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    Problem with old mechanical timex

    I've been trying to regulate this old mechanical timex diver I got for the past month or so but I have finally given up and it seems like the only way it will work is with a full service. The balance originally had a lot of wobble in it which I thought was causing the timing issue so I tightened the screw under the balance just a tiny bit. This fixed the wobble but now I can see that when the watch is right side up it runs a lot slower and sounds like it's out of beat. When the watch is on its face it runs fine and sounds healthy. I have tried oiling all the pinions but this made no difference. What else do I have to do?

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    Re: Problem with old mechanical timex

    Hi matt1415,

    can u post some photos?

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    Re: Problem with old mechanical timex

    Quote Originally Posted by matt1415 View Post
    it seems like the only way it will work is with a full service. (...)
    What else do I have to do?
    You already have the answer it seems.

    I wouldn't try to service those, though...

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    Re: Problem with old mechanical timex

    matt1415...Hello. It is very rarely the case, that anything less than a Proper Service will remedy an issue or issues...it really is best to establish a 'base line', wherein you know the watch has been cleaned and lubricated and does not have any obvious (!) issues. Then, see how your watch runs.

    The general consensus here and elsewhere as relates to mechanical Timex wristwatches, seems to be that, yes, they may be Serviced, but, not easily! I've done a few, and they can be helped: it appears, tho, that they were never REALLY designed to be worked on...a $500. IWC is much easier to deal with, than a $25. second-hand shop Timex...( trust me )!

    Still: it is fun to try to help them, and I'll certainly do a few more. Good Luck with yours.

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    Re: Problem with old mechanical timex

    Worked on a few myself a while back. To be honest they are a nightmare. As others have said, they were never designed to be serviced, and probably never designed to live longer than a few years!
    But, have a go, you have nothing to lose!

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