Originally Posted by stafa
Anyone know the general cost of service for a standard Royal Oak? I have heard that AP charges quite a bit for service. I was contemplating purchasing a 14790 if I can get it for less than 6k.
There used to be a section on AP's website that had estimates for servicing their watches, based on complexity, and what was being done with the watch. IIRC a basic time only RO was around $1,000-1,200. Thats if nothing is wrong and no parts other than gaskets need replacing. If the watch has been damaged, serviced by a hack that damaged part of the movement etc...the price goes up.
With something like a RO, buy the best example you can afford, not one with the lowest price you can find. You don't want to buy someone else's headache. I knew a guy that bought one thinking he got a great deal from a gray dealer, until it wasn't functioning properly and he discoverd the watch had been opened by a hack who screwed something up, and it cost him about $2K in repairs. Lots of the older ROs have been serviced by amateurs that don't know what they are doing and may have damaged movements and many have been over polished (losing most of their beveled edges)...it can be very expensive trying to remedy these mistakes.