After having taken apart my Rolex, it needs some work on the case – it’s scratched, and in some places has fairly deep dents.
There is only one thing for it and that is a good polishing.
If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see all the damage.
You can’t just polish scratches out – you have to first create an even surface, and that means having to go as deep as the deepest scratch goes. This is harsh stuff as it means having to attack your watch case with a 240 grit paper which will bring tears to your eyes. But there is no other way!
Six hours later (I had a lot of deep scratches to start off with), I have a perfectly polished watch case. I probably wouldn’t do this for a £ 20 watch, but for a Rolex, it’s well worthwhile.
To sum it up:
- you can’t skip any step in this process – go from one grit paper to the next
- the order is 240 / 400 / 1200 / 2000 / 9 micron / Dialux Vert – slight deviation doesn’t matter, so if you use a 500 instead of a 400, all is still fine
- make sure that you have an even surface after each different grit – if you overlook something, it’s back to square one
- take your time, check progress with a loupe, don’t expect to do this in an hour
- be careful with pendant tubes (as you can see, I removed it from the case), lugs, etc. as you can easily take too much off
- slowly does it
If you want to see the reassembly, please continue reading here.