WATCH POP

  Home Page  |  Page Map|

Watch-Pop



Advice on slow running watch

This is my first time posting on here. I have enjoyed reading your posts and have learned a great deal about mechanical watches. I presently own the Seamaster "Bond" automatic and a Seamaster GMT.

Unfortunately my GMT runs about 15 seconds slow per day. I contacted Omega and (after waiting on hold for 15 minutes) was told that when my watch reaches the US service center it would take up to 3 weeks to register the watch into the system and up to 35 business days to repair the watch. I figure that with shipping time included it may take 11 weeks to have the watch returned. I have also noted that many forum contributors are less than enthusiastic about Omega US repair. I have looked into finding a local watchmaker (I live in South Jersey/Philadelphia area) but am having trouble finding someone.

Any thoughts or suggestions. Should I send the watch to Bienne? Does anyone know of a reliable person to repair the watch in my area? Right now losing 15 seconds a day is annoying but tolerable. Do you generally wait until until the watch is running less accurately before you send it in for repair?

Sorry for all the questions. I greatly appreciate your advice.

David

Answer:
...it should be a rather simple operation to adjust the rate to run 15 seconds faster. Note that you do not want the watch to run 'spot on', you just want it to run 15 seconds faster than it currently does. There is a difference.

Your main problem will be finding a watchmaker, who has the set of Omega Seamaster case openers, so that he or she may safely open the watch without marring the back. Your best bet is probably an authorized Omega dealer with their own workshop. Those may be difficult to find these days.

Please note that regulating a watch normally wouldn't be considered a repair. It is a question of putting the watch on a sensitive microphone on a watchmaker's timing machine, and then very, veee .... eerrry gently adjusting the position of a screwhead.

You may be asked if you want the watch pressure tested after the regulation.

The whole operation, sans pressure testing, is a rather simple and quick affair, which shouldn't cost a whole lot.

Hope this helps a bit.

Frank N
Answer:
If it's only a couple of years old, a regulation should be sufficient. If it's 5 or more then you may want to have it serviced. I can't imagine sending a watch away that long to be regulated.

I recently had two watches regulated while I watched. It took him less than 5 minutes to adjust each one. It's that simple. I would keep looking for a watchmaker.
cheers,
Bruce
Answer:
Thanks for your reply Bruce. The watch is 2 1/2 years old so hopefully all it will need is a simple regulation.

David
Answer:
Thanks Frank. Your right about my main problem being finding a good watchmaker with the correct tools. My local Omega dealers, unfortunately, do not repair watches.

David
Answer:
10th and Walnut Streets, will regulate it while you wait. They got the regulatiuon right on my now sold AT while I waited, but did scratch the back of the lugs in the process. Look in my list of postings back to last January of February for the whole saga of my experience there. Lou D'Amelio
Answer:
Thanks Lou. I'm going to give them a try.

David
Other OMEGA Quiz:
Here's a watch I haven't seen too often on ISS.?
Another obscure Speedmaster question?
Ed Mitchell's Omega?
OT: Does anyone remember the name of that moon lander arcade game [nt]?
New SeMP Dial Flaw.What would you do?
Please help with my SMP question+?