Watches Need To Be Serviced

If you’ve ever looked at the back of a watch with the exhibition matter back, you know how complicated they are, so a lot of things can go wrong. Hundreds of years of watchmaking have made sure that this happens as little as possible, but, in prudent terms, shit happens. However, there are ways to limit the problems – the main one is maintenance. Yes, I know, attractive. A watch is filled with lubricant. You can’t see it most of the time, but it is present in tiny but vital quantities. It helps the gears to rotate without jerks, it prevents the various complex mechanical components from rubbing too hard and generally prevents things from wearing out. Without them, problems arise regularly.

The oil is not infinite. It gets dirty, it gets old and it becomes useless. Every time you have your watch serviced, the technicians disassemble the movement, clean the old dirt and replace it with new dirt. Useful Goo. And there you have it: your watch is as good as new.

Well, sort of. If you left it too after, there may already be signs of wear and tear that you will never get rid of again, which is a shame. It is good to look altered from the outside, but if there is a risk of coronary heart issue, you can reconsider your lifestyle. No matter how much you like the patina of age, you want your clock to work perfectly inside.

So, whether you like it or not, no matter how inseparable you are from your exquisite, tasteful and overall perfect watch, you must have it serviced regularly. “Regular” doesn’t mean much and you will hear different lengths from different sources, but in general, you should have your watch looked at once a year.

There are watchmakers who say they can go longer – Omega secures their bets for up to four years, almost half a decade – but it’s a tempting fate. This way, the guy who takes a look can actually check if he has already started wasting or gaining time to get a head start on potential problems. Well, if you know what you’re doing anyway.

Just so we’re on the same page, those shitty booths that cut keys, clean shoes and “fix watches” certainly don’t do the latter. Hell, most of them are action with the first two. What they mean is that you can open the back of a Michael Kors watch and turn off the Battery. Serious Stuff. The only way to get a working Patek from them is to return a dummy to them and sell their expensive Original for fifty pounds and a can of beer.

The easiest way is to go to where you bought the watch. Assuming that you have not opened the matter back yourself, most watches have a Warranty of about 3 years. You can send it for free and be sure that the guy on the other side is at least vaguely familiar with his affairs. Sometimes very vague, but hey, Guaranteed.

The main problem with branded repairs is time. I have lost watches at the Swatch Group Service Center in Southampton for months, and others are not getting much better. Take the two weeks that you usually say with the salt of a Scottish spreader and you will agree. Try to get it in time for a wedding, and you will be very disappointed.

On the other hand, you could opt for a sharper expertise on Guarantee. Luxury watch repairs are much more effective than subtle and definitely one of the best repair shops in London. You post your watch, they give you an offer, you say yes or no. Everything is beautiful and simple and, unlike branded repair centers, it is easy to check your watch. At least, that’s the general thought.

I myself had some problems with them to get an update. I brought a friend’s vintage Heuer to repair-but it left and came back in about a week. From a watchmaking point of view, it is very fast. More than that is the fact that it was a Vintage watch that went.

You may have heard horror stories of someone who sent a beautifully aged watch for maintenance just to get a shiny, characterless new dial. I also heard them, although I must say that I have never seen it before. Anyway, luxury watch repairs will do all the changes by you first; half the time, you can even make replacement parts so that you can keep your Vintage pieces running. There are other watch repair services, but I will not recommend something that I have not used myself.

However, repairs are a completely different matter. The brands already have the parts at hand and get them at cost price. Other services have to be ordered from the brands – which obviously distinguish them a little – which takes time. Overall, the time difference will be negligible, but the cost should be less in an ideal world at the real watchmaker.

I’m not going to get into the actual repair prices here, because the range is incredibly large, but if you have a particular problem and you already know what it is, you can usually get a quote by phone in a few minutes. As with a classic car, you have to take care of your watch if you like it. As with a classic car, it is expensive and takes a long time. But as with a classic car, it can last a lifetime if you break through the mechanical Is and cross the watchmaker Ts. Or more, if you believe what Patek Philippe says.

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