How much does it cost to service a Rolex?

Posted by Suzie Kidger-Clarke

on 28th February 2022

Just like how your car needs an MOT, a Rolex watch requires a service to ensure everything continues running smoothly. It’s no doubt so many owners ask some of the following popular questions about their Rolex watch:

  • Where can I get a Rolex service?
  • How much does it cost to service a Rolex?
  • How to service your Rolex watch
  • Do I need special tools to service a Rolex watch?

Today, we’re going to be covering everything you need to know about genuine Rolex parts, Rolex servicing and Rolex service costs.

Why service your Rolex?

Whether you’re new to Rolex watches, or a keen collector of vintage Rolex watches, keeping your prized possession in top working order is no doubt a huge priority. After all, a Rolex watch is an investment, so of course, you naturally want to look after it.

A Rolex service ensures that all aspects of your watch function as intended by Rolex. Over time, the lubricants in movement parts can eventually dry out, resulting in friction. As a result of this, you could be left with poor performance from your favourite timepiece.

As one of the world’s most recognisable brands, Rolex is comfortably one of the leaders in the timepiece industry. If maintained correctly, even a vintage Rolex watch can last for decades. They are one of the few brands that can continue for years to come, especially with a complete service carried out.

When should you service your Rolex?

Typically, a Rolex watch under 7 to 10 years old will not necessarily require a Rolex service. However, this can vary depending on a few factors, such as:

  • The age of your Rolex watch
  • Amount of use
  • Service history

When it hits 10 years, a Rolex watch should receive a complete overhaul of the movement. After doing so, Rolex recommends servicing your Rolex watch every 10 years. Of course, if you experience more complicated movements before this time, your Rolex could require a service sooner.

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What’s involved in Rolex servicing?

A typical Rolex servicing involves fully disassembling all parts of your watch, before delicately taking each element apart for a thorough clean. Using proven Rolex watch techniques, we are able to service your Rolex according to Rolex standards.

Through a number of procedures, your Rolex watch will be polished before being re-assembled and checked to ensure full watch movement is achieved.

Rolex movement

Reaching out to an experienced watchmaker is crucial for their understanding of how your watch operates. While some Rolex watches have relatively simple movements, others have a lot more complex ones.

Rolex watches with the simplest movements include:

  • The Oyster Perpetual
  • The Explorer
  • The Submariner
  • The Air-King
  • The Milgauss
  • The Cellini Time

Rolex watches with regular movements include:

  • The Rolex Submariner Date
  • The Sea-Dweller
  • The Datejust
  • The Cellini Date

Rolex watches with more complicated movements include:

  • The GMT-Master II
  • The Explorer II
  • The Day-Date
  • The Cellini Dual Time

The most complicated Rolex movements are found in the following models:

  • The Cosmograph Daytona
  • The Cellini Moonphase
  • The Sky-Dweller
  • The Yacht-Master II

Condition of your Rolex watch

Naturally, Rolex wristwatches between the age of 7 to 10 years will have a better running movement than a vintage Rolex watch. However, that doesn’t mean a Rolex service can’t keep your vintage model running as smoothly as possible.

Should you get your Rolex serviced?

Unless you’re in need of a Rolex repair, or your watch isn’t running as it should, you shouldn’t have to carry out a Rolex service that often. In this case, you should be able to safely stick to the 10 year interval to get your Rolex serviced.

  • If your Rolex watch is new – You’re good to go! It should be operating within Rolex’s accuracy standards of -2/+2 sec/day.
  • If your Rolex is 7 years old (for older models to 10 years old – You should consider seeking a Rolex service, regardless of whether it runs as expected or not.
  • For vintage watches (30 years+) – Seek advice from Rolex service centre, as the consensus is that you shouldn’t service vintage Rolex watches that are running fine.
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FAQs about servicing Rolex watches

Q: Does a Rolex really need a service?

A: Yes, it does. Rolex watches run thanks to complex mechanical movements. Over time, these can deteriorate and deregulate the more you wear your watch. This is why a Rolex service is incredibly important for keeping it running smoothly, and performing how it should.

Q: What is the typical Rolex service turnaround time?

A: As an independent watch service, our personal watchmaker does all our work in house and at a very fast turnaround, approximately 3-4 weeks on average, meaning you won’t have to go without your watch for months like other companies.

Q: What happens if my Rolex watch stops running?

A: All current Rolex watches feature movements that need to be kept wound in order to run. If you suddenly damage your Rolex watch – resulting in it no longer running – it may be time to seek a Rolex repair.

Q: What does a Rolex service include?

A: Typically, the service process will include a complete overhaul of movement, with parts being individually lubricated, professional polish and a clean of the case and strap. The watch pressure will be tested and seals replaced where necessary to assist with water resistance.

Q: Who can service my Rolex?

A: Official retailers will offer to service your watch at a very high cost, we achieve to offer an efficient and professional service at a fraction of the cost! With the added bonus of a much faster turnaround time.

Q: What does the average Rolex service cost?

A: Prices can vary from one Rolex service centre to the next. Here at LH Watch Trade, we charge just £350 to service your Rolex.

Q: How long does a Rolex service warranty last?

A: We give a 1-year full movement warranty.

Make LH Watch Trade your go-to Rolex service centre

Don’t worry, we can take care of that for you, here at LH Watch Trade.

For just £350 we can conduct a full movement Rolex service with 1 years warranty, polish and clean. As an independent dealer of Rolex watches, servicing a Rolex is second nature to us, and we understand how much your precious timepiece means to you.

You can get in touch with us today to organise your full Rolex service.