Manual Wind Up Watch Repair Services

Servicing Your Manual Winding Watch Movement

Wind Up Mechanical Watch Movement consists of a variety of many moving parts internally and requires a special type of service. With premier services including movement cleaning and complete overhual, the quality care and repair that our certified watchmakers provide will ensure premier and optimal performance for your mechanical watch.

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What is a Mechanical Wind Up Watch Movement?

Mechanical watches, also known as “hand-wound” or “manual” watches, are heralded classics and the oldest type of watch movement ever made. Mechanical Wind Up Watch Movements do not utilize a battery nor rotor in its movement for the watch movement to run.

Manual Watch Movements power the watch from a tightly wound spring, or the “mainspring.” This watch spring collects, regulates, and releases energy and tension transferred through its springs and gears. With all these components making up the gear train, this is what keeps the movement of the watch moving, but also requires the watch wearer to manually wind them either by hand or with specific tools.

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Mechanical Watch Movements are found in very expensive, antique, and collectible watches. Besides the glorious fashion statements of these pieces, these types of mechanical watches are for those who have a passionate interest in the micro-mechanics of the watch movement itself.

Manual Winding Watch Repair Services

There are several things to consider about when sending in your mechanical watch to be serviced: if you watch is on time, the age of your watch, and the last time you had your watch serviced. Over a certain period of time, your watch needs to have a complete disassembly and overhaul to give your mechanical watch the proper care that it needs. Cleaning and lubrication is necessary and key for having your watch is operating accurately.

What is the difference between a Manual Wind Up and Automatic Mechanical Watch Movement?

One of the key differences between Mechanical Wind Up (Manual) Watches and Automatic (Kinetic) Mechanical Watches is that Automatic Watches are known to be self-winding. Automatic Watches are self-winding due to having a type of rotor that keeps the mainspring moving, which allows the movement itself to keep running with the wrist movement of the watch wearer. The presence of this rotor also tends to make the watch itself heavier. To learn more about this concept look into the Types of Watch Movements.

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Not sure what watch service you need?

Not only are Watch Movement Repair Services required after a prolonged period of time after its last service, Watch Movement Repair Services are also mostly likely required after needing Watch Crystal Replacements as tiny glass particles from a cracked Watch Crystal may fall into the many moving parts and gears within the Watch Movement.

There are other Watch Movement Repair Services that include the other types of movements such as:

If your watch needs a different kind of repair, take a look at our Full Catalogue of Watch Services.

The Watch Service Process

Certified Premier Services

Services regarding any of the three types of watch movements requires careful and expert skill. We make the quality care and repair of your watch as a priority whether it be for a complete overhaul or a simple battery replacement to keep your watch ticking with minimum wear. Our Team of Experienced Watchmakers surpass these standards and have many Certifications, including:

  • WOSTEP
  • CW21
  • SAWTA
  • SWATCH Group
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Among others, and more still to come! (Learn More)

Professional Parts Sourcing Team

Genuine parts, especially for rare vintage watches, can be a challenge, but our long history within the industry has given us access to great sources around the globe. Even if the parts are no longer available, our certified watchmakers can manufacture some parts if needed. Our team is committed to providing the most premier service to restore your timepiece and have it running like new again.

“Searched All Over Russia/Ukraine for the Parts Needed”

I do understand that this was harder project given that it’s a vintage Russian movement, but I can’t tell you enough how much it meant that you searched all over Russia/Ukraine for the parts needed to complete the work. The watch is running absolutely amazing and can’t believe how good

Ed S.

Ensuring Elite Watch Repair Services

My Jewelry Repair is committed to providing premier watch repair services for your watch. Any type of watch that we receive will go through our state-of-the-art Watch Repair Service Center. This Repair Service Center was specifically made to have your watch movement serviced in an environment that ensures that your timepiece will not be at risk with any dust nor microscopic air particles that would inhibit the proper repair.

Our Master Technicians Handle It All

At My Jewelry Repair, our team of master craftsmen have over 20 years of experience bringing timepieces back to their former glory, no matter how simple or complicated your timepiece may be. From professional battery replacements to mechanical movement overhauls, we have all of your watch repair needs covered!

We Service Various Watch Makes & Models

Bulova, Accutron, Citizen, Gucci, Omega, Seiko, Tag Heuer, Movado, Victorinox Swiss Army, Wristwatches, Pocket Watches, Vintage Timepieces and more.

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Servicing Your Timepiece With a Clean and Polish

Here at My Jewelry Repair, we can make your item shine like the day you got it. Restore your timepiece with a Clean and Polish, which is part of the routine care and maintenance in order to keep your treasure looking like new. Our Watch Repair Service Center utilizes state-of-the-art technology, for example, the Crevoisier Polishing Machine, which is essential to our process providing you with premier watch repair and restoration services.

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How Does Wind Up Mechanical Watch Movement Repair Service Work?

The Watch Movement Repair Service depends on the type of watch movement that your watch has. Watches need to be serviced on a regular basis, just like a car would. All you would need to do is send in your living heirloom of a watch and we make sure it gets the proper care, like lubrication and complete disassembling to prevent wear and tear.

