A Guide to Buying a Rolex

A Rolex Watch is more than just a way to tell the time. It is a piece of high fashion, a reliable timepiece that can be passed down for generations, a status symbol, and a beautiful little machine. When investing in a Rolex for the first time, it is important to make sure you purchase the right one. Here are a few steps to follow when shopping for your first Rolex:

  • Make sure you buy it at the right time. You should be able to afford your Rolex without making huge cuts to other necessary areas of your budget, and you should have a certain level of status to be able to wear it. For instance, most men wear Rolex watches with suits or nice jackets, not flannel and old jeans. Since the starting price for a new Rolex is about $5,000, you will need quite a bit of expendable income to afford this timepiece.
  • Make sure you have tried several other nice brands of watches before going straight for the top. This will help you expand your collection, and will also make sure you are able to maintain a Rolex. Since you won’t necessarily be getting rid of old watches, you will have a watch to wear on any occasion, not just the formal ones.
  • Research all aspects of Rolex before settling on one certain watch. For instance, you should know about Rolex crystal, Rolex parts and Rolex repair before purchasing one. If you want help guiding your research, contact a company that is a certified Rolex dealer, like Altin Place, for direction.

Sell Your Jewelry

Sell Your Jewelry

If you are looking to sell your gold or diamond jewelry or old watches, Altin Place will offer you cash on the spot, regardless of the size, quality, age or condition. If you aren’t looking to sell right away, though, they will provide a free estimate of the value of your item, whether it is a Rolex, a necklace or a ring. Once purchased, Altin Place will perform any necessary Rolex watch repair, Rolex watch servicing and other tasks needed before reselling it.

Here are some tips to help you get the best price for your old jewelry and watches, whether you sell it to us, or you choose to go another route

  • Don’t wait forever to sell. Your watches, Koa wood rings and other pieces of jewelry that you no longer wear are worth nothing to you, sitting in your drawer, and now is a good time to sell, thanks to a rising interest in diamonds, once again. Even in years where you would receive slightly less, the amount of money you would earn is still more than you get from hanging on to your pieces forever, in hopes that you could make a slightly larger profit.
  • Know what you have before you try to sell it. This means being honest with yourself. Even if your grandmother said her diamond ring was the most valuable one in the world, that doesn’t mean it’s true. Knowing what you have will help you set a realistic price before you begin looking for a buyer.
  • Make sure you investigate different selling options, including online resources, jewelry stores, pawnshops, and more.

Rolex Service Guide

Rolex timepieces are delicate, complex machines. They can last many years, through many generations of your family, but to make this possible you need to ensure that you complete the recommended Rolex service tasks on a regular basis.

First, make sure you are seeing a certified Rolex watch service jeweler or company, and any replacement parts are certified original Rolex replacement parts. Since these watches are so complex, you need to ensure that a trained pair of eyes and hands is working on yours at all times. While non-certified Rolex workers may be able to perform small tasks, they are not able to order parts from Rolex, and any replacement parts will not work as well in your watch, and can cause long-term damage that you would do best to avoid.

You need to have your watch pressure tested on an annual basis by a certified Rolex watchmaker. This is particularly pertinent if you own a Rolex diver’s watch. The test for pressure should be free, so if your jeweler asks for you to pay, find one who won’t, or call Rolex to get a recommendation.

Make sure you get your watch fully serviced at least once every five to seven years. This will ensure that all of the small parts are working as they should, and will remove any oils and other deposits that build up in your strap and on your watch itself. This keeps the gaskets inside the watch from drying out quickly, as well, and keeps the gears moving smoothly against each other.

