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    Just got my refurbished (de-stretched) Rolex bracelet back. I'm happy.

    About five weeks ago, I decided to have my 32 year old Rolex jubilee bracelet de-stretched. The jubilee bracelets are notorious for "stretch" and over the years, they can look pretty sad and droopy. Such was the case with mine, and I sent it off to Michael Young at Classic Watch Repair in Hong Kong. This is a far distance from the northern Chicago suburbs where I hang my Sox hat.

    Michael quoted me $180 plus shipping for the service (for TT. SS is cheaper, all gold is more), and said it would be about 8 - 10 weeks. It was actually a bit more than 4 weeks, including shipping. His communication was excellent.

    Here is a before picture:

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    Here it is when I got it back yesterday:

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    I think he did a very nice job. The watch is a pleasure to wear again, and the bracelet looks new and tight. I estimate that over the years it had stretched about 2/3", so when the stretch was removed, I had to set the clasp as wide as it would go to accommodate my wrist. It fits great, but if my wrist starts to grow, I'm in trouble, having lost the extra links some time in the past generation.

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    Re: Just got my refurbished (de-stretched) Rolex bracelet back. I'm happy.

    Very nice repair, and the price seems very reasonable, given that it's a rather labor intensive process.


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    +1 for a north side sox fan! And great refurb. I've always wondered about how they do this...
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    It looks like he did a great job! It looks way better than before! Escaping for $180 with anything involving a Rolex sounds like a blessing... Well done!
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    Re: Just got my refurbished (de-stretched) Rolex bracelet back. I'm happy.

    Yet another excellent review of Michael Young.

    If I needed that service, he would absolutely be my go to guy.

    Looks great, chief.

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    Re: Just got my refurbished (de-stretched) Rolex bracelet back. I'm happy.

    I didn't know the bracelets could be fixed. Looks great.
    Thanks for the post.

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    Re: Just got my refurbished (de-stretched) Rolex bracelet back. I'm happy.

    Looks good. Enjoy the many coming years with it.

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    Re: Just got my refurbished (de-stretched) Rolex bracelet back. I'm happy.

    $180 for a destretch/refurb? Great deal, and the result looks great!
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    Re: Just got my refurbished (de-stretched) Rolex bracelet back. I'm happy.

    Yeah - great repair.

    I've only become aware of this lately being someone that normally has watches on a strap. How long does it take for bracelets to stretch and what causes it (mis-use, getting fatter! or just every day wear?)

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    Re: Just got my refurbished (de-stretched) Rolex bracelet back. I'm happy.

    Quote Originally Posted by GETS View Post
    Yeah - great repair.

    I've only become aware of this lately being someone that normally has watches on a strap. How long does it take for bracelets to stretch and what causes it (mis-use, getting fatter! or just every day wear?)

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    Well, this watch is about 32 years old, and I wore it as my daily for about 30 of those years. My understanding is that is is not so much that the links on the bracelet actually stretch or even deform, but that the pins inside wear and get thinner, leaving visible gaps between the links. The bracelet is disassembled and new pins replace the worn ones.
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