Is It Possible to Repair a Quartz Watch?

Is It Possible to Repair a Quartz Watch?

How easily a watch can be repaired is one of the factors to consider when deciding on the type of watch you want to purchase.

And if you’re the owner of a quartz watch, this is what you need to know.

Can You Repair a Quartz Watch?

Quartz watches have been around since the late 1960’s and it’s usually possible to repair the more recent ones. What’s more, quartz watches are generally more affordable to repair too. And since this type of watch runs on batteries, you should expect to need to replace them every one to two years.

The next question is then whether it’s better to repair a quartz watch or replace the parts completely? This is entirely your choice – whether you choose to repair or replace the parts, the cost will be significantly lower than with other types of watches. You can also expect the repair process to be quicker in most instances.

Why Has Your Quartz Watch Stopped Working?

There are a few reasons why your quart watch has stopped working:

  • A mechanical issue has caused the wheels to become stuck
  • Dirt is affecting watch movement
  • The coil inside the watch is damaged
  • Corrosion has formed around the battery
  • The batteries need to be replaced

The Quartz Repair Process

A quartz watch that displays the incorrect time or stops working altogether needs to be repaired.

The watch repair process starts with an assessment by a trained technician. This is to determine what the fault is.

From there, any damaged parts are removed and analysed further before being replaced or repaired. The same applies if the watch requires an aesthetic repair. Keep in mind that if a part isn’t available, the technician will need to order it first, which can extend the repair process.

Once repaired, your quartz watch is cleaned and fitted back together.

It is now ready for collection.

In terms of servicing your quartz watch, this is recommended every 5 years – this way you can avoid unnecessary repairs.

If you require assistance with the service or repair of your quartz watch, contact Martins of Glasgow on 0141 946 6333.

Choosing a Rolex Watch Repair Centre

Key Questions to Ask a Rolex Watch Repair Centre

Before you go ahead and request a repair, you need to make sure you can trust the Rolex watch repair centre you’re considering – this is one of your most valuable timepieces after all.

In this blog, we will provide you with some guidelines that will help you choose the right horologist for the job.

Choosing the Right Rolex Watch Repair Centre

To help you feel more comfortable with the watch repair centre you choose, there are a few key questions you should ask first.

  • How long have you been in business? How long a business has been running is an indicator of how good its repair services are. It also helps to do a bit of your own research. Do they display any customer testimonials on their site? What about social media – what are customers saying there?
  • What Rolex-specific training do you have? You do require specific skills to be able to repair a Rolex, so ask about training and certifications. It’s much easier to decide on a repair centre when you know they have the necessary skills, knowledge, and equipment to carry out any repairs safely.
  • How is my watch protected while it is with you? If a repair centre doesn’t mention how they protect your watch while it’s in their possession, it’s best to ask. Reputable repair centres generally have insurance and other safety measures in place should your watch need to stay in the store overnight.
  • How long will my repairs or service take? The more you know what to expect, the more peace of mind you have. What’s more, knowing how long the repairs will take means you know when you can wear your timepiece again. Keep in mind that new issues you weren’t aware of might crop up, so have realistic expectations when it comes to your repair timeline.

Where to Start Your Search for a Rolex Watch Repair Centre

Google is always the ideal place to start your search for a Rolex watch repair centre. Once you have a list of potential places in your area, you can begin narrowing down your search by looking at each centre’s website and their social media pages.

It’s recommended that you compare at least two repair shops using the above questions before you make a final decision.

At Martins of Glasgow, Rolex servicing is carried out by Graham, our Rolex accredited watchmaker & colleague. Graham is known as one of the best Rolex “refinishers” within the UK and has worked with most Rolex models, both vintage and contemporary.

You can schedule your repairs with Martin or Gail on 0141 946 6333.

What to Consider When Buying a Watch as a Gift

What to Consider When Buying a Watch as a Gift

Whether you’re commemorating an important milestone or simply want to spoil someone important, a watch is a gift that can last a lifetime. However, just like the clothes we choose to wear, watches are highly personal. This is one gift that requires some careful thought.

Here are some of our top tips for anyone buying a watch as a gift.

