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Old 17 July 2021, 12:02 AM   #1
Merle Russ
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Icon9 OysterQuartz 19018 Inner Case

I have an 18K OysterQuartz Day-DateJust 19018 that I sent in for an overhaul. Rolex responded that the inner case is broken and needs to be replaced at a cost of $8,900 just for the replacement inner case part itself. I bought this watch new in 1990 and have not worn it as an everyday watch, wearing my stainless GMT Master instead.

I am dismayed that such an expensive watch that has been worn only for dress occasions would need such an expensive repair now. Any advice, other than to suck it up and pay for the repair?

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Old 17 July 2021, 03:06 AM   #2
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Well I would assume that they arenít repairing anything, they would be replacing. Now Iím no expert in what can be repaired and what canít but Iíve been a member here for a long time and most everything that Rolex says needs replaced can be repaired quite adequately by someone else somewhere.
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Old 17 July 2021, 03:44 AM   #3
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Thanks!

i will contact Mr. Zimmerman and find out if the case middle part can be repaired.
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Old 17 July 2021, 04:09 AM   #4
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Did they inform you what is actually broken or what it looks like? I would ask the watch back and have someone else fix it (look at the likes such as LA watchworks etc.), you won't have to pay this amount.
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Old 17 July 2021, 04:31 AM   #5
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When I read $8900 bux is said What...???
I find that kinda hard to believe really, for an occasional watch without abuse...!?! .
I would definitely seek another opinion for sure.
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Old 17 July 2021, 08:56 AM   #6
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You can just about buy an eBay 19018 for that kind of money and have all the parts you'll ever need to keep it running.

I also wear mine sparingly, since I have plenty of options.
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Old 17 July 2021, 11:50 AM   #7
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Good Advice

Yes, I can buy a like-new 19018 for about what Rolex wants to replace this case part. That occurred to me. I'm going to see who can repair it first.

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Old 17 July 2021, 05:09 PM   #8
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Well, you made me pull out my gold quartz 19018 after I read this and it looks like I need a new battery after a year unworn and living in the vault.

I cannot understand how this service repair could possibly be so expensive.

I wish you the best. There must be an "authorized shop' to repair at a fraction. My first thought is gold is malleable and can be repaired. Just nuts. So sorry for your frustrations here.

Please keep the forum informed.
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Old 23 July 2021, 06:16 AM   #9
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Update

Thank you to all for the helpful advice. I have contacted Drew Zimmerman and he tells me that if the case middle part needs repair or replacement then it is most likely that the threads on the case back and case frame are damaged. (Hmmm...since only Rolex and Rolex factory-authorized repairmen have touched this watch since it was new, I wonder how that happened?)

I am shipping it to him for an assessment and, hopefully, a rethreading repair. You folks have saved me the $8,820 I would have paid Rolex to replace the middle part. And I would have replaced it because the watch has an irreplaceable memento value.


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Old 23 July 2021, 06:49 AM   #10
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Drew is the man for it for sure. Good luck and keep us posted.


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Thank you to all for the helpful advice. I have contacted Drew Zimmerman and he tells me that if the case middle part needs repair or replacement then it is most likely that the threads on the case back and case frame are damaged. (Hmmm...since only Rolex and Rolex factory-authorized repairmen have touched this watch since it was new, I wonder how that happened?)

I am shipping it to him for an assessment and, hopefully, a rethreading repair. You folks have saved me the $8,820 I would have paid Rolex to replace the middle part. And I would have replaced it because the watch has an irreplaceable memento value.


Thank you.
MDR

It is strange, and worth asking RSC a detailed question about the problem with the midcase. Since some of the watchmakers in the past seem to not be RSC personnel, they wonít offer a replacement. But for the emotional value, having the midcase repaired is a great alternative.


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