How to tell when your watch needs servicing?

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    How to tell when your watch needs servicing?

    What are the tell tale signs (other than how long it's been, which might not always be known?) I read somewhere that they speed up, read somewhere else that they slow down, or even stop.

    Anyone know a good independent watchmaker in the San Francisco Bay Area (prefer East Bay Area, near Lafayette if possible)?

    Thanks for your help!!!

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    Re: How to tell when your watch needs servicing?

    Generally as the lubrication dries up, the watch will slow down. When it becomes annoyingly so, time for a service and regulation. For me, "annoyingly so" would probably be over 1 minute slow per day.
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    Re: How to tell when your watch needs servicing?

    For a watch in the lower end pricebracket, I wait untill the accurancy changes.
    For a watch in the high end price bracket, every 5 years maximum.
    The thinking behind this is, when the oils start to dry out or oxidize, you get an accelerated wear on the contact surfaces. OK on a cheapish watch/ETA movement, but not OK on a watch with an in-house movement!

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    Re: How to tell when your watch needs servicing?

    The watch is more likely to speed up due to lower balance wheel amplitude than anything else...but I have known some to slow down.

    You can't rely on 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' A watch may well continue to run well long after the lubricants have given up...by the time you notice something is wrong the watch may have been running for years without lubrication and suffered excessive wear....leading you to face an expensive repair bill or a non-functioning watch that can't be repaired economically because the parts are no longer available...
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    Re: How to tell when your watch needs servicing?

    In my experience, what NEG said is what I have seen.

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    Re: How to tell when your watch needs servicing?

    I agree with Eric. My 3yr old SeMP slowed to -8/day so I took it to the watchmaker. He said that the amplitude was low and he regulated it to -2/day but suggested that it may need servicing soon, especially if it slows outside of COSC specs again.

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    Re: How to tell when your watch needs servicing?

    Low amplitude leads to faster rates.

    The reason: The time required for the balance to swing through a smaller angle is less than the time required to swing through a larger angle (lower amplitude = less distance) the speed of the balance does slow down slightly, but the reduced distance is the major factor.

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