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    Your Lowest Acceptable Accuracy?

    For automatic mechanisms only - What is the lowest accuracy in a watch (seconds/24 hours) that you’re willing to accept? Clearly we all expect more from costlier watches, but what is the threshold you’re unwilling to cross, even for an inexpensive beater?

    For me it’s around 10 seconds. Anything more than that is too much of a hassle for me, irrespective of how little I pay for the watch. Disclaimer: I buy my watches to wear, not collect and display.


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    Re: Your Lowest Acceptable Accuracy?

    I'm about the same - 10 seconds per day for my daily drivers. If it were, say, a cheap dress watch that I'd only wear occasionally, I'd have to wind and set it before use anyways so I wouldn't really care about accuracy at all but if it's not going to be accurate it better be cheap!

    Currently my Seiko SPB077 with its 6R15 is +7.2 which is a little quick but totally managable for needs and my Squale 1521 with its ETA 2428-2 is dead nuts at 0.0 on last measure so I'm very happy with that!

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    For me, anything over 6 seconds and I find it really too frustrating.
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    Re: Your Lowest Acceptable Accuracy?

    30-45 sec/day. Having some vintage (1950s-1960s) Omega and Longines movements in gold casing I can live with a larger variation as those oldies are usual worn to dinner or some other social function and put away. It is a one night on and put up for the year. I am thinking about getting them into a series of themed collector's hands one day.

    Some Seikos I have, while rated for way outside CoSC, run pretty darned accurate. I am getting a Spring Drive more for the smooth sweep than its accuracy.

    I am fascinated by how accurate mechanical and automatic watches are, I am not obsessed with accuracy.
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    Re: Your Lowest Acceptable Accuracy?

    -10 seconds is my limit, maybe a little more if its running faster. I always prefer a watch to gain seconds, much easier to deal with.

    I dunno how these seiko guys do it +/ - 20 seconds or more daily with no hacking /handwinding would drive me mad!

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    +20 / -20 I swap watches so frequent that it is unnoticeable. But if my 7750 Sinn 103 gets wonky I am at the jeweler that second he opens the door.

    The Sharkey's and the Estroril I have never spent a second thinking of their promptness or tardiness.
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    Re: Your Lowest Acceptable Accuracy?

    +/- 10 Seconds is my cut off per day. SKX runs +6.7, BD-1 from Scurfa runs -2.1, and Tuna is 0.0. Very happy with those.
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    Re: Your Lowest Acceptable Accuracy?

    I'd say about 10 seconds as well. Luckily, all my watches are within this range, even the venerable Seiko 7S26 in my Monster which routinely rips off a week without gaining even a minute.
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    Re: Your Lowest Acceptable Accuracy?

    I prefer about +-15 spd, but I’ve had a couple Seikos that were around +30. One of my old Orients was running slightly over a minute per day which seemed like a bit much, but I switch watches daily so I didn’t really fuss over it.
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    Re: Your Lowest Acceptable Accuracy?

    I wear a watch between roughly 7am and 10pm on a given day. After that it's back in the case and I wear a different watch the next day. I want complete accuracy sure but in reality, as long as the hour/minute are correct I don't worry too much about the seconds. If the real time is 2:45:30 and my watch is 2:45:45 and someone asks me the time (which hardly happens) I say 2:45.

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