There are a couple of obvious problems. The pendant tube thread is shot, and so is the crown. The crystal could also do with replacing, and the watch will get a new mainspring, of course. I love the dial colour, and this is my type of watch. The right size, the right understated look, and a cool dial. Not to forget it has a date, as I tend to forget that 😉
The nicely finished calibre 1225. Click on the photo to enlarge it, and you will see some pretty bad scratches around the wheel that drives the second hand arbor. This doesn’t bode too well, as it’s the sign of unqualified intervention …
The thread on the pendant tube is shot, and I order in a new one. I’m going for generic parts here, as the original Rolex parts are prohibitively expensive. As an example, an original crown comes in at over £150, whereas a generic one is £15. The watch isn’t worth the money to warrant such an investment, as we will need plenty of parts. Crown, pendant tube, mainspring, crystal, winding stem, …
As I said before, this looks like someone who isn’t trained had a go. Check out the bridge around the set lever screw. Someone used a screwdriver that was too large… The bridge screws show the same damage on the bridge.
Hmmm – now what has happened here? Somebody scratched the jewel setting, for no apparent reason. Functionally, we are still fine here, but it’s a shame.
The scratches under the driving wheel for the second hand arbor.
With the balance in place, the movement is ticking. Now what will the timegrapher say?
Not entirely sure about the authenticity of the dial – the letters don’t quite look right, but nevertheless, it’s a nice looking watch.
Before shipping, I ran the watch through a final set of tests, and I wasn’t happy with the noise when the crown was in setting position. It sounded like a little ratchet, and even though the setting worked, it appeared that it sometimes slipped.
Nothing for it but to take the watch apart again and to have another look.
Someone has mounted an intermediate setting wheel that doesn’t belong here. The internal diameter isn’t right, and it’s not tall enough, so they put a little washer under it. I’ve put the washer to the side so you can see it in the photo. As the washer stayed in place whilst cleaning, this escaped me, as I put the watch together wearing a 3.5x optivisor, so detail that small doesn’t show up. This isn’t really an area that often causes problems, and even though I inspected the wheel itself under the microscope, I couldn’t see that the internal diameter was too wide as I inspected it on its own.
Now comes the hard part – finding a Rolex 1210 7567 setting wheel …
The new setting wheel has arrived – for £50. Not cheap, those Rolex parts, if you can find them.