If you own 45 watches, as someone I know does, and you want to maximize the wear to get your money's worth from them, here is the melachony fact: If you rotate them, the best you can hope for is 8 "wears" a year.
Of course, that's not how it works. Some are workhorses, beaters. Others are showpieces, elegant occasion watches. Others rank somewhere inbetween. But still, only 8 "wears" a year. I could cry.
I was at Watch City in Torrance today and I asked my friends, who happen to sell Tissot, how much they charge for a battery change complete with gasket change. The answer? $18. They showed me the gaskets; they look like washers you'd put on a faucet. They cost three dollars. The battery is $15.
So let the record show, any dealer who says the gasket will cost more than $3 is a mountebank unworthy of your business.
People have been telling me my two Citizen Eco Drive Professional Divers, in metal bracelet and rubber strap, need to be serviced, lubed to be exact, every 7 years or so, but today I was at Watch City at the Del Amo Mall in Torrance when the Citizen rep happened to be there.
I asked the rep about my two Eco Drives and he told me they NEVER have to be serviced. Dealers (not the good people at Watch City) often claim this service is necessary because they want to steal money from your pocket.
Since I haven't pulled the trigger on an Invicta Subaqua I with ETA 7750 automatic movement (they're about $1,000 depending on the sales), I'll pretend my two solar Citizen divers are automatic.