Recommendations for a timing machine?

jboger

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If anyone a recommendation for an inexpensive timing machine, I'd like to know. I've done a google search. They seem to come in around $150 to $250. Anything that just gives the beat? Don't need a print out. Thanks.

John
 

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I have an app on my iPhone called "Clockmaster". I paid the extra few dollars to get the full version. I think $15.00 and you would have everything you are looking for - if...you have an iPhone. Not sure if there is an Android version available. Mine seems to work fine with the built in microphones, and my iPhone is relatively old, I have the 6S model.
 

Rick Hufnagel

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I use clock tuner and it gives a good general idea of how the watch is doing.

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It serves it's purpose and has proved to be accurate. I usually do dial up and down, pendant up down left and right. This usually gives me an idea of any issues very quickly.
 

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I have used several of the iPhone applications. They work pretty good for pocket watches and vintage watches that tick loudly. On the newer movements, they struggle to pick up the sound and are easily influenced by background noise. I even experimented with several direct contact piezo pickups which didn't help much. I ended up buying one of the Timegrapher 1000 devices and it works extremely well on every watch I have tested.
 

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Thanks everyone. I found Clock Tuner. Is this a free app? Looks like I would need to buy a microphone for a pick-up, correct?

I see the Timegrapher 1000 on line for about $150. Rather old school compared to an app. That appeals to me.

I will check clock master next.

John
 

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Clock tuner is free, for a quick check on watches I just use the internal mic and put a glass cover over the watch and phone.

There is a Tickoprint app for android as well, though the full feature is a pay app. Tickoprint makes beat amplifiers and that too but for the price I think the timegrapher 1000 for $150 might be more handy to have a stand alone unit and I would hope less setup and microphone issues.
I haven't tried one of these cheap ones yet I may have to get one.

Technology is great, think how cheap these are compared to the original Paulson timer and other timers at $490 in 1947 and $550 by 1950 (equivalent to about $6000)
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jboger

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Thanks, D.th.munroe. I have not been on in awhile, so just catching up now.
 

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