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Old 7 May 2019, 12:06 AM   #91
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love the "patina"
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:12 AM   #92
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Hopefully it’s a metallurgical defect that Rolex will redress.

Also, hopefully Rolex won’t say “Not my probrem...” a la Mr. Chow when he’s given $75,000 for the wrong Doug in The Hangover.

You should get a water sample ASAP. Also check with your homeowners’ insurance.

This is a really good lesson for us all. If a problem does arise it might be easier to work
through a local AD seller. Tough to work through an out of town AD

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Old 7 May 2019, 12:17 AM   #93
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Materials science background here.
Chlorine is well known to attack less than 24K pure gold. Most often the corrosion products can be eliminated through polishing away part of the material surface. In the worst cases it results in stress cracking of the gold. Stay out of pools and chlorinated water with gold to be safe.

I doubt very much the gold alloy used by Rolex was improper.
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:22 AM   #94
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Materials science background here.
Chlorine is well known to attack less than 24K pure gold. Most often the corrosion products can be eliminated through polishing away part of the material surface. In the worst cases it results in stress cracking of the gold. Stay out of pools and chlorinated water with gold to be safe.

I doubt very much the gold alloy used by Rolex was improper.
Are we generally safe to wear our stainless steel models in swimming pools?
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:22 AM   #95
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Iíve just done a check on the levels of the Hot Tub and it was extremely high chlorine levels.
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Hopefully itís a metallurgical defect that Rolex will redress.

Also, hopefully Rolex wonít say ďNot my probrem...Ē a la Mr. Chow when heís given $75,000 for the wrong Doug in The Hangover.

You should get a water sample ASAP. Also check with your homeownersí insurance
Given that the chlorine levels were 'extremely high' the chance of it being a manufacturing defect are remote, being generous. A polish will rectify the surface oxidation and that is likely what will be offered.

Speaking to the insurance company is a good plan if the OP was the person responsible for the hot tub.
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:23 AM   #96
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Following. Good luck OP.
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:35 AM   #97
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Are we generally safe to wear our stainless steel models in swimming pools?
Yes. The steel alloy Rolex uses is very chemical resistant. Just wash off with fresh water after being in pool, hot tub etc.
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:36 AM   #98
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Sorry about the watch. My question is what did that water do to you?
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:42 AM   #99
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I actually like the look of that darker gold
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:45 AM   #100
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Sorry to hear OP, lets us know what RSC says when they received it
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:47 AM   #101
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Yes. The steel alloy Rolex uses is very chemical resistant. Just wash off with fresh water after being in pool, hot tub etc.
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:52 AM   #102
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Materials science background here.
Chlorine is well known to attack less than 24K pure gold. Most often the corrosion products can be eliminated through polishing away part of the material surface. In the worst cases it results in stress cracking of the gold. Stay out of pools and chlorinated water with gold to be safe.

I doubt very much the gold alloy used by Rolex was improper.




The situation the OP is in really sucks

Imagine if the watch was completely yellow gold? Like a DD?

This wouldíve been even worse


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Old 7 May 2019, 12:55 AM   #103
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Ouch.

Full service, new crown and replacement bezel at the very least. You'll be looking at £1,500.00 or so.
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:56 AM   #104
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Sorry to hear, hope the result is a good one.


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Old 7 May 2019, 12:56 AM   #105
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Wow my goodness. That does not look good. Hopefully you can get it resolved ASAP!
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:57 AM   #106
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Ouch.

Full service, new crown and replacement bezel at the very least. You'll be looking at £1,500.00 or so.
???

How about a simple jewelry cleaning solution to get the oxidation off?
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Old 7 May 2019, 12:59 AM   #107
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???

