Help identifying vintage Rolex

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Help identifying vintage Rolex

Joined: February 26th, 2012, 5:43 am

February 26th, 2012, 6:03 am #1

Hi folks. I recently came across this at an estate sale. It doesn't match up with anything I've seen, though the serial number puts it around 1945-1946. It's pretty beat up, but still running. Any thoughts? The previous owner was a local farmer who literally never left the county during his lifetime... Except for service in Europe in WWII. My best guess is that he picked it up on the way home when his tour of duty was over.
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Joined: May 28th, 2007, 5:43 pm

February 26th, 2012, 6:28 am #2

I think it is a German issue...magic invisible watch....since I can't see it.
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February 26th, 2012, 6:59 am #3

Hi folks. I recently came across this at an estate sale. It doesn't match up with anything I've seen, though the serial number puts it around 1945-1946. It's pretty beat up, but still running. Any thoughts? The previous owner was a local farmer who literally never left the county during his lifetime... Except for service in Europe in WWII. My best guess is that he picked it up on the way home when his tour of duty was over.
That was stupid, I admit. For some reason I don't seem to be smart enough to figure out photobucket!





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Joined: May 28th, 2007, 5:43 pm

February 26th, 2012, 7:03 am #4

It's likely a 2940 oyster perpetual "bubbleback". Ca. mid 40's

Dial is refinished...Does it have a serial number on the back?

Should have a model number as well...but it may only be on the inside.

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Joined: May 28th, 2007, 5:43 pm

February 26th, 2012, 7:04 am #5

Whoops I see..yep 2940...post 1945..or thereabouts.
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February 26th, 2012, 7:10 am #6

It's likely a 2940 oyster perpetual "bubbleback". Ca. mid 40's

Dial is refinished...Does it have a serial number on the back?

Should have a model number as well...but it may only be on the inside.

T
No serial number on the back, just the stamp. I really need to find a book that goes over the basics. How do I tell if the dial has been replaced or changed? Thanks for being patient with my newbie question BTW!
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Joined: May 28th, 2007, 5:43 pm

February 26th, 2012, 7:55 am #7

The dial is just pretty obviously a refin. From that era it would have crown symbol and also say SWISS MADE at the bottom.

They changed over to numbering the watch cases between the lugs instead of on the casebacks around 1944-45. 300,000 serials.

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February 26th, 2012, 9:45 am #8

That was stupid, I admit. For some reason I don't seem to be smart enough to figure out photobucket!





http://rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=220053
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February 26th, 2012, 2:52 pm #9

It's likely a 2940 oyster perpetual "bubbleback". Ca. mid 40's

Dial is refinished...Does it have a serial number on the back?

Should have a model number as well...but it may only be on the inside.

T
Is it possible to restore the dial to original look and shape or should I just maintain as is?
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February 26th, 2012, 8:13 pm #10

Yes it can be refinished....and being a white dial quite well....still that hurts the value a LOT on a bubbleback.

I would consider it...and then look for a suitable original.

Here is a refinished dial..one of the best I've ever seen.



This is your possible quality.
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