How to service your Automatic Watch

This blog article will hopefully be a helpful resource to you in deciding when is a good time to service your watch. Here at Bausele we want you to get as many years out of your watch as possible and that greatly depends on how you look after it and frequently service it. We will explain after you buy your automatic watch the importance of servicing your watch, how often you should service it, tell tale reasons/signs for a new service and typically how long it takes for the completion of a watch repair. 


Servicing means opening up the watch, taking out the movement, cleaning the parts, re-oiling it and then closing the watch. If there's broken parts, then they will need to be replaced. Servicing your watch will ensure the timepiece is running in pristine condition. 


A service might also include demagnetization of the watch which is quite vital as there are many electronic items around us nowadays that may affect the accuracy of the watch. 

You may also want to polish the watch case and bracelet to ensure its prime condition. 


It is recommended to perform an automatic service every 3-5 years as it is important to replace the oil as it dries up. Synthetic oils evaporate, which means that the pivots of the gear train will keep on running without you even realizing it. You could go years without ever going to a watchmaker even though the pivots in your watch are running dry, sheering and causing build up of debris and dirt, The sheering (from the pivots running dry) thins out the pivots until it eventually snaps altogether. This could happen in several months or years. 

Signs that your watches might need a service include: lack of accuracy, there’s moisture inside of it, the power reserve is low compared to what it was previously or there's physical damage to the watch. 


Lack of Accuracy:

If you suddenly notice that your watch is running too fast/slow that it usually is, it might be time to bring it to a watchmaker. Please keep in mind that a watch running a few seconds fast/slow is not a cause for concern, especially if you don’t wear the watch every day.


Moisture inside:

If this happens it's recommended you run to the watchmaker as fast as possible. Moisture inside a watch is very dangerous as it can wreak havoc and rusting on the mostly steel components. 


How long does it take to service a watch?
Servicing an automatic watch will take a few weeks to months, depending on who is servicing it. For a brand’s service center the service time might take a few months per service, this is a normal wait time. 


Here at Bausele we cover servicing through our reputable watch repairer Max Schweizer, his son Ralph and his team of experienced professionals. Contact us to get your Bausele serviced via:

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