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Old 30 August 2014, 03:54 AM   #271
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I'm receiving zero response from Mr. Young in Hong Kong. I also do not know how he can tighten the band without taking out significant amounts of gold. I don't feel comfortable to send my band overseas for months.

Does anyone else have other suggestions for band restoration? Perhaps here in the US?
As I understand it, he ADDS gold to replace that which has worn away. I have an 18k jubilee and I am thinking about sending to him. Only issue is I will need to buy more links as it is short and taking out the stretch will make it shorter.
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Old 3 January 2015, 03:46 AM   #272
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This should be a sticky!!

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Old 2 March 2015, 08:08 PM   #273
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This should be a sticky!!

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Yeah make it a sticky

Good info
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Old 3 March 2015, 04:24 AM   #274
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MY rescued a TT jubilee band from my wife's DJ. I had reservations about sending the band overseas but am glad to say that it came back in about a month and is beautiful.
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Old 10 March 2015, 05:05 AM   #275
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Awesome information. Detailed and easy to understand, keep up the good work!
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Old 4 April 2015, 03:33 AM   #276
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Can anything be done about the links flattening out on the corners from rubbing together?

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Old 4 April 2015, 04:03 AM   #277
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Wow... makes me want to stretch out mine so I can send it in!! LOL
All joking aside what amazing work!!
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Old 21 May 2015, 06:08 PM   #278
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Basically, the center links have to be recasted and obviously more gold needs to be added in the process.
If it's an authentic original D'Agosto band then it's just old and it's showing signs of wear and evidence of a different engineering, which was obviously typical of the period it was made in. In my opinion it should not be "repaired" or modified or it won't be original anymore. Besides, Rolex has a special proportion for their 18K gold alloy. Any addition will be noticeable.
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Old 22 May 2015, 04:35 AM   #279
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Great thread! Awesome work! I'll definitely be sending in my bracelet once it gets stretched.
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Old 27 May 2015, 06:08 AM   #280
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Since it is friction, is there any logic to applying a tiny drop of oil to the links and pins to lessen that friction? There may an argument that the oil would keep any dirt or grit trapped in the links, exacerbating the problem. Also, no matter how little oil is used, it may be too messy.

Has anyone tried it?
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Old 30 May 2015, 06:12 AM   #281
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Since it is friction, is there any logic to applying a tiny drop of oil to the links and pins to lessen that friction? There may an argument that the oil would keep any dirt or grit trapped in the links, exacerbating the problem. Also, no matter how little oil is used, it may be too messy.

Has anyone tried it?
Maybe graphite powder then?


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Old 26 June 2015, 01:28 AM   #282
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Rolex Explorer 1016 Expandable Bracelet

Hello Classic Watch Parts,
Can you repair my Rolex Explorer 1016 expandable bracelet? These links are spring loaded and each link is riveted.
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Old 25 August 2015, 01:56 PM   #283
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Michael,

I found your website on internet when my father's TT Datejust bracelet broke (He worn it for almost 40 year), and you fix it up so nicely (Just last month).

Now I have a TT Datejust juilbee that need to fix, emailed you. Hope to get your reply soon
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Old 27 August 2015, 02:03 AM   #284
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I recently had my vintage gold date just band restored by MY and I have to say the job is incredible. It looks absolutely brand new with no marks, no stretching and no signs of wear. I would highly recommend him and his services!

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Old 10 September 2015, 07:18 AM   #285
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Great thread, too bad Mr. MY is not posting any more in here, I guess he's too busy. I am sending my president over to Him for repair next week. :) and can't wait to get it back.

Thank you all for the great info and input, this thread has defiantly sparked me up :)
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Old 11 September 2015, 10:51 AM   #286
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He was a pretty busy guy when I sent him two bracelets a couple of months ago, but they came back in perfect shape, all is good with Mr Young AFAIK
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Old 7 October 2015, 03:06 AM   #287
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all good stuff .... just sent him a email and plan to send him my vintage 1966 Presidential.
The band has been patched here and there and finally broke !


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Old 7 October 2015, 04:59 AM   #288
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Welcome back!

Welcome back Michael! I have one of your restored 93150 bracelets. Although the corners of some of the outer link inside area are indeed chamfered, the bracelet as a whole feels better and tighter than a NOS, beautiful work my friend. I am very grateful to have the valuable resource, your skills, available to us here on TRF. Here is a pic
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Keep up the fantastic work! Remember, no matter what you do, or how great you are...there are always going to be haters...they dont't matter!
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Old 9 October 2015, 09:27 AM   #289
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Anyone still able to get a hold of Michael Young? I'd like to send him a bracelet but looks like his sites may be down?
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Old 9 October 2015, 08:48 PM   #290
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His websites have been down for some time. I don't know whats going on but, he can be reached via email at:

Michael Young michael_ck_young@hotmail.com
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Old 28 November 2015, 01:50 AM   #291
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Ok guys so here's the follow up regarding my restored rolex president by Michael Young.

