There is one watch that will mean the most to you, and that will always stay with you. It’s your father’s watch. This is my father’s Rolex that he bought in 1973, and he wore it constantly for 40 years. Only in the last months of his life did he take it off as he didn’t manage to auto wind it any more.
He was 47 when he bought it, and it was the only extravagant purchase he ever made. Considering that it served him for 40 years, not that extravagant.Only once was the watch serviced, in the mid 80s. I put it on the timegrapher last year, with astonishing results.
Yes, this is a Rolex movement, and you can tell. Nice decoration, and great execution. You can tell somebody has been here before, as the left handed nut that holds the date wheel has been mauled badly. I remember my father telling me that it was a local watchmaker, rather than Rolex that serviced the watch.
The top plate with the auto winder removed. The central second arbor/pinion is held in place with a spring, just like on the Omega movements of the same era. Later movements (3035, 3135) have a better construction with a jewelled second hand arbor.
And here is the mark of the lad with the sharpened screwdriver 😉Some dirt and solidified grease, as you would expect. No damage through wear and tear, though, apart from the rotor post showing a bit of abrasion, but not to a degree that it needs changing.
Here is the rotor post – still good for a couple of decades.
I must say I don’t like this careless scratching around. You sometimes see older watchmakers who have gotten a bit “hardened” with time rummaging around a movement as if it were a truck engine. I don’t think it makes you work faster, and I don’t quite get it…
The little jewel on the yoke that presses on the date changer wheel is on the underside of the yoke, so you can’t see it. On later Rolex movements, it’s on the top side. Balance and escape wheel both have capped jewels.
New mainspring, new crystal, and a good clean. After 4 days, the watch is doing +-0s/day as I put it down dial down during the night to compensate for it losing 2 seconds a day, which it then regains overnight.