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    Rolex Knowledge

    My brother has just sent me these pics. His Wife has just been given this watch by her dad. All they know is that it was bought in 1972 and the crack in the crystal is from scrapping with her uncle!

    Can anyone tell me anything about this watch?






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    Quote Originally Posted by pauly View Post
    My brother has just sent me these pics. His Wife has just been given this watch by her dad. All they know is that it was bought in 1972 and the crack in the crystal is from scrapping with her uncle!

    Can anyone tell me anything about this watch?





    Lovely, looks like a classic op date. Needs a service? but I would suggest donít polish. If it were me, I wouldnít even change crystal given the great story.

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    It's a reference 1500 I believe. A nice classic Rolex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ac11111 View Post
    Lovely, looks like a classic op date. Needs a service? but I would suggest donít polish. If it were me, I wouldnít even change crystal given the great story.
    Yeah definitely needs a service - apparently itís losing about 5 minutes a day.

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    It's back.....

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    £460 later and Rolex have sent it back


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    Looks good!

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    Good job - and not overly pricey, given the nature of these things!

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    They left the bracelet alone entirely. Gentle buff of the case, new crystal and a couple of parts inside.

    I thought it was pretty reasonable and sheís chuffed to bits


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    I was just thinking that the bracelet didn't look like they'd done a great job - but then l read that they'd left it alone.

    It looks good, but l think that a re-brushing of the bracelet would have made the watch.

    I'm not in the school of "patina" though, so each to their own. Still a lovely watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umbongo View Post
    I was just thinking that the bracelet didn't look like they'd done a great job - but then l read that they'd left it alone.

    It looks good, but l think that a re-brushing of the bracelet would have made the watch.

    I'm not in the school of "patina" though, so each to their own. Still a lovely watch.
    I think they thought the bracelet was Ďa bit delicateí so they left it alone. Maybe something to get done in the future though

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    rolex sometimes get a bad rep for unsympathetic restoration/ referbs, but for me this is exactly how it wanted doing and by the right people. good blend of resto and new parts , I could not have lived with that damaged crystal no matter what story it told but that's me, good job
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    sweet!

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    Great job. I love watches that have a history and show a story. May that watch now create many more memories and stories.


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    That looks very nice - well done to the OP for giving the correct instructions to Rolex! It looks great.

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    Lovely and good for another 20 odd years.

    Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.
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    Bracelet needs attention though. Pop it on a leather strap whilst you send it away!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post
    Bracelet needs attention though. Pop it on a leather strap whilst you send it away!!
    Apparently Rolex didnít want to do it and quoted for a replacement so in the end they left it.

    I think the eventual plan is to find someone who can restore it


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    There are a few specialist who can see to the bracelet.
    Not sure on its structural integrity - Iíd give it a thorough check myself and replace the springbars at the very least (possibly clasp springbar too) if she intends to wear it, or as suggested pop it on a nice leather strap and send the bracelet off...


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    Beautiful watches. Here's my 1500

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauly View Post
    Apparently Rolex didnít want to do it and quoted for a replacement so in the end they left it.
    Beautiful result!

    Out of curiosity, what did they quote for a new bracelet? I assume it would have been a later one with solid links but of course the usual hollow end-links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauly View Post
    Apparently Rolex didnít want to do it and quoted for a replacement so in the end they left it.

    I think the eventual plan is to find someone who can restore it


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    Seth has been recommended on here

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    Classic piece! The scratch on the glass told a funny story, but not enough to warrant keeping it in there. Looks great now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post
    Seth has been recommended on here
    Cheers. Iíll see what she wants to do and then see what Seth can offer.


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