Setting the wrong time on my watches sometimes

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  1. musicguy

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    Last night I set two recently serviced 18s Railroad watches to the "exact"
    time ( The Official NIST US Time ). When I got up this morning I looked at the Elgin Veritas
    and saw it had lost one hour. I did have some prior problems with that watch( the hands were
    interfering with each other) and I said to myself %$#% time to
    reinstall those hands again(nothing big). Then I looked at the Hamilton and
    it was also exactly one hour behind. It's not that often that I do it, but it has happened before.
    When it's only one watch I don't question myself (at first), but when it's two watches I know
    there is a glitch in my brain somewhere. I did set the second one to the first one so it may not
    have been a double glitch.



    Rob
     
  2. glenhead

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    Yeah, those attacking butterflies can be a real pain. It's even more troubling when you get up and check a watch on the day that it's supposed to go back to the customer and find it's an hour back, even though you KNOW it was on time when you wound it the day before, was on time when you looked at it in the evening, and had been running gratifyingly well for several days. I've learned that I must just pay attention to the minute hand by itself or something - this has happened with so many watches that all it does now is make me swear. A lot. "Missed it by that much!" Glad I'm not alone in this boat... :)

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    Man, I thought I was going nuts! I usually don't carry the same pocket watch and noticed that every once and a while the time would be off exactly one hour on different ones. I knew all my watches couldn't suffer from the same ailment. Got to be a medical term for this.
     
  4. shutterbug

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    Maybe just wishful thinking: "It can't be that late! Must be this!"
     
  5. Kevin W.

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    I have done that too, lol. Usually when i first get up in the morning.:p
     
  6. Rick Hufnagel

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    Aye, count me in, either 5 min off or an hour. Haha
     
  7. glenhead

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    Oh, lord, the five-minute one. That's a lot more common than an hour. Yeah, thanks for ripping that wound open and rubbing salt in it. :excited:

    And the boat keeps getting bigger...

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  8. Tim Orr

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    Good evening, all!

    Did you ever solder a connector onto the end of a wire, only to realize that you forgot to slip the insulator/cover over the wire first? Or have you ever cut a piece of wire 5 times and found it was still too short?

    Best regards!

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  9. Allan Wolff

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    If there is not already a name for this condition, we need to come up with one, because it seems to be pretty common.

    After months of searching, I finally purchased my first Rolex, a pre-owned one. It was delivered Friday and my daughter watched as I opened the box like a kid on Christmas morning. I asked her what time it was so we could set the watch. She says, "About 10:25". I smile and say that is not good enough. We need to be accurate, so I pull out my cell phone and open the Exact Time app and set the watch to precisely 10:26, even hack it to the second. We are all very impressed with the watch and I even take a photo of it and text it to my wife. She is also impressed. So I am wearing my new Rolex around the house, happy as can be with my new purchase. While in the shop working on a clock case, I find myself hammering a piece of trim into place. I figure I better not push my luck and damage the watch on the first day so I take it off and set it safely on the other bench. After finishing the case, I put the watch back on and compare it to the quartz clock on the wall. The quartz clock appears to be 10 minutes fast; must need a new battery. I check the time on my phone and it agrees with the quartz clock. The watch is 10 minutes slow! Horror sweeps over me as I realize I must have damaged my new watch after wearing it for less than an hour. I didn't think I was hammering any harder than a light tap, how could this have happened? I feel sick, but reset the time and watch it for a few hours as it keeps perfect time. Then I have a thought. I look at the photo that I sent to my wife. The watch hands say 10:27 but the time that the photo was taken says 10:37. I had initially set the watch 10 minutes behind right out of the box. My daughter even watched me do it and I must have looked at the watch a hundred times before taking it off in the shop and never noticed it. I now feel foolish instead of sick, but at least the watch is OK. What ever this condition is that makes us set the time incorrectly, I've got it bad!

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  10. musicguy

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    Yeah it really is a mental condition as I have said above I've done it with the hour and now that it has been mentioned
    also the 5 or 10 minute ones too.
    When I do it, it does cause stress. :eek:...................:screwball:......................:cuckoo:



    Rob
     

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