It is inevitable, one day your watch will need to have service. However, chances are it will usually only occur once every 3 – 5 years. With quartz watches that stopped working, most likely the battery, and that could be anywhere from 2 – 10 years. As is the fact with most things, the more expensive the watch, the more complicated it will be, which means more components that need to be looked after and maintained. Servicing for watches can vary by brand and by model but the common rule of thumb by manufacturers is recommending service every 3 – 5 years.
Service within these time constraints will help keep the timepiece in good working condition. You may be wondering is there are any signs that your watch may need servicing and if so can you do some of it yourself? To answer that continue reading below.
Quartz Watches– These types of watches tend to be the most affordable timepieces. They are rather simple when compared to more expensive mechanical watches. However, 9 out of 10 times, when a quart watch quits working it is usually due to the battery.
However, another common problem that can happen with quartz watches is when the buttons or pushers stop working as intended. This is typically due to wear and tear or dust and dirt has accumulated in the spring that allows the pusher to work. If this is the case then full service will be required to ascertain the exact problem.
Mechanical Watches – Mechanical watches have more individual parts than quartz watches. With that in mind, more things can go wrong with mechanical watches. One of the most common problems is when time-keeping either slows or becomes to fast. This tends to happen whenever there has been a lack of servicing for the mechanical watch.
There are over 180 individual parts in a mechanical watch and those parts need lubrication. If the watch is not brought in for servicing at least once every four or five years then those parts can wear which can be the reasoning behind the time keeping becoming off.
What to Do?
- You should always have your mechanical watch serviced every four or five years. Even if there are no signs of wear or tear, you should still take it in for servicing.
- Manually wind any watches that you are not wearing every four to five days to make sure that the oils do not dry out.
- Ask your watchmaker what their credentials are, what they plan on doing to the watch, and what parts they will be replacing. It is not only reassurance, it is also a great method to finding exactly how qualified the watchmaker is.
Much like, most of us make sure to take our vehicles in for servicing, the same applies with mechanical watches. They should be well-cared for and maintained. Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry is an Authorized service center for Victorinox Swiss Army and many more manufacturers. If you need watch repair in Littleton, CO or even if you do not live in the area, and you would like to mail the watch to us, we can help.
About Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry
Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry has been providing quality products and professional services to the metropolitan Denver, CO area since 1951. The very first watch repair and service facility ever opened in Colorado. Dan Matheu, watchmaker, pioneered watch repair and services in Colorado. Today, Scott Matheu is at the helm steering Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry. With his vision, Scott opened a watch store in Highlands Ranch and has made Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry not only one of the largest watch stores to provide watch repair in Littleton, CO but also the entire state.
Whether you need watch repair in Littleton, CO, watch engraving, or even if you have an antique watch that you would like appraised, you can count on Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry to provide you with superior service each and every single time. All of our watchmakers are factory trained and we have CW21 Certified by the American Watchmakers and Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) on site. This certification has the most stringent standards for watchmakers performing repair, restoration, and service work on watches. With one of the largest service centers in the metropolitan Denver, CO we are not only able to provide watch repair in Littleton, CO but to the entire 50 states as well.
Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry is also a factory authorized service center for Cartier, Tag Heuer, Philip Stein, Swiss Army and many more brands. When you use Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry for your watch repair in Littleton, CO, you can rest assured knowing that you will receive our (2) two-year warranty on major watch repairs that we provide. If you are looking for the best watch repair service center throughout the United States, you cannot go wrong when you choose Matheu’s Fine Watches & Jewelry. With certifications from not only AWCI but SAWTA too, we not only stand out from the pact; we lead it.