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Old 25 January 2011, 12:44 PM   #121
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Hi. All,
I just want to say thank you for all your cynical and somewhat helpful advice.
Everyone can rest easy, as I put the watch in my safe deposit box today.
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Old 25 January 2011, 01:05 PM   #122
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Hi. All,
I just want to say thank you for all your cynical and somewhat helpful advice.
Everyone can rest easy, as I put the watch in my safe deposit box today.
Jeanne

Advise from SteelerFan1965, Yazo and Steve M. is priceless.

I wouldnt do anything else.


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Old 25 January 2011, 01:22 PM   #123
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Hi. All,
I just want to say thank you for all your cynical and somewhat helpful advice.
Everyone can rest easy, as I put the watch in my safe deposit box today.
Jeanne
Why not go to someone reputable in NYC to verify/validate it for you?
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Old 25 January 2011, 01:37 PM   #124
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I just want to say thank you for all your cynical and somewhat helpful advice.
Whoa, while folks were a bit skeptical at first (and justifiably so), I think you got some good advice here. I agree that you need to now take the watch to an expert and have them inspect it in person. There's only so much one can do with blurry photos on a computer screen.
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Old 25 January 2011, 01:58 PM   #125
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Wow, talk about a hall of fame thread. Hope this is real
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Old 25 January 2011, 02:02 PM   #126
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I'm keeping everything I have 2 of crossed that it turns out to be the real deal.

Not only for the financial gain of the OP but to see a piece of Rolex history like that being rescued from oblivion.
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Old 25 January 2011, 09:52 PM   #127
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Incredible! Just posting to wish you luck with your find and subscribe!
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Old 27 January 2011, 01:15 PM   #128
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Thread of the decade if not century...but it seems the watch still has not been officially authenticated and now will be kept in a safe somewhere without knowing provenance, kinda strange.
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Old 27 January 2011, 01:54 PM   #129
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The NYPD are hardly experts on vintage sport Rolex. There are replicas that can (and have) fooled seasoned experts, let alone a cop manning the property desk.

That said, it seems awfully odd that someone would have snatched ANY Rolex for $350 at any sort of public auction. If the auction room had more than 10 people in it, SOMEONE would have upped the bid. Rolex has been synonymous with expensive for decades. It's a household name. The idea of a room full of people completely uninterested in an expensive brand name watch is a bit hard to swallow.

I also find it strange that the OP seems to know so little about Rolex ("How do I take the back off?"), but in another post states "The caseback looks original." How does one know that a case back looks original if they don't even know how it opens? This seems highly incongruous. Furthermore, the comment "Why can't I find any any watches on the internet that has the same red writing? Mine doesn't have the 2000 written on it." also raises a flag. If someone has seemingly little to no knowledge of vintage sport Rolex, how do they arrive at such an astute observation regarding a highly specific detail such as a missing 2000? If I showed my mother a vintage sub on a Monday, then showed her a double red SD a week later, she would likely assume it was the same watch I'd shown her the week prior. She *might* comment on the lack of cyclops, since most layman identify Rolex with the cyclops.

Another thing that bothers me about the whole thing is the crystal. The OP claims the original crystal was scratched and had it replaced. The jeweler just happened to have a crystal that fit in stock, but not the correct one...?

A Rolex that sells for $350 at a public auction. Ok, MAYBE.
A non collector who hones in on a super specific dial anomaly? Ok, MAYBE.
A jeweler who just happens to have an incorrect crystal that manages to fit a very specific vintage Rolex. Ok, MAYBE.

All 3 in one story? Hmm...
I'm with you on this one.

