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    what is a reasonable price for service?

    Hello all, I just picked up a watch here and was advised it might need to be serviced. Being fairly new to all of this, what is a reasonable price to pay to service the watch? It has a mechanical movement. thanks in advance.

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    Depends on the country and region, I suspect.

    In the USA a typical automatic will be $100-150 and a chronograph $600-800 to service. Factory service for high end marques are $1000+.

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    Re: what is a reasonable price for service?

    It would help a lot to know the maker, as service costs vary widely. If it's a generic ETA movement, typically service will be much cheaper, in the range of $200. If it's in-house, a standard service could be more like $600-800.

    To get a sense of service prices, see "Swatch Group Repair Pricing Guide."

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    My local watchmaker quoted me over $450 USD to service a vintage Omega 3 hand.... no casework, dial work, polishing, or anything - only basic movement service, and the movement was in pristine condition...

    I walked out the door.
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    Re: what is a reasonable price for service?

    200 to 400 USD for an auto and it's UP from there.

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    Re: what is a reasonable price for service?

    The cost of service can vary widely depending on several items.
    1. A factory service could cost $500 or more while a local service could cost $200 or less.
    2. A complex movement like a chronograph will cost more than a standard automatic.
    3. Your location and willingness to trust nonlocal repairers will have a direct bearing on cost. There are 2 watch repair shops frequented by WUS members in the USA with rates < $150.
    4. If there are parts to be replaced that will add to cost.

    Not trying to be evasive but there are several variables. Provide some more information and we might be able to be more specific.

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    Re: what is a reasonable price for service?

    200 to 400 USD for an auto and it's UP from there.
    Well, except when it's cheaper.

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    200 USD is pretty much 'chump change' these days and I would view with suspicion 200 USD or less.
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    Well, except when it's cheaper.

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    Re: what is a reasonable price for service?

    thanks for all the input. I only paid 100 for the watch and was told by a local watch repair service that it would start at 50 and go up from there. this is the link to the watch I bought. https://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/fs-...rm-733050.html I really like the watch but.
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    Re: what is a reasonable price for service?

    200 USD is pretty much 'chump change' these days and I would view with suspicion 200 USD or less.
    There are 2 watch repair shops frequented by WUS members in the USA with rates < $150.
    And you're apparently in the Bay Area just like I am. If I can find well-regarded local watchmakers who charge under $200 for service on common movements, then I suspect you can. If a person is willing to ship the watch for service, then under-$200 becomes downright easy to find.

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