Why servicing a vintage fake Rolex will only get harder and more expensive

You’ll have heard this about vintage replica watches before: tread carefully when you have these pieces serviced and who you allow to work on them. With Rolex, in particular, you’ll be aware of the dangers of having the factory service their vintage watches and the horror stories of these coveted watches losing the elements that make them so valuable in the process. Rolex’s own service centres are not like Patek Philippe or Audemars Piguet. They do not have a heritage department to painstakingly restore and re-fabricate vintage parts in order to keep everything period correct.

Instead, their objective is to make their watches as robust and high-performing as possible. So while many consumers appreciate faded bezels and patinated dials that have lost their lume, Rolex does not. They will, in fact, replace these components with modern alternatives and, in terms of polishing, will likely refinish even if you demand they leave the case and bracelet untouched. But a less acknowledged and even harsher reality to servicing vintage high quality replica Rolex has been raised by watchmaker Jordan P. Ficklin via a post here on ProfessionalWatches.com: there are only a finite number of period correct parts left and, as the supply dwindles, they will only get harder and more expensive to source.
Ficklin makes a key distinction between watch repairers, classifying them as either ORJ (Official Rolex Jewellers) or NRJ (Non Rolex Jewellers). For the first eight years of his career, he had access to these parts working for an ORJ – able to obtain most of the parts he needed with relative ease or on an exchange basis for components such as dials. According to Ficklin, “[At the time] There were still many Non Rolex Jewellers (NRJ) who also had access to parts, probably about 300 in the United States. The market for vintage Rolex sports models had not yet exploded. Sure Double Red Sea-Dwellers were commanding a premium, but most models brought the same prices as their current iterations. Nearly half of the Swiss movement copy Rolex watches I was repairing had some version of the Rolex 1530 in them and I could get any part for them.”

The explosion of the vintage Rolex marketplace, Ficklin notes, not only caused the premiums to rise on these pieces, but also heavily increased the demand for these parts for repairs. With fewer watchmakers officially capable of receiving parts from Rolex, and with fewer period correct parts available regardless of official access, the cost to acquire correct parts and service vintage Rolex dramatically soared.
Today, with Rolex only servicing their vintage timepieces on their terms, many have turned to their own trusted local watchmakers to take care of the prized Rolex watches. But while it is much more likely these watchmakers will respect your restoration wishes, it is becoming more and more of a challenge for them to do so due to the availability of parts. It can also jeopardise their relation with Rolex if they are a certified ORJ. Ficklin explains, “ORJ watchmakers are not supposed to service these calibers and NRJ watchmakers can no longer order parts for the Rolex 15xx calibers.”

In fact, the number of watchmakers with access to Rolex parts are exponentially decreasing. Ficklin estimates that there are only 50 watch services in the USA who can still source these period correct parts, with the remainder likely using generic parts or components sourced from the grey market.
This means having a parts account with Rolex is now increasingly unobtainable and has started to mirror the experience of many consumers who are unable to buy watches at retail without VIP status. Ficklin elaborates: “A parts account with Rolex is a precious commodity. Very few watchmakers are willing to jeopardise their relationship with best 1:1 quality copy Rolex by selling parts on the grey market. Most of the parts currently available were in somebody’s inventory when Rolex closed their account.”

All this results in one of two things. Route one: a former ORJ will leverage their hoarded parts before their account closure to sell to other watchmakers at a premium. Route two: they have such a high-demand for servicing that they will refuse to sell these parts to others in fear they themselves will run out.

Ficklin believes this fear is totally appropriate, too. The demand for the parts has far outpaced the level of supply with the vintage Rolex boom, which means that both watchmakers and owners have to be on high alert like never before. According to Ficklin, “The supply of parts in the market will never be replenished. Parts that could be purchased by a NRJ watchmaker directly from Rolex for $20-$30 just a year ago are now selling for $200-$300 on eBay and continue to rise.” These costs are then placed onto the consumer and that doesn’t even factor in the labour costs of actually spending the time to work on the watch.
So what does Ficklin suggest when it comes to your vintage Rolex clone watches? If you’ve just acquired the watch, he believes you should have it inspected even if the trusted seller claims it has been recently serviced. This way if it just so happens there is still work to be done, you have more of a chance to properly service it with the remaining parts in circulation.

