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How much should a watch repair cost?

How much should a watch repair cost?

Fixing a timepiece is eventually necessary to keep your watch running well and keeping good time.  The repair can range from a quick battery change on a quartz watch to a full overhaul of a fine automatic timepiece. 

Here’s an overview of the different types of watch repairs and generally how much they might cost:

Battery Change

Quartz movements stop working when the battery dies, and you'll just need a new one.  Pricing on a battery change ranges from as low as about $10 to upwards of $45 to $60 to reseal and pressure test a water resistant timepiece after switching out the battery.  

Some complicated watches that are hybrid quartz and chronograph movements can cost $65 to $95 for a battery change.  When you are paying $45 or more for a battery change, the repair shop should also clean the case and the bracelet for you, although re-polishing steel or gold bracelets and cases involve an additional charge.

New Bracelet or Strap

Watches have either straps (typically leather, animal skin or a new material like rubber or carbon fiber) or bracelets (typically steel, gold, platinum or titanium). 

When you decide to get a new strap, you can replace it with a similar one or choose something different that also fits your particular model.  Replacement straps vary based on quality. It can typically start at $20 for a basic leather strap but can range all the way up to $500 the top Swiss brands.  

Replacement bracelets are often more expensive and can range from $50 to $75 for a basic steel bracelet all the way up to $1,000, while gold and platinum bracelets can cost thousands of dollars depending on quality and weight.

Mechanical Watch Overhaul

The overhaul of a mechanical watch is an incredibly intricate process which involves taking apart the movement (the mechanical inside of the watch), washing all parts, replacing worn parts, oiling the movement, calibrating the time and resealing everything.  It takes hours and brings the watch almost back to new especially if the overhaul includes the cleaning and polishing of the exterior of the watch as well. 

An overhaul should come with a warranty for 1 to 2 years to ensure the timepiece continues functioning well from normal use.  An overhaul’s cost ranges based on the manufacturer but for a fine Swiss timepiece, it typically starts at $200 but can go up to $1,000 or more for a vintage watch.  A Rolex overhaul is usually around $800 with a range of $600 to $1,000.

Crystal Replacement

The crystal is the clear, hard material that sits between you and the dial and hands of the watch.  Fine timepieces have crystals made from synthetic sapphire while entry level watches often have acrylic crystals.  Sometimes the crystal can be cracked or scratched after impact, but it can be easily replaced. 

The cost of the replacement can range from $30 for an acrylic up to $150 or more for a replacement sapphire crystal from a fine Swiss manufacturer. 

Other Watch Repairs

There are other minor fixes such as the replacement of the crown, changing the dial, replacing the hands, etc.  The watch repair cost can truly range based on the brand and condition of the watch.  If you require of these types of repairs, please call us at 877-845-6647 or email us for more details.

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