10 Years Old Today

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10 Years Old Today

Post by dukerules » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:11 pm

I've always been a watch guy. When I was a kid in the '80s, it was digital sports watches, and then Swatches. Didn't wear a watch in college, but then the bug hit me in a big way. Bought a quartz Citizen chronograph, followed by a quartz Titanium Swiss Army. One call night in the ICU as a resident, the battery in the Swiss Army died. I wore that watch for the better part of a decade, but that experience convinced me that I needed to own a mechanical.

I'd always been generally fascinated by the Rolex ads in the National Geographic magazines I read as a kid. At some point along the way, I decided I would buy a Rolex sports watch. There was this absolutely epic post on an old Land Rover forum (believe it was Expedition Exchange; sadly it doesn't appear the post is online any longer) in which the poster argued why the Rolex Submariner was absolutely the best, and only, watch anyone would ever need. That post really stuck with me. Truth be told, the ubiquitous Submariner didn't really interest me, but man, the Sea-Dweller sure did.

In the summer of 2007, I completed training, and got my first big boy job. I spent the better part of that year paying off debts from the previous decade of school and training. I stopped by the now-closed Carlyle Jewelers in Durham, NC a couple of times that year, checking out the Rolex inventory, but really didn't know if I could bring myself to spend that kind of money on a watch. I tried on a number of Rolex sport watches during these visits, but the 16600 was always the standout. At the end of that first year, I decided I would take the plunge. I walked into Carlyle on July 31, 2008, and bought the 16600. I even got 10% off without having to ask for it (times certainly have changed). I remember that they had the Deep Sea and the new ceramic GMT on hand as well; I almost bought the GMT as I thought it was beautiful, but the 16600 is the one I always wanted, and the one I put on my wrist.

So here we are 10 years later. The 16600 really led me down a fairly ridiculous path of watch obsession. I've had an incredible amount of fun in this hobby, and have met a lot of great people along the way (many of whom are here at DWC). And I've spent a lot of money, too. I've had loads of watches since buying the 16600. Some of these were incredible, and many were objectively better watches in some ways. But the 16600 is still my favorite watch of them all, and my favorite watch period. It is beautiful, capable, versatile, bulletproof, and an absolute classic. It truly is the only watch I would ever need. It is an absolute joy to wear, and is the only forever keeper watch that will ever grace this watch nerd's collection. It probably could use a service, but I'd miss it while it was away, you know?

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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by unixshrk » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:13 pm

Nice that you’ve had it that long. Great story as well.

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10 Years Old Today

Post by hoppyjr » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:17 pm

I love stories like this.

Congratulations on your anniversary!

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Post by unixshrk » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:19 pm

hoppyjr wrote:I love stories like this. Congratulations on your anniversary!

You know, some photos of bowels would really tie this story together.
Send them directly to Hoppy Rahul.

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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by gamecock111 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:22 pm

Yes, great story.


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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by Panerai7 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:35 pm

Great story Rahul
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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by dnslater » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:36 pm

Great writeup. That is my favorite Rolex diver.

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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by matt.wu » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:43 pm

Love it. Thanks for taking the time to write it up.

The Sea-Dweller is a special watch. Hell, if I had that story and history with a watch, I'd probably sell off everything else and just rock it day in and day out. Or maybe I wouldn't, but I'd at least want to.

Looking forward to checking back in with you and that watch in another 10 years!
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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by rockmastermike » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:02 pm

fantastic, Rahul - wish I could had your stamina and longevity



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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by goaliechris » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:50 pm

Congrats and could agree more. I think I bought mine around the same time. Will never get rid of it. Image


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10 Years Old Today

Post by goaliechris » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:52 pm

Congrats and couldn’t agree more. I think I bought mine around the same time. Will never get rid of it. Great story - thanks for sharing! Image


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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by aikiman44 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:15 pm

Great story.
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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by dshap » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:59 pm

You two make a beautiful couple ;)
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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by Axelay2003 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:28 pm

Thanks for sharing your story. That was a joy to read.
It's a beautiful world! Gerald.
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Post by hollywoodphil » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:45 pm

Happy Anniversary!

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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by deepcdvr » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:46 pm

Cool story!

Now I want an SD again ;(
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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by CGSshorty » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:50 pm

That's awesome.
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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by bnabod » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:09 pm

Mine was bought more recently but love everything about it

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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by gwells » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:32 pm

grats! things like this are always better with a backstory. i wish i'd gotten into this hobby 10 years ago.

*sigh*

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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by toxicavenger » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:38 pm

Congrats Rahul and great story. I wish I could have said the same.

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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by Seppia » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:13 pm

What a great story, thanks for sharing

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10 Years Old Today

Post by Jeep99dad » Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:11 am

Great story Rahul. I know how much you love this one. And it is truly all the watch one needs.
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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by giosdad » Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:27 am

Outstanding story. I love that the 16600 has never left your collection.
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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by 1954Selmer » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:54 am

Indeed. Very nice

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Re: 10 Years Old Today

Post by Steve O. » Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:28 am

gwells wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:32 pm
grats! things like this are always better with a backstory. i wish i'd gotten into this hobby 10 years ago.

*sigh*
Yep. Before things got nuts, it was a bonanza. In 2003 I bought an all original (including bracelet)1956 6536/1 for $700. at an antique store/flea market. Proprietor thought I was nuts for spending that much on an "old, worn Rolex". Later, I traded a Kobold Seal, which I had about $1,500. in for a four year old LNIB Sub 16610. $700.-800. for vintage Doxas, Heuer Autavias, etc...

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