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Superb NS!  Amazing to find a 30 year old watch where the owner kept everything.  The blue dial is sexy but I also enjoy the discrete silver dial.  

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Hands up who thinks NS should put the blue dial in?


 



I am on the fence. I love the look of this watch in the wrist shot. Probably, it were shown with the blue dial already installed and the silver as an option, I'd be thinking "keep the blue".

In any event, great find NS, enjoy!
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Wow very cool, congrats!
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Nice find NS!
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Hands up who thinks NS should put the blue dial in?

+2

And Kaplan; wow......bigstar[1].gif
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Great choice, NS. Definitely a model I've come to appreciate more after being exposed to it here and elsewhere :-)
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NS v nice work, got my blue face (!) on today. Liken the white, that looks great nod[1].gif
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Congrats on the watch! Nice piece.

 

I've always wanted the Rolex 1530 which is a similar case and bracelet design, but with an automatic movement in it. Very few were made I believe.

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Congratulations NS - that's a great find!

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Yes it indeed is, especially in that condition. If it were me I'd stay with the champagne dial, though.

Thought you were getting a Daytona, though....
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We like quartz movements on here? I'm slightly surprised!

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went into a local AD today, and they had the PAM 346 and the 323 today. With all this talk about Radiomirs recently I had to have them pulled out so I could try them - exquisite! I've always put the 323 as something I would strive for, but could never find one in the metal (as well as the 346), so getting to see both today and confirming my worst fears - I MUST OWN ONE. They also had several of the newer 1940's style Radiomir cases. Though I see the appeal in terms of modern design, I think I would prefer the traditional Rad's wire lugs and crown.

I love the automatic 10 day power reserve of the the 323, but I think I overall find the simplicity of the 346 more appealing. It'd be a tough call. (Mimo - your thoughts?)

I was thinking this out loud to the dismay of my wife, who kindly pointed out I was still wearing my less than week old DSSD...

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346

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

We like quartz movements on here? I'm slightly surprised!

There are high quality quartz movements out there.
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Plus if you're a real cynic you could say Rolex is all about the case anyway, as they don't finish their movements as finely as others, plus there's Tudor. peepwall[1].gif
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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

I was thinking this out loud to the dismay of my wife, who kindly pointed out I was still wearing my less than week old DSSD...

LOL, I believe Mrs. TC's exact words were "*esus H., another one?!!"
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Originally Posted by snowmanxl View Post

Congrats! That's a beauty nod[1].gif

I've always liked the oysterquartz 17000 along with AP's quartz offerings. Am I banned from this thread redface.gif

If they ban you for liking the OYSTERQUARTZ then, they have to ban me, and for sure NS also!

 

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

Really, it's such a great looking thing, and a classic in its own right surely.  Even Dino's a fan, I believe.

I'mm a bit more than a fan...I have one.  I purchased it new about 10 years ago. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by stafa View Post
 

Congrats on the watch! Nice piece.

 

I've always wanted the Rolex 1530 which is a similar case and bracelet design, but with an automatic movement in it. Very few were made I believe.

The 1530 uses the same case and bracelet, the dial and movement are different.  The dial's out area where the minute markers are located is angled.  As for its movement it used a standard DJ automatic movement. They made them for a few years but they weren't very popular.  They are quite collectible today.

 

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

We like quartz movements on here? I'm slightly surprised!

The right quartz movement...yea we like.  This isn't just some movement you will find in a quartz watch at Walmart.  This was a thoroughbred of quartz watches...11 jewels, temperature adjusted and aside from the battery and electronics, cal 5035 uses many of the same mechanical parts of automatic Rolex cal 3035.  Beyond that is was also more antimagnetic than the now collectible vintage Milgauss watches.  

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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

So, I picked up my new watch today icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif


Of course, it's a Rolex Oysterquartz, mod 17000, 6.4 mil serial number, making it a 1980 vintage. Silver dial, and in a mint condition.

All the bells and whistles: Inner and outer box, leaflets, punched papers.

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And even the original blue dial. A spectacular blue color, but the last owner had it changed for a silver one.

The seller had a new battery installed, and we met at a local watchmaker who also shortened the bracelet. Just perfect!

I'm sorry for the mobile pictures and lack of more info, but I'll be back with proper shots and more thoughts on the watch. So far I can say that it is indeed both descreet and loud, a very audible TICK smile.gif Thanks!

Wow, congrats...now I'm not the only ref 17000 OQ owner here! :fistbump: I bought mine new about 10 years ago when production was ending.  Definitely, an under appreciated watch.  However, people that really like watches appreciate the quality that went into these watches.  It was the first steel Rolex to get a solid link bracelet, the first one to get a sapphire synthetic crystal, and its a tough as any other Rolex made and more antimagnetic than the vintage Milgauss models. I believe there are old Rolex ads showing it was worn to climb Mt. Kilimanjero and for skiing.  Funny, thing the last time I was at the AP Boutique in NYC, their watch maker came out and asked if he could look at my OQ.  He really liked it.  I never really wanted a basic DJ, but I love the bracelet and case of the ref 17000.  Its kind of a cool retro 70s design that is subtle and still looks great today.  I love that it comes with all the boxes and papers, plus a choice of dials (the blue and silver are my favorites on this watch).  Congrats again and enjoy it!  

 

One nice thing (at least in the US) is that the Rolex Service Centers will change the battery for you for free.  Who says you can't get something for free in this world? ;)

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