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    How do YOU decide if a movement is serviced ?

    Say you buy a watch from someone you don't know (as it usually happens), you don't trust the person or you just don't care what they say.

    How do you decide if a movement has been serviced or is simply in good condition ?

    Apart from the fact that said movement is clean what other signs or tests do you have to find out whether a movement is in good condition and has been serviced (more or less) recently without taking it ALL apart at first glance ?

    Please share. :)

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    Re: How do YOU decide if a movement is serviced ?

    I pull out the Incabloc capstone and look at the lubrication, if that's dried out or absent it needs a service. If there is still lubrication left and it looks good then I put it on the timing machine. If it runs steady with a strong amplitude and a low beat error I leave it alone. Otherwise it needs a service again ;)
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    Re: How do YOU decide if a movement is serviced ?

    Ok, new rule: you DON'T have professional tools available. -_-

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    Re: How do YOU decide if a movement is serviced ?

    If you do not have the tools to check, you have to trust the seller. Or calculate your mis-trusting into the price negotiations / calculations, if the recent service by a professional cannot be proved.

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    Re: How do YOU decide if a movement is serviced ?

    If they cant show me a invoice from the "professional", then I generally assume that it hasn't been serviced.
    Rather be safe than sorry.
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    Re: How do YOU decide if a movement is serviced ?

    Quote Originally Posted by cleef16 View Post
    Ok, new rule: you DON'T have professional tools available. -_-
    Haha ok, without tools you can never be certain so always assume that it's not been serviced then, to be on the safe side.
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    Re: How do YOU decide if a movement is serviced ?

    I'm talking about visual and audio signs that might tell that it's ok or not ok... ;)

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    Re: How do YOU decide if a movement is serviced ?

    Funny thread!

    You are asking 'how do YOU decide if a movement is serviced?' People give you THEIR answer how they do it and you change the rules.

    People answer you under the new rules and you come up with new hypoteses...

    Next step: I'm talking about visual and audio signs that might tell that it's ok or not ok... ;)' That is exactly what a timing machine, also called time scale or time grapher is used for, but you have excluded this tool. Perhaps you want to have a look to see if the hands are moving.

    New rule: You don't trust the seller, you have no tools, you have no clue how to use these tools and what for and you don't know much about watches: Have it serviced!
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    Re: How do YOU decide if a movement is serviced ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Border-Reiver View Post
    New rule: You don't trust the seller, you have no tools, you have no clue how to use these tools and what for and you don't know much about watches: Have it serviced!
    Hahaha so much truth in this.

    I've never bought a watch that was stated as being serviced except for when i bought my Seiko 6105 from a Seiko watchmaker. If i was to buy one from someone and they told me it was serviced if they couldn't provide proof of it i'd think they were full of ..... That is of course unless i personally knew them or had had a long time contact with the person and knew they were trustworthy and honest.

    Basically if it's a random ebay sale and they say it's serviced, just factor in a service cost into it and have it done straight away. I've seen guys all over buy a 40+ year old watch, wear it for a week and when it shits itself because it hasn't been serviced ever they then go oh why did my 40+ year old watch stop working?

    Maybe i'm just cynical, or people are just stupid. Probably a bit of both..
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    Re: How do YOU decide if a movement is serviced ?

    What a question.
    From my point of view, you do not decide is it or not. Simply make service.
    If you buy for trade, than it is something else.

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