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    What does it mean losing and gaining seconds on mechinal watch

    Sorry to sound noobish. But does the gaining and losing seconds of a watch is compared to like a computer clock and u can set the watch to that time and refer back after a day to see if your watch is slower or faster? I hope it make sense. I tried searching but just needed that clarification.

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    Re: What does it mean losing and gaining seconds on mechinal watch

    In short yes though I have found computer clocks to be unreliable.

    I am in the process of tracking the accuracy of my Jazzmaster so I am checking it against my Atomic G-Shock which receives radio updates 3 times a day. I know the G-Shock is reliable and accurate so if I check my Jazzmaster against it every day I know if the Jazzmaster is running fast or slow.

    Losing or gaining seconds basically means the watch is either running slow or fast. Once you know which your watch does you can work on how to combat its habits through positioning while resting or different ways to set the watch initially.

    As is often pointed out and I am rapidly learning, no mechanical piece is accurate enough to avoid resetting at least every other month.
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    Re: What does it mean losing and gaining seconds on mechinal watch

    GPS time is the most accurate that common man can have.

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    Re: What does it mean losing and gaining seconds on mechinal watch

    Quote Originally Posted by karl gruber View Post
    GPS time is the most accurate that common man can have.
    How is it more accurate than a G-shock quartz that is synched to the atomic clock in Colorado?
    Just to name a few:
    Sharkey SBDX001 Sharkmaster
    Seiko White Stargate SKZ323
    Hamilton Pioneer Mechanical H60419533
    Hamilton Limited Edition Pocket Watch H51459013
    Timex Camper Mechanical (May 1991)

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    Re: What does it mean losing and gaining seconds on mechinal watch

    Quote Originally Posted by karl gruber View Post
    GPS time is the most accurate that common man can have.
    Well...

    That's not exactly true. Any short wave radio can receive WWV, which constantly Broadcasts time signals from the atomic clock in Fort Collins. That's what I use.

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    Re: What does it mean losing and gaining seconds on mechinal watch

    Quote Originally Posted by karl gruber View Post
    GPS time is the most accurate that common man can have.
    Anyone can use the United State Navel Observatory Master Clock which are a series of Cesium Atomic Clocks. They Gain or lose like a second every 30,000,000 years or so, but I am more than likely off on that number.

    The link for the USNO Master Clock is below:

    USNO Master Clock

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    Re: What does it mean losing and gaining seconds on mechinal watch

    Quote Originally Posted by karl gruber View Post
    GPS time is the most accurate that common man can have.

    Can you tell me where does GPS time comes from ?
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    Re: What does it mean losing and gaining seconds on mechinal watch

    Quote Originally Posted by SwedishElite22 View Post
    ...no mechanical piece is accurate enough to avoid resetting at least every other month.
    That really all depends on how anal you are about your watch's displayed time.

    I have a few that I can stand to wear two or three months without re-hacking.
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    Re: What does it mean losing and gaining seconds on mechinal watch

    Quote Originally Posted by ovrthtop34 View Post
    Anyone can use the United State Navel Observatory Master Clock which are a series of Cesium Atomic Clocks. They Gain or lose like a second every 30,000,000 years or so, but I am more than likely off on that number.

    The link for the USNO Master Clock is below:

    USNO Master Clock
    The NIST "Quantum Logic" aluminum and mercury clocks "would neither gain nor lose one second in over 1 billion years" (if they could run for that long). This compares to 1 second in 60 million years for the NIST F1, the current U.S. time standard clock, soon to be replaced by the NIST F2 (1 second in 80 million years).

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    Re: What does it mean losing and gaining seconds on mechinal watch

    Quote Originally Posted by lvt View Post
    Can you tell me where does GPS time comes from ?
    Each satellite has its own atomic clock on board, and they are are constantly kept in sync with each other by their control stations.
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