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    To service or not to service?

    For her 13th birthday next month, I'm giving my granddaughter this vintage, 1940's Hamilton tank (known as the Ashley) that I've had for about 20 years. The small size should fit her wrist well, and hopefully it'll be a keepsake for her down through the years.

    It's never been serviced since I've owned it and continues to run great. I'm a little leery of having it serviced before her birthday, because you just never know what might happen when the back of an old watch gets opened. So I'm thinking don't fix it until it's broken, and telling her mother that I'll cover a service if it ever stops working or if the winding starts showing resistance.

    What do you think?
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    i would have it serviced. Lubrication has probably long since dried up and it will extend the life of the watch.
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    Have it serviced.
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    Yes, have it serviced if, and only if, you have a trust worthy watchmaker that will guarantee a timely service, and doesn't end up pushing it off to the side for 6 months to a year, which seems to be the norm anymore!
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    Lovely watch! To echo simpletreasures, getting it back in a month seems like a long shot unless you have a really good relationship with a watchmaker.

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    A service will keep it running well into the future when she passes it on to her children

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    Unless your granddaughter is exceptionally mindful and cares about such things, I wouldn't give her what amounts to a homework assignment. I don't know either one of you, but I always assume the watch lover is doing a bit of projecting by giving anyone a watch.
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    Thanks, all. Service it is. There is a local repairer who I think can handle this. He's done other work for me and is usually timely.

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    Re: To service or not to service?

    Quote Originally Posted by HerrNano View Post
    Unless your granddaughter is exceptionally mindful and cares about such things, I wouldn't give her what amounts to a homework assignment. I don't know either one of you, but I always assume the watch lover is doing a bit of projecting by giving anyone a watch.
    I think your idea is a really nice gesture, but I also have to echo this a little. At 13 yrs old, you would have to emphasize how the watch works, proper winding procedures, etc.. Usually kids this age would not be able to consistently follow guidelines of taking care of a vintage wstch. Jmo!!
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    Re: To service or not to service?

    Quote Originally Posted by Case61 View Post
    So I'm thinking don't fix it until it's broken, and telling her mother that I'll cover a service if it ever stops working or if the winding starts showing resistance.

    What do you think?
    It would be a mistake to wait. When it finally gets broken, it will likely be with irreparable damage, requiring parts replacement. Parts may no longer be available.

    When the old oil coagulates and the dust particles mix with it, it creates a very effective grinding paste, which destroys the pivots.

    Regular servicing will ensure that the watch will last for generations.

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