At this very moment, anyone with enough money to their name can purchase just about any significant part imaginable for a vintage Rolex. This includes dials, handsets, cases, and movements, along with every other component necessary to assemble a watch. For those who might doubt this, I encourage you to do a brief bit of hunting, because as you’ll soon learn, the vintage Rolex parts market isn’t exactly the hush-hush operation you’d expect it to be. Using eBay, Instagram, and various Facebook trading groups, dedicated parts dealers trade publicly on the daily — unloading perfectly aged components by the bucketful, primarily to dealers.
Naturally, parts intended for the most sought after references go for a pretty penny and serve a crucial purpose for those who trade in vintage Rolex watches. For example, say you’ve chanced upon an early Ref. 6263 Daytona for a song, and although its case is perfectly untouched, and the dial and hands remain pristine, its pushers and bezel have clearly been replaced at some point during service. Fear not — simply put in the time to track down the required parts, swap them out, and you’re off to the races.
Credit to: IsaacWingold