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    After putting WatchTracker on my phone, I started tracking the accuracy of some old manually wound watches. Two were quite consistent from day to day, with one gaining about 26 seconds/day, and the other gaining about 70 seconds/day. A third is much less consistent, starting out gaining about 60 seconds/day and then more recently beginning to lose time. Assuming the watches are wound once/day, is this normal or is it an indication that something in the inconsistent watch is not working as it should?



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    How recently were those three watches serviced?
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    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    How recently were those three watches serviced?
    To the best of my knowledge, never. I do not believe any of them is sufficiently valuable to justify a service.

    The erratic one is a Benrus. The 70 sec./day is a Caravelle. The 26 sec./day is an Arnea pocket watch.




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    If they have never been serviced, then they are all probably in serious decline.
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    Hi there,

    Quote Originally Posted by BillSWPA View Post
    I do not believe any of them is sufficiently valuable to justify a service.
    Unfortunately the demand for service is not realated to the value of a watch, but to its use. If you replace a watch everytime you have ruined it, you end up with a heap of useless trash. If you get the replacements for free, the decision is easy. But already for $10 watches it might finally be cheaper to buy only one, and service it for ten times its value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Ranfft View Post
    Hi there,


    Unfortunately the demand for service is not realated to the value of a watch, but to its use. If you replace a watch everytime you have ruined it, you end up with a heap of useless trash. If you get the replacements for free, the decision is easy. But already for $10 watches it might finally be cheaper to buy only one, and service it for ten times its value.

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    Daily wear of these watches ended decades ago, and is unlikely to resume in the foreseeable future. At this point I view them more as potential learning tools than anything else.



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    Quote Originally Posted by BillSWPA View Post
    I do not believe any of them is sufficiently valuable to justify a service.
    This is a sad reality for low value watches, if there is no sentimental value. My approach to this has been to put such watches on eBay, passing them on to people who might love them more. Others just enjoy them working or non-working, treating them as display objects.
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    Hi Dan,

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    ...Others just enjoy them working or non-working, treating them as display objects.
    Indeed, service demand depends on usage, not on ownership, and the statement "don't wind it unless it is serviced", frequently read here, is a bit exaggerated. I have some watches which I frequently use, and these get a service if reqired (disregarding their value). Others run once a year or less, and they will survive me without noticable wear, even without any attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Ranfft View Post
    Hi Dan,


    Indeed, service demand depends on usage, not on ownership, and the statement "don't wind it unless it is serviced", frequently read here, is a bit exaggerated. I have some watches which I frequently use, and these get a service if reqired (disregarding their value). Others run once a year or less, and they will survive me without noticable wear, even without any attention.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
    Regarding value verses cost of service, for the likely cost of servicing all 3 watches, a single watch that IS worth servicing when it develops issues could be purchased.

    Now, if I use those watches to teach my kids about setting watches and telling time, and then use them to teach myself how to perform simple maintenance and repairs, that has value.



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