The Price of Time – sky-high watch servicing costs twice as much as car service


The hefty price of watch servicing in the UK has been quantified in the results of new research.

A study by has revealed the cost of sending a watch in for a full service by a manufacturer is 198 per cent more expensive than getting a car overhauled.

The average cost of maintenance work on a non-chronograph is £432, while a chronograph watch works out as £508, the comprehensive investigation – which compared service costs on both watches and cars across multiple prices ranges – by Luxe Watches discovered.

In comparison, it was found that the average of cost of a car check and service in the UK is £256, with £475 for work on the BMW 3 Series the most expensive of the eight manufacturers analysed.

The £149 average for a service on a Vauxhall Astra was the cheapest.

Average prices for watch repairs across the ten leading manufacturers ranged from £1,235 for a non chronograph Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra Thin, to £200 for a non-chronograph Cartier.

Watch brands reviewed were Audemars Piguet, Breitling, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Richard Mile, Tag Heuer.

Car models looked at were the Audi A3, BMW 3 Series, Ford Fiesta, Honda Civic, Mercedes Benz C-Class, Nissan Qashqai. Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf.

The research didn’t take into account the super-high rate for services on a Richard Mille timepiece, which comes to £6,402.5 for maintenance work on the RM 044 and RM 008.

Jake Martin from, stated, “Luxury watch owners seek to service their watch with the brand they own, often because they feel reassured.

What these customers don’t know, however, is that official brands often charge way over the odds, and usually take months to service or repair a watch.

“Similarities can be drawn between watch and car servicing, where independent garages often cost less than brands.

Watch servicing is advised between 2-5 years, so there’s no harm in people wanting it to be done correctly (especially with a prized possession), although it should be understood there are other ways to get it done aside from official channels.” charge £190 for a non-chronograph and £360 for a chronograph full service and they also aim to have your timepiece ready in between 1-2 weeks, as opposed to 8 weeks.


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