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Does anyone know what the "average" service to an ETA 2824 or 6497 equipped watch should cost? I was just looking at the RGM website and their service cost on "most modern watches" is $350!!! GOOD GOD!!! If that's the case I'm gonna sell all my mechanicals and buy a Quartz Tuna!!! I honestly love mechanical watches. To me, all the little moving parts are an engineering wonder and I love listening to the cool little heartbeat of a mechanical balance. When I got into collecting I figured maybe $150 every 4 years or so ain't so bad, but $350 for 4 watches every 4 years, no thanks.... I'd be better off to just buy a new movement and install it myself! :-s:-s:-s
 

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The 6497/8 should be one of the easiest movements to have serviced. When I first got into this hobby a few years back I tried to find some local watch repair persons and asked about servicing costs. It annoyed me to no end when they would look at the face of the watch to see the brand name and use that to determine the servicing costs.

I've paid right around $100 to have a watch serviced with the manual wind movements. A 2824 might cost a little more. I've even sent a few watches to Glycine's service center in New York and the servicing costs were also $100 or so (and the crystal replacements and dial changes were also very reasonable)

I know that some of the higher priced watches do charge much more for a service, but unless there's something unique about a movement or some other work needs to be done to the watch, a competent watch maker should be able to service these for a reasonable cost. I would also prefer to have the work done on site rather than having the watch sent through the mail twice.

Also, while everyone may have a different opinion on how often a watch needs to be serviced, I figure I'm fine with only having the watch serviced if I see some problem with it. Sure, if I had only one watch then perhaps it should be serviced every 4-5 years or so, but with all of the watches that I own any given watch may only have a few months of wrist time in five years. I doubt they all need to be serviced every few years.
 

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The 6497/8 should be one of the easiest movements to have serviced. When I first got into this hobby a few years back I tried to find some local watch repair persons and asked about servicing costs. It annoyed me to no end when they would look at the face of the watch to see the brand name and use that to determine the servicing costs.

I've paid right around $100 to have a watch serviced with the manual wind movements. A 2824 might cost a little more. I've even sent a few watches to Glycine's service center in New York and the servicing costs were also $100 or so (and the crystal replacements and dial changes were also very reasonable)

I know that some of the higher priced watches do charge much more for a service, but unless there's something unique about a movement or some other work needs to be done to the watch, a competent watch maker should be able to service these for a reasonable cost. I would also prefer to have the work done on site rather than having the watch sent through the mail twice.

Also, while everyone may have a different opinion on how often a watch needs to be serviced, I figure I'm fine with only having the watch serviced if I see some problem with it. Sure, if I had only one watch then perhaps it should be serviced every 4-5 years or so, but with all of the watches that I own any given watch may only have a few months of wrist time in five years. I doubt they all need to be serviced every few years.
Thanks Hilltop! That's more like it....

My problem is finding a local watchmaker that I trust. I'm one of those guys that do all my own car repairs because I don't trust mechanics! That's just a silly Ford Explorer, so you can imagine, when it comes to my watches, I'm really hesitant to hand them over to someone else. I guess I've just had to many run-ins with incompetent individuals who don't seem to take any pride in their work...o| I've had experiences with 2 local watchmakers and neither one of them left me feeling warm and fuzzy.

Anybody have any recommendations for a watchmaker near Reading/Lancaster/Philadelphia PA?
 

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Anybody have any recommendations for a watchmaker near Reading/Lancaster/Philadelphia PA?
My watchmaker is 3rd generation, and trained in Switzerland in the same building that the Beta 21 was developed. I've never heard the slightest complaint from anyone I've referred to him. Here's his contact info:

Sam Kalter
120 South 7th St (NW corner of 7th & Sansom - aka Jeweler's Row)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 629-1022

You can tell him Dennis recommended you. I will not gain one cent financially from this as I won't let him give me a discount on his already very reasonable rate. He's a real straight shooter. |>
 

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Stumpy - why not learn to service them yourself? I learned the basics recently, and it's honestly not that difficult if you are patient and conscientious. If you have a mechanical mind, spend the money on a set of tools and a few cheap watches to practice on - it's very satisfying.
 

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Registration required... I guess I need to set myself up as a business...

Clair
 

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Registration required... I guess I need to set myself up as a business...

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Yea, I can't view it either.

I do have an oil chart and an exploded assembly view for both movements, but they are in written in German. I do mess around a bit with customizing and tinkering and have most of the required tools. I guess I just really never felt confident enough to completely disassemble a movement, clean all the little parts, oil them and reassemble it... One of these days, when the kids are a little older and I have a little more free time I'm going to make it a point to get some old cheapy movements and give it a shot. :-!

Thanks for all the PM's and info guys.
 

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Outstanding!! :-!:-! :thanks

That's great info, and really helpful!

Clair
 
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