Servicing your Value Watch - Watch Freeks


Like Tree4Likes
  • 3 Post By Chazman1946
  • 1 Post By tinknocker
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-02-2015, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
My Photos: View
Posts: 319
Default Servicing your Value Watch

So people like us love to talk about getting the most watch for your money. Part of this is eventually having it serviced.

How easy is it to get a value brand watch that uses a expensive movement serviced?

Does the price vary on brands?

I pay $100 to service my day date and this might be a price gouge because its a rolex.

However, since these value brands are using movements as complicated or more complicated as the day date and therefore the skill involved should be similar how much cheaper is it to service?

Is it be cheaper and faster because part of the servicing can just be replacing parts which is harder to do with luxury brands?

Please share your experience and thank you in advance.
JeffChang1234 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-02-2015, 12:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Roarry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
My Photos: View
Posts: 1,741
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JeffChang1234 View Post
So people like us love to talk about getting the most watch for your money. Part of this is eventually having it serviced.

How easy is it to get a value brand watch that uses a expensive movement serviced?

Does the price vary on brands?

I pay $100 to service my day date and this might be a price gouge because its a rolex.

However, since these value brands are using movements as complicated or more complicated as the day date and therefore the skill involved should be similar how much cheaper is it to service?

Is it be cheaper and faster because part of the servicing can just be replacing parts which is harder to do with luxury brands?

Please share your experience and thank you in advance.
Servicing a Rolex for $100? What can you get done for $100?
__________________
Deo Volente


Heroes win one. Legends take all three.

Ron Turcotte / famous thoroughbred race horse jockey.
Triple Crown winner on Secretariat.



Roarry is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2015, 12:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Hoth, New Jersey, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 8,266
Default

Jeff, it's a terrific question ! Actually haven't had any of my watches serviced, but most of my automatics are pretty new yet, and were only made in the last half a dozen years, or so, and are pretty affordable. Would guess the prices would vary though, and be higher on something like your Rolex there though. ..I'm sure someone with more experience with this knows a lot more, and can maybe help you out more.
AtomicTom is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-02-2015, 01:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
tomsimac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
My Photos: View
Posts: 1,758
Default

I was quoted $800 for a Breitling, but that's a real over haul etc
Same for my Rolex DSSD which I sold at 8 years and in need of a service.
To a dealer, so I got what I paid and eight years. Pretty good deal for me I thought
At the time. Should have kept it of course

My wife's Baume Mercier, last time to get the battery changed and a service was over $300
It is a Quartz though. However, it's 18k and jewelers don't eant to open it, so they ship it to
Manufacturer. 3 months to get it back... I think it goes to Europe. Gads

A good service with no parts needed, I guess $300 or more
My watches are all less than three years and are rotated, not on a winder.. So
Less wear and tear
tomsimac is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2015, 03:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Chazman1946's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Arizona
My Photos: View
Posts: 4,291
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roarry View Post
Servicing a Rolex for $100? What can you get done for $100?
For a $100 they will wipe off the crystal with a micro fiber cloth.

A full service costs over $1K
tardis, bapackerfan and Spurtz like this.
__________________
Own or have Owned the following: 1996 Sub, 3. Sinns 1. Omega vintage dress watch 3 Citizen Signature automatics, 4 Eco Drives, 2 Tag Heuers, 2 Accutrons, 2 Orients, 5 Seikos, 2 Invictas, 1 Pulsar 2 Tissots 1 Skagen and 1 Victorinox Swiss Army, Longines Legend Diver, Steinhart Smurf. and an Eterna Kon Tiki date. Oris 65 Oris Arctix, Borealis Estoril, Wenger Arctic Light, Breitling Colt Chrono, Certina DS Action Chronometer, Monta Triumph.
Chazman1946 is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2015, 03:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Chazman1946's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Arizona
My Photos: View
Posts: 4,291
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JeffChang1234 View Post
My cousin is a jeweler and sold the watch to my father many years back. He is like a 'son' to my mom. So we probably get a family discount as I hear the prices are many hundreds at an AD. It also might be that he just gives us a number we'd believe is fair after insisting on not taking any payment at all.

My cousin does servicing more as a customer service and doesn't try to make money off that portion of the business so if I wanted to buy a value watch to service I definitely wouldn't want to burden him with it, even if its only every 5 years as typically recommended.

My price gouge comment above is more about luxury brand premium instead of my actual personal situation.

However, I used it as an example since if $100 is cheap for a rolex movement, then how expensive would a value watch be to overhaul with a movement equally as complicated.

I mean if you are surprised I can get things done on a rolex for $100, then I cringe to imagine how much a value watch would cost to service relative to its price.
You can have your Rolex serviced at non-authorized location at reduced prices but, do they do the job that an authorized Rolex service center does? which is.......completely disassemble the watch, remove all the movements parts, replace ones as needed, clean or replace the dial and hands if needed, lubricate, assemble, regulate and pressure test that watch, then it is hand polished and cleaned up, and when you get the watch back it is virtually good as new, including a one year warranty. It sounds like a lot of money, and it is. If you have a friend who is doing all that for $100.. I would certainly keep him on my Christmas card list!

