Here at Bexsonn we do like a good vintage Rolex watch and while hopping from one vintage shop to another is somewhat therapeutic, searching the Internet can prove just a fruitful. With this in mind – we asked one of the representatives from online secondhand Rolex specialist Bob’s Watches, Tommy Nguyen, to give us the low-down on some of the Vintage Rolexes you may want to keep an eye out for.
Like fine wine or aged cheese, Rolex watches only get better over time. Bob’s Watches has a variety of vintage models available for purchase. Some are rare or one of a kind.
Spanning the 1950s through the 1980s, these classic timepieces represent a bygone era of well-crafted luxury. From the vintage Rolex Submariner to the classic GMT, there is a watch available for every taste, and every wrist. With Bob’s Watches you are buying a piece of history, an artefact of beauty to be admired and prized for years to come.
Take, for example the Rolex Oyster 1012 from 1952, a handsome and classic watch in great condition. You can imagine this gold link bracelet-style watch, the proud possession of an important captain of industry, making strategic business decisions during the post-war Eisenhower era. The case is 18k yellow gold with a smooth bezel. The dial is in silver with yellow gold and hands underline dial. The bracelet is a sturdy 14K yellow gold Jubilee. This unique vintage piece is available for just $7,995.
Perhaps your taste is more the sporty Rolex Air King 5500, encased in stainless steel with polished bezel. The dial on the 1960 model currently available and similar models of this era is its silver case with silver index markers. The bracelet is a stainless steel Oyster variety. You could imagine a successful Don Draper-like ad man pitching his groundbreaking campaign to a potential corporate client, winning the account and enjoying martinis with his team afterwards. Offered at just $1,995, you’ll think you’ve time-traveled back to the ‘60s.
Vintage, of course, doesn’t mean stodgy or old-fashioned. The ‘70s were all about fun, fitness and the outdoors. Rolex watches of that era reflected the extravagant times. Imagine owning a GMT-Master Model 1675 that was all about sport and sass. A 1979 model in our inventory features the date and second time zone, quick set, acrylic crystal, waterproof screw-down crown, with a stainless steel case and a rotating timing bezel with the infamous “Pepsi” bezel insert. This Rolex contains beautifully “patina” aged luminous markers. It comes with a complimentary Nato at no extra cost. It’s currently available for $4,895. Similar vintage Rolexes of this era also are available.
Bob’s Watches also has some exquisite Rolex Datejusts from the ‘70s and ‘80s and several handsome diver-style watches available. One of our favorites is a head-turning GMT Master 16753 model with a brown “nipple” dial and a stainless steel and yellow gold Jubilee bracelet. It is the perfect luxury watch for a buyer who seeks a one-of-a-kind classic Rolex. Made for only a short time in the late ‘70s to the early ‘80s, this model comes with its original papers and Rolex box.
These and others in Bob’s Watches vintage collection are priced at or below market value. They are in good working order and sold “as is” for collectability. While they may not keep as precise time as a brand new Rolex, they are sure to please. As with all our Rolex watches, sales are final, though there is a 3-day return policy on all purchases.