My grandfather was a farmer and in the process of moving come over some of his stuff, we found a bunch of watches all of which were non working Timex except one (i think you know what it is based upon the title). I found an old Rolex speedking. I was surprised since my grandfather was a farmer he didnt make a lot of money. I did some research and found out that a rolex was selling their crono models to ww2 soldiers for around .50 cents to a dollar, my grand father worked for around 1-2 a day so it was within his means. Its a 4220 model speedking from around the early to mid 1940's i think.
It didnt work when i wound it so i went to see if it was in fact genuine
I think it is pretty clear why it didnt work, i thought it was rust at first so i took it down to the local rolex AD and wanted about $900 to fix it (they were going to replace everything because they say it was rusted) so i took it home without out repairing it. I opened up the case and wiped my finger along the metal and found out that its not rusted.
At least where the jeweler said it was. I was thinking that i am going to see if i can get someone to clean up the movement and identify if any parts need replacing and then go from there.
It works but for no more than 30 sec, if i tap on the case i can see the hair spring go for a bit and then it stops so im hoping that the main issue is its dirty but i have feeling that it could be worse than that.
Thought i would share with you guys and maybe you would know more about this watch than i do so any help would be appreciated.