This is the third Rolex 3135 this month, and I still love servicing them 😉
Suhas sent this one in. Let’s see how it’s doing on the timegrapher …
Ouch. Hardly any amplitude, very wavy beat rate, just about beating!
No lack of dirt on the case and bracelet, either.That’s what an ultrasonic cleaner is for.
The dial and hands are in very good condition.
The movement with the balance and pallet fork removed.
The third wheel is slightly stuck in the jewel, and the oil has crystallised slightly. The second Rolex with that, and normally not something you find that often. Fortunately, the pivot isn’t damaged.
The wheel train nicely visible.
The mainspring still looks quite good, but I will replace it anyway.
I do love the look of the bottom plate of this movement.
Everything nicely made and decorated.
And of course that great detail of the jewel on the date change wheel. I just love it.
All going into the cleaning machine.
Epilame treatment for the usual suspects.
And all the parts clean and ready for reassembly.
The case and bracelet come out nicely from the ultrasonic cleaner.
And the new pendant tube gasket goes in.
Now it’s time to reassemble the movement with the new mainspring.
I start off by applying the braking grease to the barrel wall.
The barrel and bridge are in.
And the movement is beating again.
Time for the bottom plate, and I start off with the keyless works.
Ready for the date disc.
The auto winder is back together and ready to be put onto the movement once it’s cased.
The dial and hands go back on.
This looks much better than before. At +4s/day, the watch will even out to almost 0s/day in mixed positions.
With a new gasket in place, I can put the case back on.
I waterproof test, and all is well.
And we’re back in business. The crystal has some scratches, but it’s only visible in a high-res photo like this one. As they scratch easily, it’s not always worth replacing them as they aren’t cheap. Leave this one in to scratch some more, and replace it at the next service…