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April 15, 2015



I think boredom is a major part of watch obsession - it is something to do, something to fill the void. As Ernest Becker might say, it is another form of death denial.

That said, Jeff, I think you took one aspect of what Ulysses said and ran with it, and ignored the other aspect - which is that servicing might be less domineering than you think. As he said, it isn't like at 5 years your watch will stop working. Chances are that, over time, the accuracy goes down, but that's probably all you'd notice - at least at 5 years.

That said, while I agree with Ulysses that many watches don't need servicing at the factory recommended interval (which is usually quite conservative), from what I understand, watches that go too long without servicing are at greater risk of more serious damage - sort of like not changing the oil on your car. Jiffy Lube recommends 3,000 miles because that's how they make their money, but most mechanics say 5-7,000 is OK - as long as you check your oil levels every once in awhile. Not sure what the watch equivalent would be, but I've heard about Omegas that have gone 15+ years without servicing and run just fine.


I do tend to "run with it" at times no matter what the subject is. The tendency is anxiety-driven, a subject I've tackled for a YouTube video. You make good points.


Collecting things, or having a hobby in general, is supposed to be fun rather than causing endless anxiety. If it causes more pain than pleasure, maybe it's time to try something else.

Since you rotate your automatic watches, I doubt that they'd need service in 5 years. Maybe they can go 10 or more. If you had a more expensive watch like a Rolex or an Omega, it might be advisable to service it closer to the manufacturer's interval in order to maintain its value. With a $700 Citizen, it probably doesn't matter nearly as much.

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