I'm hoping the great sages here can offer some practical advice to me regarding what I should do with an heirloom watch.
I have an older Seiko 7006-8007 automatic from the early '70s that belonged to my late father-in-law. My mother-in-law gave it to me after he died, and I treasure it simply for its presence. It keeps accurate time, but takes a lot of work to wind it enough just to keep it running through the night when it's in my watch box. I've had a local watchmaker look at it, and he's asking $250 to overhaul it (I don't yet have the details of exactly what he says it needs, so I can't share them; I'll edit my posting when I do). I would like to be able to give "Grandpa's watch" in the best possible working condition to one of my sons someday, but that cost seems excessively high.
Instead of overhauling this watch's movement, would it be more practical to find a good donor watch and have the watchmaker swap them? I'm thinking this is the better choice, but wanted some input from people who know better than I do about such things.
Thanks in advance!