Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active
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    Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active

    I recall reading something on Omega's site whilst i was watching a Speedmaster Video, that said that using the 2nd Chronograph pusher, so the one that resets the second hands to the 12 position, without the chronograph being active, may cause damage to the watch, it was in bold, "Do not use the Reset Pusher when the Chronograph is not active", something on those lines.

    Now, previously, as i didn't know this, i pushed it a whole lot of times because i was fiddly and felt like a 12 year-old in a Toy store (dont we all).

    So, just wanted to know, what kind of "Damage", does this really do?

    Any help will be appreciated!

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    Re: Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active

    That's a good question...I'll be watching for an answer.
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    Re: Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active

    I think you're mistaking your recollection.
    The usual advice is to not press the reset whilst the chronograph is running.

    The chronograph isn't designed for that to be done.
    Generally, the design is such that pressing the reset when the chronograph is running won't do anything (the button won't really want to move) unless you are pressing really hard to get it to move, in which case, you'll end up bending something like the lever that actuates the "reset".
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    Re: Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active

    I've pressed it while the chronograph was not in operation, and it really doesn't move much at all. Can't imagine not moving much does any damage.
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    Re: Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active

    We had at least two watches broken by twit pusher-players, we had to send them in while they
    just schlepped out in their own fog. From them on we wound a chrono before handing them to
    a customer.

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    Re: Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active

    Quote Originally Posted by drunken monkey View Post
    I think you're mistaking your recollection.
    The usual advice is to not press the reset whilst the chronograph is running.

    The chronograph isn't designed for that to be done.
    Generally, the design is such that pressing the reset when the chronograph is running won't do anything (the button won't really want to move) unless you are pressing really hard to get it to move, in which case, you'll end up bending something like the lever that actuates the "reset".
    This is pretty much what I was going to say....
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    Re: Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    We had at least two watches broken by twit pusher-players, we had to send them in while they
    just schlepped out in their own fog. From them on we wound a chrono before handing them to
    a customer.
    I don't really understand the mechanics of a chronograph, but how would the watch being wound make a difference?

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    Re: Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active

    Quote Originally Posted by aardvarkbark View Post
    I don't really understand the mechanics of a chronograph, but how would the watch being wound make a difference?
    On some models it activates the self destruct sequence.


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    Re: Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active

    Consult with a watchmaker.
    Quote Originally Posted by aardvarkbark View Post
    I don't really understand the mechanics of a chronograph, but how would the watch being wound make a difference?

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    Re: Using the 'Reset' (2nd) Chronograph Pusher without the Chronograph being active

    Regarding pushing the reset pusher while the chrono is running... In all three of my chronos, pressing the bottom pusher while the chrono is running is a lap-split type feature. Pressing it makes the hands pause, so you can record the time, and then pushing it again continues the timing from the first time you started the count, so the hands catch up to where they would have been if the bottom pusher was never pressed. Perhaps this is a difference between quartz and auto watches? All my chronos are quartz.

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