How Much Does It Cost To Service My Watch? 3

Any time a watch stops working, the dread can kick in. What’s wrong, why won’t it run, why is it keeping such poor time? You bought a quality timepiece and repairs are not that tough, however the cost can be quite high, especially from the manufacturer themselves. There is always the ability to find a quality watchmaker in your state, however, servicing directly with the manufacturer has many benefits as well.

The main benefits include parts availability, complete knowledge of the movement, and manufacturer warranties which will also help if you decide to resell the watch. But do you know how much each manufacturer charges to service your precious timepiece? Once you know what to look forward to, there are two general steps you can take for manufacturer service. First, you can mail it directly to the service center or second, you can drop it off at the Authorized Dealer or Boutique.

The majority of major luxury watch brands have service centers right here in the United States. Once the watch arrives at its destination, a meticulous inspection will take place. Many repairs will be done right here, however certain parts may be an issue. If that is the case, the manufacturer may send it to headquarters, most usually Switzerland, if they have the parts shipped to them.

The best part of the ordeal is the manufacturer will clear the repairs with you before performing them. An estimate will be provided and you will be able to decline some or all of the repairs if you so choose. It’s up to you if repairs will proceed.

Once repairs are performed, the watch will be sent back to you with any part that was replaced during the service. Normally you will be able to decline cosmetic repairs, but watch hands and dials are often replaced during the service which not everyone is a fan of. To some, this exchange of parts makes a watch not original, and loses some of its value. Hopefully if all goes well, you won’t need additional parts not covered by the service fees.

One negative example I personally have is with my Omega Speedmaster Mark 40. The lume on the hands have some nice patina, however when Omega services these watches, they won’t reinstall any hands so I will be forced to get the watch back with new hands. I will receive the old hands back though so I have the ability to have a quality watchmaker restore the watch to original.

General Service Steps by the Manufacturer

  1. Disassembly of the Case
  2. Disassembly and cleaning of the movement
  3. Replacing worn components
  4. Reassembly and lubrication of the movement
  5. Adjustment of the movement and control of its parameters
  6. Cleaning and refurbishment of the case and bracelet
  7. Reassembly of the case and renewal of the water resistance
  8. Quality control checks to make sure service was completed properly

Cost of Full Service by Manufacturer

There are a couple things to note about this list. First is, not all manufacturers list the service prices so the information isn’t readily available. Second, this assumes the best case and that the watch does not need any parts replaced. Many manufacturers will attempt to replace non broken parts as they can be considered wear items such as the crown, the crown tube, and the crystal.

OMEGA Service Cost

Calibre Type (Non-Precious Material)
Non-Chronograph Quartz $450
Mechanical $550
Chronograph Quartz $500
Mechanical $750

Caliber Type (Precious Material: Bicolour, silver, gold, platinum, palladium)
Non-Chronograph Quartz $550
Mechanical $650
Chronograph Quartz $700
Mechanical $950

Service Warranty: 24 months (2 years)

Breitling Service Cost

Mechanical
Selfwinding Watch / GMT $490
Chronograph $690
Chronograph, Breitling Caliber $850
Chronograph with Complication $850

Quartz
Analog $420
Analog /Analog – Digital Chronograph $540
UTC / Co-Pilot $200

Service Warranty: 12 months (1 Year)

Audemars Piquet Service Cost

Classis
Quartz $492 (450 Swiss Franc)
Hand-Wound $766 (700 Swiss Franc)
Selfwinding $930 (850 Swiss Franc)
Extra-Thin $1039 (950 Swiss Franc)
Chronograph $1,422 (1,300 Swiss Franc)
QP (Chrono, QP, EOT) $1,860 (1,700 Swiss Franc)

Royal Oak
Quartz $602 (550 Swiss Franc)
Selfwinding $1039 (950 Swiss Franc)
Extra-Thin $1258 (950 Swiss Franc)
Chronograph $1586 (1,300 Swiss Franc)
QP (Chrono, QP, EOT) $1,860 (1,800 Swiss Franc)

Polishing and Satin finish
Watch case with bracelet $383 (350 Swiss Franc)
Watch case only (and buckle) $219 (200 Swiss Franc)

Patek Philippe Service Cost

Battery change $142 (130 Swiss Franc)
Quartz (Level 2) $656 (600 Swiss Franc)
Mechanical, manually wound (Level 2) $985 (900 Swiss Franc)
Mechanical, self-winding (Level 2) $1,094 (1,000 Swiss Franc)

Complication I (Level 3) $1,422 (1,300 Swiss Franc)
Annual Calendar, Travel Time, moon phases, etc.

Complication II (Advanced Level) $1,969 (1,800 Swiss Franc)
perpetual calendar, chronograph, Annual Calendar chronograph

Complication III (Advanced Level) $2,516 (2,300 Swiss Franc)
chronograph with perpetual calendar, retrograde perpetual calendar

Warranty 24 months (2 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

Mechanical Watch
Leather Strap $470
Metal Bracelet $555
Mechanical chronograph
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
Grande Complication
Leather Strap $2,400
Metal Bracelet $2,485

Warranty 24 months (Two years)

Seiko & Grand Seiko Service Cost

Mechanical Caliber SeriesPrice
9S (Grand Seiko Complete Service)$525.00
9R6 (Grand Seiko Complete Service)$570.00
9R8 (Grand Seiko Complete Service)$880.00
5R6$510.00
5R8$983.00
8R$363.00
8L / 6L$398.00
6R$260.00
4R$154.00
7S$118.00

Quartz Caliber SeriesPrice
9F (Grand Seiko Complete Service)$425.00
9T$735.00
Analog battery or rechargeable battery powered$79.00 – $116.00
Analog V series solar powered$116.00
5J / 7D / 7L / 8B$175.00
5D$239.00
5X / 7X / 8X$332.00
7C$179.00
Analog / Digital combination (non-diver’s)$98.00
Discontinued calibers$154.00

Service Warranty for 12 months (1year) for Seiko / Grand Seiko, 6 months Pulsar

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. 

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3 Comments

  1. It’s good to know that I can also get the replaced parts after getting watch repair services. I’d like to collect scrap parts from damaged machines because they can be used for metal sculptures in the future. I do wonder what I can do with very small watch parts that I will get after getting my watched fixed soon.

  2. Uyless nardin un 26 overhaul. Watch has been sitting. Black ocean. Would like quite before shipping. Nothing should be broke or need to be replaced. Ty

    Cody G Siluk

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