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    Fireman Race rr1103 performance expectations?

    I recently picked up a Fireman Racer (blue on white). I love the watch for many reasons, but it is losing something like 20 seconds/day, and, frankly, it's driving me a little nuts. Am i expecting too much from this movement, or should i see if i can get it serviced (maybe under warranty still) . Does anyone familiar with this movement know how close to COSC it is capable of getting?
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    Re: Fireman Race rr1103 performance expectations?

    Standard specs on non-COSC rated watches for Ball and most other companies is +/- 15 secs per day, so yours is just out of that. It sounds like you bought it used, so can't imagine why you would expect better than that, and if you did buy used, it won't matter whether there is time left on the warranty, as Ball warranties are not transferable. That said, most Ball movements, COSC-certified or otherwise, usually can be serviced and regulated to run within COSC specs. Personally, I wouldn't waste my money at this juncture, and wait a couple of years before having it serviced. If you bought new, and it was beyond the 15 second limit, then I would have it checked out, but if not, you benefited from a low price, and with it goes slightly lowered expectations.
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    Re: Fireman Race rr1103 performance expectations?

    I appreciate your advice. Thanks timefleas
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    Re: Fireman Race rr1103 performance expectations?

    I agree. If the timing was way off for a continued duration, then I would have it looked at. But yours seems well within the norm.

    I have see a lot more expensive watches run much worse than +/- 20.
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    Re: Fireman Race rr1103 performance expectations?

    If it was a used watch then I would take it as is. Especially if it remains consistently within 20s/d.

    If its brand new then I would be disappointed and have it checked out. I have two (legend and magneto) and both run within +7s/d consistently - same movement I believe.

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    I have a Fireman Racer, black on white. I've never checked the timing but it can go a month before I correct it.Name:  IMG_2080med.JPG
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    Re: Fireman Race rr1103 performance expectations?

    Any competent watchmaker can bring the thing to a very good rate for a few dollars, assuming there are no flaws within the movement.
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    Re: Fireman Race rr1103 performance expectations?

    I don't own my Fireman Racer anymore but when I did it would gain around 5-7 seconds a day. As others have said, these can definitely be regulated to pretty tight specs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce R View Post
    I have a Fireman Racer, black on white. I've never checked the timing but it can go a month before I correct it.Name:  IMG_2080med.JPG
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    nice watch !

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    Re: Fireman Race rr1103 performance expectations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce R View Post
    I have a Fireman Racer, black on white. I've never checked the timing but it can go a month before I correct it.Name:  IMG_2080med.JPG
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    nice watch !

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