Hi I have had a fascination for watches since I was a teenager. I can remember
begging my Mom to buy this watch and that watch from the club books that she had. But one day I remember watching a TV programme called "Jim Will Fix It" and I was memorised by the Rolex that Jimmy Saville had on his wrist, it was a gold DAYDATE, which just seemed to hang from his arm. From that moment that was the watch I wanted, I use to watch the programme just to get a glimpse of it - sad or what. The same could be said for the singer Barry White, who also had the same style watch.
For the next 20 years I continued to buy watches, during this time, I bought two Submariners and one Seadweller.
Then about 6 years ago as I was walking passed an AD I saw a second hand yellow gold DAYDATE, I couldn't believe it, and my finances were ok at the time so I bought it. I had now fulfilled a lifetime ambition.
But I didn't keep long, because six months later, after a bit of haggling with the manager from the same AD I bought a new one. Which had the polished & heavier links.
For the next five years I cherished that watch, but I still kept on buying watches- always from the AD as buy now we had struck up a good customer relationship.
I bought from him a Brietling, which a year later I part exchanged for a S/S Submariner.
It was during this time that he showed me, what changes Rolex had carried out to the DAYDATE. I was certainly impressed. As I was with the new S/S GMT Master 2.
So several months later and after a lot of discussion between us, at the end of last year, I part exchanged my old DAYDATE and Submariner for a new DAYDATE and GMT. I am absolutely delighted with both watches.
Though the DAYDATE will always be my favourite watch. I think that the improvements that Rolex have done to the GMT have made it a stunning watch.
And like many of us Rolex fanatics, I believe that they will carry out these improvements to the rest of the sporting range.
I wait in anticipation for Basel World 2008 to see what new watch they launch to celebrate their centenary year.