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    Confused not sure where to post - watch losing 20 min in one hour

    Hello, I am brand new to the world of watches and to this forum. What is the best place to ask a repair question? I looked at the forum rules and stickies and didn't see anything about where to post repair questions, so I thought I would start here. If there is a better forum, please let me know and I will post there instead.

    I recently bought my first watch - a Poljot Ruslan with a 3133. A few days after I bought it I noticed it lost almost exactly 20 minutes in one hour - and this was in the morning after I had fully wound it. I had not noticed it losing time before this. I timed a few minutes on the seconds dial and it was accurate, and I watched the minute hand move and it looked accurate too for those few minutes, but obviously something is wrong. I bought it on ebay and it seemed to come with legit instructions and case.

    Any thoughts on what to do? Should I let the winding run down and then try winding again to see if that helps? Try to return it to the seller on ebay? Send for watch repair? I'm open to repairing it myself if this type of gross time discrepancy is solvable with a novice skill level.

    ugh..feeling like I've made a foolish decision to buy this on ebay i may be out a couple hundred and now watchless for a while before I can get the courage up to spend a couple more hundred i hope there's an easy fix! Thank you if you have any thoughts.

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    Re: not sure where to post - watch losing 20 min in one hour

    Have the watch serviced by a watchmaker - Hopefully you got a good deal when you bought it, if so you will have a freshly serviced watch that will give you many years of service... My .02

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    Re: not sure where to post - watch losing 20 min in one hour

    I think if I were you I'd send it back to Russia.....Get a good watch next time.
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    Re: not sure where to post - watch losing 20 min in one hour

    Find a decent watch maker and get it serviced. Check AWCI's Web site, or ask around on the forum if you need help finding one. You might also try posting to the Russian sub-forum for suggestions.

    If this is a used mechanical, you should've already planned to get it cleaned, serviced, and regulated in the first place. It's the price of owning a mechanical.

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    Re: not sure where to post - watch losing 20 min in one hour

    One possibility is that watch has been magnetized. When the hairspring becomes magnetized, two loops can stick together, greatly reducing its effective length and increasing the frequency.

    It's also possible that a loop of the mainspring was jarred out of place and got hooked over the stud during shipping. This seems unlikely but it has happened to me.

    In either case, an easy fix by a watchmender.

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    Re: not sure where to post - watch losing 20 min in one hour

    Sounds like a stuck/clingy mainspring. If so a few good, hard smacks on the back of the case can fix it. It's an easy fix for any watchmaker, and I offer no guarantees so don't start hitting your watch if you care about it a great deal, but that being said there is a reasonable chance it could work if the mainspring is the culprit.

    edit: rather than smacking it which might be a bit severe, put it in the palm of your hand and press firmly with the palm of your other hand against the back a few times, again no guarantees if you break the watch, but I had the same problems with a mechanical watch and this worked perfectly
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    Re: not sure where to post - watch losing 20 min in one hour

    Was it new or secondhand?, recent ? or weeks ago?

    New - flick it back to the seller for a refund via an ebay dispute.
    S/h - you need to get it serviced - or at least attended to for the possibilities of magnetism (as above) or being clonked and the hairspring sticking together which would give you your symptoms.

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    Re: not sure where to post - watch losing 20 min in one hour

    Look on the bright side... in 3 hours you won't have to change it back!
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    Re: not sure where to post - watch losing 20 min in one hour

    Quote Originally Posted by THS View Post
    Sounds like a stuck/clingy mainspring. If so a few good, hard smacks on the back of the case can fix it. It's an easy fix for any watchmaker, and I offer no guarantees so don't start hitting your watch if you care about it a great deal, but that being said there is a reasonable chance it could work if the mainspring is the culprit.

    edit: rather than smacking it which might be a bit severe, put it in the palm of your hand and press firmly with the palm of your other hand against the back a few times, again no guarantees if you break the watch, but I had the same problems with a mechanical watch and this worked perfectly
    I love this place! I learn something new!! Does this work with all Russians or just some?....How about Chinese....
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    Re: not sure where to post - watch losing 20 min in one hour

    Quote Originally Posted by little big feather View Post
    I love this place! I learn something new!! Does this work with all Russians or just some?....How about Chinese....
    Automatics and manual wind?

    What the smacking ?, or the sticking?

    One or more of spring coils can partially 'stick' together shortening the spring length making it go like the clappers , smacking the watch (gently!) can knock the leaves back out of contact with each other .. fixing the problem.
    If it is magnetised though, be prepared for them to stick together again in the very near future.

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