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Hi all! 

 

First time poster. Thought I'd contribute this vintage Rolex bubbleback I inherited from my deceased grandfather. Had it cleaned and restored. Not the original strap but I quite like the crocodile brown leather replacement he chose. Excuse the Instagram filter.

 

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I really like Rolex from another era. The engine turned bezel, the markers, the dauphine hands, and before it went Superlative...

Thanks for sharing it andy9 smile.gif
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sweet Rollie Andy... and the history is what makes it fantastic.
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I really like Rolex from another era. The engine turned bezel, the markers, the dauphine hands, and before it went Superlative...

Thanks for sharing it andy9 smile.gif

 

Thanks for the kind words and warm welcome! 

 

I'm new to collecting watches and admittedly had to Google each of your compliments. There is so much to learn! But, I still am unclear as to the significance of Rolex going Superlative?

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Thank you kindly Nickels, yes the history is everything. My grandfather was a entrepreneur in fashion back in the 60's/70's, and built a respectable business importing Italian and European brands into Taiwan and wholesaling them to greater Asia. I grew up on stories about him traveling to Paris, Milan and Tokyo for Fashion Week so this watch holds a lot of personal significance. When I received the watch from my mum, the dial was green, muddy and discolored (probably from the absurdly hot and humid climate in Taipei) but the local watch repair did an amazing restoration job and I couldn't be happier.

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TC, that's stunning.  Congrats. It took a while to grow on me from pictures, but ever since I tried a few on, it's impossible to forget. All those finely finished edges, the perfect weight and shape and detail of every link in the bracelet...it feels like nothing else.  Really pleased for you.  Some time next year I'm going to mug a rapper. :)

 

Andy, welcome to the vintage club!  I think Mr Egg was referring to the ever larger case sizes of modern watches, but I could be wrong.

 

Mr Egg: beautiful pic, beautiful watch

 

Hayward: love the brown strap on the Speedy

 

Akatsuki: Duometre is wonderful...the platinum one is I think my dream JLC 

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That is so cool. It looks great. I would rather have a watch like that than anything one could get in a store.
I wasn't going to add this previously but it reminded me of a 1940's Olympic chrono I had that was my grandfather's. We found it in one of his old toolboxes and it too was corroded and not working, but we had it beautifully restored and ran like a champ. Unfortunately it was stolen when I moved to LA so I have lost that history and it still pains me. I am interested however in your grandfather's time in Taipei! I lived there for over three years and my lovely wife grew up there.
btw.. welcome biggrin.gif
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This deserves a second look. Really beautiful.
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It sure does Hayward. Nice job andy9
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Interviewing today so having to be timely


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Interviewing today so having to be timely
 

 

Good Luck Cleav! (not sure if you are the interviewER or the interviewEE)


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Cleav, that is a great advertisement for the simple but unmistakable charms of a nice clean Datejust.  All-brushed Oyster bracelet...stick markers...smooth bezel.  Understated and classy.

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sweet Rollie Andy... and the history is what makes it fantastic.

This.

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Good look, cleav.
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Thanks for the kind words and warm welcome! 

I'm new to collecting watches and admittedly had to Google each of your compliments. There is so much to learn! But, I still am unclear as to the significance of Rolex going Superlative?
Sorry it was just a reference to Rolex nowadays using the overstatement "Superlative Chronometer" (tm), as you can see on my modern (mid-90s hence the tritium T Swiss T) Datejust below... (applogies for bad phone picture - the shadow at the side is my coffee cup shog[1].gif )... and how nice it was to see your Rolex from a time when they were more understated. I think it's a pity that Rolex no longer seem to make the kind of more classical dress watches that they did in the past such as your beautiful vintage, as I think they would sell very well. The Cellini range is nice with some Art Deco-esque designs but are overlooked even by Rolex aficionados who tend to look to other brands for classical dress watches - JLC etc. I also like the modest classical proportions and size (I am guessing your Rolex is probably around 34mm diameter?) but that is small by today's standard hence I suppose why Rolex has beefed up their watches size with the supercase in order to appeal to modern tastes, but I do love the traditional size and svelte Oyster case of yesteryear of which yours is a wonderful example smile.gif

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I wondered how I missed so many TWAT posts.  Bam!  TC gets a Roo!  Also great pics everyone!  A speedy, vintage rollie with a great story, and a stick dial oyster DJ.  

 

As for the watch/hobby room in the new house, the house we just put an offer on has enough rooms for me to have my own unless we have sets of twins or something in the future.  An improbable situation that could occur on January 31st, 2014 is: Civil ceremony wedding, both sets of parents in town, closing on selling/buying a house.  Oh and there is a black and blue gift in there as well. . . :bounce2:

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