Is accuracy important to you?

I love the beauty and complexity of the mechanical movements. It is a real fascination to me and part of my enjoyment in watch collecting. However, when I wear them, I find myself frustrated by having to reset them to be correct. That may be a different problem (OCD) I know. But I find myself interest in quartz or atomic watches for the accuracy. I have 2 of the atomic ones just to make sure I can set my other watches accurately when I want to wear them. Anyone else have this struggle?

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Yes. I strongly appreciate accuracy, which is why I have a timegrapher and regulate watches when needed. Pretty much all my mechanical watches run better than COSC standards when worn on the wrist now. I find it very satisfying to get a watch dialed in to running just a second or two off the atomic clock per day. 

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I picked out today's watch last night. I wound it and set it. It tells me the same as my phone (for now at least). Good enough.

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gbelleh

Yes. I strongly appreciate accuracy, which is why I have a timegrapher and regulate watches when needed. Pretty much all my mechanical watches run better than COSC standards when worn on the wrist now. I find it very satisfying to get a watch dialed in to running just a second or two off the atomic clock per day. 

That’s awesome. I’d love to be able to do that. Maybe someday 

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Imaluckydad

That’s awesome. I’d love to be able to do that. Maybe someday 

It’s really not that difficult if you have patience and a steady hand. It really increases my enjoyment of watches that may have come out of the box running 20 or 30 seconds off, and turning them into precise timepieces. 

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I have absolutely no need to ever know the precise time, yet accuracy is extremely important to me. Historically, the primary function of a watch was to tell the time, and the more accurately a watch can do that, the more impressed I am with it.  My most accurate mechanical watch (GMT Master) gains between 1-2 seconds per week, while my most accurate quartz (X33 Skywalker) has gained 1 second in the 157 days since I bought it. I find both equally impressive. My most recent watch (IWC Pilots Chrono 41) seems to lose about 6 SPD - I still really like the watch, but would like it all the more if it was closer to most of my other mechanicals, which run well within COSC specs.

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I never thought I was but during the 1 Watch Challenge, my watch was gaining enough time that it started bothering me because it was my daily. So I would say my daily watch would need to have a certain standard of accuracy (+5 seconds a day, maybe 10?). Before the 1 Watch Challenge I would say no.

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I wore quartz watches for decades and would get rid of ones that were more than 5 seconds off per month. When I bought my first mechanical watches, they were sub-$100 with -20/+45 spd movements, so I tried to prepare myself for terrible accuracy. However, I've been pleasantly surprised with the accuracy of my cheap watches. One is about +1.8spd on wrist and I can positionally regulate it overnight so I never need to adjust the time. The other varies between +3-10 spd. I typically set it 30s slow and don't reset until it's 30s fast...about 1 to 2 weeks. At first this bothered me, but now I'm OK with it and enjoy the interaction (it's manual wind with a 36 hr PR, so interaction is necessary daily).