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  • Gucci watch clasp replacement

    By Victoria on Jun 7 2017

    Gucci watch bracelets are fitted with a range of different clasp mechanisms. They can come with jewellery clasps/ butterfly locking mechanisms and a variety of other closures which are unique to Gucci watches.

    Unfortunately if incorrect closure method is used, the clasp and closure mechanism may require replacement or re-synchronisation as the watch ages. Is the clasp on your Gucci watch becoming undone whilst wearing the watch? This is should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid the risk of losing your watch.

    Our Specialist Expertise

    At Babla’s we specialised in all Gucci watch repairs including carrying out replacement/repair of the clasp and locking mechanism in our on-site workshop in Wembley, London. Only genuine replacement parts are used as we are a authorised service centre for Gucci watches.

    The process

    1) The watch can be brought into store or sent to us by post
    2) The watch would be assessed by our expert watchmakers
    3) An estimate would be provided by email/in person
    4) If the estimate is accepted then the clasp repair/replacement would be undertaken in our on-site workshop

    Contact Us for an estimate stating the model number which can be found on the back case of the watch starting with some numbers followed by a letter e.g. 1500L.


  • Michael Kors Watch Battery Replacement

    By Victoria on Feb 22 2017

    The problem

    Have you just realised that your Michael Kors watch has stopped working?

    In most cases a battery replacement is required. The average life of a battery replacement is approximately 2 years so if you have had the watch for this period of time, then it is the likely cause.

    I have had my watch for less than two years but it has stopped working?

    Often new watches will have a variable battery life, as they are usually running from when they are manufactured and the time they are with the retailer. After the first battery replacement, the average life should be achieved.

    I have had my watch battery replaced but it is still not working or is not lasting very long?

    We would first recommend that a good quality battery replacement is carried out. If the watch still continues to show problems, then a full service may be required, as the watch may be consuming more power than required. We are able to undertake full service work on-site in our workshop.

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    The cost

    Michael Kors watch battery replacement and resealing starts from £15.00. If you are posting the watch in, a postage charge of £6.95 would apply. The watch battery cost would be confirmed once the watch has been assessed. We can provide an immediate estimate in our London based workshop.

    The process

    1) The watch can be brought into store or sent to us by post
    2) The watch would be assessed by our expert watchmakers
    3) An estimate would be provided by email/in person
    4) If the estimate is accepted the battery replacement would be undertaken

     

    Our Specialist Expertise

    All Michael Kors battery replacements are under taken on-site in our Wembley, London workshop. We have the necessary equipment and expertise to professionally open and replace the battery on any Michael Kors watch.

    Other Repairs

    Michael Kors Crown and stem replacement
    Michael Kors Watch Glass Replacement
    Michael Kors watch strap replacement
    Michael Kors Extension (extra) links

     

    Contact Us for an estimate stating the model number which can be found on the back case of the the starting with MK e.g. MK5034


  • TAG Heuer crown replacement and repair

    By Victoria on Jun 8 2016

     

    Our expertise

    At Babla’s we specialise in TAG watch repairs. We are able to carry out partial repairs such a crown replacements on a range of TAG Heuer models including TAG Heuer Formula 1, TAG Heuer Aquaracer, TAG Heuer Carrera and all other models.

    We only use original TAG Heuer parts and all repairs are carried out on-site in our swiss standard workshop using the latest equipment.

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    Common reasons

    1) The threads of the crown/case may have worn out - therefore there is a problem screwing the crown down tight

    2) The crown has snapped at the winding stem due to excessive force  whilst adjusting the time

    What does a crown replacement involve?

    1) Replacing the crown/screw down crown with an original TAG Heuer replacement

    2) Replacing the winding stem (part which attaches crown to the movement) if this has snapped and is necessary

    3) Resealing and pressure testing the watch once the replacement has been carried out to ensure it is water resistant to the required standard

    4) A battery replacement can be carried out at the same time if required

    How long does it take and what are the costs?

    The cost for a crown and stem replacement is dependant on the exact model and how the crown has broken. The repair can usually be turned around in 10-14 working days depending on availability of parts. We can provide a more accurate estimate after assessment of the watch.

    How to have this repair carried out?

    We are able to offer this repair via our postal repairs service or you can bring it to us in-store by making a prior appointment. For all other repairs, please visit our Tag watch repairs page.


  • Omega Seamaster battery replacement and pressure test

    By Victoria on May 4 2016

    Omega Seamaster quartz watches are fitted with an end of life indicator which indicate that the battery is coming to the end of it’s life; this is usually indicated by the second hand jumping in intervals which can be seen in this blog post. The average battery life of an original replacement is approximately 24 months, provided the other components of the movement are in good working order.

