Antiques & Collectibles

Vintage Rolex: The Largest Collection in the World

'A gorgeously indulgent new coffee-table heavyweight.' - Esquire magazine

'An ode, a love letter, and a paean to family tradition while also being a celebration of the longevity of the Rolex brand, this tome is encyclopedic and monumental in its scope.' - New York Journal of Books


For more than a century, Rolex has stood apart as the most legendary brand of watch in the world. Ever the record setter--the Daytona, belonging to actor Paul Newman, was auctioned by Phillips in New York in October 2017 for $17.8 million--it comes as no surprise that Rolex is the most collected watch label in the world.

Published to celebrate The Vintage Watch Company's 25th anniversary in 2020, the book contains a unique pictorial collection of vintage Rolex watches that have passed through the shop during the past 25 years. From early Rolex pocket watches to the world's first wristwatches, elegant in their simplicity yet revolutionary in their impact, to the very first Submariners, iconic Daytonas, and jewel-encrusted Crown collections, the mesmerizing archive of vintage timepieces charts the extraordinary rise of an extraordinary brand.

About The Author

The Vintage Watch Company, owned by father and son duo, John and David Silver, was established in 1995 and is now based in London's historic Burlington Arcade. It is dedicated to showcasing vintage Rolex wristwatches from c1910-c1990. Their unparalleled collection carries over 2000 pieces and is the largest collection of Vintage Rolex watches on display in the world. The shop is now a destination for watch collectors and discerning shoppers from around the world.

  • Publish Date: October 27, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Antiques & Collectibles - Clocks & Watches
  • Publisher: Pavilion
  • Trim Size: 9 x 12
  • Pages: 384
  • US Price: $75.00
  • CDN Price: $100.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-911663-12-6

Reviews

"Published to celebrate the Vintage Watch Company’s 25th anniversary, the book contains larger-than-life-sized photographs of vintage Rolex watches that have passed through the shop over those years. From early Rolex pocket watches to the world’s first wristwatches, elegant in their simplicity yet revolutionary in their impact, to the very first Submariners, iconic Daytonas and jewel-encrusted Crown collections, the unparalleled archive of vintage timepieces charts the extraordinary rise of a brand coveted by collectors the world over." — ANTIQUES AND THE ARTS WEEKLY 

"Celebrating the collection of the Vintage Watch Company in London, this book is packed with larger-than-life photographs of Rolex timepieces, showcasing circa 1910–1990 wrist watches, pocket watches, Submariners, Daytonas and jewel-encrusted Crown collections." — COTTAGES & GARDENS 

"Vintage Rolex: The Largest Collection in the World is an ode, a love letter, and a paean to family tradition while also being a celebration of the longevity of the Rolex brand. This incredible monograph is eye candy for those fascinated by the brand as well as with timepieces or horology in general. The text is exceedingly brief given the physical size of the book, but in a case of less is more, this tome is encyclopedic and monumental in its scope." — NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS 

"From Daytonas to Submariners: A New Book Catalogs More Than 1,800 Vintage Rolex Watches London's The Vintage Watch Company has amassed a giant portfolio of the Crown's important models." — ROBB REPORT

"WATCH THIS: The ultimate eye candy for any watch enthusiast, this book takes a comprehensive look at the history of this iconic brand." — IN STYLE

"...the book offers a trip through the history of vintage Rolex watches from circa 1910 through circa 1990." — RAPAPORT MAGAZINE

"Published to celebrate the Vintage Watch Company’s 25th anniversary, the book contains larger-than-life-sized photographs of vintage Rolex watches that have passed through the shop over those years. From early Rolex pocket watches to the world’s first wristwatches, elegant in their simplicity yet revolutionary in their impact, to the very first Submariners, iconic Daytonas and jewel-encrusted Crown collections, the unparalleled archive of vintage timepieces charts the extraordinary rise of a brand coveted by collectors the world over." — ANTIQUES AND THE ARTS WEEKLY 


"Vintage Rolex: The Largest Collection in the World showcases the best vintage timepieces throughout the years. From the evolution of the pocket watch to the first wristwatch and iconic timepieces from Submariners to Daytonas, David Silver delves into the Rolex archives." — DUJOUR.COM 

"For true enthusiasts not afraid to get into the weeds, there’s a treasure trove of discovery waiting." — WORNANDWOUND.COM 

"The watches that appear in the 384-page coffee-table book represent the evolution of the iconic Swiss watch brand." — FORBES.COM

"Print and digital: two-page feature with two images plus the book cover: This month the world-renowned boutique is celebrating its anniversary with another item that’s bound to be highly coveted by Rolex enthusiasts: a gorgeously-produced coffee table book titled Vintage Rolex: The Largest Collection in the World, published by Pavilion and distributed by Rizzoli. The author is David Silver, who co-founded The Vintage Watch Company with his father John in 1995, when only a handful of collectors around the globe were truly focused on vintage Rolexes. The market has since rocketed ever skyward, and the credit is due at least in part to the Silvers’ presence and prescience." —MAXIM.COM 

Published to celebrate The Vintage Watch Company’s 25th anniversary, the book contains stunning larger-than-life-sized photographs of vintage Rolex watches that have passed through the shop over those years. From early Rolex pocket watches to the world’s first wristwatches, elegant in their simplicity yet revolutionary in their impact, to the very first Submariners, iconic Daytonas, and jewel-encrusted Crown collections, the unparalleled archive of vintage timepieces charts the extraordinary rise of a brand coveted by collectors the world over.
—METROSOURCE NY

Author Bookshelf: David Silver