Carl F Bucherer

Swisstec is the official UK Service Centre for Carl F Bucherer. Our factory trained watchmakers can undertake work on both quartz and mechanical Carl F Bucherer watches. We provide a comprehensive range of maintenance options for your Carl F Bucherer watch from a simple battery service to a complete service on a mechanical chronograph.

All Carl F Bucherer watches which are serviced by SwissTec are returned with a two-year warranty.

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Quality Swiss
watch repair
since 1993

We also undertake case and bracelet refinishing to Carl F Bucherer’s specification, this work is carried out by our Swiss trained polisher in our dedicated polishing department.

It is recommended by Carl F Bucherer that their quartz watches receive a battery service every 2 years and all watches receive a complete service every 4 – 5 years depending upon model, how often and under what conditions the watch is worn. However, they also recommend that the watch has a water resistance is checked on an annual basis.

A brief history of Carl F Bucherer.
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The main servicing procedure

  • A Complete Service involves the watchmaker checking the watch’s functions, diagnosing the cause of any faults.
  • The complete dismantling of the movement with the correction of any faults and replacement of any damaged / worn parts.
  • All parts are then cleaned in a series of ultrasonic chemical baths which removes all the old oil, grease and dirt.
  • While the movement is being cleaned the case will be completely broken down (case back, bezel, crystal,pushers etc. removed) and, having removed all the seals and gaskets, refinished and cleaned in large ultrasonic tanks.
  • Once the case is clean it is reassembled with new seals and gaskets, which are lubricated as required with special greases. The case is now ready to receive the cleaned movement.
  • The cleaned movement and pristine components are systematically reassembled and lubricated using up to 8 different fine synthetic oils and greases, before having the dial and hands refitted.
  • The watchmaker will now reset the clean movement with the dial and hands mounted into the watch case ensuring there are no hairs or dust in the case and recheck the watch regulation on the timing machine.
  • Once the case is closed the watch is then tested for water resistance and the final aesthetic, timekeeping and power reserve checks are made to ensure the watch is performing correctly.

Battery service

  • The watch is opened and electronic components checked using specific testing equipment.
  • Replacement of the battery and gaskets as appropriate to the watch model.
  • Tested for water resistance. Final aesthetic and timekeeping checks to ensure the watch is performing correctly.

Warranty

We will rectify any defects arising from any service provided by us provided you report such defects to us as soon as reasonably possible. In respect of a partial repair service, within 12 months of the date of purchase; or in respect of a full service, with 24 months of the date of purchase. We reserve the right to invalidate the warranty if repairs are performed by persons not authorised by us to take such action. Provision of the warranty will be free of charge. We will decide in our absolute discretion whether provision of the warranty will be in the form of a repair or the replacement of a part of the watch. Evidence of purchase must be provided and any replaced parts pass into our ownership. Limit of warranty. The provision of services under warranty neither extends the terms of the warrant nor sets in motion a new warranty period.

The provisions of this warranty do not extend to defects caused by general wear and tear, accident, negligence or lack of care; or component parts that are expected to require periodic replacement.

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Excellent company to deal with. Quick to respond to initial contact, followed by detailed quotation and good advice/quick to respond to queries. Case refurbishment work is excellent and looks like it would have 50 years ago when it came out of the factory. Returned quickly and very well packaged inside a hard case. Really pleased, thank you.

Craig Henn

Thank you for my watch refurbishment. I cannot express how pleased I am with the end result. Please pass on my thanks to the technicians and everyone involved in restoring my watch to it’s former glory. You are a truly expert professional service from start to finish that I would have no hesitation in recommending to others.

Mr Copas

I now have my watch back, can I say what an incredible service you guys offer! From start to finish it was easy and comfortable, pricing was great and the packaging is second to none. Thank you very much, I will be using you again in the future and letting friends know about your service.

Mr Pope

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Brief history of Carl F Bucherer

In 1888, Carl Friedrich Bucherer opened his first boutique selling watches and jewellery in Lucerne, Switzerland. In 1919, Mr Bucherer launched his first ladies’ watch collection notable for its art deco style. He was one of the first watchmakers to adopt the watch strap, which at the time was still a revolutionary concept in a time when pocket watches were still the most popular type of watch.

In 1948, the company was focusing on chronographs and by 1968, Carl F. Bucherer had manufactured around 15,000 certified chronometers watches, making the company one of the top three Swiss producers of these specialized timepieces. In 1969, the company became part of a Swiss consortium for the development and production of the first quartz movement for wristwatches, the Beta 21.

1976, saw Jörg G. Bucherer, the third generation of the family, take charge of the company. In 2001, the Carl F. Bucherer brand was repositioned into the Haute Horology sector of the market and the company launched the Patravi watch collection. In 2005, the company filed a patent for the monopusher mechanism of the PatraviTravelTec watch, which permits the parallel display of three time zones. Carl F. Bucherer remains a family run business who remain true to their belief that Continuity, a free spirit and entrepreneurial independence are the keys to their success.