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Rolex Oyster Quartz 17000 Overhaul


hi I recently acquired Rolex Quartz 17000 MK1 Dial. I am a big fan of Quartz watches manufactured by Rolex, and have been looking for the watch for awhile in the market. Few weeks ago, I found a seller (individual) who had the watch for sale, and decided to buy the watch.


The watch keeps time accurately. However, I went to get it checked at Rolex Service Centre (RSC) in Hong Kong to make sure all parts are original and the watch is genuine.


It took around two weeks for Rolex Service Centre to get back to me on the quotation, and details of the quotation are as per below:
HKDUSD
Overhaul / movement repair 14,1501807
Dial 33042
Hand 69589
Crown 33042
Crystal 1,000128
Case Back 900115
Basel 900115
Bracelet 8,2001047




The overhaul and repair cost is very expensive and am not sure whether I need to do an overhaul since the watch is keeping good time. I might consider doing an overhaul at non official rolex repair shop later.


In addition RSC refused to do an overhaul with out replacing the original dial and hands. I also have a vintage Tudor submariner, and when I requested for overhaul next time at Tudor Service Centre, they also refused to do the overhaul for me without changing the hands... So I guess its just Rolex + Tudor's policy.


I am not sure whether its going to be worth the money to do all these stuff asked by RSC since not having original parts can depreciate the value of vintage watches.


I would like to seek advice from the experts of the forum. Also if you know any good watch repair shop in Hong Kong, please introduce them to me. Thank you
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That's a great looking watch.

I've seen a pattern with new buyers. They seem to want to have
non-urgent work done soon after purchase. I think this is a mistake
because you won't recover much of the money if you sell it. In this
case, the prices you were quoted are roughly the value of the watch.

My suggestion is that you wear the watch for a year or so and then
decide what needs to be done, if anything.

All the best!
 
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I read your post before looking at your photo and I expected it to be in rough shape. Based on the one photo, I wouldn't touch it. Looks great.


Ditto!

Just ask them to send it back.
 

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$1800 to overhaul a quartz movement? This can't be right. They charge 600 ish to service a mechanical movement. Isn't quartz supposed to be much cheaper to service? Isn't that part of the point to quartz movements? I wonder if they just replace the movement altogether.
 
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My suggestion is that you wear the watch for a year or so and then
decide what needs to be done, if anything.

All the best!
This is sound advice.

I for one will not have it serviced if keeping time. It’s a quartz, only thing it needs in the future is a battery change.

If you can tell time with the watch then just wear it.


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one of the reasons i placed my watch at the service centre was to make sure that all the parts and original and the watch is genuine. Given that RSC called me to quote on the overhaul cost, i believe that its all original :)
 

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i agree with you that quartz watches might be easier to service and cost lower if anyone bothers to overhaul or fix a quartz watch. Given that this specific Rolex model is over 40 years old, i believe parts are hard to come by and there might be no spare movement to replace it.
 

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Unlike most quartz movements, the Rolex thermocompensated 5035 movement is very complex that would account for the high cost of overhaul. My primary concern would be at some point in time spare parts might be completely unavailable. If I were the OP and planned to keep this watch for a significant period of time, keeping in mind eventual unavailability of parts and service should be on the table for consideration. The least I would do would be to present this question to RSC.


 

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if it ain’t broken then don’t fix it.. keep the money to buy another watch :)


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I’m a bit confused. If your OQ runs accurately then the only thing is have it pressure tested for moisture resistance. I own two, a 17013 and 17014. When I replace the battery, every 5-6 years, I also have new seals put in. I had the 17013 completely done over five years ago at Dallas RSC. New service dial, electronic components, hands, tube, crown, a like new watch. Why? Water damage. I bought it used knowing it would require work.
 

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All jeweled movements will eventually need service, whether mechanical or quartz. Unless you have a good service history on the watch, I'd planned to have it serviced before too many more years pass. As others have said however, I'd wear it for a year or so and decide what other work you might want done; although the exterior parts look great in the photo you posted, maybe you'll find something that you feel needs to be remedied. That also gives you time to find independent specialists, etc.
 

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Both the required work and prices in that quote seem very off.

Which service center is this, exactly? Plenty of outfits, particularly in some parts of Asia where intellectual property laws are lax, refer to themselves as authorized Rolex service centers when they are in fact independent watchmakers who specialize in Rolex.

Right off the bat, the dial appears to be perfect... Why would a replacement be called for? And I don't see anything wrong with the bracelet or bezel to the extent that entire replacements would be in order. I can't speak to the crown or caseback, and it's hard to tell if that's an aftermarket crystal from a pic... About the only thing I can verify that an authentic Rolex service center would require is the hands, as those are tritium-lumed hands, and Rolex won't service a watch with them, citing safety reasons.

Additionally, $1,807 is an insane price for work on quartz movement, period. Even if they are replacing it.

This whole thing feels... Shady.
 

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Right off the bat, the dial appears to be perfect... Why would a replacement be called for? And I don't see anything wrong with the bracelet or bezel to the extent that entire replacements would be in order. I can't speak to the crown or caseback, and it's hard to tell if that's an aftermarket crystal from a pic... About the only thing I can verify that an authentic Rolex service center would require is the hands, as those are tritium-lumed hands, and Rolex won't service a watch with them, citing safety reasons.
Of course Rolex will service a watch with them - watches with tritium can be as young as 20 years old, it's nothing to do with safety. Radium is another matter...

What Rolex has quoted for is a complete replacement of everything that's worn out. The dial lume is worn out, dead, gone, useless, which is what the watch had when it was new, so of course they quote for a replacement. I had a DJ serviced a few years ago and was given the option of keeping the original tritium dial or a new replacement (with hands) for £350 or so. I elected not, as I didn't need the lume on that watch and the dial was otherwise fine, with no discolouration or damage. Frankly 40 bucks for a new dial is a steal.
Additionally, $1,807 is an insane price for work on quartz movement, period. Even if they are replacing it.
They can't be keeping that much stock of movements or parts in any more. Yes, it is extremely expensive. Captive market. I am sure that servicing costs have kept lock-step with used prices too.
 

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The dial lume is worn out, dead, gone, useless, which is what the watch had when it was new, so of course they quote for a replacement. I had a DJ serviced a few years ago and was given the option of keeping the original tritium dial or a new replacement (with hands) for £350 or so. I elected not, as I didn't need the lume on that watch and the dial was otherwise fine, with no discolouration or damage. Frankly 40 bucks for a new dial is a steal.
The dead tritium lume is a good point I overlooked. Glad you brought that up. |>
 
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