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    Question About Watch Inactivity...

    Is there a risk about buying a watch sold as new that might have sat for a period of four (4) to six (6) years? I am contemplating buying a Bretling watch that based on my research was last made around 2008. Thanks in advance for your replies.

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    Re: Question About Watch Inactivity...

    I think you've answered your own question. Yes, especially if buying from a grey market seller, watches are often several years old, if not more, and often discontinued models. It's not a bad idea to factor in a possible service if the watch is approaching 4-5 years old.

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    Re: Question About Watch Inactivity...

    If the watch had been stored in a safe, clean package and environment, and has not been worn, then it should not require a service even if 4+ years old.

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    Re: Question About Watch Inactivity...

    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan12 View Post
    If the watch had been stored in a safe, clean package and environment, and has not been worn, then it should not require a service even if 4+ years old.
    The conventional wisdom is that even if the watch has been kept unused, it will require service at the same service interval due to the deterioration of the lubricants in the movement.


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    How come when I raise the issue of service intervals with watch repairers they tell me not to bother about servicing too much on a lightly used watch, and not to ho opening a petfectly functioning watch just for the sake of an arbitrary year period. It's only on this forum that religious servicing is espoused.

    Edit: off topic but... Real world watch technicians tell me not to even wear a divers watch in the shower, let alone a sauna, etc. Yet again, many on this forum seem to revel in such behaviour. What gives?
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    Re: Question About Watch Inactivity...

    Quote Originally Posted by mleok View Post
    The conventional wisdom is that even if the watch has been kept unused, it will require service at the same service interval due to the deterioration of the lubricants in the movement.
    That is true in the past. But today lubricants have much longer service life.

    For example, the lubricant used in SEIKO 9F quartz caliber (9 jewels and oiling points) is guaranteed to last for 50 years under continuous working condition. IMO a 6-year inactive mechanical watch should work fine as long as the watch is sealed, stored in normal room temperature, and no aggressive chemical around it.
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    Re: Question About Watch Inactivity...

    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan12 View Post
    Edit: off topic but... Real world watch technicians tell me not to even wear a divers watch in the shower, let alone a sauna, etc. Yet again, many on this forum seem to revel in such behaviour. What gives?
    I guess the heat would cause the watch case to expand, while leaving the gasket size unchanged, which would compromise the seal integrity?


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    Re: Question About Watch Inactivity...

    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan12 View Post
    How come when I raise the issue of service intervals with watch repairers they tell me not to bother about servicing too much on a lightly used watch, and not to ho opening a petfectly functioning watch just for the sake of an arbitrary year period. It's only on this forum that religious servicing is espoused.
    I believe it's better to be safe than sorry. This is an interesting recent thread on the topic. Should really be a sticky!

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f20/how...ew-789280.html
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    Re: Question About Watch Inactivity...

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennO View Post
    I believe it's better to be safe than sorry. This is an interesting recent thread on the topic. Should really be a sticky!

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f20/how...ew-789280.html
    Good move GlennO, I was going to post the same thread. I really appreciate hearing the information from the horses mouth, and a respected horse at that! I also get annoyed that people pass off something that someone told them as gospel whether that person is really qualified or knowledgeable on the subject. See Facebook for a million examples!


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    Re: Question About Watch Inactivity...

    Quote Originally Posted by mleok View Post
    I guess the heat would cause the watch case to expand, while leaving the gasket size unchanged, which would compromise the seal integrity?
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