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Rolex Submariner Blue Dial + Blue Sapphires, White Gold: The World's Most Opulent Dive Watch

Contact tmosso@thewatchbox.com for pricing and availability; Either I have it, or I can get it! Today’s show celebrates the legendary Rolex Submariner in its richest form. A white gold Rolex Submariner creates a sense of occasion wherever it goes, but today’s star isn’t a conventional Rolex Submariner “Smurf.” This Rolex 116659 combines white gold, diamonds, blue sapphires, and the world’s most famous watch model. For diving or styling high and dry, this Rolex Sub leads our line of luxury preowned watches for watch buyers. Launched at Baselworld 2018, the white gold Submariner Date “SABR” barely was acknowledged by Rolex at the time. The very definition of a “soft launch,” this gem-set Sub’s arrival was heralded only in a few online luxury watch forums and specialist publications. Regardless of the fanfare, this is a watch worthy of its name. Since 1953, the Rolex Submariner has stood as the most famous watch from the world’s most famous watch brand. Worn by James Bond and coveted by millions, the “Sub” has become an institution among watch collectors. But the Submariner also is common, and the world of high horology long remained beyond the reach of even the richest standard Rolex dive watches. Enter the 2018 Rolex 116659SABR. With over 100 diamonds and blue sapphires, this white gold sports watch makes no apologies for its six-figure price and extreme exclusivity. Watch collectors who are shopping for the likes of Richard Mille need to consider this blue blood Rolex diver as a serious alternative. And unlike most Rolex watches, this white gold Sub features extensive hand craftsmanship in the form of its set gems. Gem setting – a labor intensive process – remains of the few production processes that Rolex has yet to automate. While its flamboyance stuns, this Submariner’s technical specifications remain impressively capable. The sapphire and diamond-set bezel retains its unidirectional action and 120-click advance for diving use. A Rolex Oyster bracelet and clasp provide security during active use, and the Glidelock system permits 20mm of sizing adjustment in ten increments. Rolex automatic caliber 3135 remains a COSC certified Swiss chronometer. The power reserve of 48 hours is matched by a quickset date and hacking seconds. Rolex builds the 3135 with a full balance bridge and a free-sprung balance for durability, and an antimagnetic overcoil hairspring hardens the watch against powerful home and office electronics. In addition to this Rolex Submariner, today’s show includes luxury preowned watches from the best watch brands including IWC Patek Philippe, Seiko Credor, Vacheron Constantin, and Jaeger LeCoultre. Watch collectors of all tastes, wrist sizes, and budgets will find a watch to match on Tim Mosso’s “Wake Up with Watches.” • 24:01 Arnold & Son CTB Chronograph 1CHAS.S02A.C121S, stainless steel, $15,450 • 21:32 Arnold & Son TES Tourbillon Escapement, rose gold, 1SJAR.V01A.C112A $54,950 • 32:52 De Bethune DB28 Yellow Tones DB28YT $94,950 • 03:14 Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor Memovox Q1708170 steel with bracelet $7,950 • 29:49 Girard Perregaux Constant Escapement LM 46mm 93505-21-631-BA6E $38,945 • 14:06 H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Violet 1804-0211 o Not priced yet: email tmosso@thewatchbox.com for a quote • 17:05 IWC Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire “MJ271” 3271-01 bronze, 271 pieces $10,950 • 19:25 IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Mystere 5044-02 $49,500 • 26:59 Patek Philippe Chronograph 5170G-010 $67,950 • 00:37 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner 116659SABR $144,950 • 07:32 Seiko Credor Spring Drive GCLP993 Big Date Hand Wound $6,950 • 05:53 Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time 37mm 7800S/000R-B140 $22,950 • 09:42 Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49140/423A-8886 Generation One $15,950 • 12:11 Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49150/000A-9745 Generation Two $24,950 Please subscribe to our channel for the best luxury watch reviews on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/WatchBoxReviews/?sub_confirmation=1 Visit our website at www.thewatchbox.com for the latest pre-owned luxury watch arrivals and industry-leading value in previously loved luxury timepieces.