Pawning your vintage watch in London can be a relatively simple ordeal if you know where to go, and we’re not talking about your average high-street pawnbrokers. These sorts of establishments should be avoided if you intend to really get your goods back.
Unfortunately, when you bypass the local Cash Converters next door to a chicken shop for a more reputable pawnbroking business, you’re trading in your precious time and patience for only a fractional decrease in funding costs.
A solution then, is what’s needed.
Fortunately, here at Watches of Westminster we offer a watch buying service that combines the best of both worlds. As we are a small and honest online business ( we are also a trusted seller on Chrono 24 the worlds largest watch selling website) you need not worry about the indignity of daylight robbery, nor the frustrating rigmarole of waiting three weeks only to be told that your watch is of no interest, all at your expense. Instead, we are perfectly happy to come to your home or at work ( for the right watch ) provided your watch fits in with our buying guidelines ( we specialise in vintage watches between five hundred and ten thousand pounds especially if they need some refurbishment ) , and will inspect and evaluate what’s on offer then and give you a valuation free of charge !
We can buy your watch on the spot or if you prefer give you the value in cash or bank transfer and then give you 4 weeks ( 28 days ) to repay the purchase price and get your watch back as part of our buy back program.
This is in effect a interest free loan but we are not pawnbrokers so don’t have to make our money from charging massive interest rates.
So why not contact us on 07768316371 or email@example.com to start the fast and simple process to receive some money for that watch in your drawer or the unwanted gift gathering dust !
Here are some of the vintage watches we have recently bought but we will consider any interesting brand/watch.
Whilst Watches Of Westminster are keen to buy any vintage watches , we are also trying to build up a stock of vintage ( pre 80’s ) Speedmasters and spare parts and are looking to make bulk purchases of old stock as well as buy individual watches in any condition with or without boxes.
We are happy to travel worldwide to view genuine stock or can make smaller purchases via courier /post.
If you’ve stumbled upon this blog then I’d like to personally congratulate you on being a click away from our huge selection of vintage and modern watches we have on sale. Here at Watches of Westminster we value quality and variety, in equal measure.
Take a look at our for sale page to see our 90-or-so timepieces neatly fitting in next to each other in pleasing clarity, all photographed with great care so as to present a clear picture of what our happy customers will one day be sporting.
Perusing our stock you may have come across something like our Rolex Prince – highly sought after in this condition and a must for any collector. Having been fitted with a new Hirsch strap the watch looks spot on.The Rolex Prince is arguably the most famous vintage watch ever made. Sometimes known as the Doctor’s Watch as it was often the preferred gift from a rich patient to their doctor, it has a large sub-second dial. It had a remarkable movement that was the first to be granted ‘Observatory’ status. Unfortunately having been in stock for only 6 months it was sold recently with another customer wanting it the same day !
Perhaps you may be after something less pricey? Or more modern? In which case keep an eye on our page as we are adding and removing watches every week. We prefer vintage watches due to their charm and price stability but are always on the lookout for good quality modern pieces to tempt you with.
Where can I buy or sell a quality watch in London?
Here at Watches Of Westminster, we pride ourselves on buying and selling quality vintage and new watches and offering the best possible service for our clients. We are though often asked the most obvious questions. They are:
Are your watches serviced?
The answer to this question is that all our watches are fully serviced (unless clearly stated on our adverts) by our in-house watchmaker and are compelled in ensuring that they are working to a very high standard as a significant number of our watches go overseas.
How can I be sure that your watches are authentic?
This again is a million dollar question but we ensure that all our watches are authenticated by, not only our watchmaker, but by our experts in this field who have over 75 years of experience. We also issue a Watches Of Westminster Certificate of Authenticity to put peoples mind at rest.
What is your best price?
This is the most obvious question and one that we understand is part of the sales process. We price our watches to sell promptly but are always prepared here at Watches Of Westminster on agreeing a deal depending upon the circumstances.
We appreciate that there are a large number of watch dealers in the UK; in particular in London. We endeavor though to offer our clients a range of quality new and vintage watches that is comprehensive and varied in price, style, brand, rarity and age. But we never ever compromise on the quality of watches we sell or the service we offer.
As the partners of the business are watch collectors in their own right, they are also passionate about watches and will always give their honest view on the suitability of a watch, the potential for investment and a true value of a watch sold to us. Enjoying the experience is what we specialize in, here at Watches Of Westminster.
Here at watches of Westminster we specialise in fast watch purchasing and selling. If you want to buy a high end watch or sell a vintage watch contact us.
