What is a service, why is it needed and how often? And most important of all: What are the costs? In this article we show you what the watch manufacturers do, per watch type / model and what they will charge for this.

A mechanical watch needs periodical servicing, like your car. Your car needs a service every year where they will change the oil, do checks with regards to the brakes, steering, gearbox, tires and so on. Replace what needs to be replaced or repaired. The same goes for your mechanical watch, it needs an oil change every once in a while and some parts need to be checked for wear and tear (think about the wear on those little gear trains for example). The good thing about a watch service is that it isn’t required to do so every year, like your car. The downside is that it takes longer to have your watch serviced than it will take on your car. When your mechanical watch was dropped, has visual damage or does run noticeably faster or slower then before, it might be time to bring it in for a service. Otherwise check the instruction manual or website of the watch manufacturer for the advised intervals.

Service your Watch

A. Lange & Söhne also replaces the strap during a service

Service Your Watch – Where and What?

If you want to have your watch serviced, you normally go straight to the dealer or boutique you bought it from. Most of them are certified service centers (or are connected to one) and can do the service themselves. Otherwise, they will send your watch to the watch manufacturer or a local subsidiary in your country or region. Normally, they take care of all the necessary handling, like cleaning the watch, replacing oil, gaskets, crowns and most of them are capable to do some required polishing as well. However, some watches are so complicated that they need to be send to the head quarters of the brand. If you are not familiar with the process and handling of your watch when it needs a service, always make sure to ask your dealer whether they can do it themselves or that it needs to be send in. This will also make sure you won’t be disappointed when it takes a bit longer than normal (or planned).

Some watch services include the replacement of parts, other brand charge extra for new parts. As you will see below, watch manufacturers are able to give you a detailed overview of what’s include (and what’s not). If your brand is not in the list below, ask your dealer/boutique.

Breitling: Navitimer 01 46mmRolex-Cosmograph-Daytona-Edelstahl-Uhrenrevision

Service Your Watch – The Costs

The service prices below are suggested prices by the watch manufacturers that will (most of the time) also be the price that the dealer / boutique will charge you. Some brands will separately state what type of service work is included for the price they charge, some just give a price and a generic description (e.g. Rolex) and some brands work on an individual proposal only (e.g. IWC). If you don’t service your watch because you think it is too costly is not a real option. Your watch will eventually need more parts, more work and thus a more expensive overhaul to get it ‘fixed’. Just like your car.

Service prices are based on inquiries in Germany.

