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    Are Chronometers Worth It?

    The reason I'm asking is because what happens to a chronometer when you take it in for the 5 year service? Should I expect it to come back within the +6/-4 specifications? I have a Hamilton Intra-Matic that, even though it was NEVER an official chronometer, ran very close to those measurements. I took it in to Tourneau for its tuneup and now it runs at around +12. I'm not as happy as I used to be.

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    Re: Are Chronometers Worth It?

    If you are into accuracy then chronometers are well worth it. After a service it will still be a chronometer grade movement but as it’s no longer certified it won’t technically be a chronometer.
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    Re: Are Chronometers Worth It?

    No, but it look nice on the dial and a doorknob will give it a real good tuneup.
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    Re: Are Chronometers Worth It?

    I think so. I like mine.
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    Re: Are Chronometers Worth It?

    If you care about accuracy then yes. For me, I could careless so I wouldnt spend more for it.

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    Re: Are Chronometers Worth It?

    I think it's worth it personally. While, true, unless you get it readjusted, it wont maintain the same performance after a service, the fact that it was able to pass the chronometer certification in the first place means that the tolerances of fabrication on the movement were executed very well, such that it is balanced and its behavior across all 5 positions can be maintained within the tightly restricted range.

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    Re: Are Chronometers Worth It?

    I like the history of chronometers - their place in exploration and navigation. Fascinating stuff. So buying a watch that's been certified is cool too. But - it's a curiosity now. Something to have fun with in the same anachronistic and entirely unreasonable way that we have fun with everything else in the hobby. So "worth" it? No, not in any objective way.
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    Re: Are Chronometers Worth It?

    The COSC FAQ

    https://www.cosc.swiss/en/faq

    may answer some of your questions. However, take your Hamilton back to the AD for a timegrapher test. And if the watch is running to fast get it regulated a second time. Not a sorcery.
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    Re: Are Chronometers Worth It?

    The original and main raison d'etre of a watch is to tell time. The better a watch does so, the better it is at achieving one of the main purposes for it to exist. As such, a chronometer movement is an objectively better movement than a non-chronometer movement, all other things being equal (which, of course, they are usually not).

    That said, there are many reasons why people buy mechanical watches today. For most of us, there are so many other reasons for buying watches: aesthetics, appreciation of miniature mechanical devices and engineering, connections to a simpler time, (perceived) status, etc. So the question is not "are chronometers worth it?" but rather "are chronometers worth it to you?" For me they are. But YMMV.

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    Re: Are Chronometers Worth It?

    Really it comes down to the specific watch and also if it seems worth it to you. If you feel like you're spending too much on an item then you probably are.
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