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Deep Inside a Rolex Submariner

by J.Edwards


We’ve talked quite a bit about the movements that run inside of Rolex watches here on the blog, and with good reason. They are among the best engineered mechanical watch movements currently in production. One of the most commonly employed Rolex calibres today is the 3135, and is a prime example of where the evolution of Rolex’s research and refinement has brought them. It is as complex as it is simple, and is an extremely well thought out movement as far as ease of service is concerned. The 3135 is, quite simply, a pleasure to work on.

A few months after our graduation, a friend I had met while at watchmaking school sent me a video of the assembly one of the first 3135s that he had worked on. Not having worked on one myself by that point, I watched it a countless number of times and was simply awed by the refined ingenuity that went into the calibre’s development. The DVD has long been collecting dust on my shelf since then, though. With a bit of extra time on my hands yesterday I decided to pull it out again and add the video to the calibre information page for the 3135 on AllianceHorlogè

While the video doesn’t demonstrate the new escapement lubrication technique, mentioned recently by J.Peter, it does offer some interesting insight into what’s at work behind the face of so many Rolexes for those who would like to see more of the mechanics involved in it.

To watch the video, check out this link: Assembly of a Rolex 3135

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  1. Posted May 5, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Any chance of making this video downloadable? It is a great video, but it requires bandwidth to run…


  2. Posted May 5, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi Sheldon,

    I’ve sent you an email with a link. Let me know if it works for you.


  3. Posted May 6, 2009 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Very nice working video, I saw it again today, and really Alliance Horlogere is coming along quite fine! Cheers for sharing and good luck posting the specialities for the www to look at and better understand the ‘Horological word’
    Commendations to the blog, and inspired youngsters, Jp, Jon, and Tony.

  4. Posted May 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks, Prem. If you have any suggestions for how to make it easier for more experienced watchmakers, like yourself, to add their insight and know-how to the pool of technical information that is growing on Alliance Horlogère, let me know.

  5. Posted May 7, 2009 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Fantastic vid, thanks!

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