That looks great!
A question to those of you with vintage Rolex sports watches: Can they still perform their intended role as a tool watch or do you have to baby it?
For instance, do you take it swimming?
You can as long as it passes the pressure test. However I don't do this with any of my new watches so I see no reason to do it with my Red. Once the dial is ruined, there's no going back with a vintage watch especially when it's all original.
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing a photo of your birth year Sub.
I tend to baby my watches anyway. As DDD suggested, you can swim with it as long as you get it pressure tested. However, if you have something that is in great shape and appreciating in value why risk it.
Yikes!!! You paid for someone to spray paint your Sub and added bezel with polished coal! The PVD is ok, but the bezel is a real eye sore. Get a normal bezel for it and get rid of the wannabe pimp bezel.
The othe thing that I just though of, is that most vintage Rolex watches say early 80s and older are not as water resistant as their modern siblings. GMTs, Day-Dates, Daytonas, and Datejusts of the past were only pressure proof to 50m. Later they became pressure proof to 100. Some modern watch books/magazines have recommended not wearing a watch for swimming or diving unless its pressure proof to 100m. Not sure if that plays any part in an owners decision to wear a vintage Rolex swimming or snorkeling.
When comparing an Air King and Explorer you have to mention whether you are comparing 2 brand new ones (like the 39mm Ex) or is the Air King you are considering older, ass you also bring up the idea of hunting for an older Explorer. There are changes that took place over the years. I believe some of the older Air Kings, maybe mid to early 80s were not as water resistant as the Explorers of the same time. Also the Explorer movements have been certified chronometers for decades...Air King movments only became certified chronometers recently. In additon the bracelets are different, the Explorer had solid end links (SEL) the Air King didn't, its slightly narrower on Air Kings, and AKs lack the Oysterlock safety latch on the clasp. I owned a 114270 for 10 years and I preferred it to an Air King, due to its size 36 vs 34mm, updated movement that the Air King did not have back until just a few years ago, wider bracelet with SELS, and oyster locking clasp. I always thought the Air King was a bit small at 34mm and with its narrower bracelet...but it might work for you.
I'm not a fan of the dial on the new Explorers or its size. To me the 114270 is the final evolution of the classic Explorer. The new Explorer is fine, just not my taste.