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    Weird noise in 16610 Submariner

    Hey all, so I officially have joined the Submariner club. It’s a 16610 K serial and it’s in really great shape for the age.

    I noticed that there’s noise from inside the watch that is separate from the rotor rotating around. It’s sounds like either the rotor itself is loose and is hitting against the side of the movement or it’s the movement itself shifting around inside.

    Does anyone have any experience with this as a similar issue? Or should I just send it off for servicing once the RSC opens back up?

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    Re: Weird noise in 16610 Submariner

    Better get it looked at before any (more?) damage occurs. In the meantime -- quit shaking it!
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    Re: Weird noise in 16610 Submariner

    Does it run and keep good time??

    If it stops or starts to run slow then it needs a service.
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    Yeahhhh that’s what I was afraid of. I bought it off a guy from the Rolex forums. I guess it’ll just sit in the watch box until I can send it off for repair

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigclive2011 View Post
    Does it run and keep good time??

    If it stops or starts to run slow then it needs a service.
    It winds perfectly fine, date changes fine. It’s running slow however. I’m wearing it now to see exactly how slow per 24 hours but I will keep everyone updated

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    Re: Weird noise in 16610 Submariner

    I’ve had mine for 27 years from new, and it ran +5spd up until last year when it started to slow.

    I had a full service (Not Rolex) and now it is back to about +5 again.

    A word of caution with watches of a certain age, Rolex will butcher it and send you back a watch with a service dial and hands and a polished case, which is ok if that is what you want, but I wanted to keep mine original so had it done by an approved agent with strict instruction of what I wanted up front.
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    Re: Weird noise in 16610 Submariner

    Sounds like a worn rotor axel and perhaps there maybe damage to the axel jewel itself as well, although not as common. Time for a service for sure. That noise I bet sounds like faint scraping, or a shuddering perhaps?

    Not a totally uncommon problem.
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    It’s not so much scraping as it is a clicking sound when I move the watch from side to side. I don’t even have to move it that much it just clicks. Now I just have to wait until RSC opens up I guess

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    Re: Weird noise in 16610 Submariner

    A clicking sound could be the clutch on the overwind protector. Once the watch is fully wound a clutch will engage so the mainspring can’t be wound to tight. Can you replicate this sound when hand-winding your watch?
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    I’ve tried to manipulate that sound from winding and it won’t do it. It’s just a very smooth rotation as I wind it. When I hold it up like this and gently move my arm towards my face back and forth is when I hear the clicking noise
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