Rolex Parts/Build Reference

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Merlin

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Hey all,

Some of you may want to build your own watch from Rolex parts while others may just need to replace certain parts on your genuine Rolex for whatever reason. This reference is so that you always get the correct parts for your watch. Feel free to comment anything I missed or got wrong and I'll add it to this post.

I'll list out the Rolex part, the alternatives, as well as the prices you should expect to pay for each part. CTRL+F your reference number. Prices are generally for new parts, as used/older part prices are negotiable depending on the condition. Chances are, the parts you find are cheaper than the prices I listed here, so think of this more as an upper bound of what you're expected to pay. I've included some sample builds from my own collection, as well as builds from some of my friends so you can get a good idea of real world costs.

By the way, there are official part numbers for everything, like asking for B13/116408-120-K1 for GV milgauss dial, or B3186-16201-K1 for a green rolex datewheel. I choose not to include those part numbers because when you're looking for stuff on Ebay/Chrono24, you're going to just search up something like "16610 bezel assembly". The official codes are only relevant if you have a source within RSC that's willing to sell them to you.

This is a work in progress and I'll add even more models/prices as time goes on :p

16610
The 16610 is the classic watch that every watch enthusiast loves. This watch is probably the easiest to franken due to very easy to access parts, as well as having numerous high quality aftermarket replacements.

Case: 16610 serial number case from Rolex
Price: $1500-$2500, if you can even find one, and it’s usually a service case

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Startime submariner case (lugs need a rework because they're thicker lugs resembling the modern submariner) - $175
    • TC 16610 case
    • JF 16610 case
    • JJS 16610 case
    • Phong 16610 case (super expensive)
Bezel Assembly: 16610 bezel assembly from Rolex
Price: $750 (only about $300-400 value if you get it with an insert usually)

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC PA2 Bezel Assembly
    • JF Bezel Assembly (requires reworking to change bezel lines from horizontal to vertical)
Bezel Insert: 16610LN, 16610LV inserts from Rolex. Tritium or Superluminova depending on the age of the build you're going for.
Price: $200-$225 LN, $575-675 LV

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC LN/LV bezel inserts
    • JF LN/LV bezel inserts
    • WSO/ST bezel inserts (not gen-spec)
Crown: Triplock Crown 24-704-0, blister says B24-704-0-G1 (use 703 if your build is from 1997 or earlier) from Rolex
Price: $150-$200

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC 16610 Crown
    • JF 16610 Crown
Tube: Tube 24-7030-0 from Rolex
Price: $100-$125

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Startime Tube - $7
    • Most tubes from an aftermarket case work just as well
Crystal: Any 295 Crystal from Rolex will fit. Period correct would be no AR/LEC, but you can also put a B25-295-C12-C1 from a modern submariner with AR/LEC or B25-295-CAR-C1 meant for Yachtmaster/GMT.
Price: $300-$325 CAR, $350-$375 C12, $375 No AR/LEC

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC 16610 no AR/LEC crystal
    • JF 16610 no AR/LEC crystal
    • Noob V7 AR/LEC crystal
Datewheel: 3135 datewheel from Rolex. Different years have different fonts.
Price: $150-$200

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC V4 datewheel (2824/2836 movements) - $10
    • JF 3135 datewheel (font is a bit thick)
    • Noob 3135 datewheel
Dial: 16610 dial from Rolex. Tritium or Superluminova depending on the age of the build you're going for.
Price: $750-$850 LN, $1750-$2000 LV

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC 16610 dial (2824/2836 movements)
    • JF 16610 dial
    • WM9 16610 dial (harder to find and the lume plots are overfilled)
Hands: 16610 hands from Rolex. Tritium or Superluminova depending on the age of the build you're going for.
Price: $300-$350 LN, $400-$450 LV

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC 16610 hands (2824/2836 movements)
    • JF 16610 hands
Bracelet: 93150 for non-SEL bracelet. 93250 for SEL bracelet.
Price: $1250 93150 bracelet, $1500 93250 bracelet

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC 93250 bracelet - $80
    • JF 93250 bracelet
    • Yuki 93150 bracelet
    • Cartel 93150 bracelet
Movement: Caliber 3135 from Rolex
Price: $2250-$2500

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • ETA 2824/2836 if using TC parts (dial/hands) - $150
    • SH3135 - $250
    • SA3135
Sample Builds:
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16613
Sample Builds:

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16622
Sample Builds:

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16623
Sample Builds:
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116610LN/116610LV
The 16610's big brother, complete with beefier lugs and a ceramic insert. Since this hasn't been in production for as long as the 16610, parts are going to be harder to find and somewhat pricier. The main component that needs updating is the bezel insert, which can go upwards of $800. Consider this one if you're looking for a submariner that commands more wrist presence.

