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.

How Often Should You Service Your Rolex?

Rolex watches are known for their durability and precision. However, to maintain these traits, regular servicing is essential. Servicing ensures that the watch’s mechanical movement remains accurate, the waterproofness is maintained, and the overall aesthetics of the timepiece are preserved.

The Rolex Servicing Process

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. Initial Assessment

A Rolex-certified technician inspects the watch for any visual defects and tests its performance. This includes testing the timekeeping, power reserve, and waterproofness.

2. Disassembly

The bracelet is detached from the case, and the movement is carefully removed. Each part is then disassembled, ready for cleaning.

3. Cleaning

Every component is ultrasonically cleaned to remove any accumulated dirt or oil.

4. Replacement of Worn Components

Any worn or damaged components are replaced with genuine Rolex parts.

5. Reassembly and Lubrication

The movement is reassembled and lubricated to reduce friction and wear, enhancing the watch’s longevity and performance.

6. Adjustment and Calibration

The timing of the watch is adjusted, and the movement is tested for several days to ensure it meets Rolex’s strict precision criteria.

7. Reassembly of Case and Bracelet

The cleaned and polished case and bracelet are reassembled. New gaskets are fitted to maintain waterproofness.

8. Final Quality Control

The watch undergoes final quality control tests, including rigorous visual inspections and performance tests.

Finding A Reputable Rolex Servicer

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 Your Rolex 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. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is regular servicing important for my Rolex watch?

Regular servicing ensures the mechanical precision, aesthetics, and waterproofness of your Rolex watch are maintained. It can prolong the life of your watch and ensure it continues to perform optimally.

What happens during a Rolex watch service?

During a service, a Rolex-certified technician will inspect your watch, disassemble it, clean all parts, replace any worn components, reassemble and lubricate the movement, adjust and calibrate the timing, and finally, perform thorough quality control tests.

How often should my Rolex be serviced?

Rolex recommends having your watch serviced approximately every 5 to 10 years, depending on the age and model of your watch, as well as your wearing habits.

Can I service my Rolex watch myself?

It’s strongly recommended that you have your Rolex serviced by a Rolex-certified technician. These individuals have received extensive training and have the necessary skills, tools, and access to genuine Rolex parts to service your watch.

What signs might indicate my Rolex needs servicing?

If your watch is keeping time inaccurately, if the winding mechanism isn’t working smoothly, or if you notice any moisture inside the watch case, these could be signs that your watch needs to be serviced.

Where should I have my Rolex watch serviced?

For the best results, have your Rolex serviced at an official Rolex retailer or send it to a Rolex Service Centre. This ensures that the people handling your watch are trained professionals with access to genuine Rolex parts.