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  • Writer's pictureErik Brink

Mechanical Watch Service: A Collector's Guide

When it comes to mechanical watches, enthusiasts and collectors often understand the importance of regular servicing. But how often does a mechanical watch need servicing, and how can you tell if it's time for maintenance? In this article, we'll explore the key signs that indicate your beloved timepiece is due for a visit to the watchmaker, and we'll also provide insights into what to consider when choosing a watchmaker for this critical task.

Vintage stainless steel Rolex Datejust 1603 with black leather strap

How Often Does a Mechanical Watch Need Service?

The frequency of servicing your mechanical watch largely depends on its make and model, but a general rule of thumb is to have it serviced every 5 to 7 years. However, don't wait too long, as unresolved mechanical issues can potentially harm your watch when it continues to run.

5 Signs It's Time to Service Your Watch

Elapsed Time: If 5 to 7 years have passed since your last service, it's a clear indicator that your watch is due for maintenance.

Inaccurate Timekeeping: A noticeable decline in timekeeping accuracy is a red flag. If your watch is no longer keeping time as it should, it's time for service.

Moisture or Condensation: If you spot moisture or condensation inside the case, crystal, or even on the dial, it's crucial to address this issue promptly.

Physical Impact: If your watch has been subjected to a hard force of impact, such as a fall or a bump, it's essential to have it checked to ensure that internal components are undamaged.

Loose or Tight Parts: If you can hear or feel that a part within your watch has become either looser or tighter than usual, this could signify a problem that requires attention.

Choosing the Right Watchmaker for Service

When it's time to service your cherished Omega, Rolex, Tudor, Seiko, or any other favorite timepiece, it's essential to make an informed choice of watchmaker. Here are the steps involved, from a collector's and watchmaker's perspective:

Collector's Steps for Watch Service

Find a Reputable Watchmaker: Consider visiting your Authorized Dealer (AD), a local watchmaker, or trusted online services like Some brands also have their own service centers.

Request a Price Quote: Wait for a price quote and discuss the scope of the service to ensure you're aligned on expectations.

Prepare for Downtime: Be prepared to be without your watch for at least a few weeks during the servicing process.

Patience Is Key: While your watch is being serviced, consider giving some wrist time to your other timepieces or even explore the possibility of adding a new piece to your collection.

Reunite with Your Watch: Once your watch is ready, pick it up, admire it, wear it, and cherish it even more than before.

Newly serviced vintage Omega Seamaster 60 with green leaves, spare parts and a red Omega service box.

What's Typically Included in a Watch Service?

From the watchmaker's perspective, here's what you can expect during a regular watch service.

Cost Estimate: The watchmaker will discuss and provide an estimated cost for the service, outlining what's included.

Thorough Disassembly and Cleaning: The watch will be completely disassembled, and all parts, including the movement, bracelet, and case, will be meticulously cleaned.

Replacement of Faulty Parts: Any faulty or damaged components will be replaced, and fresh lubricants will be applied. Keep in mind that the cost of parts may affect the overall service cost.

Time Regulation: The watch will be regulated to ensure it keeps time within specified deviations.

Case Polishing: Depending on your preferences and agreement with the watchmaker, the case may undergo either a complete or light polishing to restore its appearance.

Warranty: You can expect some form of warranty on the mechanical parts and timekeeping. For example, if you choose to service your watch through our partner, you'll receive a two-year warranty with a complete service.

Regular servicing is essential to keep your mechanical watch running smoothly and looking its best. By understanding the signs that indicate it's time for service and choosing a reputable watchmaker, you can ensure your timepiece remains a treasured part of your collection for years to come.

Urservice i Norr

Reach out to Ingemar Forsberg at Urservice i Norr if you need help with a service of your favourite watch.

You’ll find his contact details at or below. Make sure to use our partner discount code to get 15% of your service cost. Just say hi 👋 from us using the code “Brinktime” and you’ll save some when getting your watch serviced next time.

If you have any questions please contact either Urservice i Norr or us.

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Watchmaker servicing a watch

Contact details Urservice i Norr​


Trädgårdsgatan 13

931 31 Skellefteå



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+46 70 315 44 46


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