Buying New Versus Vintage Rolex – Rolex Watches Were Never Cheap To Use So Everything Is Relative
You might already know that buying vintage Rolex watches can be how can I put this mildly scary shit.
One cannot deny that Rolex still gets more attention from watch consumers than any other watch brand Whether not, or one likes it. Nevertheless, rolex for what it is able to accomplish and I own and have owned my share of Rolex watches, both vintage and new. Seriously.
You might want to consider buying a new -or at least a modern -Rolex instead, if you just want a decent watch and don’t want to get dragged into the quest for that perfect vintage Rolex.
To each their own and I agree with you that sometimes I need to step back and just think what watch I want to keep vs the rarest or containing little details that don’t matter to me. It would be useful to other readers and people who are making the important decision which way to go with their collection or purchase. One rolex should/could last you a lifetime! The article was written -as always -on personal account and reflects an opinion based on my own experience with both new and vintage Rolex watches in the past 15 years.
Another point some watch enthusiasts like to raise is that Rolex watches are outrageously expensive.
Everything is relative, there are a few things you ought to consider, rolex watches were never cheap to begin with.
Let me start by telling you why I love vintage Rolex watches.
The wear on the case and bracelet show that the watches had something of a rough life; the things that the watch witnessed might have been awesome, Like most other vintage watches, a Rolex sports watch from the 1960s or ’70s has an aura of adventure. The fun with vintage Rolex watches is that because there are so a lot of them around, you can usually find the exact configuration that suits your personal taste. I would rather have a watch that had decent servicing throughout the decades than a watch that still has its original crown, seals and crystal. I know that there are dozens of people who prefer just the opposite. I prefer them slightly ‘offwhite’, I don’t like the ones with the old tritium markers that have turned a mustard dark yellow color.
No, the new ceramic models probably won’t fade or show patina which some people love very much. There are dealers who claim to have milliondollar businesses selling vintage Rolexes, who claim to be able to supply whatever model you need or whichever is in demand at that moment. Paintings, real estate, even adopting babies there are always those who want to cheat and scam other people who wish to own a certain commodity, as with all transactions in which serious money is involved whether it be classic cars. I believe the materials and build current quality stainless steel models is bulletproof, if anything. Rolexes as a hobby, rather than to enter a store that has dozens of vintage Rolex watches that are labeled exclusive and carry crazy price tags. Essentially, the story other side is that there is a bunch of fraud going on in the vintage Rolex scene. Be very careful of those types of dealers types. It’s a well I am ok with that because I reckon that a ceramic bezel model will outlast me and be handed to my kids in very good condition.
Servicing vintage watches, of course, is a tally different issue.
Parts might not be available anymore, new spare parts can mess up your value highly sought after vintage watch, price quotes can be as high as those for a modern watch, and so on. Consequently. Let me ask you something. Appeared? It is no secret that loads of people did complain about innovation lack at Rolex up until a few years ago. In the last few years, however, Rolex has introduced more innovations and changes than it did in the previous four decades. Rolex upgraded its bracelets by adding new clasps that have a ‘supereasy’ system for adjustment, started using ceramics for its bezels, tweaked its movements with the new Parachrom hairspring, and even made its watches appear bigger. Appear larger because of their dimensions lugs, for instance, the ‘latestSea Dweller’ 116600andGMT Master II 116719BLROwith Pepsi bezel are still 40 mm in diameter. At the time, Rolex still used the clasp that looked as if it was made from ‘sodacan’ material, the fairly small case diameters for its sports watches and the same movements it had been using for decades.
My personal experience with Rolex’s Geneva service center is that I actually had to ‘double check’ to see if they didn’t replace my case Sea Dweller 16600 when I got it back from an overhaul.
It seems that Rolex actually cares a lot about the after sales service, It’s been my experience that many watch manufacturers forget about you as soon as you buy something from them and would rather spend their money on celebrity ambassadors or expensive marketing campaigns. It ok them about six weeks, which is quite stunning compared to other watch companies.
Nice article -one that symbolizes all the discussions I had with myself before I purchased my latest addition to my small Rolex collection. If you -like me -don’t care o much about the wording position on the dial, how dark yellow the patina will be, or how faded the bezel should be, you are fairly safe. In the end it was these durability watches that made me comfortable with getting another vintage piece. Usually, always try to think logically when you are looking at a vintage Rolex for sale. On p of this, make sure to do a check on the good guys out there by using the online vintage Rolex communities. You should be able to take his word for it, if he says it is fine and you did a plausibility check. Do not lose your head over it. Some sellers offer your cash back if anything appears to be incorrect after the purchase. You should take it into account. Make sure you buy the seller, which means that you should be able to trust the seller in order to make the purchase. With all that said. In the end, if you want to buy a vintage Rolex timepiece, make sure you know your budget and know exactly what you want. You should feel comfortable with the watch that the seller is offering you, it is impossible to know everything about vintage Rolex watches. Don’t pull the trigger, if it doesn’t feel good.
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