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i have a autowind waltham from the 60s that i just have serviced and totally redone but i have noticed this problem even with my rolexes
after a week or days will they gain a little bit of time after awhile?
 

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What kind of accuracy are you expecting out of it? After all, it is some 50-odd years old! If it gains a only minute or two per week, I think you're expecting too much.



My own Waltham that used to belong to my dad gains 15 to 20 seconds per day - and I'm OK with that. After a couple days or so I just set the minute hand back a mark or two.
If it gains something on the order of a minute a day (or worse), well, that could stand correcting! Try the cheap and easy fix first. When you take your watch off at night, store it so it either rests on the crown or so that the crown points straight up at the ceiling. In this position, the watch may slow down enough to counter any gain accumulated during the day's wear. Try this for a wek or two to see if the accuracy improves. If not, take it to a local watch repair shop to have it tweaked.

Theoretically you could adjust the regulator yourself to slow down the balance wheel, but I recommend against it. Without knowing what you are doing and without the right equipment it would be a long, drawn out matter of trial and error. It is way too easy to move the regulator too much (yes, I'm speaking from personal experience!!!) and make the watch even more inaccurate than before. Plus, you could slip and bend the hairspring coil.
Better to leave regulation to a pro.
 

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ok thanks i would say it gained about a 30 secs in maybe 4 days if that
it wasnt a full minute
at night i have been just facing the face up
i do where it daily just last week the bearing was changed so the watch would self wind again
and fully cleaned and regulated

my dad went through Vietnam and was catured with this watch on
i love it
 

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I remember that watch and the great story behind it!
7 1/2 seconds per day is just a little outside certified chronometer specs. I'd definitely say leave it alone.


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i have a autowind waltham from the 60s that i just have serviced and totally redone but i have noticed this problem even with my rolexes
after a week or days will they gain a little bit of time after awhile?
Uh...I noticed that my dad's old 1972 Buick Electra 225 (since gone to junkyard heaven; RIP) doesn't handle as efficiently as my 2009 Honda Accord LX. ;o)

What can I say; it's an old watch. Even atomic watches drift a little between periods where they sync with the US Navy's big atomic clock. When you go mechanical, you have to accept some drifting. If you want *absolutely perfect*, then you will forever be unsatisfied.

Sorry to disappoint, but them's the facts.
 

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Uh...I noticed that my dad's old 1972 Buick Electra 225 (since gone to junkyard heaven; RIP) doesn't handle as efficiently as my 2009 Honda Accord LX. ;o)

What can I say; it's an old watch. Even atomic watches drift a little between periods where they sync with the US Navy's big atomic clock. When you go mechanical, you have to accept some drifting. If you want *absolutely perfect*, then you will forever be unsatisfied.





Sorry to disappoint, but them's the facts.

I'd like to have that Deuce and a Quarter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:001_wub:
 

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Yes.
(New Old Stock crystals can be found for cheap on eBay. This saves a ton of nickels when a watch repair shop installs it for you.)
Use a commercial polish such as POLY*WATCH, Crystal-Bright, C-CLEAR
Some use a grit-based (not a gel) toothpaste.

It all depends on how deep those scratches really are!
 
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