Watches are complex precision instruments that sometimes have to endure a lot. They function day in and day out, dealing with moisture, temperature fluctuations, bumps and dust during wear. Add to that the fact that a mechanical timepiece quickly consists of more than a hundred parts, and you immediately understand that a periodic service is not an unnecessary luxury. Brunott advises: What runs well, let it run. But if your watch starts running ahead or behind - or if you really want to take good care of your watch - we are happy to take care of the maintenance. Or we send the watch to the factory, but always in consultation and only if this is cheaper for you.
What you spend on the maintenance of your watch depends on the brand, the age of the watch and the nature and complexity of the maintenance. After handing over your watch, we will make a quotation that matches the brand (starting at €65, €90 or €300). In addition, you have to take into account research costs (€35 or €90, depending on the brand).
The average lead time for repairs in our workshop is 2 weeks for minor repairs and 6 to 12 weeks for major repairs.
To ensure that we return your watch in top condition, our watchmakers carry out an extensive series of checks and actions:
1. Technical Analysis
We start with an extensive analysis of your watch. We check the case, the watch strap, the clasp and - of course - the movement for any defects.
2. Disassemble the cabinet
The case is opened and disassembled (the crown and pin) to check the operation of the winding mechanism and the calendar function.
3. Disassemble the entire watch
We take the utmost care in disassembling the complete movement of your watch. (A precision work, because it can consist of hundreds of parts.) The hands and the dial are also removed.
4. Cleaning the clockwork
All parts of the movement are cleaned with suitable liquid in a special cleaning bath.
5. Check and replace
All clean parts are individually checked for wear that could damage the timepiece. Any parts will be replaced by us.
6. Assemble and lubricate
We assemble all parts and then lubricate them. For this we use special oils (of different viscosities).
7. Checking the clockwork
Mounted, checked and lubricated, the movement will be subjected to a check. Our watchmaker uses an electronic device that is able to reveal any deviations and errors in the movement.
We re-adjust the balance spring for a perfect adjustment of the movement.
9. Perfecting the watch case
To make your watch look like new again, we clean it in an ultrasonic bath. Finally, we polish the cabinet (if desired and at an additional cost).
A Quartz watch requires little maintenance on the movement itself. However, there are a number of maintenance issues that are important for the life of a Quartz watch. Brunott watchmakers carry out the following checks and operations on Quartz watches:
- Replace battery (on time).
Quartz watches run on a battery that lasts an average of one and a half to two years. When it is empty, it is important that it is replaced as soon as possible to prevent leaks and damage to the electronics.
It is wise to leave the battery replacement to our watchmakers. In addition to having the skill to place the battery correctly, we have expertise in opening and closing watch cases. Because only then will dust or moisture particles not have a chance to damage your watch.