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?

Keep your mechanical watch ticking for years to come! Visit Sangamon Watch Co. in downtown Springfield, we provide complete watch repair and maintenance solutions. Email: brian@sangamonwatches.com