I appreciate why Rolex Oyster fans are so passionate about their watches and want to show that Rolex is the greatest watchmaker on the planet. They will tell you that the watch can withstand almost anything.
Some Rolex owners are proud to say that they never serviced their watch and have no problems with it. The reality is that they are unaware of the current condition of their Rolex Oyster. If the watch has not been examined and serviced by a certified Rolex watchmaker, the condition is unknown. The watch movement could be fine, or it could be off.
Rolex Oyster watches are robust and reliable, but that does not mean they don't need to be serviced, though the frequency is dependent on the owner lifestyle and how much the watch is used. Dust and residue within the watch can create friction and will increase the wear on the watch and it’s components. The lack of accuracy it causes may not be noticed if the Rolex user is not careful and observant. Water and shock are the worst enemy of every watch, therefore, how the watch is used impacts its longevity. A Rolex owner who believes that their watch is everlasting does not really understand mechanical self-winding watches.
Rolex Oyster Longevity
Rolex Oyster watches are luxury watches that can last a lifetime. It is common for watches to have emotional value, as they often recall good times or represent special occasions. Rolex service can extend the life of your Rolex Oyster. The cost of Rolex servicing may seem expensive, but you will likely be satisfied when you receive your watch in like-new condition after it has been serviced. Rolex Oyster service costs can be reduced by being careful with them, as the Rolex Service cost depend on the amount of work necessary to restore their condition.
Rolex Oyster Water Resistance
Up to 100 meters/330 feet is the maximum depth guaranteed by Rolex Oyster. At Rolex's factory labs, every watch is individually tested before it is sold to retail stores. This watch is in perfect condition and has brand new gaskets.
Most Rolex owners don't realize that waterproofing isn't permanent. Likewise, if the watch was not rinsed properly, salt or sand may find their way inside the crown, causing significant damage. The importance of maintaining regular maintenance cannot be overstated, as this may not be visible. In the absence of warning systems like dashboards or squeaking brakes, servicing must be completed before a problem occurs.
Even though a Rolex Oyster does not develop any condensation under the crystal for years, one day you may notice it. When a Rolex is worn during swimming, the owner must know how to use, clean, and maintain his or her watch.
Rolex Oyster Holding its Value
Timeless and iconic, Rolex's Oyster watch is one of the most famous timepieces. The style and class have remained, despite the passing of decades. There are many buyers on the second-hand market looking to buy Rolexes.
The value of a Rolex Oyster increases if it is in good to excellent condition. A Rolex Oyster that has been serviced at a Rolex Service Centre and has the original documents with the box is likely to fetch the best pre-owned price. The better the condition and record of service, the higher the price.
As for the Rolex Oyster that hasn't been serviced or opened, I wouldn't buy a never-serviced pre-owned Rolex Oyster. It is a gamble that you are taking, and I would strongly advise you to not buy it, especially if you do not know how the watch has been used. The Rolex Oyster can never be determined to be in decent condition unless it was opened and examined by a professional Rolex watchmaker.
Occasionally, Rolex Oyster movements can develop rust that can be hard to notice from the outside. Watches that have worn prematurely are typically damaged by water or lost lubrication. As rust will not break a Rolex Oyster immediately, it won't be obvious in its running condition until time passes. However, the service history is a good indicator of the condition of the Rolex Oyster. The owner clearly cares for his Rolex.
With Rolex Service history, you can be sure that wearable parts, such as the mainspring, balance wheel and gaskets, are in excellent condition.