Brought in by one of my regular customers for a service and a clean up is this stunning Rolex Oyster Perpetual, with a solid calibre 3135 automatic movement that has yet to have a service in its life :)
The movement was running and with good timing but a service will help to keep things fresh and improve on an already good rhythm. The casing and bracelet had a few scrapes but the bulk of this would be sorted out with some light polishing and re graining of the bracelet links. The sapphire glass had some gunk around the cyclops but nothing the ultrasonic would not get off. So lets get underway and take a look at the watch >>>
With the movement safely out of its home it was time for the case and bracelet to have a nice long soak in the ultrasonic. Years of build up can really dull down an otherwise stunning watch but a few minutes in a nice warm cleaner will brighten up this casing. The original gaskets had seen better days so these would be replaced once all work is complete and the watch ready to be sealed back up.
Time to break down this movement for cleaning.....
The movement stripped down showed to have only minor dry oil deposits but no wear or damage, this watch was well cared for during its first ownership. With the movement cleaning away the casing & bracelet underwent a multi stage process of cleaning and graining to bring back the shine and pop of when the watch was new. With casing parts all done and sealed away, new gaskets arrived ready to fit, it was time to assemble the movement with some fresh lubricants......
With the movement all back together and running smoothly it was time to replace the gaskets and fit the whole watch back together ready for a new potential owner. With some effort this Rolex has now got some shine back in its face and a super smooth movement all freshly lubricated and ready for anything :)
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