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    Rolex Datejust Advice - Second Hand Potential Purchase

    Hi guys,

    Could those of you who know a thing or two about Rolexes give me your opinion on the watch in the link below please?

    My dad owns the same watch and I’d like one for myself now. I’m no expert and even less so when it comes to a second hand purchase so any advice on the company/price/condition/anything else to consider would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    https://www.sandersonandson.com/52419.shtml
    Last edited by MTM84; 7th December 2018 at 18:18.

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    Pretty sure if it has holes in the lug it shouldnít have a sapphire crystal it should be acrylic. Also £4K with no box and papers is a bit steep.


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    I did wonder about the price but most Iíve looked at online are around a similar price point for the condition.

    I was unsure about the crystal - not sure if itís something to be concerned about though?

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    Iíve dealt with Gary Sanderson before, heís absolutely sound and I wouldnít question the quality of what he sells.....but he certainly doesnít underprice his stock!

    As for this watch, itís a model I like, but not with the diamond dial! Best dial combination for this is either silver dial or white, Iím not a fan of the champagne/gold combination.

    Also suggest contacting Haywood Milton if youíre looking for one of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamieTheBarber View Post
    Pretty sure if it has holes in the lug it shouldn’t have a sapphire crystal it should be acrylic.
    This is incorrect. The sapphire glass 16233 was produced with pierced lugs until the late 1990s.
    Last edited by Haywood_Milton; 7th December 2018 at 00:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywood_Milton View Post
    This is incorrect. The sapphire glass 16233 was produce with pierced lugs until the late 1990s.
    Note to OP: Haywood knows what heís talking about re. Rolex.........maybe Jamie should stick to cutting hair!

    This highlights one of the weaknesses of the internet, people come out with statements without being certain of the facts.

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    It would be useful to see a photo of the bracelet stretch ...



    (NOT Sanderson's watch.)
    Last edited by Tinker; 7th December 2018 at 00:46.

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    For me, the watch is much too over-restored:



    (Sanderson's image.)

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    Seems expensive, I would rather be looking for a new model at this price . As already mentioned, the bracelet quality is key here, as he mentions some stretch in the add, I would be fearing the worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinker View Post
    For me, the watch is much too over-restored:



    (Sanderson's image.)
    ???????The watch has been carefully repolished, can`t see a problem with this myself! What do you expect to see, a scratched battered example?

    The amount of metal removed when a watch is repolished properly is miniscule, I speak as one who's refinished these cases myself!

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    Thanks for the feedback guys...food for thought!

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    "serviced by ourselves" means factor in a potential service done properly at Rolex within a year or two...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 744ER View Post
    "serviced by ourselves" means factor in a potential service done properly at Rolex within a year or two...
    +1......thereís a good reason why I wonít work on Rolex, I can sum it up in 4 words: lack of parts availability.

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    I would strongly advise you to buy this instead. A brand-new OP39, utterly superb watch and I can't recommend it strongly enough. Way better than a shagged-out DateJust.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_6Yp7FV_6o


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    Quote Originally Posted by Holsterman View Post
    I would strongly advise you to buy this instead. A brand-new OP39, utterly superb watch and I can't recommend it strongly enough. Way better than a shagged-out DateJust.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_6Yp7FV_6o

    You may well be right but Iím not keen on the looks if Iím being honest.

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    Yep. The OP39 in black would be the one for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Holsterman View Post
    I would strongly advise you to buy this instead. A brand-new OP39, utterly superb watch and I can't recommend it strongly enough. Way better than a shagged-out DateJust.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_6Yp7FV_6o


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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Yep. The OP39 in black would be the one for me.
    I absolutely love the new black dial version in the video. Incredible bang for the buck, and I love the blue one I own as well, it's certainly the most accurate watch I have, within a second a day.

    The black could well be an "only watch" - if such a thing is your thing. Simple, no BS Rolex. Very hard to argue with, as long as you like the the classic Rolex Oyster shape. In many ways a very unassuming watch for people who dislike some of the new direction Rolex have taken with the fat cases, and who wouldn't dream of paying ludicrous premiums for an unotainium and oddly-bloated one.

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