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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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    How bullet proof would you say the 751/751/552 movements are in the older Seamaster’s. And do you know if they are offered in 36mm or larger?
     
  2. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 23, 2021

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    The Seamaster 751/752s can often be around 36mm and they are very robust movements, among the best Omega has made
     
  3. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    Hey- :cautious:

    I like my small/ugly/crummy Rolexes

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

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    Those are some very beautiful looking Calibre 1570 movements you have there, my 1680 says hi... and how healthy are your rotor axles? Just asking for a friend...

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  5. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    Those do not look small ugly or crummy lol. They look in great condition
     
  6. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    If you don’t mind I ask how much was that air king?
     
  7. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    Keep your paws off my crummy Rolexes ;)
     
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  8. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    lol
     
  9. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    Airking was $2k a few years ago in a private party sale. I haven’t seen any under $2.5k in a while- closer to $3k these days...which I do find silly money considering a 1601/3 could be had for the same $3k 2 years ago. But the Airking is a special watch- absolute purity of the Rolex style IMO.
     
  10. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    What year is it? It looks like the new ones which I do love about Rolex is their designs are almost all the same
     
  11. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    The watch is ‘99. It came with a silver dial but under the sapphire crystal I had a hard time seeing the hands against the dial (the OPD is far more readable under acrylic). I also didn’t need two silver dials, so I hunted down a black dial & hand-set from a ‘98 model which was still during the tritium era (have the silver dial & hands in the box). It is pretty common to see these older 34mm Rolexes converted to bejeweled aftermarket dials and sold as ladies watches these days- so the original factory dials pop up all the time.
     
  12. Walrus Jan 23, 2021

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    Not going to bash rolexes I see plenty of them I like and would love to have but I thought I was in r/watches in Reddit turns out I was in r/Rolex and I started reading a multi day flame war between a group of rolexes owners who were all bragging about how they only paid a small percentage over msrp, one of the guys bought three at 10k plus so he could flip them. It really started reading like a financial thread after a while. And then of course all the other threads were “got the call today” showing of their recent purchase. It sounds very stressful being a Rolex person. They were also recommending stocking up on Rolex as money will be worthless with the coming recession, apparently all trade will be done in Rolex.
     
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  13. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    Hey if you come across an airking maybe 36mm in good condition I would greatly appreciate If you showed me. Even in the 2,000’s :D
     
  14. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    Yeah- no desire to play the Rolex game- all of mine are old, all purchased by chance- just right place, right time- never actually hunted one down.
    As far as the recession- if it really takes a turn, those Rolexes won’t be worth the steel they are made with. In that kind of economy, the only things that will have value are guns, food and alcohol.
     
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  15. JwRosenthal Jan 23, 2021

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    Airking was only 34mm back then.
     
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  16. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    Alrighty then also I am not looking to flip it would only be for my enjoyment and use :)
     
  17. kyle L Grasshopper Staff Member Jan 23, 2021

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    A few years ago you could find the manual winds like the 6494s for under $1k...those days are no more. :( You could also look into the Tudor Oyster princes which are closer to your desired price.
     
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  18. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 23, 2021

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    Most here who come across watches in good condition buy the watch for themselves. ;)

    You have to put the hours in yourself in this game to get the nice watches
     
  19. cal3.2.1 Jan 23, 2021

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    Oh yes I know all too well lol
     
  20. Dan S Jan 23, 2021

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    As noted, the only $1k Rolex watches you'll find now are obscure things. No man's watch in an Oyster case. $2k is probably the bare minimum entry point for a 34mm oyster-cased model of decent quality, more with a bracelet. If you're bottom-fishing for a watch in FAIR condition, maybe $1500.