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    Vault Watches

    Greetings Gents,


    New member here. Love the forum.


    Some of you watch collectors mention keeping wathes in the vault, meaning that they are not worn but are collection pieces. Isn’t it true though that if a watch is not run that the oil inside will dry or coagulate and the gears will stick and then it will need servicing?



    If watch is never worn or wound, kept in the original box in mint contition with the tags still on it, won’t it still need servicing after five to seven years anyway?

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    Re: Vault Watches

    No, the lubrication in a movement will not coagulate or dry out if the watch is not run. The oils will remain viable for their effective life.

    Yes, a watch that isn't run will require periodic servicing as will one that is run every day. Both will need to be cleaned an re-lubricated. The difference being that the watch that wasn't run will not have incurred wear due to friction and contaminated lubrication.

    This idea of the oils coagulating/drying up if the watch isn't run perhaps comes from the analogy to motor vehicle engines. It's not unexpected as people are much more familiar with cars than they are with watch movements, but the lubrication of a movement is very different to an internal combustion engine. There's no sump of oil being pumped around a movement. A watch movement has very small amounts of lubricant applied to specific friction points only and that is where it says. The lubricants are formulated so that they don't migrate. There's no oil sloshing around in there. The lubrication in an engine is also subject to high temperatures and pressures. Different systems. Different operating environments.
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    Re: Vault Watches

    Defeats the purpose of a watch for me, or similarly a car that lives under a cover in a garage!!

    Buy to wear and enjoy!!

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    Re: Vault Watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Felix Carbury View Post
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    If watch is never worn or wound, kept in the original box in mint contition with the tags still on it, won’t it still need servicing after five to seven years anyway?
    Yes.

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    Storing watch for 5 to 10 years !

    Hi Everyone !


    lets say that i want to store in my lock a NIB watch and wear it only in ten years ?
    will i have to maintenance the watch in 10 years ??
    anything special to do ??

    Thank you !
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    Re: Vault Watches

    Merged with a similar topic from just last week. The responses here as still valid.
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    Re: Vault Watches

    Welcome !

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnMcKlane View Post
    Hi Everyone !


    lets say that i want to store in my lock a NIB watch and wear it only in ten years ?
    will i have to maintenance the watch in 10 years ??
    anything special to do ??



    Thank you !
    Why would you do that? Most watches lose value over time. Instead, Take the money, invest in stock market, then buy 2-3 watches in 10 years.

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    Re: Vault Watches

    Oils are always drying whether you are wearing them or keeping them in a vault. The newer synthetic oils are better at not drying out quickly but all mechanical watches require servicing at some point.

    I don't not keep my watches in a safe or vault. But many members here with luxury watches do so for a variety of reasons.
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    Re: Vault Watches

    I keep watches in a safe because I have a safe. You can do that in California because the frequent earthquakes will wind your automatics regardless of where they're kept. If you live near a fault line, you don't even need a watch winder box.
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