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Old 16 April 2017, 03:43 PM   #1
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servicing a 16600

I'm planning on servicing my Sea Dweller, 16600, M series from 2008 for the first time.

I'm going to get it serviced with a Rolex trained, independent watch maker. However, he only has the caseback gasket and only one gasket for the crown. He will also be unable to service the Helium escape valve.


In light of the above, I have the following questions:

1. Where could I source the gaskets from, apart from Rolex dealerships?

2. Can I get away with just changing the two gaskets and still have a waterproof case?

3. Does the HEV have to be serviced?

4. Finally, things to look out for and instruct the watchmaker for the service.

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Old 17 April 2017, 03:42 PM   #2
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If he can't acquire those gaskets I'd find another watchmaker...
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Old 18 April 2017, 02:57 AM   #3
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If he is Rolex trained and don't know how to get those parts then are sure he wasn't Folex trained instead?
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Old 18 April 2017, 04:51 PM   #4
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I would feel safer going elswhere, too many issues here for this guy to be up to standard to service a fine watch like yours, it could end up costing you more in the long run, send it to a RSC and sit back and wait till it returns like new.
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Old 18 April 2017, 10:50 PM   #5
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I would feel safer going elswhere, too many issues here for this guy to be up to standard to service a fine watch like yours, it could end up costing you more in the long run, send it to a RSC and sit back and wait till it returns like new.
Totally agree - you will not be able to rely on this and have peace of mind. To only service this in part particularly as regards seal/gasket replacement would be a bad move. RSC whilst expensive, is the way to go!
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Old 30 April 2017, 01:04 PM   #6
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Realizing that you are in a far off land...go to the Rolex Service Center for your region. Being Rolex trained means nothing without the correct parts. After installation he will need to be able to pressure test it also.
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Old 12 May 2017, 11:13 PM   #7
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Old 12 May 2017, 11:34 PM   #8
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Old 20 May 2017, 08:28 AM   #9
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One Place I have always found to be Top Notch is Watchmakers International.
Bob & Phillip Ridley have service four of my Rolex watches and I've had nothing but a great experience.
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Old 20 May 2017, 08:58 AM   #10
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The problem with the OP's watchmaker isn't knowledge or experience (servicing a simple 3-hand movement isn't difficult) but having access to parts in case something is broken is the issue. I would never undertake servicing a movement without access to parts.
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Old 8 August 2017, 01:40 PM   #11
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I would wager that none of the after market watch service people have the tooling to install and recertify it to waterproof to 4000ft.

Mine cost 700 plus a couple of parts, this time, and it looks brand new all over again.

Over the years I have spent more servicing the watch than it cost new.
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Old 9 August 2017, 04:19 AM   #12
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My father and I have this same issue. He went to New York in 1987 and was trained by Rolex. But, sometime around 2008 or so, he quit playing their game. So, now he does not have a parts account. We still service watches, but sometimes when a part is needed we have to send the customer elsewhere. Although, since I started working with him and now on my own, I've yet to see a HEV Case in my shop. Small towns for ya.
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Old 9 August 2017, 04:48 AM   #13
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If he can't acquire those gaskets I'd find another watchmaker...
If he can't acquire gaskets, he certainly would not be able to order parts from Rolex for the movement and there are many parts inside that are considered "expendable" at service.

I would look for an Independent with a Rolex parts account.
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Old 11 August 2017, 11:01 AM   #14
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It is just an odd question. I started learning how to work on watches 5 years ago. Through the years I have learned to do the 3135, I have 3 watches with them and for the last 15 years I have been sending them out for service. Now I can do them. The gaskets are simple. You always....ALWAYS...change the tube and crown gasket. Period. I would also change the case back gasket. While I can say I have no clue about they H'valve. I would say, yes, it should be changed. The only thing I wouldn't mess around with is the crystal gasket. If your crystal has to come off, for like polishing the case or any other reasons then yes change that too.

As far as parts location. If he is Rolex trained. He will have a Rolex watchmaker ID number and can order any part he wants. If he is like me then he has to either rely on his local AD or friend. If he is really into servicing Rolexes he has to have a connection. What happens if during service he finds that the teeth on the hour wheel are getting worn? Or a winding wheel is beginning to show wear? They have to be changed. Now if he worked on "A" Rolex once, that does not make him a Rolex trained watchmaker. I am not a Rolex trained watch maker.

There is nothing better than a Rolex that comes back from the service center after service. Only thing better is the day you buy it. That watch will be amazing and have another warranty.
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I responded to one of those Indian spam posts that were quite active here in the tech section. There were numerous of these comments throughout the threads, all from 1 post new accounts. I reported most of them and they got deleted.
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So why not just report the post?

One day it could be a genuine one.
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So why not just report the post?

One day it could be a genuine one.
There have not been any since my post, might have worked But you're right
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