The Importance Of Servicing Your Rolex Watch

Rolex watches are renowned for their durability, their prestige and their high quality materials, which makes them one of the most desirable brands on the market. But, even a Rolex watch needs to be serviced regularly to keep it in the best condition, especially if you intend to sell it in the future.

Here’s how to service your watch properly and the value of doing so. 

Why service a Rolex?

One of the main reasons that Rolex watches need servicing is that the lubricants used for the mechanism can break down over time, so the goal is to reduce friction and prevent damage from occurring.

During the servicing process, specialist lubricants will be applied to ensure that your watch runs smoothly without any friction. Servicing makes sure that each component of your watch is working as it should.

When should you service a Rolex?

Rolex recommends servicing their modern models every 10 years. Vintage models require more frequent servicing than a modern watch, because they’re older and may be more prone to damage or wear and tear as a result. So, depending on the age of the watch you have, you may need to get it serviced more or less regularly. 

What does servicing involve?

You shouldn’t try to service your Rolex yourself, as you could end up doing more damage than good. It’s a job that requires expertise and skill, so make sure you get a professional service for your Rolex.

1. Disassembly

There are several steps to servicing a Rolex, starting with disassembly. This involves taking the watch apart and checking the internal movement. Depending on the model you have, there can be numerous components and complex watches can have thousands of pieces. 

2. Cleaning

The watch is then cleaned using ultrasonic tools to remove old lubricant, and fresh lubricant is added to reduce friction. 

3. Replacing Damaged Parts

If there are any damaged parts, the servicing may include replacing or repairing those components using genuine Rolex parts. Some elements in a Rolex watch are consumable throughout their lifecycle, and they’ll need to be replaced at certain points to keep the watch working properly and to extend its longevity.

4. Calibration & Polishing

The watch is then reassembled and the time is calibrated using specialised tools. It will be polished and cleaned, including the case and bracelet, so that these elements also retain their beauty and performance. Finally, the servicer will run final tests to check that the watch is performing accurately. 

Who should you choose to service your Rolex?

Servicing a Rolex requires several steps, as we’ve explored, so you need to ensure that you’re working with a professional for the best results. But, not all watchmakers can service Rolex watches properly, and many will use fake parts which can affect the value of your watch if you come to sell it in the future.

Make sure you do your research and seek out someone who uses authentic pieces and has specialist knowledge of Rolex watches. If you have a modern Rolex, it’s advisable to send your watch to Rolex directly because the watch parts won’t be rare or collectable, so you’ll get your watch back in the identical state.

An older Rolex can be sent to a reputable watchmaker, who you can instruct not to replace parts unless they have authentic parts from Rolex, while a vintage Rolex should be sent to a specialist. 

Servicing before selling

If you’re thinking of selling your Rolex, servicing is something you need to do beforehand. Depending on the Rolex model you have, the price you’ll receive can vary considerably, but the condition of the watch can also play a significant role here.

Servicing will ensure that the watch is working properly and performing as it should, so when you come to sell, you can be sure you’re getting the best possible price. It’s also recommended that you clean the external surface of the watch with a soft microfibre cloth, and that you remove the watch strap before cleaning, so it doesn’t get damaged. 

Final thoughts

Rolex watches are a great investment that hold their value and are durable enough that they can be worn for many years. But in order to retain the charm and functionality of the watch, you need to maintain it. Just as you would maintain a vintage car or a luxury item, servicing is part of the maintenance that keeps the watch in the best possible condition. 

If you’re thinking of selling, it’s always recommended that you work with a reputable seller with in-depth knowledge of Rolex watches specifically. At The Watch Exchange London, our experts are on hand to help you get the best possible price for your watch – get in touch to find out more.