688 Yacht-Master II priced at $51,450.00. A close alternative is a 40mm gold Submariner 126618LN for $44,750.00 but it comes with a simple dial and non-precious ceramic bezel insert. If you were able to add an exotic mother of pearl, diamond, and sapphire dial the price would have to be over $50,000.00. Comes with June 2019, Damiani Jewellers (Rolex authorized agent) Certificate of Appraisal and Rolex box  We are happy to offer a complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated to 5 years) for the new owner covering all aspects of mechanical failure. Priced at $38,888.00. CAD. Stock #e13120 505-00161.

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April 7, 2022

1968 Rolex Datejust 1603, dark grey dial with black text, full kit, $7,900.00 CAD. e14432 505-00121

Besides a hammer or screwdriver, I can’t think of many consumer products that after over 50 years of faithful service are still useful, reliable, and have residual value. A stainless steel Rolex Datejust is the definitive “tool” of wristwatches today and when the model was introduced way back in 1945. These do it all watches are Rolex’s best sellers, they come in countless different configurations of bracelets, bezels, dials, and metal choices. The entry-level stainless steel versions have always been the collector/enthusiast’s favorite. Our latest vintage DJ is interesting on several levels, the most obvious in how complete the package is. Getting a watch in the original box is always a treat, but when that box is this nice after well over 50 years, it makes the presentation quite special. Even the protective outer box is here. A previous owner coloured the edges of the box where the green had worn off, they obviously wanted the outer box to look as nice as the inner. I suppose you can always find an old Rolex box if you are missing the original, but you can’t ever duplicate the original paperwork documentation, and this watch has it. The 30-page warranty/instruction booklet bears the serial number 1943697 pierced through the centre tear-out pages. The booklet goes on to document Rolex notable achievements through 1968 (the year this watch was made). Finding a vintage Rolex that comes with the actual chronometer testing certificate is something we’ve only seen a few times. The Swiss Institute For Official Chronometer Tests outlines the specific timing results of this actual watch. The tests lasted 15 days, completed on March 4, 1969. The movement was tested in 5 different positions at 3 different temperatures. At the end of the exhaustive testing, the movement ran to an average of just 4.1 seconds per day fast (well within specification). Even more remarkable than the rare chronometer testing results, this watch comes with the original embossed, foil price tag ($275,00) and “swimpruf” tag, which also displays the matching serial number and price. These rare accessories are also almost never seen. The original made in USA Jubilee bracelet is showing significant wear and stretch but remains in wearable condition with years left of use remaining.