When Does Your Watch Need TLC?

Recognizing signs that your watch needs repair is essential for maintaining its functionality and longevity. Here are common indicators that your watch may require attention:

  • Inaccurate Timekeeping:
        • If your watch consistently loses or gains time, it may need adjustment or a service. This can be a sign of a worn-out movement or a problem with the balance spring.
  • Unusual Noises:
        • Grinding, ticking, or other unusual noises can indicate issues within the movement, such as loose parts or a damaged gear.
  • Stops or Slows Down:
        • If your watch frequently stops or slows down, it may be a sign of a worn-out battery (for quartz watches) or a problem with the escapement (for mechanical watches).
  • Condensation Inside the Crystal:
        • The presence of moisture or condensation inside the watch can indicate a problem with the case seal, which needs immediate attention to prevent further damage.
  • Difficulty in Setting or Adjusting Time:
        • If you experience difficulty in setting the time, date, or other functions, it may be a sign of a worn crown, stem, or other internal components.
  • Scratched or Damaged Crystal:
        • A scratched or cracked crystal not only affects the aesthetics but can also compromise the watch's water resistance and protection of the dial.
  • Loose Crown or Stem:
        • If the crown feels loose or wobbly, it may indicate a problem with the stem or crown threads. This can lead to water entering the case and damaging the movement.
  • Change in Sound:
        • A sudden change in the sound of the watch's ticking can indicate a problem with the escapement, balance wheel, or other internal components.
  • Lost Power Reserve:
        • If your automatic watch consistently loses power or has a reduced power reserve, it may need cleaning, oiling, or other maintenance.
  • Visible Damage:
        • External damage such as dents, scratches, or bent components may not only affect the appearance but also impact the watch's overall functionality.
  • Chronograph Issues:
        • If your watch has a chronograph function and it starts, stops, or resets inconsistently, it may need attention.
  • Battery Warning (for Quartz Watches):
      • If your quartz watch is losing time, stops abruptly, or shows a low battery indicator (if equipped), it's time to replace the battery.

    If you notice any of these signs, it's advisable to take your watch to a professional watchmaker or an authorized service center for inspection and necessary repairs. Regular maintenance can help prevent more significant issues and keep your watch running smoothly. 

    At Legacy Jewelry, we offer watch repairs. In business for over 40 years, we have been repairing and keeping our client’s treasured time pieces fresh for decades. For same day service or to make an appointment, give us a call at 949-230-1069.