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    Do G-Shocks Slow Down with Age?

    Do G-Shock mechanisms slow down with use? Every new G-Shock I've had runs fast, but older ones tend to run slower. Is this just a result of small sample size or is there a mechanical explanation? I know it doesn't make sense since digital watches don't have parts to wear down, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

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    Re: Do G-Shocks Slow Down with Age?

    I've not noticed anything like that but I only bought my first Casio in the 1980s, so I have limited experience.

    My current G square is roughly +5 sec per month but I've not had it very long. Maybe check back in a few years?

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    Re: Do G-Shocks Slow Down with Age?

    No, your experience is Coincidence as quartz regulated watches are either on or off depending on power.
    Each individual quartz chip has it's native frequency and keeps it forever.
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    Re: Do G-Shocks Slow Down with Age?

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    No, your experience is Coincidence as quartz regulated watches are either on or off depending on power.
    Each individual quartz chip has it's native frequency and keeps it forever.
    Nope, the frequency may change in time.

    Crystals undergo slow gradual change of frequency with time, known as aging. There are many mechanisms involved. The mounting and contacts may undergo relief of the built-in stresses. Molecules of contamination either from the residual atmosphere, outgassed from the crystal, electrodes or packaging materials, or introduced during sealing the housing can be adsorbed on the crystal surface, changing its mass

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    Re: Do G-Shocks Slow Down with Age?

    I've had a G shock for over a decade now. The strap broke but the watch itself is A-ok. These are fairly durable. Do you have one in mind?

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    Re: Do G-Shocks Slow Down with Age?

    In my experience they go faster with age. I have 3 DW-5600C from the 80s, AMW-320C and 2 DW-5300 from 90s, and they all gain about 1 sec/day. Also few my G-shocks from 2008 and 2009 are noticeably faster than new ones. Probably quartz crystals change frequency and that has larger effect than mechanical wear.
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    Re: Do G-Shocks Slow Down with Age?

    I usually buy used, these tend to be slower than the couple of new ones I bought recently. My newest G-Shock runs about +17 per month, within Casio limits but a lot faster than my older ones. It sounds like it's just luck of the draw.

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    Re: Do G-Shocks Slow Down with Age?

    G-Shocks only slow down when you fly a lot.

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    Re: Do G-Shocks Slow Down with Age?

    I just attribute it to me getting older !
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    Re: Do G-Shocks Slow Down with Age?

    Quote Originally Posted by tiha View Post
    In my experience they go faster with age. I have 3 DW-5600C from the 80s, AMW-320C and 2 DW-5300 from 90s, and they all gain about 1 sec/day. Also few my G-shocks from 2008 and 2009 are noticeably faster than new ones. Probably quartz crystals change frequency and that has larger effect than mechanical wear.
    That has been my experience as well, on average. Something about the crystal degrading over time, it causes the internal timer to shorten and thus make it gain time. Or, something affects the relative position of the trim screw. I expect that those that lose time must've gotten a hard knock or something. Thankfully CASIO provides trim screws on these modules so you can adjust... but I've found that sometimes doing so results in greater variation from cold to warm temperatures. I only do it for watches that are drifting +/- 30 secs or more per month.
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