Buying a Watch as a Gift: Key Considerations

  • Set a budget. Before you even begin searching for a watch, set a budget. This will immediately help you narrow down your gift choices. Different watch brands and movements will affect the cost. It’s also recommended that you consider maintenance and repair costs before you purchase a watch as a gift.
  • Decide on a movement. As you start shopping for a watch, you’ll need to decide between a mechanical, automatic and quartz watch. Mechanical and automatic watches don’t need batteries to keep running, which makes them more timeless. You can also expect to pay more for a mechanical or automatic watch versus a quartz watch.
  • Consider the recipient’s lifestyle. How will this watch be worn? Does the recipient spend a lot of time in the office, or do they lead a more active lifestyle? Do they tend to go to a lot of events? Wear and functionality-type questions should be asked prior to settling on a watch.
  • Consider the recipient’s taste. Next, you want to consider the person’s style and taste. This means you need to have some idea of how they like to dress and their general style preferences. If you aren’t sure, speak to a trusted friend or family member who can offer you some insights. Some people prefer a more classic look with clean lines, while others prefer to make a bold statement – find out which box your gift recipient falls into.
  • Decide on a size. This goes hand in hand with selecting a specific watch style. The size of the watch face and band can make a big difference to the final look. For someone who likes a more classic and elegant look, you may want to opt for a smaller watch face. However, if you’re dealing with an active person with a large wrist, a larger watch face and a leather strap might be more fitting.

When shopping around for a gift, it’s best to stay away from trends, particularly if you want this to be a timeless gift. However, a limited edition watch could be just right for the person you have in mind.

If this is the first time you’re purchasing a watch as a gift, you may benefit from speaking to a professional about your options.

Buying a Watch Online: Is It a Good Idea?

Buying a Watch Online: Is It a Good Idea?

Most of today’s watch purchases, or at least the research, starts online. Making a final call on what watch to purchase is a highly personal choice, so does this mean it’s a good idea to complete the purchase online?

Here is what you need to know to help you decide whether you should purchase a watch online.

Buying a Watch Online: Should You Do It?

Whether this is your first watch purchase, or you usually buy watches in brick-and-mortar stores, you are here because you want to know whether online sales are a good idea.

The answer lies in how much you value the human interaction and confidence that comes with evaluating and purchasing a watch in person. When you purchase a watch in a store, you get to physically touch and examine the timepiece. You also get to ask as many questions as you need to without having to go back and forth over chat or email.

What’s more, you can also consider other recommendations from a professional – options you might not have considered had you purchased a watch online.

Lastly, there’s the benefit of negotiating and potential discounts, something you cannot generally do online – unless it’s an auction that is.

The only real drawback of purchasing a watch in person is that you may need to drive around to different stores to consider all your options and find the right price. This is a much easier task online.

If you aren’t planning to invest in a rare or luxury watch, making an online purchase is a great option. It’s convenient, easy to compare prices, and you don’t need to leave home.

If you are planning to invest in a luxury watch, here are some of our top tips.

Tips for Buying a Watch Online

If purchasing a watch in a physical store is not a must for you, here are some tips for buying a watch online.

  • Find an authorised dealer. If you want some added peace of mind while shopping online, shop on an authorised dealer’s store. If you cannot find an authorised dealer, do as much research as possible to ensure you’re dealing with a trustworthy and reputable seller. Reviews from past customers can tell you a lot.
  • Do some research. Before you start shopping for a watch, research the makes and models you are interested in and what they generally sell for, so you know what to expect. This will also help narrow down the online stores to consider.
  • Look at the return policy. While you don’t want to have to return a watch, sometimes it is necessary. Be sure to look at the store’s return policy before you complete your purchase.
  • Look at the warranty policy. Next, you want to look at how their warranty policy works. What should you do if something goes wrong?

There are pros and cons to purchasing a watch online versus in-person. In the end, it all comes down to your personal preferences. Just know that there are reputable online stores, which means you don’t always need to purchase a watch from a physical location.

5 Tips for Protecting Your Watch Against the Elements

5 Tips for Protecting Your Watch Against the Elements

When you purchase a new timepiece, you want to wear it as often as you can. However, this also means it’s going to be exposed to the elements. Naturally, the more you invest in a watch, the more you’re concerned with its longevity.

This is why we’ve put together some of our top tips for keeping your watch safe come rain or shine.

Protecting Your Watch Against the Elements: Expert Tips

1. Clean Your Watch Regularly.

Keeping your watch clean will stop dirt and dust from affecting its functionality. If you know how to clean it safely at home using warm water, mild soap, a soft bristle toothbrush and a soft cloth, do so. The other option is to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year.

