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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.

Official vs Independent Watch Repair Centres

Official vs. Independent Watch Repair Centre: Is One Better Than the Other?

If you want to extend the life of your favourite timepiece, it is going to require regular maintenance. During routine maintenance, a watchmaker can test the movement’s performance and watch’s water resistance and replace or repair any components.

Where should you take your watch for servicing and repairs though? Is an official watch repair centre better than an independent facility?

The answer is, not necessarily.

Both facilities are able to service your watch, ensuring it ticks over for many more years to come. However, whether or not you take your timepiece to an official facility has no bearing on how well your watch is serviced or repaired.

Here is why independent centres are often favoured over official facilities.

The Personalised Service

Unlike official repair centres in major cities that receive countless watches every day, independent centres work on a much smaller scale. Independent centres are renowned for building long-term relationships and offering a more personalised experience. An independent horologist takes the time to better understand your maintenance and repair preferences, resulting in a more positive experience.

The Cost Effectiveness

While this does depend on the type of repairs you require, overall, independent centres are far more affordable. Too many watch owners hold off on sending their watches in for routine maintenance because official centres charge such high rates. Unfortunately, this lack of service will ultimately lead to additional problems, which attract higher fees. Independent centres are able to offer lower prices because their overheads are generally much lower. Over and above this, independent repair centres have fewer specialists working on your timepiece, which means less labour costs.

The Wider Variety of Repairs

In most instances, official repair centres won’t take on a timepiece that has been modified – this is not the case with independent watchmakers. If you have added a specialised coating or gems to your timepiece, an independent watch repair centre is the ideal choice. An independent horologist is also more likely to specialise in a larger variety of brands. This means if you own multiple watch brands, you can send them to the same place. Just make sure the centre you have in mind specialises in your specific watch brands before you take them in.

The Faster Turnaround Times

The sooner you can get your watch back, the better. Unfortunately, since official repair centres are inundated with work, the turnaround times are often far longer. The fact that different repairmen are responsible for different parts of the maintenance process also extends the turnaround time. Independent maintenance and repair centres are typically able to service a watch in a shorter amount of time. Again, this is dependent on the work that needs to be done though.

Now that you have a better understanding of why independent watch repair centres are the preferred choice for many watch owners, you can decide which option is right for you. The most important thing is that you don’t skip out on routine maintenance and essential repairs.

Contact Martin’s of Glasgow to discuss your watch maintenance and repair needs.

 

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Watch Repairs: Is a Pro Really Necessary?

Whether you received a watch as a gift, invested in a timeless classic or you wear a basic watch on a day-to-day basis, it deserves a little TLC.

Having your watch serviced or repaired might seem like a simple enough job, so why is it really necessary to get a professional involved – let’s take a closer look.

Watch Repairs: The Usual Suspects

So, what are the most common watch repairs and can you do them at home? Let’s start with a battery replacement – this is by far one of the most common types of repairs. A battery is easy enough to replace but whether or not this should be done at home is dependent on the watch. Many watches, particularly those that are waterproof, need to be professionally resealed after any type of repair, including battery replacement. Other types of repairs include water damage, strap replacement and glass replacements. Again, you could attempt these at home but there’s a very high chance you’ll end up damaging your watch for good.

Watch repairs and servicing are delicate procedures and require specific knowledge on the inner workings of a timepiece. Every little piece is a working part and without the right equipment, you could end up having to get rid of a treasured watch.

What You Can Do at Home

Professionals recommend that if you really value your favourite timepiece, the most you should do is give it a wipe down on a regular basis. This will keep the outside as free of dirt and grime as possible until your next service.

It should also be said that if you do decide to pry open the back of your watch to replace the battery, you’re potentially exposing the delicate parts to dirt and dust. If this happens, you’re more than likely going to end up needing to take it to a professional anyway.

There are also ways to remove scratches from the face of your watch if they’re minor.

One of the easiest ways to work out minor scratches is to use a bright light, masking tape, toothpaste and a soft cloth. First, cover up the bezel of the watch using narrow masking tape. Next, place the watch under a bright light so that you can clearly see the scratches. Place a small spot of toothpaste on your finger and gently rub it across the face of the watch. Leave the toothpaste to set for a few minutes before using a soft cloth to remove it and polish the face. Use gentle, circular motions.

Choosing the Right Professional

Too many watch professionals end up dealing with botched repairs because the owner shopped around according to price and not expertise. If you see your timepiece as an investment, you should always find a watch repair shop that has proven experience with your specific make and model.

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A Basic Guide to the Different Types of Watch Repairs

A watch is an intricate device that’s designed to be accurate every second of every day. Maintaining this synchronicity requires regular maintenance but not every watch repair is as simple as changing the battery.

We outline some of the most common types of watch repairs that can be undertaken.

Watch Repairs: What Is and Isn’t Possible

  • Battery replacement. One of the most obvious reasons why a watch stops working is because the battery has died. Changing the battery means the watch case will need to be opened. If you have a waterproof timepiece, it will need to be professionally resealed and pressure tested.
  • Strap replacement. Any type of strap can either be replaced or repaired. Metal straps can be refinished and polished to look new. If the strap is leather and has experienced severe wear and tear, it will need to be replaced completely.
  • Water damage. Watches and moisture don’t mix. If your timepiece has been exposed to water and is left untreated, it will eventually rust both inside and out. If rust ends up damaging most of the internal parts, it can result in quite a costly repair bill. If your watch has been exposed to water, there may be droplets on the inside of the glass. To prevent water damage, make sure that your crown is never un-screwed when you submerge your watch in water. Naturally, if it isn’t waterproof, don’t submerge it in water at all.
  • Crown replacement. The crown is what is used to adjust the date and time of a watch. The stem is directly connected to the smaller internal parts of the watch. If it becomes loose or hard to turn, it’s best to get it repaired or replaced. Along with it falling off or being difficult to use, if you hear a rattling noise, it could also be a sign that the crown needs attention.
  • Glass replacement. The glass face is what protects all of the inner mechanisms of the watch from dust, moisture and general damage. It’s not uncommon for the glass to become scratched over time, which can affect the general appearance of your timepiece. At some point or another, the face of your watch will probably need to be replaced.
  • Dial and hand replacement. It is possible for the dial and hands to become damaged over time. If or when this does happen, the timepiece will need to be opened in order for this to be replaced.
  • Mechanical overhaul. This is a very intricate repair process that requires several hours. The aim is to get the watch back to its “good as new” state. In most instances, a manual overhaul will provide your watch with a warranty of at least 1 year. During an overhaul, the entire watch is dismantled, which means the internal mechanism is removed and all parts of cleaned and oiled. Once the timepiece has been rebuilt, the seals will be replaced and any necessary pressure tests will be carried out.

These are the main types of watch repairs that you can request for your favourite watches. If your timepieces are investments, it’s essential that you always take them to a reputable repairer. Be sure to look at their experience and what past customers have to say.