Watch Service Is Not Watch Service
Luxury timepieces are designed to last a lifetime (or beyond), but from time to time they need some attention. Generally speaking, watches need to be serviced every five to ten years.
If your timepiece needs service or repair, Kirk Jewelers and its factory authorized CW-21 certified watchmakers make that process as convenient for you as possible.
So what are the ten steps of a watch service:
Step 1 – DIAGNOSIS
Check if the serial and model numbers match, and in which condition the watch is. Based on the initial assessment, we will provide a cost estimate and a timeline for the service.
STEP 2 – DISASSEMBLY
Removal of the bracelet or strap, and disassembly of the case and the movement. For the disassembly of both the case and the movement, special tools and extensive training are required.
STEP 3 – CLEANING
Once the case and the movement is disassembled, the individual parts are thoroughly cleaned in a deep ultrasonic/steam clean. The specially formulated solutions removes the old lubrication and any dirt from the movement.
A luxury watch can have hundreds of parts, each of them very fragile to handle, so the process is very delicate.
STEP 4 – REPLACEMENT PARTS
After the parts are cleaned, each one is meticulously examined by our factory authorized CW-21 certified watchmaker. Worn or weak components are then replaced with genuine manufacturer’s parts only.
STEP 5 – ASSEMBLY
Each movement can contain hundreds of parts and our watchmaker painstakingly reassembles them. He also lubricates the contact points in the movement to minimize friction and prevent wear. This helps ensure optimal performance and longevity of the timepiece. We use only factory authorized lubricants.
STEP 6 – TIMING AND CALIBRATION
In several steps, our watchmaker adjusts the movement until the timepiece is operating at optimal precision. The calibration is key to meet the manufacturer’s tolerances.
STEP 7 – REFINISHING
The case and the bracelet of the timepiece is refinished to bring back its original luster.
As part of the polishing process, scratches and small dents are removed. Different compounds are used to provide the final finish – polished or matte – while preserving the original shape of each component.
However, polishing is an individual decision based on the preferences of the owner. For example, it is not advisable to refinish a highly collectable or vintage watch, since their patina is part of the history.
STEP 8 – CASE ASSEMBLY
Lastly, the case is skillfully reassembled and all seals and gaskets are replaced to ensure the water resistance is back to factory standards.
STEP 9 – TESTING
Every watch is vacuum and pressure tested, using test equipment with wet and dry chambers. Over a period of time, watches are tested to keep time accuracy. Automatic watches are placed on an auto winder to test the self-winding mechanism. Chronographs are tested with the chronograph mechanism running.
STEP 10 – QUALITY CONTROL
Rigorous checks are carried out at each stage of the servicing process. During the final check, the power reserve, timing accuracy and aesthetic appearance of the watch is throughly checked. Then the customer is informed that the watch is ready for the next several years.
As Official Jewelers for the brands we represent, we adhere to all factory requirements. For peace of mind, Kirk Jewelers includes a 2 year warranty for every watch service. Details about the work performed are listed on the invoice as part of the service history.
- Fully authorized
- Factory trained CW-21 certified watchmakers
- State-of-the-art equipment and methodologies
- Genuine and authentic parts
- 2 Year warranty
- Backed by a family-owned and operated business since 1947
- Conveniently located in Downtown Miami, serving Brickell, Miami Beach, Midtown, Design District, Pinecrest, Coral Gables, and Aventura