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November 13, 2018

Why a Sapphire Crystal Will NOT Work on an Older Rolex Watch

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Many of our customers with older Rolex watches ask if we can replace their acrylic crystals with synthetic sapphire crystals, like the ones that Rolex uses on their new watches. Although every watch in Rolex’s current catalog is now fitted with a sapphire crystal, Rolex does not manufacture sapphire crystals for use on older watches. Instead, they will only replace a worn or damaged acrylic crystal with another acrylic crystal. The shape of the crystal is different… The outer diameter is […]

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Not All Rolex Repair Stories Have Happy Endings

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Simply put, some Rolex watches are too damaged to repair in a practical and cost-effective manner. Depending on what has happened to a watch and the extent of the resulting damage, some Rolex watches may require extensive repairs and a large number of replacement parts. In some instances, the cost of repairs may exceed the total value of the damaged watch. Consequently, not every Rolex repair story has a happy ending. Every watch is different, and the art of Rolex watch […]

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Why Your Rolex Watch Does Not Glow in the Dark Anymore

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One of the questions that we frequently get asked by our customers is, “why doesn’t my Rolex glow anymore, and is there anything that can be done to make it glow again?” In most instances, an older watch no longer glows due to limitations of the manufacturing materials that Rolex was using at the time of production.  Contemporary Rolex watches (like the one pictured below) use a photo-luminescent material on their dials and hands, which means that modern watches will glow […]

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December 13, 2017

Repairing Rolex’s Proprietary 18-Karat Gold

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Recently, we overhauled a vintage Rolex Day-Date President for a customer who had accidentally reached a bit too close to an active grinding wheel while working in his tool shed. As you can see in the photograph that was taken before service, the top, left lug of the watch received a substantial gouge in the metal that required a significant amount of gold to be resupplied.   The enlarged photo below shows the extent of the damage, and just how much metal […]

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October 24, 2014

Which are the Most Coveted Rolex Watches?

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What drives up value in the arena of luxury items?  Remember, there is no such thing as intrinsic value.  Value is manmade.  It’s a fabrication.  Gold does not have inherent worth, we have given it stature and value almost arbitrarily.  Value in and of itself comes from scarcity, perceived worth, and is ultimately determined by whether or not someone agrees with you that something is worth a certain amount.  There’s no magic formula and sometimes certain products become valuable without […]

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September 25, 2014

This Rolex Saved A Colonel’s Life in Battle. This is the result.

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Some watches tell a story of the owner. This couldn’t be more true of the watch we received for repair from Col. Smith. The internal repairs and cosmetic damage proved too much of a financial burden for him, so we started discussing the option of a trade, which presented some difficulties. The watch, you see, held considerable sentimental value for the Colonel. It, after all, had saved his life. Col. Smith’s two-tone Rolex Submariner had been on his wrist through multiple […]

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September 3, 2014

It’s Time to Flaunt Your Swag, Buying a Rolex Part 2

BY James Osborn comments 0

       Like the last article, Its Time to Flaunt Your Swag, Buying a Rolex Part 1, you have decided to by a Rolex. We talked about the advantages and disadvantages to buy new or vintage, we talked about the best time to buy your watch, and we talked about some changes to a few different models from there last generation to the watches you will find in your favorite jewelry store. Now it is time to choose a […]

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August 29, 2014

It’s Time to Flaunt Your Swag, Buying a Rolex Part 1

BY James Osborn comments 0

So you’re starting to think seriously about buying your first Rolex. You may or may not be new to this rodeo, the high-end watch rodeo that is. This is a very exciting time that will have you staring at your wrist all day and checking to see just how accurate your new timepiece is. But know that are mistakes that are going to be made. In an interview mega watch collector and world famous rock star John Mayer said when […]

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July 30, 2014

Sea, Air, and Land, Three Living Legends

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        You can’t really love watches and not want to own certain timeless classics such as the Rolex Submariner. These timeless classics have been from the moon to the bottom of the sea and back still ticking. They have been in movies as a representation of cool and you too can share in their mystique. Be the guy that takes a cue from James Bond and wears his Sub on a Nato strap while dressed to the […]

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