For pieces already in your collection, he would suggest you do not adopt the “wait until it stops running properly” philosophy unless you are certain the parts needed are readily available through your watchmaker. Even then, the longer you wait the more likely the parts will carry an even higher cost or premium.

Ficklin explains: “The components in these old watches are very well made. Watches that are serviced regularly (about every five years) won’t wear out. It is the time period after the oils have degraded but the watch is still running when damage occurs. If you wait until the watch isn’t running well, or has come to a stop you can count on a very large repair bill. Suddenly the extra cost of parts could far exceed the cost of additional services.”
The irony is that the most coveted lots at auctions that are untouched and original will probably command the largest service bills to maintain. Watches in amazing conditions externally are often a signal that the watch has not been serviced, which means the internal parts are likely due for a swap. “If the watch was well cared for that service might be only $1000 – $1500, but if the watch has been neglected you may end up paying $2000+ to get it running well again,” Ficklin explains.

“Which watches are the neglected watches? Well, the most desirable ones of course. If it has never been polished, it probably has never been serviced. If the dial has a lovely ‘patina’ it probably has been exposed to some moisture. If it still has the original tritium hands it probably hasn’t been to Swiss made replica Rolex for service any time in the last 20 years.”

Even if the watch has been kept running does not guarantee the watch is still water-resistant nor that the parts inside will not need to be replaced. Without proper oiling it is very likely that parts have become so worn that they cannot just merely be cleaned and re-oiled but will need to be replaced entirely.

This precious information is very important to consider when looking into vintage clone Rolex. If you’re making your auction spreadsheet to determine what your max bid can be, don’t forget to include a service premium column as it’s an inevitable and necessary cost to incur if you want to protect your investments properly.

Vintage Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675 Replica Watches For Sale Online

Today we look at my favorite vintage GMT replica watches. Most watch complications are related to our actual whereabouts. Take the chronograph, power reserve, and alarm or minute repeaters as examples. I always found it fascinating that the GMT presented a complication that referred to the events or reality related to you, just happening in any far corner of the world.

I like simple solutions. That’s why I prefer blue and red bezel fake Rolex GMT-Master ref.1675 from 1959 to the ref. 16750 introduced in 1983. Pointing to its primary feature, which was an extra GMT hand, the later GMT Master II ref.16710 allowed it to be set independently. That resulted in the possibility to read not two, but three time zones.
This Rolex replica watch with steel case is as manly as Thomas Magnum. Tom Selleck, the actor who brought everyone’s favorite Hawaii-based PI to life in the ’80s, has kept his GMT Master ever since it found fame on the wrist of his most famous creation. “I’ve had my fair share of sports watches but never one as tough as the Rolex. It’s been underwater, buried in the sand, taken I don’t know how many knocks, and never a problem,“ says Selleck in an interview for FHH Journal.

That’s why I like it so much too. It’s like a steel fortress that protects a very special movement that comes alive with the slightest move of the watch. Sometimes it gives me the feeling that it wouldn’t even let watchmaker in. I already mentioned the charm of the fixed GMT-hand and the same applies to the friction fit bi-directional bezel. If you ever end up with a Rolex ref. 1675 vs 16750 dilemma, I see a really big difference. So think twice! With the Swiss movement copy Rolex GMT Master 1675, there is no quickset date or 120 clicks that help you in aligning the bezel precisely. You have to do it yourself. That’s what a proper vintage GMT feels like to me.

Popular Sport Rolex Replica Watches Appealing To Modern Men And Women

The bloom of sport watches could date back to 1950s to 1960s when people had the courage to challenge the unknown nature. So a plenty of pilots watches, diving watches and adventurous watches had been created. After almost half a century, the courage, adventure, insist, exploring and sport spirit could still defined these perfect imitation watches with high performance.

The GMT is convenient to the global travelers since it could display both local time and hometown time.

