So, you don't have the knowledge or desire to fix a watch yourself and you need your watch repaired? I would love to accept all jobs that I am offered, however, I only offer "Full Restorations" - and on a very limited basis. I do this to keep the volume of my watchmaking manageable. Tons of small jobs would overwhelm me in a hurry. If you follow the advice below, and you still can not find an acceptable repair person in your area, please contact me and I will see what I can do for you...,
Here's some advice on finding someone good to get the job done...
First I would check your local yellow pages for "watch repair" or "Jewelry Repair" and start calling... It might take some time to find the right people that can help you - but it is worth it...
Tell them you are looking for a qualified "WATCHMAKER" in the area - and see what they say. This is really important, because a watchmaker is an expert watch repair person who repairs the article on site. They will provide faster turn around and will be able to answer your questions in person.
Most jewelry stores can't fix watches! They can change batteries and bands, but not serious repairs to vintage wind ups. Make sure you know in advance where the watch will be repaired and by whom. Most jewelry shops will ship it out to a watchmaker and charge a markup. This is ok because the shop will usually have a working relationship with the watchmaker, and will make sure the job is done right -- but it will cost a little more. To keep your costs down, bring your watch straight to a qualified watch-shop.
If you need help locating a watchmaker please go to NAWCC.org for a searchable list of certified watchmakers in your area. Since watchmakers are so scarce I would only enter your State of residence - you may have to ship it to them.
As with anything, some watch repair shops cost more than others... I have put together a list of prices that a reasonably priced watchmaker would charge you. These are averages. I have heard of some "high-end" shops quoting $400 or more to do a clean/oil/adjustment.
PLEASE NOTE: Rare watches, Automatics, Chronographs, or complicated jobs will cost more than the prices quoted below: