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Not servicing your Rolex should not damage it unless you're swimming and such. Eventually it'll stop keeping time, but it might not.
I'd probably wind it up once in a while, wear it for a couple of days, set it for exact time against my phone, and check +/- in seconds per day. For all you know, it may still be running within 5-15 seconds. +6 to -4 seconds per day is COSC, which the watch should be able to achieve when properly serviced and calibrated.
Provenance is another way of describing the collection of honest wear marks.
Returning parts - I was speaking of gears and such; I have heard of RSC keeping rather valuable dials when doing a service but do not have 1st hand information. Glad R0gue got his old bezel back, although I've always been partial to the black bezel GMT.
"The one that got away" was a Y-serial, maybe 2003, black bezel GMT which came my way around 2010, offered for $3,000 ...
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Thanks. I still have all the original box and papers and receipt etc It sits in my safe and I just do not wear it any more. If I wind it up, it seems to work fine. Never had it serviced. I love the watch but I just never wear any watch any more.
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Every mechanical and quartz watch needs to be serviced on a regular basis by time - not usage.
Rolex has specific oils for parts. When oils dry out, wear of the parts accelerates, then you are facing serious repair.
A local watchmaker may consider a cheap watch serviced by dunking the movement in a general oil. This is fine for your Timex - at least it is "oiled".
Note: patina vs wabi: Patina is the result of time: fading of the bezel color, aging of the tritium markers, fading of the face.
Wabi is result of usage, i.e. the beautiful roughness of the watch from heavy wear.
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How often do you recommend servicing a Rolex? Every 5 years? 10 years?
As far as the OP is concerned I'd have it polished and parts updated as needed if Rolex is doing it. It's not an ultra rare rolex like the 1990's Daytona's or such...….
Dallas RSC is the best bet if you want to restore this for sentimental reasons. Don't send it to NY. Only reason I would go private is if the dial or hands have a patina that you want to keep. Rolex will replace anything that does not look correct. Sometimes Patina dials look really cool.
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