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Hi ! Why a watch still speeding after being cleaned ? The hairspring stud is set to minimum, hairspring and escape wheel are good. Thanks ! Erik

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Well you should check the settings more carefully

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How to adjust the speed dial of a18 size lever set thanks

Hi bonex_boat99,

If you have one of the more common style pocket watches like Elgin, Waltham, Illinois, etc., the adjustment of the spring tension on the balance wheel spring or "hairspring" is virtually the same for most models. It doesn't matter if the watch is a Crown (stem) set or lever-set. Open the back cover, and most watches will have a second dust cover protecting the movement.

On the main housing cover of the balance wheel and hairspring configuration is a small adjustment lever. Note the current position of the lever now, and move it slightly (very, very slightly) in the direction you need to correct for. Most movements will have "S" for Slow, and a "F" for Fast. Of course this is pretty obvious for most people. This adjustment will cause the balance wheel hairspring to become a little shorter or tighter for the faster adjustment, and therefore, cause the watch to speed up slightly. The reverse procedure will "lengthen" the spring, and slow the movement down.

Since you're apparently doing this yourself or for an associate, be careful with these adjustment, making certain to not slip and damage the wheel or spring. Run the watch for several hours, and compare the timing accuracy with your known amount of error, then make further adjusts if needed.

Of course, you still may wish to take it to a certified watchmaker or repairman for this service, especially if the watch is a heirloom or otherwise valuable piece.

Good luck with this procedure! Let me know if I can be of further service.

Thanks, Bill

Sep 15, 2010 | Watches

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Hi Sir...Thanks. The Hairspring is pretty clean. Thre regulator is now pushed till the slowest setting (-) . But still the watch run fast. Any guidance? :) Alex

If the hairspring is perfectly clean (pretty clean is not good enough), then you have to observe it by using magnification eyeglass. Check out if the coiled parts are touching each other while the balance wheel is in motion. If that happens you need to recoil/repair hairspring and make coiling perfectly even. Also check out if the hairspring is touching balance wheel or coc;k. It must not touch anythining and must expand and retract freely. Coc;k is the bridge on which the hairspring stud and regulator (index) is fitted. When this is sorted but the problem still persists, get back to me again I'll guide you through the next stage of possible solutions.

Apr 14, 2010 | Timex 27191 Wristwatch

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Watch tick much faster

You have to clean hairspring. Unless the hairspring is spotless, there is no way the watch will keep time. Make sure hairspring coils are even and not touching. Rate me, please.

Apr 13, 2010 | Timex 27191 Wristwatch

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After winding, watch begins to loose time almost immediately and stops completely within several hours

A number of possible reasons. If it is old then needs a good cleaning and proper lubrication. If it ever got moisture inside then water could have cause some damage. If very old then mainspring could be getting tired and needs to be replaced. Also possible damage to the hairspring from various reasons. Sounds an expensive watch so take it to a good repair shiop

Nov 17, 2009 | Baume Et Mercier 08125 Wrist Watch

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Hi ! Why my Seiko automatic ( cal.7S26A ) does not respond to my time adjusting ? Balance and a spiral are in perfect condition, the watch was properly cleaned. Thanks ! Erik

Even you wind the crown the hands not moving or not responding? If this the case then the trouble is in the clutch wheel .Maybe the gear is already breaks thats why it will not respond.
Feel free to ask whatever the results.

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Jun 27, 2009 | Seiko 5 Automatic Light Cream Dial Watch...

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Hi. I have a vintage Omega 505 movement,auto wind. It runs so fast, it gains2-3 hours in a 24 hour period of time. What might be the problem, and what would be the cost to repair? Thanks. Butch2k

The hairspring in your watch must be degreased and demagnetized.
Coils of hairspeing is touching and this is why your watch is running so fast.
This can be done at any watch repair shop and should not cost too much as no repairs will be carried out. This job can be done in an hour, so, while you'll be shoping or having a cup of coffee.
Find your nearest watch repair shop and ask to sort out the hairspring.

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Mar 21, 2009 | Watches

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Pocketwatch runs fast

Such a fast gaining usually is caused by dirty or magnetized hairspring, resulting in uneven coil amplitude (some of the coil rows are sticking together or touching each other). This causes the watch to run unbelievably fast.
To get the watch properly fixed you need to give to the watchmaker.
Alternetively; you can fix it yourself, but it will not last long.
For this you will need:
Case opener,
Dust blower (resin ball with nozzle),
Lighter fluid (ZIPPO),
Dropper (like one in eyedrops package).
Do as follows:
Open watch caseback,
Check for the fastest moving part in watch movement and you will see the hairspring fitted on it (pulsing outwards and inwards very fast).
Fill the VERY CLEAN dropper with lighter fluid.
Put ONE drop of lighter fluid on hairspring (DO NOT TOUCH IT),
Wait for a 10 seconds,
Dry out the lighter fluid with dust blower by vigorously squeezing it and pointing the nozzle on to hairspring from approx. 2-3 inches away.
Lay the watch on the table (dial down) and cover it with a clean, dustless cup. Leave for 15 minutes.
Fit the caseback on and enjoy your watch again.
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Jan 26, 2009 | Geneve Watches

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Brand new watch running way to fast

If this is brand new watch, the best way is to bring it back to the dealer to get it fixed under warranty or you will have to pay if the warranty expires. And watch repairs are quite costly.
By the way- there is no reason to panic yet, as this sort of mechanical failure happens from time to time even to brand new watches.
The reason of this can be:
1) Watch has been magnetized,
2) Watch hairspring has some dirt particles sticking onto it,
3) Hairspring can be greasy,
4) Jewel holes are not oiled properly,
5) Uneven coiling of hairspring,
6) Index hasn't been regulated properly.
I understand that all this sounds a bit too scary, but in fact it is no big deal and any decent watchmaker can fix all this quite quickly, so, do not think your watch needs a complete rebuild or similar action.
About removing that screw: There must not be any screws in the winder, but as I do understand, your watch has a screwdown crown (winder) and you have to unscrew it prior setting hands or date. Screwdown crowns are very nice feature as your watch gets very good water resistance, just don't forget to screw it back on.
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Jan 04, 2009 | Ebel 1911 9125241/10665P Wrist Watch

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Helbros Invincible c.1970 wristwatch hairspring

Take a closer look at the movement, especially under the balance wheel (use an eyeglass). There should be movement code. By that you can find the real movement manufacturer and the hairspring or balance complete will be easier to trace.

Dec 17, 2008 | Watches

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Where can I find the pictures : how to install the movement for Seiko dial 7s26b ? Please help how to install the balance wheel to balance stud bridge?

there is some videos on you tube but is a difficult work!is the same with all the watch calibers!you need special tools microscope and the end if you put everythihg in correct you have to adjust the hairspring to keep the correct time!enother special and expensive timing tool!

Dec 02, 2008 | Seiko SKA098 Wrist Watch

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