Time Spec also puts out special editions. Worth getting are Rolex Fan Volumes 1 & 2. Both are published by World Photo Press. Volume 1 is entirely devoted to bubble-backs and was written by James Dowling. Volume 2 is titled 2421 and is a wonderful publication. I have the Japanese issue but as you can see there is a German version as well. The book is divided into 12 chapters: Non Oyster, Oyster, Bubble Back, Submariner, Explorer, GMT Master, Chronograph, Oyster Perpetual, Air King, Prince, Lady's and Quarter Century/Pocket. There are 2421 thumbnail photographs, hence the title. It's written by Kesaharu Imai whose other works are A Time Capsule Omega Speedmaster - The Story of the First Watch In Outer Space and publications on Zippo lighters. There is a Volume 3 in the Rolex Fan series, it deals with current production models. Save your money on this one as it's easier to get a current catalogue from Rolex themselves.
||The only other special edition worth
mentioning is Rolex Scene 1913-1997 The London Aritake Collection,
another World Photo Press edition. This book is written
by Shigeharu Aritake. The Aritake collection book
is from a London based Japanese dealer who has
photographed all the interesting watches which have passed through his hands in the last 15 years. Nevertheless, this book is quite expensive but if you want great photographs of rare Rolexes, this book is for you.
The next two editions are also in the A5
format. The Rolex Master Book and The Rolex Master
Book II are published by Green Arrow Graffiti and are
numbered 21 & 29 respectively. Master Book
features chapters titled History of Rolex, Masterpiece Collection,
Bubble Back, Box, Bracelet, Dial, Crown, Bezel, Hand, Case,
Box, Pocket Watch, Catalog, Advertisement and Tudor. It also has
short article on each sports model. Master Book II,
on the current sports models and Tudor watches. It also compares
to similar contemporary watches by other manufacturers.
released is Rolex Master Book III. This is another great
It includes more rare watches including a GMT prototype, it has chapter
titled Real or Fake and a section on books about Rolex. Though,
this last item
is not as good as the one you are reading!