The watch is very sharp...

Oct 23, 2020,07:33 AM

even the back case groove is sharp.

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16520 L series...Before I plunge in...

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-09:54
Can you guys let me know what you think of this dial aging? A plus or a minus? Why? Thank you very much. ...  

Personally I would find a better example ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : October 21st, 2020-10:30
But I’m not the one buying it.

Not easy to find one...

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-10:35
This one comes complete and it is unpolished. The ink on the bezel is intact and the edge is sharp. What's interesting is the aging/patina of the dial. I wonder what had caused it to age.

It could be that moisture has got in ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : October 21st, 2020-10:38
It’s difficult to tell from the photos. Have you got a photo of the movement ?

I am waiting for the movement photo...

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-10:39
they have a very hard time opening the case back so they prefer to send it to their watchmaker to open.


 By: Cpt Scarlet : October 21st, 2020-11:01
Time to walk away.


 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-18:37
The staff in the store are not watchmakers, so it is normal for them to feel pressure when the back is too tight and feel more comfortable to be opened by a watchmaker they trust. This is a very high end store.

Experience [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : October 22nd, 2020-01:22

Good Answer :-)

 By: CL : October 22nd, 2020-09:30

How did the tip of the hour hand get crunched?...

 By: mdg : October 21st, 2020-11:59
...seems like a lot of pitting going on...

Hmmm... is there something wrong with the hour hand?

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-17:45
I'm not sure what you are referring to. Can clarify? Thanks

In the 3rd photo the end looks like it's been pinched somehow...

 By: mdg : October 21st, 2020-17:51
...maybe it's just the angle/resolution.

Can you see from these higher resolution photos...

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-18:39
and tell me what you think of the hour hand? Thank you very much ...  

I have a trustworthy friend who helps me see the watch.

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-19:35
The hands are naturally rusty and were not replaced during servicing. I think the extreme closeup creates a weird illusion. Thank you for seeing these images and point out the hands are okay. I wasn't sure what to look at earlier on

16520 you can find in better condition ,

 By: Passionata_george : October 21st, 2020-12:36
what s the price ?USD12k ?

If it is this low, I won't even think about it.

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-17:46
The watch comes with box and paper and it is Mk 1 bezel with Mk 2 dial. Ultra rare.

ahh now I understand

 By: benzng : October 21st, 2020-22:19
its an L series 16520 with Mk1 200 bezel. a 4 liner! would'nt you like the floating R instead

I do like floating R...

 By: CL : October 22nd, 2020-09:31
also hard to get a good example.

I would look for a better example tbh

 By: Watchonthewrist : October 21st, 2020-13:44
Maybe the movement is oxidized as well (moisture)

Even more than the dial

 By: batholith : October 21st, 2020-14:16
I'd worry about that damage to the hour hand. Looks like this watch has been opened up by someone perhaps not qualified to open it.

I don't think there is a big damage on the hour hand...

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-17:48
Most late 80s and early 90s 16520 have hands in such condition. The watch was serviced by Rolex service centre .

Does these two images help?

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-18:35
I am not exactly sure what damage you are referring to on the hour hand. ...  

Yes, that's much better

 By: batholith : October 21st, 2020-20:10
My apologies, I guess that was a reflection or an artifact of the lighting in the original image. frankly, the dial does not bother me much although I haven't seen such aging on one of these. Good Luck and enjoy!

The dial is indeed a concern as an expert told me...

 By: CL : October 22nd, 2020-09:32
that the modern era Rolex has a strong protective coat on the dial.

Damage: Ugly. Pass

 By: Tim_M : October 21st, 2020-16:06
This kind of thing on a watch from the 1950s can be stomached on certain terms, but in a modern-era automatic Daytona, this is just damage caused by negligent or indifferent ownership. There's nothing romantic or desirable about it. Best, Tim

But if you think that the dial is actually a product by Singer...

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-17:50
it has the same effect of watches pre 16520 when it has been oxidised and gain patina, it is quite romantic to me. Maybe I am too romantic...haha

She is not

 By: powerydrive : October 21st, 2020-18:23
ugly. Don’t be so harsh on her. Maybe it’s because she’s been overworked. She’s still alive, we can still speak to her. Oh no, I’m getting to romantic. Excuse me. Good luck my friend.

hahaha... 20 years later...

 By: CL : October 21st, 2020-18:33
We can look back and smile on our romance we had . Thank you for your well wishing. I will wait til I see the movement image as suggested by you.

Over time you might grow to dislike it

 By: mblum3 : October 21st, 2020-20:15
I would pass. Good things come to those who wait. In addition, might be hard to sell if/when you'd want to.

Thanks for the advise!

 By: CL : October 22nd, 2020-09:33
I shall wait

Dial is nice, but...

 By: Signo : October 22nd, 2020-17:49
the watch is so over-polished that it's hard to attract genuine collectors.


 By: David Allen : October 22nd, 2020-21:34
OP says it's unpolished. You say otherwise. Do you mind sharing with me why you think it's overpolished so I can learn how to spot this for my own use? Thanks.

The watch is very sharp...

 By: CL : October 23rd, 2020-07:33
even the back case groove is sharp.