Where would you guys suggest I start if I am looking for a very specific year vintage rolex (1980). Condition is not as important. Any good websites specializing in vintage rolex?
Timzone.com or rolexforums.com.
nbTimes is a respected vintage Rolex seller. He sells from Hong Kong.
If you do not want to deal with a forum, try hqmilton.com. Jacek knows his stuff.
Beware that many vintage Rolex watches have been severely molested. They may come with parts that are not correct for the time period, some of which, like date dials, will be a dead give away to anybody who knows anything about Rolex.
Finally, always buy a seller, not a watch.
Thanks for the advice. the condition or the 'accuracy' of the watch is less important to me than the year. I am trying to create a heirloom that my father would have bought for the occasion of my birth. Long story....