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Old 7 October 2014, 03:05 PM   #1
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My First Rolex... acquired in the DEAL OF THE CENTURY!

Ok so this is the cliff notes version of how I acquired a watch I've coveted for 20 years and story I just have to share...I never dreamed of falling into a deal like this.

So I get a call from a good friend Friday night about 8 o'clock. After we exchange pleasantries he says to me "hey, how much do you know about Rolex's? I reply "well ironically, more than you're average person on the street". As it turns out he knows an old man ( as described to me) that has been selling off all kinds of stuff he doesn't need. Guns mostly but he has a "watch". I say go on... As he tries to describe the watch I can't believe what I'm hearing. I interrupt "if the next words out of your mouth are Submariner..." he says THAT'S IT! Ive been trying to remember and I kept thinking Sub-Auqa. I say on my way...

So at 9 o'clock in the evening I head out cash in hand. No clue of the asking price, whether or not its real, beat to hell, or a Genuine Folex purchased from a shady guy in a trench coat.

We finally hook up with the "old man" of no more that 60 yrs. old <-- (sounding younger and younger all the time, but I digress). He opens a rusty old truck, and takes out a canvas bag, He opens the canvas bag and takes out an outer box, he opens the outer box and takes out a watch box, he opens the watch box and takes out a watch...

then he proceeds to hand me me the box, warranty card, booklets, extra links, and the original receipt all for my inspection. It all matches up and his name (who my friend has know him by for a couple years I think) is on all the paperwork, Holy crap! it's a 16800 from about 1986 or so. I use my best poker face to not FREAK THE F**K OUT! I ask him calmly "so how much are you looking to get for it"?


















$900.00 dollars later I'm a happy happy man.

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Old 7 October 2014, 03:10 PM   #2
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Old 7 October 2014, 04:16 PM   #3
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wow, congrats.


too good to be true?
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Old 7 October 2014, 04:34 PM   #4
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Now you should send it out for a full service. If it comes back all well and good then you got yourself one great deal.
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Old 7 October 2014, 04:58 PM   #5
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Great deal ,congrats!
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Old 7 October 2014, 05:03 PM   #6
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welcome to the forum ,, great start by the sounds of things.
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Old 7 October 2014, 05:11 PM   #7
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Yes a good deal for you but a sad deal for the old guy who did not know the value of his watch.
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Old 7 October 2014, 05:13 PM   #8
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What model was the "rusty old truck"?
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Old 7 October 2014, 05:32 PM   #9
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No offence, but I'd tone it down if I'd just straight-faced an old guy out of a few grand.
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Old 7 October 2014, 07:40 PM   #10
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Yes a good deal for you but a sad deal for the old guy who did not know the value of his watch.
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No offence, but I'd tone it down if I'd just straight-faced an old guy out of a few grand.


You could have at least offered him $2,500 for it. That would have given you some room for service and it would have still been well below market price. I personally don't like taking advantage of people.
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Old 7 October 2014, 08:48 PM   #11
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You could have at least offered him $2,500 for it. That would have given you some room for service and it would have still been well below market price. I personally don't like taking advantage of people.
100% agree, Jason
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Old 7 October 2014, 09:03 PM   #12
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You could have at least offered him $2,500 for it. That would have given you some room for service and it would have still been well below market price. I personally don't like taking advantage of people.
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Old 7 October 2014, 10:39 PM   #13
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You could have at least offered him $2,500 for it. That would have given you some room for service and it would have still been well below market price. I personally don't like taking advantage of people.
Says the guy who paid $1000 for a sea dweller, from a jeweler who paid $300. Don't see you concerned about the thousands the original owner of your watch was screwed out of.


You got a great deal, just because there's a market value for something, doesn't mean everyone's going to know it. This just goes to show how true the old saying "knowledge is valuable" is. A Rolex dealer won't even tell you if a Rolex is real or fake for free, so why should you give a free authentication & appraisal when you're buying one.

Plenty of people have gone to a jeweler who were sold an engagement ring for $12k saying it was appraised for $15k only to find out you can only get $3k for it after you walk out the door. And rarely do any of them say anything, because they were content with the purchase they made at the time. Just as the seller was content with the purchase price in this scenario.

The seller clearly didn't do any research and he got screwed, that's life. Who sells a car without looking at bluebook? No one, so why would someone sell an asset such as a Rolex without looking it up. He could've easily gotten quoted from a pawn shop, could've spent a few bucks on an appraisal, even googled 1980's submariner and he would've seen the approximate value. I wouldn't feel bad about getting a good deal. If you would've clued him in to anywhere near the value I guarantee he would've demanded top dollar. There's been a few watches I was going to buy, I felt the seller was asking too little, made them a better offer and was refused the watch because they were going to try and get more. Time to buy is when you see it, cash in hand, being a nice guy doesn't always pay off, especially in this industry.
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Old 8 October 2014, 10:37 AM   #14
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No offence, but I'd tone it down if I'd just straight-faced an old guy out of a few grand.
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Old 8 October 2014, 01:26 PM   #15
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Old 14 October 2014, 11:44 AM   #16
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No offence, but I'd tone it down if I'd just straight-faced an old guy out of a few grand.
Sounds like a great deal to me. I would have done the same thing.
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Old 7 October 2014, 07:49 PM   #17
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Yes a good deal for you but a sad deal for the old guy who did not know the value of his watch.
Yeah, I have to agree.

You wouldn't have wanted that to happen to you. I'm sure you could have worked out an amazing deal regardless but $900 feels like you might have taken advantage of the situation to a high degree
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Old 11 October 2014, 12:41 AM   #18
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I would have to second Padi on this one. Should have paid a "more" fair price.

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Old 7 October 2014, 06:12 PM   #19
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I am not sure I could take advantage of someone like that, but that's just me. To each their own....
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Old 7 October 2014, 06:49 PM   #20
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Old 7 October 2014, 06:54 PM   #21
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Unusual first post.

It's easy for a seller to value any item in this day and age.

You got a good deal I think.
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Old 7 October 2014, 07:04 PM   #22
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Great stuff well done congrats
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Awesome! Congrats. $900, what a bargain!
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Old 7 October 2014, 08:59 PM   #24
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I have a GMTC for sale ........ But I'm looking to get more than $900
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Old 7 October 2014, 09:11 PM   #25
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Since we are talking deal of the century, I will with some reluctance pay you a grand for it. You will have made a quick bill and will also find out what its like to be taken advantage of and then I can post a thread to a similar extent and get bashed too. Everyone wins!

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I think you did fantastic and would have done the same thing!.... The whole "moral" aspect of this thread is silly. Considering nobody cared or made judgements on the "garage sale find" guy who paid $40 for a Rolex.

When someone is selling something and tells me a price there is no way I am going to say "NO NO This item is worth much more let me educate you"
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I think you did fantastic and would have done the same thing!.... The whole "moral" aspect of this thread is silly. Considering nobody cared or made judgements on the "garage sale find" guy who paid $40 for a Rolex.

When someone is selling something and tells me a price there is no way I am going to say "NO NO This item is worth much more let me educate you"
There is a difference between taking a risk on a watch you aren't sure is even real and having to act right then and there, than to know and say nothing.
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Obviously the rusty truck owner was urgently in need for quick cash.
Paying 900 does not seem right to me, this watch would leave me with a bad taste in my mouth whenever I would use it. There is more in life than
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Old 7 October 2014, 09:44 PM   #29
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Paying 900 does not seem right to me, this watch would leave me with a bad taste in my mouth whenever I would use it. There is more in life than money.
Well said.
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