Tag Archives: time piece

November 13, 2018

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

BY Ripley comments 0

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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Why Your Rolex Watch Does Not Glow in the Dark Anymore

BY Ben comments 0

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 19, 2014

Why Do Some People Wear Wrist Watches?

BY James Osborn comments 0

Your first answer to the question “why do some people still wear wrist watches?” might be “do they?”  The short answer is yes, yes people still wear wrist watches, just a lot fewer of them do.  In the days gone by, we wore watches to tell the time, to always be in the present and to know what was going with the sun and the earth.  But now we have smart phones, so those who wore watches simply to tell […]

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