5 Simple ways to care for your Rolex

5 Simple ways to care for your Rolex
May 8, 2018

Rolex Sub Mariner

Whether you’re an avid collector or have just invested in your first Pre owned Rolex watch, it’s important to know how to care for these finely tuned instruments. While they’re known for their durability, Rolex watches need attention and care just like a fine sports car if they are to run properly for the long haul (and retain their resale value). We consulted our expert watchmaker Martin Cleaton to get you the best Rolex care tips that will keep your timepiece ticking for years. Read on to find out where not to wear your Rolex and when you need to get an emergency service.


“There are two important things when it comes to servicing your Rolex, “ says our Expert Cleaton “One, do it regularly — I recommend every two to four years. Two, have it done by a skilled watchmaker. Even if you don’t notice that it’s not running properly, you should still have it regularly serviced because the friction within watches wears them down over time. If you wait five years, it could mean the difference between needing parts touched up and needing parts completely replaced.”



“In general, it’s better for you to wear a watch than to let it sit,” explains Martin “Like with a car that’s better off if you drive it, watches are made to run. If left to sit too long, the oils inside your Rolex can dry up and the movements can stiffen. If you do need to store your watch, it’s worth remembering to keep it away from hot, dry places and out of direct sunlight and I would recommend using a winding box for up to eight hours a day. As with most things, everything in moderation — you want your Rolex to run regularly, but if the winding box runs all day long for days, it’s too much movement.”



“Restoration is very dependent upon the owner” says Martin “When doing an overhaul on a watch, you can have the bracelet and case refinished. For a gold Rolex, I recommend only refinishing five times within its lifetime, since each refinishing can wear away some of the precious metal. For steel Rolex watches, it’s less important to stick with the five times rule. However, some purists want even steel watches to retain their original, say 1960s, factory finish.”



“Rolex watches are made of high grade stainless steel and most have sapphire crystals which are very durable, but they’re not impervious,” warns Martin “If you catch it at the right angle at right time, you could damage it. Sapphire crystals don’t react well to ceramic tile floors, and that is a good way to shatter the face of the watch. “Also, don’t take water resistance for granted. If you’re heading to the beach or out in your boat, water is very bad for the inside of watches — “If you get the inside of a watch wet, it needs to be dealt with like you’re having a heart attack. Take it to a watchmaker immediately! ”

“You want to be careful even when it comes to a Rolex’s normal water resistance. It’s measured in meters, but that doesn’t just refer to depth, it refers to pressure. You may be able to go to 100m in depth, but when you jump into the water or move around swimming, it can create more than 100m of pressure on a watch,” explains Martin “It’s also not a good idea to wear your Rolex in the shower or hot tub. They can experience drastic temperature changes that can damage the gaskets. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and highly recommend having the water resistance checked by a watchmaker every six months.” (It’s also worth noting that if a Rolex is over 20 years old, treat it as if it’s not water resistant at all.)

As a final word from Martin “ the most import thing is to wear and enjoy your Rolex watch, after all, it is one of the best and most coveted watches in the world.”


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