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Owning a Rolex watch is not only a symbol of luxury and status but also an investment in a timepiece renowned for its craftsmanship and durability. To ensure your Rolex remains in pristine condition and continues to perform accurately, it’s essential to care for it properly. This guide will provide you with maintenance tips, cleaning and storage advice, and information on when and where to get your Rolex serviced.

Purchasing a Rolex watch is a significant milestone, symbolising luxury, craftsmanship, and timeless style. However, the journey to owning a Rolex can be challenging, especially when it comes to acquiring certain sought-after models. High demand, controlled production, and collector interest often lead to limited availability of iconic models like the Submariner, Daytona, and GMT-Master II. These factors contribute to the difficulty in finding these highly desirable timepieces.

Navigating the complexities of buying a Rolex, especially those hard-to-find models, highlights the importance of contacting a reputable watch dealer. Reputable dealers often have better access to a broader inventory due to their established relationships with authorised Rolex distributors. This access increases your chances of finding rare models that are difficult to locate in standard retail settings. Moreover, purchasing from a reputable dealer guarantees authenticity, as these dealers provide the necessary documentation, such as certificates of origin and warranty papers, ensuring that you are buying a genuine Rolex.

Experienced dealers also offer expert guidance and after-sales support. They can help you choose the watch that best suits your preferences and needs, inform you about market trends, and provide maintenance services and trade-in options. This level of support is invaluable for maintaining the watch’s condition and value over time. Ultimately, buying from a reputable dealer provides peace of mind, mitigating the risks of fraud and counterfeit products and ensuring a secure and satisfying buying experience.

how to care for your rolex watch

Maintenance Tips

1. Regular Winding

If you wear your Rolex daily, it will self-wind through your wrist’s natural movements. However, if you don’t wear it every day, manually wind your watch once a week. To do this, unscrew the crown to the winding position and turn it clockwise about 20-30 times.

2. Avoid Extreme Conditions

While Rolex watches are built to withstand various conditions, it’s best to avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures, strong magnetic fields, and environments with high humidity or dust. These conditions can affect the watch’s performance and longevity.

3. Keep the Crown Screwed Down

Always ensure the crown is screwed down tightly against the case. This prevents water and dust from entering the watch, which could damage the movement and other internal components.

4. Regularly Inspect for Damage

Periodically check your Rolex for any signs of damage or wear, such as scratches on the crystal or case, and ensure the bracelet or strap is secure. Addressing minor issues early can prevent more significant problems down the line.

how to care for your rolex watch

Cleaning and Storage Advice

Cleaning Your Rolex

  1. Gather Supplies
  • Mild soapy water
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Microfiber cloth

Rinse the Watch

  1. If your Rolex is water-resistant (most models are), rinse it under lukewarm water to remove any loose dirt or debris.

Soapy Water

  1. Prepare a bowl of lukewarm, soapy water using a mild liquid soap. Avoid harsh detergents or abrasive cleaners.

Brush Gently

  1. Dip the soft-bristled toothbrush into the soapy water and gently scrub the watch, focusing on the bracelet, the case, and any intricate details. Be careful around the crown and other moving parts.

Rinse and Dry

  1. Rinse the watch thoroughly under lukewarm water to remove any soap residue. Pat it dry with a microfiber cloth, ensuring you don’t leave any water spots or streaks.

Storing Your Rolex

Use a Watch Box or Case

  1. Store your Rolex in a dedicated watch box or case to protect it from dust, moisture, and scratches. Ensure the storage environment is cool, dry, and away from direct sunlight.

Keep It Upright

  1. When not wearing your Rolex, store it in an upright position. This helps maintain the accuracy of the movement and prevents unnecessary wear on the parts.

Avoid Magnetic Fields

  1. Keep your Rolex away from strong magnetic fields, which can affect the accuracy of its movement. Common sources of magnetic fields include electronic devices like smartphones, speakers, and laptops.

When and Where to Get Your Rolex Serviced

Service Intervals

Rolex recommends servicing your watch approximately every ten years, although this can vary depending on usage and environmental factors. Regular servicing ensures that the watch remains in optimal condition and continues to perform accurately.

Signs Your Rolex Needs Servicing

  • Inaccurate Timekeeping: If your watch is running too fast, too slow, or stops frequently, it may need servicing.
  • Visible Damage: Cracks in the crystal, significant scratches, or damage to the case or bracelet.
  • Moisture Under the Crystal: Condensation or water droplets inside the watch indicate a problem with the water resistance.

Authorised Service Centers

Always take your Rolex to an authorised Rolex service center for any maintenance or repairs. Authorised centers have certified watchmakers trained by Rolex, use genuine parts, and follow the brand’s strict standards for servicing. You can find authorised service centres on the official Rolex website or through your local authorised Rolex dealer.

What to Expect During Servicing

  1. Inspection: The watch is thoroughly inspected to identify any issues.
  2. Disassembly: The movement is disassembled, and each part is cleaned and checked.
  3. Replacement: Worn or damaged parts are replaced with genuine Rolex parts.
  4. Reassembly and Lubrication: The movement is reassembled and lubricated to ensure smooth operation.
  5. Testing: The watch is tested for accuracy, water resistance, and power reserve.
  6. Polishing: The case and bracelet are polished to restore their original lustre.

Costs and Time

The cost and time required for servicing a Rolex can vary based on the model and the extent of the work needed. Generally, a complete service can take several weeks and may cost several hundred dollars. However, investing in professional servicing ensures your Rolex continues to perform flawlessly and retains its value.

By following these care guidelines, you can keep your Rolex watch in excellent condition, preserving its functionality and beauty for years to come. Proper maintenance, regular cleaning, and professional servicing are essential to enjoy the enduring legacy of a Rolex timepiece.


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Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        
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