Hi as mentioned by Old Hippy a photo would be advisable so as to asses the level of contamination. as to dissolving varnish, metheylated spirit is what cabinet makers use but be aware that "varnish" as used by cabinet makers is the same product as used to cement in Jewels in the older watches and is still used on some modern watches. As Vinn has mentioned don't wash the jewels out of their settings
I guess its the rarity value also. Roger doesn't make many watches 10 a year I think between him and his apprentice.
Still rather have a RS watch than a Rolex any day irrespective of price. I would like to know why Roger picked the Isle of Mann to manufacture his watches and not London.
Indeed. That's the one. They were an unlikely pair, I must say. For both of them I admire the fact that it's not just about keeping time, but keeping time with elegance. Having said that, I knew their watches would be expensive but had no idea just how expensive. Yikes! :-)