ROLEX DIAL REFINISHING PROCESS
Let's start with obvious. Never try to replace your Rolex dial with a cheap aftermarket substitute. Aftermarket Rolex dials never work right on the watches. Don't forget - a mechanical watch is a very complicated mechanism, a slight imperfection may cause your watch to lose time or completely stop.
H0W WE DO IT
I know, many people today say that today's replica manufacturers are very precise in their work, but the truth is that it is impossible to replicate a true Rolex watch or part. In years of working with Rolex watches, I have not seen a Rolex replica that would leave me puzzled about its origination. The main goal of Rolex imitators is to create a product that is much cheaper than authentic Rolex. As a result they "cut corners"; subsequently making timepieces or parts that only remotely remind Rolex.
At WatchStyler we use only original Rolex dials for refinishing and only the highest quality materials. We do not attempt to save money and generate high profits; we want to sell products that we are proud of and the ones that leave our customers completely satisfied.
Here we will explain to you how we refinish Rolex dials. Please, do not try this at home. We will only show the general principles and omit our trade secrets (and we do have many of them). We just want to explain to our potential customers what is done at our shop and answer some questions.
We remove from the old Rolex dial all hour markers. Each hour marker is held by a set of pins (some dials come with 2-pin set ups, some with 3-pins). There are several ways to remove them, but the main goal of this process is to preserve the finish of a dial.
Drill holes for the new settings. The homes are usually placed between the original mounting holes, so we do not have much freedom regarding where to place diamonds. Some customers are asking us to place the diamonds higher or lower - unfortunately this is not an option.
Remove the original dial finish. Unless the dial is meant to be converted into mother of pearl, this is the most crucial step - because our goal is to preserve the authentic Rolex dial design (like the jubilee or sunburst engraving).
We apply the surface in the desired color. Some customers believe that any shade of any color is possible. Unfortunately, it is not true. Different colors are the results of various dial cooing techniques. The finial shade of any color depends on the technique used and the metal used to create a dial (most Rolex dials are made from brass). Occasionally, we are even able to restore the authentic finish without even refinishing the whole dial.
Print Rolex calligraphy on the dial exterior and set diamonds in gold on our markers. The diamonds used on the dials are usually limited by the watch - they cannot be too large. For a very long time Rolex used full-cut round diamonds on their watches. However, at some point they decided to switch to single-cut stones. Single-cut stones look better and brighter, however, they also cost more. Let us know, if this is what you are after and we can use single-cut stones just like on modern Rolex watches.