Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Restoration of a Vintage Watch
This time I am restoring a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date.
The reference number is 1500, it has a stop-second (movement stops when the time is set) and an instantaneous date circuit.
The Rolex 1570 caliber, an automatic movement with 26 jewels and a KIF Ultraflex shock protection. It beats at 19800 beats per hour and the balance lifting angle is 52°.
Like almost all Rolex calibers, this one is chronometer certified, tested in 5 positions and at different temperatures. Of course, it is lavishly decorated, the shimmering blue Breguet balance spring (made of Glucydur) and the red anodized change gears of the automatic bridge are a feast for the eyes.
Rolex in Miserable Condition
The watch is in pretty miserable condition: the case is scratched and has a few minor dents. The crystal is also scratched and the movement does not run anymore. Additionally, the watch is pretty dirty and the bracelet is very worn out.
I can polish the case and bezel, a small dent in the bezel will remain, but replacing the bezel because of this was not an economical option for me. I replace the crystal, as well as the bracelet. Special stores cant restore bracelets, but the Rolex Oyster bracelet is a bit special and the restoration costs almost the same as a new bracelet. The anchor of the movement is damaged, I replace it.
After cleaning and polishing everything, I can assemble the movement with some fresh oil. After a little fine tuning with the Micro-Stella tool, the watch runs fine again (+0 seconds per day).
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Intro: “Satya Yuga” by Jesse Gallagher
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