How Often You Need to Service Your Fine Swiss Watch

Watch Repair

A watchmaker that goes by the handle of "Archer" on has posted an excellent summary to a question we also often get: what is the correct service interval for a watch? Unfortunately the answer is that it "depends" on such things as how often a watch is worn. That said, the normal recommended service interval is 2-5 years.

The biggest issue here is lubricating oils that breakdown, regardless of how a watch is actually worn, even if the watch is still keeping excellent time. Obviously if a watch suddenly starts slowing down or speeding up, this is a sign that some sort of service is likely. Other common problems that can be remedied via service: dry balance jewels, noticeable wear on the main plate from the winding pinion, and excess debris impeding movement.

The entire post contains many visual examples and is well worth reading.

Categories: Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia, Watch Repair.

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