Customers don’t like to waste time .
Customers like dealing with 1 person.
Customers like to spend time discussing a watch purchase
Customers like to be informed
Customers like a fast and prompt service.
We are a small friendly business who only buy and sell watches . We Can personally deal with each and every customer on a individual basis.
WE KNOW THAT TIME MATTERS !
We generally only buy watches we like so there is always a interesting array of watches for sale like this rare Arnold and Son Longitude or this Breitling Emergency
We have found time and time again that customers are not happy with the long and formal procedures required by the larger watch buying firms. and are grateful for our personal “to your door” service whether buying or selling.
When selling high value watches such as Rolex , Breitling , Omega , Jaeger-LeCoultre not everybody wants to travel into central London for a pre arranged interview on the possibility of selling a watch and feel it can reduce their bargaining power. We always agree values before we set off and as long as your watch is pretty much as described.
Hand delivered in March
We now endeavour to complete watch purchases within 24 hours . There are some practical limitations to this but 9 times out of ten we can come up with a solution that will have cash in your hand or funds in your bank account within 24 hours of agreeing a figure.
We have often travelled around Europe to deliver and buy watches so distance is not a major problem for example we have just returned from Munich having delivered a very nice limited edition Omega Speedster to a very happy new owner and have recently travelled to Milan , Rotterdam and Poland on similar customer visits.
Having said that a lot of our business is in London and we are always happy to jump on the tube and visit you near your workplace or at home at any reasonable hour of the day even at the weekends.
Take a look at our sales watches , we do not leave sold watches on our site !
and if you have a watch to sell simply follow this link
Watches of Westminster now offer what is in effect a free loan service.
If you need some short term cash or simply want to sell your watch but not sure about doing so just take us up on our watch buyback service . Its a free service and won’t cost you a penny. Most Pawnbrokers won’t consider vintage watches .We Love Them !
You simply send us details of your watch , we agree a price and buy it from you . If in 28 days from the date of purchase you want your watch back you can simply buy it back from us at the same same price. We won’t do anything with it other than put it in our safe.
Visit our dedicated page for this service which gives you further information.
We specialise in making the process simple and fast. For the right watch we will even travel to you and can pay cash or bank transfer. You will receive a written receipt / contract which give you the right to buy the watch back for the same price within 28 days.
You may be thinking there is a catch but there isn’t. Watches Of Westminster buy watches and having sold us your watch on the buyback scheme theres a decent chance you will let us keep it . Cash Converters do the same thing and typically charge £650 on a £2,000 purchase for 28 days. Thats a hell of a profit margin.
We run a low overhead business so are happy to offer this free service in exchange for the chance to buy your watch.
That old watch you have had in the drawer could be worth a lot more than you think. Collectors are driving up prices for certain watches but you really need to know your stuff especially when it comes to copy watches.
Maybe you have been left watch collection , trying to sell each watch off is a nightmare. Watches Of Westminster specialise in buying collections even if the watches need work.
If you want to have a chat first just give us a call
WATCHES OF WESTMINSTER ARE NOW LAUNCHING A FREE WATCH BUYBACK SERVICE WHICH YOU CAN USE TO GET SOME SHORT TERM CASH.
READ THIS ARTICLE IF –
YOU ARE THINKING OF PAWNING A WATCH
NEED SOME CHEAP CASH
WANT TO SELL YOUR WATCH BUT MAY WANT TO BUY IT BACK
WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOUR WATCH IS WORTH
NEED TO KNOW IF YOU CAN GET SOME QUICK MONEY IN THE NEAR FUTURE
PART EXCHANGE YOUR WATCH FOR CASH AND A CHEAPER WATCH.
From time to time we all feel forced to make rash decisions. Maybe the current economic climate has you considering pawning that old Rolex lying around in the drawer, or something more sentimental, a family heirloom perhaps.
Pawnbrokers may seem like a great idea. Cash now with the option to buy back later? It sounds too good to be true. Be warned though, as the trick they’re pulling on you is one of the oldest in the book; they know you’re never coming back.Pawn shops have been around for a long time and at one time were the only reputable way “normal” people could get a short term loan. other than risk a loan shark.
There has been a massive increase in the number of companies specialising in short term unsecured loans but as we all know the costs of these are MASSIVE ( up to 1,500% )
Cash Conversion shops offer a buyback service but on a watch they value at 2 k a 28 day loan could cost you £650 !
