Subscribe to watchmakers opt-in announcement list NOW. Rolex Watch Polish Before and After. Keep it parallel and keep polishing until you remove ALL scratches, no matter how deep. One year warranty. Rolex Day/Date After Service and Case Refinishing The gorgeous “mother of pearl” bezel has diamond indexes and yellow gold sub dials that match the 18k yellow gold bezel, case and bracelet. process of hand-polishing. magnified Step 1: To get rid of scratches start with coarse sand paper, grade 220. Jan 16, 2015,20:02 PM . All scratches are gone, but the surface is very coarse and dull. The steel surface now reflects even more light Don't rush - take your time (at least 5 minutes per side). The really good polishers will take apart the watch before working on … Although built to stand the test of time, you’ll still need to look after your luxury watch and maintain it in a variety of ways. Kind regards Anthony. Replace the crystal? It takes our certified watchmaker at least 3 hours to complete the polishing of a Rolex. are either not interested in doing it properly or were never taught how to do it. Not perfect.. The polishing process requires the removal of a tiny amount of material from the surface of the components. The trick in obtaining mirror-like finish is simple : a/ to use correct polishing medium and b/ to master polishing skills go for medium soft cotton disk, 10cm diameter. most sand papers of similar quality will do the trick. tick tock doctor 341. BELOW DEALERS COST specials (c)2008. Discount on selected watch winders Apply some chromium oxide rouge (known as Green Steel Rouge) one more shot Rolex Servicing - A Before and After Exclusive by Raphmeister A lot of folks make this comment about Rolex servicing when they send their watch in for an overhaul which is right on the money which is “it comes back like new” but they don’t show or have pics for what they mean by that which is something I have sought to rectify. Step 2: Switch to dry paper grade 800. If you want a full polish, it comes with an extra cost. It shows the unpolished Rolex on the left and the finished product on the right, after the re-polishing … If I can do it, you can do it too :-), Step 3: very much the same, now with finer grade dry paper - Take your time, don't rush - 5 min. here I use Swiss made 1600 powder coated jewellers paper Kind regards Anthony ... By: tick tock doctor : January 17th, 2015-03:42, Hello amanico But, removing the bezel allows you to satin finish the horns up to and under the bezel seat(leaves a more finished look of the case). go for medium soft cotton disk, 10cm diameter. On touch 3M film eels like ordinarily Private sellers stock, Ten Rolex buying tips: Save time, money and a headache, The 10 most legendary watches 'Down Under', Omega Railmaster 2503.52 Vs. Rolex Explorer 114270, Date your Rolex : serial numbers and production data. Apply some chromium oxide rouge (known as Green Steel Rouge). Medium: 3M Film sheet polishing (plastic) The polishing process requires the removal of a tiny amount of material from the surface of the components. The surface is still dull but we are heading in the right direction. To one it is perturbing; to the other it’s no big deal. I use German made, but This is jewellers stuff The most important thing here is to remove ALL scratches The most important thing here is to remove ALL scratches Taking care not to polish the holes on clasp and case lugs. most sand papers of similar quality will do the trick. (including vintage watches 1970-80 etc. Regular monthly specials Separating Bezel from case. Once you achieve mirror-like finish, clean in ultrasonic. Submariner watches are tested at a distance of 300 meters inside large tubes. Taking care not to polish the holes on clasp and case lugs. Those few who have mastered the skill of hand-polishing would rather die then to revel their secret of the trade! Period. If there are still any visible imperfection go back to Step 3. so they prefer to call is 4/0 Separating Bezel from case. Jan 16, 2015,20:02 PM . A routine stretch repair of the Oyster and Jubilee bracelets does not include repair of the gold centre links. Rolex Case Polishing Nicholas Hacko, Master Watchmaker and Watch dealer Restoring or refinishing a stainless steel watch case is not as difficult as may be thought. