Looking for help assessing a stella dial

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Looking for help assessing a stella dial

Joined: February 6th, 2015, 9:06 am

April 9th, 2017, 10:30 pm #1

Dear Forum, I am considering acquiring a 1974 1803 DD with a turquoise stella dial. Having read about them and looked at many pictures, I am trying to determine whether or not this is the real deal. I have seen the watch and dial close up and it is a high sheen/gloss type lacquer, with raised Rolex etc. lettering and it is in mint condition. What do the experts here think? Can a 40+ year old dial be in this pristine condition? Or is this a later fitted after market dial?



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Joined: October 28th, 2016, 3:00 pm

April 9th, 2017, 10:40 pm #2

Need to have a closer look at the lume dots, the day wheel portion slope has proper enamel?
I have seen before real good refinished Stella Dials but the lume dots was a quick tell tale sign. Thanks
Think there are more experts in VRF who can offer more advice. Cheers!
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Joined: February 6th, 2015, 9:06 am

April 9th, 2017, 10:41 pm #3

Dear Forum, I am considering acquiring a 1974 1803 DD with a turquoise stella dial. Having read about them and looked at many pictures, I am trying to determine whether or not this is the real deal. I have seen the watch and dial close up and it is a high sheen/gloss type lacquer, with raised Rolex etc. lettering and it is in mint condition. What do the experts here think? Can a 40+ year old dial be in this pristine condition? Or is this a later fitted after market dial?



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Joined: February 6th, 2015, 9:06 am

April 9th, 2017, 10:43 pm #4

Apologies for the first pics, did something wrong I think and they showed up as thumbnails...
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Joined: December 19th, 2004, 8:12 am

April 10th, 2017, 1:30 am #5

I won't touch it as the word font is not what I familar with. nt.
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rmay2003
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April 10th, 2017, 3:16 am #6

Just saw a turquoise stella in a Google image search that happened to be from Jacek at HQM, and based on the images shown, the font on the watch you're considering is not as finely printed as on the HQM watch. Also, that watch had T SWISS MADE T below the 6 hour marker, as opposed to your T SWISS T dial.

FWIW...

Ron
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April 10th, 2017, 3:53 am #7

The T SWISS T Stella dials were the earlier versions.
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April 10th, 2017, 6:43 am #8

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing…

And I have as little as anyone.

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Joined: February 6th, 2015, 9:06 am

April 11th, 2017, 12:11 pm #9

Thank you for providing comments. Still hoping a few more expert collectors will chime in.
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April 11th, 2017, 12:18 pm #10

Dear Forum, I am considering acquiring a 1974 1803 DD with a turquoise stella dial. Having read about them and looked at many pictures, I am trying to determine whether or not this is the real deal. I have seen the watch and dial close up and it is a high sheen/gloss type lacquer, with raised Rolex etc. lettering and it is in mint condition. What do the experts here think? Can a 40+ year old dial be in this pristine condition? Or is this a later fitted after market dial?



I have seen a few font variations on legitimate stella dials (as per auction records and from reputable dealers), one of which is similiar to the one shown above. As noted by one of the responders, the T-SWISS-T is an earlier dial vs the T-SWISS MADE-T one. Also, there appear to have been be at least two different dial manufacturers involved in making stella dials for Rolex. Anyone know who they were?
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