As for day/date complication, it isn't all that unusual or all that complicated to work on, Orient sells them for less then $300.

__________________
Own or have Owned the following: 1996 Sub, 3. Sinns 1. Omega vintage dress watch 3 Citizen Signature automatics, 4 Eco Drives, 2 Tag Heuers, 2 Accutrons, 2 Orients, 5 Seikos, 2 Invictas, 1 Pulsar 2 Tissots 1 Skagen and 1 Victorinox Swiss Army, Longines Legend Diver, Steinhart Smurf. and an Eterna Kon Tiki date. Oris 65 Oris Arctix, Borealis Estoril, Wenger Arctic Light, Breitling Colt Chrono, Certina DS Action Chronometer, Monta Triumph.
Chazman1946 is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2015, 03:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Chazman1946's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Arizona
My Photos: View
Posts: 4,291
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tomsimac View Post
My watches are all less than three years and are rotated, not on a winder.. So
Less wear and tear
The counter opinion of that is the unwound and not running watches have the lubricants sit idle and gum up faster, speeding up the need for service, since the breaking down of lubricants is the #1 cause of servicing.

Additionally having to hand wind and set he watches puts more wear and tear on the movement then leaving it on a winder.
__________________
Own or have Owned the following: 1996 Sub, 3. Sinns 1. Omega vintage dress watch 3 Citizen Signature automatics, 4 Eco Drives, 2 Tag Heuers, 2 Accutrons, 2 Orients, 5 Seikos, 2 Invictas, 1 Pulsar 2 Tissots 1 Skagen and 1 Victorinox Swiss Army, Longines Legend Diver, Steinhart Smurf. and an Eterna Kon Tiki date. Oris 65 Oris Arctix, Borealis Estoril, Wenger Arctic Light, Breitling Colt Chrono, Certina DS Action Chronometer, Monta Triumph.
Chazman1946 is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2015, 04:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
bapackerfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Wisconsin
My Photos: View
Posts: 1,858
Default

I've been wondering about the cleaning of movements. I've read that the highest quality servicing involves cleaning using ultrasonic tech.

I'm sure my local watch/clock repair shop guy doesn't have that sort of equipment. Is it worthwhile taking a watch to him for servicing or restoration, or would you guys recommend mailing it out to a larger more well-equiped place?
bapackerfan is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2015, 06:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
tinknocker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 7,648
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bapackerfan View Post
I've been wondering about the cleaning of movements. I've read that the highest quality servicing involves cleaning using ultrasonic tech.

I'm sure my local watch/clock repair shop guy doesn't have that sort of equipment. Is it worthwhile taking a watch to him for servicing or restoration, or would you guys recommend mailing it out to a larger more well-equiped place?

I would ask your watch repair shop. Any good professional repairer should have an ultrasonic cleaner nowadays. They aren't very expensive and saves time.
bapackerfan likes this.
__________________
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
tinknocker is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-02-2015, 06:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
tinknocker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 7,648
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chazman1946 View Post
The counter opinion of that is the unwound and not running watches have the lubricants sit idle and gum up faster, speeding up the need for service, since the breaking down of lubricants is the #1 cause of servicing.

Additionally having to hand wind and set he watches puts more wear and tear on the movement then leaving it on a winder.
Synthetic oils they use nowadays have the same lubricating properties of natural oils but they won't change over time. They won't gum up, cause corrosion and become acidic if left in a watch for many years without cleaning the movement.
Also, there are some who believe it's good to stem wing your watch so the lube in the keyless works gets moved around. Not sure if it's for natural oils or synthetics also.
__________________
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
tinknocker is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-03-2015, 10:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
kevco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 886
Default

I have a very trusted watchmaker here in Tulsa that does a complete disassemble COA on a hand wound mechanical for $75.00.
__________________
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount of up to and including my life.
kevco is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-24-2019, 04:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Time Traveler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
My Photos: View
Posts: 4,503
Default

Anyone have experience with any of these, or another company for servicing? I wanted to overhaul my Anonimo Millemetri.

https://watchrepairsusa.com/index.php

https://www.timesticking.com/

http://timekeeperwatchservice.com/en

My local jeweler seemed either lazy, or scared, to work on the ETA 2824-2. Either way, it scared me off from using him.

Thanks!
Rob
__________________
Carpe Diem!
Time Traveler is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Forum Navigation

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Watch Freeks forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need help on servicing Tiguy General Watch Discussions: 1 11-03-2014 06:29 PM
Just back from servicing bmaben Vintage Watches: 11 01-22-2014 07:45 PM
Servicing ugh MaLuCo Watch School 101: 8 05-15-2013 07:03 PM
Servicing a Collection AranaWhite General Watch Discussions: 4 11-11-2012 09:46 PM
Automatic Servicing Spaceview General Watch Discussions: 9 01-18-2012 10:22 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:43 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.