Tag: Servicing

Why it’s a Great Idea to Service Your Own Watches

As a watch collector, you should learn how to service your own watches.

I don’t want to proclaim that everyone can easily learn how to do so. I don’t want to proclaim that we don’t need professional watchmakers. Don’t fetch the toolbox to immediately start tinkering with your vintage Rolex.

I’m talking about servicing a nice manual wound mechanical watch that you bought at a flea market. Or maybe you won a nice lot of mechanical watches on eBay that you like to restore.¬†When you’re more experienced, you could also maintain your own collection.

There are several reasons why I think that you should learn how to service a watch.

  1. It adds an extra dimension to the hobby. You’ll appreciate your timepieces more, especially the mechanical part.
  2. Being able to wear a watch that you’ve serviced or restored yourself is extremely satisfying.
  3. You’d be able to save money if you could perform basic services or minor repairs yourself.
  4. You’ll appreciate watchmakers, and the work they do, more.

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When to Service a Mechanical Watch?

Sooner or later a mechanical watch will need to be serviced. If you’re collecting watches for a while or you’re part of an online watch community there’s a good chance you already know this.

These are the common views on servicing a watch.

  1. A mechanical watch needs to be serviced every 5 or 6 years.
  2. A mechanical watch only needs to be serviced when it’s starting to run fast or slow.

I like to use my own set of “rules” to determine when to service a mechanical watch. It has similarities with both opinions.

If you’d like to know how often a mechanical watch needs to be serviced. This article is for you!

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.

I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

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