Case: 116610 serial number case from Rolex
Price: $2000-$3000, if you can even find one, and it’s usually a service case

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7 116610 Case
    • Noob V8 116610 904L Case
Bezel Assembly: 116610 bezel assembly from Rolex
Price: $750 (only about $300-400 value if you get it with an insert usually)

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7 116610 bezel assembly
    • Noob V8 116610 904L bezel assembly
Bezel Insert: 116610LN, 116610LV inserts from Rolex
Price: $800 LN, $1500 LV

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7/V8 116610 insert
      • Although Noob has improved the platinum paint, I recommend a platinum paint mod ($30-50) or PVD plating mod like spongebob ($200)
Crown: Triplock Crown 24-704-0, blister says B24-704-0-G1 from Rolex
Price: $150-$200

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7/V8 crown
Tube: Tube 24-7030-0 from Rolex
Price: $100-$125

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Startime Tube - $7
    • Most tubes from an aftermarket case such as the one in your Noob work just as well
Crystal: Any 295 Crystal from Rolex will fit. Period correct would be AR/LEC, B25-295-C12-C1. B25-295-CAR-C1 will fit but it's meant for Yachtmaster/GMT so the crystal height will be a bit off.
Price: $300-$325 CAR, $350-$375 C12

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7 AR/LEC crystal
    • Clarks AR crystal
Datewheel: 3135 datewheel from Rolex. Different years have different fonts.
Price: $150-$200

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC V4 datewheel (2824/2836 movements) - $10
    • Noob datewheel
Dial: 116610 dial from Rolex, chromalight or superluminova depending on age of the build
Price: $750 LN, $1500 LV

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC 16610 dial (2824/2836 movements)
    • JF 16610 dial
    • WM9 16610 dial (harder to find and the lume plots are overfilled)
Hands: 116610 hands from Rolex, chromalight or superluminova depending on age of the build
Price: $350

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC 16610 hands (2824/2836 movements)
    • JF 16610 hands
Bracelet: 97200 Glidelock Bracelet
Price: $2000

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7 97200 bracelet
    • Noob V8 904L 97200 bracelet
Movement: Caliber 3135 from Rolex
Price: $2250-$2500 BNIB

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • ETA 2824/2836 if using TC parts (dial/hands) - $150
    • SH3135 - $250
    • SA3135
Sample Builds:
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116710LN
The 116710LN is always overshadowed by it's brother, the BLNR, but is still an amazing watch in it's own right. This is the watch to go if you want an affordable modern Rolex GMT, with the parts being very accessible at cheap prices, especially for a six digit.

Case: 116710 serial number case from Rolex
Price: $1500-2500, very rare

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7 ICHS case if you're being economical
    • Noob V7 CHS case if you're frankening a movement (the original rep movements that come with it are ticking time bombs)
Bezel Assembly + Insert: 116710 bezel assembly and insert from Rolex
Price: $600, very cheap and easy to find, as opposed to the rarer BLNR

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7 116710 bezel assembly
    • Noob V7 116710 insert
      • Although Noob has improved the platinum paint, I recommend a platinum paint mod ($30-50) or PVD plating mod like spongebob ($200)
Crown: Triplock Crown 24-704-0, blister says B24-704-0-G1 from Rolex
Price: $150-$200

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7/V8 crown
Tube: Tube 24-7030-0 from Rolex
Price: $100-$125

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Startime Tube - $7
    • Most tubes from an aftermarket case such as the one in your Noob work just as well
Crystal: Any 295 Crystal from Rolex will fit. Period correct would be AR/LEC, B25-295-CAR-C1 for proper crystal height.
Price: $300-$325 CAR

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7 AR/LEC crystal
    • Clarks AR crystal
Datewheel: 3135 datewheel from Rolex. Different years have different fonts.
Price: $150-$200

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • TC V4 datewheel (2824/2836 movements) - $10
    • Noob datewheel
Dial: 116710 dial from Rolex, chromalight or superluminova depending on age of the build
Price: $300-600

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Stock Noob V7 dial
Hands: 116710 hands from Rolex, chromalight or superluminova depending on age of the build
Price: $250

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Stock Noob V7 hands
Bracelet: 78200 Glidelock Bracelet
Price: $2000

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • Noob V7 78200 bracelet
Movement: Caliber 3186 from Rolex
Price: $2250-$2500

  • Aftermarket alternatives
    • 2836 with GMT module (either CHS or ICHS) stock movement
    • SH3135 converted to a 3186. Total cost around $900, but no ticking time bomb like the CHS movement
Sample Builds:
116710LN-2.png