Watch Bands

Watch Bands

While many people take their watchstraps for granted, they are perhaps the most important part of your timepiece. Without them, your watch becomes a pocket watch, once again, and, depending on the kind of strap you choose, your watch will have a completely different look. Here are a few of the most popular types of watchstraps, and several pros and cons for each to consider:

  • Leather: This was one of the earliest materials used for watchstraps, and, thus, has a classy, slightly vintage feel to it. Leather is now available from different animal skins, including horsehide, crocodile skin, snakeskin and ostrich skin. Each of these different kinds of leather provides a different look and feel for your timepiece. The downside to leather is that, since it is a natural material, it deteriorates much faster than other materials. If you need to have your leather serviced, or you need a replacement leather band, look for a certified Rolex watch service store that offers Rolex bracelet repair. Most jewelers who carry Rolex watches also carry Rolex parts, including spare watchstraps.
  • Metal: Metal straps tend to have links, which look cohesive with the watch face and the timepiece itself. The links also allow you to fit your strap exactly to your wrist by adding or removing links. These can look slightly clunky, though, if you are going for a more delicate look.
  • Rubber: Rubber straps are perfect for sports watches, since they are comfortable, flexible, and water- and sweat-resistant. These straps are also used on dive watches, since they aren’t affected by moderate pressure. They tend to look cheaper and, therefore, aren’t used for classy watches that are meant to be worn to work or formal functions.

Engagement Ring DON’Ts

In our last blog, we provided a short list of engagement ring DOs to follow when you are searching for a ring for your special someone. These included considering the four Cs of diamonds; looking at wooden engagement rings, like koa wood rings or other wooden wedding rings; and setting a budget before you even start to look. Now that you have the positives, here are a few engagement ring DON’Ts to avoid when you are shopping:

  • Don’t come in to a store with one ring in mind. You should have an idea of style, and such, but if you come in with a printed photo of a ring and refuse to look at any ring that isn’t an identical match, you are likely to miss a unique ring that may be the perfect one. This method of shopping would be similar to picking a fiancé based off of a list of qualities — things are never as neat in real life as they are on paper, so be open to possibilities that you didn’t know existed.
  • We recommend sticking to a simpler setting, since these tend to have an elegance and beauty that is timeless. The more small diamonds and elements you add to a ring, the more cluttered it starts to look, and it can begin to look cheap or gaudy.
  • Finally, make sure you don’t go shopping without knowing what your partner likes. You aren’t shopping for yourself; you are shopping for someone else, so make sure you are choosing a ring that they will like, as much, or more than you do.

Engagement Ring DOs

Engagement Ring DOs

Whether you and your special someone have decided to purchase an engagement ring together, or you are going it alone, you are in for a slightly stressful, complicated process. Here are a few DOs of choosing an engagement ring to help guide you through the process:

  • Do think about the four Cs, if you are searching for a diamond: Cut, Clarity, Carat and Color. You may choose to prioritize one of these over the others, but you still should be thinking about all four on some level. The perfect cut diamond would be useless, if it were tinged yellow, and you wanted a clear stone.
  • Do consider a unique ring, such as a wood engagement ring or a ring with a stone other than a diamond. If your partner isn’t keen on diamonds, then the ring doesn’t have to be a diamond ring. Hawaiian koa wood rings and other types of wooden wedding rings are becoming much more popular, as is using stones such as sapphires or emeralds in wedding bands.
  • Do ask your partner what styles they like, and try to get a feel for the kind of ring that will send them over the moon. If you shop for a ring you like, without any input, you are likely to get one that they don’t completely love, and their disappointment may cause a rift in your relationship at exactly the wrong moment.
  • Do establish your budget before you begin shopping, so you don’t fall in love with a ring that is twice what you can afford. Going in with a price in mind will also help jewelers direct you towards rings that are within that budget.

Wood Ring Care

If you have a wood ring or a wood engagement ring, your ring needs different care, than more traditional metal and stone engagement rings. Here are a few tips to help you care for your wood rings:

  • If you have a wood inlay ring, like a Koa wood ring, your care is not too dissimilar from traditional ring care, since the base and sides of the ring are metal. The Koa wood is also covered in a strong finish to help protect it from wear and tear. Consult your jeweler or invest in a gentle wood cleaner to clean the top, and clean the inside of the ring with simple rubbing alcohol. You can also take Koa wood rings to most jewelers for regular cleaning.
  • If you have a solid wood ring, they can usually withstand a shower or a hand wash, but try not to submerge them in water too often or for too long. The water will start to saturate the wood, which will eventually cause wear or softening, and then your ring will likely break.
  • If your ring is made from unfinished wood, purchase a mineral oil for wood and rub your ring with the oil occasionally. This will help keep the wood moist and prevent it from breaking too easily if it is subjected to mild pressure.
  • Finally, make sure you don’t expose your ring to harsh household cleaning chemicals, whether it is a wood-inlay ring or a solid wood ring. Bleach and other cleaning agents will wear away the wood and can either cause discoloration or weaken it.