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Oyster, 40mm, yellow gold was created for professional driving racers. The image on this page demonstrates a before and after picture of a pre-owned Rolex Air King 34mm watch with a salmon dial. Thanks for asking. If you have any questions about the repair of your Rolex, please call or email and I will give you more info on the repair process. This tutorial is aimed not only at watchmakers, but also at watch dealers and collectors wanting to familiarize themselves with the Guinea pig: 15 years old Explorer II Ref 16570, long overdue for decent case re-polishing. Step 1: Discount on selected watch winders We provide an easy link polishing. The two different finishes will need to be applied without removing too much material or rounding the edges. Watches under $A 1000 BELOW DEALERS COST specials Guinea pig: 15 years old Explorer II Ref 16570, long overdue for decent case re-polishing. Rolex Search all forums Only threads With images. Restoring or refinishing a stainless steel watch case is not as difficult as may be thought. Available from jewellery suppliers only. NEVER MISS A GREAT DEAL AGAIN ! and to have the grain lines parallel with the case. That's OK. From now on, and to have the grain lines parallel with the case. To get rid of scratches start with coarse sand paper, grade 220. ... Before and After... Polishing . Step 3: very much the same, now with finer grade dry paper - Taking care not to polish the holes on clasp and case lugs. If done improperly, polishing can permanently alter the shape of a watch’s parts or even destroy them completely. Better to do a little than too much. If done improperly, polishing can permanently alter the shape of a watch’s parts or even destroy them completely. We recommend fixing deep scratches with laser welding. When wearing a watch, the band inevitably gets scratches. process of hand-polishing. Once you achieve mirror-like finish, clean in ultrasonic. Not polishing over trade marks also leaves a crisper finish. See some of our recent refurbishments on our Instagram & Facebook pages. Show profile; Show other posts; Send PM; Before and After... Polishing. Always needs the hands of an expert as you can't easily go in reverse. Cosmograph Daytona Rolex Polishing Before and After Pics. AFTER. If there are still any visible imperfection go back to Step 3. Show profile; Show other posts; Send PM; Before and After... Polishing. Medium: 3M Film sheet polishing (plastic) Step 2: Switch to dry paper grade 800. The image on this page demonstrates a before and after picture of a pre-owned Rolex Air King 34mm watch with a salmon dial. Rolex Day/Date After Service and Case Refinishing Our dedicated, manufacturer trained refurbishment & polishing department can have your watch back on your wrist looking like new - within 2-3 days. Rolex Day/Date Bracelet Before Refinishing Note the lack of matte finish on the outer edges. Same surface, magnified. For modern watches, Rolex recommends a complete service about every ten years. After many years of everyday use the Oyster bracelet can begin to shown signs of wear. AFTER. Rolex Servicing - A Before and After Exclusive by Raphmeister A lot of folks make this comment about Rolex servicing when they send their watch in for an overhaul which is right on the money which is “it comes back like new” but they don’t show or have pics for what they mean by that which is something I have sought to rectify. can buy this grade at any automotive shop supplier. Polishing is part art and part science and a master polisher is as difficult to find as a master watchmaker. Although built to stand the test of time, you’ll still need to look after your luxury watch and maintain it in a variety of ways. Step 4: More of the same. Begin with getting your polishing motor ready; place your muslin buffs on the spindles with the motor running. Also, the high polish in the center has been worn away. here I use Swiss made 1600 powder coated jewellers paper Watch Polishing Before and After: Get the Luster Back in Your Luxury Watch Luxury brand watches are constructed with careful craftsmanship and painstaking detail. Polishing a Rolex requires the disassembly of its case and the removal of its internal movement. Nicholas Hacko, This tutorial is aimed not only at watchmakers, but also at watch dealers and collectors wanting to familiarize themselves with the Even more confusing is deciding which options offered should be accepted. FACT: 35% of all watches offered for sale actually never reach this website - I’m also very happy to do not polish:) ) for the customers watches and my customers are very happy with the polishing quality I’m providing. If you own a Paul Newman Rolex Daytona or a Milsub (nickname for a Rolex Submariner issued to British Royal Navy divers in the 1960s and 1970s), this is sound advice. by following the correct procedure. You But, a little better. The case and bracelet are scratched and dinged from normal wear. Be careful not to over-buff edges! However, it is possible to refurbish a steel bracelet with minor signs of use without great expense. I’m also very happy to do not polish:) ) for the customers watches and my customers are very happy with the polishing quality I’m providing. The casing is tested before and after the movement is added, to detect any fault in the casing. It shows the unpolished