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Somehow, I knew there would be a Rolex posted before I even clicked on the thread :).
I just sent my 1978 Rolex Datejust to NYC for service and a repair. The services now will cost me more than the watch did in 1978!
 

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Looks good.
The new ceramic bezel Daytonas are commanding crazy prices still.
The platinum ceramic Daytona is Really sharp looking ..
 

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Somehow, I knew there would be a Rolex posted before I even clicked on the thread :).
I just sent my 1978 Rolex Datejust to NYC for service and a repair. The services now will cost me more than the watch did in 1978!

Yeah, but it will work for another 39 years!
 

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I was lucky two years ago when i was seeing a chiropractor and be friended an older guy who turned out to Own the local Authorized Rolex dealership/jewelry shop Owner.He always commented on my watches and one day said.... hey Marko how would you like a Daytona...white or black face your choice.If you know anything about Daytona's in SS they demand multi year waiting lists if you can get on one. And here i have a guy asking me to pick the dial i want.... he said Rolex has two to send to him this year the last year of the All SS bezel. Two weeks later it was on my wrist....i do like the new Black ceramic bezel ala Paul Newman.
 

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I was a watchmaker by training, gunsmithing was a hobby until just a little later when I went pro.

A mechanical watch is a machine. Like all machines it requires service, including cleaning and fresh oil and mechanical adjustment periodically to insure proper operation and long life.

I usually recommended service about every 3 to 4 years.
The problem with letting it go longer is the same as driving a car without ever changing the oil..... it wears out a lot faster.
Even modern synthetic watch oils creep away from where they need to be, and even in a sealed case the oils still get dirty and become an abrasive mix.
That will wear the parts.

A good watch WILL keep running a long time, even decades in some cases, but accuracy and life span suffer.
As a watch gets dirty, the oils creep away and thicken accuracy suffers. Usually the watch will slowly begin to run faster as the movement slows down.

High quality watches are expensive to service, but if you knew what the watchmaker does in a factory level service involves, it's not as bad as it sounds.
 

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I have no complaints that my Datejust needs a cleaning and a winding stem replacement. I merely mentioned that the parts and services now cost more than the watch did 39 years ago.

I have 2 cheaper watches I used to also wear. My ex wife bought me a Luminox Navy Seal black plastic cased watch around 1996. After 2 or 3 years, one of the case lugs that hold the wrist strap pin broke off the case. This was without it banging hard against a surface. I called their service center (it used to be in Chicago) and they were nice enough to tell me to send the watch to them and they would put the movement in a new case for free. What annoyed me is that I have a mid 1970s Timex green plastic case watch with a black military style face and a green web band. It's been through hell and high water, and that cheap $10 Timex never had a cracked case. It still winds and runs well. After about another 10 years, the Luminox started to get condensation under the crystal. I figured the watch was kaput. So, 2 years ago I bought another Luminox Navy Seals watch. The MSRP price had doubled, but I paid a lot less. Last week, I turned the watch face down to replace the split rubber wrist strap. When I turned the watch back over, the seconds hand had fallen off the hub! I couldn't believe it! Called Luminox, and they want a minimum of $85 to fix it. They can stick it "you know where". The best I can say about them is that their battery movement is extremely accurate. That model sadly, is not durable.
Also, the "new Luminox" manual said don't be alarmed if the watch shows condensation under the crystal, that is is still water resistant. And, the 1st Navy Seal watch never showed any condensation on the face until it was about 10-11 years old.

My first decent watch was a Zodiac Seawolf. In '78, I got the Rolex. Neither of them ever had a drop of dew under the crystal. Even today, the oyster case of my Rolex doesn't show any condensation. I have a problem believing any watch that is water resistant should show condensation inside the dial.
Don't buy Luminox!

I couldn't afford to get my Datejust serviced and repaired since I broke the winding stem about 3 years ago. Now, I can't wait to get that old friend back on my wrist.
 

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I sent a Patek in for service a few weeks ago and like you said its worth every penny to keep it clean and new oil. Better to service now then to risk a problem with the movement $$$$
 

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About ten years ago in Mexico I purchased a $40 "Rolex" as a gift for a buddy. He wore that counterfeit for years and it gave him no problems. The finish wore off and he wanted to get it redone but the repair place told him don't bother...it wasn't worth the effort. He was sorry to retire it.

He did love the reactions from people seeing a "Rolex" on his wrist...on a state government worker's salary.
 

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Counterfeit anything... bad bad :)
Not always. I have a fake Rolex that a buddy found somewhere in Asia, really high quality with mechanical auto winding movement and just about impossible to tell from the real McCoy. I have a real Rolex as well, but I feel more comfortable wearing the fake. Nobody will be any the wiser, and I'll only lose $100 if something happens to it. ;)
 

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Malysh,

It is interesting you mention the Zodiac. My first (really my only) decent watch was a Zodiac Aerospace GMT that I talked my mother into buying for me when I was in high school. It was not too long after the first moon landing and none of my friends could get over that I had a watch with a weird red 24 hour hand and that it said "Aerospace" on the dial. I suppose you know that they've reissued the Sea Wolf and it is a decent watch that is fairly true to the original (although bigger, of course). You may be one of the only guys I know that knows why the bezel had interesting little triangle markers every three minutes.
Zodiac ZO9201.jpg
 

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I'd rather put my money in guns and ammo. I wear a cheap Seiko 5 automatic military watch. $75 bucks and it keeps time better than any watch I've ever had. Loose it, break it, wear it out...I'm not going to cry over it, just buy another.
 

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All I know is my G-Shock tells the same time as the Daytona. Even when broke it tells the time correctly twice a day. Just a joke guys don't get upset. I also like fine watches. I have a few and they were purchased on Govt. salary it's call over time galore on road jobs and what have you. When I retired I purchased myself a Rolex Sea Dweller. Over the years I had to sell most of my watches and with kids in college I may have to sell a few more. I have one Tag which is the same style that Steve McQueen wore in Le Mans. I also have an Omega 007 edition made for the movie Casino Royal. Can't help liking nice things like the rest of you guys.
 
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