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Found: My buddy’s dad has a sock drawer Nina

  1. southtexas Feb 6, 2018

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    Hello all, I’ve got a good sock drawer story. I finally got my buddy to get into vintage watches. He recalled his dad having some old watches tucked away in the drawer so he gave him a call. Turns out his dad had an old Rolex bubbleback and this UG.

    His dad remembers his parents buying as a gift, and he hardly wore it. He doesn’t recall any service history. What are your thoughts on originality? Condition? Polished? The tritium on the chrono hand has fallen out and is spread around the hand and the dial. Otherwise, it’s in pretty nice condition. Lastly, can I get some recommendations for the top service people in USA? Thanks for looking.
     
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  2. oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Feb 6, 2018

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    :eek:
     
  3. Davidt Feb 6, 2018

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    Ha brilliant!
     
  4. alam Feb 6, 2018

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    Nice watch. The only items I found on my dad’s drawer were worn out socks, most of them with holes...

    :p
     
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  5. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Feb 6, 2018

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    OMG what a disaster ! I'll give him $100 for that POS . :D
     
  6. Rman Feb 6, 2018

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    That sock drawer just bested many barns.

    S.C.O.R.E.
     
  7. Tet I prefer Dilmah do try it Feb 6, 2018

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    Got my dad to check his sock drawer, he found a quartz Rotary. Yeah not quite the same. ...
     
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  8. Beepos Feb 6, 2018

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    Mon Dieu...

    That bezel alone is the cleanest UG bezel I’ve seen

    See what the members here say, but if your friend is interested in selling, he or she should contact an auction house, not a dealer. Or sell it here!
     
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  9. Florent Feb 6, 2018

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    + Really nice watch, near perfect dial, clean bezel. :)

    - Case is polished, crown is wrong, pushers are wrong, crystal is a replacement and I think subdials hands are replacement too (but not sure) (they are not finally) ::book::
     
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  10. Florent Feb 6, 2018

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    Still a very nice piece that I would definitely wear a lot! ;-)
     
  11. CajunTiger Cajuns and Gators can't read newspapers! Feb 6, 2018

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    very nice find!

    You have a nice very early reference. 235xxx is the beginning of production.
    All the hands are correct for this version and it all looks original.
     
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  12. amanson Feb 6, 2018

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    Wow, nice! Looks to be in great shape.
     
  13. Florent Feb 6, 2018

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    Is there any archive or picture of the early nina with those subdial hands ?
     
  14. CajunTiger Cajuns and Gators can't read newspapers! Feb 6, 2018

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    Do you mean the thin subdial hands?

    There are plenty of examples...the earliest Ninas had the thin sub dial hands.
    Here is mine also sn 23548xx

    BTW- in years of following this reference, Ive not seen another Nina with an earlier serial number than mine. Not saying it doesnt exist, but haven't been able to find one. @southtexas what are the next few digits in your serial?
     
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  15. CajunTiger Cajuns and Gators can't read newspapers! Feb 6, 2018

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  16. CajunTiger Cajuns and Gators can't read newspapers! Feb 6, 2018

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    and here is a catalog page
     
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  17. Florent Feb 6, 2018

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    Ok. Nice, thanks :thumbsup:
     
  18. No Mercy Feb 6, 2018

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    You are luckier than me, I never ever have a sock drawer :(
     
  19. bristnj Feb 6, 2018

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    What an absolutely fantastic find! I hope your friend (and his father) can appreciate what they have. Yes, a high market valued watch, but more importantly a family heirloom that is irreplaceable! Congratulations to them both. What a great story to go with a great watch! I hope you locate a true professional to service it.
     
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  20. CajunTiger Cajuns and Gators can't read newspapers! Feb 6, 2018

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    One other note...the earliest Ninas have the early calibre 130 (Valjoux 72.6) whereas most of the Ninas are found with the later and far more common cal 85 which is the more common standard Valjoux 72.
     
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