Sorry if the subject line makes no sense - I didn't really know how to word my question...
First, some background: I started reading this forum a few months ago when I was researching Omega in general and then the Seamaster line. I ended up getting a Seamaster 300M Chrono Diver in black:
I got it from the FAD - amazing price, excellent service, and the watch arrived *perfect* in every way. I love it. I know that I have OCD with gadgets and especially my watches. Most of my everyday watches are Solar Atomic G-Shocks and I check that they sync up every night. My other watches then get sync'd up manually every few weeks.
This Omega was my first "expensive" watch, and my 2nd automatic (I have a cheap $80 Invicta automatic/Japanese Miyota movement that is styled after a the Rolex Submariner). The first thing I noticed was the excellent fit & finish of the Omega. Everything felt "tight" and the hands would line up perfectly. The chrono seconds hand would like up perfectly with the :00 tick mark, and the triangle marker on the bezel was also perfectly aligned. Subdials were also right on-mark. When setting the watch, the minute hands felt "tight" when turning the crown (my Invicta is way looser, and always has been). There was never any "play", looseness, or "wobble" in the crown or minute hand, and I also noticed how the minute hand would line up perfectly based on where the seconds were. For example, at :00 seconds, the minute hand would be perfectly aligned with 11:03am, then at :15 seconds, the minute hand would be about a quarter of the way between 11:03 and 11:04. Then at :30 seconds, the minute hand would be exactly halfway between 11:03 and 11:04 -- etc. etc.
Here's where things may have gone south:
The other night I noticed that the watch had stopped because I had not worn or wound it in a few days. It was about 10pm, so I wound the date forward to the previous day's date, and then turned the minutes/hours forward to flip the date to the current date, and then set the hours & minutes. I twisted the crown kind of fast, and I'm concerned that I may have done some internal damage . I now notice when setting the time that the crown is a tiny bit "loose" (maybe a quarter of a turn) and the minute hand can "wobble" about the distance between 2 tick marks on the dial when the crown moves. I don't remember it being like this when I first got the watch and think it might've been tighter.
I read in some posts (after the fact) that you shouldn't set the date between 9pm and 6am as it may damage some internal gears, and that you should avoid turning the minutes/hours too much for the same reason.
I've always seen a very high level of experience and expertise in this forum (which is why I've stuck around ), and I'm hoping you guys can shed some light... so here are some questions.
1. How many times should you twist the crown when winding it up after the watch has stopped? (I'm pretty sure there's an overwinding protection in there.)
2. Specifically for this watch - and the Omega 1164 movement - is it a bad thing to set the date at night?
3. Does your minute hand have any free or loose movement when the crown is pulled out all the way (when setting the time)? Does this happen naturally over time (normal wear a few months or years of ownership, etc.) Should I be at all worried? Does your watch crown still feel tight?
4. Is it possible to do damage to the watch by twisting the crown too fast (either when setting the time or when winding it)? Should one generally avoid turning the crown more than 12 or 24 hours?
5. Does the position of your minute hand line up based on where the seconds are? (i.e. minute hand right on the tick mark at :00 seconds, quarter of the way at :15 seconds, halfway between tick marks at 30 seconds, three quarters at :45 seconds, then directly back on the next tick mark at :59 or :00 seconds)
I think I may have found the solution to #5... if the current time is 4:21 (assume on time.gov), I'll stop the watch when the seconds are at :00. Then I'll turn the crown (and minute hand) forward to 4:25, and then slowly and gently back to 4:22. This puts the "looseness" (I can't think of a better term - perhaps "play"?) ahead of the minute hand, rather than behind it. When the time turns 4:22, I'll push in the crown. (Note that 4:22 is only an example - it could be 9:38, 11:03, 7:46 etc.)
Looking forward to hearing your comments, and thanks in advance! My OCD appreciates it