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    Rolex given to me.

    My father in law gave me his Rolex & I'm just trying to find out info on it. From my own online research it seems this watch is from 1973. It's not in working condition. I don't know if it needs a battery, but I think most Rolex's don't use one. Advise on anything that I should be looking for/at or how to get it working is appreciated!

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    The model you described is an automatic mechanical watch; not to patronize, but did you try winding it?

    If it is actually broken and in need of repair, the market for watch repair is not too dissimilar from the market for auto repair. You can send it to an official Rolex Service Center (RSC), who will charge you a lot but do a good job (analogous to having a dealer service / repair your car), or you can take it to an independent watchmaker, analogous to an independent mechanic, who can also fix it but whose skill sets vary. Most good watchmakers will be familiar with fixing Rolex watches, it is such a dominant and common brand (in the same way most US mechanics can fix Fords and Chevrolets, but you might find a specialist for a Volvo - Rolex are very common, like the Fords and Chevrolets in this example).

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    Re: Rolex given to me.

    Really need pictures to help you out here. Although, The reference #1601 is easy to google and you will be able to learn a lot by reading an article or two about it. If it does not work right now, the only thing you can do is take it to a watchmaker.

    Since you mention not knowing if it needs a battery or not, there is some basic stuff you do not know yet. This watch does not have a battery. It has a screw-down crown ("winder"). Less expensive watches and watches with basic water resistance do not have them. Before you can wind the watch, you have to unscrew the watch until it winds freely. This watch also has the ability to wind itself while you are wearing it due to an internal rotating mechanism.

    If you are still unsure and don't want to break anything, I would take this to the nicest jewelry store you can find. Shopping mall jewelry staff should be able to help, but they might not be able to if they are sales persons only.) When you go, ask the first person there if there is anyone who knows about "older vintage watches." Let them know you do not know anything about the watch and wanted to get some basic user knowledge.

    Good Luck. Just don't rush off and sell it to the first offer you get.
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    Re: Rolex given to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeDrinker View Post
    The model you described is an automatic mechanical watch; not to patronize, but did you try winding it?

    If it is actually broken and in need of repair, the market for watch repair is not too dissimilar from the market for auto repair. You can send it to an official Rolex Service Center (RSC), who will charge you a lot but do a good job (analogous to having a dealer service / repair your car), or you can take it to an independent watchmaker, analogous to an independent mechanic, who can also fix it but whose skill sets vary. Most good watchmakers will be familiar with fixing Rolex watches, it is such a dominant and common brand (in the same way most US mechanics can fix Fords and Chevrolets, but you might find a specialist for a Volvo - Rolex are very common, like the Fords and Chevrolets in this example).
    I did try winding, but I'm not sure if I was doing it correctly. I decided to try finding out the proper way to wind it before doing anything else. If I can't figure it out, I'll get professional help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmKid View Post
    Really need pictures to help you out here. Although, The reference #1601 is easy to google and you will be able to learn a lot by reading an article or two about it. If it does not work right now, the only thing you can do is take it to a watchmaker.

    Since you mention not knowing if it needs a battery or not, there is some basic stuff you do not know yet. This watch does not have a battery. It has a screw-down crown ("winder"). Less expensive watches and watches with basic water resistance do not have them. Before you can wind the watch, you have to unscrew the watch until it winds freely. This watch also has the ability to wind itself while you are wearing it due to an internal rotating mechanism.

    If you are still unsure and don't want to break anything, I would take this to the nicest jewelry store you can find. Shopping mall jewelry staff should be able to help, but they might not be able to if they are sales persons only.) When you go, ask the first person there if there is anyone who knows about "older vintage watches." Let them know you do not know anything about the watch and wanted to get some basic user knowledge.

    Good Luck. Just don't rush off and sell it to the first offer you get.
    Yeah, I wish I could post a picture, but it's not working out for me for whatever reason. I never had a problem before, but that was several years ago with a different phone. I only have basic knowledge of this phone and am trying to learn as much about it as possible. Anyway, thanks for the tips!

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    Re: Rolex given to me.

