How to Service a Rolex

How to Service a Rolex

Owning a Rolex is the pinnacle of style. They are undoubtedly the finest watches in the world and are a delight to own and wear. Each piece is lovingly constructed to be precise and remain so for a lifetime. Being such a precise instrument, servicing your Rolex regularly is essential to prolong it’s operating life.

One of the most common questions we are asked is, how do I know when to service my watch?

The answer depends entirely on where and when you wear it. Most Rolex watches have an automatic movement, which is sensitive to shock, temperature and altitude. If you subject your watch to these situations often, it will need servicing more than if you do not.

The main message we want to get across here is that you cannot service a Rolex yourself. It is a precision instrument that needs very careful handling. There is a prescribed way to work with these watches that takes many years’ experience to master.

Just about every Rolex watch is self-winding. There are a few quartz movement models, but they make up only a tiny percentage of the range. The hairspring mechanism in these watches is designed to store energy from the normal movement of the watch as you wear it.

However, if you don’t wear the watch for a couple days it may need to be wound. You can do this yourself but if you are unsure how, you should take the watch to a watchmaker and have them show you. Repeatedly storing your Rolex will also shorten the time between services.

Servicing your Rolex is much like servicing your car. A little love and attention at regular intervals prevents major problems happening over time. It’s an investment necessary to ensure you get the very best out of your watch.

If you have any questions on servicing your Rolex, visit or give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.

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