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  1. Roger F Feb 14, 2021

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    As watches produced in 1995 become officially vintage I am looking to take some money saved for my son who was born the same year and buy him a Rolex that we can pass on to him soon so he can appreciate and treat as a family legacy.
    He has always loved the brand and I would like something that is a classic
    I have a budget which isn’t huge in Rolex terms of around £6000 and have overdone the research getting down to Explorer 2, Datejust or original Explorer.
    I know it comes down to personal choice but I would appreciate your thoughts or indeed be interested if anyone has a suitable watch for sale
    Thank you
     
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  2. Happy Feb 21, 2021

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    One of the most underrated Rolex's out there IMO
    So comfortable on the wrist, can wear it with any type of clothing and suitable for any age.

    Might be a little biased because I own it, but I really think it would be the perfect watch for you. Probably fits your budget too.
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  3. asrnj77 Feb 22, 2021

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    Prices are jumping quickly but if you can grab a polar 16570 or even a black one from 1995, that would be perfect. Traditional Explorers are also nice but your son might prefer a 40mm over 36mm.

    If you can take a trip to the US I think you’ll find your money goes a lot further and you can come home with a gift for him.
     
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  4. JwRosenthal Feb 22, 2021

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    The 14060 Submariners are still in that range. Last of the tritium dials with lug holes- a true underrated classic.
    Here’s mine from the same era

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    I am also a big fan of the 14000 Airking as it’s a true classic.

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  5. Davidt Feb 22, 2021

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    In the U.K. you're really struggling to get a 14060 Sub in that price bracket.

    All of the watches you've suggested are great. I love the 36mm Explorer but it's more of a niche watch now and less of an everyday watch perhaps for younger folk.

    Out of those 3 I'd go with an E2 or textured dial DJ.
     
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  6. Borosilikat Feb 22, 2021

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    I think the best Rolex you can get for around 6000GBP would be the Explorer 1 214270, great modern Rolex build quality, classic styling, dependable movement and overall well-made.

    (Yes I am very biased :^))
     
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  7. Dan S Feb 22, 2021

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    If you read the first post, you'll see that OP is specifically looking for a watch from 1995 for a particular reason.

    BTW, that is the most half-hearted wrist-shot I've ever seen. Photography works better with light. ;)
     
  8. Alfista88 Feb 22, 2021

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    I second a polar Explorer II, or a 14060. A 16600 SeaDweller is also a cool choice, but has sadly crept up in price too much.

    Would he be open to an Omega from the same time frame? You could get a very nice 2531.80, and have the majority of that budget left. Maybe pick out a selection of stocks for him with the amount left-over, and in 10 year's time, he can have his pick in any 1995 Rolex he wants with the proceeds :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Feb 22, 2021

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    Did the T-Bird still exist in 1995?

    I vote DJ. That watch does everything and will never go out of style for dress or casual. I’d look for a grey dial.
     
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  10. JwRosenthal Feb 22, 2021

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    ^^^ why not a ‘95 Speedmaster? Talk about an iconic watch, still the tritium era, and you can get one full kit for around half your budget (ok, maybe a little more). You could even get the speedy and a 14000 Airking (I am biased) one for sport and one for dress. Still under your £8k budget
     
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  11. Dan S Feb 22, 2021

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    I think you're up-selling the OP. ;)
     
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  12. Dan S Feb 22, 2021

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    OP, the thing about the 16570 is that it's a love-it-or-hate-it watch (I'm trying to be diplomatic here), so you really need to make sure that your son likes it. Functionally they're virtually identical to a GMT-Master, but if you compare prices for 1995 pieces you'll see a pretty big difference, and there's a reason for that.

    A 14270 is a safer choice, and a more versatile watch. A Sub is also pretty safe. A DJ can also be pretty versatile, as long as you stay away from two-tone. You could even find one with a smooth bezel, which is a little less blingy.
     
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  13. JwRosenthal Feb 22, 2021

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    Sorry, I got carried away. I love spending other people’s money. And with a budget of £12k he has a whole bunch of options ;)

    Isn’t his son worth it? :cool:
     
  14. kip595 Feb 22, 2021

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    I think a key factor nobody has asked yet is: what's your son himself like? If born in '95, he's certainly old enough to have some individualist characteristics - is he a London society gent (probably more DJ) or an out in the fields with the side-by-side sort (Exp 2, IMO)? Or perhaps the Explorer I for the no-nonsense do everything and do it with sophistication vibe?
     
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  15. Dan S Feb 22, 2021

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    I think a 14060 might still be within the realm of possibility, although things definitely seem to be more expensive in the UK.
     
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  16. JwRosenthal Feb 22, 2021

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    Indeed. In the US you can get them for $8-9k full kit generally, maybe a little less for clean no box/papers. I don’t care about box & papers but may be a nice to have as a gift.
     
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  17. Alfista88 Feb 22, 2021

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    Well then, the model is truly living up to its nickname as the 'polar' Explorer in more ways than 1 .......... ::rimshot::
     
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  18. Dan S Feb 22, 2021

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    I see what you did there. :thumbsup:
     
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  19. kristal Feb 24, 2021

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    DJ is a great option, I would say a bit more "formal" than the 14060 or the Explorer. However, you have a lot of different options and you can make a choice more tailor made to the specific style of your son. If he is more sporty, then a 14060 could be the best option IMHO but I think the price could be a bit higher than the aforementioned budget.
    Anyways, you can't go wrong whatever you decide!
     
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  20. Roger F Feb 25, 2021

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    Many thanks to all
    Took an bit of advice from a forum member and without giving the deal away got a reaction from the boy himself
    He fancied a Daytona! (Don’t we all)

    Polar Explorer is looking good but I’ll have to chip in a bit more but hey he is my boy!
     
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