     

    Omega seamaster battery replacement and pressure test

    Other signs

    Sometimes other signs are also present indicating a battery replacement is required:

    1) Your Omega watch may stop all together
    2) Your Omega watch may work intermittently
    3) Your Omega watch may start loosing time/running slow

     

    The process

    1) The watch can sent to us for an battery replacement by post or you can book an appointment to have it replaced while you wait in store
    2) A confirmed cost would be given for the battery replacement after assessing the watch
    3) The battery replacement will be carried out. This would include a pressure test, reseal and ultrasonic cleaning of the case and bracelet
    4) The battery replacement is carried out by our expert watchmakers/technicians in an approved Omega workshop
    5) The watch is returned securely

    Our expertise

    1) Babla’s are an authorised service centre for Omega watches based in Wembley, London UK. Being a London based repair centre, we are accessible by London Underground with Wembley Central (Bakerloo Line) in close proximity.
    2) For customers who are not able to visit us personally, we offer a secure postal watch repair service. The turnaround time is usually 10-14 working days.
    3) We offer a 12 months guarantee on the battery replacement
    4) Experts in watch repairs since 1895

    The cost

    An Omega battery change and pressure test starts from only £65.00. The exact replacement cost would depend on your model and water resistance level. Please visit us in store or send your watch to us for a no obligation estimate for the battery replacement, pressure test and resealing.  For more information on other Omega Seamaster watch repairs including servicing, please visit our Omega watch repairs page.


  • Rado 193.0324.3 glass replacement

    By Victoria on Apr 20 2016

    This week in our workshop we have received a Rado 193.0324.3 for glass (crystal) replacement. This is an all ceramic watch under the Rado "Ceramica" family.

    This is a popular model and has the unique feature of bearing the analog and digital time, therefore also sometimes referred to as a Rado Ana-Digi watch.

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    It is fortunate in this case that damage is mainly external, and there is no passageway for dust/water penetration into the movement. It is always advisable that if any damage has taken place to the casing/glass of a Rado watch this is repair as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the watch.

    As a Rado certified service centre we are able to carry out these repairs in our London based workshop. If your watch has a similar problem, please contact us for a quote.

     


  • The Evolution of Swatch

    By Victoria on Apr 7 2016

    For years, Swatch has been the go-to brand for unique and unconventional timepieces. Here Babla’s Jewellers uncovers the history of Swatch.

    Swiss-made watches have always had a reputation for excellence. Up until the 1980s, a Swiss watch was the archetypal timepiece — classic, traditional and painstakingly crafted. They were the prized possessions of many and often passed down through the generations.

    However, while Switzerland was busy pouring over their signature timepieces, Asia was hard at work creating quartz watches that were both accurate and, above all, cheap to buy. This had a knock-on effect on the Swiss watchmakers and the industry more widely. Switzerland’s market share was reduced by more than 35%, while 65,000 jobs were lost.

    The Swiss watchmaking industry was in turmoil — it had to change in order to survive. That’s when, in the 1980s, Nicholas G. Hayek recognised what was missing — personality. Believing that you shouldn’t have to stop at owning just one watch, he developed the idea of a ‘second watch’.

    Unlike the classical timepieces of yonder, the watch was designed to convey a person’s individual style. In short, it was intend to be a talking point that triggered an emotion with both the wearer and onlookers — Swatch was born.

    Only the beginning…

    The 1.98mm Delirum Tremens was recognised as the thinnest watch in the world at the time. Developed by a group of engineers in Fontainemelon, this incredible feat was achieved by revolutionising the overall design of the watch. The typical three-part design of a bottom plate, case and frame was eradicated in favour of a one-piece case that doubles up as a bottom plate.

    While this was a definite step towards the future of watch making, the development did little to reduce costs — Asia still had an advantage over the market. The search began for a new material that would do exactly that. The result was a plastic watch that was accurate, shock proof, unique and viable for mass production.

    From a ‘second watch’ to 333 million…

    Within weeks of the launch of their first watch, Swatch had quickly gained a reputation for excellence and innovation. Despite boasting a non-traditional design, it was clear that the fundamentals of Swiss watchmaking remained, as quality and accuracy were paramount.

    As demand for the watches increased rapidly, Swatch continued to push the boundaries of watchmaking. Through experimenting with other synthetic materials in a variety of shapes, colours and textures, the brand experienced incredible success. In 2006, they manufactured their 333 millionth watch and didn’t stop there. To this day, they are still known as one of the foremost innovators of watch design.

