Our Picks for the Best Watch Repair Kits

Best Watch Repair Kits

Watch repair kits have proliferated onto the scene in recent years, allowing home enthusiasts and wannabe watchmakers access to whole new world of tinkering opportunity. But with so many options, the question remains, what is the best watch repair kit for you?

But before diving into some watch kits, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself whether you really need a fully fledged kit, or whether you really just need one or two pieces first and then start building your own kit.

 

Watch repair kit vs Buying tools as needed

This is generally the first question you should be asking yourself. Are you really just trying to fix the problem you have now, or do you actually want to have that 18+ piece kit handy in case of future emergencies. You might be better off in the long run by slowly building your high quality, bespoke kit if right now you really just want to remove a link or two from your bracelet.

Also, before embarking on a mad scientist type experiment with an expensive watch, ask yourself how much do you care about the watch you are DIY repairing. It will hurt a lot less if your repairs to a $50 Casio don’t got as planned than botching up that antique Rolex Submariner that’s stopped ticking.

The pros and cons of each option are listed below:

Watch repair kits

Many pieces in one kit

cheaper than buying individually

Generally lower quality

Best for light users

Individual Tools

NEED to buy each Tool

Higher cost

Generally higher quality

Best for everyday or heavy use

 

Heck, if you just want to change the battery once every couple of years, you’re most likely better off financially (and with less headache) just going to your local jeweler and have them change it for you. But, you most likely wouldn’t be reading this post if you didn’t want to get your hands dirty and start tinkering with your watch collection.

 

Is your watch still under warranty?

An important point here, as just like jailbreaking your iPhone, opening up your watch will most likely result in voiding your manufacturers warranty. You’ve been warned! Now, with that out of the way, let’s get to the kits.

 

What should your watch repair kit include?

Your budget, short and long term requirements should dictate the quality of kit and how many tools you realistically need. The following tools are common in good quality kits:

  1. Range of small screwdrivers (1.00mm, 1.40mm & 2.00mm)
  2. Spring bar removal tool
  3. Case wrench – for opening cases. The size of the wrench will dictate the size of the case it can open. If you have a large watch case (34mm+), you’ll generally need to make sure the included wrench is large enough.
  4.  Case knife – for opening dust proof cases
  5. Watch link remover tool
  6. Tweezers
  7. Pliers
  8. Polishing cloth
  9. Carrying bag – Easy to overlook, but you’ll definitely loose some of these small tools if you don’t keep them in a dedicated, well organised bag.

 

Our best watch repair kit picks

We’ve chosen the following 3 watch repair kits based on price, quality and user reviews:

Ohuhu Professional 147 PCS Watch Kit

Price 

$15.99


Includes

- Adjustable case opener

- 18x adjustable case opener pins

- Watch case opener knife

- Stainless steel tweezer

- Spring bar tool (& 2 spare tips)

- 108x watch strap spring pins

- Hammer

- Link remover (incl 3 spare pins and 2 spare gold pins)

- Watch case holder (10-45mm)

- 3x screwdrivers

- Carry Case


Best for

This 141 piece entry level kit is great for those that are making their first foray into watch repairing and want a kit with all of the essentials. 

EzTool Professional Watch Repair Kit

Price

$23.87


Includes

 - Extra large (up to 58mm) 3-point jaxa case wrench opener

- Watch link remover tool

- 3x pin-punch

-Hammer

- Pliers

- Spring bar removal tool

- Band holder

- 5x screwdrivers

-Tweezers

- Case pry

- Carry case


Best for

Large watch cases and handy 41 page illustrated guide makes it easy to hit the ground running and make repairs straight away.

Stago Deluxe Watch Repair Tool Kit

Price
$45.97


Includes

Adjustable case opener (up to 38mm)

- 18x adjustable case opener pins

- 3 in 1 screwdriver

- 4x mini pliers

- 90x Watch Strap Spring Pins

- Small Hammer

- Watch Case Knife

- Watch case Holder

- Watch Band Link Remover (incl 3 extra pins)

- 3x Slotted Screwdrivers

- Carry case


Best for

This sturdy 141 piece tool kit offers all the tools you could want as a novice watch repairer in a nicely designed carry bag. 

 

Got some other kit/tool suggestions for tinkering with your watch collection? We’d love to hear your choices in the comments below. Happy repairing!

 

 

About the Author Andre Wallace

Andre loves movies, wine and of course, watches. He currently alternates between a Tag Heuer Aquaracer and an Omega Speedmaster. He's hoping he can one day give up his boring finance job to write about watches.

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