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Glasgow Watch Repairs

When the time comes to get a watch repaired in Glasgow it can be difficult to know where to turn

Do you return your watch to the jewellers where you bought it in the Argyle Arcade? Do you hand it over a shopping centre kiosk in Silverburn? What about the number of online 'specialists'?

Many claim to be the fastest, the cheapest, the most experienced, leaving you confused with who to trust with your precious watch. We have created this step-by-step guide to help you understand the accredited process of having your watch repaired in Glasgow and what issues your watch may be experiencing, helping you make an educated decision when choosing a Glasgow based repair centre.

What’s wrong with my watch?

Omega watch

That on your wrist is a marvel of human engineering, with up to and sometimes exceeding 60 meticulously manufactured parts working in unison to keep accurate time.

Not only is it working for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, it also has to sustain the jolts and movement of day to day living which is no easy feat. Over time your watch is going to need to be maintained by a professional watchmaker to restore it to optimum performance. Some of the most common faults your watch could be experiencing are;

Irritants in the Movement

Irritants in the Movement

The number one reason for your watch experiencing issues is a buildup of dirt and irritants inside the movement. The tolerance levels inside watch movements are so fine that any amount of dirt or dust can cause poor performance by becoming trapped between the parts. It is with this in mind that all watches should be serviced every 3-5 years to clean the movement completely and when having a battery replaced all seals and gaskets should be replaced to protect the movement from exposure to irritants. It is so important for a watchmaker’s workshop to be as clean and dust free as possible when working on your watch so always ask to see the workshop when having your watch repaired. If it doesn’t look like you could eat your dinner off the floor then it isn’t a suitable place for premium watch repairs to be carried out.

Mainspring

Problems with the Mainspring

The second most common problem that can affect your watches performance is an issue with the mainspring. The mainspring is your watches power source, which slowly unwinds releasing the right amount of energy to power the wheel train. It is the mainspring that is being wound when you turn the crown on a manual watch or when the oscillating weight in an automatic watch turns. If your crown is turning completely without any resistance this is most likely because your mainspring is broken and will need to be replaced. Without the mainspring performing at it’s optimal level your watches performance will suffer, so it is often replaced during repairs or services. You cannot however overwind a watch which is often what people believe to have happened when bringing in for repair.

Dry Oils and Lubricants

Dry oils and lubricants

Your watch has a number of moving parts all working together in unison. To stop each part wearing against each other specialist oil and lubricants are used to keep everything moving smoothly. These oils and lubricants only have a set shelf life and will dry up over time resulting in your watches parts grinding and wearing each other down. This causes dust and irritants to fill the movement and the level of accuracy to be diminished. Having your watch re-lubricated is very intricate work as there is a fine line between under and over oiling the movement and should always be carried out by an experienced watchmaker.

Moisture and Water damage

Moisture and Water damage

Nothing ruins a watch faster than water damage, causing rust throughout the movement. The only option available to repair if rust has set in is to replace the movement in it’s entirety. Although many watches are marketed as ‘water resistant’ this is only half true. The majority of watches are only splash proof and should never be submerged fully in water. Only specialist diving watches are designed to be worn under water. If in doubt you should always err on the side of caution and take your watch off if you plan on being anywhere near water as the damage to your water through water ingress could be substantial.

Magnetized movement

Magnetized movement

Just like other metals your watches movement can become magnetized when it comes into contact with certain levels of magnetic fields. These can be found near microwaves, large speakers or even the magnetic closure of purses and bags. A magnetized watch will run much faster than normal. Once magnetized you will have to take your watch into a professional watchmaker who will be able to check the movement and demagnetise using a special machine.

High Movement Consumption

High Movement Consumption

The older quartz movements (battery powered) become the higher their consumption can be which results in a new battery being needed more frequently. This can be due to dirt inside the movement, which is making the battery work harder to power the watch. It is often better value to replace the quartz movement in its entirety rather than service the watch as the replacement movement is cheaper than the value of the time it would take to strip and restore.

Where do I get a quote for a watch service in Glasgow?

