I tend to write about the more exotic watches we service here, but the bread-and-butter watches can be interesting work as well!
This Rolex doesn’t keep good time, so the customer decided to send it in for a service.
Lots of dirt, but nothing unusual on first sight. The performance isn’t anything to write home about – the movement is barely ticking.
Also, both dial feet have broken off …
The barrel has a lot of old grease and abrasion in it. This watch hasn’t been serviced in a couple of decades at least …
The broken off dial feet.
The parts are cleaned, and I can put the movement back together.
As usual, I start off with a new mainspring.
The 3035 is a step up from the previous 1500 family, but still has a balance cock instead of a bridge. But it has a quick-set date, and the beat rate is adjusted on the balance with screws. Not a bad movement, but I would make the step up to the 3135, which I like a lot better. Not that this is a bad movement at all.
The dial side shows the snappy date change. The quick-set date wheel hasn’t been put in yet.
The movement is back together and adjusted.
The old luminous compound on the hands is brittle, and has started to break up.
Before I can solder on the dial feet, I carefully mark the old position.
Dial foot soldered on. The main point to observe is to use as little solder as possible, and to heat up very quickly. This will prevent damage to the dial.
Both feet soldered on.
No dial damage at all, and the luminous compound on the hands perfectly matches the dots on the dial. I mixed the Bergeon standard yellow with a tiny bit of orange, and a sprinkle of umbra pigment.
Ready for the case back.
That looks a lot better than before.
Movement cased, and ready for testing. The two fibres at 8 and 9 o’clock are on the outside of the new crystal, just in case you are wondering 😉
This post shows you a bit of the more mundane side of our workshop. Nevertheless, we try to do every job right, and this Rolex certainly was worth the effort.