Pawnbrokers typically charge 10% a MONTH on the contract with you.
WE CHARGE NOTHING
So here at Watches of Westminster we say forego the fool’s gold of the pawnbroker, and come to us! We offer a different but definitely superior alternative.
Simply let us know what watch you have.
Visit our valuation page and let us know you want this service in the comments section
Perhaps you have come across an old Heuer online, or possibly at a flea market or sitting in the back of your drawer.
Maybe you were lucky enough to inherit one or receive one as a gift. If any of the above applies to you then you may want to ask yourself the following questions:
Where is the best place to sell it?
How do I know how much it is worth?
How do I work out how old it is?
How do I determine if all of the components are working as they should?
Where can I get my Heuer serviced ?
There is a big difference between Heuer watches and Tag Heuer watches, Tag Heuer are generally cheaper, battery operated and the lesser choice for investment, we recommend overlooking them in favour of their pre-85 elders. Popular models to look out for are the Autavia, the Monaco, the Carrera, the Monza, the Camaro and the Bundeswehr.
Now, if you wish to sell, you have a number of options including online trading sites like Gumtree and eBay. A downside to these is their tendency to harbour time wasters and scammers (especially Gumtree). This may lead you to a more personal approach such as jewellers or pawn shops. Be warned however, as these establishments are known for giving low prices in exchange for the convenience and speed they offer. Add to the mix big watch exchange businesses in central London famous for testing customer patience and suddenly your options don’t seem so varied.
So, if you wish to combine convenience with a realistic price for your watch, your best bet is small businesses like Watches of Westminster. We are more than happy to come to you, provide same day payments in cash or bank transfer and offer part exchanges from our myriad selection of watches. We are also generally able and willing to do this on evenings and weekends, all of this is to ensure our customers have a quick and easy sale experience.
Furthermore, our valuation and ageing services are of great use to those who wish to sell and we are perfectly happy to explain to you in detail how we have arrived at our valuation. What’s more, if you are looking for a part exchange offer we can bring a selection of the type of watches you may be interested in with us. We also offer state of the art servicing to those who are hesitant to sell their broken Heuer.
Whether you are buying or selling a Heuer or just want your Heuer watch serviced please just get in contact and we can do the rest.
You can call us on 07768316371 or use the contact form of our website
If any of the above did apply to you then in this article I am going to explain the choices you have if you want to sell your watch for cash, without the hassle of going through the time consuming processes involved with most other watch buying companies, or before trying selling watches yourself.
When looking at selling watches for cash, you’d be hard-pressed to find a city that offers you more choice of watch buyers than London does.
Unfortunately, this vast reservoir of trade buyers poses a problem; where do you begin? Jewellers will ensure you walk away with next to nothing, pawn shops will do the same .
Dealers at flea markets may offer you a little more chance of a profit but that still won’t be enough, especially after waiting around in the cold all day.
If you’re after a more substantial selling price you might go to one of the big businesses which are well advertised on the internet, ( how do they afford such large advertising budgets and plush Mayfair offices ? ) .
Be warned however, as their more realistic offers are matched only by the tedium they create. After you have made initial contact and received an outline offer, ( which will always be below your target price which they ask for ) you then either have to post your luxury watch to them, ( not all people are happy to do this and it does involve expense and hassle ) or you need to make an appointment and travel to their London offices.
Add to this the fact that they’ll charge you to post the watch back to you if it turns out to be a copy and your vast array of choices doesn’t seem so impressive.
So How Do You Sell Your Watch In London
If you wish to combine convenience with a realistic price for your luxury or vintage watch, your best bet is small businesses like Watches of Westminster. We are more than happy to come to you, we provide same day payments in cash or bank transfer and offer part exchanges from our myriad selection of vintage and luxury watches. We are also willing to do all this on evenings and weekends , all of this is to ensure our customers have a quick and easy sale experience.
We will buy any watch down to a certain pricing level and are not put off by the condition as long as the watch is repairable.
We are happy to explain to you in detail how we have arrived our valuation of the watch, and if you are looking for a part exchange offer we can bring a selection of the type of luxury watches you may be interested in with us ( If you have not already selected one ).
For the right luxury or vintage watch we are happy to travel, (we collected the Vacheron Constantin below from Poland recently) and meet up at a time to suit you.
The process is very simple and could consist of a simple phone call to us !
As a small business we understand that service to our customers is paramount and we pride ourselves with the fantastic feedback we ask for and get.
