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    Stowas running too fast, what is the best option?

    Got my Flieger COSC new from Stowa several months ago, and it has maintained +7-10 sec/day since then. It's not terrible, but paid the extra couple hundred bucks for accuracy (in addition to a decorated movement). Should I send it for Jorg to regulate (a hassle) or have a local watchmaker do it? It's a simple movement, but I'm afraid of someone scratching the caseback or something else.

    Also, I have a used MO (from 4/07) that's running 12-13 sec/day. Is this considered acceptable for this movement, or is the Unitas generally considered much better? Should I get it regulated or serviced?
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    Re: Stowas running too fast, what is the best option?

    Watches are usually regulated fast from the factory and will settle in after a couple of weeks. My seatime was about +8 when I first got it and settled to +1 after a month. I believe this is due to the movement wearing in and oil getting to the right places.
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    Re: Stowas running too fast, what is the best option?

    Those specs are pretty good actually. The movement will eventually slow down over time, so I wouldn't bother.

    But if it bugs you and you want to get it regulated, I'd do some research here at WUS and other places to locate a watch maker with a good reputation among WIS where you live (I'm sure there's lots of threads on this), and have them regulate it locally. Regulating a watch is not complicated, and the watches don't need to be fully serviced so a good local watch person can do it.

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    Re: Stowas running too fast, what is the best option?

    there are also several threads around here on regulating the watch yourself...
    technically, isn't this really called 'compensating'?

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    Re: Stowas running too fast, what is the best option?

    But do I lose all warranty from Stowa if I go to my local watchmaker (which btw I think is extraordinary) only for a simple regulation
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    Re: Stowas running too fast, what is the best option?

    I forgot to mention that the first watch I was discussing in my original post is a Flieger COSC, and it's about 3 months old and actually seems to be getting less accurate (+7 when new, now almost +10 sec). I think it's past the "settling in" phase; the watch needs to be regulated to meet COSC specs, I'm just trying to decide whether I should send it to Jorg or have it regulated by a local guy (less hassle, wait, risk of getting lost in customs, etc.). I figure if I spent the extra $200+ for a COSC movement, I might as well get COSC accuracy.

    The MO is 4 years old. It's probably due for servicing some time soon, but I want to know if it's typical for the MO to be +12 sec/day, or if this is out of the ordinary. If Jorg's Unitas movements are usually much better than this and my watch is out of spec, I'll have it serviced now; if it's common to be +12 sec, then I'll wait a little while. Thanks in advance for your input.
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    Re: Stowas running too fast, what is the best option?

    Send in the Flieger (COSC should be better than what you're getting, IMO) and enjoy the MO in the meantime.
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    Re: Stowas running too fast, what is the best option?

    I think both your watches can be regulated to COSC, or to even higher accuracy eg. 0-3s

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    Re: Stowas running too fast, what is the best option?

    You are right Fotoman, they can be regulated to cosc accuracy but the concern is if he has it regulated is the warranty void and why should he have to regulate a watch that is relatively new which was bought with a cosc certification( at an added cost of 260.00 dollars)? I think one should expect better performance from a certified movement!! I have on order, a flieger with the cosc movement which I hope to receive in late May. I expect it to keep excellent time and will not settle for less. I do believe that things happen which are out of Stowa's control and I know that they will stand by their products,it's the shipping and being without the watch for such a long time that bothers.

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