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Love The AP Royal Oak Camo? Check Out This Auction

We like the AP Royal Oak of course, who wouldn’t? Classic design and it rivals the Rolex GMT II in terms of collector/investor appeal, especially a model like this with its camo style strap. Gives the watch a younger, fresher feel we reckon. Bidding is already over 10K by the way. Yeah. Better investment than Bitcoin some might say..here’s the word from the Watch Collecting auction site;

Introduced in 2019, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm Camouflage Collection reveals the historic watchmaker in playful mode. Produced in brown, green, and blue camo patterns, the blue is the most vibrant and has proved the most popular with collectors. Keeping the classic Mega Tapisserie chequerboard guilloche dial, in the same cobalt blue as the ceramic bezel, the hands are given a lift with red to the 6 and 9 o’clock and to the tip of the chronograph seconds. Crown and pushers are also colour coded in ceramic.

Inside is the cal. 3126/3840, which is AP’s in-house automatic cal. 3120 topped with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module. It has a 50-hour power reserve. The strap is closed with a substantial steel pin buckle and for days when a more consistent colour scheme is required, a plain blue rubber strap is also included. Bought in its launch year of 2019, the watch is still covered by its purchase warranty which can be extended by a further three years via the Audemars Piguet website. The box, papers and additional strap are complete and in immaculate condition.

Is This Your Grail Watch? Super Rare Rolex `79 Sea-Dweller, Box & Papers

If you’re looking to invest in a truly collectable watch then a vintage 60s/70s Rolex is a good place to strat. Values can really only head up, as the stock of good condition, original exampls gradually diminishes. Rolex don’t really like classic models and don’t supply spares for 1970s models, so that makes it harder to find vintage Rolexes with their original hands in decent condition, as they can fade, lose the lume and get slightly crumbly with age.

Replacement hands and dial face refurbishment does the job of refreshing the dial, but detracts from the value of course.

So, if you are after a truly exceptional Rolex, then Watches of Lancashire have a got a super rare Sea-Dweller in stock right now.

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It’s a 1979 Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Rail Dial. Often referred to as the “The Great White” by collectors, this is because of the all white text rather than a touch of red like its predecessor. Manufactured for only two years from 1977-1979 and being the last of the Rolex Sea-Dweller to have a Plexiglass crystal, this watch is extra special.

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As Watches of Lancs notes, to find a watch from this era with its box is rare. Mainly due to them being used as tool watches, with documents often being discarded. But to find one in pristine condition is almost unheard of.

Dial Colour: Black Matte

Collection: Sea-Dweller 1665 (Rail Dial)

Gender: Male

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Glass: Plexi

Movement: Automatic Cal 1570

Water Resistance: N/A

Stock No: RLX026

The watch comes as an original complete full set with, outer and inner box, Rolex wallet, full paperwork, service paperwork and swing tags. It also comes with a two year Ian Walsh Watchmaking guarantee. The price is £36,000.

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