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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked- Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

In the past we have blogged about the beautifully industrial looking Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, which is one of Audemars’ most popular timepieces. Audemars hopes to attract a new type of clientele with their re-envisioning of the popular Royal Oak. The newest edition to the collection has a skeletonised dial and case back but retains the  sleek and contemporary lines of the original Royal Oak. These new watches have had their movements upgraded from the Calibre 3120 to the self-winding Calibre 3129. The Calibre 3129 movement consists of many intricate moving parts that when seen in motion through the transparent dial create a magnificent exhibition. Jewelry appraisal.

This exciting new watch features satin-brushing on the mainplate and bridges and intense colors that are achieved through hand-crafted beveling. Their are only a few color options though, colors range from gray to anthracite (a slightly darker shade of gray). This lack of colors was intentional, as the various shades of gray offer a beautiful contrast to the brass gear trains and the 22kt gold oscillating weight seen through the dial. The case is an impressive 39 mm in diameter and makes quite the presence.

Audemars is offering the Royal Oak Openworked in a steel case with a steel bracelet or a 18kt pink gold case on an alligator leather strap. Both versions are incredibly fascinating pieces and a great addition to any  watch collection.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers


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James Bond Watches Part 3: Gadget Watch- Watch Sell

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Rolex Buzzsaw Watch

Pierce Brosnan’s last film as bond was Die Another Day in 2002, he was well into his late forties and it was decided that a younger actor should portray Bond in the next series of films. The Bond series would spend four years on hiatus and the next film in the series would be a startling departure from the CGI laden and formulaic movies of the past. Casino Royal was released in 2006 with blond haired Daniel Craig portraying James Bond. The new film was more realistic, darker and  featured few gadgets. Craig’s Bond still retained an impeccable sense of style but was more rugged then Bonds of the past.

This new bond needed a watch that was both masculine and elegant, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean model 2900.50.91 was chosen. The Planet Ocean has a diameter of 45.5 mm and was on a sporty black rubber band with a black dial. This was the first time an Omega watch was shown in a Bond film with a black dial, all other Omegas had a blue dial. Later in the film Bond is shown wearing a Coaxial version of Omega Seamaster Professional with a blue dial model 222.80.00. In Quantum of Solace, James Bond only wears a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M  model 2201.50.00 with  Coaxial technology, black dial and a stainless steel strap.

Bond’s various watches were not always just a stylish accessory, many watches were issued through Q-Branch and were modified with different gadgets. Here are some of the most notable gadget watches in order of appearance:

-From Russia With Love (1963): The first gadget watch sell to be featured in a film belonged to the villain. This ordinary looking wrist watch with a brown leather strap had a small crown, when pulled, a long steel wire would retract like a tape measure which could be used as a garrote.

-Thunderball (1965): This movie featured a Breitling ‘Top Time’ Diver Chrono with a working Geiger Counter.

-Live and Let Die (19730: A Rolex Submariner had an incredible strong electromagnet that could deflect a bullet. It also had a spinning bezel that could act as a small rotating saw.

-Moonraker (1979): A Seiko m354 Memory Bank Wristwatch that had a removable case back which housed a powerful explosive charge and denotation wire.

-For Your Eyes Only (1981): Seiko H357 Analog Digital Display watch with a built-in satellite phone to receive calls direct from MI6 and the ability to display messages on its digital display.

GoldenEye (1995): Omega Seamaster that had a powerful laser which could cut through welded medal.

The World Is Not Enough (1999): Omega Seamaster with a miniature grappling hook which includes a 50 foot high tensile micro filament, able to support 800 pounds.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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James Bond Watches Part 2: Omega- Watch Sell

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Watch Sell

In the early 1990’s Pierce Brosnan was announced as the new James Bond for the next set of films. The Bond Franchise had been on a six year hiatus and many believed that the series had become an icon of the past. In 1995 GoldenEye was released to great success, Brosnan revitalized the character and demonstrated that Bond could still be relevant even after the fall of the Soviet Union. The new series of films featured the Omega Seamaster Professional Diver Quartz model 2541.80, an elegant full size watch with a  blue dial, blue bezel on a stainless steel bracelet.

In Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), 007 switched to the automatic chronometer version, model 2531.80. In The World Is Not Enough (1999), he again is wearing the model 2531.80. The model of choice continues with the 2531.80 in Die Another Day (2002). These are the only two models that Bond wears in the four films. Pierce Brosnan had a separate contract deal with Omega in which he promoted different models of Omega watches that were not featured in the Bond films.

