I used to work at a watch store throughout college. One of craziest things I found was that customers never knew how much they expected to pay for simple watch repairs. Here is what you should be looking at for the most common watch repairs.
Replacing the Watch’s Battery
Average Price – $6 dollars
If you walk up to a watch kiosk and they want to charge you anything more than 10 dollars for a battery – WALK AWAY. Battery replacements are one of the easiest repairs a Watchamania.com/ guy can make. Where I worked we would replace batteries for 4 dollars. Now, the reason we made it so cheap is because we wanted people to look around at our selection and buy another watch. But honestly, the average watch battery replacement takes 3-5 minutes.
Adding or Removing Links
Average Price: FREE
You should never pay to get your watch resized – ever. If you have the ability to go back to the store where you originally bought your watch – they will absolutely size it for free. If they didn’t do that, how would they expect to keep customers? When a watch repairman takes links out they use a small hammer and mallet to pop out the links one by one. You may think that this sounds tedious, it is. But, that doesn’t mean you should pay for it! A good watch store should even bring you a little bag with your links in it.
Fixing Internal Mechanics
Price: Depends on the complexity of the watch – Shouldn’t pay over 75 dollars.
I used to have customers come into my shop thinking that they would pay 10 dollars if they had messed up the entire mechanics of their watch. Watchmakers were known as fine craftsmen for a reason people. The tiny little pieces that make up the inside of a watch are extremely intricate and most people CANNOT save a watch once event the gears get out of line. What people don’t understand is that a watch is built in layers – like a cake. If you break something that is deep into the layers, we would have to remove TONS of stuff just to find what is broken. In short, if the second hand on your watch starts wiggling around, unless you have a Rolex you are kind of screwed.
In summary, buy a high-quality watch that is going to last. Or buy from a company that gives a great warranty.