In the summer of 2016, I picked up this beauty in rough shape for well below market value. It took until fall of 2017 to get things together and get it serviced. I've had four amazing months of it running pretty well and wearing it once or twice a week, but now it's not working so hot before and after a battery change. I want to be clear that I in no way blame where I got it serviced, and they've been amazing in communicating with me about the new issues. It seems like the watch is just wearing out from use.
Personally, I'm bouncing between being heartbroken that I've used up the remaining life of the watch and thinking it's just a thing that was never meant to last forever. I was reading Rondeau's book on the Hamilton Electrics the other day and there was a line in it to the effect of there are no more parts (contact pins) being made, so every Hamilton Electric has a finite remaining life.
Part of me wants to buy a cheap Vostok or Seiko diver and a spare movement for less than the cost of a service on an electric and wear the heck out of it while making a nice display case for a Landeron 4750, Standard Time Corp 130E, and Ruhla Cal. 26. These are fun to wear and to listen to sparking away on my wrist, but it doesn't feel worth wrecking something to which there are no replacement parts.
I'm open to opinions on this. Tell me I'm overthinking this and should wear it or tell me that the preservationist side should win. I'm well and truly stuck on the fence and it's causing me stress in a hobby that should be enjoyable.
Thanks for reading and for any commentary/advice you care to provide.