Kelly Zimmerman Shares Part Of Her Rolex Collection

Zimmerman loves the old Daytonas and their timeless quantity – “with the high-end watches you can wear every day and do anything,” he says – and remembers buying the first one. He was on March 29, 1997, and paid – wait – $ 7,400. He bought it from a watchmaker Matthew Bain, in Miami Beach, Florida, where in the 1990’s Zimmerman stored a condom when he was not in Connecticut, running his fitness business (the East Coast was his home for 25 years before he moved to Bend). Zimmerman bought his first watch from Bain in 1992 and thanks him and his colleague Ali Sinnes for teaching him all about Rolex. By 1997 and 15 hours later, Zimmerman had made efforts to find Daytona. He said: “My love for the watch goes back to the original, before we had all the fun.

Daytona’s link to the sprint race – especially Paul Newman – also coincides with Kelly, a firefighter. “In Connecticut, I live on the street from Paul Newman’s daughter, who was walking here and walking the street with her dog – wearing a Rolex Daytona,” he recalls.

This 1989 model, purchased in March 2020, has a proud feel in its category. “I just had to put my hands on the black gold plate,” he said. “It’s amazing and if I lost anything, then I would have saved it.” A good choice, especially because it downloads all the appropriate boxes according to the collection: Six turns on the dial, naming five numbers and the Zenith movement, one of the last outer ropes that Rolex used before making its own.

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