2. Storage Matters.

Humidity and dust can both affect your timepiece, so think twice about where you choose to store your watch. You want to keep your watch completely dry, so any area where moisture collects is not a good storage option. It’s also important to store your watch in the right box or container. Placing it face down on a hard surface will only lead to unnecessary scratches. You also want to avoid packaging that retains moisture – bubble wrap being an ideal example.

3. Reduce Watch Strain.

If you have a mechanical watch, regularly winding your watch is essential. Not only does this keep it operating as it should, but it also lubricates the watch, which reduces strain. To do this, remove the watch from your wrist to unscrew the crown. Give the dial 20 – 40 turns in a clockwise direction.

4. Schedule In Regular Maintenance.

Scheduling your watch in for regular maintenance is one more thing you need to do and pay for, but it is well worth it. When you maintain your watch, you avoid having to deal with costly repairs or permanent damage. It will also ensure that your watch is protected against the elements.

5. Keep Your Watch Away from Magnets.

Unfortunately, exposing your watch to a magnet can have a negative effect on the internal components. This includes laptops, televisions and other electromagnetic devices. You can’t always avoid magnets completely but being aware of how much you’re exposing your watch can help.

Keeping Your Watch in Good Working Order

With the help of the right horologist, keeping your watch protected and in good working order doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. At Martins of Glasgow, we service a wide variety of watch brands at a fair price. Contact us on 0141 946 6333 or martin@martinsjewellers.co.uk to discuss your requirements.

What You Need to Know About Insuring Your Luxury Timepiece

What You Need to Know About Insuring Your Luxury Timepiece

If your watches are some of your most cherished items, insurance is a must.

Yes, some timepieces are irreplaceable but at least you would be compensated should it be lost or stolen.

Luxury watch insurance generally offers global coverage and is based on the current market value of your watch.

Watches are often stolen because they are next to impossible to trace and really easy to sell. And unfortunately, watch crime has been on the increase over the last few years.

Tips for Insuring Your Luxury Timepiece

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start your search for the best insurance.

Schedule Regular Valuations

When you know what your watch is worth, you can arrange sufficient coverage. It also means you won’t end up paying more than you need to on a monthly basis. The luxury watch market is always changing, so you never know when the value of your timepiece could change. Having a watch evaluated annually is generally enough to keep your insurance accurate.

Invest in Storage

Ideally, you want to avoid insurance claims altogether, so it helps to invest in quality storage for your luxury timepiece. Not only does this keep your watch protected, but you will probably find that it reduces your insurance premiums too. You can even ask a potential insurer for recommendations on acceptable storage.

Choose Your Insurer Carefully

It makes a real difference when you use an insurer who understands the luxury watch market. It’s also highly recommended that you pay close attention to the specifics of your policy. Many insurers require you to update the value of your watch on a regular basis. There may also be certain circumstances when your timepiece won’t be covered.

We are insured through T H March & Co Limited, Chartered Insurance Brokers for both our business and personal arrangements. If you require obligation-free advice on how best to protect your watch, or other valuable items, why not give them a call on 01822 855555, quoting AM157T.

Keep Your Paperwork Safe

Make a point of hanging on to all the paperwork you received when you purchased your timepiece. Most insurers will request this should you ever need to submit a claim. This includes everything from the certificate of authentication to the details of where you bought it. Luxury watches are complex, so the more information you have on yours, the better.

Be Selective When Wearing Your Timepiece

Another way to ensure you don’t need to deal with unnecessary insurance claims is to be picky about when you wear your luxury watch. Think twice about where you will be going before you leave the house with your favourite watch.

By keeping these tips in mind and shopping around for the right insurer, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your timepiece is as protected as possible.

How to Tell Whether It’s Worth Repairing Your Watch

How to Tell Whether It’s Worth Repairing Your Watch

When you start collecting watches, at one point or another, you will be faced with the question: Is it really worth it to repair this watch?

Sometimes, it’s easy enough to just cut your losses and get rid of the watch. However, if it’s a luxury or sentimental piece, the decision can be a little more difficult.

Repairing a Watch: What to Consider

Here is what you should consider before you make a final call.

What Is the Watch Worth?

