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Old 17 August 2019, 11:37 AM   #1
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1971 datejust needing restored, help

Hi all, im new to the site and just purchased a 1971 Rolex 1601 datejust, it has gold bezel and trim on the band, it runs perfect but has been worn by previous owner for 49 years, where should I send it for restoration and what can i expect for a cost, Im no watch expert but would think it will need new crystal, face plate and such and polished up.

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Old 17 August 2019, 11:41 PM   #2
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Old 18 August 2019, 05:19 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

NO one here is going to be able to accurately answer your question as to a dollar amount to restore your watch.

Only a Rolex Service Center or other qualified independent Rolex service facility will be able to answer that with a real estimate after they open it and do a comprehensive evaluation.

WHERE to have it done? Oh jeesh, there are SOooo many good places from which to choose . . ..


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Old 18 August 2019, 08:02 PM   #4
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Old 18 August 2019, 09:16 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forums, Skip! I think 214270Explorer’s advice is spot on!
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Old 19 August 2019, 11:53 AM   #6
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Plenty of places you could send it to, Rolex service center would get my vote. Older models are a little pricier to repair, it is not uncommon to cost over $1000 for a service on a 4-digit watch.
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