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Rolex watch stops only when I wear it

Hi I've had a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch for approx 5 years and it has always worked beautifully. However I sent it for service earlier this year and since then it has not kept time. I have sent it back, it's been tested and even worn by a friend for a period of time and keeps time perfectly. If it is wound and I leave it overnight it keeps time; however when I put it on it immediately loses time. I am active, I am doing nothing different in my day-to-day activity than in the past 5 years so can't work out why its accuracy has changed. I have been very busy/stressed in my work in the last few months (maybe dumb question) but could this have 'altered' my kinetic energy????

I hope you can help. Thanks.

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  • palangmead Dec 16, 2008

    I have the same problem with two different Chinese mechanical watches, a ladies and a gents. The watches keep perfect time (+/- 30sec per day) while not being worn (regardless of position) but stop periodically as soon as they are worn, even when fully wound manually.


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Kristy,
Stress won't affect your watch's timekeeping ability, but position will. When you lay the watch down at night, in which position is it? Also, during the day, is your arm in a static position for long periods of time? A Rolex chronometer (like the Datejust) should run approx. 36 hours after being fully wound -- without any movement. If the watch stops dead, then there is a problem with the movement and/or rotor. If it losses time, I'd bet on a static position problem. Let me know the answers to those questions and I'll try to help you get to the bottom of the problem.

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