Some Frequently Asked Q's

about Rolex watches and SUBGMT. 

Rolex and Patek watches and buying and selling these online bring a lot of questions. Here some good and not so good questions we often get. If you have a question that needs to be in this section please let us know at:


In the 1970's Mr. Gerald Genta was hired by three big watch companies to design a new line of watches (why did no brand ask for exclusivity?) to try to survive in a time that watches was not such great industry anymore. He made these three designs:

- For Patek Philippe he sketched the Nautilus 3700.
- For Audemars Piguet he designed the Royal Oak 5402
- and for IWC he made the thickest of them al: the 1832 Ingenieur SL

All these three watches were unequalled in design and size (all three called "Jumbo") and are the Holy Trinity these days in the watch collecting business.

And that answers my question: not only is the IWC the biggest and heaviest and largest of them all, the SL also has been produced the least (542 automatics and 335 quartzes!). In addition the bracelet of the 1832 is the only bracelet that is "micro" adjustable - without putting on or off a complete link, which means that your watch is always too loose or too tight and the IWC is also the only one with a second hand, plus the steel version was available in two colors: with black waffle dial and grey one. IWC also made a couple of hundred quartz watches in the same case that had the automatic inside. (reference de 3003 which has the large case, the later produced 3303 is a bit thinner - hence it nick name Skinny Jumbo). Also very (very!) nice is that the prices of the 1832 are (still!!) very reasonable compared to the competition: the PP 3700 is now around the €100.000 with box and papers and the AP 5402 about €80.000 with box and papers. The 1832 can still be bought for an amount that is between the €20.000-€25.000 with box and papers, the quartzes a lot less! The IWC 1832 Ingenieur SL is bound to be picked up by the watch loving public, because of the price or because it is such nice watch, and perhaps it will never be a 911, but a manual geared Boxster drives just as nice or perhaps better.  Do you walk around comfortably with a 100.000 euro watch?