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  1. One of my favourite vintage watches from the 70s houses an automatic ETA 2772. I have serviced it and everyday use is unproblematic. At full wind its amplitude is about 280 degrees dial up and dial down, and about 250 degrees in all other positions. The beat error varies between 0.0 ms and 0.3 ms depending on position and the rate is normally +/-5 seconds per day. However, when I take the watch for a brisk walk and some jogging while also moving my arms quite vigorously for about 40 minutes, the rate speeds up to about 400 seconds per day. As soon as I stop working out the rate returns to its normal +/-5 seconds per day. So, I have two questions: a) Why does my watch start to rush when I work out, swinging my arms, and b) Is there anything that can be done to fix it?
  2. Well, that's more like it! Great!
  3. Three very important words! Try to get as close as you can to where the mainspring slips.
  4. That's very interesting. I'm very much into Russian wrist watches but have never worked on any Russian clock. I know Vostok makes ship clocks available to anyone interested. Not sure new members can upload pictures but that would be a good and interesting start.
  5. Great! That will save me quite a bit of time when testing a non-windable Seiko like the 7s-series.
  6. Can/should these Seiko watches be wound (using a screwdriver) before removing the automatic winding works? I just can't determine if it is safe, so I always remove the pawl levers, etc. first.
  7. I would definitely service it before making any kind of assessment.
  8. I'm certainly no expert in the field of interpreting timing machine graphs, but I would check the pivots of escape wheel. That is, that they aren't bent and that there isn't too much side shake. You may need to replace the jewels (one or both) or, if the pivots are worn, the escape wheel. Your watch doesn't run fast, which is the typical indication of a magnetized hairspring, so I don't think that's your problem. Anyway, I tried those Chinese demagnetizers and it didn't work very well for me at all. Someone mentioned the reason could be that the current I was feeding it was too strong, 220 V, but that it worked really well with 110 V. Anyway, I eventually got myself an ELMA demagnetizer and it works perfectly. My video review of it below.
  9. Depends on who’s opening it too I recommend this tool for any watch; new and old. Especially if you need to remove bezels as well.
  10. I'm curious too. Please tell us more. Thanks!
  11. I got tired getting off bezels and snap-on case backs so I got myself one of these Chinese "Snap Back Watch Case Opener Bezel Remover" on eBay. I've only used it with bezels so far, but it has worked really well reducing the pain and risks to a minimum. I just hate it when I damage myself or my watches. I feel pretty sure it will work just as well with snap-on case backs.
  12. OK, I'm getting myself some Kluber. Although my wallet will cry, I'm hopeful my automatic barrels will forever more rejoice! Thanks!
  13. @JohnR725, could you please try to rephrase that question? I'm afraid I I don't understand it. Thanks!
  14. Despite the staggering cost of £15.600/€17,380/$19,472 incl. tax per kilogram for this wondrous grease I'm considering getting myself 5 grams of it, which is £78/€87/$97 only! (CousinsUK.com). However, if it expires within a couple of years I'm out. So, my question is; does Kluber Chronogrease P125 have an expiration date? If it has a durability of at least 5 years I guess I might be able to swallow this bitter, bitter pill
  15. Click where you see the "P" (topmost red arrow) and then you can select $ to get the prices in USD. The "P" is for Russian rubles. The guy Dmitry running the place is 100 % reliable and is unusually very service minded for being a Russian. On one occasion he even sent me a bunch of screws for caliber 24XX just charging me for the postage ($10). That's what I love about Vostok; reliable and robust movements and parts that are dirt cheap. They may not be the best performers in the world, but for the money they're unbeatable if you ask me.
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