Watch Repair & Service

I am doing some ‘spring’ cleaning. I have been going through the inventory of watches I have built up over the years and I am separating them into 3 categories. The first category are the watches that I wear about once a month. The second, are those from my personal collection that I am keeping for… The last category are a bunch of watches that are either for repair and / or sale.

Watches for Service

Some of these 20 or so watches are pictured above. Obviously before putting them up for sale, I will get them either serviced or given the thumbs up by a watch repairer. This exercise has got me thinking how much many people pay for watch servicing because of where they live or because they do not know better.

If you have a complete mechanical watch (i.e. no parts missing) that is not keeping time or just in need of a service, there are a number of decent watch repairers around who will do this for about $50.

If you have a branded watch like an Omega, this will cost about $80 and for something a little more ‘exotic’ like a Rolex, this price goes up to about $150.

Getting a crystal replaced costs anything from $20 – $80 and of course if your watch requires a serious repair, this can go up to as much as $300 – $500. I have had dozens of watches repaired or serviced and I have only had to pay such a high price once before. This was for a Gold and Stainless Steel Rolex 1601 whose owner was in a serious accident.

The repair of a decent Quartz watch like a Tag Heurr normally costs between $70 – $120.

To top it all off, all the indicative repair prices indicated above come with a 6 – 12 month warranty on work done but does not include pressure testing for water resistance.

Compared to countries like Australia or Japan, the prices I have indicated above are about 1/3 of what you pay in these countries. I also know watch repairers who charge more than the prices indicated above but whose workmanship is not always as good as the guys I use on a regular basis.

If any of you need help with getting your watch repaired or serviced, just drop me an email and we will be more than happy to help.


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