White’s manual demystifies collecting the world’s most sought-after precision watches. Geared for both
the neophyte and the obsessive, the Chevalier Edition of White’s previously published guide offers fresh
content, such as sidebar profiles of watch technicians, sellers, and even a dial lumer—and if you’re
curious about what that is, then this manual is for you. Accompanying the new material are dozens of
high-quality photographs of vintage Rolexes, with a focus on the details a serious collector needs to
consider when authenticating a potential purchase.
The photos are gorgeous, as are the watches, but White’s emphasis is on practical, attainable Rolexes a
collector might encounter in the wild, rather than the highest-end luxury items. The backbone of this
edition remains his manual, first published in 2019: a helpful and inviting survey of what a potential
collector would want to understand before purchasing a pre-owned or vintage Rolex. White takes readers
“beneath the lugs,” exposing the period-correct guts of generations of Rolexes, including their winding
screws, to a dozen types of hands, and the mechanisms at their ticking hearts (called “movements”).
Those particulars are supplemented with a history of the brand and illuminating explanations of unique
Rolex terms (“Oyster Perpetual Submariner” is just the start of it).
White’s a welcoming writer, eschewing the “jargon-soup” that he attributes to his hobby’s “insiders.” He
addresses common misconceptions and encourages potential collectors to buy watches they’ll love and
actually wear, rather than getting too hung up on acquiring a piece of the highest period correctness.
White exhaustively catalogs all the information publicly available on more than 1,400 official
manufacturing runs of Rolex watches. Even established collectors will find this a valuable resource.
Takeaway: This field manual gives an illuminating introduction into the world of Rolex collecting.
Great for fans of: Benjamin Clymer’s Watches: A Guide by Hodinkee, Gene Stone and Stephen Pulvirent’s
The Watch, Thoroughly Revised.
- Cover: A
- Design and typography: A
- Illustrations: A
- Editing: A
- Marketing copy: A
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