That OP had lots of fun having everyone droll over her $350 find.
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Old 27 January 2011, 01:55 PM   #130
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Look at all of 'em coming out of the woodwork to "help" our friend here. They have even provided phone numbers. All with one post under their belt and an itchy palm. Be carful, very careful of those who lurk and post. This site is cross ref'd all over the place.
You're damn right Steve!!!
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Old 27 January 2011, 02:11 PM   #131
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I have to tell you that I was freaked out by all the pay this watch received.
All of you have been extremely kind. I thank you, especially Ken I don't know if it is real, but in my heart want to believe it, if only to show you that there are really honest people out there. I will be having the watch authenticated and let everyone know the results. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.
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Old 27 January 2011, 02:14 PM   #132
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Play not pay. This sounds like a fraudian slip!!
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Old 27 January 2011, 05:12 PM   #133
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GGGRRRRR!!! I couldn't stop reading this thread! And here I am at the end, with no conclusion. It's like when a season of Mad Men is over and I have to wait 6 months to find out what's next... The suspense is killing me!!!
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Old 28 January 2011, 05:01 AM   #134
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Update please??? I wouldn't be able to sleep at night until the watch was fully authenticated and in the hands of Bob Ridley for a restoration. Congrats on your find. I believe the watch to be authentic. Please take it to an expert and prove me right!!!
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Old 28 January 2011, 06:06 AM   #135
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My post was regarding personal security measures the OP needs to take. Not going to say what I said in the PM but it is nothing out of the ordinary, simply made the OP aware of technical issues that could essentially give a home address down to 3m plus or minus.

That being said what Nicko just posted has a LOT of merit. If this watch is in fact genuine people have been killed for a lot less money. I'm just an old cop and DoD intel analyst trying to educate the OP- not on the watch but on what could be a serious threat to safety.


I know SFA and he's not a creep trying to pull a fast one. The safety of the OP is on his mind and nothing else. Well maybe with the exception of hot women, but that's off the subject.

I really wish this turns out happy for the OP!!! Can't wait to see what happens next!
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Old 28 January 2011, 08:20 AM   #136
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I'm getting some popcorn. If everything checks out then that PD will slap themselves.
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Old 28 January 2011, 11:39 AM   #137
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I have to tell you that I was freaked out by all the pay this watch received.
All of you have been extremely kind. I thank you, especially Ken I don't know if it is real, but in my heart want to believe it, if only to show you that there are really honest people out there. I will be having the watch authenticated and let everyone know the results. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.
Jeanne
Jeanne--My pleasure! I am pulling for you!! Please let us know--Keeping them crossed for you and it looks like the real deal to me!!
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Old 28 January 2011, 01:30 PM   #138
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This is the other side of the watch requested.

Why can't I find any any watches on the internet that has the same red writing? Mine doesn't have the 2000 written on it.
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This whole thread just doesn't add up....
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Old 29 January 2011, 06:12 AM   #139
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I don't understand your confusion?
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Old 29 January 2011, 06:18 AM   #140
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I really do hope you have got your hands on what most on here think it might be....even if i wished it were me instead lol.
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Old 29 January 2011, 11:17 AM   #141
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I will be meeting ashear in the next month. You will be the first to know. Again keep your fingers crossed!!
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Old 29 January 2011, 12:15 PM   #142
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Old 29 January 2011, 03:19 PM   #143
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Hi Jeanne,

Congrats on your fantastic find !!!

Im in Manhattan and available today to help in anyway needed.

Please call me at: 646 773 3470

Thank you !

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Hi Andrew.

Nice to see you here ....

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Old 29 January 2011, 04:00 PM   #144
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Hard to believe something like this got through an auction for only $350, especially when half the population's carrying around web-browsing phones to research great finds, but I guess the fact that a few still slip by keeps some of us going to the auctions, thrift stores, pawn shops, checking craigslist, etc. I hope it's the real deal!
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Old 29 January 2011, 04:15 PM   #145
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I will be meeting ashear in the next month. You will be the first to know. Again keep your fingers crossed!!
Great idea, Andrew is not only extremely knowledgable he is also a nice guy to deal with.

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Old 16 February 2011, 03:08 PM   #146
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Old 16 February 2011, 04:59 PM   #147
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Old 16 February 2011, 06:18 PM   #148
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How does a 1 in 30 watch end up with a cyclops sapphire crystal? How did it even fit?

I hope this is the real deal, but with such a watch, who would have done this to such a rare find? Bezel insert also seems a bit off (pearl area, font size/shape), but could be replacement.
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Old 16 February 2011, 10:11 PM   #149
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Not to hijack the thread, but if in the event that the watch is a collection of different rolex watch elements, I would def. like to buy that dial if you're ever interested. Man, if this is real...wow. I've only been on the board a little while, but after reading through the last 5 pages.
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Old 22 February 2011, 01:32 AM   #150
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Fascinating read . No update on this ?
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