Please feel free to call us on 0776820316371 or complete the form on our watch valuation page if you have any queries or would like to sell your vintage or luxury watch .
At Watches Of Westminster we understand the importance of buying good quality watches at a reasonable price. We bought this great watch from a customer who tried one of the high street buyers and was offered 40% less than we paid him !
About the Omega Deville Olympic 48412032
Watchmaking has had a long and fruitful relationship with sport over the years; from Rolex’s support of Mercedes Gleitze in the 1920’s to Panerai’s revolutionary ‘Radiomir’ diving watches made for the Royal Italian Navy in the 30’s. And what better sums up this relationship than Omega’s 84-year long collaboration with the Olympic Games.
Omega’s Olympic series offers you a vast plethora of watches to choose from, both new and vintage. This is a example of the elegant ‘Rome 1960’ model.
Omega Deville Technical Specifications
A Limited Production De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph is in Superb Condition with a Sapphire Crystal.
The Strap That Is Currently Mounted On The Watch is the original Omega Brown Leather Strap on a Omega Stainless Steel Deployment Clasp.
An Omega Box And Instruction Manual Are Included With The Watch.
The Serial Number Implies That This Watch Was Manufactured Between 2006 And 2007.
Polished Stainless Steel Case And Solid Case Back With An Engraving Of The Olympics Logo
Push-Down Stainless Steel Crown And Push-Buttons For The Chronograph. Water
Resistant To 100 Meters (330 Feet).
Laquered White Dial With Arabic Numeral Hour Markers As Well As Luminous Hands. Red
Painted Vintage Omega Logo Is Displayed At The 12 O’Clock Position.
Featured On The Dial Is A Date Aperture (6 O’Clock), A Small Seconds Sub-Dial (9 O’Clock),
A 30-Minute Counter Sub-Dial For The Chronograph (3 O’Clock)
And Lastly A 12-Hour Counter Sub-Dial For The Chronograph (6 O’Clock).
Powered By The Omega Caliber 3313 Self-Winding Chronograph Movement With The Co-Axial Escapement.
An Approximate Power Reserve Of 52 Hours When Fully Wound.
A historical timepiece which looks great on any wrist !
As the watch buyer at Watches Of Westminster Im afraid to say the valuing of watches is not a precise science most of the time !
The value of items such as watches will with most goods vary on a number of factors some of which can work in reverse for certain watches /models even down to the personal preferences of the valuer.
For example a 50 year old Rolex Submariner will have a much greater value than a 5 year old Submariner IF it is original. A 1 year old Submariner will have more value than a 5 year old Submariner for the same model BUT a 5 year old Submariner with box and papers in unworn condition will have a greater value than a 6 month old worn/scratched submariner with no box or papers.
There are generally 6 prices / values for a watch ( highest first )
The price at retail new – often know as the insurance replacement value for a equivalent model.
The price a London based West End retailer might ask for the same watch once used/sold.
The price a London Based West End retailer will accept for a watch if made an offer ( when needing to obtain their bonus for the month end )
The price a online retailer ( with lower overheads ) will ask for a watch
The price a private seller will accept for a watch ( no warranty given or implied ) and a fast sale on for example Ebay.
The price a private seller will be happy to accept for a watch without the hassle of trying to sell it privately i.e. to a trader/retailer.
There are of course a few variations on these 6 especially when considering the first rule of retailing which is supply and demand which to a certain extent do not apply to vintage watches of any note as the supply is pretty much fixed although it has to be said that Ebay has not done certain watch prices a favour as people realised a few years back when it started . People realised there was a cheap and easy way to sell their old watches and ended up flooding the market hence driving prices down.
All starting to look a bit complicated ? Well I’ll simplify it ( and then complicate it further ).
If you know what watch you have take a look at Ebay or Chrono 24 and you will get a feel for what your watch might sell for in the market ( rarely the asking price ). You will need to make an assessment on its condition , service history and the presence of original box and papers . Deduct the cost of a full service (£200 to £600 ) , the cost of a polish and perhaps a new strap , the cost/risk of a 12 month warranty , the normal overheads for any business and of course VAT ( any reputable watch business will have long passed the turnover threshold for VAT of about 6k a month , thats turnover not profit ) which is taken off any GROSS profit and then Corporation tax which is on nett profit. The complication is that this figure will vary for every watch.
You then might not be too surprised why you are being offered about half of what you thought your watch was worth !
