Menswear: Which watch?


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Rirawin
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9537 posts since 17/7/05

4 Aug 2021 13:06
My (ex-Rolex) AD advised against watch winders… what do people do here with their 'Lex's.
smith
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11370 posts since 5/5/04

posted 4 Aug 2021 13:07, edited 4 Aug 2021 13:07
Thats a beauty bungleski. All I can add is to make sure it never gets polished. Scuffs and scratches give it more identity especially given its age Cool

I'm against watch winders. Storage is more important. Keep in a safe inside a cupboard and the grease on parts wont dry out for many many years. Decades in fact.
Doogan
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1025 posts since 13/4/14

4 Aug 2021 13:21
Nice watch. Cool
bungleski
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549 posts since 21/7/11

4 Aug 2021 13:55
Thanks all for your input. Puts my mind at ease regarding it’s sleep time.
It’s stored in a drawer when not in use, away from direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.

Still in 2 minds regarding getting it serviced. Personally don’t want to leave it until it breaks before getting one, but the could do without dropping 600 notes at the mo on it, especially if it’s not really needed as yet.

@smith, cleaned, not polished. I agree it adds to it being ‘my’ watch. I get black marks from the bracelet though, especially in the summer so could do with a clean. Could I just do this myself with toothbrush and fairy liquid?

I inherited it from my late father, had no idea he owned it until he passed away. Nearly sold it on originally as was in some debt at the time. So glad I ended up holding on to it.
a
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351 posts since 14/12/05

4 Aug 2021 16:09
With a Rolex service they don’t charge for swapping out any worn internal components etc so personally I don’t bother taking them for service unless there is an issue that needs rectifying.

For the clean like you suggested just some warm soapy water and an old toothbrush will be fine. It’s a good idea to periodically clean it because getting rid of the gunk/dirt build up will reduce the wear on the bracelet links.
eazypz
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3359 posts since 16/4/10

4 Aug 2021 23:31
Just to add, without getting it serviced you won’t know if it’s water tight, so clean the bracelet only.
Kadafi39
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1985 posts since 30/10/09

5 Aug 2021 14:00
True, but it is a sea dweller, which was specifically designed to be waterproof and bear high water pressure.

I would almost guarantee it's still water tight.
bungleski
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549 posts since 21/7/11

5 Aug 2021 17:16
Kadafi39 wrote: True, but it is a sea dweller, which was specifically designed to be waterproof and bear high water pressure.

I would almost guarantee it's still water tight.

Thanks for the advice eazypz, but I reckon Kadafi’s right. Nothing to suggest the seal has been compromised. I’ve worn it many times this year in the sea and swimming pools and I would think that this would be noticeable by now if was the case.
Hello World
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12170 posts since 7/3/05

5 Aug 2021 19:55
Mine GMT II broke couple of years ago, something in the mechanism. Sent to be repaired and it came back brand new, they swapped out the faded red / blue bezel with some character scratches for a brand new one.

Assume that is policy but would have preferred to keep the old one for "character".
-DiscoTits-
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934 posts since 26/11/07

posted 5 Aug 2021 21:29, edited 5 Aug 2021 21:29
You are supposed to request to keep old parts before sending it away for a service. They will retain any work components and return to you without fuss.
deuce
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14044 posts since 21/1/08

5 Aug 2021 22:45
rolex service centre only ever give back watches so they're 'like new'. they replace old parts entirely and wont ever provide them back to the customer. because of this its normally advised to go with a 3rd party specialist rather than rolex themselves
woffle
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85 posts since 19/1/09

6 Aug 2021 05:10
You sure?

I've just had my 1990s Explorer back from Rolex SC. I had the option to have the case polished / refurbished, likewise whether I wanted hands / bezel / dial replaced with service items (or left as is). I had some bits replaced and they returned the old.

(admittedly when it first came back they'd 'forgotten' to include then and it look a few days for the Kent service centre to find and return them).

It maybe that I had a weird exception to policy…
Birdman
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1559 posts since 10/3/10

6 Aug 2021 07:05
I asked them to return the original bezel on my Pepsi GMT when I had it serviced and they did.
Hello World
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12170 posts since 7/3/05

6 Aug 2021 09:42
I didn’t ask, anyway it was years ago.

Just looked back at my invoice when I bought it 2nd hand, dec 2009 £2999. Fully boxed with papers, only the 2nd owner.

Inflation from 2009 is only 4.2k just shows the effect of price rises and watches as investments.

Must be 10k now!

smith
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11370 posts since 5/5/04

6 Aug 2021 10:26
deuce wrote: rolex service centre only ever give back watches so they're 'like new'. they replace old parts entirely and wont ever provide them back to the customer. because of this its normally advised to go with a 3rd party specialist rather than rolex themselves

They now ask you if you are a wanting 'vintage'* or 'like new' service.

*you can request individual parts to be replaced or left as is with regard to the look of the watch.
deuce
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14044 posts since 21/1/08

6 Aug 2021 13:23
I stand corrected, admittedly never had a Rolex serviced, but from what’s spoken about online I thought they _always_ gave back watches looking like new. Which is why it’s often recommended to never send a vintage or ‘patina’d’ watch to them
EssexBoyII
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7152 posts since 5/6/07

6 Aug 2021 16:31
deuce wrote: I stand corrected, admittedly never had a Rolex serviced

Good that you piped up anyway deuce. Proper mad that it turned out to be bollocks
Toasted
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1709 posts since 15/10/09

6 Aug 2021 16:50
ismvil
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1808 posts since 16/9/11

10 Aug 2021 08:48
Took off the Apple Watch for the first time in ages today
swede
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9825 posts since 21/3/09

10 Aug 2021 09:06
deuce wrote: rolex service centre only ever give back watches so they're 'like new'. they replace old parts entirely and wont ever provide them back to the customer. because of this its normally advised to go with a 3rd party specialist rather than rolex themselves

woffle wrote: You sure?

deuce wrote: admittedly never had a Rolex serviced

ffs Laughing out loud