Watches are wonderful mechanical objects, resulting from great engineering, often created in large part by hand. Even a “simple” time-only watch will require in excess of one hundred components (including several gears, springs, oils, and gaskets) and of course, excellent skills in assembling those parts together.

Some of those mechanical pieces will wear a long time and others will need to be fixed or even replaced. Also, oils don’t last for decades, as does not the oil in your automobile; it is important that the shop puts fresh oils in the movement when going for a watch servicing.

There is, however, a (huge) difference when comparing to a car service; time! A watch servicing can take much longer as the watch will be totally disassembled for each service. (I wouldn’t dare to imagine what would happen if it was the same with cars!)

A common rule in the industry recommends a complete watch servicing every three to five years. After that time range, damaged parts will most likely damage other components and oils might dry resulting in further damages inside the watch and so on… Those damages, adding up, will result in a higher cost of repair.

During a full service we would:

1. Remove movement from case, remove dial and hands, strip the movement, inspect for damage and worn or corroded parts.
2. Clean the mechanical parts in an Ultrasonic machine. Replace parts as necessary.
3. Reassemble and lubricate the mechanical parts
4. Clean the case/bracelet in Ultrasonic tank and fit glass if required.
5. Air vacuum case and refit movement ,checking seals and water test in special apparatus if required.
6.Test for accuracy on timing machine and final bench test and inspection over 48 hours.

Click here for a full guide to timing standards and rates expected from fully serviced and regulated watches

Guide to charges
charges may vary according to model, watch brand and cost of spare parts and we will always confirm charge before proceeding with your watch repair – There is more charge information on each brand information page. All charges from chealwatch ltd include postage and packing plus vat at current rates
A watch is only water resistant if it has been tested and seals checked. Thewater resistant information is shown here –
Water resistance or 3ATM / 30m =accidental spashes:5Atm / 50m = swimming 10ATM/100m &15ATM/150m & 20ATM/ 200 = swimming, snorkeling, etc
All prices include postage and packing and UK insured return postage -extra for overseas.
All full services are guaranteed for 12 months but We obviously cannot be held responsible for damage caused to the watch/item after our repair service such as broken glass, water damage to a non sealed watch or other damage caused by the watch owner.