Watch runs like +4 hours fast a day

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  1. NoSamples

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    I have an old watch that was running just fine until it got a little wet, then started running ridiculously fast. If I set it in the morning it would be 4-6 hours fast by night time.

    Clearly it needs to be taken to a watch repair shop. However, I want to know what could be wrong and around how much it would cost before I actually go.


    Any clues?

    P.S What's a good place in NYC?
     
  2. Touching Cloth

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    It sounds likely that your watch needs to be demagnetized. Quite common with mechanical watches. Although if it was affected by the water, that's a separate problem.
     
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  3. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Running fast may not be your biggest problem. If it is worth anything at all your best to have it looked at as soon as possible if you have any suspicions that it got wet inside. The longer it goes, the more expensive it will be to fix.

    If it didn't get wet then it could be a simple regulation issue, magnitized watches typically will run erratic.

    Do you have a good watchmaker locally who could take a look at it for you?

    Cost all depends on what it is, what is wrong with it, and who you have to take it too to get it fixed.
     
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  4. NoSamples

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    I don't have a watch guy, but I'm in NYC I'm sure there are millions.
     
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    dddrees Senior member

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    Heck there's even a Rolex and Patek Service center in NYC.

    But it would have to be a Rolex or Patek to get serviced there.
     
  6. Rolex Luthor

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    I agree with what's above; it could be magnetized, and regardless, if you got water inside the case, you need to get it serviced ASAP.

    Running very fast is also a symptom of something gunking up the hairspring. Any competent watchmaker will be able to diagnose the problem and give you a very hefty estimate for what it will cost to fix it.
     
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    It's a 60's Omega. Not super rare or anything.
     
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    Without a whole lot of background as to exactly which Omega and how much it personally means to you, It sounds like it's certainly worth having a competent watchmaker take a look and give you a qoute.

    But if the insides are truly wet, they will only get much much worse as time goes by.
     
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