I went in a hot tub with my submariner on and later realized that the stem was open and subsequently steamed up the crystal. I left it open and put the watch in a zip lock bag full of rice hoping to draw the moisture out of it. It worked well but seems to need more. Do you think this will work over time or should I get it to a pro asap?
Thanks a bunch.......
This is a simple problem, one of the seals has failed and water has entered the watch.The watch has a two seals on the stem/crown which should be screwed down, the back cover has an "O" ring and of course the crystal has a seal. The watch has been wet and this displaces the oil, only way to get it clean is to completlt disassemble, put in an ultrasonic cleaner, oil, set beat and rate install new seals and water resistance test and probably replace crystal. The sooner you do this the better, there are very delicate parts in this type of watch, I usually reconnend getting it to a watchmaker within 1 day to limit damage. On my customers I will do an emergency dry out for free up to two years after overhaul unless the crystal is cracked.
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Re: Submariner water under crystal
You definetely have to ask for watchmakers help to dry out your watch properly. Moisture may not be visible to your eye, but it's still in the watch case and ruins your watch movement permanently and quite quick. Sooner or later your watch will stop or show some other faults, but by that time the price for repair can be sky-high. I've been replacing whole movements, just because the owners thought it's not a big deal or didn't want to pay for such a job. It just sounds 'drying out', but actually it's not, as watch must be disassembled completely (incl. movement), cleaned, oiled and properly re-adjusted. Rolex repairs has never been cheap, but better do it as soon as possible. Do not forget to rate, please.
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These watches are selfwinding so you should not have to use the crown to wind it up. (Although some watches have this as an alternative).
To wind it up shake it gently from side to side for some minutes and it should start.
No tension on the crown wheel is worrying. If you pull it further out and can adjust the time in position 3 (fully out) and the date (half way out), then it may be that no damage has been done. If you cannot adjust the time, then it looks like a trip to the dealer is required for repair.
They can be re coated or replaced.The watch will need to be re sealed after so now may be a good time to service the watch as this is advised every 4/5 years.
A service will cost £275.00/£325.00 and takes 2/3 weeks at www.rolexrepairs.co.uk
Typically there are three positions 1) home 2) 1st adjusting position, 3) 2nd adjusting position.
If you haven't got the instructions, you can get a download from their web site, (Rolex.com). You go to the bottom of the screen and there is a menu. Select "downloads" and you will see a list of downloads, choose yours.
The quickest way to spot a fake Rolex is by the second hand. Is the second hand ticking or sweeping. If it's ticking it's fake. A real Rolex's second hand moves around the dial in one continuous movement.
Check for a small engraved crown on the crystal at 6 o'clock. Most fakes will have something similar. The difference is that the crown on a real one is almost impossible to see by just your eye.
Look for the word "Rolex" and the watch's serial number engraved at 6
o'clock under the crystal on the area between the crystal and the dial.
While many fake Rolex watches post-2005 have this feature, they're
usually printed, not engraved.
Most other ways relate to newer Rolex watches. Hope this helps and hope it's the real deal.
on mine I removed a couple links using a jeweler's screwdriver(flat-blade). Look for the screws in a hole along the narrow edge of the links nearest to the clasp. Use care in removing/replacing these screws, you do not want to break or strip them using excessive force. If you need to remove more than one link, take additional links from the opposite side of the clasp, so the clasp stays centered on your wrist.
I don't know if I can help you out, but I can tell you that even a low quality Daytona, or Submariner copy can be adjusted. My 1992 Daytona copy is at about 10 sec a month fast. I read a **** load about the movement, and did the adjustment myself. Any watch shop that tunes watches can do it.
I don't know what year your Submariner is, but today Rolex is using a new main spring (it is now blue). I would think a replacement spring would be the most you might need, but a good tune-up should do the trick. If it is real, I would think about sending it to Rolex for cleaning and a tune-up ($$$).
crowbar040, you may have a problem with your mainspring click, which is supposed to keep the spring coiled as it winds. What might be happening is it is sticking and coming undone instead of winding. Or you could have a bad gear in your automatic.