Now the big caveat on all of this is the watch itself. A expensive say 10k watch will not take such a large ( in proportion ) hit as a 1k watch but these same numbers make certain watches simply not worth buying which is why I have now introduced a lower buying limit. Making 100% profit on a £200 watch may sound great but in fact any decent watch firm will be making a loss !
The simplest solution is to simply let Watches Of Westminster give you a purchase value. Theres no obligation to sell and its a free service. We are open pretty much 7 days a week 12 hours a day for online contact although most if not all watches will need a full inspection to determine their true condition and originality.
If you have a watch you want valued just contact us with details of your watch
The Amazing Omega Speedmaster 321 Moon Watch (ST 105 102)
Here at Watches of Westminster, we are passionate about the Speedmaster 321 pre moon watch. It is often referred to as the “Speedy” and started its life way back in 1957 as part of the Omega “Professional” collection. The idea of the “Speedy” was that it was introduced as a Chronograph for racing and sports. It was an Omega watch that continued the Aura around Omega’s position as the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games. This, at the time, was heralded as a huge achievement.
The story goes that in the early 1960”s, the astronaut’s kept pushing NASA to introduce a Certified and Official timepiece for all space missions.
In order for this watch to be considered for travelling to space and its more important status as the “first watch worn on the Moon”, NASA decided to short list a number of watches. The “Speedy” was on the list and they expressed an interest in testing the watch and made an enquiry to Omega with regard to the Speedmaster 105:003. Omega jumped at this opportunity.
tests, we understand, included for Noise levels, Humidity levels, Temperature levels, Oxygen levels, Shock, Decompression, Quality and obviously time keeping. There are numerous stories on this process and who was involved but the bottom line was that after countless and very methodical testing on the “Speedy” along with a Rolex, Hamilton and Longines-Wittnaur watches in 1964-1965, the “Speedy” was the chosen watch by NASA. This was a huge accolade in the 1960’s but is even greater now.
So the milestone of this watch happened on July 20th 1969 when the Apollo X1 crew of Neil Armstrong and Buz Aldrin landed on the moon wearing there Speedmasters and the rest is, as you say, history It is now talked of the “Moon watch”.
But for us here at Watches of Westminster, it is not just about the history. The watch is a lovely 42mm size which was certainly unusual in the 1960’s along with having the most respected Calibre 321 movement which actually was introduced way back in 1942.
A collaboration between Omega and Lemania, It is regarded as one of the best Chronographs ever produced. But the ultimate accolade for this 1960’s watch is that the modern day version is very similar in style and looks to the “Moonwatch” emphasising the fact that it has lasted the test of time and is a true vintage classic and a watch on the top of most collectors list.
Here at Watches of Westminster we are keen to buy your Rolex Submariner and are willing to travel to you and pay by cash or bank transfer. We are a small and friendly business that believes in personal service. Below are some of the Submariners we have bought in the past:
If you have one to sell please visit our free valuation page http://watchesofwestminster.co.uk/valuation/
If you have any Rolex for sale just give us a call on 07768316371 or send us details of your watch via our free valuation page
Here at Watches Of Westminster we love to buy vintage Rolex “tool” watches such as The Rolex GMT Master.
We make the process very quick and simple . A staff member from Watches Of Westminster will also travel to your home to collect the Rolex GMT in person.
The Rolex GMT master came about in 1953 when Pan American Airlines and a airline from Europe ( quite possibly an Italian one ) actually approached Rolex ( who had one of the best reputations for tough accurate watches ) to develop a watch that could tell the time in 2 time zones. The Rolex GMT simply gets its name from Greenwich Mean Time and has been copied many times by other manufacturers.
Aeroplanes were not very sophisticated in those days as they are now and knowing the time in the time Zone you flew from and were flying to was quite important !
The watch with the Pepsi bezel is now an iconic design loved by many including myself ! The 2 below are in my collection !
WHAT ARE THEY WORTH ?
Depends very much on age , dial condition and existence of paperwork and boxes.
Just send us a couple of images and we will do the rest.
At Watches Of Westminster we love buying Rolex watches. In fact we will only buy watches we personally like ( most of the time anyhow ) . Whilst what we do does at the end of the day has to pay our wages if you can’t have fun doing it then whats the point !
Rolex watch buying has its ups and downs however and whilst Rolex watches sell well there are a lot of copy watches around which to most people look original but as with everything in life all that glistens is not Gold !
I am currently compiling list of 101 ways to spot a fake Rolex but my best advice to any non expert is to not buy a Rolex from anywhere other than a proper retailer whether that be online or on your high St.
