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Keeping Time, Through Time: Why Your Mechanical Watch Needs Regular Servicing

The intricate dance of gears and springs within a mechanical watch is a thing of beauty. Unlike their quartz counterparts, these timepieces rely on craftsmanship and tradition to keep us on schedule. But just like any fine machine, a mechanical watch needs regular care to maintain its accuracy and longevity.

The Importance of Servicing:

Imagine your car running for years without an oil change. That's essentially what happens to a mechanical watch without servicing. Over time, the lubricants dry out, causing friction and decreased efficiency. This can lead to:

  • Loss of accuracy: Your watch might start running fast or slow.

  • Increased wear and tear: Friction takes a toll on the delicate parts of the movement.

  • Damage: In severe cases, neglected watches can suffer permanent damage.

The Three-Year Rule (as a Guideline):

Many watchmakers recommend servicing a mechanical watch every 3-5 years. This is a general guideline, and the actual frequency can depend on several factors:

  • Frequency of wear: A daily-worn watch will need service more often than one used occasionally.

  • Climate: Exposure to extreme temperatures or humidity can accelerate wear.

  • Activity level: Bumpy activities can put extra stress on the movement.

Signs Your Watch Needs Attention:

Even if you follow the 3-year rule, there are signs that your watch might need immediate attention:

  • Sudden changes in accuracy: Running significantly fast or slow.

  • Difficulty winding or setting the time.

  • Loss of power reserve: The watch stops running sooner than usual.

Investing in Your Timepiece:

Think of servicing your watch as an investment. It's a relatively small cost compared to the value and potential lifespan of your timepiece. A professional service will:

  • Clean and lubricate the movement: Restoring smooth operation and accuracy.

  • Inspect for wear and tear: Replacing any worn parts if necessary.

  • Adjust the timekeeping: Ensuring your watch runs precisely.

Caring for Your Legacy:

A well-maintained mechanical watch can become a cherished heirloom, passed down through generations. By taking the time for regular servicing, you're not just ensuring its accuracy, you're preserving a piece of history and craftsmanship.

Looking for a Watchmaker?

Many reputable jewelers and watchmakers offer servicing for mechanical watches. Do your research, ask for recommendations, and choose someone with experience working on your specific watch brand or type.

Keep your mechanical watch ticking for years to come!


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