The current market (as we see at the recent Geneva watch auctions yet again) has become all about rarity in the reference and condition but generally the word “original” is being abused by most offers you found out there. My explanation to this is: A Rolex (or any kind of watch ) that still is in exact configuration as it was back then leaving the factory when it got delivered to the shop and bought by the client. To make it even more complicated, in those references that had been produced for a long time ( Like 5512, 5513, 1675, 1016 etc) we see different types in different periods.As watch brands have delivered their watches over the world in sometimes different configurations, due to import tax, local taste or for instance special orders, the ultimate version to have, is the one being shown in their catalogue at the yearly watch shows ( think of Basel World ) As many global watch brands used to do and in particular the penny-pinching swiss ones, factories always use their left over stock of spare parts in their next designs. In the near future I’ll make a overview, for now a collage: Ok, now lets analyze 2 x examples with the knowledge from above.
Whether you are interested in buying a Rolex Submariner as your first foray into the world of luxury watches, or if you are simply adding to your collection, the first decisions you make involve where you buy the watch and whether you will purchase it new or pre-owned.By 2010 this practice had gradually transitioned to all models.In 2010, Rolex mostly abandoned their conventional numbering sequence in favor for a mixed (aka random aka scrambled) serial. Random examples of these indecipherable numbers are "OT23Q257", "12345J78", and "345X29VN".I want to discuss the following important steps: Below you see a original ‘iced” plastic crystal on a early Rolex Explorer that chanced transparency due to the radium dust…In the modern vintage watch world, which is full of “put together“‚”swapped“‚”cosmetically enhanced” and “photoshopped” online and offline offers, at first we have to determine the meaning of the words: “all original“. Every Rolex reference has it’s own unique Rolex crown, printed or applied on their dial.