Sep 17, 2017

Watch timing machine, timegrapher, etc

Friends,
Do you own or use a timing machine? If yes, why? I mean which of the data ( that the instrument provides) do you use and how do you use it (I mean what benefit do you get out of it?)
Being a nerd/enthusiast, I know exactly what data a timing machine provides and how it works, but here I am just curious about how YOU (a watch enthusiast) use this data and specifically which part of the data (which measurements)?
thank you in advance,
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My question to you is let's say you get a timing machine and determine that your watch has some rate or amplitude error. Then what? Are you going to take it apart to clean/lubricate and adjust/fix it?
If these errors are severe enough you would notice that your watch is gaining/losing even without timing machine. If they are not severe enough your watch can probably tick happily for years and years to come. I recently talked to a watchmaker from Rolex and he advised me not to send watch for service unless it actually severely affects time keeping because there is no benefit to pre-emptive service. They will bring any watch up to their standard regardless of it's state for the same (very expensive) price so it's not like your car maintenance - you are not saving any money by doing regular service of watches.
loty55
Thanks for your comment.
Truthfully Doc, I rotate watches almost daily, so absolute second by second accuracy is secondary. My concern only rises when I know one of my pieces it not holding reserve nor timing within what I consider acceptable in power or accuracy. When either of these issues arise, I have two dear friends whom are both watchmakers for Rolex and Tourneau respectively. I figure I am covered. When the mood strikes me, I sync my pieces with Watchville, or like Petros, an atomic clock.
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Just show her this thread and scroll... scroll like the wind!

https://www.massdrop.com/talk/1875/state-of-your-watch-collection
StainlessOnly
That's awesome 👍
Thanks for your comment
I don't have one. I've thought about getting one, but I would mostly use it to see how much time a watch gains or loses over time. I have been doing that lately by comparing a watch to an atomic clock sync. I know there is other data you can collect from a timing machine but I'm not sure how I would use that data.
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