Category Archives: Watch Repair

How Often Should I Have a Vintage Watch Service?

A common question asked by those who have had a vintage watch passed on to them, or have spent a pretty penny buying one, is: how often should I have a vintage watch service? There’s a stigma about old mechanical items—be it a vintage Omega or a classic car—that says they will break down more often than a new item. While this may sometimes be true, it’s also important to keep in mind a vintage Rolex or vintage Patek Philippe are incredibly well made, by people who cared about their jobs and the products they were crafting by hand. There was no mass-production and workers carelessly clocking in and out when these watches were made. Because of this, they are often relatively easy to service and maintain when they do actually break.

Vintage 18k Yellow Gold IWC Schaffhausen Mens Watch, vintage iwc

Vintage 18k Yellow Gold IWC Schaffhausen Mens Watch

The first thing to do is take your vintage watch to a store that deals specifically in that brand of watch and see what they recommend regarding service times. Most manufacturers advise a vintage watch to be serviced every five years, though this obviously varies from brand to brand and the wear and tear the watch experiences. Some watches can run seven to ten years without needing service, running like—a perfect time for the expression—clockwork.

Vintage Jaeger LeCoultre Vacheron Constantine White Gold Watch

Vintage Jaeger LeCoultre Vacheron Constantine White Gold Watch

However, as with seeing a doctor, a check-up every five years or so isn’t a bad idea. Oils can be applied to the inner workings of these vintage watches to ensure that a more expensive or damaging malfunction does not occur in the near future. Water resistance and amplitude of the watch should also be tested during this check up, to make sure it is keeping proper time and is not allowing water to get into it when you wash your hands. This type of basic servicing will help to ensure your vintage watch lasts as long as possible.

Eli K for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s premiere source for buying and selling luxury watches and designer jewelry.

Watch Losing Time? What Makes a Watch Gain or Lose Time?

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No More Lost Time

There’s a reason we wear watches– besides the accessory aspect of a beautiful timepiece, we also (surprisingly) use these wrist pieces to keep track of the time. With this being said, it’s important to make sure your watch is not playing tricks on you and giving you an inaccurate time.

Have you ever experienced this? You glance down at your wrist and could swear that you’ve witnessed your watch gaining time. Since it seems that time is flying by more quickly than ever, we want to make sure you’re not losing anymore time because of your watch. Sometimes we will see a watch losing time because of the effect of gravity on the dial’s positioning. If a watch is laid in different positions, the dial has a possibility of moving and Used Bvlgari Stainless Steel Square Women's Watch, bulgari watch boca ratontherefore changing the time. Temperature is also a factor in a watch’s ability to keep time; temperature changes can effect the way the parts of a watch operate together.

Being aware of these factors give the watch-wearer a more “watchful” eye, and will help him or her to keep track of the watch’s operations. If you notice your watch inconsistently faltering, your watch gaining time and/or losing time, you should take it to get adjusted. This goes the same for a consistent pattern in a watch losing time. Luckily, RLJ is a leading source for watch repair Boca Raton; we have specialists that will make it difficult for you to ever lose any more precious time!

Alyssa R for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s premiere source for buying and selling luxury watches and designer jewelry.

How to do Out of State Watch Repairs

For various reasons, you may find yourself in need of an out-of-state watch repair workshop. Whether you live in a remote area, your local jeweler isn’t equipped or authorized to service your watch brand, or you’d like to have your watch repaired for less, you may need to send your watch for out of state repairs. And while the thought of sending a valuable luxury watch through the mail may be disconcerting at first, rest assured that it can (and has been) done.

Rolex Gents Two Tone Datejust Tapestry Dial Watch

Rolex Gents Two Tone Datejust Tapestry Dial Watch

We perform out of state watch repairs daily, and following these easy steps will ensure your favorite timepiece is serviced and ticking again in no time.

