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Old 22 October 2019, 04:13 AM   #1
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What material is used to make the second hand in an oyster perpetual steel watch?

Does anyone know what material is used to make the second hand on an oyster perpetual steel watch? Iíve always heard the markers are white gold and I assumed the hands were probably white gold as well. I was recently scrutinizing a relatively new oyster perpetual 39 mm steel watch at an AD. They said they sold it originally and someone traded it back in. It appeared to have what looked like rust on the second hand. You could not see it with the naked eye. I didnít buy the watch. Is the second hand made out of steel on steel watch? I was concerned either it had some non-Rolex parts or it had some water intrusion at some point. Has anyone else seen this before? Thanks.
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Old 22 October 2019, 04:29 AM   #2
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Rolex hands have been gold since the early 80's.
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Old 22 October 2019, 07:56 AM   #3
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Larryís answered the metal question.

But you shouldnít see particles of corrosion or any other stuff on the seconds hand. If you did see it then it could be a sign of moisture intrusion of the ocean type - or lake water. Something with organic matter in it.

Of course itís easy to get a new set of hands if the OP price was so good that buying them would be an easy financial choice.


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Old 22 October 2019, 09:39 AM   #4
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OK thank you. I thought they should be white gold. There are so many good fakes and replaced dials out there I just really scrutinize everything with a loop. Maybe I over scrutinize sometimes. I think you can’t be too careful in the current environment.
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