Watches are a magnificent creation – these mechanical objects, are the result of great engineering, often created by hand. When investing in a top quality watch, whether it’s a quartz watch or an automatic watch, you need to commit to it. Like any other machinery, a car, for example, watches require maintenance to improve performance and to preserve their value.
What is a watch service and why is it important?
A watch service is very similar to that of car service. When you take your watch for a regular service, it generally includes giving your timepiece a polishing, oiling, and extensive cleaning. Additionally, a comprehensive assessment is also included to check for any damaged parts that need to be fixed or replaced.
Majority of watch owners neglect routine servicing mostly because they do not know the importance of it. Your watch might be ticking and showing you the right time but that doesn’t mean everything is working perfectly. A good watch, because of its strong mainsprings, would keep on operating even without lubrication. However, this can affect the accuracy of your watch and cause damage to the parts. If left unchecked these tiny problems could collectively cause a major complication such as a broken mainspring or decreased water resistant of the watch.
How is a watch serviced?
To understand how a watch is serviced, you first need to know the two main kinds of watches: a quartz watch and an automatic watch. The difference between the two watches comes down to the movement. A quartz watch relies on battery-power to move its hands. An automatic watch, also known as a self-winding watch moves its dial with the help of a free-spinning rotor. The rotor spins itself in response to the wrists natural movement, thus moving the hands.
Unlike an automatic watch, quartz watches very rarely need service (if kept in good condition). Although sometimes quartz watches may need oiling for the gears that too after an approximate 10 years (this could differ from brand to brand). However, when you do get a battery change, make sure your service provider cleans out any trace of dirt or dust inside the watch.
An automatic watch needs a much more detailed service compared to a quartz watch. The service process of an automatic watch includes the proper and careful dismantling of each part of the watch. Cleaning all parts and replacing the damaged ones and then assembling the parts back together. An automatic watch should generally be serviced every three to four years (given that you wear the watch religiously).
When should you get your watch serviced?
The general rule is to visit your local repair shop every year or two – to check if there’s any need for replacing or cleaning parts. However, there are a few indicators that tell you it’s time to get your watch serviced. Some of these include:
Pros and cons of servicing your watch
Damage to different parts of your watch can have different effects on the price if you’re looking to resale it. Some parts have minor effects on the resale value while others can have a more serious effect.
Servicing your watch has pros and cons. For instance, in the case of vintage watches – polishing the hands or dials of the watch may cause a significant decrease in the value because of the lack of originality. However, if we put the aspect of reselling to the side servicing your watch has numerous benefits.
One big benefit of regular servicing of you watch is the longevity and durability of the watch. Furthermore, if you’re looking to resell your watch, regular service may be in your favor. By keeping a check on your watch you make sure that there is no damage beyond repair to the parts. Replaced parts can decrease the resale value further compared to parts that have been repaired, tightened, or cleaned. Any watch should ideally be serviced every three to five years, failure to do so will cause an overall loss of 20%.
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