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Oh, it's on youtube? It must be true and representative of all users experiences then. Guy probably shouldn't have gotten a watch he couldn't afford either.
He bought an old watch for $6000 and was shocked that it needed service.
 

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Here's a current price list from late last year in Germany:

https://www.fratellowatches.com/service-your-watch-12-brands-and-their-service-prices/

Archie's costly experience sounds about right AUD, polishing etc. Albeit a hefty twat rate increase.
Well the general overhaul price is higher than many but $900 every five years or so is not that bad. My Sinn costs $750 to service.

Archie was bitching about the $3K cost which must of meant his cheap score had been neglected for some time.
 

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Well the general overhaul price is higher than many but $900 every five years or so is not that bad. My Sinn costs $750 to service.

Archie was bitching about the $3K cost which must of meant his cheap score had been neglected for some time.
Sometimes it depends on the luck of the watch, a colleague of mine has Rolex Datejust in the grey metallic face and he had it for 6 years and was told he needed to get it serviced but he checked it out and it was still losing less than 5 seconds a day and was immaculate. Even an Oris or Longines will set you back Euros 375-400+ in these parts for a service. But the luxury brands for the cost will give you basically a new watch, that looks pristine, okay, unless you specify you want to keep the aged patina. From that perspective $3K for a new AP is not bad, so long as you inherited from your granddad and didn't pay the initial outlay cost.
 

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I can't say I remember the Oysterquartz which was discontinued in the early 2000's. Does anybody know what the price of the 17000 series were in the late 80s through to the 2000's?

I think the steel bracelets on them are a stunning and it turns out it was Gerald Genta who did the design:

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I can't say I remember the Oysterquartz which was discontinued in the early 2000's.
I do like the design, but I always have to chuckle about people who feel the need to praise the Oysterquartz by explaining that it was very well made and that it was the most expensive Rolex on offer at the time etc etc.

To be frank, if it was a quartz watch by *any* other brand - Omega, Heuer, AP etc - they wouldn't give it a second glance, but because it's a Rolex, all of a sudden they think, "Well, it's not so bad..."

beautiful design indeed. there is even a small series with automatic movement
Really? I didn't know that - so Rolex put some automatic movements in Oysterquartz cases?
 

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I do like the design, but I always have to chuckle about people who feel the need to praise the Oysterquartz by explaining that it was very well made and that it was the most expensive Rolex on offer at the time etc etc.

To be frank, if it was a quartz watch by *any* other brand - Omega, Heuer, AP etc - they wouldn't give it a second glance, but because it's a Rolex, all of a sudden they think, "Well, it's not so bad..."
It's certainly interesting that Rolex felt the need to draw inspiration from those luxury watch brands of the period. For sure they were seriously expensive when they came out, but during the 80s, 90s and at the end of the line was the likes of the 17000 series more expensive than the automatic equivalents?

Wasn't quartz initially seen and priced as higher to mechanical and automatic watches? As was this monstrosity from Omega, the evolutionary dead-end that was the TC-1:
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