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    Quite Lucky I think - lets see if it lasts

    My now 10 year old Aviator 46mm ( every day wear) needed a small repair and service about a year ago - by a local service shop (top brands) costing several hundreds of GBP.

    The watch still runs well but after I suspect a minor drop onto a wooden floor a few months ago it started running a bit slow and recently I noticed it was about 30-35 seconds slow per day which is too much to live with.

    I decided not to go for another expensive service but to try a DIY regulation.

    For a few pounds I purchesed a case back opening tool and after a little research decided it was pretty safe if I only touched the fine adjustment screw. On opening the case I found the adjustment screw was sitting about halfway towards "slow" so never having done this before I (carefully) cranked the screw as far as it would go towards "fast". I then put the caseback on, set the time to GMT website and checked the next day - watch was still running slow but now by less than a second!

    That was 10 days ago - today the watch is running 9 seconds slow (since the test started) so approx 0.9 seconds per day - pretty happy with that!

    Looks like beginners luck and hopefully it will stay this accurate for the foreseeable future.

    Balldy
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    Re: Quite Lucky I think - lets see if it lasts

    You never know until you try. Nice job.
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    Re: Quite Lucky I think - lets see if it lasts

    Update : Now running 24 seconds slow after 27 days so looking pretty steady.

    Before adjusting I will wait to see how many days it takes to lose a whole minute - at current rate that should be around 28th of April. (68 days from start)

    Balldy


    Note - I am not obsessed - just a bit curious

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    Re: Quite Lucky I think - lets see if it lasts

    Congratulations on your successful venture into watch repair. It may inspire me to do the same one day if needed.

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    Re: Quite Lucky I think - lets see if it lasts

    Good job! Congratulations!

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    Re: Quite Lucky I think - lets see if it lasts

    Well for what its worth, today is the day that 60 seconds has been lost since the reset. Looks like it is slowing down slightly over last couple of weeks.

    So average now works out at 1.4 seconds slow per day - still happy with that - Experiment over ..... for now.

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    Re: Quite Lucky I think - lets see if it lasts

    Amazing (I am sorely tempted to try it on one of my underachievers--not a Ball-- in the accuracy department, even after a "service")--give us an update in another 10 years--probably still right on the mark!

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    Re: Quite Lucky I think - lets see if it lasts

    Give it a trial.

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    Re: Quite Lucky I think - lets see if it lasts

    I just did this on one of my watches. I put it on my Timegrapher and checked face up, face down, crown right/left/up/down. It was running +18sec/day with crown to the right. I regulated it to +10 and that made crown left at -5. All other measurements were +/-2 secs/day.

    The watch was running +9 secs/day and now it runs +3sec/day. Well worth the cost of a case back wrench. I already had the timegrapher.

    P.S. I only turned the the screw for the adjustment maybe 10-15 degrees, a very small movement to get the results I got.
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