1. OttoWilliam

    OttoWilliam Nov 20, 2017

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    And i am not talking spa for the gentleman here. I am talking about the spa for the watch a.k.a service center.

    Do you normally go once every two years as most of automatic are suggested to ?

    Or you almost never go if there's no problem ?

    I am never go unless i have problem. Is it better to go once in a while ?

    Please share your experience so we all can learn from it.

    Cheers
     
  2. Lugduno

    Lugduno Nov 20, 2017

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    I believe its the best for the watch to do it somewhat regularly, maybe preferably around the timeframes set by the manufacturer. But belief is not the same thing as doing... So I usually only go when I've run into any form of problems, which has only been once and happened after around 3-4 years.

    Bought my first "luxurious" watch a month ago and think that I'll pay more attention to how it runs as well as taking it in for a service every now and then, probably around 2-5 years (if I keep it for that long that is;)) and with gasket/water resistant tests once a year to keep it nice and safe.
     
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  3. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Nov 21, 2017

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    Only when and if I have any problems with the watch. My Steelfish has run for 11 years without issues, no reason to fix something that aint broken and since I dont take it showering I dont need to get it pressure tested either...
     
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  4. Lugduno

    Lugduno Nov 21, 2017

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    Don't want to be the person who tells you how you should treat your watches, but I'd really recommend to take it to a watchmaker for just a quick overview. 11 years is a long time and even if the watch runs nicely now the oils might have dried up. If that is the case the components will start to wear down so much more quickly and this can lead to more parts have to be replaced.

    Taking the watch to the spa feels like quite boring to spend (much better to spend it on a new watch, right?;)) but doing it somewhat regularly can save you a lot of money later.

    So take it to an AD and be sure to try on some new watches at the same time!:D
     
  5. imagwai

    imagwai Nov 21, 2017

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    I don't really subscribe to this way of thinking. Mostly the cost of a service is the same regardless of the interval, so I tend to wait until I see a change in accuracy of the watch.
     
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  6. Lugduno

    Lugduno Nov 21, 2017

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    Fair point, what makes the service price change is to some extent based on whether you need to change parts not covered by the official service procedure. A watch can run perfectly for years, but it's more of a risk to continue to use it if oils etc. had started to dry up.
     
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  7. elbeik

    elbeik Nov 21, 2017

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    My watches are relatively young, and work in short shifts.
    If everything is in perfect working order, then no need to come up with something.
     
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  8. dtf

    dtf Nov 21, 2017

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    The theory is that modern oils are much less prone to evaporation too.

    When I joined this site, I didn't know you were meant to get them pressure tested, I was still surfing with my 7yo aquaracer that had never been serviced...no issues at all :)
     
  9. OttoWilliam

    OttoWilliam Nov 21, 2017

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    Usually the one that make me go to spa is also the accuracy.
     
  10. Lugduno

    Lugduno Nov 21, 2017

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    I've heard the same from others too and it makes a lot of sense. Don't fix whats not broken I guess.
     
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  11. abrod520

    abrod520 Nov 21, 2017

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    And I thought you wanted to know how often one finds himself here...

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  12. dtf

    dtf Nov 21, 2017

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    That was my first thought :) sadly, not often enough, it's a spectacular circuit in an amazing location. On my list to drive it one day.
     
  13. OttoWilliam

    OttoWilliam Nov 21, 2017

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    Whoaaa ! :eek:

    What are you driving ?
     
  14. Hubert

    Hubert Nov 21, 2017

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    Notice the (C) watermark on the lower left.
     
  15. OttoWilliam

    OttoWilliam Nov 21, 2017

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    Ah ! Sorry i missed that !

    I am a mercedes enthusiast myself. Always prefer mercedes compare to its close competitor. My family are all mercedes people. We always have friendly debate about which one is better with my in laws. Some of them prefer jaguar. Most of them prefer BMW. We always stood by Mercedes :cool:
     
  16. Hubert

    Hubert Nov 21, 2017

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    Yes, we know about your love of Mercs. ;)
     
  17. OttoWilliam

    OttoWilliam Nov 21, 2017

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  18. Hubert

    Hubert Nov 21, 2017

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    :) Just messing with you my friend! :D
     
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  19. abrod520

    abrod520 Nov 22, 2017

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    I got that photo from Google, and didn't notice the copyright - I haven't been to Spa-Francorchamps :)

    I don't drive a Mercedes-Benz either. However, I do drive an S2000 and live two hours away from Laguna Seca....
     
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  20. Pitfitter446

    Pitfitter446 Nov 22, 2017

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    Woohoo I/we drive a S2k too although my nearest circuit is Knockhill in Scotland but I can be there in ten minutes, we also have a Seat for daily dog transport duties.
    If I were an F1 fan Spa Franc would be my race to visit although almost any racing there must be spectacular.

    On topic, my watches go for treatment when something is wrong, as said before... If it aint broke.....
     
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