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IHC Member 1016
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I picked up a GMT II in its original box, original sales slip, original band etc. The problem is the movement is not running. I took the back off and the weight for the self wind mechanism is all "askew" for lack of a better term. Now, my question is, is there enough residual value to restore this watch, or is it better used for parts. My take is that this is valued around $4000-5000 in pristine condition. You can see it isn't in that shape.

 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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Missing crown

 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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The hands and dial appear to be excellent. It is a T<25 dial. Watch was originally purchased in Cadiz, Navel exchange in 1998.

 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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Last dial shot

 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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The boxes and paperwork are in great shape for their age.

 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
Picture of Peter Kaszubski
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take it with ya to Az and we will see what my watchmaker got to say or what ya asking as is Big Grin
 
Posts: 4395 | Location: Arizona in the USA | Registered: July 23, 2011
IHC Member 1777
Picture of Billy Kuhn
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Mike would you like to sell this watch?
 
Posts: 1012 | Location: Killen, Alabama in the USA | Registered: January 15, 2013
IHC Member 1016
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Billy, I would entertain offers. My plan is to take it to a watchmaker next week who is a certified Rolex guy. But, If the right offer came around who knows? As you can see, the watch needs a bezel insert replaced, and I know the movement needs extensive work. The good thing is that I haven't touched it with a tool! Cool
The case would clean up fine I believe, and the band is correct and original and should polish up well.
 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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I got a wild hair and gently pushed the stem with a small tool. The watch started running and is still going. It was in the Hack position! Still needs work on self wind.
 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
Picture of Peter Kaszubski
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got pictures of the guts(movement)
 
Posts: 4395 | Location: Arizona in the USA | Registered: July 23, 2011
IHC Member 1016
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Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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I sent the watch to Chris Abell to see what he thought. We decided to restore it and here is the finished product. I don't actually have it in hand yet but it sure looks different.

 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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Angle 1

 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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Angle 2

 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 1016
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The back side. It was worth restoring. Think I'll keep it for a bit.

 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
Picture of Dan Carter
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This looks great! What a great addition to your collection I am sure.
Dan
 
Posts: 407 | Location: Northern Virginia in the USA | Registered: October 08, 2011
Picture of Peter Kaszubski
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nice one .
 
Posts: 4395 | Location: Arizona in the USA | Registered: July 23, 2011
IHC Member 1016
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This watch looked, to me, like a basket case. I got it from an antique place in town and they had sent it to a watchmaker (through a local jeweler) who told them it was "thrashed and needed to be sent to Rolex to get it running". They suggested putting a Quartz movement in it. I guess with a story like that, this is a "true save". If anyone has thoughts of sending a valuable watch off for repair Chris is your man. He stayed in touch both telephonically, and via e mail, worked quickly and did a tremendous job. I recommend visiting his web site and bookmarking it for the future.
 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
IHC Member 163
Picture of Mark Cross
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He does the same magic to Omega's too. Wink

Regards! Mark
 
Posts: 3820 | Location: Estill Springs, Tennessee, USA | Registered: December 02, 2002
IHC Member 1291
Picture of Buster Beck
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Looks like a great job and I am glad you decided to have the restorations done rather than take a quick profit. Now you have something worthwhile to use and/or resell whenever you choose !!

regards,
bb
 
Posts: 6361 | Location: Texas in the USA | Registered: July 27, 2009
IHC Member 1016
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Yes Buster. The problem is I'm falling in love with it already. I will eventually either trade or sell. My Gold Datejust is on the big auction site in the cyber world now.
 
Posts: 3112 | Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon in the USA | Registered: October 13, 2007
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