20 Most Recent Rolex Submariner 16618 Wristwatch Questions & Answers

Your watch needs a service. Options are to send it to Rolex or to bring it in to a Rolex re-seller that offers watch repair. You do not have to send it to Rolex. Expect to pay between $200-$500 depending on what may need to be replaced.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Feb 11, 2018

Take it to a watch repair center. They are making very nice knock off today with decent Autowind mechanisms in them. Hope this helps.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Dec 05, 2014

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.

Good luck!

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Dec 02, 2014

The most secure way to check a Rolex is to go to a specialized trade. The following Link gives you a overview of specialized dealers available in USA: http://www.rolex.de/de/rolex-dealers/dealer-locator/unitedstates
Best Regards
Mike (Germany)

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Nov 27, 2014

Don't know why this is posted under a Rolex issue or why you would be taking the movement out of this watch. I would suggest taking the back off if you haven't already.

The movement is connected to the crown, so basically if you're going to take out the movement, you're going to end up breaking the watch.

If you're trying to replace the battery, this can be done without removing the movement. I would suggest bringing it to a jeweler. They can replace the battery for ~$10.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Nov 10, 2013

Actually the information from Ironfist109 is incorrect. Rolex has the serial number between the lugs at the six o'clock position. The number between the lugs at the 12 o'clock position is the caliber number. Shouldn't be anything on the caseback, very rare with Rolex. Often is a good indicator it may be fake actually!

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Oct 08, 2012

Gas escape valve do not need any manual operation.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on May 16, 2011

You should just take the watch into a good Jewelry Repair shop, and they should be able to tell you what's going on. I doubt the problem is anything you could fix yourself, so let the pros suggest how to get it repaired.
Good luck, and hope this helps.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Nov 19, 2010

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Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Sep 06, 2010

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

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Aug 19, 2010

Your Rolex sounds like it has a problem with the automatic winding gear train.A Rolex needs regular servicing when parts can be inspected and replaced.Servicing is about 3-5 year intervals.
You need a specialist Rolex watchmaker as only they can obtain Rolex parts.Try www.rolexrepairs.co.uk a full service will take 2-3 weeks.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Aug 19, 2010

Genuine ROLEX watches oozes wiyh quality. Visit Rolex site and compare with yours.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Aug 12, 2010

mcdevito75 here, Have the basic serviceing done on your Rolex, use the repair service directory here at fixya, bottom of the page click on repair service thewn watches, or look for a small watch repair shop in your area to service your Rolex.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Jul 03, 2010

It is difficult to be sure what the problem is without examining the watch but it sound as if the pin spring (which which makes it telescopic) has broken.

It should be possible to get arepalcement from you local watch shop, they usually have a range standard items to fit most watches.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Jul 01, 2010

mcdevito75 here, Look for a small watch repair shop in your area, souds like when the after market bezel was installed it may have bent the second hand and now the second hand is jamming something around the 9.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Jun 19, 2010

In worst case the second wheel pinion end has broken off. In best case seconds hand just fallen off the second wheel pinion and needs to be re-fitted. Rate me, plz.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Apr 15, 2010

Sounds like a defective balance wheel.

It is my understanding that they are designed to have some temperature compensation built into them. If this fails, (it will warm with use, making the balance wheel bigger and thus slowing it down), then perhaps this is causing your problem.

Whatever the cause, it sounds like a job for Rolex.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Feb 21, 2010

There may be more than one "out" position.

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.

Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Feb 09, 2010


Contact a local official Rolex dealer to address the problem.


To find a local dealer.

Hope this tip helps.


Rolex Submariner... | Answered on Feb 04, 2010

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