  • You need to locate a Certified Watchmaker in Glasgow who has received brand specific training
  • Find an accredited Service centre in Glasgow to ensure your watch repair is being carried out correctly.
  • Either drop off your watch in person or use the post to have a certified watchmaker examine your watch and prepare a diagnostic report for you.
  • It is important to only use an accredited service centre to ensure the repair to your watch has been carried out to to your manufacturers standards and with genuine parts, retaining the value in your watch

We are proud to be an Accredited Service Centre for the world's leading brands. We offer a free repair pack which allows you to safely and securely post your to our workshop from your nearest post office.

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What is involved in a watch service?

  • 1The watch is broken down and the movement is removed from the case. The bracelet, case, seals and movement are inspected thoroughly to diagnose any issues. We strip the whole movement and the case components.
  • 2Every part inside the watch is inspected for wear and anything showing the slightest sign of deterioration is removed and replaced with new parts from the manufacturer. Tolerances inside watches are so fine that even the smallest defect can affect performance.
  • 3Once inspected all parts are then put through our ultrasonic cleaner with specialist fluids, which removed old grease from the parts.
  • 4After it goes through the cleaning agent and three rinsing agents, it is put through a drying process resulting in a completely clean movement ready for re-assembly and lubricating.
Cartier Watch Service
  • 5We assemble the movement and fit the dial and hands assuring everything are aligned and then time test the watch to assure it is performing accurately.
  • 6We then move on to the case and bracelet (if the watch has one) which is cleaned and refurbished. We use various polishing, cutting and grinding wheels to remove any small dents, scratches and imperfections where possible, brining the watch as close to new condition as possible.
  • 7The case is reassembled so it is now a watertight empty case. We then pressure test it to the required bar to ensure there are no leaks.
  • 8Watch is reassembled and time tested for the second time and placed on test for 2-3 days on our workshop simulator which slowly moves the watch round in different positions. This allows us to monitor the watches performance and see if any further adjustments are required.

What is the price of a watch service?

Watch Repair Price list

  • Maintenance Service – £90
  • Automatic Watch Service – £380
  • Chronograph Service – £520
  • Case and Bracelet Refurbishment – £150
  • New Sapphire Glass – £POA
  • New Bezel – £POA
  • Bracelet Restoration – £POA
  • New Strap – £POA
  • These are guide prices only, all watches are diagnostically inspected and quoted on a case by case basis.

Your watch must always be diagnostically inspected first to produce an accurate repair quotation, this allows the watchmaker to find out exactly what issues need addressed and price any parts accordingly.

However most repairs are covered in a full watch service price which varies depending on model. The price is made up of the master watchmakers time in servicing the watch (which can take up to 4 hours) and the cost of any parts required to restore performance. If you are being offered a service for cheaper than these costs it would be advisable to proceed with caution as it may be generic parts that are being used in your repair resulting in your watch losing its worth and running into similar problems soon after. The old adage holds true for luxury watch ownership, buy cheap, buy twice. Having your watch maintained by an accredited service centre will ensure your watch lasts long into the future and retains its value.

How long do repairs take?

Time for parts to arrive from manufacturer (can’t keep stock as too vast) and watchmakers time (can only do 2 services a day) Master watchmakers are in high demand with only a select few across the U.K who are trained and accredited to work on watches.

UpdatesWe provide email and text updates on the progress of your watch repair.

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I would like to thank the staff at Jon Vincent. My 1993 Omega Speedmaster was recently repaired and serviced and the quality of the work has been exceptional. After a week on my wrist it has only lost 1 second. It looks fabulous and works flawlessly. Thank you.

Angus Stewart
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The History of

Omega History

Characterised by immaculate design, pioneering spirit, and sterling quality – OMEGA has established itself as one of the very best watchmaking brands in the world, setting new standards in horological excellence.

Since its early beginnings in 1848, when Louis Brandt, a descendant from a watchmaking family opened a small shop in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, the brand had numerously reconfigured itself before it became known under its iconic name – OMEGA.

