High quality watches need maintenance from time to time. Find out how often to service your watch.
Many watches today are of the “disposable” variety. These are inexpensive options, that can simply be replaced when they fail. However, some people still choose to have a fine watch. These are the more expensive option, but this type of watch will last for many years if taken care of, and are often handed down from generation to generation.
Before we get into when to have a watch serviced, there is one important piece of information that you must know. Always read the owner’s manual that comes with your watch. It is possible that your warranty may be voided if you take the watch to an unauthorized service center. The other reason you should refer to the owner’s manual is that if your watch needs repair, instead of routine service, you may find that it is covered under the warranty, find more info.
If the maker of your watch is still in business, and hopefully they are, you should contact them before having your watch serviced. Even if you are free to take your watch anywhere without voiding the warranty, the watch maker will be able to make recommendations as to where the best place to seek service is. A fine watch can cost thousands of dollars, and taking it to just any service location is not recommended.
Obviously, you will know when it is time for a battery change, but for all other types of service, you will need to refer to your owner’s manual. A fine watch does not require much maintenance really, but occasionally it will need to be inspected and tuned.
Quartz analog fine watches need an occasional battery change, and service every six to ten years. Digital quartz watches rarely need anything other than a battery change. Mechanical watches need maintenance more frequently than quartz analog watches. This should be done every three years of so to ensure that they stay accurate and retain their water-proof properties.
The cost of fine watch service will vary by what the watch needs, what brand it is, and where you get it serviced. Considering the frequency of which this needs to be done, it is a small price to pay in order to protect your investment. Watches such as a Rolex are meant to last a lifetime, and then some. This is the type of watch you will eventually pass down to your children or grandchildren, so keeping it in top shape should be a priority. Let your owner’s manual be your guide, and if you no longer have it, contact the company that made your fine watch. Between the two, you will be able to find out the exact maintenance schedule of your specific watch. Once you know when to service your watch, follow up on this information. This is the best way to protect your investment.