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The proper cleaning and lubrication of the Rolex watch is
very important. Unlike other makes of watches, the Rolex requires many
different types of lubricants in order for the watch to operate and function
properly. For example, the escape wheels are treated with what Rolex
refers to a "Lubrifar." This is a mixture of oil and molybdenum bisulfide.
This substance appears in the form of a blackish deposit on the tips or impulse
faces of the escape wheel teeth. This lubricant is dissolved by cleaning
solutions. Moebius 9415 grease can also be applied sparingly to the pallet
stones in place of Lubrifar.
The mainspring barrel of the Rolex watch also requires
special lubrication. The wall of the mainspring barrel needs to be
lubricated with Olyt grease. This is Rolex MR-1. After the wall of
the mainspring barrel is lubricated, the mainspring is then inserted into the
barrel. New mainsprings are pre lubricated and are of the white alloy
type. If the existing mainspring has not been replaced and has been
cleaned, it should be slightly greased. The barrel arbor pivots are then
oiled and fitted to the movement and the bridge is then installed.
Following are the detailed oiling charts for Rolex watches.
The first chart shows the oil diagram for the smaller ladies Rolex. The
chart shown is for the 2030 and 2035 caliber movements. The second and
third charts show the typical oil diagrams for the gents Rolex 3035 and 3055
caliber movements. The fourth chart is the oiling diagram for the Rolex
quartz movements. The diagram is for the 5035 and 5055 caliber quartz
Click On The Images To View Details.
The Large Versions May Be Copied For Reference.
There has been much confusion as it relates to lubrication products for watches
as well as the correct lubricants to use when a Rolex is properly serviced.
Following are pictures and product descriptions of lubrication products that are
used when servicing watches. These products are available from most any
watch material supply house.
The following watch lubrication products are available from Otto Frei - Jules
Borel Inc., 510-832-0355 ext 2., Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Standard
Time Zone. Please note that prices may vary from those listed below.
Moebius Microgliss D-5
D-5 is a standard in the watch industry. A heavier lubricant, D-5 is often
specified for barrel pivots, automatic winding system components, and some of
the train wheels (usually center and third). This is a lubricant every
watchmaker should have. Twenty milliliters in glass bottle.
Moebius Synt-A-Lube 9010.
9010 is a standard in the watch industry. A light synthetic, it is the most
specified oil for balance, escape, and train wheels. This is an essential.
8200 is sometimes specified for mainspring barrels and is a long-time standard,
particularly for hand wind watches. My recommendation would be to use Moebius
8141 in most applications instead. The particular application should dictate the
Moebius Synt-A-Lube 9020
This is a heavier (higher viscosity) version of the 9010. It is often specified
for center and third wheels, as well as other medium-load applications. In my
opinion, it can be substituted for many manufacturer's specification of 8141 on
train wheels, and I usually do that. 9020 is an essential.
This is a medium-weight, non-synthetic lubricant often specified for train
wheels and highly recommended for mainsprings. This is an essential for
mainsprings, but I usually use Synt-A-Lube 9020 on the higher-torque train
Moebius 8217 (Glissalube 20)
Glissalube 20 is the most recommended braking grease for the walls of mainspring
barrels in automatic watches. It is often used in conjunction with 8141. The
latter is applied to spring coils and the barrel floor, the Glissalube 20 only
to the walls of the barrel.
Moebius Special Pallet Jewel Oil 941
Moebius 941 developed for pallet jewels of mechanical movements is now also
recommended by ETA for use on high grade quartz movements. Moebius 941, has a
higher degree of oiliness than conventional synthetics and is rated a fine oil
while 9415 is rated as a grease.
9415 has only a single application, the pallet jewels. On the pallets and escape
teeth, 9415 remains a grease until impact of the pallet, at which time it
momentarily liquefies. This keeps lubricant where it belongs and away from the
many parts of the escapement where it does not belong. Synt-A-Lube 9010 can be
used on the pallets, but many wear by the amplitude gains when using 9415. I use
the 9415 on pallets. The above comments are written by Walt Odets, below are ETA
& Moebius views on 9415. This special synthetic grease is recommended for
pallets and escapements. Moebius 9415 is considered all-purpose, since it can be
used with all watch and clock pallets.
PML Stem Grease W-10
This is the most specified lubricant for the stem and other keyless works parts.
I like the silky feel it gives winding and hand-setting and I use it. One of the
silicone greases (like FB-901) can also be used and will provide good protection
from wear. But they just don't usually feel as nice during winding and hand
747 Silicone Lubricant
Like the other silicon greases this is a good, very high temperature lubricant
and is available in a syringe. The syringe can be useful for certain
Gaskets can also be lubricated in a uniform fashion with the Ring and Gasket
Speed Lubricator. It is loaded with 747 Silicone grease.
This “O” ring and gasket lubricator is fast and accurate. Place the gasket
between the pads and twist the cover 1/2 turn to lubricate the part. The more
vertical pressure you use, the more lubricant is applied, so keep it very light!
The silicon lubricant used has a melting point of 450'F and will not run into
the movement. This is hands-down the best way to lubricate a gasket and I
wouldn't be without it.
KT-22 Stem Lube
This all purpose stem and waterproof crown lubricant is clean and stable and
provides durable lubrication. The melting point is 450'F.