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