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I just recieved a new to me Militare crono 2007 but the damb thing is running 1 hour fast(yes that is 1 hour not minute).Needless to say I am not happy, where can I send it to get corrected that won't take forever?I am in Seattle Wa.:-|:-|o|
 

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First, try demagnetizing it (check this forum site (or google) for threads on how to do it, and how it probably got that way)--you should be able to handle it yourself. I have a lot of watches that come and go, and have my own demagnetizer that I have to use for about every 4th watch that comes in--likely that is all you need. Just did it to my Automatico, a recent arrival, and reduced the pace from +30 seconds a day to +6. Almost always the very fast paces (measured in minutes and sometimes hours) are because the watch got magnetized as a result of going through some of the postal sorting/conveying machines, though there are many other sources of magnetizing as well.
 

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WOW your right I just tested my watch next to a compass and it is defiantly magnetized.Where do I buy a demagnetizer ?
 

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The bay has a cheap one, also try radio shack, several online watch parts and tools company--and with a bit of searching online you can also find several do-it-yourself variations--I use one I got off the bay--the little blue one (actually has several different company names on it, originally made in Japan or China)--for a one shot deal though, just bring it to any reputable local watch repair shop and they should be able to handle it in less than a minute (don't let them talk you into an overhaul, or a "we'll have to open it up to be sure" approach). Good luck.
 

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What is reasonable accuracy for an automatic?

I just got a Day/Date about a month ago and it's running about 3 minutes fast per week. I wear it every day. Is that within the range of acceptable or should I have someone look at it?
 

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More than 25 seconds a day fast is a bit out the norm (however the usual set in time for stabilization on new watches is more like 6 weeks)--though Aninomo makes no specific accuracy claims, their watches usually are better than +/-20 seconds per day (yours is over 25 seconds fast), and usually more like in the range of +/-10/sec/day--again, fast watches are usually the result of magnetized issues, and are easily remedied (demagnetized,as discussed above), with the other solution also already discussed above, of letting the watch run down, wind 40 times, and again let it run down, and see if this stabilizes things. In the unlikely case that it is still running just as fast, then it probably should be checked by ANY competent automatic watch repair person, unless it is within warranty, then of course take it back to the AD for a check.
 

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Only fast, or if the movement is of poor quality, erratic. Slow usually has to do with bad oil/grease in older/cheaper movements, knocked out of adjustment, poor gear alignment or wear on the various parts, dust, dirt, etc., and usually leads to an overhaul. All of this only refers to automatic movements.
 

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How old do you think my Anonimo will go before it needs to be overhauled?It is running a bit erratic also.
 

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The old average for clean/lube/adjust on automatics was three years, but now with better lubricants and better seals, you can go further between servicing--now about 5 years--however, if demagnetizing doesn't help, then it should go in immediately.
 

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A couple of things to try if the demag does not work are as follows. Let the watch reserve run out and sit for a bit. Recharge with about 40 turn wear it a day or two and let it run out again. Recharge again with 40 turns and wear it and time it after a few days. Some times the spring gets a kink and this sometimes cures it. If after these things the problem persists chance is your balance took a shot in shipping. This is a pretty easy repair but turn time will depend on work load at the shop. It may be a good time to have it cleaned, serviced and regulated.

When I purchase I generally send packing instructions since most people are not really good at this and a presentation box is not a good shipping inner box. The watch needs something to absorb the shock with minimal movement where it is packed. Spare links cards and other parts need to be isolated so there is no way they come anywhere close to the watch. I generally put these in separate packaging.
 

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There are a few schools of thought on this and a lot is dependent upon the quality of your watch maker/service provider. 3 - 5 years is the norm. Keep in mind that magnetization is a good starting point if the watch had been running correctly while you have had it. i.e. it arrived and was running correctly, but then had timing issues after a certain period. It sounds as if the watch has not run correctly since you received it, so your issues might be deeper than merely magnetization - although from your compass test that is certainly a part of the problem.

Good luck with your watch!

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My demagnetizer showed up yesterday and I ran my watch thru it.The good news it is no longer magnitized the bad news is now it is running 1 minute 4 seconds a day SLOW!!!!!!!!!
 

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It is not true in all cases, but by far the most important indicator of a movement's condition is consistency. I would test it in the dial up position for at least 3 full winds and make a note every 4 to 6 hours in case there are large variations over the course of a day. If the movement is running a consistent 1 minute over that time and power reserve seems to be up to par, then I would start ruling out major mechanical issues and thinking more along the lines of a simple regulation.
 

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If you need watch regulated just send it to MCWW for regulation. He does great work for a good price.
I just recieved a new to me Militare crono 2007 but the damb thing is running 1 hour fast(yes that is 1 hour not minute).Needless to say I am not happy, where can I send it to get corrected that won't take forever?I am in Seattle Wa.:-|:-|o|
 

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Motor City Watch Works--though I wouldn't send it anywhere just yet. You are jumping the gun. First, as mentioned above, let it run completely down and let it sit--this will take a couple of days. Then, give it a full wind, wear it for a couple of days, and let it run down again, completely. Then, wind it and wear it for at least 4 weeks, but maybe up to six weeks--then look at its accuracy. If it is still slow, take it to your LOCAL watch repair shop and have them give it the once over--it may just need recalibration which is a very simple matter--I do it myself on my pocket watches and very simple automatic movements. If it needs more, have them do it or send it off to the repair folks of your choice. You need to give an automatic watch about 6 weeks to settle into whatever routine you use before you can tell whether it has a problem or not, and also, to what degree of a problem you have, if indeed you do have one.
 

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timefleas is right. I dint realize that this was a new watch, so you need to let it settle some. Which could be atleast a few weeks. Then if it is still off then send it to a Aninomo AD. Enjoy your watch bro.
 
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