A Rolex service costs around $800. A typical Rolex overhaul costs between $600 and $1000, depending on the model, condition, and type of service required.
When it comes to the cost of maintaining a Rolex, many factors come into play. As a result, you won’t know the exact price until you leave your watch with your local authorized dealer.
The Major Factors Influencing The Cost Of A Rolex Service
The cost of Rolex maintenance is affected by movement, model, case type, and condition. You should be able to know exactly how much a service will cost you before you get it. After you leave your watch with a Rolex-certified watchmaker, they will assess its condition.
Following that, they should provide an estimate based on what needs to be done to maintain your timepiece. The price varies because they may need to replace so many parts, which are not included in the minimum fee. Before the service procedure can begin, you must approve the cost.
Some independent watchmakers keep a Rolex service price list on hand, which will tell you exactly how much you will have to pay for regular service. You should only go this route if you know the watchmaker and have a compelling reason to avoid going through an authorized RSC (Rolex Service Center).
To find out exactly what you can expect for your watch, contact your Rolex authorized dealer or Service Center. Don’t forget that if your watch needs to be sent to Switzerland (for whatever reason, your local Rolex Service Center can’t handle it), you’ll have to factor in shipping costs as well. Rolex recommends that you take your watch to an Official Rolex Retailer or Service Centre for professional servicing on a regular basis to ensure continued accuracy and waterproofness. It is recommended that you service your Rolex every 10 years, depending on the model and real-world usage.
Some Rolexes have simple movements, while others have much more complex ones. Obviously, the higher the service price, the more complex the movement.
The following Rolex watches have the simplest movements:
- The Perpetual Oyster
- The Adventurer
- King of the Skies
- The Milgauss scale
- Cellini’s Period
All of these are three-handers: movements that only concern the hour, minute, and second hands.
Rolex watches with regular movements include the following:
- Date of the Submariner
- The Sea-Dweller
- Cellini’s Date
Rolex watches with more complicated movements include the following:
- GMT-Master II:
- The Navigator II
- The Time-Date
- Cellini’s Dual Time
- The most difficult Rolex movements can be found in:
- Cosmograph Daytona
- Cellini’s Moonphase
- Yacht-Master II’s
The Model And The Case Material
The model and case of the watch can also affect the cost of servicing your Rolex. Even if they have the same type of movement, a Submariner or an Air-King will almost certainly be more expensive to service than an Oyster Perpetual. Professional Rolex watches are generally more expensive to service than simpler classic watches.
Rolex watches with precious metal cases will also be more expensive to service. Rolesor, Everose, and white gold cases will raise the cost of maintenance because watchmakers will have to take even better care of your valuable timepiece.
Don’t worry, your Oystersteel watch will not be scratched when it is returned to you. Unless it was already polished and you didn’t request one. This brings us to the next point.
A newer Rolex watch (between 7 and 10 years old) will have a much better running mechanism than a vintage piece.
Furthermore, even if professional Rolex watches are designed to withstand a beating and continue to function, the movement will age faster than if it was sitting idle in a safe.
As a result, a watch that has been worn extensively as a daily wearer (with the occasional bump and exposure to water) may have higher servicing costs due to the movement requiring more work.
Your Rolex case will also be polished. Keep in mind that if you intend to sell your Rolex in the future, it may be a good idea not to polish it.
In fact, many watch enthusiasts prefer to see the watch’s true condition, complete with scuffs, scratches, and marks. A well-presented case can always conceal something suspicious. Remember to request that your watch not be polished by the service centre, as this is part of the official Rolex service procedure.
Also, if you have a vintage piece that requires a part to be replaced or recreated from scratch, the overall cost will be affected. As is customary, the final price will be determined by your specific watch and situation.
How Often Should Your Rolex Be Serviced?
Rolex recommends that you service your watch every ten years. Models 7 years old or less do not require servicing unless they are damaged. It will primarily depend on how the movement performs in vintage models.
Rolex recommends a service every ten years at the very least. You can send your watch more frequently if you want. Some watch collectors prefer to have their watches serviced every five years.
While shortening the servicing cycle is entirely possible, it is not specifically advised. In fact, unless your watch is damaged or running poorly, you shouldn’t have to service it all that frequently. You can safely adhere to the recommended ten-year interval.
What Is Included In A Rolex Service?
When you send your Rolex in for service, it goes through a lengthy procedure designed to keep it running as if you had just purchased it. A certified Rolex watchmaker will do the following during the service procedure:
Take the bracelet out of the case. Then, open the case, remove the movement, and disassemble the watch case completely.
Disassemble the movement completely, taking apart each and every part and component. Then, ultrasonically clean each part in a batch with solutions tailored to the task.
Examine each component to determine which ones need to be replaced. Only genuine Rolex replacement parts will be used.
Reassemble the movement completely, using special lubricants designed to keep the movement lubricated and prevent wear.
Readjust the watch’s precision to ensure it meets Rolex’s accuracy standards of -2/+2 sec/day. They will then keep the watch for a few days to ensure that it is working properly.
Refinish the bracelet and case to bring back their original lustre. They will polish the watch after replacing any damaged parts. Don’t forget to tell your service centre if you don’t want your watch refinished!
Reassemble the case and insert the movement.
Vacuum, compression, and condensation tests are used to determine the watch’s waterproofness. The watch will be completely sealed at this point (up to the rated maximum water resistance)
Make a final quality check to ensure that your Rolex watch works and looks as it should: perfect.
When you send your Rolex watch in for service, you get a two-year warranty. If the movement fails to function properly during that time period, it will be repaired – unless you misused or damaged the watch.
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