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    Can riding metro make an automatic watch run fast?

    I'm fairly new to mechanical/automatic watches, my first is a Seiko Alpinist (SARB017) and I noticed my watch had started running several minutes fast each day. I never dropped it or anything, and it's only about 6 months old, so the store I bought it from replaced it.

    I just got my replacement in the mail at work today and set the time, checking it every couple hours to see if it was accurate. While I was at work (maybe 5 hours) it only gained a second or two; however, about halfway home on the DC metro (I'm on the train for about 45 minutes) I checked and the watch was already a minute and a half fast.

    Is it possible riding the train could be making my watch run fast? I believe the SARB017 is anti-magnetic, so I would think that wouldn't be a factor.

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    Re: Can riding metro make an automatic watch run fast?

    I wonder if the electric motors on the train are impacting the watch despite the anti magnetic protection on the watch


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    Re: Can riding metro make an automatic watch run fast?

    I should add that I've tried googling this quite a bit this evening and couldn't find anything on metro/trains interfering with watches.

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    Re: Can riding metro make an automatic watch run fast?

    Quote Originally Posted by ddavidsonmd View Post
    I wonder if the electric motors on the train are impacting the watch despite the anti magnetic protection on the watch


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    Sounds more like magnetization to me.

    Can't imagine that it would be from the subway. More likely xray machines, high intensity magnets or electrical fields, or it could just be the illuminati.

    Take it to a watchmaker and they can demagnetize it for you. My bet is that solves it. Keep us posted, curious to hear the result. It's like 'stump the chumps' for WUS!

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    Re: Can riding metro make an automatic watch run fast?

    You should find a "mechanical watch-friendly" metro to use.

    Or simply try not sit on top of the wheels where there usully are powerful electric motors.
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    Re: Can riding metro make an automatic watch run fast?

    Probably so. In Singapore the metro runs underneath the F1 circuit and EVERY YEAR a number of cars suffer unusual failures. Certainly due to it I'm sure.

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    Re: Can riding metro make an automatic watch run fast?

    get a compass, hold it close to the watch. See if the needle points towards it.
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    Re: Can riding metro make an automatic watch run fast?

    At first I thought this was going to be one of those theoretical Einstein-speed of light questions...
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    Re: Can riding metro make an automatic watch run fast?

    Are you carrying anything else magnetic in your watch hand? Or maybe rest your wrist on an iPad or magnetic purse latch?

    Haven't had any of my watches start running fast due to the Metro. My SKX009 runs a little quicker if I wear it while jogging or during generally vigorous activity, but never as fast as you're describing. I'll bet it's magnetization, too, which should be an easy fix.

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    Re: Can riding metro make an automatic watch run fast?

    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    Are you carrying anything else magnetic in your watch hand? Or maybe rest your wrist on an iPad or magnetic purse latch?

    Haven't had any of my watches start running fast due to the Metro. My SKX009 runs a little quicker if I wear it while jogging or during generally vigorous activity, but never as fast as you're describing. I'll bet it's magnetization, too, which should be an easy fix.
    I think this maybe a myth. I leave my watch on my iPad w/ cover all night and it has never magnetized.

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