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  1. Rolex oyster bracelet query c.2000

    I've given this a go. So far, I've tried on a brand new 116200 Datejust (didn't care for it particularly), and a 6694, which I really quite liked. I'm hoping to find somewhere stocking the 16200 to try on at some point. The problem is finding anyone who has all these older models in stock at once!
  2. An interesting Ebay description

    Either 1. This is true. In which case she has no good title to what she purports to sell, and title does not pass to you or 2. This is a flat-out lie. Either way, it's a big, fat NOPE from me.
  3. Rolex oyster bracelet query c.2000

    Those are absolutely gorgeous! That's very useful - thank you! That's very helpful - thank you very much - I may well take you up on that, if you don't mind! I haven't discounted owning a 6694. My girlfriend loves them on me much more than the more modern pieces (and, bless her, she's incredibly supportive of this hobby, so I'd better bear that in mind!) I'm just thinking that if I don't get a more modern Rolex, I'll feel like I cheated myself a bit. I'm thinking it's probably worth saving for a couple more months and getting a 16200 early noughties Datejust, then I will probably consider a really nicely beaten-up 6694 on a strap. I think that would be sodding gorgeous to wear for the weekends.
  4. Hi everyone I'm umming and ahhing about whether to go full-on vintage or more modern - I was looking at the 6694, but I was given some very wise counsel on here, and I'm re-considering. I'm now looking at saving up a bit more and getting something like a late 90s/ early 2000s reference 15200 Oyster Perpetual Date. I see that they are 34mm, which to be honest wears really nicely on my tiny wrists. My only concern is - if I get one one from that era an original bracelet, will it be adjustable to my wrist? In the photos online, it doesn't look like there are an *awful* lot of removeable links to play with. Does anyone know if these bracelets will size down to 6 inches OK, or should I accept I'm going to have to pop it on a strap? Any insight would be gratefully received! Thank you!
  5. Who do you watch on YouTube

    Watchuwant and Hodinkee are my go-to's these days. I used to watch a lot more, but gradually, you start to realise you don't like the person behind the channel, and it sort of ruins it...! But I still pop into Theo & Harris - I quite enjoy his quasi-psychological watch stuff. And a special mention for a small channel called "Minitwatch", which doesn't review much high end stuff, but is very interesting for Seiko 5s, simple modding, and the like, and he really does seem to be a nice guy.
  6. Clock and watch fair, Solihull, this weekend

    I popped along to this today. The first time I've been to anything like this. I have to say - if I wasn't currently saving up for a particular few watches, I would have had an absolute field day! Some absolutely gorgeous, reasonably priced vintage pieces knocking about. Almost pulled the trigger on a West End Watch Co, but just managed to rein myself in. Sadly .... !
  7. Clock and watch fair, Solihull, this weekend

    Brilliant - thank you. I shall do what I can to be there - it would be really useful to see so many preowned pieces in the flesh :))
  8. Clock and watch fair, Solihull, this weekend

    Ooh - whereabouts is it in Solihull? I'm down in London at the moment, but I should be back in the Midlands for Sunday......
  9. 3 new arrivals today

    Absolutely lovely! I nearly pulled the trigger on a Trident last year, but didn't. I'm still umm-ing and ahhing. The Seamaster is fanstastic. There's something much cleaner about the wavy dials, oddly. I'm currently trying to decide between a wavy dial and a non-wavy dial. Your stunning example has further muddied the waters! Congratulations!
  10. Grail watches

    My absolute grail watch keeps changing! And there's only ever a chance of me getting one of them, so I'd better bloody make the right decision! Fortunately, I have years before I can sink that sort of money into a watch! At the moment, it'sE between: The Patek Calatrava (predictable, and which you all of course know) The Lange 1815 or the Vacheron Patrimony Power Reserve. Fortunately, I should have a good few years to bottom this one out...
  11. Rolex 6694 ponderings

