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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 Rose Gold Watch May Now Look Yellow

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As an element, gold is naturally a soft and malleable, yellow-colored metal. Pure gold (24 karat) is too soft for most watch and jewelry applications, so other metals and/or elements are added to the gold to increase its hardness and durability.    18 karat gold is a concentration of 75% gold, and 25% other metals/elements. The 75% gold content ensures that the gold alloy will have all of the desirable properties of pure gold, while the other 25% allows the metal to […]

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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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December 17, 2014

Why are Wrist Watches so Expensive?

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One of the reasons watches are losing their popularity among the populace of the typical everyday world is that they are so expensive.  A Rolex or Tag Heuer on a man’s wrist shows that they are a man of supreme success and a force to behold.  That is because so many people do not wear a watch any longer, particularly because everyone has a smart phone which doubles as a time piece. Some economists might wonder why they don’t lower the […]

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December 10, 2014

Which Luxury Watch Brands will Best Hold Their Value?

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When you are ready to branch into the world of high end watches, there are many considerations you must recognize before going to the register.  A lot of people will want the perfect look and fit and that is of course entirely subjective.  However, one thing that is far less subjective and also important to many watch buyers and collectors is the issue of value, and specifically, which brands will hold their value and even increase in value with the […]

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December 5, 2014

What Watches are the Most Prestigious in the World of High-end Watches?

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One of the most complex and intricate worlds is indeed the world of high end watches.  Very few people undertake the necessary time to research and learn of the world.  You could study for years and still never understand exactly all the things you need to know.  You need to live it and breath it and immerse yourself in high end watches to truly understand their subtle differences.  But if you don’t have the time or interest in all that […]

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October 30, 2014

What Does Your Watch Say About You?

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Accessories and luxury items reflect who you are to the world outside. The reason we even comb our hair in the morning is to make ourselves presentable, knowing that others will judge us based on our exterior. So what does your luxury watch say about you? We have summarized the stigmas and stereotypes affiliated with the major luxury watch brands. See which one you should get – or avoid! Rolex You are the man. You are a legend. You are the desire […]

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October 28, 2014

Which Luxury Watch Brands Best Maintain Their Value?

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One of the advantages to paying more for a product – most any product – is the idea that it will retain its value over a lesser brand.  It’s true in almost all worlds: a nice Martin guitar will not only maintain but sometimes increase in value, whereas a Ibanez or off-brand will certainly decrease to the point of being worth nothing.  If you are ready to step into the world of owning and appreciating high end luxury watches, you […]

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