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    Setting the time question

    I currently own a Citizen Eco Drive Chronograph model #
    AT0200-05E

    Anyways in the manual as a "hint for accurately setting the time" it says after I stop the second hand at zero I should move the minute hand 4-5 minutes ahead of the correct time and then move it back to the correct time to set it. I have some kitchen timers that need to do the same thing to work for timing under _____ number of minutes.
    What is this all about?


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    Re: Setting the time question

    Don't know, never heard of that myself, then again, I don't read or even keep owners manuals for anything. ;D

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    Re: Setting the time question

    Quote Originally Posted by Beyond 'The Box' View Post
    Don't know, never heard of that myself, then again, I don't read or even keep owners manuals for anything. ;D
    Little bit of trivia on me I like to keep the packaging and manuals of the things I buy. Sometimes they last longer than the items themselves .
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    Re: Setting the time question

    I think (based on absolutely nothing but intuition) that it's got something to do with taking up the slack in the gears. There's a little bit of play in the gears of a watch, if you set only forward, the slack is left ahead of the minute hand, and as the watch powers up, it'll take up the slack before the hands move, if you set backwards, the slack is on the non pulling direction, so the hands engage immediately.
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    Man! My grammar is horrible! talk about a comma splice.
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    Re: Setting the time question

    Maybe it has an egg timer for movement.
    Seriously though, it sounds like the gear slack thing.


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    Re: Setting the time question

    Bleh is correct, and the technical term is "backlash."

    Which direction you need to go to eliminate backlash depends on the movement - an ETA 2824-2 (and all its sisters) need to go in the forward direction (clockwise) to eliminate backlash, ETA 7750s, need to go backwards (counter-clockwise.)

    So, follow manufacturers instructions.

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    Re: Setting the time question

    Quote Originally Posted by lysanderxiii View Post
    Bleh is correct, and the technical term is "backlash."
    I was right about something?! Will you call my wife and tell her?
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    Re: Setting the time question

    V interesting, LysanderXiii ! When setting the time, I always move the minute hand ahead about 10 mintes and then back to the correct minute - on my 2824s AND on my 7750...guess I got things half right?!

    It's always 5 o'clock somehwere...

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