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Re: i want to adjust the steel bracelet on my new GMT II
You can do it yourself but proper watchmakers screwdriver is needed.
Check the sides of your bracelet and you will see screw ends with grooves. Unscrew them and adjust your bracelet (take the links out). Then screw them back in.
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Take of your ROLEX, look on the inside of the bracelet. Near the area where you have the crown, there is a miniature circle, push with your thumb on it with strenght, you will hear a click . You pull your bracelet , it will open, then you look on the sides of the bracelet, and you insert a needle into the little screws on both sides, and then you choose the size you wish for your watch , and then put the circle back and close everything again.
Most stainless steel watches are made of surgical 316L steel, which is very good. Rolex goes a step beyond this, using 904L steel, it is both super corrosion resistant and highly polishable, which is why a Rolex shines like no other. Its bracelet is very easy to size adjust, using screws instead of pins. It is actually made of 100 moving parts that conform to the wrist with smooth edges that never snag or pinch the skin. The bracelet also has the Easylink system which lets you make a further adjustment when your wrist expands due to exercise and high altitudes. Rolex watches were originally intended to be a working man's watch and its construction is shock resistant, antimagnetic and water resistant. It achieves water resistance through its triplock system winding crown. You must first turn the watch crown counterclockwise until it releases from its seal. The watch crown will then pull out to let you either wind it or set the time. When complete, you must apply gentle pressure to it and turn it clockwise until it screws back into the case to protect it from dust and water. The Daytona caseback is hermetically sealed and only an authorized Rolex service person will be able to open it.
The Daytona's Movement The movement of the Daytona has changed over the years, it currently uses a 4130 caliber in-house movement. It is made of 290 parts which is much less than other Swiss chronograph movements. Its smaller size is efficient and precise and lets it fit into to the relatively small 40mm case. Note the size difference between the Daytona and the Tag Heuer Aquaracer. The watch movement also contains a Parachrom hairspring. This device protects the movement from magnetic fields and protects it from shock. On the front dial are the words, "superlative chronometer officially tested." This means the watch has undergone two weeks of testing under extreme conditions to meet Swiss standards. This process is standard for every Rolex with chronometer function.
Using the Chronograph
The chronograph function can be first and foremost used as a stop watch. To start, press down on the button above the crown. To stop, press the top button again, and to reset press the button below the crown. The chronograph can also be used as a large second hand if you synchronize it to begin with the small second hand at six o'clock of the dial. It can also be used to calculate speed, which is a little more complex. It utilizes the units per hour scale that is engraved in the bezel of the watch. For example, suppose you have taken 50 seconds to travel 1 mile. Looking at the dial you can then determine your speed to be 72 mph. Average speed times can also be determined using further calculations.
Any other questions I would contact ROLEX at their website. They even have downloads. Good luck.
Yours is the original GMT Master. The GMT Master II allows the GMT hand and the regular hour hand to be set differently but not on your older model. On yours, the regular hour hand the the GMT hand are fixed so that if the triangle on the rotating bezel is at the top, the GMT hand will indicate local time. To indicate time in a 2nd timezone, rotate the bezel to orient the time to the GMT hand. There's a copy of the original instructions posted at:
This happens due to friction between the wheels and cannon pinion in watch movement, especially if your Rolex has not been serviced for a few years, however, it should not affect timekeeping. I'd advise to show your watch to the watchmaker and clarify exact cause of this.
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All Rolex watch bracelets has screws, not pins. Get small screwdriver and unscrew them.
If there is no screws at all, that means bracelet links had been removed and you have shortest version allready ,or, this is not the real (genuine) Rolex bracelet.
Find your nearest watchmaker to clarify all this.
If it still under warranty take it back to rolex, other wise take it to an indpendent watchmaker they should be able to fix it for a small fee. The watch probably doesnt need a service yet if it is new.