anyone got some maintenance advice for a first-time owner of a proper timepiece? (winders are ruled out, hard to justify something that costs 300 usd for a watch that cost half that)
also wondering if anyone knows how to properly test the accuracy of a watch - glancing from one clock to another isn't exactly a precise science and i would like to go the extra mile and get it regulated if it's going to need daily setting.
the closest i have to a watchmaker around these parts is a Mister Minit (their "watch maker" knows less about watches than i do, which is severely worrying) and a "watch central stall" which sells second hand Haute/luxury watches that i suspect are fake since they come with nil paperwork and are being sold around 1k (alarmingly cheap for a supposed Vacheron Constantin) while they are selling seiko 5s for 300 dollars and all their watches are depleted/unwound so that you can't even tell whether or not they are really good ol' gears and springs or just quartz, and they don't let you look at the back
Can a jeweler chain's watchmaker (A&G, etc) be trusted to regulate my watch without damaging it? i also live near a high-end shop (called Gregory's i think) that sells Tissot, Longines, Tag Heuer, etc
(about as fancy as factory new gets here in AU) but i'm worried that since i'm a student in uniform they'll kick my peasant-looking ass out of there faster than a hobo at a New York nightclub.
unrelated question: why are mechanical watches so goddamn fascinating?