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I went to get a quote to service my 1968 lord matic, my watchmaker called me back today and said it would cost 375 to service. It is running a little fast so I didn't think it would cost that much. I didn't pay that much for it and didn't think it would be initially that much to service. It's a cool watch but would it be worth fixing?


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Yes worth servicing.

Not sure what going rate is but that quote seems high. Did the watchmaker let on what was involved.

Not sure why running a bit fast would suggest it doesn’t need service though. Running fast could suggest oil migrated onto the hairspring causing coils to stick. Folks confuse this with being magnetized sometimes.

Leaving a watch unserved for who knows how long can lead to a lot of wear, perhaps replacements parts are baked into the quote.


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I was timing it using watch check, it gained 200 sec within 8 hours of wearing, my watch maker said its complication is like servicing a rolex. The previous owner said it has never been serviced.

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A full teardown clean and service doesn't sound "ridiculous" but it does sound rather high especially for a non-chrono. Is your watchmaker a seiko expert? I would get a seiko specialist.

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First off - That’s a wonderful watch, I love the classic ‘grammar of design’ case and straight lines of the watch.

I agree with some of the other members that $375 is a bit high. $250 seems more like a fair market value rate but even that may seem a bit high for a watch you probably paid about $250 for.

If you plan to keep the watch long term than you would have paid $500 for a reliable watch you can enjoy and not fret about. If however you purchased the watch as some sort of investment (weather long term or short term) than $250 is high for a service.

It really comes down to the individual and what non-monetary value the watch holds for him or her. Watch collecting is one of those hobbies where you can easily find yourself making expenditure decisions that may seem irrational to the non-collector (cough....like my wife).


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I recently serviced this watch myself, it’s not that complicated of a movement. The quote is definitely high. I would suggest you contact Seiko Service Center as they still service their vintage watches and their price is very reasonable.
 

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A full teardown clean and service doesn't sound "ridiculous" but it does sound rather high especially for a non-chrono. Is your watchmaker a seiko expert? I would get a seiko specialist.

Haven't checked around but there's gotta be a forum member doing these, no?
My watchmaker repairs more of vc, rolex and omega. He maybe biased though since he from Switzerland hehe

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He can come from wherever you want: he's a thief asking you 3 times the right price, unless you asked to service the movement, cosmetic, repair and relume of the dial and hands, refinish the case and bracelet, new glass, new gaskets, 10 years warranty, a coffe and a strip made by his bomshell salesgirl while you wait in the shop he make you his steal ;-)
 

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Watch looks awesome.... mine says hi!



I would definitely get it serviced, but that price does seem high, unless they can specifically point to any major parts replacement I can’t see it being that price
 

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I agree with everyone here, that is high. I live in Los Angeles, and one of my watchmakers I consider on the high side, is still sub 300.

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SEIKOs are not worth servicing, because a SEIKO is just a SEIKO. For instance, let's just imagine you buy a nice 6259 or 6217 for, for the sake of the argument, $1. You decide to service it, then the service cost must be at most 10 cents. Because otherwise that would mean that the service cost is almost as much as what you paid for the watch (!!!!!!!!!!). If you cannot find a competent watchmaker that can do a complete service for 10 cents or less, then throw the watch in the garbage. That's how we reason here in /f21 and if you don't like it you can get out!
 

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is a brand new replacement or equivalent movement available ?
cos thats how i'd be going in the OP's shoes.
to hell with spending 350 on a service if a new engine could be had for considerably less.
i have absolutely no sentimental qualms in changing out the movement in any of my watches if it means i get more years with it on the wrist - it still looks the same to me and thats all that matters , though others may feel different about that issue.
 

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SEIKOs are not worth servicing, because a SEIKO is just a SEIKO. For instance, let's just imagine you buy a nice 6259 or 6217 for, for the sake of the argument, $1. You decide to service it, then the service cost must be at most 10 cents. Because otherwise that would mean that the service cost is almost as much as what you paid for the watch (!!!!!!!!!!). If you cannot find a competent watchmaker that can do a complete service for 10 cents or less, then throw the watch in the garbage. That's how we reason here in /f21 and if you don't like it you can get out!
Perfect trolling. 5/7 would get trolled again.


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Cool watch, I like that neat faceted case.

As to your question, I'm with everyone else, that seems about double what I'd expect for just a movement service. The Seiko AD near me (in a relatively small market) ballparked me about $125-$150 for a service on a 7005 automatic. Obviously this is a different movement, but I wouldn't think it should cost 2.5 times more to service. I'd get him to break down exactly what is covered in that, and why it's needed. Good luck, whatever you decide.
 
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