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    What would you pay for this watch...?

    Hi everyone,
    I think I am about to pull the trigger on a Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 but just want to get a few opinions first!

    The watch is in great condition with a full set (box, papers, swing tag etc...) and records of rolex services in 1998, 2004, 2007 and 2015. The watch is a 1991 model.

    Before I go ahead with the purchase, I would just like to know what you would value this watch at in the current market to make sure I am not overpaying!

    What would you pay for this watch?

    Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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    I bought a mint watch here getting on for a year ago for a work colleague at £5600 but canít see much that looks spot-on for less than 7500 or so now
    Considerably more in some parts of Europe

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    I would say maximum of £6000 from a private sale and £7000 from a dealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatgreek View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I think I am about to pull the trigger on a Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 but just want to get a few opinions first!

    The watch is in great condition with a full set (box, papers, swing tag etc...) and records of rolex services in 1998, 2004, 2007 and 2015. The watch is a 1991 model.

    Before I go ahead with the purchase, I would just like to know what you would value this watch at in the current market to make sure I am not overpaying!

    What would you pay for this watch?

    Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    I'd say about £6,450.

    I'd be interested to know why it has been serviced so frequently and whether it is over polished as a result.
    Last edited by David_D; 6th June 2019 at 18:13.

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    Thanks for the info everyone. The prices you have suggested are in line with what I thought so I'm happy.

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    6K for the bad boy


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    Does Rolex polish at every service?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David_D View Post

    I'd be interested to know why it has been serviced so frequently and whether it is over polished as a result.

    So would i. I have watches over 40 years old which have only been serviced once.

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    I would also find the number of services strange and slightly worrying...

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    seen Vinces example on SC?
    I'd be all over that if I were looking....

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    Why has it been serviced so often?

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    What would you pay for this watch...?

    I remember when these were pretty much unloved in SC. I knew I would regret not picking one up.

    Regarding the service work, has it been polished each time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toast3d View Post
    Does Rolex polish at every service?
    Probably - unless asked not to. If the watch hasn't been overly abused then, to be fair, a polish may not be that detrimental.

    Still leaves the question of the number of services.

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    Why question the number of services. Just a careful owner Iíd expect.

    When a watch leaves Rolex it is as new. Only the polishing issue to review.

    Iíd value the service history not be suspicious of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Why question the number of services. Just a careful owner Iíd expect.

    When a watch leaves Rolex it is as new. Only the polishing issue to review.

    Iíd value the service history not be suspicious of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Why question the number of services.
    Why? Because it's extremely odd/unusual/unnecessary (in any reasonably normal circumstances) and too much attention isn't necessarily a good thing.

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    Serviced more or less every 5 years, which I'm guessing is what Rolex suggest, would imply a careful owner to me. Some people, ie those that don't really understand what they have on their wrist, would probably tend to follow the manufacturers guidelines, particularly with something expensive like a Rolex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David_D View Post
    Why? Because it's extremely odd/unusual/unnecessary (in any reasonably normal circumstances) and too much attention isn't necessarily a good thing.
    Are you suggesting Rolex servicing their own product could be in some way detrimental?

    If you send your Rolex to Rolex they will service it whether it needs it or not.

    When it leaves it will be as new.

    A recently serviced watch is what you want when buying used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Are you suggesting Rolex servicing their own product could be in some way detrimental?

    If you send your Rolex to Rolex they will service it whether it needs it or not.

    When it leaves it will be as new.

    A recently serviced watch is what you want when buying used.
    A 1991 watch is likely to have had a tritium dial and tritium hands.
    Half life of 3H is a bit over 12 years so itís likely that Rolex replaced dial and hands in 2004 or at the following service.
    Perfectly functional, yes.
    But to a collector, detrimental to the value.
    Don't take my silence for agreement. I've just realised you're too stupid to argue with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    A 1991 watch is likely to have had a tritium dial and tritium hands.
    Half life of 3H is a bit over 12 years so itís likely that Rolex replaced dial and hands in 2004 or at the following service.
    Perfectly functional, yes.
    But to a collector, detrimental to the value.
    Wonít be the original dial - shame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    A 1991 watch is likely to have had a tritium dial and tritium hands.
    Half life of 3H is a bit over 12 years so itís likely that Rolex replaced dial and hands in 2004 or at the following service.
    Perfectly functional, yes.
    But to a collector, detrimental to the value.
    Dials arent routinely replaced, only if the owner asked for it or was offered as an option and accepted it.

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    90s 16600 £5k to £6k 2000s 16600 £6k to £7k

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    Well I would say the Tritium watches would be worth more, they were made in very limited numbers before luminova became the norm, plus you might end up with a stunning patina which you wouldnít get on a luminova watch.


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