Do you consider Sapphire Crystals vintage?

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Do you consider Sapphire Crystals vintage?

Joined: March 26th, 2010, 3:25 am

May 10th, 2012, 12:47 pm #1

This idea have been brought upon many collectors before and lately, I have been rethinking this idea. We have models such as the 16520 and 16660, all of which have the sapphire crystal but do you guys really consider them vintage. Either way, they are considered very collectible and valuable these days.



Cheers,
Jon
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Joined: June 22nd, 2009, 2:34 pm

May 10th, 2012, 3:42 pm #2

My 1530. Very vintage for me. Guillaume
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Joined: January 8th, 2008, 4:25 pm

May 10th, 2012, 4:19 pm #3

This idea have been brought upon many collectors before and lately, I have been rethinking this idea. We have models such as the 16520 and 16660, all of which have the sapphire crystal but do you guys really consider them vintage. Either way, they are considered very collectible and valuable these days.



Cheers,
Jon
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I am on the fence but lean toward - Nope.

(With a matte dial I lean a little more toward yes but not quite. Something very different about the plastic crystal. )

Having said that - I still dig mine.






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Joined: December 25th, 2009, 6:23 pm

May 10th, 2012, 5:42 pm #4

This idea have been brought upon many collectors before and lately, I have been rethinking this idea. We have models such as the 16520 and 16660, all of which have the sapphire crystal but do you guys really consider them vintage. Either way, they are considered very collectible and valuable these days.



Cheers,
Jon
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of course it has to be at least 15 years old and is a collectible. Not all watches are collectibles therefore will never be vintage no matter how old they are. They will just remain old watches!
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Joined: September 10th, 2009, 7:13 pm

May 10th, 2012, 10:20 pm #5

This idea have been brought upon many collectors before and lately, I have been rethinking this idea. We have models such as the 16520 and 16660, all of which have the sapphire crystal but do you guys really consider them vintage. Either way, they are considered very collectible and valuable these days.



Cheers,
Jon
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I actually consider my 16803 to be a vintage is that wrong ? (nt)
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Joined: September 25th, 2011, 10:39 pm

May 10th, 2012, 10:53 pm #6

This idea have been brought upon many collectors before and lately, I have been rethinking this idea. We have models such as the 16520 and 16660, all of which have the sapphire crystal but do you guys really consider them vintage. Either way, they are considered very collectible and valuable these days.



Cheers,
Jon
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and the saphire crystal is great for an everyday wearer.



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Joined: February 18th, 2009, 12:35 pm

May 11th, 2012, 12:05 am #7

This idea have been brought upon many collectors before and lately, I have been rethinking this idea. We have models such as the 16520 and 16660, all of which have the sapphire crystal but do you guys really consider them vintage. Either way, they are considered very collectible and valuable these days.



Cheers,
Jon
(hennabav)
No way Sapphire crystal watches are vintage.

I like 16520s and have 3 of them but that does not make them vintage.
Collectable maybe, but not vintage.

Vintage, by definition, means old.

To me, the cut off line between vintage and the non vintage is the
sapphire crystal. After a many many years of plastic crystals , Rolex switched to Sapphire as the new crystal. In retrospect, that was the change that counts.

Sapphire is still modern, still in use.

Acrylic and matte dials on a sub disappeared.

That is what vintage is all about, something that is no longer available, something that disappeared.
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Joined: August 2nd, 2007, 1:28 pm

May 11th, 2012, 12:28 am #8

i think alot of the older sapphire models especially the unusual ones can be considered vintage. yes plastic is older but there are alot of old sapphire models as they have been made for decades.

altho it's according to personal taste, jt's sapphire sub pictured above sure qualifies as vintage to me!

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Joined: April 3rd, 2010, 10:54 am

May 11th, 2012, 12:44 am #9

My 1530. Very vintage for me. Guillaume
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geez..thats a beautiful 1530!!!
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Joined: September 21st, 2006, 5:41 pm

May 11th, 2012, 4:01 am #10

This idea have been brought upon many collectors before and lately, I have been rethinking this idea. We have models such as the 16520 and 16660, all of which have the sapphire crystal but do you guys really consider them vintage. Either way, they are considered very collectible and valuable these days.



Cheers,
Jon
(hennabav)
But I love the early sapphires because they beautifully transitioned to the modern era. Rolex has the most striking offerings in this regards with the early 16800-16660's. True to their roots from the past to today's modern offerings.

Case in point...

Modern with a deep roots. My Submariner 16800...



Cheers,



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