The Rolex Forums   The Rolex Watch

ROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEX

Old 13 January 2018, 05:48 AM   #1
Rolexfanboy82
2018 Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Denmark
Watch: Rolex 18238
Posts: 77
Day-Date 18038 Bracelet help!

Hi guys...

I hope you can help me with my beloved 18038..
Itís in really good condition but one of the link ends seems to have collapsed...
Itís one of the links that canít be removed..
Iíve been told it can easily be laser welded..

Have you seen this before, and has anybody come across this before??
Rolexfanboy82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2018, 06:48 AM   #2
Formulansx
"TRF" Member
 
Formulansx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Real Name: Guy Gadbois
Location: Ca
Watch: Rolex,Omega,Seiko
Posts: 1,684
That's weird! Keeping an eye on this thread.
__________________
Day-Date President, Datejust (flipped), Bluesy 16613, Omega 14kt Seamaster, Seiko Cocktail Time, Seiko Alpinist, Seiko 5, A few Bulovas, Scotch, Bourbon, Cars, and fountain pens
Formulansx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2018, 06:59 AM   #3
Jamesw20
2018 Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: USA
Watch: Sub 1680
Posts: 75
I’ve never seen a picture like that? All original, no aftermarket?
Jamesw20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2018, 07:08 AM   #4
Rolexfanboy82
2018 Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Denmark
Watch: Rolex 18238
Posts: 77
Yes.. 100% Original.. Got it serviced a year ago at an AD.. Ofcourse they offered me a new bracelet.. Yes, right. Only around $12-13.000.
They could not fix it, without changing the bracelet.. Really lame..
They offered me to contact a goldsmith to fix it, since Rolex don’t do Gold repairs.. Only changes to new.. And since int a fixed link it’s not just a remove an switch.. I told them I could contact a goldsmith myself..
Up until 18238 it was hollow links.. I don’t know if this is a production fault or something
I googled it, and haven’t found a single article regarding this problem..
Rolexfanboy82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2018, 07:11 AM   #5
Colin10101
"TRF" Member
 
Colin10101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Real Name: Colin
Location: Toronto
Watch: 16710, 16613
Posts: 1,158
Never seen that before. It looks like somethings that could be fixed through laser welding, but I’d definitely consult a professional. Maybe LAWW
__________________
Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 "Z" Serial COKE
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 "Y" Serial LB
Colin10101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2018, 08:29 AM   #6
Tangier11
2018 Pledge Member
 
Tangier11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Real Name: Paul
Location: Southern Virginia
Watch: ROLEX
Posts: 1,037
Believe it or not I have seen this before. I am sure it can be repaired
Tangier11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2018, 08:42 AM   #7
Rolexfanboy82
2018 Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Denmark
Watch: Rolex 18238
Posts: 77
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tangier11 View Post
Believe it or not I have seen this before. I am sure it can be repaired
Sounds wrong, but Iím kind of happy to hear you know about it..
Can you tell a bit more about what youíve seen or experienced?
Rolexfanboy82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2018, 11:38 AM   #8
fskywalker
2018 BOND 007 Pledge Member
 
fskywalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Real Name: Francisco
Location: San Juan, PR
Watch: Is Ticking !
Posts: 7,264
Michael Young?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
__________________
Francisco
16610 / 18239 / 16713 / 79270P
fskywalker is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2018, 11:55 AM   #9
breitlings
2018 RED-SD43 Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: USA
Watch: Roku
Posts: 4,401
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rolexfanboy82 View Post
Yes.. 100% Original..
Up until 18238 it was hollow links.. I donít know if this is a production fault or something
I googled it, and havenít found a single article regarding this problem..
I believe it is original. 18238 also has "hollow end links" however the 118xxx has solid bracelet.
breitlings is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13 January 2018, 12:01 PM   #10
THC
2018 RED-SD43 Pledge Member
 
THC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Real Name: Tom
Location: Mandeville La
Watch: 116613lb
Posts: 5,702
Quote:
Originally Posted by fskywalker View Post
Michael Young?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
This, and this only.. brand new band in 60days... only option and will return in like new condition
THC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 January 2018, 02:51 AM   #11
joli160
2018 RED-SD43 Pledge Member
 
joli160's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: NL
Watch: Yachtmaster
Posts: 5,718
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamesw20 View Post
Iíve never seen a picture like that? All original, no aftermarket?
Earlier day date bracelets were made from solid gold tubing and capped to close the link.
The damage is caused by wear and is something any goldsmith can fix.
__________________
Day date 18238, Yachtmaster 16622, GMTIIc 116713, Deepsea 116660, Submariner 116619, G-shock MTG G1000, SkyD 326935.
joli160 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 January 2018, 03:49 AM   #12
Tangier11
2018 Pledge Member
 
Tangier11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Real Name: Paul
Location: Southern Virginia
Watch: ROLEX
Posts: 1,037
Quote:
Originally Posted by joli160 View Post
Earlier day date bracelets were made from solid gold tubing and capped to close the link.
The damage is caused by wear and is something any goldsmith can fix.
Yes these are not solid
Tangier11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14 January 2018, 04:02 AM   #13
bobernet
2018 Pledge Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Real Name: Bob
Location: Mountains
Watch: ALS, AP, Rolex
Posts: 1,309
MY and get the whole bracelet refurbed at the same time. Youíll have a brand new watch for < $2k, most likely.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
bobernet is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


*Banner Of The Month*
This space is provided to horological resources.





Copyright ©2004-2018, The Rolex Forums. All Rights Reserved.

ROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEX

Rolex is a registered trademark of ROLEX USA. The Rolex Forums is not affiliated with ROLEX USA in any way.