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    Pardon the pun...

    Well, with the talk of character watches last week I decided to wear my Speedy Gonzales watch this week. The watch has one problem.. it runs fast! Sorry for the pun, but I just can't slow it down. Gains around 5 minutes or so a day. It only has a one jewel movement so I can only do so much. The only thing I can think of is that maybe the balance assembly was swapped out at some point by someone and the hairspring is too short. Either that or maybe its supposed to run fast! lol Arriba, Arriba! Andale, Andale!

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    Re: Pardon the pun...

    Puns are good,5 minutes a day fast bad,are the coils of the hairspring breathing normally ,unabated by adjacent coils?
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    Fast is better than slow in this case.

    The hairspring could be 'pumping' faster, if it is magnetized, often the cause of this problem. Easy to fix with a demagnetizer (professional one, not Chinese crap sold on the Net). You can see it also on the timegrapher, before and after. A nice watchmaker could do this for free without opening the watch.

    The hairspring could also be dirty or corroded, which makes it also pump faster (sticking together).

    As we do not have an image of the movement, it is not possible to see if that could be regulated a bit (after de-magetization and cleaning of the hairspring).

    And yes, also the hairspring could be too short, but you have to exlude the above first.
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    Re: Pardon the pun...

    The perfect alternate watch on "Speedy" Tuesdays!

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    Re: Pardon the pun...

    I did try all that first.. demagnetized it, cleaned the hairspring, coils look perfect. I'll try to take a pic later today.

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    Movement pic

    The hairspring looks near perfect, so not sure what else I can do to slow it down. I moved the regulator over even farther than it is in this photo and we'll see what happens. Of course in this position, the hairspring doesn't get any bounce between the pins (in this watch it's just an opening in the metal) at all.

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    Re: Pardon the pun...

    It is dirty and/or dry . Low amplitude could cause +5 min/day rate.
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    ...this looks weird?
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    Re: Pardon the pun...

    Could also have a worn mainspring, that's also a common reason for low amplitude.
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    Well, the photo may not be on a perspective where everything is perfectly vertical/plumb. lol
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