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Old 15 September 2021, 12:25 PM   #1
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Watch: SS Datejust 1603
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Recommendation for Minor Polishing

I have a Rolex SS 1603 Datejust that goes back to 1974. After 15 or more years, it was just recently fully serviced by an independent watchmaker and runs unbelievably ... just like new.

I was not happy with the sides of the case as well as the case back. You could tell it still has the original polish but it was so dull and it was bothering me.

I found a metal polish called Autsol. It comes is a 3.3 oz tube and is made in Germany. It is quite expensive at $18.30 Cdn, has won international awards and is used by some of the big German automakers.

I masked off the crystal and parts of the case I did not want to polish. It is so easy to dispense a small amount from the 'toothpaste like' tube right onto the end of a Q-tip. I used Q-tips liberally for polishing the sides of the case and the case back. They were discarded or rotated after becoming 'blackened' by the polishing.

Deeper marks or pits are not removed so there is still an aged look to my watch. However, that dull look has been replaced by a wonderful shine! I am so much happier.

This is a pretty easy method by hand and no power tools required, lol. BTW, if there is any small of amounts of powder residue in crevices, just use an old soft toothbrush.

So ... Autsol is highly recommended and I still have enough left for another 47 years of Rolex life.

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