5 Common Reasons Why You May Need Watch Repair

When you invest in a luxury watch, you want it to last a lifetime. After all, you’re paying for more than just the name; you’re paying for the highest quality craftsmanship and lifetime guarantee. When your luxury timepiece stops working, it can be anxiety-inducing. Luckily, Watch & Wares offers expert watch repair that will get your precious timepiece back in perfect working order in no time. 

Although everyone wants their Rolex watch to function perfectly forever, you’ll inevitably incur a problem or two during its lifespan. Here are some of the most common reasons why you may need Rolex watch repair from an expert like Watch & Wares.

1. Dead Battery

By far the most common reason why a watch stops working is a dead battery. A watch battery can last anywhere from a few months to several years depending on the type and quality of the battery, with most luxury watch batteries lasting two years on average. However, the exact lifespan of your battery will be affected by factors such as the size of the battery, whether your watch is digital or not, how often you use your watch’s functions, and whether your watch has been exposed to extreme temperatures.

If your watch suddenly stops ticking, it’s most likely due to a dead battery that can, luckily, be easily replaced. Just be sure to bring your timepiece to Watch & Wares for professional Rolex watch repair. Trying to replace the battery at home could result in further damage and more expensive repairs, which is especially concerning in a luxury timepiece.

2. Water Damage

Another common reason why watches stop working is water damage. It can be difficult to avoid exposure to water, whether you wash your hands too excitedly or get caught in the rain. Some timepieces are also advertised as “water-resistant” or “waterproof,” but their owners may test this feature past its limits.

Over time, the seals that keep water out of your watch may weaken, or the watch may be exposed to water for a prolonged period, causing water to seep in and damage the internal components. Signs of water damage include a foggy or faded watch face, condensation under the crystal, or a completely stopped watch. If you notice any of these signs, it’s crucial that you take your watch to a professional for repair immediately. Delaying the watch repair can cause further damage, which can be expensive or even impossible to fix.

3. Impact Damage

Luxury watches are designed to withstand some level of daily wear and tear, but they aren’t immune to damage caused by accidental impacts. A watch that has been dropped or knocked against a hard surface can suffer significant damage to its internal components, causing the watch to stop working or have less accuracy in its timekeeping.

If you notice any visible signs of damage to your watch, such as scratches, dents, or a cracked crystal, it’s best to take your watch to a repair specialist to assess the full extent of the damage and make necessary repairs. Leaving it too long without repair can worsen the damage over time, ultimately driving up the cost of repairs and driving down the value of your Rolex watch.

4. Poor Repairs

Many luxury watch enthusiasts enjoy tinkering with their timepieces, but this should never be done without proper knowledge and expertise. Attempting to repair your watch or taking it to an unreputable repair shop can do more harm than good.

Inexperienced repairs can cause serious damage to internal parts of the watch, which can result in expensive repairs. Moreover, opening up your watch without proper tools and techniques can void the manufacturer’s warranty as well as drive down its resale value. It’s always recommended that you seek professional help for any watch repair to ensure the safety and longevity of your watch. An experienced watch repair expert will know how to repair your timepiece using OEM parts and without voiding the warranty.

5. High Electrical Currents

Watches are sensitive electronic devices that can easily be affected by high electrical currents. If you are exposed to high-voltage machinery or participate in activities like welding, your watch may be exposed to currents that can damage its internal parts. Additionally, as odd as it sounds, some people have naturally high electrical currents in their bodies that can cause some watches to stop working just by wearing them.

Symptoms of this type of damage include a watch that runs fast or slow, or completely stops working. If you suspect your watch has been damaged by high electrical currents, it’s important to have it checked and repaired by an experienced watch repair specialist.

No matter how high-end your luxury watch is, it’s virtually inevitable that it will need professional watch repair at some point in its life. Whether you need a simple battery replacement or extensive watch repair services, Watch & Wares can handle it all. We’ve serviced and repaired thousands of watches over the last 30 years in business, and we’ve become a trusted source of Rolex watch repair for the local community. Our watch repair services include battery replacement, polishing & detailing, full cleaning, new gaskets, and water testing. We can also provide free appraisals for those looking to repair their timepiece before selling their Rolex watch. To schedule a watch repair or appraisal appointment, give us a call at 714-633-2030 or fill out our online contact form today.