We got a Tudor Prince Oysterdate Submariner in today.
It’s badly in need of service with scratches all over the band, abrasive damage to the crystal, and an impressive amount of dirt and grime in the nooks and crannies.
First thing first, let’s find the right adapter size to remove the back. The fluting on the back of both Rolex and Tudor watches comes in standard sizes. The correct adapter for the case wrench will always match the fluting perfectly, and should not require an excessive amount of force to remove.
Behold! The sweet, sweet Tudor guts.
Next, locate the nearly invisible release for the crown lock. It looks just like all of the other myriad holes visible on the movement, but the one we’re looking for has a tiny pressure plate at the bottom that moves the locking mechanism for the winding stem out of the way. This will allow us to pull it out.Once that’s done, find the screw that are holding the movement in place inside the actual case. Be very careful with these as stripping them will make it virtually impossible to secure the movement correctly when we’re done.
Carefully lift the movement clear of the case. Be sure that you don’t catch the hands on the case edge, or put any horizontal sheer force on the free-spinning winder on top of the movement. Also, remember to remove the seal as well. We’ll need to replace it with a fresh on before we close ‘er back up.
It’s very important to find something to keep the movement in while we’re working on the rest of the watch. We need to make sure nothing jostles it, affect the hands, or puts any sideways force on the winding mechanism.We use an antique brass snuff tin, emblazoned with the latin phrase “Labor Ipse Voluptas” which translates to “the pleasure is in the work itself”.