Watch Guide: Answers to Common Rolex Questions
Even just hearing a whisper of their name easily reminds you of their immense prestige doesn’t it? When you think about how far watch manufacturers have come, Rolex is arguably one of the most valuable watch brand’s in the world.
Rolex sells almost up to a million of their watches every year, and that’s potentially up to a million questions from. A bit far-fetched and complicated, but it is the truth. So, it’s pretty normal that we have some questions ourselves, because of obvious reasons. Now the best thing about that little fact is that our questions should be similar to yours. Watches are inherently the same (parts-wise), so we decided to put our answers down in words. They’re informational and dare we say it, a bit factual with a bragging side to them.
Why is Rolex made from 904L steel?
Timepiece enthusiasts know the worth of stainless steel. It has that perfect ratio of safety, toughness, and aesthetic appeal that every watch aficionado will love. In terms of the feel, steel has a firm and nice weight on your wrist that just feels right. All watch manufacturers that are worth their salt have gotten that particular formula down nowadays. Still, that tight look which easily catches everyone’s eyes comes at the cost of sweat build-up. And because of that, there’s the issue of wear over time.
Now while this is a common issue with all steel types, you have to know there are different types of the material that watchmakers can choose from. All with different resistance to wear, corrosion, and the likes. So, in the early 2000s, Rolex made a really smart move. Trust us, we’ve looked at it from every angle we could and it’s the better decision, despite being a little more expensive. Rolex changed their entire lineup to 904L in 2003 instead of using the usual 316L. It holds polish significantly longer than 316L.
Who makes Rolex movements?
Rolex, as a watchmaker does not only make their own movements, they also build the other parts big or small like their beautiful cases and even the crown. After that, they smelt their own metals (gold, silver, etc.) and cut their own diamonds to their own particular tastes/standards. They are one of the few watch manufacturers that construct all of the parts they need for their watches in-house. So next time you see one of their timepieces, you now know why they’re always built to taste.
How do Rolex test their dive watches?
What we consider a huge plus in our books is that Rolex tests their dive watches in environments that subject them to a lot of stress. The watches are placed in an air-pressure chamber, wherein if the pressure changes at all, there’s been a leak in the case. This is what Rolex applies in Rolex Oyster case watches. All of this is kind of like an incentive to buy a watch of theirs and also a form of assurance to get more watches sold.
“And it’s certainly working”
In the case of the Submariner and Deep-Sea watches, they’re subjected to other tests that show if the watches are really resistant up to 300 meters. For the first one, the Submariner, the watches are heated up and a little cold water is added to them after they exit the air-pressure chamber. If water doesn’t form on the inside of the crystal, then the watches have passed. On the other hand, a different approach is taken with Deep Sea watches. This line is tested in a specialized pressure chamber that’s much less forgiving on the body than Rolex Oyster watches. We think it’s like a personal game of theirs, where they push their own watches than even the wearers.
How long does it take to make a Rolex?
Yes, there have been debates on how long it really takes to make a Rolex watch. But instead of the usual 6 months or a year that it supposedly takes, making a Rolex doesn’t even take up to 4 hours. The part that takes so long is gathering all the materials (gold, steel, etc.) that’ll then be converted to all of the necessary parts. This can take up to a year but then, do you still remember what we said about them selling up to a million watches each year? Well, how are they doing that? The answer is actually straightforward and what’s going on is that they have a lot of employees (gemologists for example) who work to build hundreds of timepieces per day.
How do you manually wind a Rolex and how many turns does it need per day?
If you’re using a Rolex with a screw-down crown, you just need to unscrew the crown counterclockwise until the crown pops out (in the 1st position). Then you wind the crown 28-40 times to fully charge the watch enough to work. You can stay in that range provided that the watch hasn’t seen any motion for a day or two. If you’re worried about over winding the Rolex, don’t be! Over winding Rolex watches are mostly impossible nowadays since they use a winding limiter. It kicks in when the watch has been fully wound. Though another cue is that you’ll feel a resistance when it’s fully wound. This is very useful in the case you’re winding a vintage piece.
How many types of movements do Rolex use in their watches?
In any Rolex watch, it’s either you see a mechanical watch, or you see one made with a quartz movement. The mechanical watches have their iconic ticking sound and they’re divided into two.
The first is the automatic self-winding watches while the other is manual watches. Mechanical watches use a movement that must be periodically wound to work. But then the difference between the two types is that self-winding watches use the wearer’s motions to constantly charge the watch. The manual watches will have to be manually wound. Alternatively, their watches have quartz movements which make use of batteries. They’re slick since you won’t need to move them, but you will need to replace them periodically.
Why does a mechanical Rolex watch lose time?
Other than the fact that infrequent winds will cause your watch to lose time, mechanical Rolex watches are not built to have pinpoint time accuracy—unlike quartz watches. What they instead do is lose no more than 4 seconds and gain no more than 6 seconds per day. It should be a little underwhelming since quartz watches keep time more. But the level of craftsmanship put into every little part to eliminate the errors to that level must be respected.