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Please evaluate this ref. 1500

  1. lonemian Jun 6, 2021

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    I’m about to buy this vintage rolex for $3200.

    The current owner had it serviced at the official CS center so I assume it works fine, but the speckle(or dent?) on the endlink bothers me.

    long story short,,, is it a good deal? I have not experience any vintage rolex before so here I beg for experts’ opinion.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. kip595 Jun 6, 2021

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    Well...in short - possibly?

    For a proper evaluation we'd need/want as many pics as possible, especially any available of the movement, caseback, dial closeups, s/n range for dating - basically the whole kitchen including the sink. Looks somewhat polished, though not to the bone like some. Silver dial is the more common variation for these, but that isn't a 'bad' thing, just a factor. Is it a full bracelet? Do the stampings all match within reason to the aprox date of the watch? (I had a '63 production ref. 5500 on what I fully believe was the original bracelet from early '64, for example)

    Do you know what was done during service? Who specifically performed it? At a glance the hands look new replacements, but w/o knowing more, I'd hesitate to say for certain.

    In any case $3200 for a legitimately serviced 1500 on a genuine Rolex bracelet isn't the worst deal I've ever heard of, but it's not a screaming bargain either - the devil's in the details, especially with vintage Rollie.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jun 6, 2021

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    If it's a one owner recently serviced by the one who bought it. Buy it...

    But as above we need the full story not just the cover of the book.
     
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  4. swaini3 Jun 6, 2021

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    This ..... I cant comment on the pricing though as I dont know about this reference, but to get the best feedback / opinions, more info is needed.
     
  5. lonemian Jun 7, 2021

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    The current owner bought it from someone other, and had it serviced at a cs center in 2019. they overhauled the movement and changed hands and glass. I also asked for pics of back side. :)
     
  6. Dries Jun 7, 2021

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    The bracelet looks very stretched/worn. Given that the case looks to have no scratches at all, that means that the case is refinished (as said above) and/ or that the bracelet wasn’t born with this one.
    I’d certainly want to know serial numbers etc bc I don’t like the lume plots and the t swiss t (the thinking is that if it is an early serial, the dial is later).
     
  7. lonemian Jun 7, 2021

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    That’s sharp. the seller says its serial no. is 31xxx. does it mean the bracelet is not original to the watch?
     
  8. padders Oooo subtitles! Jun 7, 2021

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    I have a late 1970s 1500 on a 5.8m serial, the indices are similar but the Swiss made text and lume plots are rather different. No idea what year the OP watch is which might have a bearing on if this is relevant or not. The bracelet here is a UK made Shackman mesh so ignore that, the head is Swiss:

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  9. jaguar11 Jun 7, 2021

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    Does your research show it as being a good deal?
     
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  10. lonemian Jun 7, 2021

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    well, my rough guess was that the cs center won’t let the watch out if it’s a redial...and the possible inconsistency btw the head and bracelet was acceptable to me.