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Old 06-19-2009, 10:49 AM   #1591
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but seriously. 5 min/wk. normal?
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:32 AM   #1592
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5 minutes a week is not normal for a good auto or manual wind movement. It should be closer to +/- a half minute or less.

That said, it's easy enough to get it regulated properly. Find a good jeweler with a good reputation for such things. It shouldn't be too much to get it regulated to +/- 5 seconds a day.

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Old 06-19-2009, 12:48 PM   #1593
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but seriously. 5 min/wk. normal?

Depends, do you keep it on a winder on off days, or do you wear it all the time?

How active are you.

How old, and last time serviced?
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:13 PM   #1594
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well my manual wind hammy is losing about 5 mins a week.

is this normal or should I get it serviced?

i'm not really bothered.
That's a lot. It might just need adjusting or maybe a cleaning.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:15 PM   #1595
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Depends, do you keep it on a winder on off days, or do you wear it all the time?

How active are you.

How old, and last time serviced?
He said it's a manual wind. It should keep better time than an auto if you wind every day faithfully.
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:05 PM   #1596
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Maybe a little

outside the norm for this thread, but I think these are kind of cool. Newish Timex automatic, with a Chinese Sea Gull ST25 movement. Retrograde date subdial, and power reserve subdial. Edit: And the open heart, of course.



And a Vostok Europe Rocket N1. The red-black hand at 5:30 is a 24 hour hand, not independently settable. The outer 24 hour bezel is uni-directionally rotatable to set a second time zone.

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Old 06-21-2009, 07:08 AM   #1597
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He said it's a manual wind. It should keep better time than an auto if you wind every day faithfully.

You're right.

After reading through this thread i've noticed quite a few people calling automatics - "winders", and he seemed to be new to the mechanical watch (via the question asked) world.
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Old 06-21-2009, 07:13 AM   #1598
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You're right.

After reading through this thread i've noticed quite a few people calling automatics - "winders", and he seemed to be new to the mechanical watch (via the question asked) world.



my first mechanical watch (and the price I pay for buying used on Ebay)

anyway... i've checked out a couple local hamilton dealers and they want to send it back to Hamilton for service at the cost of what I paid for the watch

if it just needs basic cleaning/servicing aren't their local boutiques that'll take care of it in house? how much should i expect to pay?

the movement is an ETA/UNITAS 6497. everything i've read about it said "bulletproof"...
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Old 06-21-2009, 07:50 AM   #1599
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my first mechanical watch (and the price I pay for buying used on Ebay)

anyway... i've checked out a couple local hamilton dealers and they want to send it back to Hamilton for service at the cost of what I paid for the watch

if it just needs basic cleaning/servicing aren't their local boutiques that'll take care of it in house? how much should i expect to pay?

the movement is an ETA/UNITAS 6497. everything i've read about it said "bulletproof"...

Ask around, i have a guy here in NYC that does excellent service for about 1/2 of the typical service charge. an avg service for a good mechanical (about every 5 years) is typically around 300 to 600 depending ion the brand.

Sometimes it doesn't make sense to service one if the watch was only about that price (you can just buy a new one sometimes).

There's usually an old eastern european guy that has a small watch repair shop somewhere, and he won't charge you the "authorized" service charge.

btw ETA is owned by Swatch, and should be very easy to work with, and easy to replace. They're the largest movement maker in the world last I checked.
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outside the norm for this thread, but I think these are kind of cool.
I do, too. Thanks for posting, RB.
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Old 06-21-2009, 11:42 AM   #1601
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my first mechanical watch (and the price I pay for buying used on Ebay)

anyway... i've checked out a couple local hamilton dealers and they want to send it back to Hamilton for service at the cost of what I paid for the watch

if it just needs basic cleaning/servicing aren't their local boutiques that'll take care of it in house? how much should i expect to pay?

the movement is an ETA/UNITAS 6497. everything i've read about it said "bulletproof"...
Depends on where you live. If you can find a local guy, it might only cost $60. I searched high and low and found no one within driving distance who knew anything about watches. This is why I like Seikos. The movements are cheaper than the cost of a service.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:49 AM   #1602
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Depends on where you live. If you can find a local guy, it might only cost $60. I searched high and low and found no one within driving distance who knew anything about watches. This is why I like Seikos. The movements are cheaper than the cost of a service.
The Seiko will probably run steadily for 15-20 years before needing its first service as well.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:12 PM   #1603
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UUh.... just asked for a complete service of my Tutima...
Complete Service w. Hands and Dial....

600$

Maybe I should sell it and stick with normal watches
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:42 PM   #1604
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UUh.... just asked for a complete service of my Tutima...
Complete Service w. Hands and Dial....

600$

Maybe I should sell it and stick with normal watches

Are they going to relume the hands and dial?
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:49 PM   #1605
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The Seiko will probably run steadily for 15-20 years before needing its first service as well.

whoever said man was a rational animal?

Adam Smith, that's who.

And look how that turned out.
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