I think there is a problem with the rotor on my Raymond Weil but I want to see what you all think before I send it in for repair. I have a Maestro Moonphase and it keeps excellent time so the movement itself is certainly not an issue. What I've noticed, however, is a few strange things in the 6 months I've owned it. If I have days where I'm particularly inactive, the watch will often be dead the next morning. But even on my most inactive days, I'm not dead. I definitely move enough to keep a watch wound. I decided to do a test and hand wound the watch til it was full and let it sit on my dresser. It lasted about the 36 hours it should have with its power reserve so that wasn't the problem. I decided to do another few tests this week. I have a Wolf 2.1 winder that does 900 TPD which is more than the watch needs to stay wound. So I decided to just put the watch in the winder and see what happened. Sure enough, after about 36 hours, the watch was dead.
So last night I watched the rotor through the caseback and it is VERY sticky. If I shake it, it will move, which is probably why it stays wound most of the time when I do wear it. I am pretty active throughout the day so its just enough to keep it wound (and I often top it off). But I tried turning it in my hand at about the rate the winder would turn it and the rotor remained pretty much fixed in position. I am not an expert on automatics but I assume that if the rotor is that sticky, that is probably the source of my problems? I bought it at Ashford but I'm well within their 2 year warranty so I'll be sending it in for repair. I just wanted to see if you all think that's the issue and if that it is a fixable issue on the watch. I assume it is.
Is it the rotor is rubbing on something or maybe its too tightly attached? What would cause that?