How to Remove Scratches From a Rolex Oyster

Removing scratches from the surface of a Rolex Oyster watch is a simple process. All that is required is an ammonia-free soap and a polishing cloth designed for use with fine jewellery. Removing the scratches will help restore the watch to its original beauty without causing damage to the watch. This process will take about an hour to complete successfully.

Clean the surface of the watch before polishing to remove any contaminants that may deepen the scratches on the surface of the watch. Create a mixture of ammonia-free soap and warm water. Wash your hands with hand soap and hot water to remove any grease or oil from their surface.

Dip your fingers in the soapy water, and gently rub them across the face and links of the watch. Use a cotton swab to reach crevices in the watch. Use an old,soft toothbrush to gently scrub the watch. Dry the watch with a soft cloth.

Allow the watch to dry completely before trying to remove any scratches. Wrap a coated polishing cloth designed to remove small scratches from fine jewellery around your fingers. Locate any of the links in the watch that have scratches.

Rub the surface of the scratched links with the polishing cloth. Do not rub in circular motions. Instead, rub the polishing cloth over the surface of the watch with the "grain" of the metal. You should be able to tell which way the grain runs on each piece. If you can't tell, then simple rub the cloth up and down. It takes about a minute of rubbing to remove minor scratches.

Rub the surface of each link slightly longer to remove deeper scratches. If the scratches are very deep, you will probably need to take the watch to a jewellery professional who can repair the damage or replace the link with a new one.


Do not rub the polishing cloth over links that are not scratched. The cloth works by sanding away the top surface of the metal to reveal unscratched metal below. If you rub the surface of undamaged links, you are stripping away metal without reason. Do not polish the dull side of the watch. This will remove the protective coating from the watch and make it more prone to damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand soap
  • Ammonia-free soap
  • Cotton swabs
  • Soft cloth
  • Old toothbrush
  • Polishing cloth
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.