Have you used a Watch Demagnetizer?

So today I decided to wear one of my vintage divers that had not made it out of the watchbox in some time.

After a short period of time, I realized it was running fast.

Knowing that was an indication that the watch was potentially magnetized, I figured it was finally going to be the time for me to open up my demagnetizer and give it a try.

I purchased this tool about a year ago, almost to the day (1/22/22), just to have it available.

Never having used it before, I relied on this great little video from YT:

https://youtu.be/-ODu91ZUeVI

So, what happened?

In 10 seconds, the watch demagnetizer successfully demagnetized my 1960s little gem and it is running spot on perfect now.

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Nifty!

Have you ever had to demagnetize a watch?

If you need to pick one up, here is the link on Amazon for the one I purchased...only $13...

Amazon.com: Demagnetizer,Professional Watch Demagnetizer,Watch Repair Kit, Watch Repair Degaussing Demagnetizer Tool,Magnetizer Demagnetizer Tool Kit For Watch Mechanical.Watch Tools Gifts For Men Women Father. : Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry

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Check your lug pins also. Especially if you buy straps and braclets.

I just said this in another post Lol

Cheers!

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I've got a similar one I picked up on Amazon and it works great. Anyone with mechanical watches should have one, especially considering how inexpensive they are.

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I have one and also have the Lepsi app. It has worked a couple times. And other times the watch wasn't magnetized and was just running fast. It happens.

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Got the same one, been using it for a couple of months now. And I've been surprised it certainly has worked and made a difference on a few of my watches. Oh and your watch is sweet 😋. 

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Stricko

Got the same one, been using it for a couple of months now. And I've been surprised it certainly has worked and made a difference on a few of my watches. Oh and your watch is sweet 😋. 

Thanks! I was stoked when I found this one. It's all original and in really great condition for a 1960s inexpensive French field/dive watch.

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ChronoGuy

Thanks! I was stoked when I found this one. It's all original and in really great condition for a 1960s inexpensive French field/dive watch.

There's something a bit special in a black face and green lume, and you've found a lovely example, congrats.

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I have the same demagnetizer. I use it on all of my vintage purchases. Magnetization can also make a watch run slow. I used it on an old Bulova and it saved me a trip to the watch maker. It really should be part of everyone's kit. And nice watch. 

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I had a similar issue with one of my watches, but instead of running fast, it would lose about 5 seconds just in a 30-minute period.  I hadn’t considered it might be magnetized since I read that would only be the case if it was running fast. Just for s&g I tried using my demagnetizer, and now consistently runs around +1 sec/day

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Definitely tried this out when my Orient was running too fast. Tried it but it wouldn't work, so magnetization wasn't actually the issue. I didn't have a timegrapher, nor did I have access to one, and servicing was too expensive so I bought a replacement movement to replace for my watch. 

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Yup I've used the same demagnetizer and it really helped out. From the video though, I hesitate to use that recommended app since the mobile phone is highly magnetized. Just use a reliable compass instead, to check if the case, crown and movement are truly demagnetized. @PeterKotsa has a video on this.

I also recommend demagnetizing all metal accessories that come into contact with your watch such as spring bars, bracelets, clasps, buckles, etc., as they usually are highly magnetized. One small spring bar can get a compass whirling around like crazy!  

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I purchased a demagnetizer recently and restored my Orient Kamasu 2 to keep time within spec. Best $8 I've spent on a watch accessory or tool.

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I plan to buy a demagnetizer soon just to have available if need be.

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Mike199

I plan to buy a demagnetizer soon just to have available if need be.

That's exactly what I did - had it for about six months before needing it. I've now had to use it twice...and it worked like a charm.