Vintage Rolex spotted, help needed...

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    Member craniotes's Avatar
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    Vintage Rolex spotted, help needed...

    I was meeting with my lawyer today to go over some family-related nonsense when I noticed the watch he was wearing. It turned out to be a gold Rolex Bubbleback, which bore an inscription on the back that dated it to 1945 (apparently it was a gift between soldiers in WWII). Aside from a rather nasty crack in the acrylic crystal, it was in excellent condition. Honestly, I was blown away by just how beautiful this watch was.

    Anyway, my lawyer, not being a WIS (the watch was a gift from his mother), was at a loss as to how to go about repairing the crystal. Given that my experience is mainly with contemporary pieces, I was wondering if anyone here had any recommendations for a watchmaker here in Manhattan that has experience with older Rolexes.

    It really is a lovely watch, and oddly enough, my lawyer is a great guy, so I'd love to be able to help him out here.


    PS - Feel free to PM me.
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    Member Eeeb's Avatar
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    Re: Vintage Rolex spotted, help needed...

    The crystal would be replaced, not repaired. Almost any competent watchmaker can do it. But, given this background, I would suspect the watch has not been serviced for quite a while. I would service it as well as replace the crystal.

    This post will give you a link to where you can find watchmakers by city/state. Most will do Rolexes, I suspect. Any Rolex Authorized Distributor (AD or retailer) can get it fixed too as they have to have associated watchmakers if they want to be an AD.

    There is a Rolex forum here where members may have direct experiences with NYC watchmakers.

    Isn't it great when you find someone wearing a neato watch? I saw a blue Submariner (Rolex) on the wrist of my investment adviser ... good watches look so nice when worn in normal life.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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