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    Fast or slow for an automatic movement. Which is better?

    Just got my new Steinhart Ocean Vintage One which is awesome. It's running about 6 seconds fast every 24 hrs with its fancy ST5 automatic movement. I've read other OV1 watches running slower then that. My Longines Master Chrono and Hamilton Pioneer chrono tend to run slightly fast per day as well. I think they are both ETA I believe.

    Any thoughts or opinions on if it's better that a watch be running faster rather then slower?

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    Re: Fast or slow for an automatic movement. Which is better?

    My preference is fast. Rather be early than late.

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    Re: Fast or slow for an automatic movement. Which is better?

    Fast.

    Pull the crown out, wait a few seconds, Oh, now it's perfect again. Easy :)

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    Re: Fast or slow for an automatic movement. Which is better?

    I don't really care since I rotate and set watches every day, a few seconds either way make no difference.

    There are two schools of thought about it though:

    1. many people would rather have their watch fast because they would rather be early than late and the more practical POV is it is easier to just hack a movement at wait the few seconds to set it exactly than hacking it moving the minute hand and then setting the seconds.

    2. Patek for example is known to regulate their watches a little slow, the idea being as they wear they will speed up over the years and that way they stay closer to "0" between services. That said Patek has one if not the lowest tolerance for their out of the box regulation of any manufacturer, tighter than COSC and GS.

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    Re: Fast or slow for an automatic movement. Which is better?

    Fast

    Mechanicals tend to slow down over time. Perhaps why manufacturers regulate new watches a tad fast?

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    Re: Fast or slow for an automatic movement. Which is better?

    Fast for me as well

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    Re: Fast or slow for an automatic movement. Which is better?

    I'll just parrot everyone else and say "fast." Better early than late, and it's much easier to correct a fast watch than a slow one.

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    Re: Fast or slow for an automatic movement. Which is better?

    If one watch is running +2sec/24 hr and another is running -2sec/24 hr, neither is 'better' since they are equally inaccurate. Nonetheless, I am happy with mine that run +2 and disappointed with those that run -2. I figure that I'm feeling that +2 is 'better than expected' and -2 is 'worse than expected.' Or maybe that +2 is 'outperforming' and -2 is 'underperforming.'

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    Re: Fast or slow for an automatic movement. Which is better?

    Fast is better in respect to the life of a movement; in that it means you have a healthy/generous amplitude.

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    Re: Fast or slow for an automatic movement. Which is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by furrygoat View Post
    Fast is better in respect to the life of a movement; in that it means you have a healthy/generous amplitude.
    Are you sure those two things are correlated?

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