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  1. ERBM

    ERBM Oct 8, 2019

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    Birth year Submariner generally seem to be the most popular, I have a GMT (not birth year) that I really love. I personally would like to get myself a Birth year Daytona, but that would be extremely expensive. A Datejust is certainly a good choice, but I think an Air-King is an underrated model.
     
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  2. Togri v. 2.0

    Togri v. 2.0 Oct 8, 2019

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    I was in the hunt for a birthyear (1985) Rolex as well and also had decided it to be either a Datejust or a Sub. I found a decent 1985 Sub first and bought that (and have since bought a new Datejust). If I had found a nice 1985 silver dialed DJ before the Sub, I would have bought that. I have a 7.25’ish wrist and like the 36mm DJ fine. You should not worry about the size of the Sub with a 6.5 inch wrist. If you are wearing suits on an every day basis I would go for the DJ. On several occasions my Sub has bothered me while wearing a tight fitting shirt :)
     
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  3. Togri v. 2.0

    Togri v. 2.0 Oct 8, 2019

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    But @albertob if you have a budget of €8k I would strongly urge you to consider buying the new DJ, 126234. You won’t get a birthyear but you get the certificate with your name on. I can tell you it is an amazing watch. Some photos to persuade you :D


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  4. albertob

    albertob Oct 8, 2019

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    Completely agreed
     
  5. albertob

    albertob Oct 8, 2019

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    Being honest I’m getting familiar with the values. The explorer ii seems a good match for what I’m looking for, but not as iconic as the sub.

    I’m still not so much into the Rolex world yet, but you made definitely the point.
     
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  6. albertob

    albertob Oct 8, 2019

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    Point taken :).

    And beautiful watch! can you also share the sub you got?
     
  7. Togri v. 2.0

    Togri v. 2.0 Oct 8, 2019

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    1985, Sub 16800
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  8. Verdi

    Verdi Oct 11, 2019

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    DJ.
    1986 is a good year because it is a 5 digit ref with quick set. Also, You can find one with brushed oyster bracelet (one of the best watch bracelets ever made). Don't go for jubilee bracelet. They are comfortable but they don't last very well, it ll come with a lot of stretch unless it was restored or replaced.

    So, I would look for a DJ, smooth bezel or fluted, oyster bracelet. This is one of the best Rolex ever made.

    But, unfortunately these have gone up in price. It is not worth paying over 4k for one of these since you can get a new OP39 for 5.3k brand new.

    Good luck hunting. Think about your options and what makes more sense financially.
     
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  9. pongster

    pongster Oct 12, 2019

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    Both DJ and Sub are iconic pieces for a first (and even only) Rolex.

    But i would choose DJ because you want a date function.

    The truly iconic Sub for me is the classic no date.
     
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  10. pongster

    pongster Oct 12, 2019

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    I also ticked this box (rolex BY) recently. Plus more (mickey mouse). Also my first vintage rolex. And first manual wind rolex.

    Good luck with your hunt.
     
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  11. albertob

    albertob Oct 12, 2019

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    Gents,

    I have been to some vintage shops here in Milan to clarify a bit my ideas.

    I found out that the DJ36 is the best for my tastes and wrist. The sub can still fit, but I prefer the proportions of the 36.

    I also checked some prices and for a good one 36 with box/papers I need to pay 5k euro... and , considering that for 1.3k euro more, I get a new one with my name on the papers, I’m quite doubtful (steel, oyster bracelet, date).

    On one side, I would buy myself a new one with my name on the papers.
    On the other side, I have my year birth and a vintage piece.

    As many commented, the year-birth thing after a while looses (a bit) it’s meaning. It’s important to have a good watch, and I agree with that. So maybe I’ll give it some more days of reflection... because, at this stage, to me it makes more sense to buy a new one.

    I tried also the new models (36 mm), both steel/oyster and white gold/jubilee. As other pointed out, the oyster fits very comfy and apparently is very long lasting.

    does any of you purchased a new one with these characteristic?
     
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  12. albertob

    albertob Oct 12, 2019

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    I tried this

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  13. Togri v. 2.0

    Togri v. 2.0 Oct 12, 2019

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    As mentioned I got the new DJ with silver dial, jubilee and white gold bezel. I like the white gold bezel better than the steel bezel on the new models. I think the plain steel bezel is less elegant. It doesn’t bother me at all and I would happily wear one but if you have the money for a white gold one I like it better. The new black dial is super cool. I chose silver because all my other Rolex have black dial and I wanted something lighter. I almost chose the Oyster bracelet but ended up with jubilee. Oyster makes it a little more sporty but either bracelet is brilliant. I have considered getting an Oyster for mine as well. Just haven’t got around to it as money had been needed elsewhere :)
     
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  14. Dan S

    Dan S Oct 12, 2019

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    Unless it has a rare and special dial, that price seems EXTREMELY inflated to me since you can get a nice 16014 with bracelet for $3,500 USD any day of the week (without box and papers). So an extra $2k for the B&P seems like far too much. But if you are insisting on a specific birth-year watch with B&P, I guess you will either have to pay a hefty premium or be extremely patient.
     
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  15. albertob

    albertob Oct 12, 2019

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    thanks Dan for the tip.

    I also checked a bit on chrono24. Yeah, I know that this website has many times inflated prices, but I found similar price points for BP


    https://www.chrono24.com/rolex/date...1986---automatik---36mm---aaw--id12560257.htm
     
  16. Dan S

    Dan S Oct 12, 2019

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    IMO it is not helpful to try to justify an inflated asking price with an anecdotal example of another inflated asking price. That watch has probably been sitting unsold on C24 for ages and the seller is just leaving it there hoping that someone with more money than sense will eventually come along. That's not how you do valuations. You should identify actual selling prices using the eBay advanced search for SOLD items, forum sales, auction sales, etc.
     
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  17. albertob

    albertob Oct 12, 2019

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    Thanks for the inputs Dan, much appreciated !
     
  18. snarkq

    snarkq Oct 12, 2019

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    hey same birth year and wrist size brother. I would say go for a 16750. I have a 16760 and its a bit big on my wrist, but amazing watch.