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New old Rolex

Post by smellody » November 29th 2020, 5:10pm

Picked up this cushion cased ROLEX ARMY 3139 yesterday.

Keeping perfect time at 30 hours post pick up.

The dial was repainted many decades ago so I'll have to sort out a replacement. Contrary to the Perpetual listed on the dial, this watch requires winding.

This case was used for several Rolex lines in the late 30's and 40's including "SPEEDKING", ROYAL, SCIENTIFIC, and others. The dial I want to find is the ROLEX OYSTER ARMY version.

Sad how many of these leaked and required dial refreshing.

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Love the unique case.

Here are a few more angles.

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Here it is with my 4220s. I'm amazed to report that I'm short of 16mm straps. Will have to order something.

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If that was enough.... picked up another. . .












Here is a preview....


















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Post by smellody » November 29th 2020, 5:17pm

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Inside the case.

I'm considering on of these two dials. But may just hold out for an ARMY.

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The SCIENTIFIC is a repaint, but done well.
The "SPEEDKING" is original, but seen better days. . .
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Post by biglove » November 29th 2020, 6:33pm

Congrats, Smells. Two great additions to your already impressive collection.

Look up my strap guys in Romania, they will work with you to make you customs that are tailored to your desires at a fraction of what will cost you to buy pre-made.
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Post by Thunder1 » November 30th 2020, 7:00am

Those are quite fine additions to your already impressive collection!!..very, very interesting..
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Post by Nuvolari » November 30th 2020, 12:32pm

Awe man... I dig the vintage, but that smooth-bezel Datejust - MOP dial, Roman numerals, oyster bracelet? Yeaaah... THAT’s the shit right there. Gimmie summa dat!

On that vintage find, though - holy crap what a great obscure catch! Was that made pre-bubble back? Around the same time?

Great Rolex history right there young man, well done!
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Re: New old Rolex

Post by smellody » November 30th 2020, 2:48pm

Nuvolari wrote:
November 30th 2020, 12:32pm
Awe man... I dig the vintage, but that smooth-bezel Datejust - MOP dial, Roman numerals, oyster bracelet? Yeaaah... THAT’s the shit right there. Gimmie summa dat!

On that vintage find, though - holy crap what a great obscure catch! Was that made pre-bubble back? Around the same time?

Great Rolex history right there young man, well done!
Just before and during the bubbleback era. These are the manual wind variants. I think this one dates to 1940, I'll check my charts and report back.

Yep, that is an oyster bracelet on the Datejust. The applied Roman Numerals on the MOP did it for me. . . I've wanted a white Roman Numeral Datejust. . . This scratched that itch. I may start venturing into more exotic dials now. The Datejust feels grown up flashy. Love it.

The oldies are fun and becoming harder to find... especially with proper dials.
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