Estate Sale Find - nice vintage watch
Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Member
Discoveries
 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 17
Like Tree9Likes

Thread: Estate Sale Find - nice vintage watch

« Prev Thread | Next Thread »
  1. #1
    us
    Nov 2012
    Lake Orion Michigan
    Fisher F5, Garrett Pin Pointer
    8
    9 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Estate Sale Find - nice vintage watch

    I'm relatively new to metal detecting but I've enjoyed antique hunting for years going to many antique stores, garage sales and estate sales. I tend to focus on advertising items and coin op but will buy anything I think is cool and priced right. Well about two weeks ago my wife and I were at an estate sale being held by a company. There was a lot of junk and nothing that interested me. I was ready to leave but my wife was no where to be found. So to kill time I started to look at all the small items up front. This something i almost never do. There were some men's watches without watch bands. They looked old but nothing special. I grabbed one and tried to turn the stem and it didn't move. I figured it must be broken. The manufactures name was "Tudor" and it was a "Air Tiger". This meant nothing to me I don't know anything about watches. But when I took a closer look I noticed a crown symbol on the winder. I looked at the back but it was covered by a sticker. I removed it and then I saw the words "Rolex". At this point I'm interested so I ask "How much". She says they were $5 but everything is now half price so they are only $2.50 each. "I'll take it". Turns out the the winder was screwed in and once I was able to unlock and wind the watch works great. I bought a band for it and now I have a vintage 1960 Tudor Air Tiger manufactured by Rolex.

    I hope you enjoyed my story and don't forget to look at the small stuff.

    Happy New Year!

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Tudor-air-tiger.jpg 
Views:	694 
Size:	203.2 KB 
ID:	718787Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Tudor-works.jpg 
Views:	476 
Size:	129.0 KB 
ID:	718788

  2. #2
    us
    May 2009
    Florida
    Surf PI Pro/MXT/Quattro/Sovereign XS2 Pro
    2,897
    1919 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Sweet find. I shall have to look closer at watches, I didn't know Rolex sold under a different brand.

  3. #3
    us
    Nov 2010
    NJ Pine Barrens
    T2 SE
    5,165
    2193 times
    For $2.50 you did great!

  4. #4
    us
    Dec 2010
    3,206
    631 times
    Nice find!!!!!

  5. #5
    stefen
    Radium hands?

  6. #6
    us
    Jul 2012
    San Antonio, Texas
    Garrett 250
    5,361
    3503 times
    Research/Limited field work
    Super find and quite collectible. Also fairly expensive. You did great...

  7. #7
    us
    Sep 2010
    Florida
    176
    16 times
    Sweet watch....

  8. #8

    Oct 2012
    19
    6 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    That is a great find! I collect watched avidly and have yet to find a Tudor (although I have found a few Rolex's). Just so you know, the dial has been refinished. It effects the value drastically with any vintage watches. It also looks like the mid case is non Tudor. Any chance you could post a picture of the back?

  9. #9
    us
    Nov 2012
    Lake Orion Michigan
    Fisher F5, Garrett Pin Pointer
    8
    9 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Not sure they do glow in the dark

  10. #10
    us
    Nov 2012
    Lake Orion Michigan
    Fisher F5, Garrett Pin Pointer
    8
    9 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I'm not a watch guy but it looks all original to me. The face has some discoloration from where the little hand was sitting. I think it was sitting some time on a dresser exposed to the sun. When I have a chance i'll take a picture of the back. It says oster perpetual by Rolex. Any info you can give me is appreciated.
    austin likes this.

  11. #11

    Oct 2012
    19
    6 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Its definitely a redial, but after doing some more research on this exact model, the case is good. Here is a picture of what the dial used to look like:
    http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0...=1191939798000
    The dial might have wear and tear to it, but thats because it's an older redial. Tudor was never that "sloppy" when it came to printing on their dials, as their quality control was to par with Rolex, as they were a sister brand. Your watch is worth right between $200 and $500 as it is. If you want to have the dial redone again (newer redials are 99% accurate as technology has gotten better), for around $100. I've used internationaldialco.com in the past, as the have scans of thousands of original watch dials to replicate.

    If the dial doesn't bother you, that's cool! It's all personal preference. I would also recommend to have the movement serviced ASAP, as the watch is from the 40's, and I'm betting it hasn't been serviced since new. If you need any more info, I would recommend joining Rolexforums.com, just don't take anything they have to say to heart.

  12. #12
    Charter Member
    us
    Feb 2006
    New York, NY
    Whites (CM 5000, XLT, VX3) and Minelab (Svgn GT & Excal III)
    1,455
    1500 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Awesome Find! That's all I can say -- what an awesome find!

  13. #13
    us
    Nov 2012
    Lake Orion Michigan
    Fisher F5, Garrett Pin Pointer
    8
    9 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Here is a picture of the back. I had previously checked out the serial number (316053) and model number (7957) and I came up with a date of 1960 when searching the Rolex forums. When I bought it, it had a service sticker which totally covered the back. You couldn't even read case by Rolex. Maybe that is why it was still there on the last day of the estate sale. Runs great almost 2-days on a single wind.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	watch-back.jpg 
Views:	183 
Size:	308.5 KB 
ID:	720661
    austin likes this.

  14. #14
    us
    Jul 2012
    San Antonio, Texas
    Garrett 250
    5,361
    3503 times
    Research/Limited field work
    No offense to anyone, but sailsguy, I bet that watch lives longer than you or I do. Great, great find...

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by austin View Post
    No offense to anyone, but sailsguy, I bet that watch lives longer than you or I do. Great, great find...

    That's why I buy automatics! They'll last forever.... at least as far as we're all concerned. That is if you get them serviced every 5 years or so like you should. After that time I'll probably play the love it/service it or list it, with my two.

 

 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Estate sale find
    By Mr. Magoo in forum What's It Worth?
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: Sep 23, 2012, 05:46 AM
  2. Estate sale Sterling - too nice to scrap!
    By fistfulladirt in forum Finds - Michigan
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: Aug 03, 2012, 12:30 PM
  3. estate sale - i cant find info on this......
    By aa battery in forum Garage Sale Finds!
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: Aug 22, 2011, 06:06 AM
  4. really nice hoosier cabinet from estate sale
    By Marty-Graw in forum Garage Sale Finds!
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: Aug 16, 2010, 12:18 PM
  5. My estate sale find.
    By gtlfindings in forum My Best Finds!
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: Dec 17, 2008, 02:23 PM

Search tags for this page

estate sales watches

,
finding watch at garage sale
,

garage sale finds rolex

,
how to find watches at garage sales
,
i brought this watch at an estate sale
,

tiger tudor watch for sale in san antonio texas

,

treasure hunting rolex forum

,
vintage tudor redial
,
vintage watch redial
,
watches to look for at estate sales
Click on a term to search for related topics.
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.3.0