Recently, we published a blog post on the benefits of watch repair. Now we’re going to go more in depth with a short and sweet “watch repair guide”. We’re going to outline different types of watch repairs, how much specific watch repairs cost and how repairs to watches work.
How Can You Tell If Your Watch Can Even Be Repaired…?
In the majority of cases, most watches can be repaired. The question is, is your watch worth being repaired? Typically, this breaks down to a several factors, including monetary value, sentimental value, quality of craftsmanship and more. A watch that once belonged to your grandfather or another late loved one would most likely be more valuable and therefore worth the repair. We actually get a lot of people that come into The Big Apple Flea Market with those same gems handed down through generation that need a little repair to bring them back to life. However, if a watch that you purchased a few years ago and doesn’t really hold any monetary or sentimental value may not be worth the fix and that choice is up to you.
Additionally, if the watch repair cost outweighs the value of the watch itself, it may not be worth the fix, unless it holds some sort of sentimental value to you, you should probably save yourself the cost and just buy a new watch.
If the watch is rare and parts are hard to obtain, or if the watch is damaged beyond repair, repair may not be an option for you.
There is one last thing you may want to consider and that is the age of the watch itself. Many watch repair experts at The Big Apple Flea Market can repair old watches because old watches were designed to be repaired. Many of the newer watches of today are harder to fix because they weren’t designed to be repaired, they want you to buy a new one. Believe it or not, it isn’t a conspiracy theory…
One of the trained watch repair specialists at our flea market can probably help you figure out whether your watch is worth fixing or not.
How often should I get my watch repaired?…
If you have an older model watch, you should get it repaired or at least serviced if its’ been a while since it was repaired or serviced. An older model watch is no different than your classic cars or your grandmother’s grand piano, they all need to be serviced and in some cases repaired to keep in peak performance.
When you come into The Big Apple for watch servicing or repair, ask your jeweler or watchmaker how frequent your visit for watch repair or servicing should be. Note: Don’t wait till your watch is broken to get it fixed. Seeing the watch and analyzing its condition should give you more incite to when it should be prepared.
How much do watch repairs cost?
We wish we could give you a set price, but we’d be shooting ourselves in the foot. However, it’s important to remember that a watch repair requires a highly technical proficiency and a skill set only computer chip makers have. The parts and pieces are so tiny, that you have to have a still hand and patients to fix everything under a microscope. This typically contributes to a higher cost. The cost of a watch repair typically depends on the type of watch and the labor involved.
What are some different types of watch repairs?
New Battery for Your Watch?
For non-mechanical batteries, typically quartz, a battery repair should be a fairly quick and simple process. However, depending on the battery, watch and/or hybrid mechanical parts or not, a replacement battery can run between 10-50 dollars.
Need a new strap, clasp, or band replacement?
If your watch band, strap or bracelet is weak or broken, a jeweler or watch repair specialist at The Big Apple Flea Market will have to take a look at it to determine what kind of repairs are needed.
Clasps, straps, or bands are typically cheaper because they are smaller parts in the case of clasps or they could be made out of cost friendly materials in the case of bands or straps. Depending on the style, material or brand you choose to go with for your new band, prices always vary, but expect to pay no more than 100$ or so.
Bracelets mostly always cost more because they are usually made out of metals like gold or silver. Sometimes the price of repair on these varies from 100-1000 dollars. Just remember without it, the watch may fall off your wrist…
We don’t recommend trying to repair the watch yourself!
You may try or be tempted to try repairing your watch yourself, but you may want to heed our warning! If you do not have experience with watch repair or jewelry, you may lose one of the pieces or use too much lubricant to oil the watch, in turn this makes the watch operate in a worse condition than before you tried your own slap job. Only an experienced jeweler or watchmaker should handle your time pieces when it comes to repairs.
Where to go to get your watch repaired!
The Big Apple Flea Market has several vendors specialized in jewelry and watch repair. We’re located on Atlantic Avenue just west of Military Trail in Delray beach.