    A screwdown crown is designed to block entrance of water into the case when you're not using the crown. If it's screwed down now, then turning it clockwise will just not move (will feel tight). Turning it counterclockwise will turn until there is a sort of pop and it will spring a tiny bit away from where you were screwing it down. You are then at the first crown position. If you then turn it clockwise you will wind it. Typically in an automatic (self-winding) watch, you can additionally wind the watch by shaking it gently or by simple wearing it (and that is how it stays wound once you start wearing it).

    After you wind it a bit at the first position, you can pull it out again a little further till you hear a click and most watches allow you to quick set the date by turning it in one direction or the other (varies by watch). Pulling it out to the third position typically allows you to set the hands (and usually "hacks" the watch by stopping it so you can set it to the exact time). Then you push it all the way in, then push gently, feeling a sort of spring compress and turn it to screw the crown down again.

    Maybe you know all this, but if not maybe it will be useful. Even if it IS broken, it's a great watch and you'll be pleased with it once it's fixed. Note also that some independent watchmakers are also very expensive (like mine). If it is broken, it might be costly but sending it to Rolex might be a plan. Though my understanding is that they will try to make it look like new (which some collectors don't appreciate). Seems like a good idea to me but I'm not really a collector, nor do I have a Rolex.

    Good luck and congratulations.
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    Re: Rolex given to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by carbon_dragon View Post
    A screwdown crown is designed to block entrance of water into the case when you're not using the crown. If it's screwed down now, then turning it clockwise will just not move (will feel tight). Turning it counterclockwise will turn until there is a sort of pop and it will spring a tiny bit away from where you were screwing it down. You are then at the first crown position. If you then turn it clockwise you will wind it. Typically in an automatic (self-winding) watch, you can additionally wind the watch by shaking it gently or by simple wearing it (and that is how it stays wound once you start wearing it).

    After you wind it a bit at the first position, you can pull it out again a little further till you hear a click and most watches allow you to quick set the date by turning it in one direction or the other (varies by watch). Pulling it out to the third position typically allows you to set the hands (and usually "hacks" the watch by stopping it so you can set it to the exact time). Then you push it all the way in, then push gently, feeling a sort of spring compress and turn it to screw the crown down again.

    Maybe you know all this, but if not maybe it will be useful. Even if it IS broken, it's a great watch and you'll be pleased with it once it's fixed. Note also that some independent watchmakers are also very expensive (like mine). If it is broken, it might be costly but sending it to Rolex might be a plan. Though my understanding is that they will try to make it look like new (which some collectors don't appreciate). Seems like a good idea to me but I'm not really a collector, nor do I have a Rolex.

    Good luck and congratulations.
    All information is useful. Thanks! It turns out that I was correctly winding the watch when the crown was pulled out, but nothing happened. The crown can only be pulled out two times. The second time adjusts the hands and date.

    I have no idea what the costs would be to fully restore this watch, but I may attempt to try restoring it myself first... if I can find a diy video.

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    Re: Rolex given to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by nokard View Post
    All information is useful. Thanks! It turns out that I was correctly winding the watch when the crown was pulled out, but nothing happened. The crown can only be pulled out two times. The second time adjusts the hands and date.

    I have no idea what the costs would be to fully restore this watch, but I may attempt to try restoring it myself first... if I can find a diy video.

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    Bad idea to try to restore it yourself using a diy video. Depending on what kind of shape it’s in you could make it much worse. Much better to find a proper watchmaker and have him take a look at it. You haven’t paid anything for the watch so even if you have to have it serviced it’ll be a fantastic deal.
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    Re: Rolex given to me.

    Wait did I read that correctly, you plan on fixing the watch yourself? With out any training or experience in repairing a mechanical watch. Who moments ago could not figure out if you were winding it correctly.

    That is possible the worst idea I have heard all year.

    You would be better off selling it, as is while it still worth anything. Than paying someone to fix what you have destroyed.

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    Re: Rolex given to me.

    +1 on the bad idea trying to restore it yourself. I know the thought of it is really cool, but I would have a family heirloom put into running order by a professional. You would be surprised at how little it takes (small piece of dirt, misaligned gear/spring) to make a mechanical watch stop working. Most issues can be fixed quickly and easily by a professional.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulsky View Post
    Bad idea to try to restore it yourself using a diy video. Depending on what kind of shape it’s in you could make it much worse. Much better to find a proper watchmaker and have him take a look at it. You haven’t paid anything for the watch so even if you have to have it serviced it’ll be a fantastic deal.

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