The business was first registered in 1877 under Louis Brandt et Fils. Following the death of its owner, it was bequeathed to his sons Louis-Paul and Cesar who subsequently relocated the company to Bienne.

The brothers abandoned the original workshop method of comptoir d’établissage – a manner of assembling watches from separately bought specialist parts, in favour of a modernised system of pure manufacture. This resulted in a dramatic increase of sales, transforming the company into one of the largest factories in Switzerland. In effect, they produced close to 100,000 watches a year.

This anticipated an important milestone in the history of watchmaking – the creation of the first minute-repeating wristwatch in 1892. By 1900 OMEGA commercialised the wristwatch, becoming the first brand to do so.

In 1903, after the death of both owners, the company entered the hands of six direct descendants and became registered as Louis Brandt et Freres – Omega Watch Co. Rumour has it, that the name, being the last letter of the Greek alphabet and the symbol of ultimate achievement, sought to coincide with the company’s ambition of becoming the very last word in watchmaking.

Modernisation and rapid expansion allowed OMEGA to truly exceed in the field. By 1909 OMEGA watches were being sold all around the world, with distribution on six continents.

Its growing reputation and constant pursuit of perfection, established it as synonymous with meticulous precision. It is exactly for this reason, that in 1932 OMEGA assumed the role as the Official Timekeeper to the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games. Never before has a single brand been entrusted with the timing of every Olympic sport.

This outstanding performance and reliability guaranteed its role as the largest watch supplier for the armed forces of Great Britain in 1940. Thanks to technological progress developed by OMEGA watchmakers, these robust timepieces were water-resistant, shock-proof, and anti-magnetic.

Growing out of the tradition of exceptional durability, 1948 witnessed the rise of the Seamaster which coincided with the brand’s 100th anniversary. This being the oldest line in the OMEGA collection, it maintains a timeless design while featuring a remarkably sturdy casing. It is the most versatile model amongst the OMEGA watch collection, suitable for town as well as country.

OMEGA Seamaster Men's watch

In 1952 the company introduced the Constellation line, which soon became known as the ‘Swiss Watch’. Proclaimed synonymous with luxury and horological excellence, Constellation remains OMEGA’s most popular and publicised brand. Named after a group of stars, it is available as an automatic chronometer as well as quartz.

OMEGA Constellation ladies watch

Following the launch of the Constellation line, in 1955 OMEGA introduced the Ladymatic – a model that became one of the world’s most popular automatic chronometers for women. In 2010, the company revived the name for a new line of watches which successfully unify horological precision with unparalleled aesthetic sophistication, thus making it one of the very best women’s timepieces on the market.

OMEGA Ladymatic

A giant leap in watchmaking occurred in 1957 with the introduction of the ‘Moonwatch’ – OMEGA’s famous Speedmaster, which became the official watch used by Apollo flight crews. Deemed ‘qualified for all manned space missions’, the Speedmaster accompanied Neil Armstrong on the 21st of July 1969 during his lunar landing.

OMEGA Speedmaster Men's watch

Staying true to its remarkable heritage, OMEGA remains a leading watchmaking brand by maintaining its avant-garde approach, and setting new standards of excellence. In 2013, the brand introduced Co-Axial technology employed by the Swiss chairman Nicholas G. Hayek, after acquiring the rights from inventor George Daniels. This resulted in the launch of the Master Co-Axial calibres – the most advanced mechanical watch movement, resistant to magnetic forces greater than 15,000 gauss.

OMEGA Globemaster Men's watch

As a consistent pioneer in the field, OMEGA continues to combine unparalleled durability with trend-setting aesthetics, making it a distinguished expert in the art of horology. Unsurprisingly therefore, the brand has been a favourite amongst prominent individuals including world leaders such as John F. Kennedy, music icons like Elvis Presley, and even secret agents such as 007, who’s been associated with the brand since 1995.

Keeping in mind this extraordinary legacy, each OMEGA timepiece is a proud testimony to  the brand’s reputation, guaranteeing irresistible splendour to its possessor.

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