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If you have an appreciation for timepieces, you will probably feel devastated if your watch has stopped working. The good news is that you can fix this problem most of the time by calling a watch repair company. The bad news is that the repair process can take some time. After all, the professional needs to carefully take apart your watch and build it back up.
If you own a luxury watch, the inner mechanisms of the watch will be even more intricate and complex. You definitely need to hire a professional who has the expertise and experience needed to handle the problem with ease.
With that said, let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons why your watch might have suddenly stopped running. If your watch has suddenly stopped working and you suspect that it’s because of one of the reasons below, make sure that you call a watch repair company in Vail, CO as soon as possible. The longer that you wait, the less of a chance your watch may have or the more costly the repair may become.
#1. A Manufacturing Issue
If you’ve purchased a watch online or just received your watch from a friend and it doesn’t work, you might be looking at a manufacturing issue. The good news is that the manufacturer will usually cover any watch repair services that are needed to fix the issue. Some manufacturers will even ask you to ship your watch back for a replacement.
Manufacturing issues are not as uncommon as some people would like to believe. In fact, it’s actually very easy for a manufacturer to make a mistake. If you’ve ever seen the inside of a watch, you’ll find that there are a million different small components and parts inside. One little mistake could cause the watch to stop.
Sometimes, the watch may be running for a couple of days and then stop working all of a sudden. This could still be a manufacturing issue. If one part jostles out of place, it could have a profound impact on the watch, and watch repair services may be needed.
#2. Issue with the Battery
Unless you’re wearing an automatic watch, your watch likely runs on a battery. The moment that your battery runs out of power, the watch is going to stop running. The easiest way to fix this problem is to simply replace the battery with a new one.
Depending on the type of watch that you own, you may or may not need a professional to look at the problem. If you’ve never opened a watch by yourself, we highly recommend that you do not start today. There are many fragile components inside the watch, and if you’re not careful, you can easily damage these parts.
The best thing to do may be to bring your watch to a professional. You can usually tell whether the battery has run out by keeping track of how long the battery has been in the watch. Most experts recommend replacing watch batteries every two years or so. If you own a quartz watch, you can usually get away with replacing your watch batteries every 3 years or so because these watches require less energy. They do not have second hands.
If your watch isn’t too expensive or if you feel comfortable tackling this job by yourself, you can open up your watch and see whether replacing the battery fixes the issue. Make sure that you lay out a soft cloth underneath your work station and that you handle the watch with care. You’d be surprised at just how fragile a lot of watches are. They can break really easily.
#3. Water Damage
Although many luxury timepieces are waterproof, not all of them are. If you’ve been reckless with your watch and going swimming while wearing it (or taking it into the shower with you), it may have stopped working due to water damage. In some situations, a watch may sustain water damage just from being out in the rain for too long. It’s not hard for water to easily seep into the inner compartments.
If this is the case, the best thing you can do for your watch is to bring it in for watch repair services. Get a professional to try to dry the watch. A professional will also be able to open up the watch in order to air it out. It’s easy for small water droplets to get stuck in between certain parts. These water droplets then become captured within the case, so they do not easily evaporate.
A professional watch repair company will be able to take the watch apart in front of you, so you can see exactly where the water is. They’ll either let the parts dry naturally or they may speed things along with a soft cloth and towel. In general, most watch repair companies are going to recommend allowing the parts to dry naturally, as some of the smaller parts and components are really fragile and can be easily damaged.
Call Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry!
Has your beloved watch stopped working? Restore a well-loved timepiece by giving Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry a call. We service many areas in Colorado, including Vail, CO. Since 1951, we have been selling, servicing and repairing many leading brands of fine watches and can easily diagnose the problem. Sometimes, we’re able to do this over the phone without even looking at the watch in-person.
Give us a call at 303-471-8463 if you live in the Highlands Ranch area and 970-453-8463 if you live in the Breckenridge area. One of our experts will be able to provide you with information as to whether you should bring in your timepiece for some type of watch repair service. We can also likely provide you with additional information like how long the watch repair may take, as well as what type of costs you’re looking at.