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    Finally got around to timing my Oysterquartz

    I recently timed out my old Oysterquartz with a new battery between May 27 and July 10. Over that 45 day time period it lost 3 seconds (approximately 24s/year). It spent the vast majority of that time sitting at 67 degrees in my safe so I suspect it would do a little better on my wrist.

    The watch was purchased new in 1980 and serviced for the first time around April 2011 by Rolex USA.

    Not much to brag about by current HAQ standards but not bad for an old OQ.

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    Re: Finally got around to timing my Oysterquartz

    24s/y for that watch is not bad at all.

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    Re: Finally got around to timing my Oysterquartz

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    24s/y for that watch is not bad at all.
    I've heard 60 s/y is typical, but I don't know if that's the design accuracy or the accuracy people report on their vintage OQs.
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    Re: Finally got around to timing my Oysterquartz

    Quote Originally Posted by Will_f View Post
    I've heard 60 s/y is typical, but I don't know if that's the design accuracy or the accuracy people report on their vintage OQs.
    The all stainless OQ I owned during the 1980's to 1993 was consistently 2 seconds a month fast. I wish I had never sold it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nom de Forum View Post
    The all stainless OQ I owned during the 1980's to 1993 was consistently 2 seconds a month fast. I wish I had never sold it.
    They're very handsome watches. I thought Rolex did an excellent job of creating a distinctive case that ages well. The only downside is the bracelet isn't replaceable aftermarket and Rolex stopped making them 13 years ago. By 2020 parts will be scarce.
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    Re: Finally got around to timing my Oysterquartz

    Many years ago I had chance to buy one and I let the anti Quartz thinking stop me what a mistake Lucky you Will f.

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    Re: Finally got around to timing my Oysterquartz

    Never had the funds available when one of these watches were.

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    Re: Finally got around to timing my Oysterquartz

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Never had the funds available when one of these watches were.
    My OQ was a gift from my Father in Law. I never even knew he had a nice watch and one day he just gave it to me and essentially said, "Here- I don't need this any more." However it was 30 Y.O. and the case + bracelet were shot from spending their whole life in the tropics. Everything except the movement, hands and dial is now NOS. It hasn't been a cheap watch to own but it sure is pretty.
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    Re: Finally got around to timing my Oysterquartz

    Hi,

    That sounds about right (oh, and nice OQ!). I've owned two Oysterquartz, one Day-Date in the past, and now a Datejust. The Day-Date was always between -2s and -3s a month, and so was comfortably within the 60s/year that the Oysterquartz movement is rated at.

    My current Datejust - well, it's too early to say. I've had to send it off for a service since its electronic module has a defect. It was running at about +1s/day, which would be great if it were an Oyster Perpetual, but is obviously horrific for an Oysterquartz. The module was so far gone that it apparently wasn't responding to the rate trimmer or regulation at all, and so a new module is needed. Fortunately it's still under warranty from the place I purchased it, so it's being fixed at no cost to myself. I'm looking forward to getting it back, and have every confidence that it'll also be comfortably within spec once it's sorted out.

    And of course, how could I close without some wrist shots ? Here's the now-gone-but-not-forgotten Day-Date:



    and my current OQ, the Datejust:

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    Re: Finally got around to timing my Oysterquartz

    Thought I would add another Oysterquartz glamour shot. :)

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