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    1927 Ladies' Rolex - to service or to sell?

    Hello
    First of all I'm not looking for a valuation here. Just asking a sort of general "what would you do?" question, and also maybe providing some images that forum members might find interesting.

    I have this gold ladies' Rolex watch from 1927 (according to the serial number). It's a lovely little thing but the movement doesn't work (winder won't turn) and it has some rust damage.

    There are things I like about this watch beyond monetary value - I like that it is a gold watch which survived being melted down in WWII. I like the engraving on the back which could indicate it was a 21st birthday present (just my theory).

    However I'm thinking of selling it for whatever small return I can get - and I realise that despite the word "Rolex" on the dial it may not be worth very much. My conundrum is this: pay to get the rust cleaned off and the movement returned to working order, in the hope of selling for at least what I paid for it + what I paid for the service; or sell it as it is, hopefully not making a loss on what I originally paid. The risk of the former being that I could pay more for the service than the watch is worth, and make a big loss when I sell it.

    To take the risk on getting a good price for the watch in working order, or just sell now? Any thoughts?


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    Re: 1927 Ladies' Rolex - to service or to sell?

    i would sell :)
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    Re: 1927 Ladies' Rolex - to service or to sell?

    Quote Originally Posted by laikrodukas View Post
    i would sell :)
    Thanks. You think it would just cost too much to repair?

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    Re: 1927 Ladies' Rolex - to service or to sell?

    i could not find a reason to fix it, its a small boring ladies watch but that is personal and should not be taken as a guide
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    Sell as is. You seldom recover the cost of service in a sale. If it needs parts they could be tough to find. And women’s watches aren’t popular.

    This is likely to sell as gold scrap or parts (...shame given how long it has survived).


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    Re: 1927 Ladies' Rolex - to service or to sell?

    Quote Originally Posted by morningtundra View Post
    Sell as is. You seldom recover the cost of service in a sale. If it needs parts they could be tough to find. And women’s watches aren’t popular.

    This is likely to sell as gold scrap or parts (...shame given how long it has survived).


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    A shame indeed, if that is the case I'm tempted to hold onto it just to save it from that fate!
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    Re: 1927 Ladies' Rolex - to service or to sell?

    Agreed sell or keep. These aren’t collected and are too small for modern tastes. It will sell for scrap value, you will almost certainly take a loss if service especially if there is rust damage.
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    Re: 1927 Ladies' Rolex - to service or to sell?

    I agree with what has been said above. If it were running, I might encourage you to have it serviced in the hope that it would increase the possibility that someone would buy it to wear (as opposed to buying it to scrap). But the fact that it is not running just adds too much uncertainty. It could be a money pit, with very little upside.
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    Re: 1927 Ladies' Rolex - to service or to sell?

    Quote Originally Posted by MRPB View Post
    A shame indeed, if that is the case I'm tempted to hold onto it just to save it from that fate!
    If you’re inspired to rescue it from history’s horological trash bin, good for you! In which case I’d be inclined to send it to a watch maker for an estimate to get it running. It might be worth the postage to find out what it might take to give this survivor another decade or two...


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    Re: 1927 Ladies' Rolex - to service or to sell?

    Very beautifull and elegant.
    My wife and daughter would be happy to wear it.
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