A Guide to Watch Servicing - The Classic Watch Buyers Club Ltd

A Guide to Watch Servicing

Watches, much like anything mechanical, will eventually need some attention and care paid to them. So long as you take good care of your watch it should last you a lifetime. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and the best way to avoid expensive repair bills is to keep up with your services. Your watches make and model will dictate how often it should be serviced, as a general rule of thumb it varies between every 3 – 5 years although you should always check your manual to know for certain. If you are unsure, please get in contact with us and we can verify for you.

There are a lot of myths and rumours around watch servicing about frequency of the servicing and what a service should entail. For the majority of people with a watch in good nick a service will boil down to an inspection of the watch’s movement, a cleaning and relubrication. There may be some mild tuning work if your watch is running a little bit faster or slower than normal. A service will only get very complicated (read costly) if there is a lot of work needing doing. If you know there is a problem with your watch that will require a lot of work it is best to get that fixed as soon as you can, as leaving the watch un repaired can damage the movement further.


The other general rule of thumb is the more complex the mechanism the more expensive the service. The difference between a standard three hand watch and a perpetual calendar can be staggering, but the same goes even more so for repair bills. To get a perpetual calendar to run again could be more expensive than the RRP of the watch or its current value. The same is true of very old watches where you have to determine is the sentimental value worth the cost to repair it. 

As you can see there is a lot of general information around servicing but not many specifics. Each watch is different so specifics is hard to come by. CWBC does offer a fixed price service but for any major work we will need some more information. If you have any watch awaiting repair or service, please get in touch here.



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