Service & Repair: Rolex Submariner 6533 Cal. 1030


The Submariner 6533 was introduced in the 1950s, and marked Rolex’s entry into the market of professional dive watches. It was one of the earliest iterations of the Submariner, designed for underwater exploration and diving activities. Rolex aimed to create a robust timepiece suitable for deep-sea divers. It includes a unidirectional rotating bezel marked for divers to track immersion times accurately. Powered by an automatic movement, the Rolex Caliber 1030, an early generation of the rotary automatic.


This movement had been well cared for over the years and did not need much repair. It was completely disassembled and cleaned by machine and hand. Synthetic oils are used as well as Epilame on the lever and escape wheel to help discourage oil migration. Since these movements are over 60 years old, wear on the power train can cause some of the positional errors to be higher than when the watch was new. But we usually can get them running reasonably well.

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