By modern I mean from the 90's to nowadays, the Rolex before the 90's are neo vintage for me.
So, what do I have?
The Daytona 16520:
The Explorer II 16570:
The Yacht Master 16222:
The Milgauss 116400 GV:
And the Air King 2016 Edition, the 116 900:
The funny thing I noticed is that in that selection, there are only Un-Rolex references. At the exception of the Daytona 16520, of course.
But the others are not typical Rolex: The Milgauss and the Air King are totally crazy with their splashes of colors. The Yacht Master is a very special Submariner which doesn't look like any other Submariners, I mean, and the Explorer II " Polar " with its white dial is not a favorite among Rolex lovers.
That's the paradox of my modern Collection, while I have more classic choices when it comes to neo vintage and vintage Rolexes, I love when Rolex goes out of the beaten paths for the modern production.
Which doesn't mean I have no interest for more conventional modern Rolex watches.
When I think about what is missing in my modern " Rolex collection ", I have a soft spot for some.
For example, I know I what I want to hunt: The latest Daytona 116500 white dial, and a GMT MASTER.
The 116500 will not make me let my 16520 go, it will double the pleasure of owning a Daytona.
For the GMT MASTER, I don't know which one, though: I am waving between the all black, the black and blue or the blue and red versions...
But I will get a modern GMT MASTER as a big fan of this reference since the very first one, the 6542. I want one of each references which has existed in steel. And maybe add a gold version, but a vintage one.
Other than that, I am waiting to see the Sea Dweller 50th anniversary and the new Deep Seadweller in the metal, before deciding anything.
What makes me hesitate is the size of the cases, the proportions. But funnily, once again, is that in that selection of missing watches, I have a majority of more conventional pieces, at the exception of, MAYBE ,the Deep Seadweller with its original blue and black dial.
There are other watches I took off my list: The Skydweller, in steel, with its blue dial. I could see it, it is too massive for me. Idem for the Yacht Master II, in steel, for the very same reason. They are original, which pleased me a lot, as you understood, but the in the real experience killed them, because of their too massive proportions. A pity, as I liked both of them... On pictures. And their dials are very attractive, too.
So you see, my projects are quite doable, even if I will have hard time finding a 116500 Daytona in steel. Much easier than completing my collection of vintage Rolex, for sure.
AND I think my bases will be nicely covered.
You will tell me that there are no Submariners in this modern selection...
I would give you two answers: The Yacht Master is here, a special Submariner, as previously stated, and I am very happy with it, then I can complete it with a Seadweller 50th anniversary, if the experience of the real life makes it. Plus I am not as fan of the Submariner than I am of the GMT MASTER, for example.
Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts,