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    Not so much of a recommendation here, but here are some tips on how to choose one.

    Pricing :
    This is a question of what is a reasonable cost, price to pay for the service.
    Select a few shops, ask and decide. RSC price is the benchmark(I use a different benchmark),
    if you pay more than RSC price its a no-brainer. But please remember! pay peanut, get monkey! Hor

    ***There are some local shops here, with very reasonable pricing (to me).
    I would prefer having my watch serviced here than to send it overseas unless it is totally necessary or the service I need is not found here.
    I have heard of too many Horror Story liao!
    case swap! dial swap! bracelet swap! clasp swap ! spring -bar swap ! crystal swap ! movement swap (complete or partial).
    service standard wise, to each his own***

    Servicing :
    Always do what you want, not what he want (recommendations and opinions are fine)!

    Mechanical, manual or automatic;
    If you ask me, a good independent shop will access your timepiece :

    If the movement is clean but losing or gaining time, a service will do, complete overhaul is not needed.
    If the movement is dirty and losing or gaining time a lot, a complete overhaul is necessary.
    If your timepiece is losing reserve power (watch stop within a day! ), a complete overhaul is necessary.

    The shop :
    Authenticating your Rolex timepiece on the spot, right in font of you !
    ***Never ever leave your timepiece in the shop for authentication, it must be done in your presence***

    What tools is the shop equipped with ?
    Would you leave your beloved timepiece to the shop using low-quality tools?
    How can one tell the different before and after servicing? not cleanliness on the appearance but movement?
    Does the shop have a watch timing machine (can he time/read your watch ?).
    Communication and attitude of the shop/watch smith is important (to me)!

    Don't ask for a discount on your first visit, ask for the service quotation
    Consider building a friendly relationship with them, just as you have with your doctor and mechanic.
    After that, a discount will eventually be given ya

    Myth and Fact
    Water seal condition of a vintage watch.
    Most vintage watches can't pass a water seal test !
    but that doesn't mean that water will get into the watch, just don't swim or bath with it on.

    I do not want to change my vintage parts just to pass a water seal test with modern parts;
    for example; the case tube, unless it is damaged! bezel ring, case back.
    I want it in it's vintage condition (wear and tear are unavoidable, that it also why we call it “vintage” mah)
    At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself what do you want (modern parts on a vintage watch ?).

    30 dollars for a Gen Rolex plexi glass? most likely aftermarket.
    Unless it's from RSC (price from RSC may be different now, correct me if i'm wrong)!

    Bracelet repair in RSC, no such thing! they will replace the entire bracelet, aka "service bracelet".
    Dial repair! no such thing, they will change the entire dial! aka "service dial".
    crystal repair, well they just change the whole crystal!They used to have a "S" engraving on the "6" position but I believe they no longer have "S" for the crystal change, now all should be using "LEC" crystal (do correct me, if I'm wrong )

    What is the correct time frame to call your timepiece a vintage ?
    There has never been a real agreement on the subject !
    To me (my own guide) any model before 1985 is considered as "vintage". -30 years from now !

    Thank you for reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartyjones18 View Post
    You may want to try this technician at katong plaza basement 1 for servicing vintage.

    Duno if you meant the same technician at Katong Plaza #B1-20 Watch Garage? Tried his services on my vintage 6694s, 1601 & 16013. Very well received and trustworthy friendly chap!!!

    Took the effort to assess and quoted repair cost even b4 any repair work. What I enjoyed is his passion and respect for each individual watch he handled and treated each timepiece with great care.

    Highly recommended!!! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by st11_mini View Post
    Duno if you meant the same technician at Katong Plaza #B1-20 Watch Garage? Tried his services on my vintage 6694s, 1601 & 16013. Very well received and trustworthy friendly chap!!!

    Took the effort to assess and quoted repair cost even b4 any repair work. What I enjoyed is his passion and respect for each individual watch he handled and treated each timepiece with great care.

    Highly recommended!!! Thanks
    Yes, this gentleman

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    I heard they only keep part of Rolex watches for 25 years. Anything after that prolly have to send back to Swiss

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartyjones18 View Post
    Yes, this gentleman
    Hey guys, any idea where did he move to? I tried looking for him but couldnt find the shop

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    Any one tried Lee Xiao Chun at Serangoon shopping center to service their rolex?
    Any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ril3k View Post
    Any one tried Lee Xiao Chun at Serangoon shopping center to service their rolex?
    Any good?


    Wow who is lee xiao chun?
    Sounds like some kungfu novel character.

    Where is his shop exactly?
    Which unit?
    Maybe can goncheck it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by reficulx View Post
    Yes. Singapore RSC is VERY VERY Kiasee.
    But there are tons of people who can do a better job than RSC. Val 72 is not that challenging to do. The only thing is, trust with the person not to do any hanky panky with your original parts and usually for me, I only pass the bare basic movement for servicing and I assemble the watch later myself.
    cldnt agree more, a close friend of mine had similar experience! ks!!

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