Caution! This post is only for accuracy nerds! The type who want to reach the best possible accuracy for their mechanical watches! We will discover quick ways of regulating your watch accuracy by following three easy tips.
First, let’s start by calculating the accuracy of your mechanical watch on Toolwatch.io to get a reference measure. You want to know if your watch is running to slow or to fast in order to correct it accordingly.
Keep in mind that you must also keep your mechanical watches working properly; otherwise you won’t be able to make precise measures and therefore actions to regulate your accuracy correctly. As you know, this small marvel of engineering is made of hundreds of components and requires good attention and maintenance. For example, the oscillating spring is almost doing 5 millions vibrations a week without any electrical power! All those movements can damage components over time with oils eventually drying. You should as well keep your watch clean, your babies need the best from you and this will help you reach great accuracy 😉
Regulating the accuracy of a mechanical watch
Enough talk! As for the tips, here they are!
Following your watch accuracy result obtained on Toolwatch.io, three cases can be described if your accuracy is not between the -10/+10spd (sec per day) range:
- Your watch is losing time (between -20spd and -10spd):
In this case, to gain more seconds per day, you need to lay the watch flat for a few hours. Put the dial uppermost.
- Your watch in running a bit too fast (between +10spd and +25spd):
To lose a few seconds per day, you will need to put the watch vertically on the case side, with the crown downwards.
- Your watch is running way too fast (above +25spd):
Put your watch vertically on the case size as well, but here with the crown on top. This action will help you slowing down the watch.
So, in order to regulate the accuracy of your watch, depending on the three cases, simply place your watch in the correct direction on your night table before sleeping. Everyone needs a good rest!
For all other measures (below -20spd and above +50spd), you should definitely get your watch serviced by a watchmaker. You may have issues with magnetism or water resistance and the best thing to do is give your watch to expert hands.
One last thing! Did you know that those tips were originally given by Rolex in the box of each watch they were selling? How cool is that?
See you soon for a next article to share our love for mechanical watches !