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    Re: How long can an automatic last without a service?

    Until it breaks.
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    Re: How long can an automatic last without a service?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Until it breaks.
    Which on an Automatic should be the Rotor bearings. Of course, there are different techs. nand qualities.
    Steel bearings - need lubrication, without that they self destruct fairly rapidly.
    Ceramic ball bearings - lasts longer, but you find those only on a few high end watches.

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    Re: How long can an automatic last without a service?

    Well my Seamaster Auto has just died on me after 12 years.
    Was fine up until a couple of weeks ago. I was told it simply needs a service (something it's never had), but Janne's first reply above now has me slightly concerned that I've left it too long...

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    Re: How long can an automatic last without a service?

    A lesson painfully learned, take heed those from that, 'other school'.
    Quote Originally Posted by flavorflav View Post
    Well my Seamaster Auto has just died on me after 12 years.
    Was fine up until a couple of weeks ago. I was told it simply needs a service (something it's never had), but Janne's first reply above now has me slightly concerned that I've left it too long...

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    Re: How long can an automatic last without a service?

    Quote Originally Posted by flavorflav View Post
    Well my Seamaster Auto has just died on me after 12 years.
    Was fine up until a couple of weeks ago. I was told it simply needs a service (something it's never had), but Janne's first reply above now has me slightly concerned that I've left it too long...
    So it just stopped. It can just be a small piece of dirt between two cogs. Or a totally worn out pinion.

    Your friendly watchmaker will tell! Bet you it is not so serious.
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    Re: How long can an automatic last without a service?

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    So it just stopped. It can just be a small piece of dirt between two cogs. Or a totally worn out pinion.

    Your friendly watchmaker will tell! Bet you it is not so serious.
    True, and on top of that, it's not like the damaged parts are irreplaceable. It might cost you, but you'll be ok.
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    Re: How long can an automatic last without a service?

    Quote Originally Posted by CitizenM View Post
    True, and on top of that, it's not like the damaged parts are irreplaceable. It might cost you, but you'll be ok.
    It'll cost much more if there are parts that'll need replacing. If your intent is to keep the watch, don't neglect the maintenance!!
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    Re: How long can an automatic last without a service?

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    I fid not mean 5 to 10 years lifespan, I mean time between servicing.
    Heh, I know Doc, I only used the word "lifespan" because I'm not sure I'd spend the money to service a $100 watch in 10 yrs.

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    Re: How long can an automatic last without a service?

    Quote Originally Posted by RuffRydas View Post
    Heh, I know Doc, I only used the word "lifespan" because I'm not sure I'd spend the money to service a $100 watch in 10 yrs.

    We ideally need to hear from a member who was given an affordable watch from their son saving his pocket-money to give him as a birthday present in the '50s and who would never have it anything other than running.

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    Re: How long can an automatic last without a service?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nato060 View Post
    ...I've heard of watches like Rolex's and Omega's lasting a full 50+ years without one, but those are generally higher quality more complicated movements. ...
    Wow... if you ever really come across such piece, do give the GUINESS World Record a call for nomination!

    Like cars and other mechanical stuff, watch movements will need to pay a visit to the "Watch Doctor" eventually as well... perhaps not full servicing, but minor lubrication will do. It's just a matter of time. Need not to be specifically 5yrs period or 10... some watches, will need to be serviced once in 15yrs.
    Be it Japanese, SWISS or even Chinese, all mechanicals won't last, un-serviced, that long.

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