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I'd very much appreciate some advice for my non computer literate brother on this watch, please. It's a Jaeger LeCoultre Master Mariner Automatic, which he bought new around 1970. It apparently had a leather strap originally, replaced in due course when it wore out. It's apparently in full working order, though it hasn't been in use for about 30 years. Good condition, consistent with having been worn every day for a few years.

I've told him that it needs servicing, but he says it would have to go back to Switzerland to be dealt with properly, and that it would cost several hundred pounds! Surely not?

He's wondering whether to have it serviced, and keep it as a family heirloom for his kids, do the same but without the cost of a service, or possibly sell. Any thoughts, please, as to the best options, and value?



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It can be serviced in the UK, but will cost a few hundred pounds. That said, it's better to maintain it than run the real risk of turning it into a basket case through neglect.

To use the old analogy, it's like buying a car then never putting oil in it. It'll work beyond normal service intervals but as the friction between the metal parts increases you'll get a lot of damage as time goes on.

Whether he keeps it or not depends on a lot of personal factors.
 

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It can be serviced in the UK, but will cost a few hundred pounds. That said, it's better to maintain it than run the real risk of turning it into a basket case through neglect.

To use the old analogy, it's like buying a car then never putting oil in it. It'll work beyond normal service intervals but as the friction between the metal parts increases you'll get a lot of damage as time goes on.

Whether he keeps it or not depends on a lot of personal factors.
Thanks - fair point. Is it coming to any harm by sitting in his apartment unused, though? Any thoughts as to value, or how best to get a valuation?
 

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If it's not used, then the metal parts won't be grinding against each other so no harm will arise as long as it is never wound.

Mind you, if it hasn't been serviced in 40 odd years there may already be worn out parts in there. That in itself means that there is some point to servicing it now if he wants it to be an heirloom - best to have any damaged parts replaced now, as some parts are only going to get harder to find as time goes on.

If he isn't going to use it or service it, then it's also best to keep it away from sunlight so the dial doesn't fade. Somewhere free from any moisture, direct heat and light will be best. Moisture in a watch will kill it.

On value, your best bet is to search eBay for the name of the watch and see what the completed listings sold for (usually shown in green). Also look on websites like chrono24 to see what dealers are asking for them. You won't be able to realise those values yourself & dealers will offer you a low price so they can make a profit.
 
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