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spinynorman

Quartz watch tester line release

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While browsing eBay last night I came across a quartz watch tester, with a "line release function". The seller says this spins the hands fast and can be enough to get a dead watch working again.

It sounds too good to be true to me. Has anyone used one?

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I have a watch demagnetizer (the cheap kind) that has the exact same "function". It's not even a function but physics related stuff, I guess.

It'll spin the hands fast but doesn't necessarily start the movement if the electrical side is broken.

As Simon said, better to strip and service. Much better.

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I reckon they are useful if you have something like a Chinese cheapie which is not worth the cost of a service. If a watch is not working check the line release and see if the hands spin up. If so try a new battery. If it does not work after a new battery and the hands are free, change the module 'cos the Chinese ones are only a couple of quid.

Sometimes if they have not been powered up for years the gear train can stick. Line release can free them.

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On 16/06/2019 at 01:46, eezy said:

Sometimes if they have not been powered up for years the gear train can stick. Line release can free them.

I bought one and tried it on a couple of dead Seiko 7t32s. It revived one, which is still working. The other did show signs of life, but the minute hand still sticks, even after a good spin. Servicing isn't an option for these.

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