Article By: Logan Hannen
What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re going to take a look at something that plagues every entry level Seiko and Miyota movement on Earth (I kid, I kid – don’t @ me, Seiko) – time loss.
Now, when we discuss a mechanical movement, time loss is just about inevitable. Well, okay, so perhaps the more accurate statement would be that gains or losses are, but we focus on losses in time because gaining time just means you’re going to be somewhere early, while losing it means you’re going to run late. You see the issue?
We would be remiss not to begin this discussion with the obvious reason that your watch is losing time: the power reserve might be running low. As the mainspring begins to work out its last doses of energy, it almost enters its own kind of makeshift power-saving mode, wherein it simply supplies less energy to the movement. Makes sense, right? When it does this, it’s going to run slower…and slower…and slower.
If you notice major time losses, and you haven’t been wearing the piece or haven’t given it a wind in a day or two, then chances are this is your problem, and the solution is a whole lot easier than you may have assumed. You can check out this blog post on Crown & Caliber to learn a bit more about this. However, this isn’t always the solution.
If your power reserve is totally fine, and you’re still losing time, then it is most likely a regulation issue of some kind. When regulation comes into play, you’ve got a couple of options. My recommendation, and I’d wager the recommendation of every Nervous Nelly in the watchfam, is to take the thing to a watchmaker to have them check and, if need be, regulate the watch. Is this something that you could technically do on your own? Absolutely. Is it something you should do on your own? Absolutely not; not unless you know what you’re doing and have had some practice on watches that you don’t particularly care about (that way, if you break something, it’s no big deal).
Really, when it comes to issues of the movement, trust your watchmaker with it unless you’ve got the experience to do it yourself. By all means, though, feel free to pick up some cheaper mechanicals (those crap ones on eBay and Amazon for $20 might be a good start) and get to playing around and learning. Think of it like this: you wouldn’t try to rebuild the engine on your car having never done so before and without the proper tools, would you? Apply that same logic to the motor of your watch, and you’ll be good to go.
Well, that does it for us this time, everyone. Thanks for reading, and remember, keep it classy, watchfam!