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Hello All!!

My late father has a Rolex Speedking, model 6430, which i now have in my possession. I would hazard a guess that he got it in the late '50s or early '60s.

But i have no idea if its fake or real! He used to tell me he got it from a 'looky looky man' in Mombasa but he always used to laugh when he said it...

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I think it could well be a fake. The bracelet doesnt look how it should as the crown on the clasp protrudes, the drill holes for the bracelet pins arent positioned well. The crown threads are worn away so perhaps lesser quality material.
But he went to the trouble of engraving it, it has a sweeping hand, it has a model number engraved on it where it should (6430) and a serial number where it should (cant make it out). And it still winds up and works!

Can i have your learned thoughts please?

Cheers,

Simon
 

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Looks ok to me.. The bracelet is not original to the watch and is an earlier version and the clasp is not original to the bracelet. The case has been badly over polished which accounts for the illusion that the pin-holes are not properly placed. It is a pre-1960 watch; the date made should be stamped inside the caseback though as I think that it is from the '50s.
 

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Cheers Tools.

Just had another look at the serial number in the proper sunlight. Its 747XXX
 

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That serial would put it a bit earlier than I thought... probably around '51/52 and so the caseback would not be stamped..

That would also make the straight-end bracelet correct for that era... The 3/62 stamp on the clasp though would indicate that the clasp was replaced later..
 
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