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Old 6 August 2022, 05:03 AM   #1
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Rolex 1680 Meters First worn every day since 1971 with plenty of DNA, then serviced.

The owner of this watch, Mike Borkovic did post this watch here to find help servicing it as some of you may have noticed. Mike mentioned that he never took this watch off since 1971. Father purchased it new in '69 and after wearing it for two years, decided it was not to his liking, so he passed it down, then purchased a different style.

After speaking with Mike, we put together a game plan as to preserving it and maintaining the value. Sure enough, after bathing the case, caseback, bezel and bracelet, all the DNA was removed to show the true beauty behind it!

After all that work, I would say this was truly a fun piece to work on!

Thanks, Mike!
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Old 6 August 2022, 05:09 AM   #2
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Good God that watch was nasty. Cleaned up beautifully.


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Old 6 August 2022, 05:59 AM   #3
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Surprisingly clean and without rust for all that gunk. Looks really nice Phillip! The second picture makes it look like a miniature forest surrounding lake Red Sub. Going to add—ewwwww. And maybe a little Dawn soap going forward…
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Old 6 August 2022, 06:01 AM   #4
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Yes, have to agree, absolutely grody and caked with my life as a DoD field engineer.
I had waded thru swamps and feel off a tank, but it never failed me. In June I went to re-set the date and nothing happened. So, I found Phil. We spoke and I received the watch today. Thru his patience, diligence, and knowledge, I got dads watch back. And time is spot on. Thanks again Phil. best, Mike
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Old 6 August 2022, 06:01 AM   #5
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Incredible job Phillip
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Old 6 August 2022, 06:04 AM   #6
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Nice. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your watch Mike.
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Old 6 August 2022, 06:06 AM   #7
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Excellent work. Fantastic watch.
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Old 6 August 2022, 06:26 AM   #8
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Really nice watch and nice job Phillip. Glad he sent to you and you were able to get it all fixed up.
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Old 6 August 2022, 06:40 AM   #9
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Incredible. Finally had to use the hammer and chisel? Hah!
Great work. Ready for another 50yrs.
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Old 6 August 2022, 06:42 AM   #10
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Great watch, stunning history and a truly beautiful result!
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Old 6 August 2022, 06:43 AM   #11
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Yes, have to agree, absolutely grody and caked with my life as a DoD field engineer.
I had waded thru swamps and feel off a tank, but it never failed me. In June I went to re-set the date and nothing happened. So, I found Phil. We spoke and I received the watch today. Thru his patience, diligence, and knowledge, I got dads watch back. And time is spot on. Thanks again Phil. best, Mike

I like your style!! Cheers to many more years with that gorgeous watch on your wrist!!


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Old 6 August 2022, 07:00 AM   #12
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Awesome, love it..
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Old 6 August 2022, 07:00 AM   #13
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Thanks and on my wrist as I type. Not bad for $280 in 1969.
A perfect conservation job. Thanks Phil.
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Old 6 August 2022, 07:06 AM   #14
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Great photos of that beautifully enjoyed 1680. Cheers to 50 more years of adventures
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Old 6 August 2022, 07:28 AM   #15
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These are by far my favorite posts on watch forums. Thanks for sharing this before & after Phillip!
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Old 6 August 2022, 07:43 AM   #16
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Beautiful work. Love seeing these type threads
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Old 6 August 2022, 07:50 AM   #17
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Great work. I've never seen that much formaggio orologico (watch cheese).
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Old 6 August 2022, 08:45 AM   #18
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Looks to me like it had a couple more good years on it before it needed a good cleaning!!!

Nice job pR.
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Old 6 August 2022, 09:01 AM   #19
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Although it was very nasty I think all of us would not have hesitated to buy it from you before it was cleaned.
As dirty as it was you could tell it was a real diamond in the ruff.
Congratulations and job well done on the clean up.
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Old 6 August 2022, 09:02 AM   #20
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Wow. Speechless!

Lucky you @GMBorkovic and outstanding overhaul @phillip ridley.
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Old 6 August 2022, 09:58 AM   #21
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Beautiful.
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Old 6 August 2022, 10:51 AM   #22
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Sweet baby Jesus that one was heck of a transformation!!!!!

Great story and like others have mentioned, also my favorite type of threads. Even still, that was wowzers lol
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Old 6 August 2022, 01:59 PM   #23
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Don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful watch and glad you wore it like an extension of your arm. Phillip serviced my watch too, which was a gift from my Dad and going forward I have a renewed appreciation for it. Wear it in good health!
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Old 6 August 2022, 02:47 PM   #24
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Enough DNA there to build another person!! Great job and thanks for sharing.
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Old 6 August 2022, 06:05 PM   #25
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Great share and wonderful to see it stay with the original family.
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Old 6 August 2022, 06:38 PM   #26
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Nice job Phillip.
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Old 6 August 2022, 07:16 PM   #27
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So nice to see it used as intended. And restored without being shined up like a display piece. Still looks ready for another fifty years of action.

I believe there was also mention of another metres first 1680 that’s never been worn? I was dubious at first, but after seeing this…
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Old 6 August 2022, 07:25 PM   #28
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Interesting how white the indices are and how the beveling on the lugs has been rounded off from wear.
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Old 6 August 2022, 09:32 PM   #29
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I love seeing posts like this.
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Old Yesterday, 02:35 AM   #30
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awesome, great job !
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