In 2009, Rolex performed a miracle. Necromancy. A resurrection. Back from the dead was the oft-maligned sister brand of the Crown: Tudor watches. What followed in the seven years since was the most startling and effective rebrand the world of watches has ever seen. And thanks to an immense financial investment and influential vocal advocacy, underpinned by an excellent product, it looks likely Tudor's star will continue to burn brighter still over the years to come. Watch collecting is not what it was. How could it be? Until 30 years ago the notion of "collecting" watches was as odd a pastime as collecting spanners objects designed to be used, not fawned over. Now, everyone is looking for "the next big thing", the double-red Submariner at a garage sale, the box-fresh Rolex Explorer II original stuffed in the back of your grandfather's sock drawer. The problem is, it isn't going to happen as often as it did, because we are, as a group of informed collectors, simply too aware to allow the collectibility of modern pieces to ever reach that of their forebears. Why? Because watches never used to be collectible. Sought-after models are sought after because they are scarce.…

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