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    Watch Regulating

    HI,

    As a newbie in watch collecting I am still learning. My question centers on watch regulating.

    Once a watch has been regulated and then put into storage upon startup does it keep its initial regulation.

    If you are wondering why I ask I recently bought a watch that I don't plan to wear not until my birthday in november.


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    Re: Watch Regulating

    Hello,

    To store a watch in its case for a month or two should not effect its regulation.
    If it was left stopped for a couple of years then you would have to consider the condition of the lubrication of the pivots and shafts. Drying of the lubrication oils occures over time. If the watch was fully wound every, say, four weeks then the distribution and consistance of the lubrication would be addressed and should be in servicable condition for a longer period. As a rule of thumb mechanical watches have a service cycle of 4-6 years. Some get good service over periods a few years longer but not much more then 9-10 yrs. When the lubrication does dry a movement may react by running slow or in some instances start to run erratic, fast one day and slow the next. This usually indicates that more fundamental damage has happened to some of the components that make up the gear train usually as a result of increased friction wearing bearing surfaces of shafts and pivots. At that point it gets expensive because you have to replace parts not just add a few drops of oil. So in conclusion a few drops of oil in time saves pins and gears that knit together.
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    Re: Watch Regulating

    SnapIT,

    Thank you for your response. The watch is from late 2003 and so time is left until a service is required.

    Cheers

    Peter
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