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Lume Reference
  • Prior – 1953: The early age of Rolex luminous, used on their pocket watches, early oyster cases, bubble backs and radiomir Panerai’s.
  • 1953 – 1956: When Rolex introduced the world their sports / utility / tool watch concept with radium Submariner, TOG, Explorer & GMT Master.
  • 1957 – 1960: When Rolex lowered radiation and chanced dial printing from 1 to 2 colored print and enhanced the lacquer to a more glossy variant.
  • 1960 – 1963: The pre ‘Transitional” period with “Exclamation” mark and due to the starting international regulation, again less radioactive luminous.
  • 1963 – 1964: “Transitional” underline of which Rolex switched from Radium to Tritium, delivered dials are “Swiss” signed but laminated with tritium.
  • 1964 – 1967: The new generation tritium luminous got added on glossy dials, signing chanced from “Swiss” to “Swiss – T<25” & “T-Swiss-T”.
  • 1967 – 1983: The matte dial with tritium luminous got introduced by Rolex. We see tritium signings variations like T Swiss T<25 or σ T-Swiss-T σ.
  • 1983 – 1997: The last era of the tritium dials when the glossy dial surface came back, now the luminous was added in a added white gold surround.
  • 1998 – 2000: LumiNova was invented in 1993 and patented in 1995; Nemoto & Co. Ltd. was contracted in 1998 to provide LumiNova to Switzerland.
  • 2000 – 2008: Super Luminova, a improved version of Luminova, a material that has the same properties as tritium but is not radioactive.
  • 2008 – now: Chroma Light, the new blue colored Super Luminova that's been in use since Rolex patented it.
3135 Parts Reference

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Parts Vendors
http://www.jewelryandwatch.com/
http://www.vintagewatchmaker.com/
http://www.startimesupply.com/
http://www.helenarou.com/
http://rafflesdials.com/
https://www.ebay.com/usr/wholesaleoutlet990
http://www.yukiwatch.com/
 
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Spinman

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Dec 22, 2017
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Great write up and very informative. This will be immensely helpful for Newbies and people considering builds.
A couple of points though.
Rolex parts have/are going up. I've seen an increase of at least 15% in the last 3-4 months. The prices that you have listed are closer to the "old" pricing and probably will be more of a "starting point" I am able to get some of these prices when I purchase in bulk (2-4k) but not on individual pieces. This isn't a US vs. European thing. It's across the board.
Others may be luckier, but I felt it was worth mentioning.
Also regarding all things LV, the prices are considerably more. You indicated this on bezel inserts, but when it comes to dials and hands, there's also a considerable increase in cost
i.e. LV Dials start at $2000 USD whereas you have listed $400 for an LN.
Thanks again for the forum, and the wonderful knowledge and insight.
Spinman
 
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Merlin

Merlin

Wizard
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#3
Great write up and very informative. This will be immensely helpful for Newbies and people considering builds.
A couple of points though.
Rolex parts have/are going up. I've seen an increase of at least 15% in the last 3-4 months. The prices that you have listed are closer to the "old" pricing and probably will be more of a "starting point" I am able to get some of these prices when I purchase in bulk (2-4k) but not on individual pieces. This isn't a US vs. European thing. It's across the board.
Others may be luckier, but I felt it was worth mentioning.
Also regarding all things LV, the prices are considerably more. You indicated this on bezel inserts, but when it comes to dials and hands, there's also a considerable increase in cost
i.e. LV Dials start at $2000 USD whereas you have listed $400 for an LN.
Thanks again for the forum, and the wonderful knowledge and insight.
Spinman
You’re right, completely forgot prices were going up. I put the prices off the top of my head based on what I paid for them when I built my frankens (which was like over a year ago).

I’ll update the prices accordingly. Good point about the LV too, completely forgot. Keep the comments coming so the reference is as useful as possible :love:
 

profcrystal

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That Rolex parts price list is very helpful - sometimes we get carried away- also be a good idea to list URLS of places like TRF where one can find parts otther than the Bay
 
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Jun_i0r

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Can we add Phong to the list? He offers quite a few parts. He’s local for me and has helped out with quite a few of my builds
 

Jun_i0r

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Will do guys :)

Been super busy at work with the new MIFID 2 regulations so I haven't had a chance to update this!
Thanks for this! It’s a pain to do the research you provided. I remember It took me months to find half of this info, now it’s all here, nice and easy. A great resource indeed!
 
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Will do guys :)

Been super busy at work with the new MIFID 2 regulations so I haven't had a chance to update this!
Thanks for the work you have put in on this and i would be interested on a 116710 (would not really want to buy a gen case etc as cost wise, might as well go on a waiting list for the watch!) so an after market alternative would be great!

I hear your pain re MIFID 2 changes but thankfully, working at a clearing house, we haven't been too badly affected....yet!

Most of our clients have told us that the changes haven't impacted them as much as they thought it may have done.
 
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Merlin

Merlin

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#15
Added 3135 parts reference, thanks to @TheWatchGuy and also 116610LN/LV parts list and prices.

Also added a note to clarify that these are roughly average prices, majority of people will pay a little less or a little more! This is more meant for new members so that they won't get massively ripped off.

Working on 116710 and 16613 now :), and other useful stuff like date codes, serials, etc.

Can we add Phong to the list? He offers quite a few parts. He’s local for me and has helped out with quite a few of my builds
Will do!
 
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