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From Accurist to Rolex. Wrist-watch or pocket watch. Our expert team can help you repair or restore your antique or vintage watch.

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Our professional range of vintage watch repair services designed for you.

Vintage timepieces hold a lot of emotion with their owners and often these rare pieces are irreplaceable. It’s recommended that your Vintage wristwatch is maintained and looked after professionally ensuring it lasts the test of time. Repairs by Post offer a fast, professional Vintage watch repair service by post to ensure your Vintage timepiece continues to work for years to come. If your watch has stopped working, broken, needs a service or anaesthetic make-over our expert team can help. If your vintage watch has stopped working don't give up hope. Repairs by post to the rescue. With more than 30 years experience our expert team can source orginal or replacement parts.

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Vintage watch strap replacement

Leather, or metal bracelet? Let Repairs by post update your vintage watch with a manufacture original strap or replacement. We can source and supply original and replacement Vintage watch straps and bracelets for all models. We aim to rescue vintage watch buckles, as these can be transferred over to a new strap.

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Vintage watch crown replacement

The crown sets the time, date, winds and starts/stop your watch. Accidental damage, miss-use, or impact can cause malfunction or worse break the crown and stem. Our Vintage watch crown and stem replacement service will get your Vintage watch operating and looking like new. If your vintage watch is missing the crown it should not be worn, but as a temporary measure any crown that fits can be used as a short-term safety measure.

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Vintage watch glass replacement

Each watch tells a unique story and this is especially true of rare vintage watch repairs. Badly damaged glass should always be replaced to protect the interior of the mechanism. Failing to do this might affect the value of your antique watch. We offer pocket watch glass replacement and vintage watch dial restoration should damage occur.

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Vintage watch bezel replacement

The bezel is the ring that surrounds and holds the watch glass in situ. On a dive watch, the bezel rotates and is used to read elapsed time. The bezel can become tarnished, scratched, damaged or worse fall entirely off. When this happens, Repairs by post to the rescue. A faded bezel can be an appealing part of the vintage watch aesthetic; it shows evidence of its age and journey. If your vintage watch repair needs a replacement bezel this shouldn’t impact on the value of the watch.

Vintage watch dial restoration

Over-time the watch dial, face, digits and hands can become tarnished, corrode or worse break or fall-off: water entering the watch case, a broken watch glass, or leaky battery can cause any of these un-sightly issues. We can help fix these issues and get your Vintage watch looking new again. Dial restoration is the renewal of the watch dial by specialists takes approximately four weeks. It is an intricate process and involves cleaning and preparation treatment. After this is complete we apply the text and number as the final touch.

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Vintage watch case restoration

Over polishing a vintage watch is a sure way to decrease its value. We offer specialist watch polishing services for watches and understand that over-polishing can be detrimental to a watches value. We keep watch cleaning and polishing to a minimum so as not to cause any unnecessary damage to your vintage timepiece.

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Vintage watch movement repairs

If your vintage watch works it should be cleaned when you send it to us for antique watch repair. If you opt for full mechanical watch service or pocket watch service then the whole movement will be cleaned using a specially formulated liquid.

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Vintage watches are timeless, invaluable, and irreplaceable, which is why we strive to restore your vintage watch to its original working order.

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Take a walk to your nearest post-office and go direct to the UK's leading Vintage online watch repair centre.

We’ve made it safe, fast and FREE to send your Watch to Repairs by post. Just wrap, pack and attach our free Royal Mail postage-paid shipping label. Repairs by post will have your Vintage watch repair off to a flying start in no-time, and with the peace of mind you’re are dealing with Britains leading Vintage watch repair near me, provider.

It’s easy to get started — fill out our watch repair request, and we’ll give your watch repair a quick assessment and send you an email with the next steps.

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We're the UK's most-trusted online watch repair service.

We've been providing convenient, affordable watch repair that doesn't compromise on service and quality since 2014, offering a professional repair service with qualified technicians overseeing every repair. In addition, we repair hundreds of brands, which include prestigious names like Rolex, Omega and Cartier. With more than one and a half thousand reviews, we are the UK's most trusted watch repair retailer on the web.

