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Old 9 November 2019, 07:12 AM   #1
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Daytona 16520 service parts and originals any differences? A serial.

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I have a steel Daytona 16520 with Rolex London for a full movement service this requires a new crown (as usual). Rolex have also asked if I would like optional parts exchanged and replaced (one pusher and the crystal). My question is does anyone know if these service parts would differ with any little nuances from the originals on an A serial steel Daytona from 1999?

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Old 9 November 2019, 09:43 AM   #2
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The new crystal would have the Rolex coronet mark; the pusher would be the same in appearance as any other.

I don't think that they made any changes in the decade of the 16520 production except slight dial variances.
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Old 9 November 2019, 09:38 PM   #3
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Any internal piece is fine to replace by RSC,
Rolex can also replace external parts, original of course but not from the exact period.
This will ruin your watch from a collector point of view.
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The only thing is if you told them “no polishing”, then the new pusher would be shinier methinks.


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Old 10 November 2019, 08:35 AM   #5
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Any internal piece is fine to replace by RSC,
Rolex can also replace external parts, original of course but not from the exact period.
This will ruin your watch from a collector point of view.
Are you sure ? Which part could be replaced by rolex on a 16520 A serie from the wrong period?
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Old 10 November 2019, 08:45 AM   #6
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I have a U series I want to service. How much did they ask?
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Old 10 November 2019, 08:50 AM   #7
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Any internal piece is fine to replace by RSC,
Rolex can also replace external parts, original of course but not from the exact period.
This will ruin your watch from a collector point of view.
It's a bit of a myth, this idea that Rolex will replace dials, hands, bezels/inserts without telling you in advance. It would need to be itemized on the service estimate, including the price. You can tell them you only want the movement serviced, and nothing else replaced and no polishing. If they say no for whatever reason, you can always walk.

I'm not saying there haven't been some horror stories and miscommunication with RSCs through the decades, but if you get it in writing on the service paperwork exactly what will be done, you'll be fine. I've done it a couple of times at the NYC RSC with two vintage Subs and a vintage GMT and had no issues.
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