Hey, Matrix,First of all, let me say that I am very pleased with my two LTs, an M20 and an M57. The Tungsten is my casual wear watch at home and the M57 is my work watch I use on the flight deck.
I think the the M20 Tungsten is my favorite watch of all time. I love this watch! <SNIP> What kind of accuracy are you guys getting?
Thanks for this post, buddy.
You're raised two of my all-time favorite subjects: 1) The ETA 6498-1 movement, and 2) Positional Adjustment of non-hacking watches.
The ETA 6498-1 is my favorite movement, yet, for exactly the reasons you describe. I'm almost afraid to cheer too loudly, for fear others will catch the fever, since we're not going to be able to get any more of them. I love the blued screws, the Geneva stripes, the positioning of the rubies and the huge balance wheel. If you're spending much time on a flight deck, you really should look at Lum-Tec's SuperCombat twins, the B1/B2. The titanium, super-rugged, super-lightweight cases of these combats, coupled with stupidly-bright lume and wonderfully legible dial markers make them my favorite LT models, by far.
I am hoping that Chris sets aside some of these movements for his upcoming bronze combats -- BRONZEBAT!! -- slated for possible 2013 production.
I can't understand why people -- ESPECIALLY folks who love/collect watches -- have a problem with mechanical movements, particularly if they're accuracy nuts, as I am. I love winding this watch, and I love its extreme accuracy. My SCB2 does EXACTLY what your does: It loses about a second a day, so, on Wednesday and Saturday nights, I take the watch off, set it on my nightstand, dial-up, and it gains back the seconds (+/- 3.5 seconds) that it lost.
If I'm working at my desk during the day (that's a big "if" and requires a loose definition of "work") I can always synchronize my watch to perfection just by laying it on its back (dial up) or by laying it dial down (to slow it), while I monitor things with my Atomix® Wave Radio clock. It's never more than a couple hours away from being brought back to "zero," and perfect time synchronization.
I set my SCB2 in early June, when it returned from an Ohio tune up (thanks, Bes!), and I haven't let it stop since. This morning, it's exactly two seconds fast, and I like it that way.
You know, it's completely irrational because I own some much more expensive Swiss watches, but I'm not a prestige snob, and I've developed a real love/friendship for this watch. I wouldn't take $10k for it, if there weren't an option to replace it with another.
In regards to the "non-hacking" limitation, I just "back-hack" my SCB2 (done it only two/three times since it arrived) by letting the movement exhaust itself, then giving the mainspring a very light charge (two/three winds) and then applying VERY SLIGHT counter-clockwise pressure to the hands while the crown/stem are in time-setting mode. The seconds hand will stop, allowing synchronization. Piece of cake (carrot/cream cheese icing...).
Thanks for your post, as it allowed me to blather about my two favorite topics. Congratulations on you M20 (also one of my favorite LTs that I covet), but check out the SuperCombats, when you get a chance. If you love the ETA 6498-1, you NEED!! a SuperCombat. :biggrin: