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A Full-Set Rolex GMT Master and More Vintage Watches Available Right Now


January 10, 2020 Watches By Photo by Adam Vintage, Watches with Patina and Shuck the Oyster

This week in Found, our weekly roundup of fun vintage and pre-owned watches from around the internet, we’re changing things up a bit. We’ve divided our search into three distinct categories: an Affordable Option (sub-$500), an Icon, and a Curveball. Looking for your first vintage watch? We gotchu. Looking for an investment-grade Rolex. Yeah, we’ve got one of those. And how about a rare, perfect Omega with a beautiful dial and a chronometer-grade movement — made during WWII? We found of those, also.

Read on.

The Affordable Option: Buler Vintage Dive Watch

What We Like: A vintage diver for under $500, serviced and ready to go? Hell, yeah! This beauty from Buler features a frosted case, Bakelite/steel bi-directional bezel, an attractive white dial with applied indices and a Spanish date complication (don’t worry — the date is numerical). A modern 40mm size ensures that this funky 1970s diver will wear perfectly in 2020.

From the Seller: This vintage dive watch features a great highly jeweled in-house automatic movement. Some other things we love: great original engravings on case-back, classic 40mm size, no brassing and a very efficient winding system. The watch is presented on a vintage lightly used black genuine leather strap with lizard embossing. Recently serviced and ready to wear or collect.

The Icon: Rolex GMT Master II ref. 16710

What We Like: Someone clearly woke up recently and realized that his full-set (box, papers, hangtags, etc.) GMT Master II was worth more than his car. Beautifully preserved from the late 1990s, it comes with its original Oyster bracelet, original double box, factory issued booklets and original guarantee certificate with both hangtags, one showing a matching serial number.

From the Seller: The BLRO on the hangtag signals this was an original Pepsi model and not a coke converted to a Pepsi. The case is thick and the original factory cut chamfer lines are clearly visible. These usually would wear down quickly because Rolex cut them thin to begin with in this era. The watch is keeping perfect time and looking better than ever with all its goodies.

The Curveball: 1943 Omega Chromètre ref. 2367

What We Like: It never ceases to fascinate that in the throes of the worst conflict in the history of the modern world, the Swiss were happily chugging along making beautiful wristwatches. This utterly stunning chronometer-grade Omega from 1943 features a dial with an enameled Roman hour circle and a 35.5mm steel case. What more could you want.

From the Seller: Dial and hands are in excellent condition. The watch case appears to be unpolished or polished once, very lightly, a while ago. The watch was just serviced by our watchmaker, is running strong and keeping accurate time. (300°; +5s/d). The watch was acquired from a collector in Poland.

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Oren Hartov

Oren Hartov is Gear Patrol's watches editor. He knows what time it is, and one or two other things.

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