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Newbie here. I did have a quick search for similar posts before I get flamed. ;-)

Never really been into watches but I recently bought myself a secondhand Omega Geneve Dynamic bullseye late 60s / early 70's automatic movement in very good aesthetic condition. I had it serviced by the local tech where I live in the UK, who reported no particular problems with the movement. When I wear the watch during the day taking it off overnight, it loses circa 5 minutes per 24 hours. I appreciate that such movements will not be quartz like in terms of accuracy, but my expectation was that it would be much better than that. On taking it back to the tech, he indicated that he considered it acceptable accuracy for a watch of this era and that it was not feasible to improve the accuracy.

Is he right? Or can I expect better accuracy? Or does it suggest the movement is a lemon? Do I need a specialist tech? And if so, can anyone suggest one here in the UK?

Many thanks in advance.
 

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+30 sec/24 hrs would be acceptable for a vintage watch. Get it to a knowledgeable watch maker ( do not know what the term local tech means). A complete service at Omega Biel will be about 500 Euro, was 405 GBP in 2013. and it can be regulated to a better performance.
 

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+30 sec/24 hrs would be acceptable for a vintage watch. Get it to a knowledgeable watch maker ( do not know what the term local tech means). A complete service at Omega Biel will be about 500 Euro, was 405 GBP in 2013. and it can be regulated to a better performance.
Apologies. I play music and a "tech" would be someone who maintains and repairs instruments. I meant the same with respect to watch repairer. Thanks.
 

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Apologies. I play music and a "tech" would be someone who maintains and repairs instruments. I meant the same with respect to watch repairer. Thanks.
500 EUR would not be economic. The watch plus service only cost that.
 

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It's not the watch...It's the "tech".
 

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Either the watchmaker who serviced your watch is terrible, or the watch is in really bad shape internally. Sounds to me like the former, but it's hard to know. Take it to another watchmaker (someone with a solid reputation) and see what he says. The way you throw the term "tech" around makes me think that you perhaps didn't do much research on your watchmaker before having him service the watch -- if that's actually what he did -- so perhaps try to find someone who has some expertise in older movements.

Older watches are often inexpensive specifically because it can cost more to get them running properly than it costs to buy the watch. So, be prepared to spend if you want the watch to run well.
 

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Newbie here. I did have a quick search for similar posts before I get flamed. ;-)

Never really been into watches but I recently bought myself a secondhand Omega Geneve Dynamic bullseye late 60s / early 70's automatic movement in very good aesthetic condition. I had it serviced by the local tech where I live in the UK, who reported no particular problems with the movement. When I wear the watch during the day taking it off overnight, it loses circa 5 minutes per 24 hours. I appreciate that such movements will not be quartz like in terms of accuracy, but my expectation was that it would be much better than that. On taking it back to the tech, he indicated that he considered it acceptable accuracy for a watch of this era and that it was not feasible to improve the accuracy.

Is he right? Or can I expect better accuracy? Or does it suggest the movement is a lemon? Do I need a specialist tech? And if so, can anyone suggest one here in the UK?

Many thanks in advance.
My first thought is your tech does not know what he is talking about and the watch has not been serviced for a long time. However, lets look into it a bit. Does it stay accurate during the day only to lose a lot of time over night?

If the watch loses time throughout the day and night you should take it to a good local watch repair shop for an evaluation and estimate. Be sure to choose a watch repair shop with a good reputation and not a shopping mall jewelry store. I would expect that a service would run $350+-
Mechanical watches do require regular servicing about every 5 years or so. As a consequence the cost of owning a mechanical watch is considerably more than a quartz.
 
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