Just like regular oil changes extend the life of your car’s engine, regular clock oiling extends the life of your clock.
There are a lot of different opinions on how frequent you should oil your clock, as others claim you shouldn’t oil your clock at all. Some say you should oil your clock every year, others say every 3 to 5 years, as some repairmen say not to clean and oil your clock until a problem arises. So who’s advise should you listen to? You should take the advise of a professional clock repairer who has had years of experience repairing and servicing clocks and i’ll get into that right after this.
Today’s manufacturers of new clocks recommend oiling, either by the clock owner or a professional, every 2 to 3 years. If that schedule is kept up then a professional cleaning can be done every 10-12 years, or about after the 3rd oiling. If the clock is not oiled every 2-3 years, Professional cleaning should be done every 5-7 years. To get the most out of your clock’s movement, follow that advice. But if you wait until your clock stops working before you have it serviced, accumulations of dirt and dust can cause unwanted wear. It could even ruin the movement.
A clock’s life expectancy with regular maintenance is usually about 35-40 years. But If you don’t keep up with regular oiling and professional cleaning, you can expect the life span of the movement to be shortened by 10 years. So be sure to service your clock every 2 to 3 years and have it professionally cleaned every 10 to 12 years to keep it in good shape, and prolong its lifespan.
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Times Ticking has been in operation for more than 30 years, since 1982. We have performed watch repair for customers both locally and internationally. If it Ticks! We KNOW it! Our team of watch repair technicians have a combined experience in watchmaking of over 120 years.