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https://www.watchuseek.com/f23/cambodian-bubbleback-3704922.html

I'm new here so I originally posted this in the wrong place - someone relocated it to the Rolex & Tudor forum. However it has been suggested that it belongs here. So hence the link. I'm going to post some more detailed photos in the next day or two. I'd much appreciate some informed opinion on this piece.
Many thanks in advance'
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Hello skridlov,
I'm afraid I don't think you will get much help from WUS.
I was seriously looking for info on a Rolex Californian Bubbleback a couple of years ago. It would have been a major investment.
I posted on WUS Rolex forum and from memory nearly 600 members viewed my post without a single reply.
Most posts on that forum seemed to concern the shade of colour of Coca Cola dials on relatively modern Rolex watches which all look the same to me.
That forum also spent a lot of time discussing what wonderful straps matched the bezel on a Submariner.
I then posted here on vintage and the only replies regarded opinions on the thickness of the lume of the watch that I was interested in.
Since then I completely lost interest in that brand. I figured that if I bought and ever wanted to sell the watch, nobody would understand what I was trying to sell.
That said ,there must be a specialist Vintage Rolex website out there somewhere, so good luck.
 

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On one of these rare occasions, I disagree- it was I who has recommended the OP to ask the opinion of F11. Before being moved by a mod to the Rolex forum, the thread was posted in Public. I have provided an assessment of authenticity to the best of my ability, but since - as one "Dirty Harry" Callahan once said - a man's got to know his limitations, I have recommended F11 as a place free of people praising their Hulks and Batmans (yes, these crass nicknames actually are used in reference to the green Submariner and the black and blue bezel GMT-Master II), and where the vintage watch experts (from whom I have learned a lot) hang out.

Don't be such a defeatist, there certainly are people here, who can help- only, as I have suggested in the original thread, the Rolex cal. 620 and its derivatives require detaching the whole automatic winding module, as its plate covers the entire movement, so with the module on there's no way of telling if there's a correct base movement underneath it.
 

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Ah... Thanks very much for both contributions. I'm not sure if I trust myself to remove the entire self-winding assembly unless it's pretty straightforward. I've written to a couple of local watchmakers listed on the BHI contacts page and sent some snaps. If I get anything other than an abrupt dismissal I'll take it over and get a first-hand opinion. I'm not a "Rolex fanboy" as I've always thought they were overpriced and (possibly) overrated. Plus I've only ever had sufficient funds to buy more inexpensive watches. Nowadays I'm making the most of those I already have...
The circumstances under which I acquired this piece were associated with the final stages of an entire year of dreadful surgical procedures - I'd always wanted to see Angkor and I have friends who live in Thailand, hence my stumbling across this watch. I'd never have believed it was so difficult to establish its authenticity or otherwise.
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It looks authentic to me, but I think to see a non-black so-called California dial with sub-seconds is-dare I say it?-rare.

Don't let folks dismiss this one out of hand.

Best wishes, Bob.
 

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"If I get anything other than an abrupt dismissal "
Well, how about "I don't repair watches that old." from a local watchmaker registered and recommended by the British Horological Society...
 

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"If I get anything other than an abrupt dismissal "
Well, how about "I don't repair watches that old." from a local watchmaker registered and recommended by the British Horological Society...
Either he's focused on contemporary watches, or he's simply a pillock. My bet would be the latter. I can understand the unwillingness to repair a particularly rare and complicated movement, the parts for which are no longer available, and the watchmaker knows that his experience is insufficient to even try. But just justifying refusing to repair a not particularly complicated automatic movement, and not a rare one either, just because it's old- that's lame. I guess you were just out of luck to stumble upon one picky excuse of a specialist.
 
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