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    So I found this Rolex, and some other stuff

    In the process of cleaning up and organizing my father's abandoned home watchmaker's shop, I found a large number of watches in various states of functionality. The ones that most caught my eye are in the pictures below. I've tested their basic functionality, but I've not yet opened any of them up (I don't really have time to do the full Monty on all of them). I'm hoping I can get some thoughts from the WIS collective that'll help me prioritize further investigation and servicing. Clearly the Rolex and the Accutron Astronaut would be at the top of that list.

    Group 1 - Rolex, Tarleton, Benrus, Seiko - I found the Rolex literally under a pile of junk. It sets and runs pretty well, but the crown comes off easily. I know the Seiko is from roughly the late '70s.

    Group 2 - Accutrons, Seiko, Endura, Benrus, Omega - the Accutrons need batteries, but I was after reading up on the Astronaut, I didn't want to start messing with it. None of the others are running, except for the Omega, which runs a little and then stops.

    Group 3 - Timex and Bulova automatics - I set all at the same time and let them run about 24 hours before taking the picture.

    Group 4 - Oris, Titus, Timex, Elgin - I set the Oris and Elgin at the same time, and they were pretty close after 24 hours. The Benrus isn't running. The Titus is missing its case, but I do have the box. I could look for case but would need to know how to recognize it.

    Group 5 - U.S. military field, Cimeqa, Seiko Bell-matic - The field watch is from the '70s. Haven't poked at the Seiko enough to figure out if the alarm is working.

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    Re: So I found this Rolex, and some other stuff

    Nice haul, I wouldn't get your hopes up about the Rolex though, my father had a very similar one which he bought from a street market in Turkey.

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    Hi mate love that bulova astronaut but unfortunately I don’t think your day date is real, sorry pal

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    Nice haul, I cannot honestly comment on the Rolex but I love the US field though, I call dibs on that if you’re going to part with it🤤

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    Re: So I found this Rolex, and some other stuff

    Show us the back of the Rolex.
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    Re: So I found this Rolex, and some other stuff

    The Rolex looks very fake. Day-Dates were and are made only in precious metals entirely, so a two-tone is out of question. Besides, this one just screams poor quality.

    The Omega looks redialed, as the minute track looks considerably off-centre. Truth be told, two of the markers look like they have been inaccurately fixed, but the alignment in relation to the other ones still looks slightly off.
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    Re: So I found this Rolex, and some other stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    . . . . Day-Dates were and are made only in precious metals entirely, so a two-tone is out of question. . . . .
    I guess that you could consider '59 stainless precious metal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post
    I guess that you could consider '59 stainless precious metal.
    Yeah, I was wondering about the material, once it registered in my head that it was stainless. The back is blank, BTW.

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    Rolex is fake

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    Is it possible that Rolex could be franken? Lets say Day-Date in DateJust case?
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