  1. Get quotes from local jewelers. If you live near a jeweler or authorized watch workshop, it’s best to check locally first so you can compare prices before sending your watch.
  2. Reach out to an expert jeweler. You should be able to call or email them, or fill out a form on their website. Likely, their watchmakers will first need to see your watch to determine the cost and turnaround time for any repairs. However if you need a simple battery change or routine service, they can give you a quote before you send it in.
  3. Send your watch securely. You can use USPS, FedEx, or UPS to ship your watch, insured for its last appraisal value. You should be given a discreet address, so the shipping label doesn’t indicate the package’s contents. Enclose any copies of correspondence, you might have had via e-mail, or a note with your name and contact information.
  4. Use your tracking number to confirm with the jeweler that they’ve received your watch. Typically, they’ll contact you first with the official quote and to have you authorize any repairs.
  5. Your watch will be shipped back (securely) to you, fully serviced and repaired!
Patek Philippe 24 I8K Rose Gold Ladies Watch

Patek Philippe 24 I8K Rose Gold Ladies Watch

The process is easy, straightforward, and convenient for out-of-state customers, or those who can’t make it to the showroom in person. And if you have any questions about our own mail in watch service, you can always give us a call at 1-800-329-4367!



The Basic Parts of a A Watch – Weekly Web Series

We’re back this week with another installment of our web series. We love discussing and dissecting watches here at Raymond Lee Jewelers’ Boca Raton watch center, and we figured that a basic breakdown of watch parts would be helpful. The parts outlined below are the simple aspects that nearly every timepiece shares.

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers South Florida’s choice for buying and selling luxury watches, preowned watches, and watch repair.

Luxury Watches – The New Breitling Unitime

Breitling’s New Luxury Line-up

Whenever the production of fresh and new designer watches is released, there are certain expectations that typically come along to enhance levels of excitement or positive anxiety. It is all good; preparing the future clients for what is anticipated to be an experience to remember.

We all know the Chronomat GMT has turned heads, but recently Breitling caught the attention of other watch brands and aficionados of  luxury watches. Presenting to the public the enhanced warranty offers of 5 years on all in-house movements and including the “Manufacture Breitling Caliber”, the intentional expansion of its line with these additions will give credibility to the watchmakers’ already long list of accomplishments.

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The “Unitime” Has Arrived

Transocean Chronograph Unitime” sports a Caliber 05 in-house movement. Being certified by COSC, it is a high-frequency movement with the self-winding capability included. What’s more, this fantastic timepiece with superb design has the reserve power of up to 70 hours. For a nice touch of sorts, various languages are available to adorn the city bezel.

If this catches your attention just a little, then the time zone function accessed by turning the crown forward or in reverse initiates certain corrections. They include the hour hand adjustment that does not affect the minute hand, the city disk, and the 24 hour disk as well. Date adjustments have been designed to automatically occur.

Adding to its appeal are the options for a steel mesh bracelet, setting the tone for a bright stainless steel ring and white dial. For a more flamboyant look, Breitling produced an incredibly strong and bold look with a red gold, 18 karat watch and leather strap donning a black dial with bright inset indicators.

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Breitling Unitime - Sleek and Bold are Aligned

The Unitime has definitely notched out a place among its class. Pictured below, sheik looks aligned with bold, non-apologetic design will most certainly address the palates of Breitling fans and newcomers alike.

Smaller, Sleeker, and Right for the Time

Moving on to another fine piece of work is the Chronomat GMT (because a blog about luxury watches MUST feature the Chronomat GMT!), a smaller 44 mm size watch that has received the Caliber 04 movement also created with a powerful 70 hour reserve. The colors of the dial are a brilliant blue, standard gray, or a bold “black eye”. What may be surprising is the simplicity of the bracelets, being leather or rubber.

The “Chronomat GMT” still has an appeal of being very subtle or not so flamboyant, but having such characteristics will most definitely send a message of confidence to its constituency.

To Breitling’s credence, intentional design with grace and simplicity has its place among luxury watches. With the Chronomat GMT and Transocean Chronograph Unitime watches, expect the unexpected and allow your taste in fine timepieces to be broadened.

By James, blogger for Raymond Lee Jewelers, Boca Raton’s most trusted resource for used luxury watches and their repair and restoration.

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