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Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer Rolex Watches Offered by Heritage Auctions, August 1

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer Rolex Watches Offered by Heritage Auctions, August 1

The engraving on the back of the Rolex watch given to Jack Nicklaus after his victory at the 1980 U.S. Open.

Rosemont, Illinois (PRWEB) July 24, 2013

Gold Rolex wristwatches that belonged to renowned golf legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus will be offered by Heritage Auctions ( in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Convention in the Chicago area on August 1, 2013.

“Both are Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date, 18 karat gold watches with matching concealed clasp President bracelet, Champagne stick dial and Roman numeral tracks for the hours,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles.

“Palmer’s watch is circa 1971 and has his initials, ADP, on the back. Nicklaus’ watch is circa 1976 and the back of the watch is engraved, ‘1980 U.S. Open Champion.’ It was given to him after his amazing fifth and final U.S. Open victory in 1980 after he broke his own record at the famed Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.”

Both watches are consigned by Orange County California real estate developer, former sports agent and avid golfer Dwight Manley. He acquired them at a 1995 fund-raising charity auction conducted in association with the U.S. Golf Association, and both watches are accompanied by certificates of authenticity issued at the time by U.S.G.A. and Golf Magazine.

“The Nicklaus watch is a wearable trophy of the world’s greatest golfer,” said Manley.

The Palmer watch has a pre-sale estimate of $ 15,000 or more, and the Nicklaus Rolex is estimated at $ 20,000 or more, according to Ivy.

The watches are among the highlights of a two-day auction of historic sports items by Heritage conducted August 1 and 2 in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois as part of the 34th annual National Sports Collectors Convention.

Additional information about the auction is available online at


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Rolex Oyster Perpetual model identification, value?

Question by Rusty: Rolex Oyster Perpetual model identification, value?
I was wondering if anyone could help me find some sort of value to my Rolex watch. It is a silver body and silver face. Just under 12 o’clock it says Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Above 6 o’clock it says Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified. Under 6 o’clock it says T Swiss Made T. It does NOT have a datejust. There is no day or date, and therefore no magnification. My father gave it to me before he passed. I suspect he bought it sometime in the 1980’s in the Caymans.

It looks almost exactly like the watch here ( ) except that it does not have the datejust, the hands are pointed at the tips instead of being rectangular, and mine says “T Swiss Made T” at the bottom instead of “T Swiss T”.

It has a different wristband as well, it has the exact wristband shown here (

I would never sell the watch but it needs to be polished up a bit, and I was just wondering what anyone could tell me about it.

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Answer by Ratbert
I am into horology (watch collector). In my collection I have a Rolex.

The writing means almost nothing. Just about every Rolex says the same thing. For example “Superlative” is a Rolex trademark (it has no real meaning). “Chronometer” means it is certified. “Officially Certified” is redundant. “Oyster” is the Rolex trademark for water resistant, and “Perpetual” is the Rolex trademark for self winding.

The bracelet model is called “jubilee” (Rolex trademark again).

“Wrist band” is not the correct horological term. The only reason people say “band” is because “bracelet” does not sound masculine.

Ignore “T Swiss T”, or “T Swiss Made T”. That just means the watch claims to be made in “Swizerland”, and the dial markers are painted with radioactive Tritrium.

To determine the model look here: Yes, you will have to remove the bracelet.

If the watch needs polished and is scuffed then it may very well be authentic. No fake will last long enough to get scuffed.

About twice a week someone will come on Y!A and ask the “value” or “worth” of a Rolex. There are two possible values. What you can get for it (and that is next to nothing), and what you would have to pay if you bought one (much higher).

When it comes to Swiss watches Rolex is one of the cheaper ones. It is NOT a designer brand. I know you heard different. Actually the claim to fame Rolex holds is the fact that the name is pronounceable in most any language. That is why they are so well known.

The market is flooded with used Rolex. All the dealers have displays full of them. You are wise not to sell it, because you can not get enough to bother selling it (unless yours is rare). Just get it serviced and keep it! Last time I had mine serviced I paid $ 600.

Ignore people who tell you to look for a “sweeping second hand”. That just means they know nothing about watches.

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How can I tell if a rolex is real, or where/who can I ask?

Question by Luis: How can I tell if a rolex is real, or where/who can I ask?
I found an old rolex in my grandmas old stuff, and I am wondering if it real. It is an Oyster Perpetual, Date.Just . The number on the back is 13268, how can I tell if it is real? or where can I ask? would truly appreciate, the help. Thank you!

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Answer by Pengin Power!
First of all ignore everyone who says anything about a “sweep second hand”, or the second hand should be moving smoothly. If they say that sort of thing, it means they know RAP lyrics and nothing about watches. An “Oysterquartz” is a real Rolex that uses a battery powered movement, and a second hand that moves once per second. Most Rolex have a smooth moving second hand, but also do most fakes and all the other automatic watches on the market. In other words the smooth moving second hand is not anything unique to Rolex at all.

“13268” is not a known Rolex model number to me. Also Rolex backs are usually plain. Numbers are seldom found on them. Perhaps that number was on the bracelet?

The rest of your description “Oyster Perpetual, Date.Just” covers about half the Rolex models. You are not being very detailed.

“Oyster” means it is water resistant.
“Perpetual” means it has automatic winding.
“Date-just” means it has a little date window.

Hold it tightly in your hand and shake it next to your ear. If you hear a scraping sound then throw the $ 10 fake in the trash can. All fakes will make a scraping sound because the mass inside scrapes against the inside of the case. A real Rolex will never do that.

You can also check the bracelet with a magnet. Usually a fake will react. A real Rolex does not.

A fake Rolex is seldom water resistant. The shower test can sometimes be destructive.

There are many other tests but they are too complicated to explain on here.

Odds are if it is real the watch needs serviced. Normally it cost about $ 600, and must be done every three to five years. When you take it to a dealer for service, he or she will tell you if it is fake.

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My grandpa gave me a rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust wacth but dont fint the especific design that he gave me?

Question by Jorge: My grandpa gave me a rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust wacth but dont fint the especific design that he gave me?
the desing it’s similar of a rolex cellini but it doesn’t have de roman numbers and it gives the day time, the belt is a light brown leather.
I want to know the year of the watch and how match it cost.

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Answer by Linux User
A lot of models would fall under the heading “Oyster Perpetual Datejust”. “Oyster” is the Rolex trademark for their cases. “Perpetual” is their trademark for self winding. “Datejust” can refer to the “Datejust” model, but it also the trademark for the Rolex setting mechanism.

If you remove the band, you can look for the serial number and the model number between the lugs. If there are no engravings then it is a fake or was made before Rolex started engraving the watches.

This web site will explain how you can tell the year by the serial number, and other useful information:

I am not endorsing the web site. I am just letting you know that they have a tutorial.

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