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Very excited to learn today that Eric Clapton also had his Daytonas brushed. In fact I was racked with envy when it first sounded like Rolex did it for him at the factory—but turns out he also had his watches modified by a third party after purchase.

That said, I don’t like he had absolutely every surface brushed, including the case and bracelet sides, which were polished even on vintage Daytonas.
Not fan of the way these look. Just brushing the bracelet I understand. When the whole watch is brushed, it looks dull AF.
 

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Fully brushed lack contrasts, even more on a gold watch.
Brushing is also more fitting of a tool watch as it’s less likely to show minor scratches. But obviously a full gold watch isn’t a tool watch.
Maybe with a different finish on the bezel it would look less dull.
 

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Speaking of Rolex bracelets, my 2003 GMT bracelet has got some sag to it these days - thoughts or opinions on whether to have it serviced by 3rd party or replaced by Rolex at its next standard service in a couple of years?

Also, are there any recommendations on shops that will just service the bracelet? Rolliworks still the #1 go to for that type of work?
 

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Fully brushed lack contrasts, even more on a gold watch.
Brushing is also more fitting of a tool watch as it’s less likely to show minor scratches. But obviously a full gold watch isn’t a tool watch.
Maybe with a different finish on the bezel it would look less dull.
Exactly. Even of one looks at the old vintage manual wind Daytonas, they had polished case sides, polished bezels (on the ones that didn't have the black acrylic inserts), and their Oyster bracelets had polished center links.
 

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Speaking of Rolex bracelets, my 2003 GMT bracelet has got some sag to it these days - thoughts or opinions on whether to have it serviced by 3rd party or replaced by Rolex at its next standard service in a couple of years?

Also, are there any recommendations on shops that will just service the bracelet? Rolliworks still the #1 go to for that type of work?
Maybe the answer to that question is to call Rolliworks, and see what the cost is for them servicing your bracelet, and call a Rolex Service center to see what the cost of a new bracelet would be, then make your decision.
 

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Exactly. Even of one looks at the old vintage manual wind Daytonas, they had polished case sides, polished bezels (on the ones that didn't have the black acrylic inserts), and their Oyster bracelets had polished center links.

I pointed this out in my original post.
 

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