How To Clean Your Ring

How To Clean Your Ring

Ideally, you should get your ring cleaned by a jeweler on a monthly basis. Sometimes there just isn’t time to go see your jeweler, though, and you don’t want dirt and dead skin cells to build up on your ring too much, and cause irreparable damage and wear. Here are a few simple how-to steps to clean your ring at home so that it will stay in good shape until you can take it to the jewelers:

  1. Start by finding the supplies you need in your house. We recommend you use a soft-bristled toothbrush, hot water, rubbing alcohol, toothpaste, a paper towel and a small cup.  Please note that these cleaning supplies are meant for metal rings, not wood rings or Koa wood rings, or wood rings for men.
  1. Turn on your faucet and let it run until the water is as hot as it will go.
  1. Now, place your ring in the small cup and fill it with hot water. This will remove any lose dust, stains and bacteria that have collected on your ring. When the hot water starts to cool down, remove the ring.
  1. Next, put a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush and softly brush your ring. Only do this step if your ring is made from sterling silver or white gold, since toothpaste is ideal for cleaning these metals at home.
  1. Rinse your ring in warm water, and then let it sit in the cup submerged in rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining bacteria and stains. After it has been in the cup for a few hours, remove it and wipe it dry with the paper towel.

Facts About Rolex

Rolex watches have become the standard luxury brand of watch for men, not only because of the beauty and craftsmanship put into each timepiece, but also because Rolex service is some of the most reliable and comprehensive. Here are some facts about these famous watches that may help persuade you that your wrist looks incomplete without one:

  • Rolex is a Swiss-based watch company, and between 650,000 and 800,000 watches are produced each year. The most inexpensive piece costs about $3,000, while the most expensive watches range up to $150,000.
  • A serial and model number on the watch, the caseback identification number, and the movement signature found inside the casing all help identify a Rolex watch as authentic. If you are uncertain about the status of your Rolex, take it to any jeweler, and they will most likely be able to verify if your watch is a real Rolex, or a knock-off.
  • To help ensure the authenticity of their watches, Rolex has been micro-etching their coronet logo just below the 6 o’clock number on the watch face since 2002. This etching is so small, though, that it can only be clearly seen when viewed through a jeweler’s loupe.
  • In order to ensure that their Daytona, Submariner and Sea-Dweller Rolex watches are truly watertight, Rolex uses a “Triplock crown” to seal out moisture. This consists of an additional rubber o-ring seal on the winding mechanism to keep water from seeping into the watch.
  • Rolex crystal and Rolex parts are so specialized, that they can be tricky to repair, so make sure you are going to see a certified Rolex repair shop if your watch needs servicing.

Colored Diamond Options

Colored Diamond Options

If you are purchasing a diamond engagement ring, one of the most important considerations is the color of the diamond. Diamond color is scaled from D — colorless, to X — fancy yellow, and the colorless diamonds are valued above those with a tint. However, there are other deliberately colored diamonds, like pink diamonds, green diamonds and blue diamonds, which can be quite beautiful when set in the right ring. Colored diamonds like these also tend to be more expensive, since they occur naturally on a far less common basis.

Diamonds that are graded from D through to I have so little color that it is almost always impossible to see it, if you have an untrained eye. If you are buying a diamond for a ring that is made from yellow gold, though, you may be fine with traces of yellow in the diamond. The stone is likely to pick up a hint of the color from the ring, anyway, so opting for a grade D diamond may be pointless.

Many women today are beginning to branch away from the classic colorless diamond engagement ring. Other stones, such as sapphires and emeralds, are found in engagement rings much more commonly, and some women are ditching the stones altogether.

Speak to your partner to see if a pink diamond engagement ring is her style, if she prefers the classic ring, or if she prefers something even more unique, like a Koa wood ring. Wooden engagement rings and other wooden rings have been gaining popularity in recent years, and may satisfy her more than a diamond.