    Milestones

    Like all good brands, there have been many stand-out moments for Swatch. From collaborations with influential designers to endorsing major sporting events, here are a few highlights of the brand’s rich and vibrant history:

    • Art — Described as the “world’s smallest canvas”, artists like Jean-Michel Folon, Mimmo Rotella and Spike Lee have designed pieces for the watches. In June 2011, the brand’s relationship with art stepped up a notch after a partnership with the world’s most influential contemporary art show, The 54th International Art Exhibition.
    • Sport — As well as providing official timekeeping at major events, the brand is responsible for drawing attention to action and lifestyle sports like surfing, snowboarding, skiing and beach volleyball. As part of the brand’s support of the World Snowboard Tour, fans, athletes and designers were given the change to design a Swatch watch.
    • Design — In an age where smart watches are growing ever-more popular, Swatch has moved with the times, adapting their watches with LCD dials and touch-sensitive buttons.

    By looking at the evolution of Swatch, it’s clear that the brand is firmly rooted in innovation. We look forward to seeing how the brand evolves in the future — only time will tell which route they will take…

    Looking for a unique timepiece? Take a look at Babla’s Jewellers’ range of Swatch watches online today.


  • Watch troubleshooting: the most common watch problems

    By Victoria on Apr 4 2016

    Whether it’s a gift or a family heirloom, watches can carry a thousand sentiments. As treasured items, we hold them dear to our hearts. Unfortunately, the years aren’t always kind to our timepieces.

    From seized buttons to a flat battery, the good news is that many common watch problems can be resolved using our expertise. Take a look at our watch troubleshooting guide to diagnose your problem and discover how our instore or postal repair service can assist you:

    “My battery watch has stopped ticking”

    There’s nothing more annoying that glancing at your watch only to find that it has stopped. However, rather than let your timepiece linger unused in a drawer, it can usually be easily repaired.

    In most cases, your watch will stop when battery replacement is required. The average life of a battery is around two years, although some have an extended life of three or more years. Depending on the type of watch you have, this is usually a straightforward problem to rectify — all you’ll need is a replacement battery along with a pressure test if your watch is water resistant.

    Trying to replace the battery yourself can damage the internal mechanism if sufficient care is not taken. To avoid causing unnecessary damage, you should always seek a watch repair specialist to change the battery and ensure the watch is still water resistant.

     “My second hand is skipping”

    Another common problem is the second hand skipping several seconds. While this may seem like a major issue to the untrained eye, it is actually your watch telling you that the life of your battery is coming to an end. This is usually a feature of high-end watches with electronic circuits that detect a low voltage supply. A watch repair specialist can easily rectify this issue by replacing the battery.

    “I’m thinking about replacing the battery early”

    A battery can be replaced before it is due to be replaced. This is advised if you are planning to store the watch for many months and know the battery is approaching the end of life. Leaving a discharged battery within the watch for a prolonged period of time can cause a lot of damage to the mechanism and circuit as chemicals can leak out of the battery.

    “The screen on my digital watch has gone black”

    This can be bad news for a digital watch. A digital display is created by conductive fluid sandwiched between two thin pieces of glass. If the screen on your watch has gone completely black, it is usually a sign that this glass has become cracked or contaminated, damaging the fluid.

    As you can imagine, the scale of the damage can be costly, although a reputable repair specialist should be able to fix it for you. However, because of the relatively low price of digital watches, it’s usually cheaper and easier to simply replace your watch.

    “The buttons on my watches are stuck”

    In some instances, the buttons of your watch can become stuck. While this isn’t a major issue, it is far from ideal. The problem stems from a build-up of dirt and corrosion in the button mechanism of the watch. When the button is depressed, a spring usually returns it to the original position. However, because of the build-up, the spring is unable to function. Lubrication may be required if no other parts are damaged. The usual solution for this is for a specialist to carry out a maintenance check on your watch, cleaning the components and potentially replacing the spring or button if necessary.

    With the proper care and attention, you can ensure your watch is in perfect working order. Here at Babla’s Jewellers’, we offer a professional watch repair service. Specialists in OMEGA, Rado, Longines, TAG Heuer and more, we are capable of carrying out a number of repairs. Simply complete and print our watch repair form and send us your watch for a no obligation estimate.


  • Our Apple Watch 2 wish list

    By Victoria on Mar 24 2016

    The rumour mill is in full swing, with many tech fans speculating that the new Apple Watch will be with us as early as March 2016. While this remains unconfirmed by the brand itself, it hasn’t stopped us from wondering what the Apple Watch 2 will bring.

    Here’s what Babla’s Jewellers would like to see on the new Apple Watch.

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    More choice of watch faces

    The current Apple Watch comes with a small selection of watch faces to choose from. And, while it’s great to have interchangeable cases and watch straps, we want to make our watch even more personal!

    We hope the Apple Watch 2 has a greater choice of watch faces, so we can have a different face for every mood, occasion and outfit.

    Improved performance

    Quicker performance is on the wish list of every tech fan. While there’s no question about the Apple Watch’s usability, sometimes app performance can let the gadget down. Slow, buggy apps need to go, so we’re hoping to see a faster processor in the new watch.

