Bob’s Watches does it again with another fantastic article of tips on scouting Rolex watches for value. What we like about this article (as with all pieces from this source) is that there is real value in it, rather than simply ideas that we can find anywhere or even intuit on our own. Sure there are basics, but we love that Bob’s understands that there are actually no set rules for valuing a watch – or anything for that matter.
When it comes to collecting, there are some rules of thumb that everyone follows, and there has to be. Much like a game (one could argue that it is precisely a game), if there are no rules, there can be no agreement to make a market. We all have to more or less agree on some fundamental things that are valuable in order to make this thing called collecting work.
But there is also subjectivity – sometimes it’s knowledge depth, sometimes fashion, sometimes something else entirely – that plays into valuation. Nothing is cut and dry here. There is no “if A, then B.” It’s more like “if something close to resembling A, then quite possibly B.” Which is where the fun of collecting, and maybe life, lies.