17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?
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    17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?

    It is the Archimede in my sig. My first watch and I plan to keep it forever. Should I proactively service it, even if nothing is outwardly wrong, or just keep going? The financial outlay is not a concern, it is just about 'should I'?

    If yes, suggestions on the best way to find someone to service? Happy to mail it, would be happy to find a good local place. OK to spend extra to make sure whoever does it does a great job (taking the extra time and care to do it right).

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    Re: 17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?

    Yes, any good watchmaker.

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    Re: 17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?

    How do you know if "runs like new"? Have you put it on a timegrapher to check the amplitude and beat error?

    I'd expect the lubricants are probably due for a refresh on a watch that old. I don't believe they were using the newer, longer-lasting synthetic oils that are commonplace today back 17 years ago.
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    Re: 17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?

    After 17 years DEFINITELY.

    Without service at this age, it may incur a great deal of expensive wear with continued use.
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    Re: 17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MX793 View Post
    How do you know if "runs like new"? Have you put it on a timegrapher to check the amplitude and beat error?

    I'd expect the lubricants are probably due for a refresh on a watch that old. I don't believe they were using the newer, longer-lasting synthetic oils that are commonplace today back 17 years ago.
    Was more talking about the end result, which is it runs within 5 seconds/day, winds smoothly (crown and rotor), date change works well, etc. Yes, does not mean oils are not compromised.
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    Re: 17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?

    After 17 years DEFINITELY.

    Without service at this age, it may incur a great deal of expensive wear with continued use.

    The 2824-2 is a real workhorse movement and is fairly easy to service.
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    Re: 17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?

    Alas, yes. It would be a wise idea to do so.

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    Re: 17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?

    Quote Originally Posted by canonken View Post
    Was more talking about the end result, which is it runs within 5 seconds/day, winds smoothly (crown and rotor), date change works well, etc. Yes, does not mean oils are not compromised.
    Compromised oils result in the bearing surfaces running dry. Yes the movement could keep decent time while silently accelerating wear. If you intend to use the watch then a service is overdue.

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    Re: 17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?

    Yes, but a decent watch guy-- not just any hack. A crumby service can make you wish that you'd done nothing.

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    Re: 17 year old ETA 2824-2. Never been serviced, runs like new...should I service it?

    No--going against the grain on this one--modern lubricants are silicon/silicate based, and specifically do not get "compromised", break down, deteriorate, muddled. thickened or dry out as did older lubricants. If the watch is running fine, great--opening up a perfectly running watch is simply opening up chances for things to go wrong despite the best of intentions--don't fix what isn't broken. This is not a super sophisticated movement, and can be easily and inexpensively serviced when and if the need arises.

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