In some cases, repairing a watch can end up costing more than what you bought it for. However, if it’s an heirloom or has personal sentimental value, the cost might be worth it. The other scenario when the repairs might be worth it is if you could sell it for a higher price.

Take the time to get your timepiece evaluated and do a little research to see what other enthusiasts are selling the same or similar watches for.

If you won’t be able to sell the watch for much and you have no problems replacing it, a repair doesn’t make much sense. Especially if you can purchase a brand-new watch for cheaper.

Here are the factors that determine the overall value of your watch.

The Cost of Purchasing a New Watch

If you decide that you would rather purchase a new timepiece, find out what it would cost to service and repair. You may be able to purchase a watch at a great price, but you could end up having to budget for much higher service and repair costs.

All watches need to be serviced and if you care for your watch correctly, repairs don’t have to be a common occurrence. It’s worth finding out more about these additional costs before you invest in a new timepiece.

The cost of a watch service or repairs will also depend on the horologists you use and where you are located. Something extra to keep in mind.

If you think you may want to sell the watch a few years down the line, it’s best to do some additional research to ensure it would, in fact, be a true investment. Here are some of our top watch investment tips.

In summary, deciding whether a watch repair is worth it depends on how much it means to you and whether you plan to sell it later on. If you need any further advice, contact us about a watch valuation.

A Guide to Watch Movements: Manual, Automatic & Quartz

A Guide to Watch Movements: Manual, Automatic & Quartz

When you first start shopping around for a watch, it’s difficult not to focus on the different designs and features. However, investing in a timepiece requires more than just picking the right style.

Anyone who is serious about purchasing the right watch should have an understanding of the different watch movements. Namely, quartz, automatic and manual movements.

Watch Movements Explained

Watches are either powered by batteries or mechanics, which is where the different watch movements come into play.

Each movement has its own advantages and disadvantages, which we will take you through now.

Manual Movements

A watch with a manual movement needs to be wound manually. This particular movement has been around for decades and first made an appearance around the 16th century. A manual watch will feature a crown on the side, which is used to adjust the time. However, it also serves another function – winding the mainspring of the watch.

This mainspring is placed in a barrel, which stores power as elastic energy. As you can imagine, all this energy is gradually released to keep the watching moving for several weeks. This is done using an escapement assembly, which is made up of several delicate parts.

The mainspring transfers power to the escapement assembly via the going train, which is made up of wheels of different sizes. These wheels are what allow the hands to move at different speeds.

To keep a manual watch working, you need to regularly wind the mainspring. Some manual watches will even alert you to the fact that the watch needs rewinding.

Automatic Movements

An automatic watch is made with most of the same components as a mechanical watch, including the mainspring, going train and escapement assembly. However, unlike a mechanical watch, which often needs to be wound by a professional, you can wind an automatic watch yourself. What’s more, you can wind the watch simply by wearing it regularly.

Automatic watches first made an appearance in the 18th century, with Rolex later perfecting the system that was developed by John Harwood. The first Daytona, the Cellini Prince and the OysterQuartz are some of the few watches made by Rolex that aren’t automatically wound.

A set of gears connected to the mainspring barrel are what help wind an automatic watch, all with the help of a rotor that swings around freely inside the watch.

Quartz Movements

Lastly, there are quartz watches, which do have some internal mechanics but mostly need wheels to operate the remaining functions, including the hands. This battery-operated timepiece first made an appearance in the 20th century. However, Seiko was the first watchmaker to make quartz wristwatches available commercially.

Quartz watches are known for their affordability and accuracy, all thanks to the quartz regulator. The battery inside the watch passes electricity to a quartz crystal, which produces pulses and vibrations. A dial motor uses these pulses to make the hands of the watch tick.

How to Decide on a Watch Movement

The type of watch movement that’s right for you is mostly dependent on the type of watch you plan to purchase.

For example, many of today’s vintage and high-end luxury watches have mechanical movements. You would also need to decide if you’re willing to wind your watch yourself or if you’re willing to get a professional to assist you. Quartz watches are the most affordable option and are generally easier to find.

It all comes down to preference.

How to Tell Whether It’s Time to Service Your Watch

How to Tell Whether It’s Time to Service Your Watch

You’ve spent a lot of money on your watch, so maintaining and servicing it is essential if you want to enjoy it for many more years to come. Every watch is subject to wear and tear so there is no way around servicing it.

