Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby koimaster » January 6th 2018, 11:02pm

Timepiece repairs can be expensive and often take a long time, which is why you would want to avoid damaging a watch.

For most people it’s obvious that throwing your watch against a wall, running over it with a Bentley, or smashing it with a hammer are things to to avoid.





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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby codguy » January 7th 2018, 5:07am

Simply by wearing it on a Africa road trip, will do it every time.

Oh, and don't magnetize it either, too.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby bobbee » January 7th 2018, 5:30am

codguy wrote:Simply by wearing it on a Africa road trip, will do it every time.


Sure will!

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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby svaglic » January 7th 2018, 8:50am

I have found that trying to make a bed with this guy around is difficult, he also makes it impossible to set watches out to photograph. He takes his fat foot and smacks them around. Telling him no just makes him more determined. Fortunately he just bats them over, one hasn't actually hit the wooden floor yet.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby conjurer » January 7th 2018, 9:43am

svaglic wrote:I have found that trying to make a bed with this guy around is difficult, he also makes it impossible to set watches out to photograph. He takes his fat foot and smacks them around. Telling him no just makes him more determined. Fortunately he just bats them over, one hasn't actually hit the wooden floor yet.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby Falstaff » January 7th 2018, 10:47am

svaglic wrote:I have found that trying to make a bed with this guy around is difficult, he also makes it impossible to set watches out to photograph. He takes his fat foot and smacks them around. Telling him no just makes him more determined. Fortunately he just bats them over, one hasn't actually hit the wooden floor yet.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby codguy » January 7th 2018, 10:50am

I've heard hammering cabriole legs might do so.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby conjurer » January 7th 2018, 11:01am

codguy wrote:I've heard hammering cabriole legs might do so.


Yup. The other day I was reading a Hondickee article, and busted the strap off my Rangeman.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby Mark1 » January 7th 2018, 11:05am

They don't like sudden impacts with concrete garage floors either.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby codguy » January 7th 2018, 11:13am

^ Speaks from experience.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby SynMike » January 7th 2018, 2:09pm

You should avoid dropping a frozen turkey out of an airplane onto your watch.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby TemerityB » January 7th 2018, 7:58pm

You should avoid dropping a 15-pound bowling ball directly onto one. I used to have an Omega, now it's done, brother, can you spare a dime.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby artman » January 7th 2018, 9:17pm

Tile floors win all the time.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby tiktok » January 8th 2018, 1:22am

Stare at your Glycine hard enough.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby Pubbie » January 8th 2018, 4:12am

tiktok wrote:Stare at your Glycine hard enough.

Nothing wrong with mine ;) However like all mechanicals it didn't like being dropped, as a result going from a convenient and pretty steady +3/4 sec/day to about minus 15.

Also things not to do with a mechanical: wear one when you're shifting big PA gear - magnetised, next day it was about a minute fast as the hairspring stuck together. (There you go, codguy, happy now ya stalker?)

Constant adjustment via the crown to compensate for the cheerfully shit timekeeping of a Citizen dive watch lead to gritty operation and then it stopped screwing down completely. I never wore it in the wet again after that despite it being a dive watch.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby SynMike » January 8th 2018, 12:42pm

Pubbie wrote:Constant adjustment via the crown to compensate for the cheerfully shit timekeeping of a Citizen dive watch lead to gritty operation and then it stopped screwing down completely. I never wore it in the wet again after that despite it being a dive watch.


I wish fewer of my watches had screw down crowns. It's just one more thing that can wear out. I appreciate that it contributes to water resistance, but I really only need 1 or 2 watches for swimming. Then rest could be push pull and provide sufficient water resistance for my needs.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby codguy » January 8th 2018, 2:13pm

Not speaking nicely to them.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby codguy » January 8th 2018, 2:15pm

Not keeping them out of direct/indirect sunlight.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby foghorn » January 8th 2018, 2:30pm

Question their soul.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby biglove » January 8th 2018, 3:05pm

artman wrote:Tile floors win all the time.


That’s the truth. I would bet that tile floors kill more watches than all other causes combined.
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Re: Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

Postby TemerityB » January 8th 2018, 4:55pm

biglove wrote:
artman wrote:Tile floors win all the time.


That’s the truth. I would bet that tile floors kill more watches than all other causes combined.


Oh, hell, yeah. Concrete-floored foyers, anyone?
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