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    Rolex Crown question

    This is possibly a very stupid question, but I'll ask it anyway. I understand that the markings on a Rolex Crown indicate the level of sealing. What does a cross indicate - I can't find this information anywhere, and haven't seen a similar crown anywhere else? Photo uploading has defeataed me again, so I am putting in a link to Flikr, where I have stored a picture of the crown -

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34544538@N04/3230474641/

    Thanks,

    Andrew

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    Re: Rolex Crown question

    Now that is interesting, never seen that before so looking forward to hearing the answer :)

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    Re: Rolex Crown question

    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry
    Now that is interesting, never seen that before so looking forward to hearing the answer :)
    Me too, never seen that before :?
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    Re: Rolex Crown question

    You have to wonder why all the replies are from Scots - don't we have jobs to go to?!

    Andrew

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    Re: Rolex Crown question

    Common on some Tudor models - cross (or plus sign) is the middle bit from the swiss flag. :)
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    Re: Rolex Crown question

    I have seen it before - on a 50's Rolex - but no idea what it means!

    Something to do with the Swiss symbol perhaps?

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    Re: Rolex Crown question

    Information borrowed from Timezone.

    Dave

    One Dot (.) = Twinlock on a Platinum watch

    Two dots (..) = Twinlock on a Gold watch

    Three Dots (...) = Triplock

    1 Dash (-) = Twinlock on a SS watch

    There are exceptions to those rules.

    The older crowns that were Gold plated also had the 2 dots(..) but they are not on current watches any more.

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    Re: Rolex Crown question

    I think the cross is an abreviation mark that means "patented"

    Some early rolex crowns had the word "brevet" which also means patented in French.

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    Re: Rolex Crown question

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetinfloor
    I think the cross is an abreviation mark that means "patented"

    Some early rolex crowns had the word "brevet" which also means patented in French.
    I think you are right.

    Here is an early "patent" crown on my Oyster Centregraph.

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    Re: Rolex Crown question

    Wow. Live and learn. Never noticed that before!

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    Re: Rolex Crown question

    Got the Brevette + querie cleared up this last August from Rolex St James Sq
    London.

    I had the conversation with a receptionist at Rolex counter who went away.
    He came back with an answer from a collegue, who was retiring after 48 years service that week.

    Back came the answer Brevette( patented) + (Swiss) but Swiss Government objected to Rolex using the + sign considered it belong to Swiss Gov, after that the + sign not used again.
    Hope this helps.

    Best

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