I have received my president bracelet after 6 weeks. All went well and I am very happy with the final results. I am a perfectionist, so I cannot say 100% happy with it but let's say 90%, which is a good percentage considering the condition of the bracelet when it was sent.

The bracelet was stretched and worn out pretty much from normal wear and tear but was not too bad either. No breaks or major damage, just the regular worn edges of the center links especially the top ones where you could even see the pins that attach the outer links with the center ones. The clasp would open easily and was unsafe. As for the outer edges of the outer links, they were worn and rounded instead of sharp and angled. The finish was also mostly shiny and the brushed vs polished surfaces were all mixed up.

The result of the works that MY did are amazing. The edges are sharp, the stretch is gone almost 95%, the center links look great and there are no signs of the repairs thay were done to the holes where the pins go. Even the center links on the end links are restored and look very sharp and nice. The color of the strap looks great and fresh, the high polish vs brushed is superb; all even and flowless. The back side of the strap has also been restored and refinished and brushed, there were dings that has disappeared now, some of the marks from the clasp are still there but it takes a very good eye to see them, not that it really matters since they will return from the first wear! The clasp has been worked on, the pin that hinges the two parts was very loose and now it is tighter but there still is some play, which is absolutely acceptable. The rolex logo has been polished and although worn out, still looks good. I had asked michael to replace it but he convinced me to keep it for originality. There are a couple of things that I would have liked to be done differently though. First, the inner sides of the outer links are usually high polished and reflect nicely on the high polish of the center links, sadly, and although I have highlighted this matter to Michael while he had the bracelet, they have finished it with the brushed finish, it does look great, however I would have preferred it to be kept as it was in the original finish; second, the clasp does not lock perfectly and would snap open if the hand is clapped hard for example; third, if you look closely and probably might need a loop, you can see some imperfections on the sides of the links where they meet the center links.

Having said all that, the outcome is very pleasing. The bracelet feels tight and nice, looks great, and I absolutely love it. Yes I would have preferred if the small things that I just mentioned were perfected because that would absolutely have been a blast. I prefer it this way than to have kept it stretched and worn out.

Communication with Michael was a bit slow but certain. He is very collaborative and helped me with the return shipment arrangements and it really was a great thing.

All in all, 5 stars for Mr Michael Young. I highly recommend his services and the whole experience was a very positive one. I am very grateful that he is doing such a great job and I feel that now the value of my watch has been boosted, the watch feels much younger and like new now :)

Here are some pictures before and after. Enjoy :) PS sorry for the dirty fingers, was working on my Harley LOL



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Old 1 December 2015, 11:50 AM   #292
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I just sent Michael 15 photos for a quote on some work- anyone have any idea if this will be a problem? I wanted to give him a heads-up via PM but his mailbox is full...

Thanks!
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Old 14 April 2016, 03:32 AM   #293
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I have been trying to reach Michael for a week or two about a bracelet I sent him almost two months ago. I am posting here to try to reach out to him.
Please let me know if you are still operating.
Has anyone else had any difficulty recently?
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Old 14 April 2016, 03:36 AM   #294
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Very good info Mr. Young.
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Old 15 April 2016, 12:26 AM   #295
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As is often the case with these sorts of things, I received an email from him last night.
The job is done and paid for and I now await delivery.
Update with photos to follow.
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Old 20 April 2016, 06:56 AM   #296
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I am very pleased. Great work.
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Old 20 April 2016, 01:31 PM   #297
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Great job , now I know where to send my bracelets!


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Old 2 May 2016, 10:45 AM   #298
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Your inbox is full!

Michael, your inbox is full!

You have a 1680 mid case and a '68 C&I bracelet of mine.

My contact email has changed.

Please drop me a note and I'll give you my new email.

Thank you!
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Old 23 September 2017, 05:41 AM   #299
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I just wanted to add to this long thread of appreciation, saying that Michael restored my 9315 folded link bracelet to what seems like brand new condition. It's really quite remarkable, considering the only the Rolex would tell me is that I need to buy a new 93150 bracelet. Just confirming that Michael is still in business and doing remarkable work!

One thing I will caution though is that I failed to consider that once the stretch was taken out of my bracelet the size changed quite a bit! In fact, it's too tight to wear now and I have to get a replacement link. Wish I had done that before sending it to Michael. Now I have to figure out how to add a link in a way that will match.
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