Tips in Buying a Vintage Rolex
Speaking about shopping for a vintage Rolex can be an intimidating task and most of the time frightening because it entails a lump sum amount of money. And this is especially true these days since replicates are cloned so marvelously that to the inexperienced eye, they can be arbitrated us authentic pieces. Not only that, but there are a lot of discriminating brokers who when you start to dismiss them because to you their transaction is legit, and leaving you to discover much later that your watch may not be as original as you were led to believe and thus hurting its collectability, and thus its value.
And so to protect us from these scammers, it is best to have some basic knowledge so that you will not be on the losing end the next time you wish to acquire a Rolex for yourself.
If you want to buy a vintage watch, remember that it is pre-owned and so you can expect some wear. So before looking at the watch that you will buy, you should know the features of an authentic Rolex watch like twin-lock winding crown, the bracelet, the safety locking device and other important features.
The next thing to check is the condition of the dial. The dial is almost everything when it comes to vintage Rolex. 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. If you are a novice in buying vintage Rolex, you might be surprised to know that most of the value of a Rolex watch comes from the dial. And so every vintage Rolex buyer should devoted extra attention to this single part.
Radium and tritium are the materials used in most vintage Rolex which are the luminous parts of their hands and hour markers, and since today these materials are no longer in use by Rolex, then a watch bearing these materials on its set of hands and hour markers is very likely an authentic vintage Rolex. The tritium can often be easily identified because it will no longer glow, and it will have a brownish patina forming on its surface, but verifying the radium is most complex because you need to use a Geiger counter, it is a device for measuring radioactivity by detecting and counting ionizing particles. But still it would be worth it to go into that trouble if you are not sure.
There are other things that you need to check with the watch you are buying like references and serial numbers, the bracelet which should be correct for the watch, if the watch has been over polished or not, and if the watch comes with paperwork or service records.
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