I've got two watches with the ST-19 inside, Seagull's re-interpretation of the classic Venus 175, and I'm not that happy with them. Am I the only one?
I'd like to gather some statistics.
If you've got a Seagull or other watches with a ST-19 inside, let's test them all together.
First of all, let me know what watch the movement is in.
Second, time it as you normally wear it day-to-day. Please set it to a known source, then wear it for at least 24 hours and note the time deviation.
Now, third, the following is a tad more complex...and where it gets more interesting!
Wind the watch and set to a known time source.
Place it face up for 1 hour, note the time deviation.
Place it face down for 1 hour, note the time deviation.
Place it crown down for 1 hour, note the time deviation.
I've put together 6 categories to judge this:
1) Dead on (less than 5 seconds deviation in any category)
2) Pretty good (5-15 seconds deviation in any category)
3) Good (15-30 seconds deviation in any category)
4) OK (30-60 seconds deviation in any category)
5) Hmmm.... (more than 60 seconds deviation in any category)
6) Leave me alone, I love my ST-19 regardless of how it keeps time.
Here's my initial two entries:
Seagull Chronograph (not sure of model, from jtbold):
1) +12 s/day 24-hour wear
2) face up: +47 s/day
3) face down: +14s/day
4) crown down: -22s/day
Seagull Chronograph, 1963 chrono re-issue (from cnmark)
1) +14s/day 24-hour wear
2) face up: +93s/day
3) face down: +17s/day
4) crown down: -12s/day
I will compile the results on a running basis and post a chart showing the results for all and anyone interested.
I'm not interested in bashing the ST-19 or anything like that: I think it's a great idea to resurrect classic calibres from the past and reissue them. I'm just curious as to whether my fairly bizarre results (the +47s/day and +93s/day) are outliers or whether others have this problem as well. Further, I'm trying to see what sort of benchmark we can put together on this...and please do be honest about the accuracy, not everyone gets such great results...