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    A lively influx of Rolex to start the year...

    While some on tz-uk are a little fed up with "Rolex overload," the title of this thread should have stopped them joining us here. I thought anyone else might like to see some recent acquisitions that I've just posted on a more specialist forum.

    "Among a sea of mainstream Oyster Perpetuals these little pearls have so far joined me in 2017, all full sets except the 6536/1 :



    The 1655 is a Mark IV dial, identifiable by the combination of T SWISS <25 T text at the bottom and this distinctive E at the start of EXPLORER :



    LVs seem to have gone bananas and one rarely sees them these days, so it was time to pick one up. If an earlier specimen crosses my path then I will probably (mirabile dictu!) sell one.



    I've had a couple of 6263s and a 3-colour Paul Newman before. The latter did nothing for me, but I regretted not having a simpler Cosmograph dial in the mix. This 3.6m example from 1976 is not quite as I would like, came from a professional soccer player (which excites me not one iota), but has a pleasing set :





    Sadly a service dial and bezel on the 6536/1, which is a 200,000 case number from early 1957 :







    ...but it was the right price and I do already have one with original dial and red triangle bezel to console me :





    I shall not bother to post pictures of the sparkling after-set tat which polluted the same air-space!

    Haywood"

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    Amazing, congrats ! What an honour for the Kermit to be part of that group shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywood_Milton View Post

    LVs seem to have gone bananas and one rarely sees them these days, so it was time to pick one up. If an earlier specimen crosses my path then I will probably (mirabile dictu!) sell one.
    Nice LV ;-))

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    A very nice influx by any standards.
    All four are exceptional.Personally the LV has never excited me and have passed up many an opportunity to acquire when they were sane prices but alas I never did take one up.
    Am really surprised at how it has shot up in popularity.

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    nice set for new year.

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    Lovely watches, you must be a happy boy.

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    Holy Moly, simply jaw-dropping collection (or part of)!

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    Quite surprised at the LV to be honest Mr H, and not even an early one.

    Not for the first time I think though "what do I know"

    Always good to see your posts.

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    Ahh I do love the 1655 :)
    very nice Monsieur.

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    Wow!!

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    Personally, I just do not see the appeal of the Kermit (or the Hulk for that matter) but that is just me, it seems. The popularity of these watches is presumably a key factor in driving up their prices ?

    The other three watches are absolutely lovely though and I would be delighted to add any of them to my fledgling collection.

    The dial on the Cosmograph is sublime !

    OOI, does some of the lume on the others looks a bit patchy when looked at high magnification, or is it just me ?
    Last edited by gc52; 11th January 2017 at 18:35.

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    @ Haywood: regarding the service dial on the 6536/1 would you care to give an estimate of how old that is, also as an estimate how many of them at that age are you likely to see still with the original dial?

    Thanks for the post, I do like looking at the finer detail on some of these
    older models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphy View Post
    @ Haywood: regarding the service dial on the 6536/1 would you care to give an estimate of how old that is, also as an estimate how many of them at that age are you likely to see still with the original dial?

    Thanks for the post, I do like looking at the finer detail on some of these
    older models.

    R
    I cannot be certain but think it was fitted in the 1980s. Neither that date, nor how much earlier it might have been made, would I be confident of without further evidence or research.

    I would expect perhaps between a third and a half half now to have a service dial in place (most replaced years ago, before value was attributed to the original). Of those with an original dial, many will be in a poor condition.

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    1655 oh yes. And the LV is growing on me.
    Thanks for the photos.

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    wow - is the second hand on the Explorer a straight second hand ? (the potential lume blob is hiding behind the Cyclops)

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    More of the 6263 please, I'm falling in love with those at the minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywood_Milton View Post
    I cannot be certain but think it was fitted in the 1980s. Neither that date, nor how much earlier it might have been made, would I be confident of without further evidence or research.

    I would expect perhaps between a third and a half half now to have a service dial in place (most replaced years ago, before value was attributed to the original). Of those with an original dial, many will be in a poor condition.

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    Thank you. I'd love to be able to find a late 50's, all-original in good condition but the likelihood - and the price - is going to render it to a pipe-dream, sadly.

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    I'm jealous of that lot.

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    Very nice indeed

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    Loving the 1665 - interestingly I have creme non-hyphen 16550.

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    Lovely additions to your collection. If you ever were tempted to sell the 6263, I'd be very interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichUK View Post
    Lovely additions to your collection. If you ever were tempted to sell the 6263, I'd be very interested.
    What is this "sell" of which you speak?

    Thanks to you and others for kind comments


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    Always enlightening. Thanks Haywood

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    What fantastic examples.....

    I have arrived at the watch appreciation party rather late.....the DRSD that was bought for me second hand for a combination of 18th and 21st birthdays was a 'lucky' move....

    Having just started to understand its fragility (it's with Steven Hale currently for a bit of sympathetic fettling) and value, I am now possibly on the look out for a daily wearer (albeit, it has been with me around the World for the past 35 years, so I am tempted to just keep it on my wrist.....).

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    Goodness me, gorgeous! Love the close-ups.

    Agree, need more pics of the 6263!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyg View Post
    Loving the 1665 - interestingly I have creme non-hyphen 16550.
    You mean 1655 ;)

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    I'm loving the LV, at least it's a non-Rolex rehaut model
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Is there a bible or definitive guide that people refer to when dealing with vintage Rolex? I'm pretty OK with modern pieces but struggle with vintage Rolex. Would love to get more familiar with some of the models, dials, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by crooky13 View Post
    Is there a bible or definitive guide that people refer to when dealing with vintage Rolex? I'm pretty OK with modern pieces but struggle with vintage Rolex. Would love to get more familiar with some of the models, dials, etc
    Different websites for different models.
    Here is a good one for many of the best dive Rolex.
    http://www.drsd.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchlovr View Post
    Different websites for different models.
    Here is a good one for many of the best dive Rolex.
    http://www.drsd.com
    Thanks!

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    I would not get to wound up over the 1655. It does look cool without doubt but the "disco dial" which a 24 hour dial super imposed over a 12 hour one is plain bloody confusing to read. I have one and its a total pain in the arse.

    I have two plain watches (39mm Explorer and Sub) that are a pleasure to wear and two others (16520 and 1655) that are just not practical for day to day wearing. I think they are both going to have to go.

    Regards

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