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horsehorse Frets: 583
I have an automatic Hamilton (not a euphemism) which was a wedding present from my wife. It's got to the point now where it can't hold sufficient charge(?) to be useful.

Took it to a local repair place in Nottingham today which seems to be the most recommended online and they said it would need to be serviced - £250 / 6 weeks.

Does that sound about right, or are they trying it on? I've no idea!

Any informed advice would be very welcome please.

Cheers
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 17381
    It costs me about that to get my Rolex serviced every 10 years or so ...
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9584
    What model is it? Chronograph, or just something with 3 hands (and maybe date). 

    Modern Hamiltons are generally ETA movements so standard parts and shouldn't cost that much to service, but it would depend on the exact model. 
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  • horsehorse Frets: 583
    What model is it? Chronograph, or just something with 3 hands (and maybe date). 

    Modern Hamiltons are generally ETA movements so standard parts and shouldn't cost that much to service, but it would depend on the exact model. 
     Just 3 hands and date. It's a nice watch by my standards but not in the Rolex league of value by any means. 

    Any tips on how to get it working without getting ripped off? I went into the Swatch shop but they won't look at it despite Hamilton being part of the Swatch group.
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9584
    Ok. A whole new movement should be around 200, so I'd be surprised if a service would cost more than that. I'd ask @Neil for the best advice - if anyone here knows watches it be him :)
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  • horsehorse Frets: 583
    Ok. A whole new movement should be around 200, so I'd be surprised if a service would cost more than that. I'd ask @Neil for the best advice - if anyone here knows watches it be him :)
     That's useful to know thank you!
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  • horsehorse Frets: 583
    Looked up online and took it into a jewellers who sell them- they've sent it off for £160 - so the first place does seem to have been a little ott on price. Thanks for the help guys.
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  • shugzshugz Frets: 524
    edited July 11
    Had my Heuer Monaco recently worked on by The Watch Doctor in Tring. Very happy with the service (it was a total leap of faith really based on online reviews). The watch came back within a month (was quoted 2-3 months) and it genuinely looks new. Very happy with the job.

    My costs were just under £400 but my strap was finished so had to replace that as well. I also had to replace the broken crown.

    Cheers
    Hugh

    www.proudhoney.com

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  • NeilNeil Frets: 2346
    horse said:
    Looked up online and took it into a jewellers who sell them- they've sent it off for £160 - so the first place does seem to have been a little ott on price. Thanks for the help guys.

    That seems to be much nearer the price than your first quote!

    Glad you got it sorted, Hamiltons are nice watches. 
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