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Tips on how to do a Quality Check upon arrival

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Silverspeed

Doesn't it suck when you get a new rep and after a couple of days it stops, the clasp breaks, you loose a bracelet screw or even worse the bloody thing falls of your wrist.....Especially losing parts is very annoying as these are often very hard to source.

 

With a few basic tools, which are all avialable in the RWG Toolshop btw..., you can prevent in many cases these annoying issues.

 

Tools I use to do a quality check when a new rep arrives are:

* a decent screwdriver set

* An eye loupe

* Sticky ball to open just about any screwdown caseback

* Rodico cleaning putty

* Tweezers

* Springbar tool

* Quick caseback and O-ring creaser

 

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The first thing I always check is if the screws are screwed down tightly, in this case it's a Rolex which has screws on the bracelet, but in case of a Panerai be sure to check the Crown Guard screws!

 

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Next is the rezising of the bracelet, be sure to keep the removed links....if at a point you want to sell the rep it's best to have the bracelet complete with all the links

 

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With Rolex reps the bracelet is often quite dirty and the links can be a bit stiff, to make the bracelet smooth WD40 is great for cleaning and making the bracelet feel smooth....be sure to keep WD40 away from the movement! Just let the bracelet soke for a couple of hours in WD40 to get rid of any debry stuck inbetween the links. After that rinse the bracelet with warm water and it will feel much better.

 

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After that it's time to have a closer look at the movement, to check if the rotor is screwed down, movment tab screws and to see if the inside is clean.....sometimes there're undeifined pieces of lint, dust, hairs floating around..... :P

 

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There are many caseback openers available but the sticky ball works perfect for 99% of the caseback...just press it down firmly on the caseback and unscrew....Often the caseback is fairly loose upon arrival, so it should be coming off without any difficulty

 

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I then grease the caseback seal....often they are very dry and creasing it will improve the water resistantcy of the watch

 

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Now it's time to check the movement tab screws, a check if the hairspring isn't tangeled and quick look with the eye loupe for dust, pubichairs etc.....

 

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Small dust pieces or any other undefined crap are easily removed by tweezers or rodico putty....it is also a good idea to swipe the caseback threads....9 times out of ten the thread is filled with debry.

 

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When this is all done place back the caseback seal, screw down the caseback tightly, refit the bracelet and your new rep is ready to be worn.....and most likely the chance of screws falling out or movements stopping etc, etc.... will be very unlikely!!!!

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mulder

Do you mean "Grease" the "O" ring not crease?

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Silverspeed
Do you mean "Grease" the "O" ring not crease?

 

shit.....ah yes I did, damn foreigners :P

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Cynikal.Mindset

I hate when random pubes are found inside a watch...damn smugglers!

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WebWind

Great tips and pictures SS.

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Member X

Someone sticky this! :)

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Silverspeed

It really does help....out of the hundred or so reps I had over the years only a handfull gave me any problems

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Bosox
It really does help....out of the hundred or so reps I had over the years only a handfull gave me any problems

 

Who wouldthink to check crown guard screws? Excellent advice.

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houndoggie

nice tutorial!

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dingle
;)

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AustinTech

Excellent advice!

 

Thanks, Silver

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nunu78

Nice post, thanks Silver.It should be a Sticky and must read for every Noob like me.

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NCRich

Good info silver.

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Chiquita Fanjita

Great advice ;)

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Jannis76

Thanks Silver!

Very usefull!

 

Cheers,

 

Jannis

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Takken

Good stuff and a good/easy way to prevent unnecessary problems.

Edited by Takken

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Scavolas

Stickyful!!!

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SB56667

Good tips! Thanks for posting!

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crewldude

Excellent work! And a cautionary tale...one misplaced pube can gum up the works!

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greg_r

What? Nobody stickied this yet? We need new mods.... :dingleberry-nemesis:

 

Great post, Silver! :tease:

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nickee_2dS

Where can I buy the sticky ball?

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PGL

Oh my... what a nice gesture sharing this with all of us illiterates on these topics...

 

THANK YOU.

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pollux1

Great post Silver, very worthy of a sticky indeed. :huh:

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dingle
Great post Silver, very worthy of a sticky indeed. :huh:

 

done :)

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SThiess

Some good info there. Thank you !

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