The 40mm case, made of stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold, is fitted with the 3135 self-winding movement. This 116613, which is only one letter more CHEAP ROLEX WATCHES than the older 16613, has three additional useful features: a Parachrom blue balance spring, a Cerachrom ceramic bezel and a solid Glidelock buckle.
In the watch industry, the word “fashion” is always in quotation marks. For example, if tourbillons have become popular in recent years, watchmakers make them when they don’t know what to do, watch editors write about them when they can’t think of anything else to say, or customers buy them when they don’t like other watches – but in terms of production, tourbillons only account for a very small share of the total watch market. Popularity.
Everything that is popular is either a newcomer that dies out quickly after its infinite popularity, or a classic that never goes out of fashion. I’m no expert on the history of watches, but I can tell that gold watches don’t fall into the former category. According to my personal experience at auction, the earliest gold watches can be traced back to the 1940s, when men’s watches were gradually becoming stereotyped and the contemporary characteristics of watches began to appear. At that time, there were a large number of manufacturers who made gold watches, and the most influential and productive ones were Rolex’s Ref. 2940 small and Ref. 3372 large three-hand watches. They used Rolex’s signature “Oyster” case and “Bubble Back”. “With the “Rolesor” design, it was hard not to be a classic. In all likelihood, it was the efforts of Rolex that made the Rolesor watch last.
According to our modern thinking, it is easy for us to think of the gold-plated watch as a combination of steel and gold watches, and that it will appear much later. But in fact, gold watches and steel watches appeared around the same time, they are both the later generation of gold watches, even if they have blood relationship, they are only cousins, not father and son. Stainless steel entered the stage of history at the beginning of the last century, and it was not until 1916 that it was patented and mass-produced, and used to make watches for a few more years. Some call stainless steel the greatest invention of the 20th century, and it made it possible for Europeans to avoid eating hand-meal even if they couldn’t afford silverware, far more so than today’s touch-screen phones, Android systems, and body games.
From the 1930s onwards, stainless steel made its way into watchmaking, or rather into the manufacture of watches, and pocket watches were forever sealed in the memory of K-gold. The transformation of stainless steel into watches, like today’s high-tech ceramics, was slow and determined, with a gradual process of adaptation. Compared with K-gold, which has been used for thousands of years, stainless steel is a completely new thing, which is born from the rapid development of industrialized society, and lacks the grace and luxury of aristocrats. The huge advantages in price and output eventually revolutionized people’s aesthetics, and stainless steel replaced karat gold as the material of choice for watches.
In addition to the pure stainless steel watches, there was also a model made of stainless steel and K-gold that won praise. At the time, the concept of “Assemblage” had not yet been established in the apparel world, and there was no sign of it, so watches could not be said to have been influenced by the apparel world. The popularity of gold watches is not unknown, however, and a drink that is rapidly gaining popularity in social settings is seen as intrinsically linked to the popularity of gold watches: the “cocktail”.
Literally meaning “cock tail,” the cocktail took on the meaning of a non-thoroughbred when a mongrel’s tail was shortened to look like a rooster’s tail, hence the name of the cocktail concoction. Until the 1920s, the word cocktail stood for “the adulteration” of a pure substance with impurities, which was by no means a compliment; after the 1920s, however, things took a dramatic turn for the better when people began to appreciate processed items, believing that the addition of other ingredients to a natural substance was a sign of a “bad” condition. Material artifacts are more fashionable. This perception led to the popularity of artificial pearls, cosmetics and cocktails, and awareness of the mesmerizing gold watch has increased dramatically since then.
The lure of real gold and silver
As mentioned above, gold watches have been around for more than half a century and are still one of the most popular on the market today. In spite of the fact that in recent years various new materials have emerged, the number of models with gold-plated models has increased rather than decreased, especially on the Chinese market.
Usually, those who choose to use the gold-plated version are the popular classics of well-known brands, which means that after the introduction of the stainless steel version of a collection, there is still potential to create a gold-plated version to fill the market gap left by the price difference between the stainless steel version and the K-gold version. I don’t need to tell you that Rolex is the company that has mastered this seemingly un-technical technique. The same model, the same movement, no complications, just the addition of precious metals, naturally raises the product to a higher level, but at a much lower price than a gold watch.
I noticed that there is no equivalent in English or French for the term “gold watch” or “gold model”. In other words, the expression “Gold and Steel Watch”, as opposed to “Gold and Steel Watch”, is a Chinese invention, along with “Gold and Silver Run”, which is gold and stainless steel, and “Gold and Steel Watch”, which has a white gold bezel. “Steel King,” as these culturally distinctive Chinese names are called, are in line with Sindaya’s principles. Intergold, the emphasis is still on gold, not steel. Even if only a small amount of gold is used, the aesthetics and connotation of gold watches are more inclined to gold watches, and the value is not comparable to ordinary steel watches, which is probably the main reason why it has become popular in the Chinese world.