Melbourne isn’t short of luxury watch stores. In fact, it was the first home for many internationally recognised Swiss watch brands such as Panerai and IWC. With such a strong watch community then, it makes sense that there are a number of watch repair shops and service centres to keep your watch ticking.
Because of course, your luxury watch will need routine maintenance to ensure a long and fruitful life, and considering it’s very much an investment piece, we imagine that’s something that will of paramount to you. Your watch is sentimental, after all, so if it breaks we doubt you’ll want to simply buy a replacement model, but rather, bring yours back to life.
The city of Melbourne knows this, and so can come to your aid with these best watch repair shops and service centres, dotted in and around the CBD.
Table of contents
The Watch Lab
No matter your issue, The Watch Lab in Melbourne CBD will be able to fix it. If it stops working, the store’s team of skilled watchmakers will be able to inspect it and take it apart with precision. But if it’s simply a service it needs, your watch will be disassembled and have every single piece cleaned and if necessary, replaced with original factory parts. No aftermarket or third party parts here. Need a new crown or a new piece of glass? No problem.
The Watch Lab is also a second-hand dealer for many big-name brands, including Rolex, Omega, IWC, TAG Heuer, Panerai and Tudor.
Address: Suite 514/Level 5, 343 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 042 2088 834
Melbourne Watch Repairs
Melbourne Watch Repairs has been repairing and restoring luxury timepieces in Melbourne since 2010. Founded by Ashton Tracey, a WOSTEP Certified (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training & Education Programme) and a qualified watchmaker from the British School of Watchmaking and later joined by his dad, it’s his dad that now runs the store as Ashton now works for Rolex overseas. You can rest assured then that your luxury Swiss watch will be well looked after if you take it to Paul for repair.
From simple battery changes and pressure testing through to complete services – as well as a Concierge Service that includes a fully insured collection and return delivery service – no problem is too difficult.
Address: Level 10/92-94 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 0407 311 197
Citizen Watch Repair
With over 30 years of repairing luxury watches in Melbourne CBD, Citizen Watch repair is one of the top service centres in Melbourne for Cartier, Omega, Breitling and Longines, and given the name of the shop, is an authorised service centre for Citizen watches. If you need to get the water-resistance checked or have some parts lubricated, Citizen Watch Repair will be able to help.
Address: 130 Russell Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9650 3561
David East Jewellers
For simple, affordable yet well carried out repairs, head to David East Jewellers. A jeweller and watch dealer first, but with a comprehensive list of repair services, David East Jewellers will take in your OMEGA, Rolex, Breitling, TAG Heuer, Rado to name a few, and repair and service them using 100 per cent original factory parts. Services include dial repair or replacement, bezel replacement, polishing and complete services of automatic timepieces.
Address: Suite 503/Level 5, 227 Collins Street, Wales Corner Building, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9654 6333
Watches Of Switzerland Service Centre
If you’re in the market for a Swiss watch, one of the first dealers you should check out is Watches of Switzerland, but the reputable dealer is also a dab hand at servicing and repairing. The Melbourne store has an on-site watchmaker that will happily take care of the majority of Swiss brands and all work is guaranteed for 12 months. If any issues arise within the manufacturer’s warranty of owning your watch, then WoS will send it to your brand’s official service centre instead.
Address: 294 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9671 3388
MigiTech Watch Repair
Also situated in what is essentially a small square area of watch repairers in MigiTech Watch Repair. Capable of servicing and repairing all watch brands and models, including pocket watches and brands such as TAG Heuer, IWC, Rado, OMEGA, Raymond Weil and many more. You can opt to have your mechanical watch movement replaced with battery-operated quartz or go for a complete restoration of a vintage timekeeper.
Address: Room 301/Level 3, 125 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9943 0140
Rolex Service Centre
Melbourne is also the home of an official Rolex Service Centre, because, for a watch of Rolex’s calibre, only the best will do. A full service of your Rolex will include a complete overhaul of the movement, while the case and bracelet will be restored to as-new condition. If any pieces need replacing, they’ll be changed out for ones sourced directly from Rolex’s Switzerla nd and every service comes with a two-year guarantee.
Address: 7/18 Oliver Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9654 3988
Bob Shao Watchmaker
Bob Shao doesn’t have a website or any major online presence, but his services speak for themselves and anyone who’s looking for a quality watch repairer in Melbourne should pay him a visit. He offers honest, upfront advice with regards to all repairs and is incredibly competitively priced, and will usually beat most other repairers. With some previous customers saying they would break their watch again so they could take it back to Bob, you can understand why he’s so well-loved.
Address: 100 Russell Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9650 3735
Watch Collector Co.
Watch Collector Co. was founded by Michael Chylinksi, who quit his dentistry qualification to pursue his dream of working with some of the finest watches on the planet. After being called upon by much of Melbourne’s second-hand watch trade to help refinish watches, Michael decided to open his store in 2011. He works by appointment only (there’s no storefront for walk-ins), so you can be assured your repair or service will receive the attention it deserves. Brands that Michael looks after include Panerai, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Heuer and TAG Heuer, to name but a few.
Address: Level 1, 22 McKillop Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 1300 858 960
Swiss Watch Repair Service Centre
Swiss Watch Repair Service Centre offers every kind of service you require to help spruce up your wrist. Whether you need crystal replacement, battery replacement, water-resistance testing, strap and bracelet adjustment, clean or polishing, you get the complete service. Their on-site watchmaker is one of the best in the industry and has over 30 years of experience in repairing Swiss watches, so you know you’re in great hands.
Address: Suite 152 Level 5 343 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9670 3884
Precision Timing is known for providing quality services for all prestige Swiss watches. They have a deep love for all things old fashion, as Precision Timing specialises in the professional restoration of vintage wristwatches and antique pocket watches. Suppose you’re unsure of if your item is beyond repair, not to fret, as Precision Timing can assess the restoration potential of almost any vintage watch. Just book in a restoration appraisal, and they’re guaranteed to save your grandfather’s antique before you consider throwing it out.
Address: Level 6, 296 Collins St, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9663 1230