Rolex on the left and the finished product on the right, after the re-polishing process. Deciding whether or not to restore a vintage watch is a tough decision to make. But, if you want the whole watch to look brand new, take it to a certified Rolex store to have it serviced and polish at thesame time. After you've gotten out your scratches, and the finish on the steel is all uniform--in one direction (best to check in as bright a light as possible before proceeding)--then grab your polishing cloth and buff it a bit (to your liking) to tone down the grain left behind by the refinishing pad and to give it more of a gen-like, 904L shine. Keep it parallel and keep polishing until you remove ALL scratches, no … you should be the first one to know. Keep it parallel and keep polishing until you remove ALL scratches, no matter how deep. All Rolex Sport Models will enjoy 85% buyback and 90% tradeback value within 1 year! By: tick tock doctor : January 16th, 2015-20:02. A.) BEFORE. Polishing a Rolex requires the disassembly of its case and the removal of its internal movement. Anyone who owns a Rolex with an Oyster bracelet that has polished center links (like the three I own – the two-tone Submariner, Yacht-Master, and Daytona) knows how readily the center link shows scratches. available form jewellers suppliers. Polish case, band and crystal.-4/+6 official COSC timing test. BEFORE. plastic sheet, definitely not your ordinarily sand paper :-) It takes our certified watchmaker at least 3 hours to complete the polishing of a Rolex. I’ve got some very good resolution pictures (before and after and I can prove that polishing is … Bright/Mirror Polish Step 1. The Hour Glass is proud to be part of the worldwide network of Official Rolex Retailers, allowed to sell and maintain Rolex Watches. If I can do it, you can do it too :-) It can also adsorb polish better than other the 316L type. Keep it parallel ! and looks fairly smooth. Keep polishing. plastic sheet, definitely not your ordinarily sand paper :-). Kind regards Anthony, The key word is gentle restoration. The internet is awash with tales of watches butchered by an incompetent independent watchmaker or, worse still, the brand itself. I prefer to do all case polishing by hand. Watch Polishing Before and After: Get the Luster Back in Your Luxury Watch Luxury brand watches are constructed with careful craftsmanship and painstaking detail. You just have to make sure to screw down the crown tightly to ensure its waterproofness, after you wind it up manually, reset the time or change the date. piece of cake! The watchmakers and refinishers at The Watch Buyers Group Rolex service center are the best in the United States. Change the hands? The steel surface now reflects even more light Use a good polishing compound for gold, silver or even for aluminum manually by hand. While many Rolex watches will be able to run far longer than this before becoming unable to properly keep time, getting your Rolex serviced before it starts to develop problems will help minimize wear and ensure that it stays in the best condition possible. . But, a little better. Also, the high polish in the center has been worn away. because they are sold to my existing customers and mailing list subscribers. Polishing a bracelet. For this purpose, the scratches are removed and the typical Rolex cut is produced. ... Before and After... Polishing . The procedure shown below was passed to me by my father (an to him by his brother When you polish metal you're removing a tiny amount to get rid of micro scratches and such, but polishing too much or in the wrong places can make the watch look worse (dull edges, too shiny, etc). I prefer to do all case polishing by hand. Before and After: Rolex Bracelet Repair. So if you want it polished, go ahead. Bracelet restoration can be undertaken at a fraction of the cost compared to buying a new replacement Oyster bracelet from Rolex. That's OK. Ahhh... Ready to assemble. Unfortunately most watchmakers are either not interested in doing it properly or were never taught how to do it. I have done it twice already on mine. Mihajlo Hacko, Master Watchmaker since 1948. who still does his own watch repairs!) At The Hour Glass, we are at your service to help you choose the Rolex watch that best suits you, within the wide range of Rolex timepieces. Refinish the case? A professional polisher takes into account the edges of the watch and will work to keep them sharp, not polishing away too much metal in order to remove a negligible scratch in a hard to reach place. The bracelet was in a sorry state – the links were severely worn and gave a distinct, gap-toothed look to the watch, which no longer fitted properly on the wrist and it was at risk of snapping completely in places. To get rid of scratches start with coarse sand paper, grade 220. Step 1: Mans Rolex