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    Automatic Watch "break in period"?

    If an automatic is initially running fast is it likely to change after an initial "breaking in period"? If so, how long a breaking in period is typical and how much change might occur? My watch is running about 18 seconds fast per day and I'm wondering whether to try to regulate it or just wait and see. Placing it in different positions at night does not seem to make a difference.

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    Re: Automatic Watch "break in period"?

    Quote Originally Posted by submarinerblue View Post
    If an automatic is initially running fast is it likely to change after an initial "breaking in period"? If so, how long a breaking in period is typical and how much change might occur? My watch is running about 18 seconds fast per day and I'm wondering whether to try to regulate it or just wait and see. Placing it in different positions at night does not seem to make a difference.
    If you are hoping for it to be fixed then i say wait a week? If you want to reach a quick conclusion go get it regulated. To be honest it depends on the watch, 18/day isnt that bad. My Tag Carrera does +15 per day, i dont bother to get it regulated

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    Re: Automatic Watch "break in period"?

    Quote Originally Posted by submarinerblue View Post
    If an automatic is initially running fast is it likely to change after an initial "breaking in period"? If so, how long a breaking in period is typical and how much change might occur? My watch is running about 18 seconds fast per day and I'm wondering whether to try to regulate it or just wait and see. Placing it in different positions at night does not seem to make a difference.
    Who told you that a watch has a break in period?

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    Re: Automatic Watch "break in period"?

    What's the watch in question? What kind of movement does it have?

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    Re: Automatic Watch "break in period"?

    I've heard it both ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by little big feather View Post
    I've heard it both ways.

    I've heard people break in to watch dealers to acquire watches sometimes
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    Re: Automatic Watch "break in period"?

    Quote Originally Posted by submarinerblue View Post
    If an automatic is initially running fast is it likely to change after an initial "breaking in period"? If so, how long a breaking in period is typical and how much change might occur? My watch is running about 18 seconds fast per day and I'm wondering whether to try to regulate it or just wait and see. Placing it in different positions at night does not seem to make a difference.
    There ain't no sych thing as a break in period for watches. There is a combination of bringing the watch to full wind over a couple of days and the owner getting used to his new mechanical watch and the inherent variability of mechanical watches. Just wear the watch for a couple of weeks. Then set it to time.gov and check the cumulative error after 7 full days. If the average daily error is beyond 10 seconds consider having it adjusted by the manufacturer or authorized dealer.
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    Re: Automatic Watch "break in period"?

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    If you are hoping for it to be fixed then i say wait a week? If you want to reach a quick conclusion go get it regulated. To be honest it depends on the watch, 18/day isnt that bad. My Tag Carrera does +15 per day, i dont bother to get it regulated
    Yes it is ...my tolerance is +/- 3 sec per day.

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    Re: Automatic Watch "break in period"?

    Quote Originally Posted by AbuKalb93 View Post
    If you are hoping for it to be fixed then i say wait a week? If you want to reach a quick conclusion go get it regulated. To be honest it depends on the watch, 18/day isnt that bad. My Tag Carrera does +15 per day, i dont bother to get it regulated
    That's kinda big. My 45-year-old Omega is sitting at maybe +2-3/day after getting regulated. If I got a newer watch that performed worse, I'd get it adjusted, too.

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    Re: Automatic Watch "break in period"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dancing Fire View Post
    Yes it is ...my tolerance is +/- 3 sec per day.
    Depends, if i got 18/day from my Zenith for example, id be pretty upset. Considering my Tag is non COSC and a simple Valjoux 7750. 15/day isnt the biggest deal. It just depends on personal tolerance. I tolerate depending on how much i pay.
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