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    Are Rolex Sports models Tool watches?

    Prompted by a thread elsewhere in which some said their rolex sub was a true Tool watch and even a beater - I suspect some are employing both terms for what they mean as their 'daily wearer' - but others may well be using their Rolex as tool and beater.

    Rolexes have famously been worn to work in the depths, piloting the skies, up Everest, in combat with Special Forces, exposed to powerful electrical currents - some have been used as true tools. But those days are long gone and those vintage Milsubs or Comex watches or Pan Am GMTs are worth the price of a small house.

    And even new models developed from those early tool watches, if they can be found, are now so expensive they are luxury items and I doubt many professional mountaineers, pilots, marines or divers wear Rolexes for work. But perhaps I'm wrong?

    Rolex have built an enviable and justifiable reputation as a maker of tool watches, in the past were used as such, they still market them as such, but now does anyone really use or even regard them as such?

    I wore my DSSD as a daily wearer for almost a decade - although not as a beater and it was swapped out for cycling or gardening or decorating :) I know, more WUSS than WIS
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    Re: Are Rolex Sports models Tool watches?

    A watch is whatever you want it to be, regardless of the brand or how expensive it is.

    What one may consider a beater / tool watch, an other may consider it a safe queen.

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    Re: Are Rolex Sports models Tool watches?

    In before the lock
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    Re: Are Rolex Sports models Tool watches?

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    Re: Are Rolex Sports models Tool watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by City74 View Post
    In before the lock
    Why? is there an advantage of some sort?
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    Re: Are Rolex Sports models Tool watches?

    lock? I thought it a fair question without side or angle - genuinely interested on general views - lock? nah!
    Unless some headbanger starts upping the anti.
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    Re: Are Rolex Sports models Tool watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barge View Post
    Why? is there an advantage of some sort?
    Nothing to say (as usual) but wants to say something negative (as usual).

    Threads like this often go downhill. It’s usually comments like that which start the decline early.
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    Re: Are Rolex Sports models Tool watches?

    Of course they can be used as tool watches. They have been making fantastic tool watches for decades.

    However as the price and brand caché started creeping upwards they have become jewellery or safe queens much more than took watches.

    They’re entirely capable of both though.
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    Re: Are Rolex Sports models Tool watches?

    I think the question is not whether they ‘still are’ but whether they ‘are still used’ as a tool watch
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    Re: Are Rolex Sports models Tool watches?

    Agreed.

    Quote Originally Posted by FBPB View Post
    A watch is whatever you want it to be, regardless of the brand or how expensive it is.

    What one may consider a beater / tool watch, an other may consider it a safe queen.
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