Repairing A Rolex With Dial Exchange Make-Over
Rolex Dial Exchange
Watch Dial Exchange - Rolex Datejust Repair Overhaul and Detailing Project
I like this watch a lot. Clients don’t only come into our watch repair center when their watch hands stop moving. Watch damages are the #1 reason people come in to hand us their Rolex watches. However, we also offer a plethora of customizations one can do to give their watch the proper facelift.
Rolex alone creates beautiful timepieces that are hard to get from the boutique itself. Millions of collectors around the world will not purchase a Rolex if it has any after-market enhancements. However, there is a whole demographic of consumers that long for these customized Rolex watches.
There are some downfalls to customizing a Rolex watch, such as it will no longer be considered factory original. What this means is that Rolex themselves would not take it for repair. Nor could the watch be resold or advertised as a fully original Rolex timepiece. However, there are independent repair centers like our very own Gray and Sons Jewelers that will purchase or repair these kinds of remodeled pieces.
Customizing your Rolex is the easiest and most cost-effective way to turn an old timepiece into a brand new watch. There are several ways to customize your Rolex watch. One can simply change the entire feel of a watch by simply changing a metal bracelet to a leather strap or vise versa.
One can add a unique dial or bezel with diamonds and other precious gemstones. One can play with the polish finish on different areas of the watch, making some satin and some high polish. The possibilities are endless.
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The watch repair we will speak on came from a customer who wanted to add some excitement to her watch. The watch was keeping time and the movement was in good condition; she just wanted to give her watch a makeover.
However, since we must open the watch to exchange the dial, we had to give it an overhaul. Since the movement is now exposed under our care, it is now our responsibility. Every Rolex watch that comes into Gray and Sons Jewelers for repair will automatically receive a 24-month warranty once received by the customer post-repair.
First things first, we open the case back of the watch and look to see if any parts are rusted or damaged and need replacing. In this case, the movement was in excellent condition. Once we examine and gather any information on the movement, our watchmaker takes apart the watch piece by piece and prepares it for cleaning.
The movement, crystal, and watch stem are separated from the head and bracelet. The case and bracelet are given to our head polisher while our watchmakers begin working on the movement. Piece by piece, our watchmaker begins dismantling the watch’s mechanism evaluating every piece.
Once the watch parts have been picked apart, our watchmaker prepares the parts to be cleaned since none of the parts need to be replaced. We use six different cleaning solutions in an ultrasonic machine to deep clean. This makes sure all dirt, dust, and dried oils are extracted from every crevice within the watch parts.
Datejust Diamond Dials
Once the watch parts are cleaned, the watchmaker starts to reassemble the movement. He does this while adding lubricants wherever designated and replacing all the gaskets for water resistance. This tedious process usually takes around 1 to 2 hours per watch! Of course, assuming the watchmaker isn’t interrupted and all parts continue functioning.
Since this watch had a movement in excellent condition, reassembling the movement didn’t require outsourcing many parts. Each of these parts must be individually inspected and cleaned prior to re-assembling. This is where our watchmaker goes ahead and places the new Mother of Pearl dial on the watch.
Since the scratches and dents on the outer case were so insignificant, the detailing was not too deep. We had our polisher only give this watch a deep cleaning session in our ultrasonic machine, then, a light polish; satin finish wherever designated on the original design.
Once our watchmaker puts together the movement and re-cases the watch, it's time for the final steps of our repair process. Prior to returning the client their watch, we must execute a final quality control process to assure the watch is running as accurately as possible.
In this quality control, we measure the watch’s amplitude using special machines that listen to the heartbeat of the watch. We also test the watch’s water resistance with a machine that simulates a deep plunge using air pressure to check for leaks.
We check that all complications are functioning fully; in this case the hour, minute, and second-hand accuracy. If both amplitude and water tests come out well, the watch gets put on our winding wheel for observation. Here, it rotates and mimics the movement of the wrist.
With this machine, we can analyze the power reserve on the watch. This also makes sure the automatic is providing power up to par throughout the day. Our entire repair and dial exchange process usually takes around 3 to 6 weeks total.
Final Product of Rolex Repair Dial Exchange
Get to Know More About Us, Gray and Sons Jewelers - Watch Specialists - Service Centre
For over 41 years, Gray and Sons have specialized in the luxury business of pre-owned watches and estate jewelry. Every item in our inventory has been repaired or restored to like-new condition. We specialize in watchmaking; we’re the most reputable watch collectors in South Florida.
Every day customers come into our independent watch repair center to sell us their watches and jewelry items so our inventory is ever-growing. Through our constantly updated website, customers can request a free monthly catalog that includes our updated inventory. We are committed to maintaining our customers updated, as many carefully selected things come in every month.
Our sales associates are fluent in English, Spanish, French, Polish, and Russian so language barriers are often not a problem. Aside from buying, selling, and repairing, we also do trade-ins or take things in on consignment. Visit us for all your luxury needs!
Our showroom is located in the heart of Miami Beach diagonally across the street from the world-renowned Bal Harbour Shops. If ever in the area, we highly recommend you come into our store! We’d love to meet you and help you find the nearest Rolex you love.
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