Before getting your watch repaired there is a wealth of information that a person should be aware of in order to get the best value for your money. Very often, the vintage watch which has been in the possession of your family may be in need of watch repair and therefore one should know where to go to get it repaired and how often the watch should be serviced as well as what are the associated costs of repair and servicing. In addition, one may also need to know which are the watches that can be repaired and which cannot be.
A Few Good Watchmakers
It is advisable to find a good watchmaker rather than the closest one especially since the watch can be safely shipped to them. One should also be aware of the fact that not every watch can be repaired and this is very common among the low cost watches as well as quartz watches.
Before sending your watch for repair it would be a good idea to photograph the watch on the outside as well as the watch movement and it is also necessary to record all the serial numbers and markings on the watch. Remember, that even though most watches can be repaired, it is rust which is the biggest killer.
Watch repair means getting skilled labor work done and the rates for watch repair may vary between $20 and $500. A reasonable price for watch repair would be in the range of $50 and $150, especially for the simple cleaning of a wrist watch. The cost for repairing complicated watches would be more especially for chronographs and the same is the case with brands that have difficult to find spares and one can think of high end Swiss watches as a case in point.
The same is the case for Swiss, Japanese or other non-American watches that were manufactured before or around 1910. Theoretically, every watch should be able to be repaired but in practice there are many that cannot be repaired and often the cost of repairing far exceeds the cost of buying a replacement and this is very common among low end pieces. In addition, some replacement parts may cost too much so one needs to exercise judiciously in the matter.