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Konrad Grossey

The service provided made the whole experience straight forward and easy with regular communications regarding progress. I was genuinely surprised by the quality of the refurbished watch which has essentially been restored to new condition. I have used several companies to service/repair my watches in the past, but ‘repairs by post’ is way ahead of the pack. I strongly recommend.

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Anne Barker

This was exemplary customer service, grounded in pride in craftsmanship. Patiently, over nearly a year, the experts worked on a wristwatch of sentimental value, and succeeded. Along the way they sent unsought updates so I never worried that they had forgotten me or lost the watch. What a delight to deal with such professional (and charming) people

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There isn't one. Open a watch repair request, define your repair - upload photo's to our UK service centre. Our expert team will examine your repair request. If your repair is accepted, we notify you the same day with FREE shipping instructions. Still not convinced? Read on.

  • Do Repairs by Post use genuine manufacture parts?
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  • Can I send my watch for repair if I am overseas?
  • Can I bring my watch in to your service centre?
  • How do I track my watch repair?
  • How long will my watch repair take?
  • Is there a minimun repair charge?
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Vintage maintenance and care tips


Make sure you are maintaining your vintange timepiece. When investing in a piece of luxury wristwear or pocket watch, ensure that your timepiece is continually accurate and in good working order to keep it in the best shape?

To optimise the performance of your vintage watch, regular upkeep and servicing is necessary. Repairs by Post recommended that your vintage watch is serviced every 3-5 years. Maintenance can vary and will depend on the wear and tear your watch undergoes and its age.


To guarantee active water resistance, we recommend that you do not expose your timepiece to hot, clorinated or salt water.

We recommend that you clean your watch with a simple soft cloth and water only. We advise you do not submerge your watch underwater. Only do this if you watch is water-rated

Shouldyour watchbe exposed to saltwater use, make sure thatyou take the time to rinse it under tap water and wipe it dry with a soft cloth.

If your watch has a metal band, make sure you wash periodically. We recommended that your watch is cleaned with a soft brush that is dipped in mild, soapy water.

Wipe your watch dry with a soft cloth.

Make sure that your crown is always set in the closed position (otherwise known as the normal position. Make sure you tighten the screw-lock crown down completely.

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If you need to change the time on your vintage watch, it is advised to avoid manually changing them during the times of 10 pm, and 2 am. This could interfere with the setting of your watch as this is when the date is automatically due to change.

Making sure the crown is pushed in will prevent infiltration of water or dust, which could lead to internal damage.


Watches are sensitive instruments; therefore, it is crucial to avoid your watch from being exposed to rapid changes in temperature, both hot and cold.

Specific temperatures and movements can damage your vintage timepiece. If your watch is if exposed to temperatures above 60 degrees it could damage the inside or outside of your watch; therefore, we recommendyou avoid leaving your watch in high-risk areas such as windows.

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How much does it cost to refurbish an old watch? ›

An overhaul should come with a warranty for 1 to 2 years to ensure the timepiece continues functioning well from normal use. An overhaul's cost ranges based on the manufacturer but for a fine Swiss timepiece, it typically starts at $250 but can go up to $1,000 or more for a vintage watch.

Can a vintage watch be restored? ›

Vintage watch restoration typically includes basic maintenance of the movement, any damaged parts are repaired or replaced, crystal restoration or replacement, dial refinishing, case and bracelet refinishing, water resistance testing, and the final step is monitoring the watch for 48 to 72 hours for accuracy.

Can you replace a broken watch face? ›

A cracked watch glass is not ideal, especially when it's one of your favourite watches, but it can be repaired. What many watch owners often wonder though is just how expensive this kind of repair will be, particularly if the watch glass is difficult to come by.

How do I know if my old watch is worth anything? ›

Using Online Resources To Determine Value
  1. Watch brand websites.
  2. Model-launch press releases.
  3. Collector forums & boards.
  4. Auction sites (such as eBay)
  5. The chrono24 marketplace.

