Knowing I will eventually need to get my RO serviced and having heard about firms' like AP declining to provide parts to independent watchmakers, I googled "watch service price dc" and "let my fingers do the walking."
The 1st place I called, John Alabaster Watch & Clock Shop, stated he can service an AP RO and he can get movement parts, but not bracelet and case parts, (he can get crystals, but not the bezel, bezel screws, & clasp parts). He stated he currently has one customer for whom he provides such service on an AP watch.
The 2nd place I called, Govberg, told me a very different story. They say AP doesn't provide parts of any sort to anyone. They indicated they can get parts for and service JLC watches, caveating that by noting that if the watch is still under warranty, they would not service or even open it it b/c their doing so would void the warranty.
I know what both outfits told me isn't wholly true because I bought a part from AP, albeit not a movement part. Consequently, I sent the following RFI to AP's service center.Knowing that eventually I will need to service my watch, I called two local watchmakers to ask if they can do so.
One person told me that he can service an AP watch, using genuine AP parts, provided no case and bracelet parts are needed. The other told me nobody can service an AP watch because one cannot get any genuine AP parts.
Neither person's statement comports with my own experience. To wit, I ordered and received a bracelet part, a link, from AP's Clearwater service center.
So what's the true story?
- Are there certain persons to whom you will sell parts and others to whom you won't?
- What parts are you willing to sell to others and what parts won't you sell to others?
Thanks in advance for your clear and precise reply.
FWIW, one of the persons with whom I spoke shared with me a tip for getting at least one free service if one buys one's watch new (not new to you): send the watch to the maker shortly b4 the warranty expires. The maker will service the watch under the warranty and provide an additional two years of warranty, all for free, save for shipping costs. (If one takes the watch to the maker's boutique, one can avoid the shipping costs.)
That technique works for any watch made by AP, PP, JLC, Rolex, VC, Hublot and a host of other makers. (IDK if it works for non-posh watchmakers' products.) As some of you may have already gleaned, for JLC, that means one can, assuming nothing goes awry with one's watch, get two services for free because when one buys a new JLC and registers it, one's warranty is extended to 8 years. In contrast, for AP, one can get one free servicing b/c registering a new watch extends the warranty to 5 years. Either way, however, operating on the lustrum model for servicings, availing oneself of this tip gets one ten years of substantively cost free operation.
(If, instead, you send the watch after the warranty expires, you will pay out-of-pocket for the servicing.)
Note to potential responders:
Do not construe the above as my advising one to do anything. I'm merely sharing information that has come my way. Avail yourself of it as you see fit. Whether and how you do is not my concern.
11-April-2020 - UPDATE FROM AP's SERVICE CENTER
An AP service center employee replied to my email as shown below:Thank you for your email and I hope you are stay safe and healthy.
As you may know by now, our US Service Center has been closed until the end of April and we are operating with limited access to emails.
We only sell straps, buckles, pins, screws and bracelets to our end clients or retailers.
We are the only US authorized service center that works on AP watches, so if your watch needs to be serviced, we recommend sending the timepiece directly to the service center.