How often should you service your watch?

I’ve had my speedy for about 3 years now and never had it serviced. It keeps time like it always has and even if it didn’t I’m not a stickler on the exact time…if I was I’d just use my phone. However I know it will need serviced soon as well as some of my other automatic and mechanical watches. But how often do you service a watch?

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I’m of the school of it isn’t broke don’t fix it. As long as it’s running like day 1 I’d just enjoy it.

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I use a timegrapher to keep track of how they're doing. When the amplitude starts to drop off then I think about it. Otherwise I don't see the need.

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23 years old and still tiking at more or less 10 seconds a day, if it's not broken, don't fix it, when it moves forward or backward more than 30 seconds you take it for service

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Check this out. From a watchmaker.

https://youtu.be/VNFOtAJNyJs?si=brZQUfSH7yant0En

Enjoy

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I will go 10 years for my own piece of mind.

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When it breaks or starts acting funny.

However, the seals keeping water out may need to be addressed according to manufacturer recommendations.

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I'm no expert, just pick things up from watching too much YouTube.

It's about amplitude, not maintaining a constant +/- a few seconds. If the degrees of amplitude decrease, then there is more friction in the movement. I've watched so much of the Chronoglide channel with Kalle Slape to have taken this onboard.

If left too long when the amplitude has decreased, then the friction may damage the pivots. If any pivots are running without jewels in a bridge, then their holes may become slots.

These problems will depend on if the watch was oiled with modern synthetic oils, or in the case of older watches, still running on mineral oil.

As Cantaloupe wrote, it's down to using a timegrapher to check the amplitude.

If you own a luxury watch, a timegrapher is very cheap by comparison. Could save you the cost of getting a watch serviced prematurely, or save you money in repairs by getting it serviced in a timely manner. ( That pun made me smile. 🙄)

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Is it keeping time correctly? Although more difficult to know on a co-axial movement what is the amplitude and how does it compare to when you purchased the watch? What kind of abuse is the watch taking? How does the winding feel as compared to when you first purchased the watch. These might be a few things I would consider.

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What the user manual says. A mechanical watch has many parts that wear out over the years. It's not just about precision, but about wear and tear and being able to use it with the peace of mind that everything is perfect like the first day.

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Every brand has a recommended range. I'd balance that with how it's functioning.

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You will lose water integrity around the 5 year mark but it will work ok for many years as long as you keep it dry with the modern oils in it.