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    Finally going to send it in - love the watch, hate the slowness - OSD

    I have a white dial Orient Saturation Diver ($1K) that I really love the look of and it fits my wrist extremely comfortably. My only issue: since it was new this past February it loses ~15 spd if I wear it 24/7. If I lay it face down it keeps perfect time. No position allows it to gain time. I'd rather wear it than keep it face down and I sleep with my watches on.

    I've been sitting on an Orient service request form for about 5 months trying to see if I could overcome the mental hurdle of owning a watch that loses such time... but I find myself looking at it fondly then putting it back in the watch case. I know some have no issue with watches that gain or lose a fair amount of time daily because they rotate watches daily. I tend to wear a watch for a week or more at a time and I'm just bothered by a watch that loses a minute every 4 days.

    If one reads the warranty fine print it refers to "the accuracy test" related to having the watch on its back for 24 hours... in which case it falls within the allotted variance. I'm not sure my situation will be accepted as a warranty claim but at this point don't care. Because it is a 300M water resistant watch Orient will only service it in Japan and the turn-around time is 2 months. I've thought about flipping it but I like the watch and I want to own it, I just want it 10+ spd more accurate when I wear it all day and night. The good news is when I do wear it it is almost always 15 spd slow so I think with the right regulation it could become a star performer for me.

    How have others dealt with such a watch accuracy challenge?

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    Re: Finally going to send it in - love the watch, hate the slowness - OSD

    If you have the tools and a steady hand - Adjust it yourself. It's not difficult.
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    Re: Finally going to send it in - love the watch, hate the slowness - OSD

    If it's had the issue it since new, it's seems to be an adjustment/regulation issue. Any watchmaker can adjust it to have a tighter tolerance, and a decent one should be able to ensure that water resistance isn't compromised in the process.

    I never understand people that wear a watch 24/7. You need it while you sleep because why, exactly?
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    Re: Finally going to send it in - love the watch, hate the slowness - OSD

    Quote Originally Posted by TimeWizard View Post
    ... I never understand people that wear a watch 24/7. You need it while you sleep because why, exactly?
    Because I don't want to be late for a good dream.

    (Oh, and a local watchmaker should be able to regulate the thing while you wait, for a few bucks. Mine charges $10.)
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    Re: Finally going to send it in - love the watch, hate the slowness - OSD

    I wouldn't send it back to Japan for just a regulation either. As stated, a good, local watchmaker can take care of it for you quickly and inexpensively.

    Regarding a warranty claim, again, as you mention, I would think that you'd have to prove that the movement was out of spec for the specific caliber for Orient to handle it. Still, even if that is the case, I'd take it locally if you can or at least one of the preferred watchmakers in the States or whatever country you are in.

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    Re: Finally going to send it in - love the watch, hate the slowness - OSD

    Quote Originally Posted by TimeWizard View Post
    I never understand people that wear a watch 24/7. You need it while you sleep because why, exactly?
    So you know what the time is when you wake up.
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    Re: Finally going to send it in - love the watch, hate the slowness - OSD

    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeSport View Post
    So you know what the time is when you wake up.
    Exactly. In fact I have a watch (tritium dial) that I wear pretty much just for sleeping. I envy all of you who can sleep through the night.
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    Re: Finally going to send it in - love the watch, hate the slowness - OSD

    I'd just take to to a local watchmaker. An accuracy adjustment is simple enough to do.

    I wear a watch to bed. I've gotton some used to just checking my wrist for the time. I don't have an alarm clock. I was always just rolling over and checking my phone. It would blind me. I'd grunt at the reaction to the sudden brightness, and roll back over. Wearing a watch just lets me check the time at a simple glance. I just charge the lume before I got to bed. Mainly I wear my Luminox though.
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    Re: Finally going to send it in - love the watch, hate the slowness - OSD

    Thanks for the local watchmaker suggestions... but as this is a 300m diver I want to ensure it is restored to factory specs when sealed. Do local watchmakers have adequate equipment for this level of water resistance test? If a local watch maker opens it up, does that void the warranty? As dbakiva states, I envy those who sleep through the night. I'm interested in knowing whether it is 1:00 am or 5:45 am when I wake up because I would have 2 different reactions. Also, I travel a lot so am in hotels frequently... I sleep and shower with my watches on out of paranoia of accidentally leaving them behind on a counter... no big deal if that happens at home but it gets complicated on the road.

    I guess my bigger question is how frequent is it that a new watch needs regulating and what would the watch owner typically do?

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    Re: Finally going to send it in - love the watch, hate the slowness - OSD

    I'd have it done locally if possible, most good ones should be able to test for at least 60 meters. You'd probably pay less than you would for just shipping to Japan.

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