Service Costs Across Brands

Service Costs Across Brands

Service cost from Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, IWC, Rolex, Omega

THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING YOUR WATCH

Maintaining your collection of prestigious, high-precision timepieces is important. It is important the same way selecting the right maker and model of the watch you want to call your own. Not only is your watch a faithful companion, but it is also a mechanical wonder. Mechanical objects need care from time to time. Just as a roaring V8 engine needs sparkplugs and oil, your watch will need service at some point. Careful maintenance will keep the watch functioning. During a service procedure, seals and certain movement parts are replaced. Parts such as a crown, handset, or mainspring barrel get replaced only if necessary. Delicate gears and moving parts are lubricated with special oils and techniques. Service is key to keeping your timepiece in top working order. This work must be completed with the utmost of care and precision.

WHEN IS THE WATCH READY FOR SERVICE?

Depending on the watchmaker, service intervals will vary. A new watch requires a first service visit in at least 5 years. Vintage models deserve specialized care. The debate goes on about opening a watch for service that keeps time strong and steady. The argument is why fix it if it’s not broken. Experts agree the internal parts of a precise mechanism needs expert care.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN PLACING THE ORDER

First things first. You will be using an authorized service center for the brand of watch you wear. Remember this great advice. Take your knowledge or trust to the watch shop. Fine watches should not go near a repair center not authorized to handle your repairs.

TYPES OF MAINTENANCE PERFORMED

What exactly needs maintenance? This is the most common question posed by fine watch fans. There are three watch categories. All of which need maintenance at predetermined intervals. Watches with simple movements. Watches with complications. And watches with Grand Complications.

WATCHES WITH SIMPLE MOVEMENTS

There is a wide variety of watches both quartz and mechanical that fall into this category.

WATCHES WITH A MOVEMENT AND COMPLICATION

Included in this group are watches with annual or perpetual calendars. Watches with Travel Time functions such as the GMT, a moon phase watch belong in this group. Also considered in this group are Chronographs and Retrogrades. Retrograde hands do not move in a circular pattern but reset or jump back to its beginning position. A great example if you need a visual is the Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk 140.029.

MOVEMENT WITH GRAND COMPLICATION

The second category includes watches we call Movement with Grand Complication. This group includes Tourbillon Split-seconds Chronograph, Minute Repeaters, and others.

SERVICE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH WELL-KNOWN BRANDS

 

TAG Heuer Service Cost

See Full list of service charges from the Tag Heuer website

TAG Heuer Service price List 01 October 2017

 

R.R.S.P

QUARTZ WATCH SERVICE

 

Standard

£240

QUARTZ CHRONOGRAPH COMPLETE SERVICE

 

Standard

£325

DIGITAL DISPLAY COMPLETE SERVICE

 

Standard

£345

AUTOMATIC WATCH COMPLETE SERVICE

 

Standard Automatic

Day Date

GMT & Twin Time

£325

£345

£345

CALIBRE S COMPLETE SERVICE

 

Hybrid Watch

£345

AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH COMPLETE SERVICE

 

Standard

Day Date

Carrera 1887 & Heuer 01

SLR

Monaco

Aquagraph

£410

£435

£450

£490

£490

£490

CHRONOMETER WATCH COMPLETE SERVICE

 

Standard Chronometer

Grand Carrera Calibre 6 RS

Grand Carrera Calibre 8 RS GMT

£345

£410

£445

CHRONOMETER CHRONOGRAPH COMPLETE SERVICE

 

Standard Chronometer Chronograph

Grand Carrera Calibre 17 RS/RS2

Standard Calibre 36

Monaco 24

Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS/RS2

£475

£480

£520

£520

£520

 

 

OMEGA Service cost

See Full details of Omega service cost and process 

NON-PRECIOUS MATERIAL

Steel, Titanium and Ceramic

CALIBRE TYPE 

PRICE

 NON-CHRONOGRAPH 

QUARTZ                    £340.00

MECHANICAL          £430.00

 

 

CHRONOGRAPH

QUARTZ                    £450.00

MECHANICAL          £570.00

 

 

 

PRECIOUS MATERIAL

Bicolour, silver, gold, platinum, palladium

CALIBRE TYPE 

PRICE

 NON-CHRONOGRAPH 

QUARTZ                    £430.00

MECHANICAL          £500.00

 

 

CHRONOGRAPH

QUARTZ                    £600.00

MECHANICAL          £730.00

 

 

 

 

IWC Service cost

Maintenance costs for the popular IWC Pilot’s Watch ref IW327009 run-up to £570. Regular service on the gorgeous Portofino Chronograph ref IW391031 would go CHF 880.

See full list of IWC service prices

 

 

ROLEX Service cost

Although Rolex do not official publish the prices on their website,  Rolex Submariner service cost is around £536 for its regular service. The sought after Rolex Daytona service cost about runs £589.

See Rolex website for official guide on how and where to service your Rolex

 

AUDEMARS PIGUET Service cost

See full list of AP service costs

We highlight below the popular Royal Oak family costs

ROYAL OAK

 

CALIBRE TYPE 

PRICE (CHF)

QUARTZ

550

 

 

SELFWINDING

950

 

 

EXTRA-THIN

1,150

 

 

CHRONOGRAPH

1,450

 

 

QP (CHRONO,QP,EOT)

1,800

 

PATEK PHILIPPE Service cost

See full list of Patek Service costs

We have highlighted below an overview

 

 

CALIBRE TYPE 

PRICE (CHF)

Mechanical, manually wound (Level 2) 

Mechanical, self-winding (Level 2)

900

1000

 

 

Complication I (Level 3) Annual Calendar, Travel Time, moon phases, etc. 

 

1,300

 

 

Complication II (Advanced Level) perpetual calendar, chronograph, Annual Calendar chronograph

1,800

 

 

Complication III (Advanced Level) chronograph with perpetual calendar, retrograde perpetual calendar

2,300

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Regular maintenance keeps your timepiece in top condition. Your authorized service center is a valuable resource for fruitful long-term ownership. Your maker's service center will help you care for the intricacies of the movement. Leave cleaning, assembly, lubrication, calibration, and testing to the experts. Cleaning and polishing of the bracelet are also available if you request it.

 

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