How frequently should I get an overhaul?
The frequency at which a watch should be overhauled depends on several factors, including the age of the watch, how often it is worn, the conditions it is worn, and manufacturer recommendations. Generally, a mechanical (including automatic) watch should be overhauled every 5 to 7 years, while a quartz watch may need to be serviced every 3 to 5 years.
Here are some signs that a watch may need to be overhauled:
- Loss of accuracy: If a watch begins to lose timing accuracy, running either too fast or too slow, it may be time for an overhaul.
- Visible wear and tear: If a watch shows visible signs of wear and tear, such as scratches, dents, or damage to the dial, bracelet or crystal, an overhaul may be necessary.
- Stopped working: If a watch stops running or cannot be wound, it may need an overhaul to fix any broken or worn-out parts.
- Water damage: If a watch has been exposed to water or moisture, an overhaul may be necessary to prevent further damage. If you notice water inside the case, have it looked at by a professional as soon as possible.
During an overhaul, a watch is completely disassembled, cleaned, and any worn or damaged parts are replaced. The movement is then reassembled, lubricated, and tested for accuracy. An overhaul is a complex and time-consuming process that should only be performed by a qualified watchmaker or service center.
In general, it is a good idea to have a watch checked regularly by a professional watchmaker, who can advise on whether an overhaul is necessary and provide recommendations for ongoing maintenance.
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