What’s more, being proactive about servicing your watch will help you avoid bigger problems that will only cost more money to correct.

But how do you know whether it’s time to service your watch?

Signs It’s Time to Service Your Watch

Whether you have a mechanical or a quartz watch, there are a few tell-tale signs to look out for that indicate it’s time for a service.

  • Your Watch Feels Different or Parts Feel Loose

When your watch is on your wrist, it’s always moving, which can cause some parts to loosen. On the plus side, if you wear your watch daily, you can easily tell whether it feels different. If it does or you feel that some parts have tightened or loosened, it’s time for a service. If your watch is making a noise or rattles when you move it, it’s important to take it in for repairs immediately.

  • There is Moisture Inside the Watch

Moisture inside a watch is never a good sign and without prompt service, the watch will begin to corrode. As you can imagine, this can cause further damage that will either be expensive to repair or can’t be repaired at all. Even the slightest bit of moisture is an indication that a service is necessary.

  • Your Watch is Running Too Fast or Slow

This is the third most common sign that your watch needs a service sooner rather than later. Watches will always have a margin of error, which means it might be a few seconds too fast or too slow. However, if your watch feels very out in terms of time accuracy, rather get it serviced.

Many people tend to put off a service believing it will be costly, but this isn’t always the case. Watch servicing and repairs only get expensive when a watch isn’t maintained on a regular basis.

Some watch services are quick and cost-effective, particularly when you’re dealing with professional horologists such as Martin’s of Glasgow.

Not sure whether we can service your specific watch? Contact us on 0141 946 6333 or martin@martinsjewellers.co.uk to find out.

It’s best practice to service your watch every three to five years, especially if you wear it regularly.

What You Should Know If Your Watch Glass Breaks

What You Should Know If Your Watch Glass Breaks

A cracked watch glass is not ideal, especially when it’s one of your favourite watches, but it can be repaired. What many watch owners often wonder though is just how expensive this kind of repair will be, particularly if the watch glass is difficult to come by.

Since we often replace watch glass for our clients, we decided to take you through the basics of what you should know if your watch glass breaks.

Dealing with Watch Glass Damage

Watch glass is strong but simply knocking it against something or dropping it at a certain angle is enough to cause scratches and breaks.

Here’s how to deal with these two types of watch glass damage.

Acrylic Scratches

When you wear a watch often enough, small scratches are going to appear on the acrylic. However, if the scratches get bad enough, it’s not only difficult to read the time, but it can lead to cracked acrylic.

If the scratches are merely on the surface of the timepiece, they can sometimes be polished out. Deeper scratches require the acrylic to be replaced, which is generally inexpensive unless it’s anything other than a round shape.

Watch Mineral or Sapphire Glass Chips and Cracks

When watch glass is chipped or cracked, there is a much higher chance of it smashing completely. You want to avoid this because it places the internal mechanisms of your watch at risk.

If at any point you notice chips and cracks in your watch glass, it’s best to bring it in so that it can be replaced. Again, if you are dealing with flat round watch glass, it’s generally much more affordable to replace.

If your watch glass does get smashed before you can get it to Martin’s of Glasgow, and if your watch is quartz or has a hacking seconds hand, pull out the crown immediately. This will prevent any small shards of glass from permanently damaging the hands and internal mechanisms of the watch.

Since it’s difficult to stop a mechanical watch quickly if your watch doesn’t have a hacking seconds hand, all you can do is keep it as still as possible until it gradually stops. You can then bring it in to be repaired.

Replacing Watch Glass – What Types Are Available?

  • Mineral watch glass. This type of watch glass is found in most types of watches. It’s affordable and can be cut to fit most watch shapes. It’s not scratch resistant though.
  • Sapphire crystal. If you want something stronger and scratch resistant, sapphire crystal is a good option. Since it is created in a lab, it’s more expensive.
  • Acrylic watch “glass”. You can only use acrylic “glass” if your watch already has it. This is also a cost-effective option that can be cut into different shapes. It does scratch more easily though.

If you are unsure about which watch glass to choose, we will gladly assist you once you bring your watch in for repairs. It’s best to have your watch glass replaced sooner rather than later if you want to avoid further damage to your favourite timepiece.

You can contact us on 0141 946 6333 or martin@martinsjewellers.co.uk to make an appointment.