Hi. I have a Khaki Scuba with H-10 movement and I was looking for another watch to use as alternative. Basically 1 month I'd use the Hammy and 1 month something else. I realized the majority of watches I like are eiter being discontinued (certan Seiko...) or are 2824-2 powered watches or Sellitas which have a higher beat rate than the H-10. OK I thought, maybe I should settle for a higher beat movement and assume at some point I'll service it "soon" since they apparently need shorter service intervals.
But that's not my issue really. In the process of investigating about such things I read a lot of comments in this forum posted over the years that claim as a fact that as it's not cost effective to really service the movement they are replaced when you send the watch for a service to a Swatch centre. These claims are not usually contested and the discussion rarely focus on such claims so I'm not sure what to expect about this.
I can only speak English and Spanish, and for example all the official Hamilton sites I can read claim the maintenance service include:On the other hand the service costs are stated as €170/$170... To be this is a fine amount.Removal, dismantling and disassembly of movement, replacement of worn or damaged components, cleaning, oiling and reassembly, or replacement of the complete movement.
I cannot have a definitive answer from this info as they don't specify when they directy replace the entire movement so I ask... When you send your watch for a service, is common practice really among the Swatch brands to directly replace the entire movement without asking you first? Assuming the watch only needs oiling and gasket replacement.
To me the movement is the soul of the watch. It's as a charm you wear while going through life. If the watch is new and defective I don't mind if they swap the entire movement when you send the watch for a service (I think it's even desirable). But if in 8 years I service my watch I don't like the idea about them replacing the soul of my watch. IMO it kills the reason behind owning a mechanical watch. Some wheel, the barrel, I don't mind if they need replacement. But the entire movement? No! Do they really simply replace it?
On the other hand... If you had my mindset, would you simply wear the watch until it breaks and then leave it in your case as a relic and device that beat with you over the years, and then buy something else?