BrandModel/TypePriceDescription
A. Lange & SöhneLange 1, Lange 1 Mondphase, Lange 1 Daymatic, Saxonia Dual Time765/1.340 EuroOverhaul without/with polishing case and clasp
(filling up deep scratches with precious metal) and replacement of the strap.
Audemars PiguetRoyal Oak (three-hand)833 EuroMovement overhaul
Audemars PiguetRoyal Oak Offshore (Chronograph)1.250 EuroMovement overhaul
Audemars PiguetRoyal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin2.190 EuroMovement overhaul
BreitlingStainless steel automatic watches (including GMT)395 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements (add 30% to the price for gold watches)
BreitlingChronographs (ETA)540 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements (add 30% to the price for gold watches)
BreitlingIn-house Chronographs660 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements (add 30% to the price for gold watches)
BreitlingChronographs with extra complications635 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements (add 30% to the price for gold watches)
Glashütte OriginalSixties (3-hands ohne Datum)405 Euro (strap)
455 Euro (bracelet)
Movement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; New hands, new crown, new tubes, new pushers (higher price for gold watches)
Glashütte OriginalSenator Chronograph Panoramadatum (Power-reserve indicator, Flyback,  and big date)1.005 Euro (strap)
1.055 Euro (bracelet)
Movement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; New hands, new crown, new tubes, new pushers (higher price for gold watches)
Glashütte OriginalSenator Tourbillon1.625 Euro (strap)
1.675 Euro (bracelet)
Movement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; New hands, new crown, new tubes, new pushers (higher price for gold watches)
Jaeger-LeCoultreReverso (hand-wound)450 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements;
Jaeger-LeCoultreDouble-sided Reverso with extra functions610 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements;
Jaeger-LeCoultreMaster Chronograph750 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements;
OmegaWatches after 1980475 Euro (strap)
505 Euro (bracelet)
Movement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; New hands (higher price for gold hands), new crown, new tubes, new pushers,  Heliumvalve and plexi crystal (additional costs for ceramic parts or parts of precious metal)
OmegaWatches from the 1970s585 Euro (strap)
615 Euro (bracelet)
Movement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; New hands (higher price for gold hands), new crown, new tubes, new pushers, plexi crystal (additional costs for parts of precious metal)
OmegaWatches from the 1960s645 Euro (strap)
675 Euro (bracelet)
Movement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; New hands (higher price for gold hands), new crown, new tubes, new pushers, plexi crystal (additional costs for parts of precious metal)
OrisAutomatic watches220 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; New hands, new crown  (additional costs for parts of precious metal)
OrisChronographs and Alarm watches350 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; New hands, new crown  (additional costs for parts of precious metal)
OrisManufacture movement 110/111375 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; New hands, new crown  (additional costs for parts of precious metal)
PaneraiHand-wound movement440 Euro (strap)
540 Euro (bracelet)
Movement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements.
PaneraiSmall complications620 Euro (strap)
720 Euro (bracelet)
Movement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements;
PaneraiComplications (i.e. chronograph with 8-days movement665 Euro (strap)
765 Euro (bracelet)
Movement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements;
Patek PhilippeCalatrava882 EuroMovement overhaul; Gasket replacements; Replacement of the spring, several screws and some gears.
Patek PhilippeWorld Time1.157 EuroMovement overhaul; Gasket replacements; Replacement of the spring, several screws and some gears.
Patek PhilippeChronographs (w Annual Calendar)1.653 EuroMovement overhaul; Gasket replacements; Replacement of the spring, several screws and some gears.
RolexDatejustStarts at 540 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; Replacement of worn-out parts,  including crown-tube. (additional costs for precious metal parts)
RolexDay-Date and DaytonaStarts at 660 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; Replacement of worn-out parts,  including crown-tube (additional costs for precious metal parts).
RolexSubmariner, Submariner Date, Sea-Dweller, Explorer, Explorer II, GMT-Master II, Milgaussab 580 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; Replacement of worn-out parts,  including crown-tube (additional costs for precious metal parts)
RolexYacht-Master IIStarts at 785 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements; Replacement of worn-out parts,  including crown-tube (additional costs for precious metal parts)
SinnThree-hand watches (without/with Ar-technology)180/235 EuroMovement overhaul, replacement of worn-out parts; Cleaning of the case; Cleaning and repair of the bracelet; Gasket replacements.
SinnSimple Chronographs without/with
Ar-technology
330/385 EuroMovement overhaul, replacement of worn-out parts; Cleaning of the case; Cleaning and repair of the bracelet; Gasket replacements.
SinnComplex Chronographs without/with
Ar-technology
450/505 EuroMovement overhaul, replacement of worn-out parts; Cleaning of the case; Cleaning and repair of the bracelet; Gasket replacements.
TAG HeuerAutomatic watches315 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements, replacement of worn parts. Insured shipping to customers.
TAG HeuerAutomatic chronographs435 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements, replacement of worn parts. Insured shipping to customers.
TAG HeuerAutomatic chronographs (Zenith- or in-house TAG-Heuer movements)520 EuroMovement overhaul; Polishing case and bracelet; Gasket replacements, replacement of worn parts. Insured shipping to customers.

This article was originally written by Alexander Krupp for our sister-publication WatchTime.net (German).

  • Victor Tan

    How about Seiko? Do you need to service that?