How much does it cost to replace a watch mainspring? ›

A new mainspring costs about $45.00 and up. If needed, cleaning and oiling runs about $160.00 and up. For old pocket watches basic cleaning & oiling costs around $200.00 and up. Due to extreme price increases, most mainsprings for pocket watches now cost $80.00 or more installed.

How much does it take to fix a watch? ›

The most common problems are broken mainspring, crystallized lubricant, and rusted or stuck parts. If it is just one of those issues then the cost to fix should be around $100-200. Other problems such as a broken or cracked case, will make the repair more expensive.

Is it worth repairing a vintage watch? ›

In some cases, repairing a watch can end up costing more than what you bought it for. However, if it's an heirloom or has personal sentimental value, the cost might be worth it. The other scenario when the repairs might be worth it is if you could sell it for a higher price.

Should you service a vintage watch? ›

Conclusion. So in short, a vintage watch collection probably doesn't need a full maintenance schedule. For those vintage watches which will be hardly worn, certainly not. Even if lubricants and/or gaskets will have aged, it doesn't do much harm to the watch in those one or two days of wearing.

How much does it cost to fix a broken watch face? ›

The cost for a watch crystal has based on the brand, the type of crystal being replaced, size, and repair service being used. On average, the fees can range from $30 for an acrylic crystal up to more than $150 for a sapphire crystal.

What does a broken watch symbolize? ›

It can mean that someone is hiding away from their responsibilities on purpose. This symbolism comes from the idea that time has stood still so someone doesn't have to do something in the future. What is this? By breaking the clock, the future is delayed.

How much is a watch face? ›

8. Watchfacely (Free with Add-On Options) Watchfacely has a decent selection of free watch faces that you can download without a subscription, although you are limited to how many you can download. However, for $29.99 per year, you can get access to over 4,000 watch faces!

What vintage watches are worth the most money? ›

20 Classic Watches That Are Collectible Pieces
  • Omega Speedmaster. First up on our list is the Omega Speedmaster. ...
  • Rolex Submariner. ...
  • TAG Heuer Autavia. ...
  • Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. ...
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. ...
  • Breitling Premier 01. ...
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. ...
  • Breitling Navitimer.
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What makes a vintage watch valuable? ›

The Material. Vintage watches that are made from solid gold, platinum, and stainless steel are what are generally most desirable.

Is there a market for old watches? ›

Yes, they do. According to Jeffrey Hess, a vintage watch expert and author of The Best of Time: Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History, all fine men's watches have value, whether they work or not. Even some non-working mediocre men's watches are worth something, he says.

How do I know what size my mainspring is? ›

If you need to calculate the length of a mainspring, you can use the following formula:
  1. Mainspring should only occupy ½ of the barrel.
  2. Square the radius of the inside of the barrel and multiply by Pi (3.1416).
  3. Square the radius of the barrel arbor hub and multiply by Pi (3.1416).

How do I change my mainspring by hand? ›

Replacing Watch Mainspring - YouTube

How do you fix the mainspring on a watch? ›

How to repair a broken mainspring end - YouTube

How much does it cost to replace a watch stem? ›

A stem and crown replacement can range from as low as $50 to upwards of $300. More expensive brands with special designs, such as Longines or Vacheron Constantin, will require more work and even brand-specific components to repair.

What is a watch overhaul? ›

A routine complete maintenance or complete overhaul includes the following: Complete dismantling of watch and movement followed by careful inspection of all components. Cleaning and replacement (at additional cost) or repair of worn or damaged movement parts, as needed, using genuine parts.

Are watch repairs profitable? ›

How much profit can a watch repair business make? A watch repairer can make between $24,000 and $36,000 per year, depending on their expertise. If they operate a shop, they can make a six-figure salary.

Should you restore a vintage Rolex? ›

While the replacement of most movement components rarely impacts resale value, vintage Rolex watches with replacement cases or dials can often be worth a fraction of what they would be otherwise. The other option to consider is sending your Rolex to a private repair shop or independent watchmaker.

What can you do with vintage watches? ›

Here are a few suggestions:
  1. It can be sold to a jewelry store or an online auction site. ...
  2. Don't forget about old watches from deceased family members and loved ones. ...
  3. Repurpose the watch's components in other crafts. ...
  4. Donate it to a worthy cause. ...
  5. Make use of it as a paperweight. ...
  6. It can be repurposed into something else.

