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    Fitness program for chrono?

    Hi all,

    I've read numerous informative threads here regarding the proper ways to wind and condition our beloved mechanical timepieces to ensure years of worry-free operation.

    That being said, the two 7750s in the box got me thinking. For these models with additional complications that, by design, do not operate unless given user input -- is it a good idea to start and stop the chronograph regularly or is general mainspring winding/timekeeping operation enough to keep everything lubricated and working properly??

    As always your collective knowledge of these things is much appreciated!!

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    Re: Fitness program for chrono?

    ...bump...

    Anyone?

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    Re: Fitness program for chrono?

    Hello IronHide,

    If I'd seen your post before I would have offered this advise, regular use of any mechanical watch is it normal lot in life. Running the chrono once a week or so for a few minutes is all you need to stir up the lubrication. There is no point in not running it as there is no point in continuously running it. If used regularly the chrono should perform service to service (4-5yr intervals) without causing problems. Every so often(services) your watchmaker will advise that a gear or two has been replaced due to wear but this will be the norm.

    Now if you are managing 10 chronographs you have to work our a roster or a winder to help you manage if you are concerned. Then again you hear stories from members of the watch that is set going after 20 years in a drawer that works perfectly. True enough but will it go the distance of 4-5yrs from that day and not need parts replaced due to excessive wear. Probably not. The truth is lubricants dry out over time and have to be renewed.

    The sands of time stop for no watch or man. I know this answer may raise questions for you so don't hesitate to ask if you feel I've left out anything.
    Last edited by SnapIT; February 28th, 2007 at 09:41.
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    Re: Fitness program for chrono?

    Hi SnapIT -- thank you for your reply!

    So, in order to properly lubricate all mechanisms within a mechanical chrono one must operate said feature, and cannot rely on just timekeeping/mainspring operation. Yes?

    Man, I love the complications (no pun intended) these little buggers bring us!

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    Re: Fitness program for chrono?

    In short, yes. Those components are held motionless while the chrono is stopped.
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    Re: Fitness program for chrono?

    Thank you good sir!

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