    Better battery life

    At present, the Apple Watch lasts around a day on a full charge, although this can vary depending on how much you use the gadget. There’s been too many times when we’ve forgotten to charge the watch on an evening, only for it to go flat midway through the following day. An improved battery life would be a big bonus in the new watch.

    A camera

    Imagine snapping a selfie on your watch? As well as a host of hardware and software updates, we’re hoping to see some new features on the Apple Watch 2. We’re not sure where exactly Apple would fit it in, but a camera would be a great addition to the tech, helping us to ditch the selfie stick forever!

    Ordered apps

    While we do like the appearance of the Apple home screen, the freeform layout of the apps can sometimes make it difficult to find what you’re looking for. Having the option of arranging them in a grid format would be a great update on the new device.

     


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  • Which Watch Should I Buy?

    By Victoria on Mar 16 2016

    There’s a watch to suit every personality, although it can be tough to decide between styles. If you’re wondering “which watch should I buy?”, Babla’s Jewellers has made it easy by creating the following guide. Simply choose the statement that best suits you for some watch buying inspiration:

    “I like to keep things simple”

    Forget fancy features! Rather than over-complicating things, you prefer to keep things classic. When shopping for a new timepiece, look for a simple yet practical watch with the following features:

    • Easy-to-read dial
    • Minimal colour scheme
    • Simple and sleek strap

    The ideal choice:

    Skagen Titanium Gents Watch

    Skagen Titanium Gents Watch

    “I love going to the gym”

    Whatever your sport, sweat, bumps and scratches caused by working out can take its toll on the performance of your watch. To avoid having to rebuy in the near future, look out for a watch with the following:

    • Rubber strap
    • Digital display
    • Swimproof, if you intend to hit the pool
    • Additional functions, like a stopwatch or lap capabilities

    The ideal choice:

    Casio G Shock Gents Watch

    Casio G-Shock Gents Watch

    “I’m a fashionista”

    Only the hottest trends will do for keen fashion followers! Flipping through the pages of your favourite fashion magazines will show you what’s popular this season, although the following are set to be big:

    • Rose gold
    • Big faces
    • Leather straps

    The ideal choice:

    Sekonda Rose Gold Ladies Watch

    Sekonda Rose Gold Ladies Watch

    “I use the latest tech”

    If you’re always one step ahead of the tech trend, you’ll probably already own an Apple Watch. While you couldn’t tire of the numerous features it offers, you may have grown a little weary of how it looks. Thankfully, you can revamp your smartwatch with a new strap or case, ensuring you’re ahead of fashion too.

    Hoco 38mm Rose Gold Case

    Hoco 38mm Rose Gold Case

     

    Hoco 38mm Bracelet

    Hoco 38mm Bracelet

    Now you know which watch to buy, discover the incredible range of watches here at Babla’s Jewellers.


  • Why Is My Automatic Watch Running Fast?

    By Victoria on Mar 4 2016

    Automatic watches are a popular choice, as they require minimal maintenance. Unlike their manual counterparts, watches with an automatic movement do not need to be hand wound if they are worn daily. Instead, the watch gathers energy from the movement of the wearer’s wrist.

    The internal mechanism features a rotor, a small metal weight that is connected to the movement. As the wearer moves, the rotor spins, transferring the energy needed to automatically wind the mainspring which stores the energy.

    On the whole, automatic watches are incredibly reliable. However, like other types of watch, problems can start to develop over time. One of the most common issues is the watch running fast. Thankfully, Babla’s Jewellers has the answers — read on to learn why your automatic watch is running fast.

    Lubricants have become more liquid

    It’s a good idea to have your watched serviced every few years to ensure its longevity. In order to keep the mechanism of your watch operating smoothly and keep rust at bay, the watch repair specialist may apply a small amount of synthetic lubricant.

    Over time, this lubricant becomes more liquid, so it may spread to other parts of the watch’s mechanism. If it attaches to the watch’s hairspring, the spring could start to stick. Because this spring controls how quickly the wheels of movement turn, it could have a knock-on effect on how quickly the hands move. As a result, your automatic watch may run too fast.

    The watch has been dropped

    Dropping the watch could cause damage to the hairspring. If this does happen, the hairspring could be knocked out of place, causing a similar problem as mentioned above. The good thing about this is you will know if the watch has been dropped, making diagnosis of the problem easier.

    It has been exposed to a magnetic field

    The third reason why your automatic watch may be running fast is if it has been exposed to a magnetic field. When this occurs, the movement of the watch becomes magnetised, which will have an effect on how well it operates.

    There are a number of reasons why your watch may become magnetised, including keeping it in close contact with your mobile phone. A skilled watch repair specialist will be able to reverse this damage and the others listed above with a full service.

    At Babla’s Jewellers, we are fully qualified to service both automatic and quartz watches, specialising in Omega, Tag Heuer, Tissot and more. Visit our watch repairs page to learn more.


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