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Old 20 October 2019, 01:10 PM   #1
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Gmt 2000 vs 1990

Hi would a gmt master from early 1990s vs early 2000s make a huge difference in terms of longevity? Will a 90s rolex last someone 50 years or so or better off getting a newer one from the 2000s as a daily watch? Thanks
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Old 20 October 2019, 01:17 PM   #2
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I personally prefer the later GMTs with the solid end links and no lug holes! Also a ten year younger watch means less mileage and longer life left imho
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Old 20 October 2019, 01:23 PM   #3
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Gmt 2000 vs 1990

A “modern” Rolex regardless of vintage will outlast you if taken care of properly, sent for regular service at scheduled intervals.

There are older members on here who have worn their Rolex for 30+ years as their only watch and they still look great.
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Old 20 October 2019, 05:27 PM   #4
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I guess the newer the better it seems. Thanks guys!
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Old 21 October 2019, 06:24 AM   #5
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A “modern” Rolex regardless of vintage will outlast you if taken care of properly, sent for regular service at scheduled intervals.

There are older members on here who have worn their Rolex for 30+ years as their only watch and they still look great.
That's for sure!
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Old 21 October 2019, 06:56 AM   #6
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R serial 87ish but going strong
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Old 21 October 2019, 07:00 AM   #7
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R serial 87ish but going strong
New bezel insert? All this year no fades?
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Old 21 October 2019, 07:03 AM   #8
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Hi would a gmt master from early 1990s vs early 2000s make a huge difference in terms of longevity? Will a 90s rolex last someone 50 years or so or better off getting a newer one from the 2000s as a daily watch? Thanks
They have the same movement and so would function identically and last the same. Any differences are cosmetic or personal preferences.
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Old 21 October 2019, 07:53 AM   #9
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New bezel insert? All this year no fades?
Probably, just picked up the watch, locally..
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Old 21 October 2019, 07:57 AM   #10
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They have the same movement and so would function identically and last the same. Any differences are cosmetic or personal preferences.
So longevity based on movement rather than production year? Thanks
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Old 21 October 2019, 08:01 AM   #11
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I would opt for the older GMT assuming that it has a tritium dial. I just prefer the way the tritium ages. That said, if telling time in the dark is necessary, then opt for the luminova based dial. Good luck and have fun
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Old 21 October 2019, 08:14 AM   #12
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I would opt for the older GMT assuming that it has a tritium dial. I just prefer the way the tritium ages. That said, if telling time in the dark is necessary, then opt for the luminova based dial. Good luck and have fun
I actually want a tritium dial but also a watch that lasts as long as possible. Ideally close to 97' as its last production year, but haven't seen one with a price within my budget. I find something in the year 93 and sometimes early 2000s. Not sure which one to go for. Thanks for your input.
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Old 21 October 2019, 08:35 AM   #13
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One has tritium and one has luminova. That's really the only major difference.
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Old 21 October 2019, 08:49 AM   #15
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Production year dont play a major role? Thanks guys!
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Old 21 October 2019, 08:50 AM   #16
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Old 21 October 2019, 09:06 AM   #17
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Production year dont play a major role? Thanks guys!
If you're talking specifically about 5 digit GMTs then there's changes through production, but not major ones.

Early ones had tritium lume and 78360 bracelets. The 93150 Sub bracelet and Jubilee were options. Later they came on the 78790 flip lock bracelet and then the 78790a with SEL.

Lug holes also went away around 2003 and the lume switched to Luminova around 1998.

The movement switched from 3185 to 3186 at the very end of production.
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Old 21 October 2019, 09:11 AM   #18
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If you're talking specifically about 5 digit GMTs then there's changes through production, but not major ones.

Early ones had tritium lume and 78360 bracelets. The 93150 Sub bracelet and Jubilee were options. Later they came on the 78790 flip lock bracelet and then the 78790a with SEL.

Lug holes also went away around 2003 and the lume switched to Luminova around 1998.

The movement switched from 3185 to 3186 at the very end of production.
Oh ok I see. Very informative. Thank you!
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Old 21 October 2019, 01:55 PM   #19
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nice patina developing .. can't beat that .. will not happen with the newer models
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Old 21 October 2019, 02:33 PM   #20
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Until you get it serviced and they decide to ugrade the dial.
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Old 22 October 2019, 08:58 AM   #21
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If you're talking specifically about 5 digit GMTs then there's changes through production, but not major ones.

Early ones had tritium lume and 78360 bracelets. The 93150 Sub bracelet and Jubilee were options. Later they came on the 78790 flip lock bracelet and then the 78790a with SEL.

Lug holes also went away around 2003 and the lume switched to Luminova around 1998.

The movement switched from 3185 to 3186 at the very end of production.
Well done Sean thanks for the knowledge
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