by ©Edward Heliosz 2001-3
I've put together a list of Rolex reading material which I think is essential to the collector. This is by no means the definitive library, any further recommendations and suggestions are welcome.
|When I first became interested in Rolex watches, the only book that was available regarding the subject, was "Rolex - Hans Wilsdorf and the Evolution of Time 1905 - Present" by George Gordon. I bought this book in the early 1990s and I was disappointed with it even then. The information contained within is minimal. What it does contain are vintage Rolex advertisements and 292 colour photographs of mainly vintage Rolexes. This book is part of the Timeless Elegance Series. The second book in the series is "Twentieth Century Wristwatches". This volume contains a brief history of wristwatches and is divided into six chapters: Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron, Cartier, Longines & Assorted. There are photographs of rare Rolex watches like chronographs, moon phase calendars and bubble-backs. The third book in the series is on Cartier. All books are written by George Gordon and were published by Alan Zie Yongder in 1988-89. All three are out of print but readily obtainable. Be warned, some of the watches in the Rolex book, are believed to be fake.||
||Probably the best known volume about
Rolex watches is The Best of Time - Rolex Wristwatches - An Unauthorized
History by James M. Dowling & Jeffrey P. Hess. Published in 1996
by Schiffer Publishing. I would treat this book as the bible on Rolex
wristwatches. All the main models and their history are found here.
It is a must have for collectors and enthusiasts alike. For updates
and corrections to the book, go to James Dowling's home page at U.K.Watches
. A second edition of this book has been published.
The major addition is an extra chapter titled, "21st Century". Which
features the new Cosmograph Daytona and its new in-house movement.
The next significant Rolex publication is Orologi Da Polso - Rolex by Osvaldo Patrizzi. Patrizzi is chairman and founder of Antiquorum Auctioneers. He is also the author of other publications, the more noteworthy being Collecting Patek Philippe Watches. The three volumes pictured, are the 1992, 1995 and 1998 editions respectively. They are all published by Guido Mondani Editore and are in Italian and English text. The first edition has just over 200 pages and has a brief history of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf, The Foundation, Andre J. Heiniger and the watches themselves. It has pages of Rolex advertising from 1939 to 1980. The last part of the book is entitled "Selection of Rolex Wristwatches Described by Osvaldo Patrizzi" with a two photographs a page and a short description of each watch. It comes with a price guide for all watches that appear in the book and has a plain white cardboard slip case. The second edition is exactly the same but with a few additions. It has a chapter on Rolex wristwatches that have appeared in international auctions. It is 260 pages in length and come with the price guide and a heavy slip case that has the same front cover photograph as the book. For more information on the 3rd edition, click on the image to be taken to the publisher's web page. There is now a 2001 edition which has been updated and expanded to 512 pages.
The Rolex Reference Guide is written and
published by T. Charles Jarman. This is a no nonsense publication
with plenty of facts and figures. It has an informative history of
the Rolex Company, the Frequently Asked Questions section is essential
reading as is the miscellaneous information and trivia sections.
If you want to know anything Rolex, this is the first book you should buy.
Click on the image to be linked to Charles Jarman's website.
The Rolex Report is written by John E. Brozek and is published by InfoQuest Publishing, Inc. I wish this book had been around when I first became interested in Rolex watches. This is a superb publication and should be the first Rolex book you should buy. It is professionaly printed on high quality paper, it has an ISBN allocation and it even has a forward by Jeffrey P. Hess, the co-author of The Best of Time - Rolex Wristwatches - An Unauthorized History. There are many good features about this 4th Edition, the best being a comprehensive guide to fake and counterfeit Rolex watches and what to look for in a genuine Rolex watch. I only wish that there were a few colour photographs included but you can't have everything! Click on the image to be taken to InfoQuest's web site.
The book shown on the left is by the author
Anton Kreuzer. His other noted work is Feast For The Eyes - Omega
Designs. Rolex Chronometer Für Das Handgelenk is
a hardbound book with 136 pages and of course, it's in the German language.
There are some nice photographs of rare Rolexes, though, these photographs
seem to have been taken from auction catalogues. The rest of the
book is in the similar format as the Omega book. Recommended to only
serious Rolex book collectors.