Black Dial Fake Rolex Watch

Sport watches is actually the emotion and attitude as majority of sport watches couldn’t be taken to the court. Those sporty timepieces with bold appearance and thick cases are really suitable for causal occasions. They are also water resistant to a depth of more than 100 meters. The self-winding mechanical movement copy Rolex could be considered as the pioneer of sport watches, which are water resistant, dustproof, robust, durable, precise and practical.

The Daytona is with high performance and unique appearance.

Black Ceramic Bezel Copy Rolex Daytona

The protective Oyster cases that Rolex created to protect the movement in 1926. Mercedes Gleitze swam across English Channel. After more than 10 hours swimming, the wristwatches could perform well. The first one I will introduce is the Daytona which has been chosen by numerous professional racing drivers with high precision. Without any doubt, the Oystersteel bracelet knockoff Rolex Daytona is the most popular sport watch now.

Introduction Of Jubilee Bracelets Of Rolex GMT-Master II Replica Watches

The Oyster bracelets and Jubilee bracelets of the perfect fake Rolex watches are very popular but do you know why it is called Jubilee bracelet? In fact, it is created to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the famous Swiss watch brand.

The timepiece is suitable for global travelers.

Rolex Copy With Oystersteel Case

Rolex was created by Hans Wilsdof in 1905. In order to commemorate the 40th anniversary, Rolex launched a brand new bracelet which was completely different from the Oyster bracelet. Now the famous blue and black ceramic bezel copy Rolex GMT-Master II has just been presented on the Jubilee bracelet.

The blue and red ceramic bezel makes the timepiece very eye-catching.

40 MM Rolex GMT-Master II Replica Watches

Recently, the Jubilee bracelet becomes more and more popular since it has been equipped on the brand -new GMT including the blue and red ceramic GMT imitation watch with black dial and blue and black ceramic bezel GMT. Although someone consider that the Jubilee bracelet is not suitable for sporty watches, it makes the model more gentle. Meanwhile, it is very comfortable.

Do You Know 904L Steel Of Popular Rolex Replica Watches?

Some watch lovers say that 904L is very hard. In fact, comparing with other material, it is soft. As for 316L, the hardness is even lower. The stainless steel which is really harder is the DSN9 or the steel used to manufacture the Swiss Army Knife.

The timepiece is also suitable for global travelers.

Rolex Imitation Watch With Blue And Black Ceramic Bezel

Some people say that the 904L steel of accurate fake Rolex watches are the most expensive. In fact, the price of well-performed 904L steel is two or three times higher than 316L steel. But the importance of the harness to the case is on the back burner. Corrosion resistance, toughness, easy to process and craftsmanship are much more important.

The Daytona is one of the most popular sporty watches.

Oystersteel Bracelet Copy Rolex Daytona

Many people know that all the 904L steel is manufactured by Rolex. Is that true? Rolex has always kept it a secret. What we are sure is that the 904L steel are provided by Sandvik Company and then Rolex deals it by itself in Switzerland. It is worthy mentioning that the case and bracelet of Rolex Daytona copy with white dial are much more beautiful than other brands. No matter the polished finish or satin-brushed finish, the 904L steel is easier to be blackened than 316L steel.

Luxurious Replica Rolex Watches Are Quite Fascinating

Although the valuable jewelries and watches are attractive, I don’t wear them before because I think it is inconvenient. When I found the precious copy Rolex watches online selected by my sister, I have become deeply interested in the watches.

The popular Rolex replica watches for sale are always regarded as the symbols of identities, so why not spend some money to promote your taste?

Most people think that the Swiss advanced fake watches of Rolex are appropriate for local tyrants. I want to tell you that you are wrong. What feeling will you have when you get the superior watches? When you properly match the watches with your dressing style, you can obtain satisfying experience.

The forever high-end Rolex reproduction watches launch attractive versions for Submariner and GMT-Master II. If you are mellow girls, the Datejust watches are the best choices.

Perfect reproduction watches are made of gold.

Replication Rolex Datejust Watches With Diamond Indexes

Hot knock-off watches present charming luster.

Green Dials Rolex Submariner Imitation Watches

Delicate replication watches are appealing.

Rolex GMT-Master II Watches With Green Dials

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