Hello one and all! I'm new around here and have just a few questions to ask; forgive me if the subject has been covered before.
Having owned a few mechanical watches from Seiko and Sea-Gull, which I have not had serviced (but which appear to be just fine), I recently acquired my first Swiss mechanical timepiece. The watch has a trusty ETA 2824-2 movement. Since this is a step or two up from Sea-Gull and Seiko mechanical movements, I hope to have it serviced periodically. This is where my dilemma comes in. I have asked for quotes from a few reputable jewellers and watchmakers, and got some extreme variety in both price and service interval. The most extreme were:
- Service every 3-4 years, $495 Australian Dollars
- Service every 8-10 years, $200 Australian Dollars
So, which one is more likely to be closest? Neither? How many years should I expect before I start having issues? What should a general re-oiling, cleaning, overhauling service on an ETA 2824-2 cost?