These days’ our possessions have become disposable and we are so used to buying something to replace broken technology. Our throwaway society is used to giving up on belongings that once made us very happy. If you are a watch enthusiast, then you will understand how precious an expensive timepiece can be.
With watches, there is often years of history behind the model and brand and maintaining a watch will be worthwhile when it is something you can share with your family after you are gone. Whether you have a vintage or modern timepiece, here is everything you need to know about watch servicing.
VINTAGE WATCH RESTORATION
If you are the owner of something as precious as a vintage watch then you would be mad to upgrade your timepiece for another watch which may be out of style in a couple of months. Vintage watches are timeless and they have so much history! When cared for carefully they may also be worth a lot of money.
If you have a vintage timepiece lying in a drawer at home, look into vintage watch restoration options. Stephen Puvirent, associate editor of the online watch publication HODINKEE stated why he believes watches win over tech
"We're all extremely attached to our cameras, our phones, our computers, our iPads, and I think there's something charming about owning something analogue… I'm going to replace my iPhone sometime in the next few years. But a really high-quality watch I can wear and enjoy on a daily basis."
Mechanical watches are charming and a true watch enthusiast understands the craftsmanship and years of training it takes to create the elaborate interior mechanisms, that make vintage timepieces so unique.
WHAT IS A WATCH SERVICE?
A full mechanical service is a complete cleaning and re-oiling of movements inside of your watch. During a watch service, a repairs expert will for the following factors that will determine the health of your timepiece:
· Failed Parts
· Case Restoration
· Re-Sealing Service
· New Springs and Balances
· Levers and Date Wheels
· Watch Battery Replacement
Much like your car that you would never miss a servicing for, a watch need cared for in order to keep it running efficiently and on time.
WATCH REPAIR CAN BE COSTLY
If your watch is broken and left for a long period of time, this may cause damage to the internal system of your watch. If you fail to have you watch serviced, then it may cost you more money in the long run on watch repair.
Make sure that you have your watch serviced regularly, rather than waiting on it for it to stop working all together. Make sure that your timepiece is sent to a professional horologist as they will be able to give you the best advice on maintaining your timepiece.
If you want to keep your watch in the best condition it can be then a watch service timeframe will be specified in your guarantee. Most modern brands do recommend that you have your timepiece checked every 3-5 years. However, if you notice your watch skipping beats, moving either slower or faster then it’s perhaps time you sent your watch away a service.
If you continue to buy new watches then you will end up with a collection of broken timepieces and eventually it will cost you a lot to have them all repaired, therefore it is important to have your current watch checked and looked over by a professional.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WATCH WATER RESISTANCE
If you watch is guaranteed to be water resistant, it is still advised by watch experts that you avoid high risk situations. Try to avoid wearing your timepiece in the bath, shower, sauna or when swimming and make sure that your watch has screw down crown or pushers, that are fully pushed down when water’s around.
You will know if your watch is water damaged most of the time as condensation is a tell-tale sign that your watch is water-damaged. Salt water can also damage the inside and outside of your watch as it can cause corrosion of the intricate parts.
If you have any worries about the condition of your watch, make sure that you contact a watch specialist immediately. More than likely the watch repair service will have years of experience dealing with damaged watches and they will be able to advise you on the steps you can make for improving the health of your watch.