Book Review: Collecting Rolex Milgauss, Yacht-Master, Turn-O-Graph, Explorer I, Explorer II


In 2010, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg did a hilarious film comedy called “The Other Guys” with the premise being to show how important and meaningful the non-super star performers are on a team in the grand scheme.  On team Rolex, watches like The Rolex Submariner, Rolex Daytona, and the Rolex GMT Master II are the “super star” performers which tend to grab all the mainstream attention.  But to Rolex collectors and aficionados, the models covered in the new book from Guido Mondani Editore Collecting Rolex Milgauss, Yacht-Master, Turn-O-Graph, Explorer I, Explorer II are every bit as treasured and valued as the more headlining models in the Rolex catalog.



This limited edition book (only 2000 copies in print) is divided into 5 chapters, each of them dedicated to one of the following models:

- Rolex Turn-O-Graph: Reminder of times past
References 1625, 6202, 6206, 6309, 6609, 16250, 16253, 16258, 16263, 16264, 116261, 116263, 116264

- Rolex Milgauss: the Scientist’s watch
References 1019, 6541, 6543, 116400, 116400GV

- Rolex Yacht-Master: the Skipper’s watch
References 16622, 16623, 16628, 116681, 116688, 116689, 168622, 168623, 168628, 169622, 169623, 169628

- Rolex Explorer I: the reinforced Rolex
References 1016, 5500, 5501, 5504, 5506, 5700, 5701, 6098, 6150, 6298, 6350, 6552, 6610, 14270, 114270, 214270

- Rolex Explorer II: the Speleologist’s watch
References 1655, 16550, 16570, 216570


Never before has any written work covered these particular Rolex models in such depth and detail.  For example, did you know that the Yacht-Master designation was first used by Rolex in 1965 on rare variation of the Cosmograph?  I didn’t – but this and many other fascinating facts are revealed for the first time in this volume.

In terms of book size, it’s identical to their previously released “Rolex Submariner Story” which is necessarily large in order to maximize the utility of the amazing reference photography contained in this book. I do find it a bit cumbersome to sit and read such a large book, but completely understand the need for its size – Rolex collectors and dealers alike rely on books like this from Guido Mondani Editore to aid in authenticating prospective purchases.  The retail price of € 620,00 (about $800.00 at current exchange rates) may seem high, but all it takes is this book saving its owner from buying one clever fake Rolex watch to more than pay for itself.



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