(Note: To contact Michael Young, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
On The Rolex Forums, when a bracelet is damaged or stretched, there's only one man to call:
As the owner of repair company Classic Watch Repair, Michael has been working miracles for well over a decade, toiling away somewhere in Hong Kong. It is said he is one of the few people in the world who can fix gold president bracelets, bringing them from saggy to tight without any replacement parts. Prices are very reasonable compared with a new bracelet, $150 for steel, $200 for steel/gold and $1000 for solid gold.
I recently acquired a vintage Rolex 1675 which came on the original Jubilee bracelet. The bracelet was stretched out from age and use, so I thought it was a good opportunity to see if the legend lived up the the hype.
Here are some before pictures of the band on the day I dropped it in the mail.
After sending him an email, I got one back telling me where to ship the watch and how the process works. Basically, once they receive the watch, they let you know, and when it is ready to be shipped back, you send them their fee via Paypal. Easy.
I dropped the band off at USPS on June 6th, sending it from NYC to Hong Kong. On June 22nd I got an email confirming they had received the bracelet. Although this is a while, I admittedly cheaped out on the shipping speed because I wasn't really in a hurry. I was a little bummed however because the email stated that it would take 8-10 weeks, or maybe longer due to a shortage of repair staff at the moment. I settled in for a long wait.
Not two weeks later I got an email telling me it was ready to be shipped back and to send my payment. All told it cost me around $200 including tax and shipping. I guess they like to underpromise and overdeliver! They sent me my tracking number and today it showed up via FedEx in a nice plastic envelope. Door to door, it took just over a month, most of which was my slow shipping time.
The results were exactly as I imagined, the bracelet was floppy when I sent it out, and now it is nice and tight and still in great shape. The watch is comfortable to wear and feels nice and new. I don't see any tool marks on the underside of the bracelet or on top. I can't quite tell but I'm pretty sure the band was not polished in any way (which is good because I didn't ask for it).
However they do this, its a mystery to me. I would highly recommend Michael Young for your bracelet needs. They are fast, communicative and the end product is fantastic.
Some pictures after they worked their magic:
If you'd like to keep your bracelets from getting stretched in the first place, check out my post on keeping a watch bracelet clean.