If you own a luxury watch, you’ll know how expensive it is to get it serviced.
And there’s a very good reason why – watchmakers are required to be incredibly skilled.
This video of a Patek Philippe being serviced shows just how incredibly talented they are.
The video, posted to TikTok by WRISTCHECK, shows a professional watchmaker servicing a Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5605.
Now bearing in mind the average price of this particular watch on the private sales market is in the region of $46,000.
But it would cost even more – approximately $49,000 – if you were to buy from a secondary market dealer.
Not a cheap watch by any means, so you’ll want to ensure it’s in safe hands.
The watchmaker starts by taking the valuable timepiece from a green leather pouch before removing its composite rubber strap.
He then applies what appears to be some kind of film to the back of the watch to safely remove the case back.
With the case back removed and the inner workings of the watch exposed, he then removes its crown.
This separates the case body and bezel from the dial of the Patek Philippe.
The watchmaker then applies some film to the dial before carefully removing the three hands using a pair of tweezers.
Next up, the movement – the components that make the watch function – are stripped down and placed into a cleaning machine.
While that’s taking place, the crystal is removed from the inner of the bezel, with the latter being machine polished to remove surface scratches.
With the cleaning machine finishing its cycle, the watchmaker then painstakingly pieces the movement back together.
The next step is to fix the hands back on the dial, before testing that the watch’s automatic movement can be wound up properly.
The crystal is given a quick blast with an air gun to clear it of any moisture or dust so that it can then be pressed back into the bezel of the Patek Philippe.
The final pieces of the watch’s movements are then pieced back together and silicone grease is applied to a gasket on the case back.
Last but not least, the rubber strap is reattached to the watch.
There’s no denying it’s fascinating to watch the Patek Philippe being serviced.
The level of precision and detail that goes into watch servicing is truly remarkable.
It doesn’t come cheap, though.
It will have cost a few thousand dollars to have had the Patek Phillipe serviced.
Worth it, though, as it looks as good as the day it was bought.