How it Works

Print your shipping label and order slip. Choose your insurance, pack your repair(s). My Jewelry Repair provides step-by-step instructions for safe packaging and travel. All you have to do from there is schedule USPS courier pickup if you don’t want to leave your home, or drop-off (with your nearest USPS location). Tracking included for safe arrival and transparency.

How Can I Tell What Type of Watch Movement I Have? Is Mine Manual?

There are several giveaways to identify what type of Watch Movement that your watch has. One of the easiest ways is to check the text on the back of the case or on the dial; what you can look for is the caliber number engraved within this text. You can either identify the type of movement by the knowledge of how often you wind your watch, or observing the actual movement of the watch hands. If you find yourself winding your watch on the daily, you most likely have a manual mechanical watch movmement.

If you have trouble identifying the type of watch you have and need it serviced, our Certified Watchmakers will be able to do that for you with no problem.

Does My Manual Winding Watch Movement Type Need To Be Serviced?
It is recommended that your watch should be serviced every three to five years, also depending on how long the watch has been with or without the wearer's wrist. If you hear rattling when you lightly shake it or the timing of the movement is slightly off, these may be signs to get your watch serviced.
How Much Does Manual Wind Up Watch Movement Repair Cost?
It all depends on what your watch needs. A Battery Replacement by itself for a Quartz Watch Movement is pretty simple. However something like a crystal replacement can get a little complicated depending if it's cracked, or shattered and glass fragments have damaged the movement. The chart below gives some insight to the most common types of watch repair services.

Watch Repair Pricing

Pricing chart for costs associated with some common watch repair services. Pricing may vary for certain brands, luxury and/or vintage watches.
ServicePrice
Battery Replacement (includes pressure test)$39.99
Leather Band Repair/Replacement$49.99
Crystal Replacement$59.99
Stem & Crown$69.99
Movement Clean & Overhaul - Quartz$129.99
Movement Clean & Overhaul - Mechanical$249.99
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What If I Don't Know What Kind Of Watch Repair I Need?

Watches can be complicated and sometimes delicate objects, many of which are one of a kind. Our master watchmakers take utmost care during every step of the repair and restoration process.

Common Watch Situations

Watches generally come to us due to:

  • Watch worn during inappropriate activities
  • Improper use of chronograph functions
  • Exposing watch to magnetic fields
  • Improper watch function settings
  • Winding a watch while wearing it
  • Cross-threading watch crown
  • DIY battery replacement
  • Improper watch storage

Unless you’re a specialist, don’t try this at home. We see a lot of interesting stuff that comes to us from those do-it-yourself folks.

From professional battery replacements to mechanical movement overhauls, we have all of your watch repair needs covered! Online Watch Repair by Mail
Should I Get a Hand Wound Watch? What are the Pros and Cons?

Your watch puchase decision all depends on the type of maintenance and care you wish to implement on a daily basis. The pros of having a Mechanical Manual or Self-Wound Watch is having a much lighter weight in the absence of a rotor; these types of watches are also for those who have the particular interest and passion for those into the micro-mechanics of the watch movements, especially for watches that have a clear case back that allows the wearer to see the movement.

However, having to self wind your watch on a daily basis is a bit tedious, and only for those who find themselves enjoying this type of maintenance. Additionally, having to wind the movement very often may damage the crown of the watch or the movement itself over time.

What Does A Watch Repair Warranty Usually Cover?

We Can Take Care of What Your Warranty Won't

Is your watch beyond its warranty? Send it on over to MyJewelryRepair.com right away for repairs with great turnaround and competitive rates!

Most new watches come with a 2 year warranty as long as you keep the recommended servicing at specific intervals set by the manufacturer. But warranty's rarely cover unforeseen accidents or negligence...

Out-Of-Warranty Information

Manufacturer Warranties rarely cover:

  • Damage / scratches to watch finish (case, crystal, bracelet, strap or other components)
  • Damage caused by failure to comply with parameters of maintenance schedule
  • Moisture damage (applicable to non-water resistant watches)
  • Damage brought about by misuse, accident, or tampering
  • Damage caused by third party repairs
  • Accidental damage

We do vintage watch restoration, mechanical and automatic movement repair, quartz movement replacement, and much more!

How Long Does Manual Winding Watch Movement Repair Take?

Your watch will be put through diagnostic testing as soon as it is received. Once the price for the parts needed to repair your watch is received from the manufacturer, the estimate will be provided to you promptly. This entire prcess takes about 48-72 hours.

After ordering the parts needed from the watch manufacturer, they can typically be on order for 3-4 weeks. As soon as your parts are received, you can expect your watch to be completed within a week.

Following completion of your watch repair order, our Quality Assurance Team monitors it for 72 hours to ensure the timepiece is functioning properly before shipping out to you.

Watch repair times can vary for certain brands, luxury and/or vintage watches, or based on the condition of your timepiece.

For a more complete breakdown, please visit: Standard Repair Timelines