Have you ever left that crown a little loose or just plain blew your watch out with water damage? It can happen and when it does there are huge repair bills that follow. Take the lovely after sales repair center that had the opportunity to contrive an estimate for me recently. They looked at this Graham watch above and quoted around $8,000 to repair this water damaged piece. Well, I didn’t do that of course, anyone in their right mind would just buy a new watch.
Be on guard with these service centers. Ask them questions and have them explain everything they are doing. Then, if the quote is astronomical, run and get a second watchmaker to look at it. Finally, if both estimates are crazy, bail on the piece and sell for parts!
Watch water-testing is a must for upkeep of a luxury timepiece. I can’t stress the procedure enough. To avoid situations like the Swordfish above, have a master watchmaker take a look at your watch every so often or before a beach trip, etc. The small cost of a regulation and a water test can make a huge difference in the timing and safety of the higher-end pieces.
A good watchmaker can turn a regulation water test around in no time flat and get you out sub-$300 dollars with peace of mind. A standard Witschi Proofmaster air-based dry water tester (shown below) in the right hands can save you thousands in the long run. Don’t cheap out, pay the dough before you take the dive!
Watch pictured is a Graham Swordfish Booster Left (ref: 2SWBS.B29L)