Does Polishing A Watch Affect Its Value?

- Dec 18, 2017-

Does Polishing A Watch Affect Its Value?



It sounds like you are asking if polishing your watch during servicing will affect its value. That is a good questions and highly subjective to the collector. If you want to preserve the value of your watch as vintage, then polishing is not recommended. The same goes for replacing anything visible - hands, dial, bezel. A full movement service, on the other hand, is an excellent idea.


Vintage valuations are very random, so we'd personally recommend you enjoy the watch, and have whatever you want done that strikes your fancy. Most vintage watches lose value with the exception on marquee brands like Rolex and such. There are also instances where collectors like items like crystals and dials to be preserved, but like cases that look "worn."


Service-polished watches don't always look like newly polished watches as different techniques are used. We believe that often times, cases are polished by default when sent in for servicing. If you don't want your watch to be polished then it is often best to request that the polishing service is not done.