A fantastic double dose of good news from Rolex as we have learned ahead of any official announcement that there are to be two major changes to the Rolex International Warranty arrangement. From the 1st July 2015, all new Rolex watches will be accompanied by a 5 year International Warranty, replacing the current 2 year period. An extension offering more than double the protection of the existing Rolex arrangement, this is great news for anybody planning to buy a model from the Swiss giant in the not too distant future.
But what about those that have bought more recently? Well, this is where the second piece of fantastic news from Rolex comes into play. Any existing Rolex watch previously purchased that is still under warranty at the 1st of July 2015 has been granted an additional of warranty protection.
So, in summary, if you own a Rolex watch registered before 1st July 2013, your Rolex watch has a 2 year international warranty from the date on the registration card. If you own a Rolex watch registered between 1st July 2013 and 30th June 2015 your Rolex watch is covered by a 3 year Rolex International Warranty from the date on the registration card. If you own a Rolex watch registered from the 1st July 2015, your Rolex watch is now covered by the extended 5 year Rolex International warranty.
We are yet to learn what this means for watches serviced by Rolex after 1st July 2013 and 1st July 2015 respectively, but with the high standards of servicing carried out at Rolex service centres, we have no reason to believe that the company will offer any less than the new extended warranty periods. We’ll provide a full update on the effect of the new 5 year Rolex International Warranty on service warranties as soon as we have more details.
(EDIT: We have since learned that Rolex are maintaining the 2 year warranty from date of service, although extending the service intervals to 10 years. Bittersweet news really. It’s nice to have longer service intervals, but it would be better to see the warranty extended to reflect this matter – let us know your thoughts below).
So, with the new 5 year Rolex International Warranty in play, how does this stack up against other well-known Swiss manufactured watches? Well, the 2 years that Rolex Previously offered was pretty much the standard, but there are exceptions. If you’re wondering which of the major horological houses to make your next purchase from, it might be worth checking out the details below before making that financial commitment. You may find one or two surprises.
Arguably the leading warranty on the market is Richard Mille’s ‘3+2’ concept. Under this system Richard Mille offer a service free of charge in the first 3 years, at which point the warranty is then extended by a further 2 years. Potentially this could mean the watch is covered by a Richard Mille warranty for up to 5 years, with the added benefit of a service within that period. Full details on the Richard Mille ‘3+2’ concept can be found by clicking here.
Although Breitling offer a standard 2 year warranty against manufacturer’s defects, such is the confidence in the quality of their watchmaking that the warranty covering the movement is extended to 5 years. Read more about the details of the Breitling International warranty by clicking here.
Again, as standard, Audemars Piguet offer a 2 year warranty against ‘malfunction and manufacturing defect’. Audemars Piguet do, however, say that you may benefit from an extended 3 year warranty if you register your watch online with Audemars Piguet. Again, click here to find out more.
The other major watch brands with Swiss watchmaking facilities below all offer a standard 2 year International warranty. Brands offering a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty:
So, with Rolex upping their game in terms of international warranties, will the other major brands follow suit, or is this a clever move by Rolex that keeps them ahead of competition?