Radiation and controversy – What restoring a vintage Rolex taught me

Ask any watch fan, and they’ll probably be able to tell you when they fell in love for the first time. For me, it was on July 22, 2013. There it was, a post on Facebook featuring a Rolex Red Submariner with full-box and paperwork, up for auction at Christie’s auction house in New York.

It was everything a vintage Rolex collector would be looking for. The inner box, the outer box, the original chronometer certification papers, the brochure and booklet, the calendar card, the paperwork wallet, the Submariner 200 information, and even the metal Rolex anchor.

As for the watch itself, the dial looked excellent, its hour markers patinated to a delicious, cheddar-looking orange. Back in the day, Rolex used Tritium for its hour markers and hands, so they gradually changed color over time. 

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