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    heat/humidity question

    hey friends...

    i have a (new to me) 2017 Ikarus Flieger with the "basic" ETA 2824-2 calibur.

    since i got it a few weeks ago it's been running really well. now, i live
    in Austin, Tx where the temperature hit 100 degrees (F) yesterday with
    over 70% humidity.

    i noticed after some basic wear-around-town use my watch was running
    pretty fast...like up to 40+ seconds fast.

    variables:

    1. i rinsed it off but dried it quickly with cold water
    2. i have been twisting the crown a lot 'cause it's so fun however i don't know if that is
    causing an issue or not. the crown freely turns and seems to be "ok".
    3. there were several air conditioning - to - outdoor hot as hell quick changes throughout the afternoon.

    i have had it off the wrist and winder since yesterday afternoon and it does seem to be
    more "stable."

    all this in mind, is it fair to say i should avoid wearing this watch if i'm going to
    expose it to extreme temperature/humidity changes? do watches have a maximum
    temperature rating?

    by comparison, my Hamilton Khaki with a similar movement is dead solid and i wear
    it to do yard work in this heat.

    thanks all, i really appreciate the education and input,
    marty

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    Re: heat/humidity question

    If I am informed correctly our senior editor Bhanu Chopra wears all his Stowa watches in Austin/Tx without any issues.
    Last edited by stuffler,mike; 3 Weeks Ago at 16:13.
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    Re: heat/humidity question

    I'd probably suspect magnetism first

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    Re: heat/humidity question

    interesting!

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    Re: heat/humidity question

    To add to this, I've always heard that it was less common than you'd think. But after I noticed that two of my watches were running a bit off, I had them demagnetized and boom, they were accurate again. Not sure what I was encountering with a strong enough magnetic force.

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    Re: heat/humidity question

    Agree. If it somehow got magnetized, that is an easy correction to demagnetize it.

    I would try that first to see if it impacts the performance.
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    Re: heat/humidity question

    I concur with the general proposition of an anti-magnetism strategy; it has worked for me in some more humid Chicago summer periods

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    Re: heat/humidity question

    Living in Austin can confirm watches don't mind. Just keep them clean!
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    Re: heat/humidity question

    thanks friends. and Jacob, let's meet up for a beverage and talk watches.

    m.

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    Re: heat/humidity question

    Quote Originally Posted by martyINaustin View Post
    thanks friends. and Jacob, let's meet up for a beverage and talk watches.

    m.
    Totally!


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