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    New to me vintage Lucerne Skin Diver - needs service

    Hello,

    Recently obtained this neat vintage diver that looks pretty good for its age. Like the perfect 38mm size, patina markers, unique dial and slate blue colored bezel. Unfortunately it is not running and I would like to get serviced and working again. It's a 1 jewel swiss made movement and not sure how difficult it will be to fix but looking for someone locally in North NJ who maybe does watch servicing or know of a good, reasonable, and reputable one.

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    Re: New to me vintage Lucerne Skin Diver - needs service

    This question comes up now and then on F11, you can search for previous threads. As best I recall, the response is generally that many (or most) watchmakers will not take on the task of restoring a non-working pin-lever movement. And even if you can find someone to do it, it's not worth the cost, since you are likely to have problems again in the near future. In general, I think these watches were essentially meant to be disposable, so one should avoid buying watches with non-working pin-lever movements. And even if it is in working condition, it's probably best to wear to minimize wear and tear.
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    Re: New to me vintage Lucerne Skin Diver - needs service

    Like Dan said,not worth the repair. But don't toss. Best to replace 1 Jewl pin lever movement with a quartz and creative spacer (cardboard cutout works). Even if you are not a watchmaker, you could give it a shot, hard to break a quartz.

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    Re: New to me vintage Lucerne Skin Diver - needs service

    I can't say if a watch is worth a repair as it is an individual choice. I may say a watch is not worth the repair if the economics of it are of a negative. But then you may particularly like the watch and don't care if the cost exceeds the value. I have spent more on a repair than the value of the piece in the past.

    I say to make the effort if it is worth it to you personally. I think the watch looks interesting and would either search further out for a watchmaker that would do the work or look for a running movement of the same and do a swap.

    Pin lever were never the high end type of watch. But that does not mean they can't be serviced or made to at least run in a reasonable time for this particular type of watch. Don't expect 30 seconds a day accuracy. Hope for within 3 to 5 min a day depending on wear and age. But get it fixed if it is a watch you like and just want to enjoy.

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    Re: New to me vintage Lucerne Skin Diver - needs service

    Thank you for the comments. Like the watches size and look so will try to get fixed if possible. Movement does not look to complicated and pretty clean. May need to go swiss quartz of the movement can't be fixed. Any info on this?

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    Re: New to me vintage Lucerne Skin Diver - needs service

    Quote Originally Posted by apac1119 View Post
    Thank you for the comments. Like the watches size and look so will try to get fixed if possible. Movement does not look to complicated and pretty clean. May need to go swiss quartz of the movement can't be fixed. Any info on this?

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    Re: New to me vintage Lucerne Skin Diver - needs service

    Those are cool looking, but from my experience best to admire from afar :)
    Save your money and put it toward a better vintage diver.
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