A client sent in his fathers old Rolex calibre 1530. It’s running intermediately and badly needs a clean.
The autowinder bridge screws was loose in the movement!
This is probably the most dirty Rolex I have ever seen…
Here you can see the underside of the autowinder mechanism.
I can see that the barrel has been scraping against the barrel bridge.
The upper barrel arbor bridge is worn.
Here you can see I have soldered in a new bush.
After two cycles in the cleaning machine the parts are clean and the movement ready to be put back together.
Everything looks better now that it’s clean!
I see that the balance moves freely after fitting the balance jewels.
Here you can see the new bush after cleaning.
No more side shake in the barrel arbor.
Here you can see the gear train layout before fitting the train bridge.
The hands get some new compound that matches the dial.
Base movement goes back into the case looking 10 times better than before!
Watch now preforms great.
Autowinder bridge back together and ready to be fitted back onto the movement.
I’m happy how well this watch cleaned up.
Amazing how a little TLC can change a watch!;)