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    To service or not to service?

    About a year ago I got a watch from my boss. It was a Hamilton khaki navy GMT which he wore for a number of years. It's probably about 8-10 years old. He knew I like watches, and figured I would like it. After a year or so of losing around 12ish seconds a day, this week it started gaining around 5 minutes a day. I don't know what a service will cost, and I'm wondering if I should.

    It's been a rough month for unexpected expenses. My car had engine trouble which cost over 1800 to fix. Now the AC went, and the mechanic says the compressor is shot, which I'm not fixing because it's another $850 (all CAD). Now this.

    Anyone know what this should cost, or have any insight on whether this is worthwhile?


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    Try demagnetising it and see how it goes. This is not an expensive fix.
    Unless the watch went under severe shocks recently which would mean a different approach all together


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    I feel for you, seems like life sometimes opens the flood gates for no apparent reason. I would try the demag as suggested but it will still need a service probably soon given its age. Honestly if the demag doesn't work then I'd do nothing until life settles down a bit. When things do Hamilton service is reasonable as compared to other brands, a few hundred if memory serves (all on their website). Also I believe due to its age it probably has a base ETA movement vs the Hamilton modified "H" movements which is nice since an independent can service it for somewhere between 1 and 2 hundred.

    Good luck, hang in there.


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    Re: To service or not to service?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ar.Parask View Post
    Try demagnetising it and see how it goes. This is not an expensive fix.
    Unless the watch went under severe shocks recently which would mean a different approach all together


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    Exactly that. $20 Amazon demagnetizer is definitely your first step.


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    Re: To service or not to service?

    Quote Originally Posted by watch_hor View Post
    I feel for you, seems like life sometimes opens the flood gates for no apparent reason. I would try the demag as suggested but it will still need a service probably soon given its age. Honestly if the demag doesn't work then I'd do nothing until life settles down a bit. When things do Hamilton service is reasonable as compared to other brands, a few hundred if memory serves (all on their website). Also I believe due to its age it probably has a base ETA movement vs the Hamilton modified "H" movements which is nice since an independent can service it for somewhere between 1 and 2 hundred.

    Good luck, hang in there.


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    This is solid advice.
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    To be on the "good side" of your boss; yes!

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    I'd get a quote and have it serviced when I had the money to spare.
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    I'd ask a watch smith to demagnetize first, and just get a quote for service while I'm there. It's a cheap fix if it's magged.
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    Re: To service or not to service?

    Demagnetize first. If this doesn't work, if this doesn't work it's time to service.
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    Re: To service or not to service?

    Quote Originally Posted by mpalmer View Post
    Demagnetize first. If this doesn't work, if this doesn't work it's time to service.
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