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Is never resetting your chronograph harmful?

  1. dialstatic

    dialstatic Mar 24, 2016

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    Dear forum members,

    I have a somewhat peculiar technical question that I thought I'd ask in this section, as I've seen many people with technical expertise specifically in this 'vintage corner' of the boards. I'd like to start by saying that I did in fact use the search function first, but was unable to find an answer, presumably because I'm having difficulty articulating my question. Here goes.

    Can it be mechanically harmful for an (automatic or hand-wound) movement to stop the chronograph at a given position, but not reset it, and leave it in that position for an extended period?

    To illustrate: let's say you'd like your 861 chronograph hands to all point downwards. You'd activate the chrono pusher, let it tock away for 6 hours, 15 minutes and 30 seconds, push stop, don't reset, and subsequently "never" touch any chrono pusher again. Does this / could this screw something up internally?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Tritium

    Tritium Mar 24, 2016

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    I like the chrono seconds hand to be always stopped at 7min marker in my speedmaster, to see the omega logo on the dial, and as I was told, there's not mechanical problem doing this.
     
  3. noelekal

    noelekal Mar 24, 2016

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    I too would like to see the Omega logo on my Speedmaster dial, but there' no good place to put the hand that doesn't look silly.
     
  4. dialstatic

    dialstatic Mar 24, 2016

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    The reason I'm asking is actually the Seamaster Apnea (dark dial). By default, the dots are red but if I wait (exactly) 7 minutes, they're all black, which makes for a nice change of look. I just wonder if I damage anything by doing this for an extender period (and even storing it like that).

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  5. Cosd

    Cosd Mar 24, 2016

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    I like the model name on these, Apnea which means "a temporary stopping of breathing"

    Sorry to hijack your thread :)
     
  6. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Mar 24, 2016

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    This question has been asked before - the answer is the same - no harm done to stop the chronograph and not reset it.

    Cheers, Al
     
  7. Rockmastermike

    Rockmastermike Mar 24, 2016

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    I've heard this before and forgot it - thank you for (re) confirming this for me and many others!
     
  8. Banner Roar

    Banner Roar Mar 24, 2016

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    Where do people have there chrono hands stopped. I've not thought about this. Pic would be good......
     
  9. Pvt-Public

    Pvt-Public Mar 24, 2016

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    No chronos, no problems.
     
  10. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Mar 24, 2016

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    There is one, particular vintage chrono design that resolves this issue beautifully. Can't reveal it, though, as it could turn into a thread hijack, and prices could go up. :rolleyes:
     
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  11. dialstatic

    dialstatic Mar 24, 2016

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    Hijack away, I have my answer already! And I'm curious now. Is it the regatta?
     
  12. KstateSkier

    KstateSkier Mar 24, 2016

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    Now that you mention it I've put my chrono hand at 30 so I can better see the Omega logo!
     
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  13. tyrantlizardrex

    tyrantlizardrex C is NOT for "Lizard". Mar 24, 2016

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    Now we've been given the all clear to hijack, talk to me of the Apnea... Looks lovely, what's it like to live with? :)
     
  14. dialstatic

    dialstatic Mar 24, 2016

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    Ah, but you misunderstand, good sir. The only apnea I currently have is the sleep apnea my wife berates me for. The one in the picture is currently up for auction, and I'm seriously considering it. It's such a cool, quirky watch and I believe I could source it for less than the price of, say, a 2254 in comparable condition. Hooray for impopular watches!
     
  15. tyrantlizardrex

    tyrantlizardrex C is NOT for "Lizard". Mar 24, 2016

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    Ahhhh!

    I keep eyeing them up but the prices are all over the place... Good luck and may your bid be a winning one. :)
     
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  16. mokofoko

    mokofoko One sad panda Mar 24, 2016

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    I'm guilty of this :( I'm glad someone asked the question--I wouldn't have thought to ask it. Good to know that the thing I was previously not worried about is actually safe to continue doing.
    :thumbsup:
     
  17. blubarb

    blubarb Mar 25, 2016

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    Sssshh! I know...I think we got away with it.
     
  18. kurtj29

    kurtj29 Mar 25, 2016

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    When I think about it and look at my watch, I activate the chrono and park it at about the 7 minute mark.
     
  19. Banner Roar

    Banner Roar Mar 27, 2016

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    It makes a less symmetric look........maybe holding a 6 is a better. Personal preference. ....
     
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  20. sky21

    sky21 Mar 27, 2016

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    I like your first photo, just off to the right of the logo looks nice.