This is gonna hurt. Sent Tudor watch to Rolex.

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  1. Jan 4, 2019 #1

    boomchakabowwow

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    Gah! My favorite timepiece. I set the time and date. And wore it some. Realized I never gave it a wind. Pulled the stem out and with a click; it came completely out. BOOO!

    It is now nothing more than a screw in plug to keep water out. I wore it for Dec and kept it in motion to keep it active.

    Just dropped it off at a local jewelry shop. I’m traveling a lot coming up, I prefer to let them handle the paperwork and shipping to Rolex of Dallas. I hope this is the last time it needs service, so I wanted it done at an authorized service center.

    Rolex reopens Jan 9. The lady said to expect 4-6 weeks turnaround time. Price? That’s anyone’s guess. Yikes. Scary.

    They better not do more than necessary. I don’t want a new bracelet, for example. It took 25 years for me to make it look mine. :)
     
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    When was the last time the movement was disassembled and cleaned/ oiled? The stem fix is likely simple, and the movement service will be the bulk of the cost.

    There are good watchmakers scattered around as an alternative to Rolex. That is a way to reduce costs in the future (a movement service should typically occur at 5-7 year intervals).

    4-6 week turnaround isn't bad for a watch getting sent to the manufacturer.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2019 #3

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    I had it serviced in SF about five years ago.

    The lady said they do a service every time they get a watch. They won’t just fix the stem.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2019 #4

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    Count on about $800 + parts. At least that's what a Rolex costs for servicing. They need servicing every 5-7 years. T'ain't cheap!
     
  5. Jan 7, 2019 #5

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    I don't have any sympathy for the trials and tribulations of the rich. From the perspective of one in poverty, you deserve all the problems the universe can throw at you.

    I find it ridiculous when I see the phrase

    "Oh, so sorry about your rolex. That's so sad that an overpriced product malfunctioned costing more money to fix than a week long trip to Hawaii"

    Yeah, I'm paraphrasing
     
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    IIRC the Tudor movement is a bit simpler.
     
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    Haha. ChefDoom. I’m a lot of things but rich isn’t one of them.

    I was damn near almost homeless. I figured my trajectory in life was heading in a very unfavorable direction. I bit my lip and went to school, Got a job, paid off my loans ASAP. And moved on.

    I bash my garlic with a $49 blade. No Japanese ultra knife in my kitchen. The price tag on some of the people’s cutlery here is shocking to me. Not my jam. I bought my watch because I wanted it. That’s all. It’s very plain looking. That watch is my single frivolous luxury item. :).
     
  8. Jan 7, 2019 #8

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    AFAIK a Rolex service includes refinishing the case and bracelet to as new. I expect they treat Tudor the same.

    If you absolutely must preserve the hard won patina on your watch, use an independent technician. I don’t know if Rolex will accomodate requests to leave original wear as is.

    Tudors are cool, and not anything like Rolex prices. Wear it in good health!
     

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