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    If all things were equal would you...

    I am looking at a preowned milgauss black without the green Crystal. It's not in production anymore, so the ones that I'm finding on preowned Market are all out of warranty and most probably close to or past a recommended service interval.

    I know some people feel pretty strongly about always having there watches service at Rolex, though to be honest, I'm not sure if I would service a watch for the life of it at Rolex once it was out of warranty.

    So, with that said, there are two watches that I have seen that are available that are basically the same year of production, similar condition, and similar price. It is possible that price can be negotiated on both of them. One of them has no history of a service and the other one was serviced by the jeweler's in-house watchmaker, found that nothing needed to be replaced but just did a basic service on the watch and it comes with a one-year warranty on the movement.

    If you are looking for the watch, which one would you buy?



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    Re: If all things were equal would you...

    warranty, authenticity and original parts seem to be a concern for you.

    have you looked at the white and black 39MM OP?

    modern performance and construction with great daily wear fit and all the benefits of buying new?
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    Re: If all things were equal would you...

    I guess it would depend on the reputation of the jeweler’s in-house watch maker. If that was an unknown, I would probably go for the one that hasn’t been touched if the price was equal on both.
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    If all things were equal would you...

    I would get the serviced watch


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    Re: If all things were equal would you...

    Go for the serviced one of the jeweller has a decent reputation.
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    Re: If all things were equal would you...

    Great choice of watch, by the way!
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    Re: If all things were equal would you...

    On a whole, RSC’s tend to provide merely adequate service, with occasional nightmares (scratched cases, etc). For this they charge top-dollar and the wait is months, not days or weeks.

    Much safer bet to take your watch to an elite independent Rolex specialist. LA Watchworks, ABC Watchwerks, and Four Crowns each have far superior watchmakers than any RSC, and the prices are often a third to a half of what Rolex gets. And the turn-around is usually a few days to a couple of weeks.

    I’d only consider an RSC if the watch was under warranty and it was a big issue that would otherwise be very pricy to fix. Any service under $500, and I’d save myself the time and the hassle and go independent... Even if the watch was under warranty.

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    Re: If all things were equal would you...

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    Three threads, three vastly different watches, what's going on? Are you the same 41Mets from TRF?
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    Re: If all things were equal would you...

    I’d go with the serviced version. I like the black Milgauss with its matte dial and uniform hour markers — more so than the GV version.

    I know you love to flip and cycle through watches (who doesn’t?), but I’d either wait a beat and narrow your focus, or get one of the GMT movement watches (EXPII / GMT), as they are likely to be the easiest to flip later.


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    Re: If all things were equal would you...

    the milgauss movement can be serviced anywhere for cheap. still worth $350 more than an unserviced watch, as long as the warranty is local.

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