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The premium pre-owned watch experience starts here
At Watchfinder, every pre-owned watch that comes to us is returned to its best possible performance and appearance before being made available for sale. Our state-of-the-art 4,000 sq ft service centre is equipped with manufacturer approved tools and machinery, while our brand certified watchmakers are not only highly skilled in Swiss techniques, but dedicated to their craft. Our commitment to premium service and expertise ensures you a first-class experience.
How Is A Watchfinder Watch Prepared?
The watchmakers in our manufacturer-certified service centre are equipped with the knowledge and experience to ensure that every single watch is genuine. Nothing is left to chance, with watches being inspected at high magnification both outside and in.
Each watch is assigned to one of our team of manufacturer accredited watchmakers, who will give it a full health check. The watch will be fully deconstructed according to brand procedure so that each part can be cleaned and replaced if necessary.
In the polishing room, 15 skilled technicians remove marks on the case and bracelet of the watch, brought about by daily wear and tear. A factory finish will be applied to the watch, using the same tools and techniques used by premium watch brands.
Our watchmakers are manufacturer trained to service your watch by some of the greatest watchmakers in the world. Original parts and tools are used exactly to brand standards. Every watch is then given at least a two-year Watchfinder warranty for peace-of-mind.
Our service centre brings together the skills of qualified experts, while embracing the enthusiasm of a new generation of watchmakers. With over 150 years’ experience between them, our experts are dedicated to preserving Swiss tradition.
Applying a finish to a premium watch can be a tricky process, with every brand and piece having its own specific technique. Our technicians are manufacturer-trained in each individual finish, whether it’s brushed, polished or sandblasted.
Nothing escapes the painstaking attention to detail of our quality control technicians. Using a timing machine and pressure test, they ensure that every watch sold by Watchfinder meets the industry’s ideals for accuracy and condition.
Our administration team keeps the service centre ticking over. They oversee the watch’s journey through its service, using barcode and scanner technology to log where the watch is at all times and documenting what work is done to it.
Caseback Opening Tool
Each watch has its own distinctive shape and size—so in order to open a watch caseback with maximum care, our watchmakers must use a caseback opening tool. It provides circular dies for a wide range of watch brands and models.
Witschi Timing Machine
This tool is one of the most vital in the servicing process. It allows our watchmakers to determine the amplitude and the beat rate of a watch—that is, whether it is keeping good time. The watch can then be regulated within the manufacturer tolerance.
Our watchmakers use three different machines for the cleaning of stripped down watches—two by Elma and one by Greiner. They offer three different cleaning cycles, lasting a total of 15 minutes, 35 minutes and 42 minutes, respectively.
Elma Ultrasonic Cleaners
Our service centre is equipped with five Elma ultrasonic cleaners to cleanse watches after polishing. The watch is separated out into its component parts for cleaning, before it is then returned to be assembled according to brand techniques.
Through the ordinary wear of daily use, a watch can become magnetised, and this can cause serious problems with the timekeeping of the piece. The Witschi demagnetiser enables our watchmakers to return a watch to its proper rate.
Witschi Analyzer Q1
This piece of machinery is used for quartz watches only. It is able to measure the rate and consumption of a watch, telling our watchmakers whether the timepiece needs a new movement, needs to be serviced, or simply a new battery.
Similar to the Greiner Vibrograf, this piece of machinery is used to test the pressure that a watch is capable of withstanding. It makes use of water and a compressor pump, allowing watchmakers to identify where leaks are in the case.
Movement oil is crucial to keeping a mechanical watch functioning—it ensures the components are lubricated. In order to oil the intricate parts of a movement, our watchmakers must do so under the highly magnified view of a microscope.
During the polishing process, a lapping machine is used to remove any marks on the exterior of a watch. The polishing wheels—each one allocated to a specific technician—are used to apply a variety of different finishes to the watch cases.
TISSIDental Neosab sandblaster
This piece of equipment makes use of two different kinds of sand, which in turn create two different kinds of sandblasted finish. This tool is used in the polishing process to create the specific sandblasted effects required by some watch models.
Astuto 2003 Neuchâtel Watchwinder
This machine simulates the movement of a watch on a wrist, rotating it continuously for a set amount of time. Used by our watchmakers to identify problems with automatic movements, it can also be used to wind automatic watches.
Witschi Proofmaster S
Used in the testing and quality control part of a watch’s service, this pressure test allows our experts to determine the water resistance of a timepiece. It has two programmable test cycles, which apply gentle amounts of pressure to a watch.
Witschi Micromat C
Another piece of equipment used during quality control, the Micromat C is a tool for ensuring that a serviced watch is keeping good time. Linked to the computers used by our technicians, it provides four different measurement methods.
Frequently asked questions
Watchfinder has the largest independent multi-brand service centre in the UK. Every watch repair or service is undertaken by one of our highly skilled, brand-accredited watchmakers using manufacturer-approved tools. We’re dedicated to providing a first class service, so we offer a quick turnaround time for the work we complete, as well as a comprehensive warranty.
If the work is completed internally, a watch service typically takes between 2–3 weeks—dependent on the availability of parts—from the date you give us the go-ahead to service.
For every overhaul service that we undertake, we provide a 24-month Watchfinder warranty on the work we have done, giving you that extra bit of peace of mind.
You will need to make payment once the repair work or service has been completed.
Once you have made an enquiry, we will send you an estimated quote for the work. You will then need to send the watch to our service centre, or drop it off at one of our nationwide boutiques. We will send you a final quote after inspection, so that you can give us authorisation to begin your watch repair or service. The work will be completed by our manufacturer-accredited watchmakers using brand-approved tools and machinery. Once complete, your watch will be passed to quality control for a rigorous inspection. Then, once you have made payment, your watch will be returned to you by Royal Mail Special Delivery, or made available for collection at one of our locations.