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    Removing diamonds...

    Hi all,

    Has anyone taken on this task or knows of someone willing to do so? I have been offered an 18k Daydate at a very reasonable price but it unfortunately has had diamonds set to the case shoulders :(

    Iím no expert but Iím guessing they could be removed and gold soldered over? Just looking to gauge if this is too much of a project to take on.


    Many thanks
    Sam

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    Surely it can't be that much cheaper that you would do this?

    I would imagine that is a pricey exercise.

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    Sounds like way too much effort. By the time you paid for the infill of the gold and polishing it would no longer be reasonable.

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    Thanks guys I did think as much, the watch is around £2k under where it should be so thought £1000 should cover it?

    Ideally Iíd like to save the watch and take on a bit of a project but donít fancy ending up backwards financially.

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    I know nothing about gold or filling but I would imagine that if the gold isn't melted down and recast it would always have a seem line underneath.

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    Solder shouldn't be used to fill holes and as Rolex make their own gold I think you'd struggle to get the mix right to match the rest of the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minkle View Post
    Solder shouldn't be used to fill holes and as Rolex make their own gold I think you'd struggle to get the mix right to match the rest of the case.
    You'd probably be ok with the yellow gold? The Everose might be difficult as it's patented. Just my guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBanks View Post
    You'd probably be ok with the yellow gold? The Everose might be difficult as it's patented. Just my guess.
    I agree with you

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    Quote Originally Posted by TT300 View Post
    Thanks guys I did think as much, the watch is around £2k under where it should be so thought £1000 should cover it?

    Ideally Iíd like to save the watch and take on a bit of a project but donít fancy ending up backwards financially.
    For 2k you have a lot of room for the goldsmith work I'd say.

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    I still think for £2k I would wait in this market. Opportunities for a cheap day date won't be far away.

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    Do not buy that watch.

    Straightforward, unequivocal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywood_Milton View Post
    Do not buy that watch.

    Straightforward, unequivocal.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywood_Milton View Post
    Do not buy that watch.

    Straightforward, unequivocal.
    Agreed, I think Iíll wait.


    Thanks all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywood_Milton View Post
    Do not buy that watch.

    Straightforward, unequivocal.
    +1, easy and best solution.

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    Whatís wrong with a girls best friend .....?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywood_Milton View Post
    Do not buy that watch.

    Straightforward, unequivocal.
    +2

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    As someone who has estimated to return after set watches back to original, don't bother.

    Think why they picked this watch to be set with diamonds. They would not have set a perfectly good watch, it wouldn't make sense financially. Watches that get modified are either water damaged watches, so bodged movement together, new fake dial and hands to hide damage and you might as well diamond set the case at the same time. Or they are no longer waterproof due to corrosion (I had one which had a physical hole though the case, you could see light) so put a diamond bezel on and say sorry no longer waterproof due to bezel. Or the worst sort, stolen watches so they can't go back to Rolex. Again add diamonds to the case stopping it ever being sent back to Rolex for a serial number check.

    Genuinely never ever seen a good after set watch that wasn't a dog. I would guess I have seen maybe 300-400 in the last ten years to estimate to return to original.
    Last edited by me32dc; 7th April 2020 at 09:51.

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