Hi, I have recently become interested in vintage watches. So far I have bought only one (Roamer Elegant, MST 521), but I would like to gradually build a little collection. I'm not very interested in expensive watches and the most sought-after brands; trying to find nice watches in 10-50 dollar/euro price range from ebay and local auctions sounds much more fun.
My question to you is, do you have your inexpensive vintage watches regularly serviced? I think it's obvious that if you spend a lot of money for something, you should be willing to pay a little more to keep it in good condition. However, having a cheap vintage watch serviced for a price that might be several times more than the buying price of the watch, doesn't sound good to me.
On the other hand I read comments of watchmakers saying that not servicing a watch regularly will not only cause it to run poorly, but will eventually start to destroy the movement, which of course doesn't sound good either.
For example my Roamer, which I bought for 30 euros. I have no information of its possible service history, but it's running fine, less than 5 seconds fast per day. Would you recommend me to have it checked and serviced anyway, or just use it happily and not think about it untill it shows some problem? Or do you think it's not even worth getting into vintage watches if one is not willing to pay for service?