For many of you a watch is a significant investment. If you are the owner of a Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Patek Phillipe or other valuable watch then you should make sure that it is well maintained and serviced regularly. Here are 5 things you need to know about watch servicing:
How often should I service my watch?
There is some debate as to how often a watch should be serviced but as a guide we recommend every 3-5 years. This depends on how often you wear the watch and how you store it when it is not in use. If your watch is regularly exposed to water for example then it should be more like 3 years than 5 years.
Why should my watch be serviced?
The mechanical components of a watch require tuning from time to time and this is what is carried out when a professional technician services a watch. The inner workings of a self-winding movement, such as in a Rolex, are intricate and need to be stripped down, cleaned, re-oiled, re-sealed and calibrated, like any other precision instrument.
The risk of not servicing your watch
Consider how much you spent on your watch and then ask yourself if you want to replace it! The answer, when you have invested so much, is of course no. By having your watch checked and tuned regularly you reduce the risk of potential issues as if there is a problem it will be this will be identified in its early stages.
Who should service my watch?
It is vital that you take your watch to a suitably qualified technician. A trusted business that have a history of watch servicing is always preferable to using a company you aren’t familiar with. If in any doubt call them up to discuss your requirements beforehand.
How much does a watch service cost?
This very much depends on the amount of time it takes to service the watch, whether it needs any replacement parts and what condition the watch is in. It is always advisable to take your watch into the company that are going to be carrying out the work and asking them to give you a price guide before they commence. If they have to replace parts or carry out any extra work then ask them to call you to agree a price before they continue.