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    Re: what do *you* do when you get a used rolex?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vibroverb View Post
    just a quick question - how do you like the Explorer compared to the Sub?
    i love the Exp II. it's my favourite watch. it's the one i would keep if forced to give up all but one.

    i had the Sub about 5 days before dropping it off at RSC, so it's hard for me to compare. i recall being surprised how "flat" the bezel felt; the Exp II bezel has a nice slope away from the crystal.

    oh, i felt oddly conspicuous wearing the Sub. i've never gotten that feeling w/ the Exp II or OP. part of it was me catching someone staring at it, with (what i felt was) obvious recognition. made me paranoid for just a moment, actually. that also surprised me. i reckon after putting it on a strap that won't be as common.

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    Re: what do *you* do when you get a used rolex?

    I have bought one Rolex off Ebay. A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Two Tone with a 1570 movement. I insisted on meeting the seller face to face, and taking him and his wife to dinner. You "buy the seller". If he had been anything less than a genuine Rolex guy I would have walked away. We took the back off the watch in the restaurant, and checked it out. You buy the dial and the movement. Both were ok.

    I paid less than AUD2000 for the watch in 2016. I just checked on Ebay and base bones 1570 movements are selling for around AUD3500.



    I bought a Rolex OysterDate 6694 privately in 2016. It was in need of a service, new crystal etc. I paid cash and took a gamble, although the watch did run. I didn't ever take the back off. I took it straight to a watchmaker that I trust, and was pleasantly surprised to find it only needed a strip, clean and lube.

    I paid AUD1005. The service was around AUD500.


    The only other private purchase was a 2008 Rolex Air King 114200, bought earlier this year. White dial with Roman numerals. The seller had financial difficulties and needed money quickly.

    I took the back off and did a good inspection. Checked the LEC, did a close inspection of the rehaut engraving etc.

    I paid AUD2,200 cash. Similar 114200's sell on Chrono24 for around AUD 6000.

    In all three cases I had budgeted for a service. I knew the Precision needed attention (It sounded like a steam train). The other two have not.

    All of my other vintage Rolex have come from Dealers, and came serviced and with warranty. My workday Rolex came from AD's.

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    Re: what do *you* do when you get a used rolex?

    Probably would make sure it was genuine BEFORE I bought it though.

    Then see how it runs, and if the deviation is too great I will look at getting it serviced, never been one to service things that are working fine.
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    Officially register it? I never knew that was a thing. How would it work if the watch were to be sold? But to answer your question when I buy a used datejust I either buy from a well respected person/dealer or I have an experienced watchmaker look at in before I purchase it.

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    Re: what do *you* do when you get a used rolex?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kjian414 View Post
    Officially register it? I never knew that was a thing.
    $200 CAD to ensure it's good and in my name. that fee is waived if i leave it for the recommended service.

    How would it work if the watch were to be sold?
    i assume that until the moment i walked in RSC and handed them the watch, it was registered to some previous owner. so i must conclude that the combination of 1) having the watch in hand, and 2) absence of a police report saying it was stolen, that RSC is fine to change it to my name.

    i.e. they don't ask for a receipt of sale.

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    Wear until I grow bored of it and sell/trade. Won't buy a used one older than July 2016 to ensure warranty is intact, so I can dump off via grey dealer easy.
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    Re: what do *you* do when you get a used rolex?

    I always check it's genuine before I buy. If I'm buying from a trusted seller from TRF, then there's less chance of authenticity being an issue. I normally do my research to check that the serial number checks out (i.e., it is within the range for that particular version of the model).

    After I've bought it, I normally take it to my local RSC to size the bracelet for me. The RSC watchmaker usually takes a look at the watch and comments on its condition, etc. If it was a fake, I'm sure he or she would be able to pick it up pretty quickly.

    Have never heard of registering the serial number and have never done so.

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    Re: what do *you* do when you get a used rolex?

    I take it to my AD and have them spot check for any problems. If it runs poorly then I take it in for regulation.

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    Re: what do *you* do when you get a used rolex?

    of course wear it

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