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Any suggestions on older Rolex’s that can be found for around $1,000?

  1. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    I’m looking for a new watch either new or old and I have seen in the past decent looking older Rolex’s for roughly $1,000. I’m wondering if there are any available right now that’s 36mm or larger? Thanks for the help! :EDIT: I am also considering 34mm as well :)
     
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  2. Shabbaz Jan 23, 2021

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    If you find a 36mm (or bigger) for around 1k, let me know! ;)
     
  3. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    Alrighty, if I do I’ll try to remember to do so. I am also considering 34mm as well if it is clean
     
  4. Shabbaz Jan 23, 2021

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    If you find a 34mm for around 1k, let me know! ;)
     
  5. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    Ship sailed on $1k Rolex’s of any variety- men’s or woman’s, a couple years ago. $1k buys a Tudor Prince now. The 34mm manual wind Oyster’s are around the lowest in the $1.3-1.6 range, but usually not in stellar shape- but decent
     
  6. Shabbaz Jan 23, 2021

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    My friends wife is getting 50 and he asked me if I could find a 2,5k euro 34mm rolex with steel bracelet for her. So last week I've searched for two days (in europe). Did'nt find any decent example.
     
  7. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    You can still find 60’s silver dialed Airkings between $1.5-$2k in decent shape- but without bracelet and with some dial patina
     
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  8. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    Shame you didn’t still have that black dialed Prince you gave away a few months ago- I was thiiiiis close ::facepalm2::
     
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  9. Shabbaz Jan 23, 2021

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    Haha. Yes, I said the same! But she wants a rolex. Status thing. :D
     
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  10. Radiumpassion Jan 23, 2021

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    You can maybe find a Rolex steel bracelet on that budget.
     
  11. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    What about Tudor’s of the same era. Back when they were made by Rolex with Rolex parts? The vintage ones that look better than most of their lineup today lol. If it’s a good enough deal I will definitely look around $1,500 for either brand.
     
  12. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    Tudor Prince’s can be had for around $1k, but you have to know what you are looking for- lots of redials, over-polished cases and franken watches mixed with aftermarket parts.
     
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  13. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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  14. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 23, 2021

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    It’s one of the unfortunate downsides of Rolex that entry level really doesn’t exist anymore, and while there are affordable Tudors I honestly couldn’t justify buying most of them when for the same money Omega offers far more attractive watches with better movements in the 50s / 60s era.

    That’s just my personal view mind you but a Cal 751/752 or Cal 552 or similar Seamaster is a whole lot of watch for the money.
     
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  15. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    Yeah I like omega’s the Most. I am just trying to pick the forum’s minds on what’s best for what price since I am new. I love the older Seamaster especially the ones similar to this: https://omegaforums.net/threads/omega-seamaster-day-date-cal-752.26931/
     
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  16. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    As Ash said, you get more bang for the buck with vintage Omega. A 166.010 Seamaster is about the same form factor as a 34mm Oyster Perpetual date (OPD), but the Seamaster is less clunky-chunky, far sexier and about 1/3 the price. A 166.010 in excellent shape with bracelet can be had for less than your $1k target price.
     
  17. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    Thank all y’all very much for the advice like I was saying above I would love to get my hands on an older Seamaster like this: https://omegaforums.net/threads/omega-seamaster-day-date-cal-752.26931/ for around $1,000
     
  18. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    Absolutely do-able, and they pop up on the private watch sales here in the regular. You don’t need 200 posts to PM a seller and start a conversation.
     
  19. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    Yes thank you very much for the help :)
     
  20. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 23, 2021

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    Something else I should mention btw is the reason a lot of the less attractive / smaller / crummy looking Rolexes have such a high floor price isn’t that people are just desperate to get the brand Rolex and don’t care how small or ugly it is.

    The issue is that the small / ugly / crummy Rolexes still have Rolex movements in them, and the movement in many cases can supply donor parts to much more expensive Rolex models like Submariners, GMT-Masters and so on. It’s the same thing that happened to Valjoux 72 chronographs as you really can’t find a cheap one now even if its ugly as hell due to how valuable the movement is as a parts donor.

    The flip side of this problem is that these cheap Rolex’s, if you do need parts for the movement will lead to you either having to pay a lot for them from Rolex, or will see you competing with Submariner / GMT-Master owners to buy scarce, no-longer available parts, which can make a cheap old Rolex a very expensive thing to keep running.