Mini Service

Top quality batteries

RWR is the first and only company in the UK to offer a Mini Service and Swiss Made Renata Premium watch batteries. Standard Swiss Renata batteries last 3 years on average. But the Premium Renata batteries last up to 60% longer and are 100% leak proof.

Tag Heuer watch

What Does a Mini Service Include?

The Mini Service option comes with a premium battery, re-oiling of the internal mechanism which delays service intervals, 24-month guarantee, full polishing of the case and bracelet (stainless steel only) which will remove most scratches leaving the watch looking like new, and an ultrasonic clean of the watch case and bracelet which will remove dirt trapped between the bracelet links, around the watch casing and kills 99.9% of bacteria (COVID-19).

Battery Replacement Information

When replacing a battery in any watch we always reseal it and pressure test if it is necessary. As when a watch is opened, the seal which protects the internal mechanism from dust, dirt and moisture is broken. If the seal is not reinstated or replaced, the watch will no longer be water resistant. Allowing all the contaminants you encounter daily, such as perspiration may enter the watch causing damage to the quartz watch movement. This can result in a very expensive service or even an expensive replacement movement.

watch repair

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

When we preform mini services, we always maintain our high standards. Each watch goes through the same procedure when carrying out a mini service, including:

  • Cleaning of the case back before opening the watch to remove any dirt trapped between the grooves. Which if left and opened can end up inside of the watch which can cause a blockage or damage the mechanism.

  • Once the watch is opened, we then remove the gasket and thoroughly clean when the gasket sits and around all edges of the watch casing and the internal watch mechanism. This is to ensure that no dirt or dust will damage the internal mechanism.

  • The internal mechanism is then removed from the casing along with the dial.

  • The old battery is carefully removed and inspected. As watch batteries can leak acid into watches. Which can cause serious damage to quartz movement. Acid left behind from the old battery is cleaned and any acid which has crystalized is removed. if this gets into the movement it can clog the watch resulting in the watch needing a service.

  • The watch mechanism then gets dissembled into individual components, oiled and resembled. The helps maintain the health of the internal mechanism and delays service intervals.

  • The bracelet is then removed from the head of the watch and both is polished back to manufacturers standards. We cannot remove deep scratches completely; however, most scratches will be removed. Some watches have a mirrored polished finish, whilst some have a matt/satin finish, and some have a combination of both.

  • The head of the watch and bracelet is then cleaned thoroughly with the ultrasonic cleaner and by hand.

  • A new premium battery is fitted, and the movement gets inspected and cleaned before securing the movement back into the head of the watch.

  • The gasket is thoroughly inspected for any imperfections. If there are any imperfections with the gasket the watch won't be sealed correctly. So, we will replace it if necessary. If the gasket is still in pristine condition, we coat it in special watch makers silicone grease and fit it back into its position. The silicone grease creates a protective barrier which prevents any containments from entering the watch.

  • The spring bars are checked and replaced if necessary, to ensure the watch will be secure properly and the watch is then reassembled.

  • The correct time and date and all its features (stopwatch, alarms etc) are set and tested to ensure the watch is functioning properly.

  • The watch is then pressure tested. This is to ensure the watch is resealed correctly and is back to manufacturers standard.

  • One more quality control test is done before it gets an RWR approval and deemed fit to be returned to the customer. The end result is the watch looking like new.

Book a Mini Service in Branch

Due to the complications of the Mini service, the watch will require undivided attention, so we are unable to perform this at our branch. It will get done at our workshop.

However, the Mini service can be booked in at our branch and we will transport it securely to our workshop. No appointment is needed at our branch.

Postal Service

If you are not local to our branch you can opt in for our postal service. Where the estimated turn around is only 5 days. This is a lot faster than jewellers and manufacturers who can quote up to around 4 weeks just for a battery replacement.

Collection Service

For our customers that live within London and surrounding counties and are unable to travel or leave their abode to go to the post office. We now offer a collection service. We will collect the watch from your home, repair it and deliver it back to you.

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"Efficient expert service from RW Repairs in The Glades Bromley. Called in advance to check waiting times and was advised on the next time to attend to avoid a long wait. Dropped two watches off for new batteries plus a clean and reseal for my Tag H. Went shopping and returned in 45 mins - everything was ready and waiting just as promised. Perfect service. Thank you!"

C from Catford