To have a watch repair done can cost a lot of money, especially when you decide to send it to a manufacturer for the service. You can always find a great watchmaker in your state, however, servicing by a manufacturer has its benefits as well.
They do not have a hard time getting the original parts, they know how to repair the in-house movements, and they come with the manufacturer warranties which make it easier to resell the watch as well.
But do you know how much each manufacturer does charge to service your precious watch?
If you would like to send the watch for a service, you have several options. You can send it on your own to the address provided by the watch brand, or you can drop it off by the Authorized Dealer store or Boutique Store.
After the service center receive the watch, they will find out what needs to be done. Sometimes the manufacturer does not have the parts, and they ship the watch to the primary service facility in Switzerland or they wait for the parts.
If your watch needs additional work to be done which is not covered in the repair price (such as new Crystal, new bracelet ect.), they will contact you or the person who helped you fill out the paperwork. It will be up to you to decide if you choose to proceed with their recommendation.
When you receive the watch, you will get all the parts which been replaced with a new one. Keep in mind that some manufacturers do swap hands as well as dials on your watch. Many people who like everything original, do not like that because in their minds the watch loses its value. Hopefully, the cost for the full service stays the same because you did not need any other parts which are not covered by the complete service fee.
For example, OMEGA is going to exchange the hands on my OMEGA Speedmaster triple calendar which do have some beautiful patina on it. Unfortunately, omega is required to change the hands, but you can have your own watchmaker switch back the original hands. However, you will lose the warranty if the watchmaker is not part of the manufacturer network.
What are the general steps of a complete service by the manufacturer?
- Disassembly of the case
- Cleaning of the movement
- Replacing worn components
- Reassembly and lubrication of the movement
- Adjustment of the movement and control of its paraments
- Cleaning and refurbishment of the case and bracelet
- Reassembly of the case and renewal of the water resistance
- Quality control to make sure all is done the way it should
How much does it cost to do a full service on your watch by the manufacturer?
Remember that some manufacturers make you change lots of parts that are not needed such as tube, crown, and crystal that are not included in the full-service cost. The prices below are the best-case scenario.
OMEGA Service Cost
Calibre Type (Non-Precious Material)
Non-Chronograph Quartz $450
Chronograph Quartz $500
Caliber Type (Precious Material: Bicolour, silver, gold, platinum, palladium)
Non-Chronograph Quartz $550
Chronograph Quartz $700
Service Warranty: 24 months (TWO years)
Breitling Service Cost
Selfwinding Watch / GMT $490
Chronograph, Breitling Caliber $850
Chronograph with Complication $850
Analog /Analog – Digital Chronograph $540
UTC / Co-Pilot $200
Service Warranty: 12 months (ONE Year)
Audemars Piquet Service Cost
Quartz $456 (450 Swiss Franc)
Hand-Wound $710 (700 Swiss Franc)
Selfwinding $862 (850 Swiss Franc)
Extra-Thin $962 (950 Swiss Franc)
Chronograph $1,318 (1,300 Swiss Franc)
QP (Chrono, QP, EOT) $1,723 (1,700 Swiss Franc)
Quartz $558 (550 Swiss Franc)
Selfwinding $963 (950 Swiss Franc)
Extra-Thin $1166 (1,150 Swiss Franc)
Chronograph $1,470 (1,450 Swiss Franc)
QP (Chrono, QP, EOT) $1,825 (1,800 Swiss Franc)
Polishing and Satin finish
Watch case with bracelet $355 (350 Swiss Franc)
Watch case only (and buckle) $203 (200 Swiss Franc)
Patek Philippe Service Cost
Battery change $132 (130 Swiss Franc)
Quartz (Level 2) $608 (600 Swiss Franc)
Mechanical, manually wound (Level 2) $912 (900 Swiss Franc)
Mechanical, self-winding (Level 2) $1,014 (1,000 Swiss Franc)
Complication I (Level 3) $1,318 (1,300 Swiss Franc)
Annual Calendar, Travel Time, moon phases, etc.
Complication II (Advanced Level) $1,824 (1,800 Swiss Franc)
perpetual calendar, chronograph, Annual Calendar chronograph
Complication III (Advanced Level) $2,332 (2,300 Swiss Franc)
chronograph with perpetual calendar, retrograde perpetual calendar
Warranty 24 months (TWO years)
Tag Heuer Service Cost
Quartz watch $185
Quartz chronograph $290
Quartz chronograph Type II $325
Mechanical watch $335
Mechanical chronograph $435
Mechanical chronograph Type II $485
Mechanical chronograph Type III $665
Service Warranty 12 months (One year)
IWC Service Cost
Leather Strap $470
Metal Bracelet $555
Leather Strap $570
Metal Bracelet $655
Mechanical chronograph Type II
Leather Strap $660
Metal Bracelet $745
Mechanical chronograph Type III
Leather Strap $770
Metal Bracelet $855
Mechanical Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
Leather Strap $1,340
Metal Bracelet $1,425
Leather Strap $2,400
Metal Bracelet $2,485
Warranty 24 months (Two years)
Seiko & Grand Seiko Service Cost
|Mechanical Caliber Series||Price|
|9S (Grand Seiko Complete Service)||$525.00|
|9R6 (Grand Seiko Complete Service)||$570.00|
|9R8 (Grand Seiko Complete Service)||$880.00|
|8L / 6L||$398.00|
|Quartz Caliber Series||Price|
|9F (Grand Seiko Complete Service)||$425.00|
|Analog battery or rechargeable battery powered||$79.00 – $116.00|
|Analog V series solar powered||$116.00|
|5J / 7D / 7L / 8B||$175.00|
|5X / 7X / 8X||$332.00|
|Analog / Digital combination (non-diver’s)||$98.00|
Warranty:12 months for Grand Seiko and Seiko watches and a 6 months for Pulsar watches.
Grand Seiko Complete Service is a service offered as a package in which a movement overhaul is performed together with a “Light Polish” of the case and metal band. Light polish is performed on stainless steel and titanium only.