My Artisans de Geneve piece

Nov 18, 2020,07:13 AM

 Hi guys, i recently took the plunge to get a custom Rolex made for me. Here's how it looks from the concept sketch. I guess most purists would disapprove. But I thought why not and took the plunge when they responded with a yes after I registered my interest when they opened up the option on their website. That was a few months ago and the watch would be arriving in a week or two. I will post the real life photos when it arrives.

I chose green because of its relation with something i care about. I chose this Daytona as the starting point because i liked Artisans de Geneve original Tribute to 6263 model they made a while back. I've always wanted Rolex to make stainless steel Daytona with green dial, but they never did. I never liked the Daytona screw down pushers, so i chose the old style pump pushers. There are more customisations for caseback, but i'll wait until i get the watch to post the real life photos.

So what do you think? it's ok, i won't get offended... Thanks

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I think it looks great! Congrats!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 18th, 2020-07:24
I am interested as well to have a piece from them from one of my Rolex but looking at their website it feels like they are fully busy and are not taking orders...seeing your picture I will try again!

Oh noooo....

 By: nautilus5712g : November 18th, 2020-07:26
Forgive me, but that written "Oyster" with the pump buttons just does not suit me. It is against any Rolex tradition .... What a pity this fall in watchmaking Rolex culture ... Luca

I am surprised that they would use the “oyster” designation since it’s well known that was only used on the Daytona only after screw down pusher were used.

 By: descartes1 : November 18th, 2020-08:28
Still, very cool that you could customize a piece to your taste and have a one of a kind to enjoy. Congrats!

new info for me

 By: perregaux1 : November 18th, 2020-08:35
a little bit disappointed they didnt advise me on that. in fact, their previous creation, tribute to 6263 also had the word oyster and pump pushers. i was just using that model as the starting point for my piece.

I like it too but never understood how this company operates

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : November 18th, 2020-08:10
I have signed-up for their newsletter numerous times and have never seen one. When I go to their website, it's not clear what's available and how one can place an order. Just an overall weird feel, I guess.


 By: perregaux1 : November 18th, 2020-08:39
they opened the option back in march for very short period for very few people, since they said their capacity was very limited. they chose my project because of its simplicity. i dont think they are open for this project anymore. my guess is they may ope... 

Congratulations !

 By: Thornteq : November 18th, 2020-08:24
Love the green dial. However I have to agree with the comment above regarding pump pushers and oyster on the dial. For pump pushers dial should have only Rolex and cosmograph. As below pic illustrates on one of their creations. Sincerely H. ...  

this was the base model i used as starting point for my piece

 By: perregaux1 : November 18th, 2020-08:41
it had both oyster and pump pushers on it. ...  

Makes sense then

 By: Thornteq : November 18th, 2020-09:13
As you are using a previous AdG creation as the base design. Looking forward to seeing live pics once you receive this beauty. All the best H.

that's correct.

 By: perregaux1 : November 18th, 2020-09:17
that is how it works. they gave the option of using their previous creations as base design as the more cost effective option.

Your customized Daytona

 By: Weems@8 : November 18th, 2020-08:30
Honestly, i am not a Daytona guy. Reasons, no green dial. So, i see a Daytona can be great. The pushers look like Omega Speedmaster pushers. Clean and useful. Fan of a Hulk 116610LV, i like green Rolexes, except the Kermit. I hope for you Rolex will accep... 

funny you should say that about the pushers

 By: perregaux1 : November 18th, 2020-08:45
my wife said exactly the same thing.. i guess it's because of the old style bezel used here, which is very similar to speedmaster bezel. by the way, it's a given rolex wont service this watch. but i'm not worried about that. plenty of reputable independen... 

My hesitations

 By: Weems@8 : November 18th, 2020-09:11
about Rolex is i can not see the movement trough glass. Take an AP Royal Oak Off shore. Many of them have the case back to admire the in house movement. See the rotor sweeps around is just awesome. So Rolex will be my brand if they want to change. Going w... 

I’m not sure about the dial right now, but let’s see it in the metal as my guess is it will be a little different under natural light.

 By: Jay (Eire) : November 18th, 2020-08:33
I do like the concept, and have thought several times of going this route for a vintage inspired Rolex. I look forward to seeing the wrist shots in a few weeks.

I have a simple question

 By: Lankysudanese : November 18th, 2020-08:56
Are you submitting a bonafide genuine vintage Rolex daytona for them to personalize into this design? Or are they building a customized neo-vintage Rolex Daytona for you? I was aware that they did the former, but didn’t know about the latter option. Enjoy... 

they provided the base watch

 By: perregaux1 : November 18th, 2020-09:04
i had the option of sending my genuine daytona for customization or get them to source a new genuine daytona to do it. i opted for them to source it for me, since ir's a hassle to send my daytona to them. they bought new daytona and that was included in t... 


 By: Lankysudanese : November 18th, 2020-09:10
I can’t wait for the Live Photo’s


 By: perregaux1 : November 18th, 2020-09:18
the one with steel bezel, not ceramic. you cam check out their website. they use that model for all their creations.

A little bit more info

 By: perregaux1 : November 18th, 2020-09:25
In my briefing with them, i told them i wanted the green dial to be closer to submariner hulk green and not too dark like the recent iwc portuguese chrono green dial or flat looking like the daytona yellow gold green. i emphasized the sunburst effect must... 

Cool AdG piece even though I am not really a fan of modding existing pieces unless it would be for a limited edition or pièce unique like this one...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : November 18th, 2020-15:36
And Rolex actually DID make a green dial BUT in WG for their Beach series (116509 and 116519). The dial was made from Chrsytophase and there was also a Turquoise dial as well. The formal would be selling for +100k so not necessarily cheap 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ ... 

I quite like it

 By: George Gently : November 19th, 2020-00:53
even better than the original. The hour markers look good and those pump pushers are a very good choice, absolutely dislike the screw down pushers. Keep us posted. Regards, George


 By: perregaux1 : November 19th, 2020-07:50

Sorry buts it all wrong to me. And as you won’t get offended.

 By: Miles_151 : November 21st, 2020-00:32
I couldn’t live with the word oyster on a pump button Daytona. I’m afraid the second a watch designer or maker did that for me it would be game over. I’m not a green dial fan either. So never being a fan of watches which have been made so that they can’t ... 

thanks for that feedback

 By: perregaux1 : November 21st, 2020-01:28
the issue about the word oyster bothers me a bit, as has been pointed out earlier. i asked AdG about it, they said the oyster still stands, since they have managed to maintain the oyster waterproofing system the same as the one with screwed down pushers. ... 

You being comfortable is the only thing that matters.

 By: Miles_151 : November 21st, 2020-01:37
I don’t agree with the explanation about oyster because it was used when screw pushers increased waterproof ability. I to had one of the very early modification Daytona’s by ProjextX and the Pro Hunters are demanding high prices still I believe so it work... 

I am looking forward

 By: Jari from Finland : November 21st, 2020-04:03
seeing the pics after you will get watch. The see through back case is a good addition to the watch.