Though many fine timepieces are built to last more than a lifetime, watches are subject to everyday stresses like dings, magnetization, and contact with rain or perspiration.
A general rule of thumb? Visit your local repair shop for a quick look every year or two—as well as a full service approximately every five years.
Here are a few reliable indicators that it’s a good idea to have an expert take a look at your prized timepiece:
1. Moisture in the case
2. The second hand skips several seconds
3. You hear a rattle inside the case, or the hands on the dial seem ‘loose.’
4. The watch is fast or slow (4-6 seconds) throughout the day
If your timepieces are experiencing any of these indicators, get it checked out immediately!