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    Unhappy WWYD: Hammy's started running slow

    Advice needed.

    I noticed yesterday that my Hammy started running slow. I'm not done with timing it yet, but it will probably be about -8s/d, which is a substantial drop from +1.9s/d that it was doing before.

    I've read some theories about how flights, altitude or geographical location can cause such behaviours; they're theories to me, but I'll be able to see for myself if I do nothing and verify/falsify them upon my return to Ireland.

    The watch experienced at least one noticeable knock. (The situation in itself was funny -- I knocked it straight against another's guy watch, crystal against crystal, when we were passing by each other. We both turned around equally surprised and exchanged friendly sorry gestures).

    Now, I could take it to a local watchmaker -- most of those I met SEEM to know what they're doing. There'd be a bit of a gamble involved of course, as I don't really know them or their skills, or lack thereof. Still, I dread what awaits me in Ireland, where, if it turns out the watch needs service, I will have to look for watchmakers abroad and go through the hassle of shipping it back and forth.

    So, what would you do?

    Also, do you think it's safe to wear it and let it auto-wind and run?

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodia77 View Post
    Advice needed.

    I noticed yesterday that my Hammy started running slow. I'm not done with timing it yet, but it will probably be about -8s/d, which is a substantial drop from +1.9s/d that it was doing before.

    I've read some theories about how flights, altitude or geographical location can cause such behaviours; they're theories to me, but I'll be able to see for myself if I do nothing and verify/falsify them upon my return to Ireland.

    The watch experienced at least one noticeable knock. (The situation in itself was funny -- I knocked it straight against another's guy watch, crystal against crystal, when we were passing by each other. We both turned around equally surprised and exchanged friendly sorry gestures).

    Now, I could take it to a local watchmaker -- most of those I met SEEM to know what they're doing. There'd be a bit of a gamble involved of course, as I don't really know them or their skills, or lack thereof. Still, I dread what awaits me in Ireland, where, if it turns out the watch needs service, I will have to look for watchmakers abroad and go through the hassle of shipping it back and forth.

    So, what would you do?

    Also, do you think it's safe to wear it and let it auto-wind and run?

    Cheers!
    one of the reasons I thought go quartz less hassles

    but the flight was in a pressurised cabin and heat and what not now a days should not affect the hair spring as they make them out of a more resistant metal now could it be a simple thing that when you reset the time you was out ? ..

    and 8 seconds a day seems a none entity to me as use to be with some of my vintage be happy if it was only a minute or two out

    think just enjoy your holiday and worry about it when you get home ... but as some of use said if you had gone with the seiko would you be worrying now ?

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    I'd do nothing. Wear it a few weeks, track timekeeping. -8s isn't bad, I'm not sure I'd do anything even if it did settle in there. Just set it a minute fast when you wear it.

    -- Wayne

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    Do nothing. Run it for a couple of weeks. Enjoy your holiday.

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    Also wondering, where I was yesterday:

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    And I'm wearing a new volcanic lava bead bracelet, will have to check it for magnetism (although I'd expect it going faster rather than slower then). Stupid me didn't bring me compass.

    (Not panicking, I actually find these considerations interesting now).
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    You can download a lepsi app on your phone to check for magnetism. Seems to work once youíve set it up.

    But I agree with the others, wear it and donít worry too much and if it still bothers you have it serviced when you get home. 8spd would probably have won you an award when I was born!


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    When you get home, try a demag, otherwise ignore. (You can buy a Chinese demagnetizer from eBay or Amazon for about $10/ 7 quid)
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

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    I thought magnetization only made watches run faster?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Col Angus View Post
    I thought magnetization only made watches run faster
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    magnetism makes the coils cling together this shortening the length, thus speeding it up


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    Iíd say itís most likely to be a difference in your behaviour now youíre on your hols

    As in, high apparent watch accuracy can be due to it eg gaining several seconds during the day, and losing them in the night due to watch positioning (dial up, dial down, all that good stuff)

    If youíre staying up into the small hours, or storing your watch differently overnight, it could be making a noticeable difference to the time over 24hrs
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