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Old 23 August 2017, 02:54 PM   #1
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Anyone noticed the rotor noise with new 3235 movement

I've worn my new 126600 daily since I got it A little over 3 weeks ago. I have noticed that the rotor noise inside is different/louder than any Rolex that I've owned before.
I know that the Calibre 3235 has 90% new parts so one would expect a different feel to the movement but in my years of collecting Rolex a noisy rotor meant time for service and this watch is factory fresh.
Also this watch is running -4 sec/day; I know it's supposed to be +/-2 but I figured in may settle in possible with more wear.
Has anybody else noticed this noise compared to the previous series of movements?
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Old 24 August 2017, 12:16 AM   #2
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can you describe when you hear the "rotor sound"

to your knowledge, when was it last serviced ?
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Old 24 August 2017, 12:28 AM   #3
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can you describe when you hear the "rotor sound"

to your knowledge, when was it last serviced ?
It's a new movement.
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Old 24 August 2017, 07:06 AM   #4
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Ok, so I went to my AD today and checked another reference that has the same 3235 movement(Datejust 41) and the rotor noise is more pronounced in that watch as well.
Apparently this is the way this new movement is. As for the -4 sec/day I will keep up with it to see if the movement settles in inside the -2 +2 window. I still would like feedback on others experience with references having the 3235 movement.
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Old 24 August 2017, 08:04 AM   #5
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I've yet to service one yet, but from dealing with the older calibers, I can see right away they did away with the old style Rotor and Axle! Ball bearings instead. Which is going to be way better as they age compared to those axles. Don't really know why Rolex continued to use that design for so long.
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Old 24 August 2017, 03:24 PM   #6
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The downside of this new ball bearing system is that when it's broken you'll need to replace the whole rotor, unlike the older movements where you could just replace the axle.
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Old 25 August 2017, 06:16 AM   #7
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Another downside is apparently the rotor noise when using ball bearings. Wasn't that the case with the Zenith daytonas too?
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Old 25 August 2017, 09:30 AM   #8
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Another downside is apparently the rotor noise when using ball bearings. Wasn't that the case with the Zenith daytonas too?
The ball bearings in my ETA 2892 based pieces isn't loud at all...maybe I'm not swinging my hand fast enough.
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Old 26 August 2017, 03:02 PM   #9
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i have not heard the rotor moving at all, and i have a large collection of automatics and this is by far the quietest. Mine is off by 4 seconds after nearly 2 weeks of wearing, so that much in a day is unusual, I would say to send it to Rolex service if this continues.
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Old 26 August 2017, 03:14 PM   #10
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Take it to the RSC.
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Old 29 August 2017, 05:16 PM   #11
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Even Daytona has that rotor noise .. 116520 etc
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Old 30 August 2017, 06:50 PM   #12
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I've worn my new 126600 daily since I got it A little over 3 weeks ago. I have noticed that the rotor noise inside is different/louder than any Rolex that I've owned before.
I know that the Calibre 3235 has 90% new parts so one would expect a different feel to the movement but in my years of collecting Rolex a noisy rotor meant time for service and this watch is factory fresh.
Also this watch is running -4 sec/day; I know it's supposed to be +/-2 but I figured in may settle in possible with more wear.
Has anybody else noticed this noise compared to the previous series of movements?
Thanks for responses.
There is nothing wrong with your watch its because now the cal 3235 has a ball-bearing rotor and this type is far nosier than the older sleeve type bearing.And your watch is not supposed to be +/-2 100% every day for life, all it means its been tested on a machine to a precision -2+2, and at time of testing the movement did meet that spec.Much like when they are still tested at the COSC to a AVERAGE -4+6 seconds to get movements chronometer certification result is at time of testing only just to state its passed. Testing to a precision on a timing machine to -2+2 in a controlled environment,can be different to how the movement could perform while on the wrist .There are many variables to over come ,first the movement is constantly affected by the earth's gravity, metal expansion and contraction, temperature variations, subtle changes in lubrication and friction, shocks, mainspring power-reserve and last the owners daily wearing habits.For any mechanical movement to run within a few seconds out of 86400 in a day truly is a mechanical marvel,
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Old 5 September 2017, 02:47 AM   #13
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....For any mechanical movement to run within a few seconds out of 86400 in a day truly is a mechanical marvel,
Thanks Peter; and I totally agree.
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Old 28 September 2017, 01:44 AM   #14
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My 126600 is loud too, reminds me of a sinn watch i had about 3 years ago. however after wearing the watch for a month and a half i have only lost 54 seconds. Not bad imo.
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Old 21 February 2018, 01:11 AM   #15
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I have noticed the noise - a small wine from my new 126600. Mine is also running at minus 4 seconds a day and I will bring it to the AD for an adjustment within a month. I have been wearing mine for 5 weeks since new and the slowing is 100% stable. It is however a beautiful watch with a perfect size and balance.
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Old 21 February 2018, 04:53 AM   #16
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Even Daytona has that rotor noise .. 116520 etc


