servicing a mechanical watch?

May 14, 2010 10:45 PM John Beckett asks:

How often do you have to take a mechanical watch to a service center?

May 14, 2010 01:14 PM Watches.Infoniac Team answers:
It depends on the model and the brand. Most manufacturers recommend to have a mechanical watch serviced every 3-4 years, even if the timepiece seems to work flawlessly. A mechanical watch needs regular lubrication to keep it running smoothly. As time passes by, the oil deteriorates, resulting in increased friction between the movement's parts, thus causing abrasion and impairing the precision of the timepiece.

It is also important to mention that the friction can lead to the appearance of a very fine dust to become an abrasive on the movement parts.

Usually, the watchmaker takes a watch apart and ultrasonically cleans the case and the bracelet and then polishes them. He chemically cleans the parts of the movement and examines them. He replaces worn-out parts of the movement, reassembles, lubricates and regulates the movement. In case of water-resistant watches, the watchmaker checks its water-resistance.

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