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    Does anyone else have strange things happening with their vintage watches?

    Hello folks,

    We all have and enjoy vintage watches, many of them have had a very long life before we got hold of them, who owned them and what they witnessed is lost to the mists of time, some might have been owned by famous people from history, most were owned by the Hoi Polloi and lived very ordinary lives, some might even have been owned by some of the less savoury characters that have populated our planet.
    “Where is he going with this thread?” I hear you say, well, do you think that all the history of a watch can manifest itself in strange ways?
    My example, my father recently purchased a nice Labrador watch
    Nothing special but he likes it but for some reason it doesn’t seem to want to be in his possession, after three days in his pocket the glass fell out, not to strange on an old watch? This was replaced by the watchmaker it was purchased from FOC, it’s been fully serviced and when left on a stand it keeps perfect time, a few seconds a day, but and it’s a big but, when he wears it the time goes haywire, one day it’ll loose time, a lot of time 15-30 minutes in two hours but the the next day it’ll gain time in the same fashion, this, I can only explain by thinking that the watch really doesn’t like my father for some reason, I’ve worn it for a day and it behaves perfectly, he has no problems with his other watches.
    Can anyone explain what’s happening by anything other than accumulated history?
    Does anyone else have a similar story they want to share?



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    Re: Does anyone else have strange things happening with their vintage watches?

    I have a story like this, I can not find speedy for $200, they somehow avoid me :D
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    Re: Does anyone else have strange things happening with their vintage watches?

    This watch wasn't found in a red & white '58 Plymouth by chance, was it?

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    Re: Does anyone else have strange things happening with their vintage watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZisguyZaphod View Post
    This watch wasn't found in a red & white '58 Plymouth by chance, was it?

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    Could have been
    https://youtu.be/0EQ41beVcXE

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    Re: Does anyone else have strange things happening with their vintage watches?

    How does he wear it? How do you wear it?

    What's the amplitude like in the dial up and down positions, or pendant up. Could be many things.

    Pivots, jewels, Hairspring rubbing, magnetism from something. ECT ECT ect

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    Re: Does anyone else have strange things happening with their vintage watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by rickhufnagel7 View Post
    How does he wear it? How do you wear it?

    What's the amplitude like in the dial up and down positions, or pendant up. Could be many things.

    Pivots, jewels, Hairspring rubbing, magnetism from something. ECT ECT ect

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    Works fine in any position when not worn, we both wear it on an Albert in the left waistcoat pocket, I took it back to the watchmaker that serviced it and he put it on a timegrapher thingy and it was fine.

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    Re: Does anyone else have strange things happening with their vintage watches?

    One position in particular I'd be worried about:

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    Re: Does anyone else have strange things happening with their vintage watches?

    Matt, you can send it to me here in the states and I can perform a whole lot of incantations and voodoo spells for you or I can send you my grand kids Harry Potter wand and you can have a go of it yourself...
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    Does anyone else have strange things happening with their vintage watches?

    Hmmm, never thought of that,

    Anyone know Max Von Sydow’s number?

    https://youtu.be/FN6jIvKiYOs

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    Re: Does anyone else have strange things happening with their vintage watches?

    I have watch parts that seem possessed but not a watch that I can recall. This movement holder washer jumped away and I searched and searched but it was gone, Later when I was going to fit the dial I saw the washer in the plastic baggy with the dial and hands but I can swear it was closed shut even before the washer went missing.

    That or I was very tired when it went missing.

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