A Guide to Watch Repair and Watch Servicing

Everything that no longer works properly we tend to throw away. This is the hard truth of the expendable society we have become. Fortunately, when it comes to watches, regular quick maintenance services or repairs that often cost far less than replacement expenses can have your watch restored in less time than it takes to shop around for another model!

A businessman is looking at his watch.When your watch fails, it's an ideal opportunity to discover how fixing is far better for the environment and your wallet than tossing and replacing. Here is our simple guide for watch fixes and watch overhauling. 

Try not to attempt to fix your watch at home 

Watches are intricate. As trained professionals, we wouldn't suggest you attempt to repair your watch at home. The internal parts of watches are interesting yet comprised of numerous small pieces. In a complicated development, there can be as many as 300 to 500 tiny parts or more! Plus, each of these components can become easily lost if you are not meticulous in using the right tools and processes. 

How these pieces fit back together is more difficult than keeping up with each part. It requires certain industry tools and an expertly trained eye to fix and service a watch. In other words, if you're not a professional watchmaker, then the chances are high you'll accomplish more harm than good.

Therefore, it is always best to leave watch fixes to the specialists. This includes basic repairs, cleaning, and battery substitutions. Plus, all of these services can typically be carried out rapidly and inexpensively at your watch repair shop.

Why watch servicing should be a priority 

Whether you wear your watch all the time or rarely, just like a vehicle, a mechanical watch needs standard servicing. Specialists recommend servicing your watch every three to five years. 

Recurrence of service should depend on how frequently you wear your watch, what activities you perform while wearing your watch, and how it is protected when it isn't being worn. A regularly utilized watch may require more frequent consideration. Also, testing for water resistance should be scheduled every two years. 

Signs your watch needs servicing

Watches do require normal maintenance to remain fit as a fiddle and keep time. Luxury watches may go 10 years or more with no issues as they are intended to endure forever. However, there are a few signs you should pay special attention to that may indicate a problem is starting. 

1.  Any proof of dampness or condensation on the glass should be managed rapidly (water inside a watch could demonstrate fatally).

2.  A change in your watch's behavior. For example, faulty timekeeping. 

3.  A watch can become charged and act whimsically if it is presented to specific levels of an attractive field from things as basic as speakers, microwaves, and X-Rays.

To keep your watch in supreme condition, request service immediately if you notice any of the above signs! 

Common watch fix services

The most widely recognized watch repair services are: 

Watchband substitution 

Battery replacement 

Cleaning  

Watch glass replacement

Watch dial rebuilding 

Adjustment of polarized watches

Dos and Don’ts

Do take your watch to be given a quick overview every two-to-three years, even if it's not showing any indications of wear and tear. Putting full services aside, gaskets and seals produced using elastic can disintegrate normally after some time. They would just add up to a small fee to be repaired proactively during a maintenance visit versus waiting until the watch stops functioning properly down the road.

Don’t forget to maintain your automatics or mechanical watches when you're not wearing them. For instance, you need to physically twist any watch you're not wearing every four to five days to guarantee the oils don't dry out. A watch winder is a very helpful tool we suggest if you have a couple of automatics in your assortment. 

Do pose inquiries. Ask the watchmaker what his qualifications are, what precisely he intends to do to the watch, and which parts should be replaced. It's not just a consolation for you, it's a basic method of discovering how qualified the watchmaker is. 

Don't just go for the quick and simple alternative. While it might appear to be faster and savvier to replace a damaged part, there are likely more complicated issues at play. To discover and fix the full extent of the damage, the watch may have to be disassembled, restored, cleaned, and re-assembled. 

What Can You Do At Home?

Do-It-Yourself watch fixes is a topic of much discussion online. Rolex prescribes delicate cleaning with a clean soft cloth, special cleanser, and a delicate brush to remove any collected soil from everything related to the watch or metal band. They do warn not to try this on a leather band. 

However, we would not suggest any kind of repair be attempted at home. This includes cleanings. Watches are complex and require expert tools, equipment, and abilities to ensure the watch is not saturated with water or one of the tiny complications is not damaged in the process. 

We don't encourage our clients to try anything at home. In fact, a quick change of clothing can result in a scratched face if the watch hits the dresser, door, or another nearby object. If your watch is water-proof, you could get a toothbrush, some warm water, and a gentle cleanser to clean the strap only. By sending it to the experts at Wrist Watch Fix, we will give your watch an ultrasound and thorough steam clean for very little cost.

In short, by sending your watch for regular maintenance, such as cleanings, and repairs, you and your bank balance will be better off than trying out a DIY repair at home or buying a replacement watch. Contact us today by visiting our website for more details regarding your specific watch repair needs and potential costs that are commonly associated with those services.

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