I have been collecting watches for a few years, but in the last couple of years have moved increasingly into vintage pieces. There are a wealth of beautiful vintage chronographs out there, and indeed I already have one such piece in a lovely 1940s Bovet chrono with Venus 170.
I am however not familiar at all with servicing of vintage chrono movements, and I have restrained myself in purchasing any more chronos for that reason. You can get fantastic value in vintage Valjoux/Landeron/Venus, but I always feel like you'd have to pay more than the purchase price of the watch for a service. For the really nice pieces that I've got my eyes on - Universal Geneves, Record Geneves, Gallets etc - it's not too much of a problem. But when I see a cool no-name Landeron for well under $1000 I tend to stay clear for fear of purchasing a white elephant.
So please can experienced hands enlighten me on this, with the following in mind:
- How much more difficult is it to find someone capable of a service?
- Are there certain movements that tend to be more easily/cheaply serviced?
- Conversely, are there those that are notoriously difficult/expensive? (and I hope you don't tell me the Venus 170 is one of these.....)
Your experiences would all be greatly appreciated.