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Old 9 March 2018, 12:16 AM   #1
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Vietnam War Rolex GMT-Master 1675

Sold/High Bid EUR 10.000,-- plus comission

Details: https://www.fratellowatches.com/auct...t-master-1675/
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Old 9 March 2018, 01:03 AM   #2
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That is one of the most interesting watches I’ve seen. The provenance is very cool!
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Old 9 March 2018, 01:12 AM   #3
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And extremly cheap...
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Old 9 March 2018, 01:14 AM   #4
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Dude engraved his own watch with a nail (?).

Cool soldier.
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Old 9 March 2018, 01:25 AM   #5
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Looks like he’s wearing an SAS beret in that photo too so I’d expect he and his watch saw a little action
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Old 9 March 2018, 01:30 AM   #6
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One of the local guys I booze with here an Australian guy, his father was an Australian Vietnam Veteran. Saw a bit of combat and gets a special pension for his Vietnam service so my buddy says. Rightly so if he does.

Met him and he was still at his age looking like he could go hump the bush.

Great story to the OP. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 9 March 2018, 02:03 AM   #7
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Love stories and history like this. Very cool auction piece.
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Old 9 March 2018, 02:09 AM   #8
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wow, whoever bought this stole it. cant believe it went as cheap as it did. wish i had known about this!
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Old 9 March 2018, 02:11 AM   #9
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Totaly wrong auction. If it would be at Sothebys NY or Phillips in Geneve, 3-times more, I am sure...

And the biggest mistake, no limit, so it went for any price.
10.000 is very well bought.
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Old 9 March 2018, 03:29 AM   #10
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12K for that ruined Watch? I don’t care who the Guy was,Doing that to a Watch is ridiculous.I also collect Firearms and Owners liked to electropencil their SS Number under the grips.....It reduces the value about 1/3.
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Old 9 March 2018, 03:42 AM   #11
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We don' need no stinkin' scratches!

10 mins with the ol' Cape Cod will bring that up lovely!


What nice provenance and 'interesting' patina.
Tough lads those SAS Aussies.
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Old 9 March 2018, 03:48 AM   #12
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12K for that ruined Watch? I don’t care who the Guy was,Doing that to a Watch is ridiculous.I also collect Firearms and Owners liked to electropencil their SS Number under the grips.....It reduces the value about 1/3.
Well, I kind of agree with this, but you might find some collectors who love this sort of provenance.

What's really funny is that the auction house included this line in its listing: "The case has only been cleaned and of course not been polished or ALTERED in any way."

Um, I beg to differ!
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Old 9 March 2018, 03:55 AM   #13
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Someone overpaid. This isn’t a rare milspec issue watch. Some dude bought it whilst out on liberty, then gouged the snot out of it fearing his mates might steal it. The case is trashed.
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Old 9 March 2018, 03:59 AM   #14
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I had one of these passed down to me recently, and it has become my daily wearer. ‘68 GMT MK1, full box & papers. I love it.



And today, with saw dust from doing some framing at the house.



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Old 9 March 2018, 04:26 AM   #15
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It's had a rough life, but it's got tons of character. I respect that others may disagree, but I'd personally prefer it over a new 116610 ceramic.
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Old 9 March 2018, 04:50 AM   #16
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Again, same watch at a Sothebys or Christies Auktion in NY, 3 times more...
Very well bought!
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Old 9 March 2018, 06:02 AM   #17
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Someone overpaid. This isn’t a rare milspec issue watch. Some dude bought it whilst out on liberty, then gouged the snot out of it fearing his mates might steal it. The case is trashed.
I agree.
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Old 9 March 2018, 07:01 AM   #18
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Very cool...thanks for sharing
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Old 9 March 2018, 07:05 AM   #19
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Great story!
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Old 9 March 2018, 07:07 AM   #20
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You are welcome guys ;-)
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Old 9 March 2018, 12:28 PM   #21
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Cool story, but you would have to pay me to take that.
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Old 9 March 2018, 01:48 PM   #22
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12K for that ruined Watch? I don’t care who the Guy was,Doing that to a Watch is ridiculous.I also collect Firearms and Owners liked to electropencil their SS Number under the grips.....It reduces the value about 1/3.
I couldn’t agree more. I wouldn’t pay ten bucks for that watch.
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Old 9 March 2018, 02:07 PM   #23
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He found useful purpose for all that blank metal space. Although he’s no Bram Ramon, I’m thinking the detractors will never understand the “why”.


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Old 9 March 2018, 02:09 PM   #24
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Thanks for sharing, cool story but def not my kind of GMT!
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Old 9 March 2018, 02:50 PM   #25
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Great watch and story. I wish I could have purchased a Rolex when it came time for my big watch purchase during the Vietnam war but I ended up with a Seiko DX automatic which I still own today. The Rolex brand was a little too pricey for me as a private in 1972. Since then, I've more than made up for that missed opportunity!!!
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Old 9 March 2018, 04:33 PM   #26
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Really cool!! Thanks for sharing
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Old 9 March 2018, 05:14 PM   #27
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Old 9 March 2018, 05:40 PM   #28
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Not sure I dig the "engraving" either...but I'd prefer this over some of the custom aftermarket gaudy case work I've seen lately on some bracelets/cases....doesn't say much heh.
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Old 9 March 2018, 05:47 PM   #29
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It's had a rough life, but it's got tons of character. I respect that others may disagree, but I'd personally prefer it over a new 116610 ceramic.
Same here
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Old 9 March 2018, 06:27 PM   #30
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It's had a rough life, but it's got tons of character. I respect that others may disagree, but I'd personally prefer it over a new 116610 ceramic.
Exactly. Anyone with $8450+tax can have a pristine 116710LN, but that watch has got a little history behind it.
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