very lightly used watches

Hi folks - a quick question/hypothetical.

If a Vacheron that was 5 or 6 years old had only been wound and worn a couple of times - otherwise left to sit - what sort of shape would you expect the movement to be in?   Is the lack of activity over that time a good thing or a bad thing in terms of the health of the movement, as against a watch that had been worn regularly ?



even when not worn a watch needs to be wound at least
10/26/2012 - 16:22
Once a month to prevent the oils from drying up. In this case the watch will need to be sent in for a lubrication
thanks Alex (nt)
10/26/2012 - 16:51
Wouldn't it need lubrication by now anyway?
10/27/2012 - 12:45
Even when operated in a way that minimizes both drying and wear on the lubricants (and I suspect winding once a month probably is about optimum for that purpose), wouldn't the lubricants be pretty tired after 5 - 6 years? I hear rumors occasionally about modern lubricants having a longer shelf life, but my experience has been that watches generally need attention after not much longer than 5 years.
A revolution coming?
10/27/2012 - 20:55
Silinvar has replaced most of the escapement in commercially available haute horlogerie movements from other brands.  These are leading to a watch almost free of the requirement for lubrication.  My heart fears a future where computers and lasers replace craftsmanship (intrinsic value will take a huge hit IMHO), but my head and wallet looks forward to reduced maintenance frequencies, improved accuracy and longer running times. Question: what does VC Reasearch & Development have in-store for these new materials?  Will we see an equivalent to the Oscillomax?  Anything at SIHH to look forward to in this regard?
Don't hold your breath. The VC
10/28/2012 - 11:34
Research and dev department are testing new materials but nothing giving satisfaction as yet.
10/29/2012 - 23:40
It's a relief to hear that.