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  1. dont you all think the natural tool of choice should be the "oyster" (clam) shucking knife???? http://www.twinsupply.com/dextercutl..._NUM/10010.jpg
  2. just leave it be if it is running well. if you feel anything out of the ordinary while winding or if it loses or gains significant time, then i would worry? i'm no watch tech but here is my experience and the day i purchased it, the watch techs advice from AD "bring it in for service when it breaks" (not the same guy responsible for below, he was there when i originally purchased the watch) my service experience has been unsatisfactory and had to be returned to the mother ship 100% of the time. ***First Service: 8 yrs out (brought it in because when i wound it, the date wheel blew up along with other parts? this after it had been sitting in a draw while i nursed an injured wrist) part 1)returned to me & minute hand fell off within hours. part 2)minute hand replaced and returned to me with a scratched dial from minute hand... they replaced my dial. (sure glad it wasn't one of those silly dials with one or 2 lines of red writing) part 3)got it back after they replaced my dial to find a thumb print on the inside of the crystal .... brought it back and they finally got it right. total elapsed time ~5months ***Second Service: 12 years out, the crown almost pulled out on my and was winding with some resistance & cross threading, so i thought it was time to bring it in. part 1) routine part of service is, crown & winding tube replacement. well after it was returned to me... it felt exactly the same as when i brought it in. part 2) they adjusted it and told me there was a thread wrapped around the stem. i said .... but you just replaced it?????? part 3) 3 weeks later they offered to replace the crown and winding tube again. (sure sounds fishy to me) total elapsed time about 6 weeks ps. i assure you i brought it to the most reputable service in nyc. and there was never an issue related to the length of the service interval being missed. you are going for your lungs when you bring it in so whats a few more broken parts if you wait too long? finally my service advice is certainly debatable, my experience with my service is backed with paperwork. thats my 2 cents
  3. used the blue loctite just moments ago & have been for >20 years, it never resulted in stiff links. apply a dab to the female threaded end and a smaller dab to the threaded end. screw in til snug don't strip screw head. i would guess stiff link means they put gobs of loctite thinking the more the merrier?
  4. still under warranty ... let the RSC deal with it.
  5. went through similar experience with my watch, over 20 years old. Sadly your best option, may become a new watch by the time your done. seems like the system is set up that way? best of luck.
  6. Its broke........may have some dirt in there or other damage
  7. if the soap and water doesn't work... removing the bezel is relatively easy and painless if you take the time to read up on it... i have done it several times recently on new to me watches to give them a fresh start, there always seems to be a good bit of gunk under there. the "Burgeon 4932" tool is ideal. here is a picture of what you cant see under the bezel: you will also have a thin metal washer and a very small spring to be aware of. your tool should come in parallel to the flat, so it gets the deepest and surest surface contact area... don't forget to mask/tape off the lug. look for tutorials by "tools" and "jocke" both very thorough and amazing
  8. too high... just wrong, half the warranty of RSC + uncertainty about parts and tools used vs state of the art tech at RSC.... if it were significantly cheaper with a known reputation, maybe, but its not. no deal.
  9. go directly to your nearest authorized rolex dealer... all spring bars are not created equal and you want to be sure you have exactly the correct spring bars for your watch. if you happen to be in nyc go right to the rolex building in midtown and get the spring bars from them. ps sadly the correct springbars from rolex do not have any identifying marks on them, this is why the dealer you walk in to should be authorized for purchase of rolex parts and not some neighborhood watch repair shop. the little spring, if inferior quality can cost you dearly.
  10. depress 1 side first and put a bit of tension with your fingers to hold it out of the hole (there will be just enough wiggle room for this, it can be tricky) then find your way over to the other lug this will be a cluttered hand position and a test of your dexterity. if you have some sort of freestanding magnification to work under, it will be much easier.
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