How about a simple jewelry cleaning solution to get the oxidation off?
I don't think it'll go back to new. OP would be wise to make a claim.
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Old 7 May 2019, 01:02 AM   #108
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I don't think it'll go back to new. OP would be wise to make a claim.
I think Bas is far better placed to know than most of us.....
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Old 7 May 2019, 01:08 AM   #109
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While Rolex is waterproof, I have always heard not to wear them (although people do) in hot tubs because of the heat and the water pressure. The seals expand and then contract. Plus the heat doesn't do the oils any good. Now we see the harsh chemicals discolor the gold.
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Old 7 May 2019, 01:18 AM   #110
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Let’s just take a step back here , can we see some more pics of the watch , I’ve gone back to the original pic and zoomed in and it seems the orange gold coloured parts exceed past where the bezel ends and the stainless case starts, could just be reflection, also noticed a single dot of orange right near the bezel at the 9 min mark.



I hope this isn’t some photoshop attention scheme

Any more pics of said watch ?
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Old 7 May 2019, 01:18 AM   #111
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While Rolex is waterproof, I have always heard not to wear them (although people do) in hot tubs because of the heat and the water pressure. The seals expand and then contract. Plus the heat doesn't do the oils any good. Now we see the harsh chemicals discolor the gold.
Sorry to see the look to your recent watch, the metal really has taken on a matte finish which does look like a chemical attack/reaction.
I think they use the term "water resistant" these days?
I have plenty of old vintage skin diver watches that claim "waterproof" (they make me smile with that!)
I found this link but no doubt there is one on here much better:-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Resistant_mark

Gutted to see your quick colour change, but again don't Rolex have their own name for their alloy used?
They claim this "Rolex exclusively uses 18 ct gold, a princely alloy composed of 750Č (thousandths) of pure gold, plus exactly the right mixture of elements including silver and copper necessary to produce the different types of 18 ct gold: yellow, white and Everose, Rolex's exclusive pink gold alloy. Jealously-guarded formulas ensure exceptional durability, polishability Ė and an extraordinary sheen that lasts for generations."
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Old 7 May 2019, 01:18 AM   #112
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I wore my TT DJ in the hot tub perhaps 1,000 times, back when I went straight from work to the club. Never had an issue and the gold is still gold.
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Old 7 May 2019, 01:34 AM   #113
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Just curious why so many people wear Rolexes in the hot tub..?
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Old 7 May 2019, 01:35 AM   #114
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I think Bas is far better placed to know than most of us.....
I see, let's all just stop posting and leave Bas to it.
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Old 7 May 2019, 01:40 AM   #115
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I still think this maybe a photoshop

Look how easy it is



Iím going to bed , Gnight
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Old 7 May 2019, 01:46 AM   #116
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I don't think it'll go back to new. OP would be wise to make a claim.
Make a claim against who the person or persons who put the extremely high chlorine mix in the hot tub.I would say you cannot put any blame on Rolex or the gold but hope if he has insurance and they can sort it out.
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I wore my TT DJ in the hot tub perhaps 1,000 times, back when I went straight from work to the club. Never had an issue and the gold is still gold.
Chemically it is irrelevant that this was a hot tub.

The pertinent facts to this specific case are a watch containing 18ct yellow gold suffered a chemical reaction on the surface of the gold after being placed in an extremely high concentration of an oxidising chemical at an increased temperature. Itís interesting (but perfectly believable) that there was no harm done to the exposed skin in the liquid. Coca Cola will cause a reaction with certain metals (brightens pennies) but does not dissolve away human skin.
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Old 7 May 2019, 01:49 AM   #118
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Letís just take a step back here , can we see some more pics of the watch , Iíve gone back to the original pic and zoomed in and it seems the orange gold coloured parts exceed past where the bezel ends and the stainless case starts, could just be reflection, also noticed a single dot of orange right near the bezel at the 9 min mark.



I hope this isnít some photoshop attention scheme

Any more pics of said watch ?


Interesting theory. If true, I donít get the point.


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Old 7 May 2019, 01:49 AM   #119
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Meanwhile, I'd love be for my bronze IWC to get that color. It's patina has stalled out.

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Make a claim against who the person or persons who put the extremely high chlorine mix in the hot tub.I would say you cannot put any blame on Rolex or the gold but hope if he has insurance and they can sort it out.
Agree with this completely.
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