I could stop buying watches, but I'm no quitter.
Rolex Submariner Ceramic ND 114060.
Grand Seiko SBGN001G GMT.
Omega Aqua Terra 8500.
Omega Planet Ocean 8800.
Omega Speedmaster 1863.
First thing I do is I clean it thoroughly :D. Then I check it on timegrapher, do pressure test and just wear it.
I really have a hard time understanding people who only buy new for Ďpeace of mindí. So if you prefer one of the older models, a five digit say, you wonít buy it simply because itís no longer manufactured?
Rolex watches are designed and built to outlive all of us, especially if they are properly serviced. Why would you refuse to buy a 15 year old watch that you really love, in good working order, from a reputable dealer, when that watch will most likely outlive your grandchildren? Obviously if you prefer the newer models thatís a different story.
That price difference (500-1000) is negligible, but peace of mind is not
I can’t imagine actually searching for older models....
5 years ago I was going to flip my 35 year old Submariner and 20 year old Explorer-II (both purchased new) for new watches with better bracelets and clasps.
My AD was offering 9k for the pair towards trading.....but told me not to let them go.
Meanwhile my twin daughters wanted them so I sent them in to Rolex for FULL service and gave them away simply as keepsakes because they specifically wanted Dad’s watches.
Newsflash - The old watches are OK, but the old bracelets are junk compared with new ones.
I can’t imagine paying anything for my old watches, let alone wearing one that some other dude did god knows what while wearing.
A wrist watch is so personal, I don’t view them the same way as almost any other old item....cars, stereos, firearms, etc.
I get why people collect old “vintage” stuff....just not old watches.
PS: I also don’t trust how some folks take care of personal items....would never take that chance.
once u wear it and it is comfortable and i feel good in it... i just enjoy
This is one of my 1665 Rolex Seadwellers when I first acquired it. An older gentleman purchased it new from a reputable jewelry store in Las Vegas in 1984. He said he had done well gambling, and wanted to purchase a nice watch with his winnings. He came home to rural Appalachia and evidently wore the watch like he stole it. Now....I don’t think he did anything glamorous like military diving, or commercial diving with it ever. I just think he wore it for ordinary everyday life. After a few years, the original bracelet broke. He discarded it and placed it on this ill-fitting aftermarket bracelet from Hong Kong. Between 12-15 years, the watch stopped and he placed it in the original box and forgot about it. This was to my good fortune.
I sent the watch to Edvi who now works at LA Watchworks. He helped me all along the way to update me on the progress while Beau Goorey worked like a magician to do a remarkable transformation. The watch required a new (period correct) bezel insert, a full service of the movement, laser welding on all 4 lugs, (each lug hole had become oval after years of using the wrong sized lug bars) a new super dome crystal, and a period correct bracelet. I also asked for him to leave the watch as unpolished as possible. The case sides have never been polished, although he did cut me some new chamfers.
This is one of my most prized possessions. I probably even treasure it over my Platinum Daytona. The Daytona has a higher intrinsic value, but the Seadweller is IMHO irreplaceable. I can’t see the hang up with wearing another man’s watch. It has been thoroughly cleaned and was in virtually new condition once Beau was finished with it. Sure the bracelet isn’t as heavy as a new bracelet, but that’s part of the charm. Personally, I prefer the older bracelets when compared to the new. Different strokes my friend.
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Also, I don’t get why if someone previously wore a watch you would somehow feel disgusted about putting it on, as though it were a pair of someone’s dirty underwear. I mean using that logic you shouldn’t ever buy a previously owned house because who knows what went on there. Or how about marrying a woman who’s been married before and might even have kids?
Totally disagree with you.
I figured I'd ruffle a couple of feathers by my post, but it's not heavy or hateful....
I simply have decades of wearing new Rolex watches until they get old and don't find the romance....
I "DO" however, think it's interesting that any given WIS on any given day wants to locate a birth year, used watch to treasure....
Yet most of the mileage didn't happen on his watch.....no pun intended...
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