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    Ball Amortizer

    I really don't know what an Amortizer is


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    Re: Ball Amortizer

    There have been three variations of the amortizer. The first is in the Original Spacemaster Orbital LE GMT and updated version with some additional shock protection is in the newer Orbital II. It must be engaged manually to protect the movement from shock and disengage the rotor. This it for bast off into space, launch from a catapult, or rapid free fall.

    Here was the switch on the original Orbital LE


    The Ball for BMW series has an automatic version referred to as Amortizer lite which engages in higher G force situations to provide shock protection to the movement. This is one of many unique features for the BMW watches.

    Ball for BMW case back...Note the word Amortizer on case back.
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    Re: Ball Amortizer

    Would this feature allow you to wear this watch while playing sports or working out without damaging the movement?


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    Re: Ball Amortizer

    Regardless of what manufacturers claim, with so many delicate and tiny moving parts, I would not risk wearing a mechanical watch for any high impact sports activities.
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    Re: Ball Amortizer

    Ok thanks


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    Re: Ball Amortizer

    Quote Originally Posted by balzebub View Post
    Regardless of what manufacturers claim, with so many delicate and tiny moving parts, I would not risk wearing a mechanical watch for any high impact sports activities.
    BS

    Mechanical watches have accompanied soldiers since WWI, even without shock protection, which is now standard on just about every watch.

    Amortizer and SpringLOCK take it to another level.

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    Re: Ball Amortizer

    I am grateful for the feed back as I tend to baby my mechanical watches and I have a quartz for a beater.


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    Re: Ball Amortizer

    For what you are looking for Spring Lock would be better. Please see Robs post on the tests with Eric Singer.
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    Re: Ball Amortizer

    Quote Originally Posted by ~tc~ View Post
    BS

    Mechanical watches have accompanied soldiers since WWI, even without shock protection, which is now standard on just about every watch.

    Amortizer and SpringLOCK take it to another level.
    Umm just my personal opinion and experience. I wouldn't want to risk an expensive watch that cost several thousand no matter how shock proof it actually is. I would just wear my Casio or a quartz beater like my Sinn UX for any sports/outdoor activities. Even if the forces involved does not damage the movement in a mechanical watch, it still might "knock" it out of "alignment" and cause it to run faster/slower etc.
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    Re: Ball Amortizer

    The question is whether you could wear a mechanical watch without damaging the movement, not whether it was wise to do that.

    Do I think my mechanical watches would be fine to wear while playing golf? Absolutely.
    Would I ever wear a watch (any watch) while playing golf? Absolutely not (if you need to be somewhere at a specific time, you shouldn't be on the course)

    Do I think my mechanical watches would be fine mountain biking? Absolutely.
    Would I wear a watch (any watch) while mountain biking? Absolutely not, (that's what a bike computer is for)

    Do I shoot guns while wearing my watch? Absolutely.
    Have I ever noticed a change in accuracy? Absolutely not.

    I can't imagine anything anyone is likely to do that's more high impact than those things. IMHO, the risk of damaging YOU is higher than damaging the watch.

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