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My Recent RPR Trip to Florence and Roma Vintage Hardcore Rolex Collector Friends in Italia

June 22 2012 at 1:58 PM

Philipp Stahl  (Login philippstahl)
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Some of my best Rolex friends are Italians! Not a surprise when you consider that the italians invented watch collecting many years ago. Their eye for detail and beauty has always inspired me to go deeper into our beloved passion. During my personal quest for more information, my italian friends never disappointed me and helped me understand the miracles & little secrets they discovered way before the rest of the world even cared about it. For years now great italian collectors have dictated us with their excellent tast by buying all the rare stunners that come to the market. The most important books about vintage watches are 'Made in Italia' & dedicated to those knowledgeable friends that put so much time and effort to fully discover the world of vintage Rolex. I'm VERY grateful to all of YOU for this!

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One of the reasons why I made this trip was to meet up with Mr. Daytona alias Pucci Papaleo. His latest masterwork about the history of the Rolex Daytona, The Ultimate Daytona Book got collecting Rolex to a new, even higher standard. As i'm a big fan about more information for everyone interested in understanding vintage Rolex, I had a long talk with him about his new book and the important knowledge thats been written in it exclusively for 599 owners only. Happily I could convince him to come up with a Iphone Application of his Ultimate Daytona Book so that in the near future everybody has the opportunity to study it all!

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So here are some of my impressions of yet another wonderful Rolex Passion trip to Italia. Many thanks my great friends! I loved the dinners, your passion, the drinks, the fun, your watches but mostly the kind feeling you all give me as non speaking italian to be part of your 'secret' community, something I cherish a lot!

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Hotel L'Orologio in Florence of important watch collector Sandro Fratini ...
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Million tourists everywhere..
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Rolex on Ponte Vecchio

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Madonna was in town..

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Bistecca Fiorentina..
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Highspeed train to Roma..

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The real Vintage Concept Store
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Early 'Underline' Black Cosmograph..
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Pink gold Patek Philippe ref 3970, black diamond dial and luminous hands!
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First time ever... Pucci with a Submariner, lol! wink.gif
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Prototype Daytona..
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Best RCO in the world of a BIG friend!
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Gold Tiffany PN beauty!

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Smart Brabus, best possible transportanion in Roma, small & fast even with 3 people, haha!
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Spectacular non dish bakelite bezel insert..
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Prototype Daytona..
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RCO wrist shot...
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I'm in LOVE with it's simple design!
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Me & Mr. italian movie star...
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Tropical brown GMT Master..
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Tropical brown Daytona index Big red
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Caramel Oyster Daytona..
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Heading back home, mille grazie!!!

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Rgrds.Philipp




 
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RolexWatchTime
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Insane...

June 22 2012, 2:11 PM 


 
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kaiserfranz
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Fantastic Report Philipp - I am jealous....

June 22 2012, 2:12 PM 

...... wow what a fun and watches to die for...


......the PN RCO
......the black Prototype Daytona

- simply breathtaking !!!

....and the Hotel in florence is for sure my next target.

And I Need this bathroom fittings happy.gif



Regards
Matthias

 
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Ray Nicol
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Amazing buddy I have to get me some of those tiles....

June 22 2012, 2:19 PM 

I have never seen such wonderful tiles on the floor, great report as always
best Ray

 
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SALMAN
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Amazing Trip, the hotel is so cool :-) thanks for sharing nt

June 22 2012, 2:34 PM 

nt

 
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Detlev
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Absolutely awesome trip!

June 22 2012, 2:50 PM 

So jealous I couldn't join but looks like you managed haha!
Great shots showing the atmosphere

Ciao, D

 
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Mike Wood
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Mamma mia!!

June 22 2012, 2:55 PM 

I want to go to Italy tomorrow!! The Horology Hotel in Florence (room #6062 please!), some good pasta and cold beer, mmm! Its nice to see Corrado smiling, his Dubai vacation must have been good. The original Vintage Concept store looks very cool, I guess I will have to go to Rome as well!

Thank you for making me jealous (again).

MW


 
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julian
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I think I've dies and gone to heaven. Wow. Loved that travelogue

June 22 2012, 3:03 PM 

Next stop Firenze!

That hotel is out of this world! Those taps!!

Book me a room Any room for a Prince??

Julian

 
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randy geib
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you just saved me 40K, now I don't have to go!

June 22 2012, 3:17 PM 


 
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Ismat
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Wow!!!

June 22 2012, 3:29 PM 

Reading this post Philipp, is like going on an insane magical trip. Great shots and content, love the way the Italians present things, like you said it is all in the detail. I just wish they start making beautiful Lancia's again happy.gif!

Those prototypes are just the dog's nuts!

Cheers,

Is.

 
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Victor
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Was one of the restaurants Latinos ?

June 22 2012, 3:30 PM 


Great post Phillip.

 
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John Ireland
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Thank you very much for the lovely vacation. The pictures

June 22 2012, 4:17 PM 

of the food and the faces enjoying it are lessons in how to live well and be happy. The buildings and the watches were tributes to the human hand...some more examples of women would have been appreciated.

Warmest regards,

John Ireland

 
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vlydog
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Brilliant!

June 22 2012, 4:22 PM 

Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience!

Can you provide move information about the watches shown in Photo 27?

All the best, vlydog

 
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Steve.P
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Fantastic trip Phillip, I am hoping they are not >

June 22 2012, 5:16 PM 

as passionate or stylish when we play them in the Euro quarters on Sunday.

awesome pictures,

thanks,

Steve

 
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Vijay
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Fantastic P!! Thanks for taking us on the trip. Any more shots of the tropical PN?

June 22 2012, 5:43 PM 


 
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Vintage-only
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What an awesome trip, Phillipp

June 22 2012, 6:00 PM 

Daytona is my favorite Rolex line.
Truly inspiring !

Cheers,
Paul

 
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Grahame
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Hungry

June 22 2012, 7:03 PM 


I'm starving after looking at those pics...for food not watches ! LOL

G.

Cool trip.


 
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Richard Carver
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Secret world indeed!

June 22 2012, 7:16 PM 

Magical tip, report, food, watches, people, you keep topping yourself! That hotel is unbelievable, so beautiful, a monument to passion!

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Michel
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Re: My Recent RPR Trip to Florence and Roma Vintage Hardcore Rolex Collector Friends in Italia

June 22 2012, 9:45 PM 

Thank you Philipp for this great moment !

Best regards from Brussels

Michel

 
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Ashley B.
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WOW! WOW! & ......

June 22 2012, 10:20 PM 

Carbonara, beer, Rome, Florence, Mozzarella & the occasional Rolex........... what could be nicer? Great photo spread, thank you.

 
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