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Guide to Vintage Rolex Watches

A vintage Rolex that is up for sale can intimidate someone because of the amount of money you need to pay for it. The more you need to be careful in buying vintage Rolex since there are a lot of Rolex replicates which are marvelously crafted to resemble the real thing and if you are not experienced, it can pass as an authentic piece. There are brokers who try to sell you what seems like authentic Rolex watches but once you have bought one you discover that they are not as original as you were led to believe and so hurting its collectability and its value.

Below are some tips on how not to be scammed by these ill meaning brokers and to protect yourself the next time to look to get a Rolex for yourself.

Original, pre-owned vintage Rolex will have signs of wear since it is pre-owned. But even before looking at the watch that you intend to buy, it is crucial that you familiarize yourself with the specific features like twin-lock winding crown, the bracelet and safety locking device and etc.

You should check the condition of the dial next. The most important part of vintage Rolex is its dial. You cannot clean or polish dials so if you see any damage to it, that damage is likely permanent. Even when a dial appear to be in good condition, it is important to verify that it is an original, and not one that has been refinished. As surprising as it might sound to the novice vintage Rolex hunter, most of the value in a vintage Rolex comes from the dial. And therefore, for that particular reason, extra attention must be devoted upfront to this single part.

Most vintage Rolex have radium or tritium as based luminous on their hands and hour markers, and since neither of these materials are still being use by Rolex, then their presence is an excellent way to check if a dial or the set of hands is original. Tritium can easily be detected since it does not glow and it will have a brownish patina forming on its surface while radium, on the other hand, will need a special instrument for measuring radioactivity by detecting and counting ionizing particles, which is a Geiger counter. If you really want to make sure then it would be worth to go into that trouble.

Other things that you need to be mindful of are references and serial numbers, the correct bracelet for the watch, find out if the watch has been over-polished, and does the watch come with paperwork/service records?