Hi all, new to this board, recently purchased a Speedmaster Reduced from another forum member.
I've noticed some difficulty with setting the time, and suspect that it's probably not unusual for the movement to have some backlash. The second had sweeps around 1/3 to 1/2 around before the minute hand starts to move, which makes it a bit hard to set the minute hand so it hits the markers exactly.
The work-around seems to be to advance the minute hand a bit past the minute mark, and then the minute hand will line up correctly. However, after doing this, twelve hours later the minute hand was past the minute marker.
I've had some challenges with setting the time before in other watches, such as the Prometheus CR1 which used a Chinese VJ7750 movement. With Valjoux 7750 movements the backlash is handled by setting the time "backwards"-- that is, by advancing the minute hand past the mark, and then backing up to the correct mark. I understand with some other ETA movements any backlash can be handled by setting the time "forwards".
I suspect that there's a little gear play causing backlash in this particular watch, but I'm having a hard time figuring out which direction to set the time (or if it matters at all). Does anyone else have any issues similar to this with their Speedy Reduced?