Given the rising prices of the watches, I have decided to take a break. The prices of vintage Rolex sports watches are very high and even a simple GMT or submariner bezel can costs US$3000 and above making this an expensive hobby indeed. I have always find the so called mark 1 mark 2, mar 3 etc a joke as Rolex in its early days does not produce everything in house. Rather, it has sub-contract ed out the different watch components (such as bezel, dials etc) to different factories. As such, there are bound to have minor variations which is not really noticeable except to die hard hair splitting collectors. In addition, Rolex after sales service does not bother whether it was a mark 1 or 2.
However, these craze has affected the overall hobby as the dial and the bezel etc have costs so much that a simple watch can costs several thousands of dollars making this hobby beyond the reach of average collectors.