When mechanical watches stop working, they usually need to be cleaned and re-oiled. Over time the oils that are used to lubricate the parts in a watch dry out and break down. This causes the components in the watch to wear out, this wear damages the pivots on the wheels and can in some cases damage the jewels which the pivots ride in. If left operating in this condition eventually the watch will stop working and components will have to be replaced. If your watch starts and stops erratically, your watch probably needs to be overhauled in this way.
Another repair that may be necessary is to have parts replaced. If you try to wind your watch and it doesn’t stop winding, the mainspring will probably need to be replaced. Other parts that may need replacement are the balance staff, jewels, and other cosmetic repairs like crystal and band replacements.
These repairs are very complex and intricate. Cleaning and overhaul repairs usually start at about $200 and go up from there. And replacing parts can cost anywhere from $60 to $150.
If you need help with fixing your watch, trust a professional.
Times Ticking has been in operation for more than 30 years, since 1982. We have performed watch repair for customers both locally and internationally. If it Ticks! We KNOW it! Our team of watch repair technicians have a combined experience in watchmaking of over 120 years.