Can you restore an old Rolex? ›

In conclusion, given that a Rolex watch that's not running and in bad shape can be repaired and restored to look like a brand new watch, we wholeheartedly recommend that you restore your Rolex, so you can enjoy wearing it.

What are old watches called? ›

Antique watches are at least 100 years-old. Vintage watches are at least 20 years-old. Any watch under 20 years is likely to be classified as simply “old”—neither modern nor quite yet vintage.

How do you start a watch restoration? ›

Watch Repair Tool's you will need to start working on Watches - YouTube

Can you sell broken watches on eBay? ›

You can sell broken watches on a platform like eBay or Gumtree. Keep in mind that you likely won't make much from your broken watches, so check that the fees aren't too much before you start selling.

How much does it cost to service a vintage Rolex? ›

How much does it cost to service a Rolex? It costs around $800 to service a Rolex. A normal Rolex overhaul ranges from $600 to $1000 and will vary depending on your model, its condition and the type of service needed. Many factors come into play when it comes to the maintenance cost of a Rolex.

Can vintage watches be worn daily? ›

Service and spare parts. The last point I want to address might very well be the most important reason not to use a vintage watch as your daily wearer. Just like any other product, a watch will experience wear when being used, and so — as we all know — it regularly needs service.

How often do vintage watches need to be serviced? ›

By nature, vintage and antique timepieces are incredibly fragile; their components are likely very worn and therefore more prone to damage. Therefore, it's crucial to have any vintage watch serviced every two years.

How much does a mechanical watch service cost? ›

It's safe to say that most mechanical watch services cost somewhere in the region of $100 to $1,000 depending on the watch's complexity and what needs replacing. For example, an Oris Automatic watch will cost around $200 to service, while a Patek Philippe complication will be closer to $2,000!

How much does a Rolex repair cost? ›

While the needs of your specific repair will dictate the exact price of your service, typically, Rolex repair falls somewhere in the range of $600 to $1500, with the average tune-up running somewhere in the $800 range.

How do you replace a sapphire crystal on a watch? ›

Watch Crystal Replacement - YouTube

Why watches should not be gifted? ›

In Asia, giving a watch to someone as a gift is considered a curse, and if you speak Chinese, to give is 送 and clock is 时钟 the two words put together sound like 送终, which means tending to a wake and funeral. Thus it is known as bad luck because of its sound. However, not all these superstitions are bad.

Is it OK to give a watch as a gift? ›

Watches are a meaningful gift, you wear them on your wrist and are reminded daily of the person who gave them to you. Gifting a watch is a way to tell someone that you care about them, and want to be present in their everyday life.

What is spiritual clock? ›

Life and Death – Clocks are considered to be a symbol of life and death. They're a clear sign that nothing remains permanent in life and that everything changes at some point or other.

Can you buy just a watch face? ›

As of watchOS 7, you can now buy and download faces for your Apple Watch. It's not what users and developers have been wanting from the start, though, as it's still not possible to entirely design every element of a face.

Where can I get free watch faces? ›

The Facer app is free to use and watch faces created by community members are free to download. To get started, download and open the Facer app on your iPhone. Now, you can browse around and find a watch face that you like. You can search for watch faces, or you can see what's trending.

What is a watch face called? ›

Dial. Also known as the face, the dial is the portion of the watch that displays the time. It can come in several different colors and marker combinations. Hand. The hands are the markers on the dial that indicate time.

How much does it cost to refinish a watch case? ›

K14 yellow gold, Hamilton color (5 microns)Refinishing on stainless steel
Pocket watch cases$75-$95$60-$90
Watch cases (no back)$55-$7550-$70
Watch crown only$10-$15$10-$15
Set of 2 push buttons and one watch crown$25-$35$10-$20
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How much does it cost to service a pocket watch? ›

Pocket Watch Repair & Restoration Prices As Of January 2020

Replace Pocket Watch Balance Staff: $45 with a Clean, Oil and Adjust in most cases.


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