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Vintage Rolex with service papers?

  1. llvhhui

    llvhhui Jun 18, 2019

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    I’ve always wanted to get a late 80s sub 5513. One with service paper would pop up on eBay every now and then. I feel like that anyone with some MS Word skills can easily forge a service receipt. How do you know if it’s legit? Or should I just stay away from those?
     
  2. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell Jun 18, 2019

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    llvhhui Jun 18, 2019

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    wsfarrell Jun 18, 2019

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  5. llvhhui

    llvhhui Jun 18, 2019

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    Do they all look legit? One only has requester’s info on top. The other one has billing address on top.
     
  6. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell Jun 18, 2019

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    I think they're good. As noted, they both have the plastic warranty card in addition to the paper copy.

    That said, the watch at auction (as opposed the BIN/Offer watch) is vastly more desirable. (a) It has a tritium dial, and (b) it has actual crown guards. The guards on the BIN watch have been polished down to nubs. It's a little surprising to me that Rolex serviced that watch without replacing the case, but I don't know what their policy is on that.
     
  7. llvhhui

    llvhhui Jun 18, 2019

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    I see. There’s no pictures of the lugs on the BIN one. But seems like the BIN seller may be the original owner. The one being auctioned says tritium on the dial but probably is luminova dial too since it was serviced in 2013.
     
  8. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell Jun 18, 2019

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    I was referring to the crown guards, not the lugs. And if the bottom of the dial says "SWISS -- T < 25" it's tritium, not luminova. There's one mega-rare exception to that in Rolex-land, but this isn't it.

    crown guards, "T < 25"
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    nubs, "SWISS"
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  9. llvhhui

    llvhhui Jun 19, 2019

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    Thank!
    The one being auctioned has replaced hands according to the service receipt. Does that mean the indices are still tritium?
     
  10. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell Jun 19, 2019

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    Yes, the "SWISS -- T < 25" on the dial tells you the dial indices are tritium. Hands are almost certainly luminova in this case from a 2013 service.
     
  11. llvhhui

    llvhhui Jun 19, 2019

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    In the pictures they match nicely. I guess tritium plots and luminova hands will age differently. Is this price a little too high for a service hands? So case look doesn’t over polished?
     
  12. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell Jun 19, 2019

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    Taking this to PM.
     
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