Watch modding and Timegrapher

Should I buy a Timegrapher?

I am getting obsessed with watch modding and watch reffurbishing and, as far as I´m concerned, It is usefull to have a timegtapher. 

A timegrapher is also handy when tunning up timepieces you buy vintage or with old movements, such as the Vostok Amphibian or the Shangai 7020

The problem comes with the prices, as they are quite expensive.

Should I buy one? Which one?

Amazon.com: OTOOLWORLD Medidor de reloj multifunción Timegrapher NO.1000  herramienta de reloj : Ropa, Zapatos y Joyería

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I haven't used them, so I don't know the accuracy, but some folks here have tried the smartphone apps that use the phone's microphone to pick up the sound of the movement. They would be a cheaper alternative, but I doubt they would be as accurate as a traditional timegrapher. 

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RobertWood

I haven't used them, so I don't know the accuracy, but some folks here have tried the smartphone apps that use the phone's microphone to pick up the sound of the movement. They would be a cheaper alternative, but I doubt they would be as accurate as a traditional timegrapher. 

I have read that mobile apps aren't precise and don't help much. I could try to measure with the mobile phone chrono and take notes of the deviation but that would be an eternity to adjust a watch.

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Cosme44

I have read that mobile apps aren't precise and don't help much. I could try to measure with the mobile phone chrono and take notes of the deviation but that would be an eternity to adjust a watch.

...but that would be an eternity to adjust a watch.

I think you have your answer. 

Me, I've thought about it, but I'm not really going to be modding/refurbing at this point. Therefore, buying one would take away from watch purchase funds. 

But if you are going to be doing those things, I think it makes a ton of sense. 

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What really helps is the arm that lets you rotate the watch, as it is important which position you are primarily regulating for. The differences are notable, plus it holds the watch tightly, which is important. (Try regulating the crown-up position with a smartphone.)

That being said, even with a timegrapher you will likely adjust for real-world deviation, which is simply a function of how you wear your watch.

In summary, I have a timegrapher, and it is very easy to use. I haven't regretted my purchase.

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If you modding only it’s likely unnecessary. If you’re refurbishing/repairing old watches I would say it is a necessary tool specially if you’re working with the movement. I use mine a lot more than I anticipated.

I bought the standard Weishi No. 1000 on Aliexpress during a sale no complaints.

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No!   You don't need a timegrapher.  Let your watches run and compare them to you phone.  If you need to reset the same watch every day it needs servicing.

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thatguy306

If you modding only it’s likely unnecessary. If you’re refurbishing/repairing old watches I would say it is a necessary tool specially if you’re working with the movement. I use mine a lot more than I anticipated.

I bought the standard Weishi No. 1000 on Aliexpress during a sale no complaints.

Yes, but lots of NH35 come with a lot of deviation when bought and need to be adjusted. That's where the timegrapher enters. I will definitely look for that on AliExpress.

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I'd like to get one for educational purposes of course.

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I think it's an important investment if you will really get into the modding world. 

I was hesitant like you and I didnt want to cough up $150+ for one 

But I found the Weishi 1000 for under that mark on eBay and Amazon. It's a knock off the swiss brand, sufficient for our level and have good accuracy and reviews. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

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The Weishi 1000 seems to be the easiest to get and they seem to have cornered a niche market.

No regrets buying mine. It certainly takes the guesswork out of regulation.

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