Watch collectors may come from all different walks of life and backgrounds but more often than not, they have a few things in common. They usually have an eye for detail an interest in history and mechanics and most will own up to thinking about which watch they’d like to own next. Most of us also have to think about how exactly we’re going to pay for it too.
Somewhere on most collectors lists there will be a Rolex, many would argue that no collection could actually be complete without at least one in there somewhere, after all up until 2017, Rolex were the biggest watch brand in the world, they lost the crown to Apple but lets not go into that…
For anyone with even a passing interest in the history of Rolex or the wristwatches its produced since 1905, The Watch Book -Rolex Edition by Gisbert L Brunner is going to be of interest. This edition from 2017 follows a similar format to other watch books from the TeNeues line with excellent photography and readability throughout.
The book is written in English, German and french so light readers need not be put off by its weighty appearance and the chronological storytelling narrative is full of all the anecdotes and details you’d expect but with a nice personal touch too, lifting the lid on the lives of the people behind the brand through the ages.
If you are already up to speed with all things Rolex then you won’t be surprised by anything that’s in here but if you’re new to the brand or the hobby then you’ll soon develop a sense of the values behind the company which are all bourne through to the products themselves. The details, dedication and determination of those behind some of the most iconic watches in the world is impressive and it’s not unfair to say that this book really does showcase just why Rolex is the number one luxury brand for wristwatches in the world.
The book covers the history of the company before looking at the the history and development of some of Rolex’s key models before finishing up with a fascinating section on production values.
This is a wonderful addition to any watch collectors library and it even has a luxurious feel thanks to its fabric trimmed cover in striking Rolex green and gold. It’s no wonder then that the contents are of equal quality to the exterior. An epitome of the brand itself.