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    Default What could cause watch to be losing time?

    I had an 18 size, 24 jewel Illinois Bunn Special cleaned and oiled last August. The watch was running great.

    Last Friday, I noticed it began to lose time. As of today, it has lost 6 minutes.

    I am taking it back to the man who serviced it this Wednesday. I was just hoping that maybe somebody could give me some explanation of what could have gone wrong with it, and what he might tell me when I take my watch back to his shop.

    I did not do anything that could have damaged the watch. Why would it start losing over a minute a day less than six months after servicing?
    Laura

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    Default Re: What could cause watch to be losing time? (RE: lak611)

    Laura,
    Thare are a lot of things that could cause the rate change in your watch. One of the first may be that it is slightly magnetized, but there are a lot of other causes also. Watches do strange things.
    I had a watch returned to me a couple of months after I had cleaned it. It had started to run erratictly and then stopped. When I returned it to the owner, I told him I had to get the bugs out of it to run correctly. Actually it was one (small) bug, that had flown into the movement and become enmeshed in the gear train!
    Ed Ueberall
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    Default Re: What could cause watch to be losing time? (RE: rrwatch)

    Thanks, Ed. I will let you know what the watchmaker tells me.

    I can safely rule out bugs. I have not had the back cover of the case open to allow bugs to get in.
    Laura

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