    Well, thanks to the great advice in this thread, I went to a dealer and a jeweller today, and tried on a few watches.... An example of the vintage 6694. This was an absolute steal, price-wise, but I'm not completely convinced those batons are correct - look at the 11 o'clock - it's not positioned correctly. So, I walked away. I'm glad I did. I absolutely love the 6694 in plrinciple. I don't find the date bubble a big problem. A bigger problem is that I then popped into an dealer and tried on a 116200 # ... and now I've completely fallen in love with it. I'm going to have to try and find one on the preowned market, I think. The vintage 6694 will have to wait Just for good measure, I tried on a Seamaster. I was convinced I'd need a midsize due to my teeny wrists. However, I think this full-size doesn't look *too* ridiculous. If I'm wrong on this front, please do let me know! So .. the plan right now is to keep saving for the Datejust. My reasoning is that even if I never get another watch, the Datejust will cover a hell of a lot of bases. Then, I'll probably start saving for the Seamaster. Right. Now the small matter of becoming rich. I'll get cracking on it! All in all a very enjoyable day, and a huge thankyou to Daniel of Watches of Switzerland in Birmingham for his kind and enthusiastic help.
  12. Rolex 6694 ponderings

    I may not spout much wisdom, but I recognise it when I see it, and this thread is full of it - thanks, chaps. There's a lot of sense in what you say. I think some of my concern might be that I'm slightly wary about buying such a "big" piece so early on in my collecting - I'm not convinced that I won't find something else to lust after. I'm starting to think that where I would like to end up is with a vintage and a new Omega and a vintage and a newer Rolex of some sort. The Seamaster has been something I've lusted after since I was 15 or so, so it certainly isn't a matter of "settling" for it or anything. I think what I might do is buy an older Seamaster with the wavy dial for a significant saving over new - that's the Seamaster I fell in love with, after all. I think I need to go and make a nuisance of myself in a few dealers and strap a few vinage Rolexes on to see how I get on with them. It may well be that I'd be happier with a vintage Datejust or a Perpetual Date. I won't give up on the 114270, and I've still got a reasonable chunk of dosh to find to fund any of these. I shall use the time to annoy dealers and strap things on my wrist - I don't doubt that when I hit on the right watches, it'll be obvious in the flesh. I'm sure this hobby shouldn't be as stressful as I'm making it! I need to have a long, hard talk with myself!
  13. Rolex 6694 ponderings

    Thank you very much for that - I really appreciate the insight
  14. Rolex 6694 ponderings

    That's very useful indeed - thank you! I was wondering about that myself. I'll make sure I have a good fondle of one in the flesh! Is it significantly different to, say, the date window on a 1970s Datejust? I'm guessing you mean the extra 2mm case dimension helps to harmonise the whole effect?
  15. Hello! I have been away for a couple of weeks, and during a particularly tedious 21-hour ferry crossing have been thinking. Naturally, most of this thinking has centred around watches... I was saving up for a 36mm Explorer, but the more I think about it, the more silly this seems. Being frank, Sinking the best part of £4000 on a single watch isn't something I'm in a position to do at the moment. I *could* - just - but I just think I wouldn't enjoy wearing it. It would be too special. At some point, I want to buy a bonkers dress watch, but that seems different - I wouldn't be risking wearing it often. So. I was thinking. The Explorer was going to be a weekend watch - I need something with a date for the week. I've always wanted a Seamaster, and I'm highly tempted to buy a new grey market ceramic Seamaster for day-to-day wearing, and a vintage Rolex 6694 Oyster Date for a casual, weekend watch. I've slightly fallen in love with them. I know on paper they're probably one of the least impressive movements Rolex ever manufactured, but there's something about them which is just understated and classy. Naturally, a 6694 would have an acrylic crystal. I was just wondering if you good chaps thought it was feasable to have an acrylic crystal if you use it often. I've had success polishing scratches out of acrylic crystals before with dubious mixtures of Brasso and Silvo (these were cheap watches!), but is this something you can keep doing? The crystal is only so thick... Does anyone know if the crystals on 6694s are readily available and easy to find someone to replace should something happen to it? Are there any lurking problems with owning a 6694 with regard to parts or servicing in general? If anyone has any thoughts whatsoever, I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks!

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