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Regulating a watch

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Have been thinking lately of taking the back of my watch and having a go at regulating it to a better rate. My watch is not miles out but runs slow and having it run on time or slightly quicker would be preferable.  Now I have very little knowledge of how to do this (actually none!) hence why I am asking here first. A quick search on the internet provides a wealth of information on the subject which seems a bit daunting to the uninitiated. Just though I would ask for a few opinions here first before I wade into it,

Is the regulating of a watch a job that should be left to a specialist or can a novice with a little bit of information do a decent job?

Is there potential for adjustment of the rate to go really wrong and end up essentially writing the watch off?

Is a timegrapher essential in achieving a good rate or can other methods be used?

Its just something I am thinking of doing at the moment, whether I go ahead and have a go is yet to be seen. I have always fancied tinkering with my watch and this would be a great place to start. If I was to go ahead I wouldn't be messing with anything too expensive. I wouldn't go anywhere near my omega but would probably try on my Orient or Seiko. Damage limitation I guess!

Any thoughts appreciated on the subject and if I should leave it to the professionals please tell me! Thanks.

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For me, the risks far outweigh the potential benefits.

At worst you could (i have) scratch the case, kill the water resistance, knacker the beat/timing, loosen the balance spring and/or lose bits.

At best you get to risk the above all over again when the adjustment doesn’t achieve perfection, or when the weather changes and causes a +\- 1 sec change over 24hrs

I gave up on that kind of micro-obsession pretty quick, but left a few casualties along the way. I remember each of their names in the quiet times before dawn .....





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If you're only a few seconds out per day (and this is one of those OCD things I can never get my head round) I would leave it alone. In my case, when I used to wear watches, it was only for a few hours at a time, 12 hours max, so deviations never really showed up. I certainly never wore one watch for more than 24 hours at a time, so any abbarrations were never noticed.

IMHO, life is too short to worry about whether a watch/clock is keeping to within a second of the atomic clocks which all our phones and RC watches are tuned into. There are are more important things in life to worry about.

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