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Since we are talking about power reserves, I have a question for you guys....

I have a 1959 Omega Seamaster with Sub-dial at 6 o'clock that's in great condition but it only runs for 9-12 hours fully wound before stopping. Actually, it runs 9-12 hours if I'm wearing it and shorter if its sitting on my dresser. It keeps excellent time and was serviced last summer and the watch guys says that its running about 8 slow per day, keeps excellent time otherwise. Is this normal?
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

I disagree on the usefulness (or lack thereof) of a the PR function on an automatic. If one wears more than one watch during the week, an automatic can stay on the side table for a day or two without wear. Having an indicator that tells you it's going to stop soon has some utility to it. I personally despise winders so I keep all my watches in a box or simply on my side table. Conversely, and playing the devil's advocate, when I wear manual watches, I have a systematic approach to winding it every morning so a PR indicator is not of great use. I like to see it move up on my Dornblueth when I wind it but that's pretty much it.
IMO, the most useful complications are annual calendars (perpetual are slightly more useful of course but the incremental utility comes at a tremendous price), GMT/timezone, chronographs, and alarms. My favorite complication is moon phase though - when the mood disc is beautifully designed, there's something special and romantic to it.

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Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

Since we are talking about power reserves, I have a question for you guys....
I have a 1959 Omega Seamaster with Sub-dial at 6 o'clock that's in great condition but it only runs for 9-12 hours fully wound before stopping. Actually, it runs 9-12 hours if I'm wearing it and shorter if its sitting on my dresser. Is this normal? It keeps excellent time and was serviced last summer and the watch guys says that its running about 8 seconds fast per day, keeps excellent time otherwise.

Something is def not right. Most likely there is an issue with the mainspring that is not allowing it to tension all the way. Also 8 secs a day is not good... you can get the watch to a greater level of precision -/+ 2 or 3 secs a day.
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I remember that the hairspring had to be replaced and he could not find one for my watch so he had an omish guy make one. Could that be part of the problem?

I found my service records...last service was May of 2010 and here is what was done:

His email says, "Watch is complete and it's amazing. We totally refinished the case for you, serviced the movement, hairspring was replaced, new genuine crystal with the silver/white spacer and regulated. Running about 8 seconds slow at full wind. Not going to mess with it further than that. This is a vintage piece and there is just only so much you can do."
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Totally agree--but what? There aren't many entry-level complications on a watch other than a chronograph. Maybe I am just being a brat but I don't think classify a date window as a complication. If you are willing to spend a bit more then you can get a moon phase or alarm function, but minute repeaters, perpetual calendar, and of course tourbillon forget about em unless you wanna shell out some serious cash

 


 

You are not being a brat.  I don't consider a date window as a complication, and most of my friends that are into wrist watches don't consider it a complication either.  To me watches complicate watches have something such as power reserve, chronograph, moon phase, annual calendar, or subdials for day and date and sometimes combination of a few of these.  But a simple date wheel is not a complication.  A Rolex Datejust is a nice watch but I don't consider it a complicated watch.

 

Personally, I've grown tired of the grand dates on watches except on Langes and JLCs.  Lange was the first to use it and JLC developed it for them, so I see a historical connection for them.  Now that lots of other brands have it, it doesn't seem quite so special.  So on anything other than a Lange or JLC, I'd skip it.  But thats just my 2 cents.

 

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Personally, I've grown tired of the grand dates on watches except on Langes and JLCs.  Lange was the first to use it and JLC developed it for them, so I see a historical connection for them.  Now that lots of other brands have it, it doesn't seem quite so special.  So on anything other than a Lange or JLC, I'd skip it.  But thats just my 2 cents.

 



I share this sentiment, though with JLC i wish it wasn't offset on the reverso (11oclock...blech...why?!).

 

Love it on the GO senator sixties too

 

ALS is the standard for me though--high and mighty at 12oclock.

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Thread Starter 
I think Glashuette's pano date is the least awkward and best looking of the three large date makers (because of the lack of window frames and vertical separation).

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Lange has something similar in the Zeitwerk:

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Something is def not right. Most likely there is an issue with the mainspring that is not allowing it to tension all the way. Also 8 secs a day is not good... you can get the watch to a greater level of precision -/+ 2 or 3 secs a day.

I have a vintage GP that was doing the same thing...wouldn't make it thru the night without being wound again. I had it fixed just recently (about 2 weeks ago); replaced the mainspring and had it tuned up. Since then it has been running great and the power reserve is much longer now.
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its nothing to go bonkers about, but its a nice trinket. my jlc has a skeleton hour hand for a 2nd time zone and an AM/PM indicator window. nothing insane, but it satisfies my need to have more than just a 3 handed watch. biggrin.gif

what model is that JLC? any pix?
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Sorry the picture (taken on blackberry) isnt the greatest but thought i'd show my collection. 

 

The first one is ecko, then Bulova, then the last two are Citizen Eco-Drive.

 

 

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Anyone have recomendations for watch repair? Anyone have experience with Farfo Vintage Watches?

The movement is an Omega 268, which has a power reserve of 43 hours.
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Sorry the picture (taken on blackberry) isnt the greatest but thought i'd show my collection. 

 

The first one is ecko, then Bulova, then the last two are Citizen Eco-Drive.

 

 

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I share this sentiment, though with JLC i wish it wasn't offset on the reverso (11oclock...blech...why?!).

 

ALS is the standard for me though--high and mighty at 12oclock.



Interesting.  I kind of like when the dial and date layout are a bit unexpected. 

 

Some ALS the grand date is at 12, but on the Lange 1 its between 1 and 2 .

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I don't see why power reserve indicators are any less useful on automatic watches. Knowing how much power you have left lets you know how efficiently your watch is winding, how frequently you should wear it to keep it going, and whether it's time to give it a manual wind.
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Sorry the picture (taken on blackberry) isnt the greatest but thought i'd show my collection. 

The first one is ecko, then Bulova, then the last two are Citizen Eco-Drive.


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Did you register just to post this nonsense on here? This is a thread discussing complications and high end watches and you felt it necessary to put up a low quality pic of your Marc Ecko watch? ...give your head a shake...and welcome to the forums
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