Sure it has ball bearings too
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Old 21 February 2018, 07:21 AM   #17
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Havent noticed yet on my DJ41 compared to my Subc, but look forward to a compare and contrast when I get home.
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Old 25 February 2018, 09:27 AM   #18
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Just listened out for it on my 2 week old DJ 41, and i agree the rotor is louder than my other rolexes (Sub and GMT). Saying that i also set the watch precisely to the second when i got it, and checking now the watch has gained less than a second since i first wound it 2 weeks ago. It still amazes me how accurate these things are!
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Old 25 February 2018, 09:31 AM   #19
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Maybe my hearing is off, but I canít hear a damn thing coming out of mine
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Old 29 March 2018, 12:17 AM   #20
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I've worn my new 126600 daily since I got it A little over 3 weeks ago. I have noticed that the rotor noise inside is different/louder than any Rolex that I've owned before.
I know that the Calibre 3235 has 90% new parts so one would expect a different feel to the movement but in my years of collecting Rolex a noisy rotor meant time for service and this watch is factory fresh.
Also this watch is running -4 sec/day; I know it's supposed to be +/-2 but I figured in may settle in possible with more wear.
Has anybody else noticed this noise compared to the previous series of movements?
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Same rotor noise here on a new sea dweller, but you do have to listen out for it.
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Old 30 March 2018, 07:39 AM   #21
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I've always heard that the main reason Rolex didn't use ball bearings in the rotor was it was considered noisy. So this does make sense that under the right conditions you migh be able to hear it. But, if it really bothers you or just doesn't seem right I'd defininitely get it checked out.
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Old 31 March 2018, 06:25 AM   #22
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My new Sea Dweller is also noise but you really have to really listen for it. I noticed it when I first got it but I now it seems that it has gotten smoother. When I say noise I mean that I hear or feel nothing at all from my other Rolex watches but my SD43 has a tiny vibration / noise when shaken. But I mean tiny.
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Old 31 March 2018, 06:40 AM   #23
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Rotor noise

I too bought a 126333 3235, around 3 weeks ago, waited about 2 months for this particular model to ship to AD from Rolex TTYG Green Roman Jub,
I too noticed the rotor noise, not as prominent as say an Omega, but definitely there. I attributed it to the thinner case thickness, as a possible reason for it, in comparison to the sub C , GMT, etc...
The old story use to beĒif you can hear the movement, it isnít a RolexĒ
Well this one is direct from the factory, maybe case metal thickness as well, they are slim.
Love it, at any rate.
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Old 31 March 2018, 06:47 AM   #24
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Ok, sitting here with my SD43 .... can't hear a damn thing ... is it just me?

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Just take the rotor off, problem solved

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Old 31 March 2018, 08:09 AM   #27
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I would not worry about it. In comparison to my submariner it does make a tiny bit of noise, but when compared to my JLC NSA with similar bearings it is not too bad at all. I would not even compare it to the rotor sound of a 7750.

I think the only thing that might bug me a little bit would be the -4 sec a day. I too would want it at +2 or less for a watch of this caliber. Pun intended.


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Old 14 April 2018, 09:26 PM   #29
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+4 seconds isn’t spec, no matter what forum people tell you. Rolex says 2 seconds and that’s what it was tested to perform to, after having been cased. If it was mine, I’d go have it regulated to spec.
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Old 15 April 2018, 04:46 PM   #30
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I have the same noise with my 126333, thought it was an issue, but compared it with other DJ's and they had the same noise.
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