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Old 19 September 2020, 08:57 PM   #661
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can someone tell me about the while date wheels? I thought they only came with a silver date wheel
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Old 19 September 2020, 09:09 PM   #662
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can someone tell me about the while date wheels? I thought they only came with a silver date wheel


Pretty sure youíre correct (at least for the early ones), but most have been changed at some point during service. My understanding is that the teeth on them get worn down after a while.
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Old 19 September 2020, 09:20 PM   #663
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Pretty sure youíre correct (at least for the early ones), but most have been changed at some point during service. My understanding is that the teeth on them get worn down after a while.
Thanks! I just was dying to know. Doing so much reading up now on these vintage rolexs!
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Old 19 September 2020, 09:22 PM   #664
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The Mark6 red sub was the last of the red 1680ís before the 1680 changed over to the white writing and you see the white date wheels. Mark5 Reds and earlier should be silver date-wheels, Mark6 can be a bit of a transition.
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Old 20 September 2020, 04:45 AM   #665
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Old 20 September 2020, 09:55 AM   #666
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A Meters First with the white date dial. What do you know about this Red's service history? Date wheel, insert, dial, hands?
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Old 21 September 2020, 04:03 AM   #667
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Original owner. I even have all the service records. Its a working watch, just retired it from every day service. Youíre not going to like this, but every decade or so it goes to a RSC, twice to dallas, 3 times to new york ( including this year). The dial is original, not the hands (I had to tell time in dark conditions), the bezel (probably the 3rd one), nor the crystal, 4 th one. Other things I remember is the crown. As to the date wheel, I donít remember it off hand, but if its unusual for this year, most likely RSC swapped it out at some point. I can look if its important to you.
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Old 21 September 2020, 09:27 AM   #668
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Original owner. I even have all the service records. Its a working watch, just retired it from every day service. Youíre not going to like this, but every decade or so it goes to a RSC, twice to dallas, 3 times to new york ( including this year). The dial is original, not the hands (I had to tell time in dark conditions), the bezel (probably the 3rd one), nor the crystal, 4 th one. Other things I remember is the crown. As to the date wheel, I donít remember it off hand, but if its unusual for this year, most likely RSC swapped it out at some point. I can look if its important to you.
Just sounds like a well maintained watch to me. Very nice indeed mate!
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Old 21 September 2020, 09:42 AM   #669
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Original owner. I even have all the service records. Its a working watch, just retired it from every day service. Youíre not going to like this, but every decade or so it goes to a RSC, twice to dallas, 3 times to new york ( including this year). The dial is original, not the hands (I had to tell time in dark conditions), the bezel (probably the 3rd one), nor the crystal, 4 th one. Other things I remember is the crown. As to the date wheel, I donít remember it off hand, but if its unusual for this year, most likely RSC swapped it out at some point. I can look if its important to you.

Wow! Original owner, love that! So tell us where and when you acquired the watch and what drew your interest in it? Still have the original box papers and receipt? (Itís just not common to hear from an original owner)
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Old 22 September 2020, 02:28 AM   #670
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Old men love to talk about their past.
When my parents gave up trying to convince me I couldn’t make a living pretending to be Mike Bridges in Sea Hunt, they gave me this watch. I have the box and papers and all service records but no receipt. My Dad told me later that he had only two choices, a Seiko and this one. He was in the 1st Marines in WWII, so the Swiss watch won. There apparently wasn’t much price difference. This was in Tallahassee in 1972. The serial number makes it 1969, so I assume it sat in the shop. I don’t think they bought it used.
The original bracelet was destroyed about 1979, as in pieces of it are still on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Being stupid I bought another one from Rolex and it made it about 5 years. I put it in the box and started using straps, when I discovered NATOs life got better.
Through the 70s almost everyone I dove with wore these. There were a few Seikos but I only remember one Omega. This has sat on my wrist 24 hours a day for what? Almost 50 years now, and it has been seriously abused in its life. It has never ever failed. A magnificent tool, near perfect in both form and function.
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Old 23 September 2020, 02:55 AM   #671
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Old men love to talk about their past.
When my parents gave up trying to convince me I couldnít make a living pretending to be Mike Bridges in Sea Hunt, they gave me this watch. I have the box and papers and all service records but no receipt. My Dad told me later that he had only two choices, a Seiko and this one. He was in the 1st Marines in WWII, so the Swiss watch won. There apparently wasnít much price difference. This was in Tallahassee in 1972. The serial number makes it 1969, so I assume it sat in the shop. I donít think they bought it used.
The original bracelet was destroyed about 1979, as in pieces of it are still on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Being stupid I bought another one from Rolex and it made it about 5 years. I put it in the box and started using straps, when I discovered NATOs life got better.
Through the 70s almost everyone I dove with wore these. There were a few Seikos but I only remember one Omega. This has sat on my wrist 24 hours a day for what? Almost 50 years now, and it has been seriously abused in its life. It has never ever failed. A magnificent tool, near perfect in both form and function.
Thanks for asking about it.
Just a fantastic story and watch. Thank you for sharing this, i am fascinated by original owners and their vintage watches. Since we are both in MD, I hope one day i get to meet you in person and see this watch. Thank you again for sharing!
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Old 23 September 2020, 04:52 AM   #672
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Old men love to talk about their past.
When my parents gave up trying to convince me I couldnít make a living pretending to be Mike Bridges in Sea Hunt, they gave me this watch. I have the box and papers and all service records but no receipt. My Dad told me later that he had only two choices, a Seiko and this one. He was in the 1st Marines in WWII, so the Swiss watch won. There apparently wasnít much price difference. This was in Tallahassee in 1972. The serial number makes it 1969, so I assume it sat in the shop. I donít think they bought it used.
The original bracelet was destroyed about 1979, as in pieces of it are still on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Being stupid I bought another one from Rolex and it made it about 5 years. I put it in the box and started using straps, when I discovered NATOs life got better.
Through the 70s almost everyone I dove with wore these. There were a few Seikos but I only remember one Omega. This has sat on my wrist 24 hours a day for what? Almost 50 years now, and it has been seriously abused in its life. It has never ever failed. A magnificent tool, near perfect in both form and function.
Thanks for asking about it.
Great story. Thanks for sharing.
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New to me and in need of a little love.

2.15 serial, MK1 dial, case back Q1 Ď69, on a C&I rivet





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Old Today, 10:55 AM   #674
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New to me and in need of a little love.

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Wow, dont change a thing!
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Wow, dont change a thing!

Thanks! For the moment, just having my watch maker do a full service. Also going to see if he can save the plexi.


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