Since the media is on the topic, I am going to dedicate this post to Charlie Sheen. More specifically Charlie Sheen in the movie Platoon – because this set of watches from Project X Designs looks precisely like something his character would have worn in Platoon. See how nicely that works out? And since we know Charlie Sheen is a big time watch lover (and warlock), he would have likely happily worn one of these (good actor playing solider wears good watch acting to be soldiers’ watch) . This watch is Project X Designs’ latest Rolex mod called the Stealth Mk. III and Mk. IV. Which means there should have been a Mark I and II before it.
I last wrote about Project X Designs here. As you recall, they have no relationship with Rolex, but rather take new Rolex timepieces and perform various modifications on them. The results are usually very cool. Rolex modifiers are pretty common, but those who do it well are rare. The Project X Stealth watches are meant to hearken back to military Rolex Submariner (Mil-Sub) watches, and they look really kick-ass. Awful worn-torn Vietnam would have been just a bit better with one of these… don’t you think?
As Project X Designs is from England, the watches are technically dedicated to the British Special Boat Service (SBS), specifically to watches issued to them from the 1950s – 1970s. The two versions of the watches offer slight differences and are based on the most modern Rolex Submariner Date watches. On the back of each of the watches is an engraving of the SBS logo – “By Strength and Guile.” Now that is a kick-ass motto. So suave. The motto is written under the SBS logo which has a frog with wings and a parachute.
The Mark III watch is in steel with a black ceramic bezel insert. The dial has also been modified a bit. The Mark IV model is in all black steel and is amazing looking. The Stealth watches comes on khaki green NATO straps, and make you feel like just like a modern day Charlie Sheen. Wait no, a Platoon era Charlie Sheen. Yea, that makes more sense. Come to think of it, I think Charlie Seen needs to spend more time talking about his passion for watches. He is crazy and possibly a bit demented, but through all of it, he still frikkin loves watches!
Project X Designs will offer only 28 pieces of each of these watches. Prices for the 28 pieces in the Stealth Mark III set is 8,750 British Pounds per watch, while the Stealth Mark IV is 9,950 British Pounds per watch. Pricey yes, but these are very limited and of a very high quality. If you want one you have to go to Project X Designs’ website.
Given how well the Rolex Submariner goes with most any outfit it’s sometimes easy to forget that it is a serious dive watch. Water resistant to 300 yards with a rotating diver’s bezel, there is a reason why the Submariner a part of Rolex’s “Oyster Professional” set of watches. The dial is utterly classic (albeit a layout which is ubiquitous( after having been duplicated for decades), and it is extremely legible. These newer Rolex watches take advantage of blue-colored, compared to green luminant that is a nice touch which other manufacturers have followed.Around the dial is that the rotating diver’s bezel with Rolex’s Cerachrom black ceramic bezel insert. The previous generation Rolex Submariner still used aluminum bezel inserts, and compared to the newer ceramic ones, they’re almost barbaric. Horizontal and easy to scratch aluminum bezel inserts should not be seen in anything but inexpensive watches these days. Some people, obviously, have a fondness for the elderly aluminum-style bezel (or perhaps a number of the plastic ones, by a really long time ago). Additionally, sorry folks, in 30 years the Cerachrom bezel isn’t likely to “patina.” It will stay the same glossy black color it’s when you purchase it.Inside the Rolex Submariner 114060 is the completely in-house made quality 3130 automatic. It is a totally well-made, no nonsense workhorse of the maximum grade (no pun intended) that only tells the time.