How to tell if your watch needs servicing

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You’ve paid big money for an expensive watch but without correct care and maintenance, damage and other problems may occur. Correctly servicing your watch will help keep it in tip-top condition. As all watches are subject to wear and tear over time, it’s important to proactively service your watch instead of waiting for things to go drastically wrong. The Watch Lab is here to explain how to tell if your watch needs servicing.

Telltale signs that your watch needs servicing

If you’re wondering how to tell if your watch needs servicing, there are many telltale signs to look out for.

A few indicators include: 

  • Seeing moisture inside the crystal or watch dial
  • Your watch feels different or parts of the watch feel unusually loose or too tight
  • Your watch is too fast or too slow 

Whatever your watch type, mechanical watch or quartz, proactively getting your watch serviced can keep it working properly. At The Watch Lab, our watch servicing programme analyses your watch under magnification and uses our ultrasonic cleaning process to ensure your watch continues to work as efficiently as possible.

Sign 1 – Seeing moisture inside your watch or dial

One of the most important signs that your watch needs servicing is moisture inside the watch dial. If you completely ignore this sign, parts within the watch will begin to corrode. This can cause complications and replacement parts will often be needed. It is important to note that if you notice the slightest bit of moisture in your dial or watch case, take your watch to get serviced in a hurry. 

At The Watch Lab, our friendly watch lab technicians are ready and waiting at your (watch) service whenever you need them. We recommend that your watch should be serviced approximately every 3-5 years. However, if your watch displays moisture, take it for a service.

Sign 2 – Your watch feels different or parts of the watch feel unusually loose or too tight

As you can imagine with wearing your watch on your arm, it undergoes a lot of movement. This can cause parts in the watch to move about and become loose. If you wear your watch daily, you should notice when components start to feel loose or tighter than normal. If your watch components feel different, you should take your watch to see a watch specialist. 

Sign 3 – Your watch is too fast or too slow

If your watch is too fast or too slow, this is another indicator that your watch requires a service. Different watches have different margins of error. Some watches allow for a few seconds too fast or a few too slow. If you fear that your watch time is out, it is best to get this checked out by the professionals. 

At The Watch Lab, our friendly watch technicians have more than five years of experience performing watch servicing and will accurately fix any problems like inaccurate time.

What does it mean to get a watch serviced?

Taking a proactive approach with your watch and taking it for a regular service will ensure that all the components are in check and that your watch operates perfectly. We recommend taking your watch to a repair and servicing centre before a holiday, before using it in water and or every 3-5 years. 

The Watch Lab’s Service Plus programme is a specialist service that advocates proactive watch servicing. To us, getting your watch serviced with Service Plus means keeping your watch in great condition year in, year out. 

Check out our The Watch Lab Service Plus programme today and make your mechanical watch services a regular thing. 

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