There are plenty of fake Rolex watches being sold on a number of well known sites but a lot of the owners do not even realise it !
A real Rolex is a joy to wear and I have one on my hand now ( 1988 Thunderbird ) . It keeps fantastic time , looks great and is not so big as to keep reminding you its there !
At watches of Westminster we are keen to give you a fair price for your Rolex so just fill out our simple form and we can get back to you in hours with a price. No holding e mails and no posting your watch in if you don’t want to. Cash if you need it or bank transfer . WE TRAVEL TO YOU.
Watches Of Westminster are specialists when it comes to buying pre owned Rolex watches. We have over 60 years of experience in the buying and selling of both modern and vintage luxury watches.
When you start looking to sell your watch you will see that in the UK alone there are a great number of firms who will buy your watch. However none of the watch buying firms offer a to your door service and few will offer to buy your watch even if it is not working. We have both of these options.
For the right watch/watches we are more than happy to travel to you, and value your watch there and then, in front of you, no posting your watch off and then having the worry of are your going to get paid or your watch back! Being based in central London we have easy access to all of the main transport nodes so it doesn’t matter if you are in Liverpool, Doncaster, Edinbugh or anywhere in the UK. We have even travelled abroad to collect a pre owned vintage watch previously. o you don’t need to search for “watch buyers near me” as we will come to you, and we are also quite happy to travel on an evening or even at a weekend, whichever suits you the most. All of this is to ensure our customers have a quick and easy sale experience.
Valuing Your Rolex Watch
Once we have valued your watch, we are quite happy to explain to you in detail how we have arrived at our valuation, and then if you are happy with the valuation we can provide same day payments in cash or bank transfer. If however, you would prefer to part exchange your Rolex watch for another or a different make of luxury or vintage watch, then this can be arranged. Simply browse our watches for sale page and we can bring a selection of our sale watches for you to have a look at.
Servicing Or Repairing A Broken Rolex
In addition to the buying and selling of Rolex watches we also offer state of the art servicing and repair services, for those who are not looking to sell their Rolex but would like to keep their watch in tip top condition or get it going again if it has stopped.
Whether you are looking to have your Rolex serviced or repaired, you are looking to sell your watch for cash or you would like to buy one of our pre-owned Rolex watches simply call us on 07768 316371 then we can do the rest.
Dating most Rolex watches is pretty simple IF however you can get to the serial number . Once you have the serial number you can just look it up on the chart below. If of course you have the correct paperwork for the watch then all of the information will be listed there. BUT you may just want to check the paperwork matches the watch !
For most people owning a Rolex and wanting to know where the serial number is , the process sounds simple enough in that the model number is set between one set of lugs ( the 2 prongs the strap or bracelet sits between ) at 6 o clock and the serial number is between the other seat 12. Now the trick is to get at those numbers and then to know what they mean. This is true of many Rolex watches but by no means not all.
Generaly 1940’s to 2011 models have the numbers between the lugs. after 2005 the numbers become random and are engraved into the ring under the glass at the edge of the dial.
If you have a leather or metal strap there is an expanding pin which goes through the strap and which then locates into a smallhole in each lug. On earlier Rolex watches these holes go all the way through the lug and you can compress the pin buy pushing a paperclip through the hole about 2/3 mm whilst apply a bit of “pull” on the strap .
You should feel the pin pop out of its hole. On later Rolex watches there is no hole and you can get at the expanding pin from the back.
This is easier said than done and does take a bit of practice. Reinserting the pin is even trickier and if your not careful can chew up / mark the back of the lug.
If you get the strap / bracelet off and there is no serial numbers then the watch is a fake but be beware I have seen a number of watches where the number has either been worn down by the strap or if worn in humid climates sweat has attacked the stainless steel and corroded it making it difficult to read the numbers.
This Rolex makes it easy and dates to 1946. The number is on the edge of the case
When you start looking at early watches the number will be on the inside of the case
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2001 K OR Y
These numbers are approximate and do seem to vary depending on where you look so should be treated as a guide. It is not uncommon for some earlier cases to be fitted with later parts from the factory or at dealers so as ever caution must be used.
If you need some advice just send us details of your watch via our valuations page.
Very rare to find in such incredible condition and with its original dial , this watch is a must for any serious Rolex collector. Just serviced and running perfectly. Supplied with 12 months warranty , a presentation box and a certificate of authenticity.
We would consider a part exchange against this or any other of our sales watches.
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