Monday, September 28, 2009

Restoration of a 1945. Rolex Oyster watch

This family heirloom was in need of major repair and was taken to Rolex Service Centre for a quote. Unfortunately, the watch was rendered as beyond repair because allegedly, Rolex does no longer have spare parts for their vintage models.

Restoration of a 1945. Rolex Oyster watch

Restoration of a 1945. Rolex Oyster watch

Restoration of a 1945. Rolex Oyster watch

Restoration of a 1945. Rolex Oyster watch

Restoration of a 1945. Rolex Oyster watch

The entire restoration project took over 4 hours where most of the time was spent on realignment of the hair spring which was badly damaged by previous repairers.

The end result was rewarding. The watch now ticks at a rate of +1 second a day and ha a healthy amplitude of over 300 degrees. Not bad for a 64 years old watch!

Restoration of a 1945. Rolex Oyster watch


The features of the watch are its original "quarter hatch" dial and its early screw lock crown.

Restoration of a 1945. Rolex Oyster watch

Restoration of a 1945. Rolex Oyster watch

Restoration of a 1945. Rolex Oyster watch

5 comments:

Bruce said...

A beautiful watch, Nick.
It deserved to be repaired and hopefully run for another 60+ years.

Boun said...

A beautiful watch! On another note, I love your blog Nick, please keep it up!

Glenn said...

That's a really nice dial and the markers are unusual too. Good work Nick.

Dave said...

64 years old and gorgeous ! Thank you for the pictures and sneak-peak inside

Anonymous said...

Dear Nick,

My dad has an early sixties Rolex submariner. We brought it to a well respected Duluth, Mn. jeweler of over 40 years in business. They sent it into Rolex and was told they didn't have the parts to restore the watch much to our surprise. Cosmetically, it needs a face, crystal and bezel replacement. I'm sure the case needs a resto/polishing as well. The movement needs work too. It does not run.

Do you have a ball park fiqure for what you would charge to restore this watch? In American dollars?

Hoping you can help. Love the photos of the beautiful oyster you restored.

jtmcd2004@yahoo.com

Cheers,
Todd