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    Hour hand allignments...

    Out of 12 mechanicals I've had, three have needed hour hand allignments. It's starting to peeve me for sure. Has anyone else been subjected to this phenomenon, or am I just a victim of bad luck?

    In each case the the hour hand would take maybe and extra 2 to 4 minutes to get on line. It's nothing over the top, but just enough to annoy for the $$$ spent...

    Just wondering if this is more common than one might think...

    Thanks,

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    Re: Hour hand allignments...

    I hate posts like this! lol

    Now my anal other self had to go check out my collection. I assume you mean that when the minute hand, second had are at 12, the hour hand will split the hour marker? Well all in my major collection are spot on when I set the three hands tothe hour. If they are off it is not to this pair of old eyes!

    But a great question to pose.

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    Re: Hour hand allignments...

    what three watches of yours had the problem?

    there's always a chance of poorly assembled watches in any brand but i think some brands are more likely to have problems than others simply if because of less stringent QC checks, sloppy business practices, or the overall quality of the actual watchmakers doing the assembly.

    i've noticed QC issues with Sinn and it's turned me off a bit from buying any more of their watches.

    YMMV.

    Quote Originally Posted by biggeral View Post
    Out of 12 mechanicals I've had, three have needed hour hand allignments. It's starting to peeve me for sure. Has anyone else been subjected to this phenomenon, or am I just a victim of bad luck?

    In each case the the hour hand would take maybe and extra 2 to 4 minutes to get on line. It's nothing over the top, but just enough to annoy for the $$$ spent...

    Just wondering if this is more common than one might think...

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    Re: Hour hand allignments...

    My Maurice Lacroix Calendrier Retrograde's hour hand is slightly off at 9:00 o'clock and it bothers the hell out of me!
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    Re: Hour hand allignments...

    Bod - I think it happens cause you live in LI.. time there is always off LOL

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    Re: Hour hand allignments...

    Quote Originally Posted by Denizen View Post
    what three watches of yours had the problem?

    there's always a chance of poorly assembled watches in any brand but i think some brands are more likely to have problems than others simply if because of less stringent QC checks, sloppy business practices, or the overall quality of the actual watchmakers doing the assembly.

    i've noticed QC issues with Sinn and it's turned me off a bit from buying any more of their watches.

    YMMV.
    The first one I had was my Muhle Nautic Timer. It was just such a wonderfully legible watch that the hour hand being off was just in my face at all times. Since then I've grown to accept warranty issues and have chalked them up to the pitfalls of buying mechanicals, until recently that is...Seems like I'm getting a raw deal then and not something that's more common amongst everyone else out there...It hasn't been the biggest problem as I've had them taken care of under warranty, and the turnarounds on them were acceptable, but who wants to be screwing around with these issues?

    Thanks to all who replied,

    Al
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    Ball Fireman 40mm
    Baume & Mercier Capeland XXL
    Breitling SO
    Breitling SO Steelfish XL
    Breitling Avenger Seawolf
    Breitling Colt Quartz II
    Damasko DA37
    Fortis B42 Flieger
    Muhle Glashutte Nautic Timer
    Sinn 757 UTC
    UTS 500 (gray dial)
    UTS 500 (black dial w/PVD Bezel)
    UTS 1000

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