Luxury Watch Repairs, Servicing and Restoration

Our brand new in-house state-of-the-art watch service centre opened on 1st October 2018.

The sophisticated new workshop is headed up by the highly skilled Omega and Rolex accredited watchmaker Malcolm Wadlow who has over 40 years' experience. 

The new workshop is equipped to the highest level offering everything from a standard battery or replacement pin to a full service on a luxury timepiece. We can also now offer an on-site three stage water resistant test from 30m up to 1220m for professional diving watches.

Avanti will be happy to estimate for all repair work needed however all estimates are subject to the availability of parts for all brands of watches. 

Malcolm has many years experience in watchmaking, including time spent at Birmingham University as the course director and senior lecturer of the British Horological Institute.

He has also tutored at The British School of Watchmaking in Manchester delivering the WOSTEP (watchmakers of Switzerland training and educational programme).


Watch Service

We recommend you have your watch serviced every 5 years for both mechanical watches (manual wind and automatic) and quartz watches (battery operated). 

When watches are serviced at Avanti the movement is dismantled, checked for any worn or damaged parts (these are then replaced), all parts are ultrasonically cleaned, the movement is then reassembled and lubricated. Following this the movement is then set up on our diagnostic testing equipment to ensure accurate rate of timekeeping. The next phase is to assemble the calendar mechanism and refit dial and hands.  Meanwhile the case and bracelet are cleaned and refurbished (polished and refinished). Once the case has been reassembled complete with new seals, it then undergoes a three stage water resistant testing without the movement. Once satisfied with the integrity of the case the movement is then refitted and the watch undergoes a second course of waterproof testing. The watch then is subjected to various tests ensuring accurate timekeeping and reserve power in the case of automatic models.

Currently the time is around 4 weeks. Timescales will depend on our workload and availability of materials at the time (we are always happy to estimate for work and parts which are needed).

If you would like further information and a price guide please email us with the make and model of your watch and what is required

Water Resistant Testing

Watches that are water resistant over 30 metres and have a screw crown can be submersed in water but please be aware that soaps, detergents (such as washing up liquids/shower gels/hand soap etc), and alcohol in cosmetics (such as perfumes, aftershaves and moisturisers) can damage the seals and change the molecular tension of water making it more searching and able to get into the watch. Watches being worn while swimming in salt or chlorine water should always be rinsed in clean water afterwards.

If you watch is water resistant to 50m or over, we recommend having your watch waterproof tested at every battery change.

If you are a professional diver or use your watch regularly in water you should have the complete waterproof testing every 12 months this applies to both mechanical and quartz watches. We offer professional water resistant testing up to 1220 meters.

If your watch is resistant up to 30 meters or doesn't have a screw down winder it is only splash proof and not suitable for showering, bathing or swimming.

If you would like further information and a price guide please email us 



Caring For Your Watch

For in-depth advice on how to look after your watch including cleaning, servicing and replacing the battery please read our 5 tips blog for watch care advice .

If you have any questions or are enquiring for prices on any of our watches services please email or call us on 01335 348961