The countdown has begun! I will guide you through my watch flipping journey. One by one. From the first to the last. What made me buy it? What made me sell it? Almost 400 watches has come and gone during the years. Instead of boring you with too much technical details I will try to focus on giving you my thoughts and refelections and at the same time trying to add a personal touch to my journey by sharing some moments when the watches has accompanied me through life. Read and enjoy!
When this one showed up for sale there was no time for
hesitation. It was a ’96 full set and it had recently gone through a full
service. Its tritium dial and hand set had been replaced with luminova parts but the
original dial and hands were still a part of the kit. To me this was just perfect
since I always prefer some proper lume before moldy tritium. This was back in December 2011 and the price
it was being sold for was considered really low even back then; hence no time for hesitation. So what else
could I do? Why go through the Submariner/GMT phase when I was given the opportunity
to go directly for the big boy?
Unboxing the Sea-Dweller gave me a special feeling.
This was somehow a proper watch. A freakin' legend for god's sake! The feeling of having
something that to others might have looked like a Submariner at first glance,
when it actually was something a little bigger, better and badder, made me feel
so good. “Sorry, if it’s a what? A
Submariner? Oh no, you see it’s a Sea-Dweller!” I know it sounds weird but this
watch had an obvious impact on me and it somehow made me feel important and gave
me a huge confidence boost. Crazy I know but wearing it was like tripping on
some good drugs. I was invincible!
#110 - The Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600.
Like all trips the feeling wore off after a while.
Instead I started to feel a little uncomfortable wearing such an expensive
watch. Had I taken this big step too fast? My previously most expensive watch
before the Sea-Dweller had been the IWC 3538 and the difference between the IWC
and the Rolex had been more than $1200. I was also a bit reluctant to freeze
that much funds in a single watch and I when I started to think about how many
cheaper dive watches I was missing out on because of it I decided to part with the
The 16600 is one of my all-time favorite Rolex
references and I’m forever going to regret selling it. As for most used Rolex’s
the prices skyrocketed during 2015 so if I would want another one again I
just would have to accept the fact and pay up. Comparing the 16600 to the Submariner
14060M, which is the watch I’ve been wearing the most during 2015, I actually
think I prefer the slimmer proportions of the 14060M to the bulkier 16600. However, there is a certain intangible mystery to the Sea-Dweller's that the regular Submariners will
never acquire. That's just a fact.