showing all parts before cleaning. The two different finishes will need to be applied without removing too much material or rounding the edges. Rolex Search all forums Only threads With images. All that is needed is to give your Rolex just the smallest bit of care. Here is some help for you. On touch 3M film eels like ordinarily There are too many different polishing cotton wheels available; Rolex Day/Date Bracelet Before Refinishing Note the lack of matte finish on the outer edges. Not polishing over trade marks also leaves a crisper finish. Trade-in and unrestored stock BEFORE. It is an iconic watch and a household name. available form jewellers suppliers. The procedure shown below was passed to me by my father (an to him by his brother and looks fairly smooth. This step is very important. If you own a 1965 Omega Seamaster, it’s not as crucial as the watch isn’t really worth that much to begin with. Cheers ! Regular monthly specials That said, it's pretty standard for a watchmaker to polish a watch when its being serviced/restored. can buy this grade at any automotive shop supplier. I prefer to do all case polishing by hand. You A Rolex that is worn every day requires little looking after. so they prefer to call is 4/0, Take your time, don't rush - 5 min. I’ve got some very good resolution pictures (before and after and I can prove that polishing is … Watches under $A 1000 AFTER. Instant 'in box' notification as new stock becomes available Hi - there's a load of threads on the subject of cleaning and polishing on here. (note how more light is now reflected form steel surface), Same surface, magnified. Separating Bezel from case. Rolex Air King Model 5500 Case Refinishing Before and After These are pictures of the case and bracelet before service. We strive to give you the best prices, all our prices are below standard market price. Mihajlo Hacko, Master Watchmaker since 1948. who still does his own watch repairs!). . The really good polishers will take apart the watch before working on it … The high polish and matte finishes have also worn Taking care not to polish the holes on clasp and case lugs. per side Keep it parallel ! tick tock doctor 341. I use German made, but Rolex Jubilee & oyster band repair, restoration, ... Before and after pictures from a Oyster bracelet restoration. Watch Polishing Before and After: Get the Luster Back in Your Luxury Watch Posted on October 3, 2019 at 3:46 pm by sergey / Brands , Lifestyle , Local , Watches / 0 This step is very important. Note: If the watch band is really dirty, it helps to clean it up before polishing either scrubbing between link or remove the band and use an ultrasonic machine. grade 60 microns and 10 microns (2-3 minutes each). Thanks Bill, By: tick tock doctor : January 17th, 2015-10:37, Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Step 5: polishing on buffing wheel Step 4: More of the same. Removing Scratches From The Polished Center Link Of A Rolex Oyster Bracelet By: John B. Holbrook, II March 19th, 2006. Available from jewellery suppliers only. The surface is still dull but we are heading in the right direction. (including vintage watches 1970-80 etc. Don't rush - take your time (at least 5 minutes per side). Guinea pig: 15 years old Explorer II Ref 16570, long overdue for decent case re-polishing. (note how more light is now reflected form steel surface) Not perfect.. A professional polisher takes into account the edges of the watch and will work to keep them sharp, not polishing away too much metal in order to remove a negligible scratch in a hard to reach place. per side. Your watch is completely taken apart during the overhaul process. But, in short, Cape Cod polishing cloths are you best bet IMO for removing scratches from polished surfaces (don't use them on brushed finishes though). Our timepieces are throughly inspected by our technicians to be 100% in working condition and authentic before we sell. Here some examples before and after a polish. All scratches are gone, but the surface is very coarse and dull. Be careful not to over-buff edges! There are too many different polishing cotton wheels available; Private sellers stock, Instant 'in box' notification as new stock becomes available Our Rolex refinishing experts are, without question, trained and tested masters in polishing. However, we do not remove deep scratches. Run a search using the search function (top right under the PrestigeTime banner) and you'll find all you need to know. This is jewellers stuff Unfortunately most watchmakers grade 60 microns and 10 microns (2-3 minutes each). We are one of few accredited service centre's in the UK who offer a full refurbishment and polish of your Rolex and other leading brand watches, without having to perform a full service or any other work. Ahhh... 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