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Introduction. Thank you for taking the time to view this slideshow, it will walk you through the re-assembly and pieces of your watch. To skip a slide simply press the right arrow key or to go back to a previous slide, press the left arrow key. Thank you again and enjoy the show.

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Introduction

Introduction

  • Thank you for taking the time to view this slideshow, it will walk you through the re-assembly and pieces of your watch.

  • To skip a slide simply press the right arrow key or to go back to a previous slide, press the left arrow key.

  • Thank you again and enjoy the show.


Introduction

Gents Rolex “Air-King”Reference #5500, serial #6,258,283. “1002” inside caseback.Rolex caliber 1520 (was 17 jewels but we replaced several bushings with jewels. The watch is now 24 jewels). Manufactured in 1979. Stainless steel case and bracelet with custom dial “Quarles Drilling Corp”.


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As found, the watch had a broken spring bar, damaged bracelet endpiece and some poor previous repairs. It needed cleaned and worn bushings and other parts replaced.


As found

As found.


As found sans bracelet

As found sans bracelet.


Wear from the rotor dragging on the autowind bridge

Wear from the rotor dragging on the autowind bridge.


Worn autowind bridge

Worn autowind bridge.


Between the lugs at the 6 o clock position

Between the lugs at the 6 o’clock position.


Between the lugs at the 12 o clock position

Between the lugs at the 12 o’clock position.


Case center as found

Case center as found.


Underside of bezel as found

Underside of bezel as found.


Bracelet and ends as found

Bracelet and ends as found.


Inside caseback as found

Inside caseback as found.


Close up of caseback

Close up of caseback.


Endpiece as found

Endpiece as found.


As found1

As found.


As found2

As found.


Beginning of disassembly

Beginning of disassembly.


Worn upper barrel arbor bushing

Worn upper barrel arbor bushing.


Oscillating weight rotor was dragging on autowind bridge

Oscillating weight (rotor) was dragging on autowind bridge.


Another worn bushing

Another worn bushing.


Badly worn bushing

Badly worn bushing.


Bushing replaced by jewel

Bushing replaced by jewel.


Worn reversing wheel bushings

Worn reversing wheel bushings.


Bushings replaced by jewels upper auto bridge

Bushings replaced by jewels. (Upper auto bridge).


Clean parts ready for assembly

Clean parts ready for assembly.


Clean main plate and escapement

Clean main plate and escapement.


Train wheels and bridge

Train wheels and bridge.


Clean autowind system

Clean autowind system.


Clean dial side parts

Clean dial side parts


Assembled time train and escapement

Assembled time train and escapement.


Clean assembled base movement

Clean assembled base movement.


Clean assembled dial side

Clean assembled dial side.


Butchered rotor axle top of

Butchered rotor axle, top of.


Butchered rotor axle underneath

Butchered rotor axle, underneath.


Clean and assembled movement

Clean and assembled movement.


Movement pendant up

Movement pendant up.


Cased pendant down

Cased, pendant down.


Refinished case and new genuine parts for case

Refinished case and new genuine parts for case.


Refinished clasp cover

Refinished clasp cover.


Bracelet endpiece 557

Bracelet endpiece #557.


Bracelet clasp half

Bracelet clasp half.


Bracelet and size 19mm

Bracelet # and size (19mm).


Clean caseback with registered casemark

Clean caseback with registered casemark.


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The bracelet was sent to Rolex in Dallas on July 7, 2005. Once the bracelet is back on the watch, this will be a very desirable collectors item and a fine wear everyday watch. It is rare to find this model in this nice condition.


New bracelet hinge

New bracelet hinge.


New clasp cover

New clasp cover.


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Your watch was rated on a timing computer and also run on a wear simulator for several weeks. Both on the timing machine and on the winder, it shows an exceptional accuracy.


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Thank you for your business, I appreciate the opportunity to serve you. This watch should be serviced again in 2010 and be seen annually for a checkup.


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