The departure from Rolex to Omega was not an easy decision. James Bond had become synonymous with the Rolex Submariner and many fans balked at the mere thought of Bond wearing any other brand. The producers of GoldenEye wanted to update Bond’s style and give him a more “Euro” look. Rolex of the past was known for its technical superiority but Rolex of today is known more for its brand recognition. The producers felt Bond would choose a watch that had style but would not attract extra attention or make a statement like the Rolex does currently. Thus the Omega Seamaster was chosen.

Financial reasons also played a part in the decision to change watch sell brands. Rolex is well known for not participating in high-profile co-promotions, instead relying on its superior quality to market the brand. Product marketing deals has become a large part of modern films and Omega was willing to participate and provided products to be involved in co-marketing arrangements.

Stay tuned for part 3.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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James Bond Watches Part 1: Rolex- Watch Sell

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Watch Sell

The character James Bond 007 was created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming. A suave and sophisticated secret agent with a penchant for woman, danger and gadgets. James Bond had a classic sense of style that many have come to admire and emulate over the years. Perhaps the most revered aspect of Bond’s style are the watches he wears on his wrist. Many of which Raymond Lee Jewelers has for sale.

The first watch sell to be worn by James Bond on the big screen was the Rolex Submariner 6538A. Worn by Sean Connery in the film Dr. No, this watch would become the signature Bond watch for the next decade and considered by many collectors to be the only true James Bond Submariner. Nine films would put Rolex in the spotlight, with different variations of the Submariner being used throughout filming. The 6200 with its larger winding crown and non-crown guard case is also considered a collectors item.

Sean Connery played the role of James Bond for five films and then George Lazenby took over the role for the sixth film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Sean Connery returned to the role of Bond in Diamonds Are Forever in which Bond had a Submariner Date. Roger Moore who played Bond for the 8th film Live and Let Die (1973) wore a slightly different Rolex, the 5513.

For more then a decade the Rolex would not be featured in a Bond film, instead the secret agent was sporting Seiko digital or digital/analogue hybrids. This move to digitization like many of the trends that swept the 80’s was soon forgotten and hopefully will never be reprised. Bond was back to sporting the beautiful and timeless Submariner in The Living Daylights (1987) and License to Kill (1989).

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Jewelry Store Boca Raton

You literally have 50 something choices when looking for a jewelry store in Boca Raton. There is a jewelry store in Boca Raton on almost every corner. Most are temporary fixtures in an ever-growing upscale community. There are only a few old family owned jewelry retailers in Boca Raton. Since 1983 Raymond Lee Jewelers has been in Boca Raton. Raymond Lee’s jewelry store in Boca Raton is one of the countries most unique jewelry retailers. At this Boca Raton jewelry store you will find a fabulous collection of current and vintage jewelry designs, all at a discount. Fantastic assortment of preowned luxury watches in our Boca Raton watch boutique. Shop in a jewelry store in Boca Raton you can trust. Raymond Lee Jewelers accepts returns, has a layaway plan, takes trade ins, offers discounts, buys estates and much more. Visit Boca Raton’s largest family owned, independent jewelry retailer. You can visit us on the web at RaymondLeeJewelers.net. Or visit our Boca Raton jewelry store at 22191 powerline rd. suite 12b. This central Boca Raton location is at the intersection of Palmetto Park rd. and Powerline rd. in Palms Plaza where the Olive Garden Restaurant is.

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Raymond Lee Jewelers, Florida’s Largest Estate Jewelry Showroom

Raymond Lee Jewelers is the largest estate jewelry showroom in Florida. Carrying a full line of estate jewelry, pre-owned luxury watches, loose diamonds, gold jewelry, Precious and semi precious stones. Raymond Lee Jewelers is Florida’s largest independent jewelry retailer. The only full service showroom. Since 1983, Raymond Lee Jewelers has been servicing Palm Beach County and Florida. Known in Florida for great customer service and the best pricing in the industry. Raymond Lee Jewelers is a second generation Florida jewelry store. Work with a local jeweler in Boca Raton you can trust. Whether you need your Rolex overhauled, need an engagement ring or want to sell gold, Raymond Lee Jewelers is your number 1 choice in Florida.  Raymond Lee Jewelers works with clients nation wide. If you are located our of state you can send Raymond Lee Jewelers your Rolex for repair. Our Rolex service starts at $159 and is the best in the watch repair business.

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