It is only now, writing this memoir of seeing the 116759SARU that I realize, I had not answered the question. The question is not whether I would wear this watch, but rather what doing so would make me. In all seriousness, such a watch is a window – though a decidedly difficult to see out of window – on our society, on our constraints and our values, on what we think and what we think others think to be appropriate or inappropriate. So, the question still stands: what would wearing this watch make me – cheap Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU Factory Gem-Set Watches or make you, or make a random guy you see boarding first class as you make your way to the barbed wired section of the plane?
I’ll help you out by saying, this is an all-gold Rolex GMT-Master II on the full white gold bracelet, with a factory-set pave dial and a bezel with high quality and painstakingly color-matched stones and massive baguette diamonds.
So, “a bit over a hundred kay” it is. However, looking at it, irrespective of whether you are doing that with a watch lover’s eye or that of a civilian, you are likely to get the idea that this watch stands above a number on a price tag, for two big reasons.
First, there is the barrier of entry not in terms of shelling out this much money for a watch, but in terms of making the call and saying, yep, this is the watch I’m gonna wear. The moment you put this on and walk out of the store, the price tag is removed and though yes, it objectively looks stupendously expensive, I’d expect every onlooker to subconsciously think not of a price, but rather what it takes to wear something like this – and I’ll get back to that question in a moment.
Second, Rolex makes these rather difficult to get. They, at least in parts of the world that I frequent, never put this sort of watch out into the shop windows – it’s presented to you if they deem you worthy. It’s a win-win in the sense that it helps improve the idea of exclusivity, and it also is not driving away Regular Joe (i.e. you or I), who just wants “an Explorer I with the properly sized hands.” I am absolutely sure that placing a watch like this out in the windows would result in a noticeable drop in sales to ordinary people, at least in most parts of Europe for sure.
This neatly leads us back to the question of why that is. I mean, let’s be honest best replica watches sites To Buy From with ourselves here. Do we turn our heads in a disapproving manner every time we see a needlessly expensive car? Do you know how long it takes to assemble a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador? The car has different bits and pieces fitted to it at 12 different workstations, and it spends 90 minutes at each, that’s 18 hours of work, to go from a bare chassis to a complete car. Add chassis and engine assembly time and it’s still just a few days of work, unlike the exterior of this watch that can take over a week to do. Or do we give unfriendly looks when we see people board a plane with an $8,000 ticket, just to sit a bit further in the front, in what is essentially a very noisy and cramped version of a hotel room?