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  1. I sort of thought that was going to be the case. Today I called the local Rolex AD they opened her up and confirmed it was the real deal. I figured it was, but just wanted to make sure. Will post pics ASAP.
  2. I like the way you think. And I agree, I would negotiate the price. If not, are there no other Rolex dealers in Florida? In my own personal experience, a smaller AD is more likely to offer a discount than the larger jewelry chains.
  3. I never actually charge my lume, it just is what it is when I turn the light off. It therefore isn't ever actually very bright, but I can still read the time at any point in the night. I did used to have a 8500 powered Planet Ocean and under the same circumstances I can't say that it was any better or worse. The Mrs has a datejust however and I'm not sure why they bothered with the lume on that. It IS there somewhere but you really have look for it.
  4. Cant go wrong with any Explorer 1, which one you get is all down to personal taste really. Personally I prefer the 114270 with the solid end links, shame I will never afford one again.
  5. I am extremely envious! I would be happy with either! Congratulations!
  6. So, I have had my new Oyster Perpetual for over a month now, albeit not always in my possession, so I think it's time to review the watch in detail. The Oyster Perpetual is easily overlooked within the Rolex range, so how did I come to purchase this model? Well, I was looking for a new watch to add to my collection and had quite a long "short list". The Oyster Perpetual was there as it ticked a number of boxes; classic looks, no date, versatile, good quality, relatively dressy and a little different. In the end I decided I probably really wanted another Rolex, and it was between the 116000 and the Explorer. After trying both I decided the Explorer was just too like my 14060M and would not add much (other than a great watch) to my collection at this point. So, I pulled the trigger on this: It has the same basic movement as my Sub, but with a few modifications that have come in across the range in recent years. It benefits from the new bracelet and is 36mm. The colour of the face is Red Grape. Yes, that face. That's what gets most attention. It's still relatively uncommon and manages to be striking and subtle in one go. It really has collected a lot of praise. It can appear anything between pink and black, depending on the light. The applied markers are beautiful, giving a real depth to the dial. The lack of a date window adds a lovely sense of balance to the watch too. The lume is good and bright, if not as bright as the Sub's. It has the 3130 movement, the same as my Sub. This one doesn't have the slack I have seen previously when adjusting the hands, which is nice. It has been in to be regulated (and it had a weaker mainspring fitted and a "loose screw" dealt with) as it was somewhat erratic. It's now settled at +3 seconds or so per day, which I'm happy with.[/color] The bracelet is in another league to the old hollow end link models with their pressed steel clasps, as I'm sure you've heard before. I have not found the older design to be an issue, but this is a definite step up for Rolex. It adds some more weight to the watch too, making the feel heavier than an older model two tone Datejust I have worn before. The clasp is very sturdy, secure and reassuring, but on this base model it does not include any of the new fancy adjustment methods some other models benefit from. So, it's a 36mm. Some people consider that small in today's world. I was a little concerned about this at first, but it really has great wrist presence. I think that this is due partly to the size of the face and crystal, which is the same as my 14060's. I think the size of the face dictates how a watch wears much more than its overall size including the bezel. It has a fantastic mix of polished and brushed surfaces, giving the watch a good degree of glamour. [/color] In summary, I am very pleased with this watch. It is very versatile, bridging the gap between sports and dress watches so it will work in most situations. It's great with a suit or with jeans. In fact, it could be a perfect choice for a one watch person. Perhaps this model doesn't deserve to be quite as overlooked as it is...? Thanks for reading!
  7. Well, it's a "Date" so if you've been looking up "Datejust" that might be why you haven't found another dial like it.
  8. George

    Which Rolex

    Still think if the milgauss is better then explorer I 39mm or sub no date 14060..
  9. I thought so. I am somewhat of a "regular" though, you could say.
  10. You claimed you bought it at an AD, you're question is akin to asking if the steering wheel on your bmw is really for a 7 series and not from a 2 series. as far as macro lens, you don't need one, the font on the serial number is huge even an iphone can capture it. and now, back to your original question, if you claimed to have bought it from an AD, take it back to the AD and ask them or call Rolex directly and ask them.
  11. Some "real" GMTs let you waggle the hour hand back and forth over midnight to speed things up a little. Does the Rolex movement do that?
  12. I currently own two similar watches to the ones you are between, and I personally would not sell the Speedy for the Mark. Speedy is more classic.
  13. Nice review! I'm hunting the same model now on the pre owned market. I tried on the black dial version and it looks great too although it certainly seems like the white dial may be the more versatile.
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