Service and repairs

At our head office in Maidenhead, England, we have a skilled in-house team who repair and service watches. Occasionally, we’ll send particular models to our Swiss atelier for their added expertise, but we’ll always inform you before doing this.

If you need to arrange a service or repair for your Christopher Ward watch, use the button below:

Request service or repair

Alternatively, if you would like to talk to an advisor before sending the watch back, please email us at repairs@christopherward.co.uk

What is the process of sending a watch back?
    1. 1Fill in a return form to the best of your ability
    2. 2A member of our team will be in touch to confirm a returns pack is on the way
    3. 3Watch arrives at CW HQ to be inspected
    4. 4Outcome of inspection and quote shared with you within 3-5 days of receipt
    5. 5Repair undertaken
    6. 6Time check & quality control
    7. 7Sent back to you
How long does the process take?

    We aim to have your watch repaired in six to ten weeks from receipt of your watch (four if it’s just a battery replacement). If your watch needs to go to Switzerland for repairs, it could be 12 weeks –though this is rare.

Will my repair be covered by my warranty?

    Once the watch is back with us and inspected, we will be able to confirm whether the repair falls within the warranty or not. Please click here for move details about what is covered under warranty.

Does my warranty change after repair/ service?

    All service and repair works come with a one year warranty if outside of the warranty.

Why do I need to get my watch serviced?

    Once a watch reaches a certain age, its lubricants can lose their viscosity, and components don’t move as freely as they should. This can cause erratic timing and, in some cases, cause the watch to stop. Sometimes, watches that seem to be broken only need a service to get them running again. We recommend servicing your watch every three to four years.

What’s included in the service?

    Firstly, your watch is disassembled. Then a technician will examine to ensure there are no damaged or faulty parts. All of the components are cleaned in our servicing machine to remove any dirt and old lubricants.

    The components are then inspected, the movement is reassembled, and new lubricants are applied. All the gaskets are replaced. We’ll demagnetise the watch if needed – and ‘regulate’ (see below) if necessary.

What does ‘regulation’ mean?

    Our tolerance is +/- 20 seconds per day for most mechanical watches (-4/+6 seconds per day for COSC-certified watches). However, in the unlikely case that your watch isn’t within these tolerances, we regulate the timing to improve its accuracy.

    To keep your watch running at the desired tolerances, you should keep your watch fully charged/wound.

Can I take my watch 3rd party for a repair?

    We request all watches come back to us for repair at our CW headquarters. Taking a watch to a 3rd party will invalidate the remainder of your warranty. This includes 3rd party battery replacements. Please also note we do not sell or provide parts.

What’s included in a battery replacement?

    We will change the battery. Though this sounds simple, it’s not like replacing a regular AA battery. Aside from this, we’ll also check all of the watch's functions and – if required – reset the chronograph. We’ll also do a time check.

Can I change a part on my watch to one from another model?

    All models are sold as advertised meaning, unfortunately, we are unable to change their specifications to that of other models.

Can I get my old parts back after repair?

    Unfortunately, this is not a service we are able to provide.

Do you water pressure test my watch when back for repair/ service?

    All watches are pressure tested before they are sent back out to you. If the watch is found has failed its pressure test, we will personally reach out and let you know.