Justin Sebesta, Watchmaker

Justin Sebesta trained and worked as a machinist before spending two years at Seattle's Watch Technology Institute studying Horology.  After earning a WOSTEP certification, he began to work on fine timepieces at the Rolex Service Center of San Francisco where he developed a passion for vintage models. Justin arrived at HQ Milton after 5 years at the service center to further his focus on vintage repair. 

I was born and raised in Arizona, and I'm now happily settled in San Francisco. After training and working as a machinist, I spent two years at the Watch Technology Institute studying Horology in Seattle, Washington. I earned a WOSTEP certification enabling me to work on fine timepieces.

I was employed at the Rolex Service Center of San Francisco for 5 years where I worked on a wide variety of Rolex watches. Quickly my interest was drawn to the vintage models because of the challenges faced when servicing these pieces. I excelled at vintage repair, learning the various nuances of each movement, and soon found myself at HQ Milton. I now own several vintage Rolex models, and love seeing and learning more about vintage Rolex than I imagined I would.

What's on my wrist

What's on my wrist:

Vintage 5513 Gilt Submariner with faded bezel from the early 60’s

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Where to start?

To start a collection, you can never go wrong with a Submariner, GMT, Explorer or Daytona. Starting with a Submariner from the 1960s, 1970s or 1980’s or GMT’s are fantastic places to begin when acquiring vintage Rolexes. A vintage Day-date 1803 is a great entry point as well.

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