ROLEX WATCH POLISHING
The purpose of watch polishing is to restore the original appearance of the watch. What may seem surprising is the fact that this type of restoration cannot be achieved through buffing with a cloth, chemicals, or even handheld rotary tools alone. This type of work can only be done by implementing a century-old technique that requires the use of big polishing machines.
THE THREE STEPS OF WATCH POLISHING
Professional watch polishing begins with the complete disassembly of the watch. Each component of the watch—watch case, bracelet, bezel, clasp—is polished separately through an intricate process. Modern Rolex watches contain at least two different types of finishes and each individual type of finish must be polished using different tools and techniques.
The first step of the polishing process removes all nicks and dents from the watch parts. Although some dents are deep and irremovable, they can still be restored. These types of dents are repaired when they are filled with gold and later filed smooth, making the dents invisible.
In the second step, a high gloss polish is completed on each watch part. This leaves a mirror-like finish that spans the entire watch.
The final step of the polishing process is the matte finish. Different polishing wheels and polishing compounds are used to bring even a vintage watch to a “like new” condition.
The polishing process is complete after the assembly of the watch by a professional watchmaker. Movement regulation and waterproofing are also tested.