Greetings. I am thinking of replacing my venerable Rolex Explorer II, model 1655, bought in London in 1976, with a new Explorer – though I think the face-markings on the old model are preferable. Having just found out how valuable the older watches can be, I may hang on to it – or welcome a new owner who will give it a good home. I am wondering how best to do the latter and helpful comments would be greatly appreciated.
So far, dealers have given me estimates ranging from £5,000 to£17,000 subject to condition. Great. So I’m back where I started. That said, my sense is that on a good day a dealer might pay £10,000. I have no idea how much an individual would part with. As I live in Suffolk, UK, the nearer to base it is, the better.
The old watch has been great, a real battle-cruiser that can tell a tale or two as well as the time. It’s done plenty of travelling, including to some dodgy parts of the world where sun-cream is at the bottom of the list when considering your health and well-being. So condition is fair, I suppose. But if a watch is going well at age 43 years, and after a major service by Rolex in Geneva in 2010 costing £860, condition might also be considered ‘good’. Original box available.
As I said, helpful comments would be welcomed. Many thanks.