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Keeping watches in good running order, advice please?

Post by Craig64 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:11 pm

I will be interested to receive any advice please in respect of your recommended practice for keeping automatic movements in their best condition when owning a small collection of watches, whilst keeping servicing costs down to the minimum.

Considering my own situation, I have a small collection of 6 automatic watches and a watch winder.

I (rightly or wrongly) worry that these watches should not be kept inactive for too long a period, and at the same time figure that intermittent resting periods will prolong their life span by stopping component wear whilst inactive.

Now currently, I run one watch at a time continuously for two weeks before resting it and then switching to the next watch, and so on. So in essence each watch gets 2 weeks running then rests for 10 weeks.

Would it be beneficial for these movements, to switch this routine to say wear for just a week, then let the watch rest for 5 weeks? Or would it be be better to extend the period to wear for a full month then rest for five months?

Or am I being way over paranoid, and does it not really matter at all?

I should say that the feel good factor of swapping to the next watch is pretty much the same for each model, so for that reason, my somewhat clinical routine suits me fine.

In respect of servicing, after a less than satisfactory experience with a routine service of a premium branded luxury watch, I won’t be having any of my watches routinely serviced again. They will be serviced only once they show any running issues.

Your comments and advice will be much appreciated.
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Re: Keeping watches in good running order, advice please?

Post by H0rati0 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:54 pm

If your routine suits, keep it. The damn things are made to be used as suits you after all.

My two cents:

The two issues to consider are wear and quality/longevity of oil

While the watch is not running - no wear.

Modern synthetic oils as used in watches do not appreciably deteriorate so while the watch is not running all should be well. But running creates wear so that micro-particles will be picked up by the oil meaning ideally the oils need to be renewed occasionally. The consensus these days (manufacturers and technicians - both with vested interest) seems to be a service at approx 5 years though some differ, eg Rolex say 10 years. I presume this applies for continuous use which surely they have to assume. If the watch is not running, no wear, so it should not need a service. My sentiment is a service when I feel it necessary at considerably longer than 5 year intervals as like you, I rest my watches but not as methodically. Of course if something goes wrong, one needs to fix it.

I too much prefer to avoid the repair shops, no certainty, lots of things can go wrong so use them only if you feel it necessary.
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Post by Craig64 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:53 pm

Your two cents are very much appreciated, thank you. What you said makes a lot of good sense to me.

It is interesting how Rolex have extended their recommended service interval. I wonder if their latest recommendations apply only to current models, or to older models that previously had recommended 5 year service intervals.
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Post by kiter65 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:43 pm

I have 5 autos, no watch winder, I just pick the watch I want to wear that day, no pattern, set the time/date give it a couple of winds and off I go, never had an issue :thumbup:

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Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:33 pm

kiter65 wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:43 pm
I have 5 autos, no watch winder, I just pick the watch I want to wear that day, no pattern, set the time/date give it a couple of winds and off I go, never had an issue :thumbup:
Hmmm...you have a severe case of the dog wagging the tail.

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Post by Danbailey007 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:52 am

kiter65 wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:43 pm
I have 5 autos, no watch winder, I just pick the watch I want to wear that day, no pattern, set the time/date give it a couple of winds and off I go, never had an issue :thumbup:
I'm the same although I only have 2 autos to worry about as the rest are quartz. Have thought about a winder but don't see the need as I always seem to be wearing one of the autos now.
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Post by Thermexman » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:05 pm

I have 9 autos. I just choose it, set it, give it a few winds and off I go. No rhyme, reason or lengthy procrastinating involved. I'll send them for service or repair as and when they develop a fault. Life's too short and as Steve said, "they be tools, don't let 'em run ee life!"
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Post by Thegreyman » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:14 pm

Thermexman wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:05 pm
I have 9 autos. I just choose it, set it, give it a few winds and off I go. No rhyme, reason or lengthy procrastinating involved. I'll send them for service or repair as and when they develop a fault. Life's too short and as Steve said, "they be tools, don't let 'em run ee life!"
The same except it's 11 autos (I think :oops: ).
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Post by Robotaz » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:59 pm

Under your circumstances, I would recommend rotating more frequently, not winding autos to start them in the morning, and waiting until you see a change in performance before you service. You’ll see it start slowing down before any parts start wearing significantly.

Maybe time them all if you don’t already know their performance, anc check every few months. No worries. Just a check.

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Re: Keeping watches in good running order, advice please?

Post by Craig64 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:04 am

Thank you all for taking time out to comment.
I am going to rotate my watches a bit more often, not be too paranoid about the process, and return them for service/repair only when I think it is needed.
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