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Old 13 November 2014, 08:17 AM   #31
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Thanks...this is great information.

I was just looking at an 1807 with 40 diamonds in the bezel - with suspicious eyes - and your info would confirm my suspicions.
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Old 30 December 2014, 04:50 AM   #32
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Here a better view.
This is a factory diamond dial?

Those diamonds look so big..

What do you think David?

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Old 6 January 2015, 06:21 AM   #33
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This is a factory diamond dial?



Those diamonds look so big..



What do you think David?



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Original older style bezel
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Old 20 January 2015, 02:52 PM   #34
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Thanks for taking the time to detail this - it was very helpful to understand my watch better. Reading this and referencing this (http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=387926) I wonder what combination of bezel and dial my 18238 originally came as; I can only assume a fluted bezel with sapphire dial (13/18038 - S63)
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Old 24 January 2015, 09:47 AM   #35
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Nice presidents David......

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your watches & information....
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Old 2 July 2015, 02:43 AM   #36
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great information, what about this1803 bezel. i was told by the previous owner that he bought it on an AD in Singapore.
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Old 2 July 2015, 04:56 AM   #37
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Old 20 September 2016, 07:16 PM   #38
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Awesome writeup! Thanks David!
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Old 20 September 2016, 07:30 PM   #39
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There are some rarer bezels from the mid 80ís with 40 diamonds on menís crown collection and 36 on ladies watches, they were called cartouche bezels, see photos they are very distinct and engraved with Rolex on the front. You can apply the above tests.


I saw a dial just like this with the same type of bezel some time ago. In fact, it was worn by a doctor treating me at the time (young resident) and was given to him by his father who bought the watch new. What is the style of dial called? I've always wanted to know. Perhaps you mentioned the dial and I missed it.
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Old 20 September 2016, 08:12 PM   #40
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This is a factory diamond dial?

Those diamonds look so big..

What do you think David?

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Original older style bezel
Wow David, great write up that I somehow missed.

The diamond settings placement on this dial makes me think it's aftermarket?
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Old 20 September 2016, 09:25 PM   #41
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Rolex diamond bezel authentication and history

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Wow David, great write up that I somehow missed.



The diamond settings placement on this dial makes me think it's aftermarket?


Yeah I hear you and you are generally right but for whatever reason around 1.5 mill serial pan pie 1804 for a short time Rolex changed the setting for about 2 years only on platinum versions called big diamond dial for some reason by collectors see Jacek's pic and vrf link here's a close up cheers pic from the recent rare day date auction cheers Leo hope this helps




http://www.network54.com/Forum/20759...s+ago+%26gt%3B


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Old 20 September 2016, 09:33 PM   #42
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Yeah I hear you and you are generally right but for whatever reason around 1.5 mill serial pan pie 1804 for a short time Rolex changed the setting for about 2 years only on platinum versions called big diamond dial for some reason by collectors see Jacek's pic and vrf link here's a close up cheers pic from the recent rare day date auction cheers Leo hope this helps

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I hear you my friend but I meant the DD in post 22 and 23.

Look at the settings on each side of the day.
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Old 21 September 2016, 06:13 AM   #43
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I hear you my friend but I meant the DD in post 22 and 23.



Look at the settings on each side of the day.


You mean the setting is low ?


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Old 2 February 2017, 05:32 AM   #44
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Sorry to open an old thread. I need a little help. Bought a new 18248 "bark" back in the early 90s. After about 10 years of ownership, a Rolex ad in old bonds street sold me a diamond bezel. Any way it went back to Rolex for a major service in 2008 and came back ok. But I'm now swapping it for a new day date 40 soon . Is there any chance the bezel could be aftermarket. many thanks.
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Old 2 February 2017, 06:30 AM   #45
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Old 2 February 2017, 09:36 AM   #46
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Thanks for that,just wanted to be sure
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Old 7 April 2018, 01:48 AM   #47
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Question about diamond size in the dealer add-on bezels

First off, hats off to Crown Collection for his consistently great contributions, furthering our collective knowledge on some arcane topics.

In this thread, he discusses the diamond bezels that Rolex dealers stocked to up-sell customers. Specifically,

"18000 series menís day- date Ė
44 brilliants set in yellow gold (part code MBZ4488)
44 brilliants set in platinum (part code MBZ4466).
46 brilliants set in white gold (part code MBZ4690)"

My question is, did these bezels have larger stones than the standard factory bezels (that would have come on a 18348 for example)? Or, in the case of the white metal bezels on YG watches, is it just an optical illusion that the diamonds are larger?

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Old 20 April 2018, 08:11 PM   #48
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This red color on the watch makes is WoW... good transfusion of colors
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