Okay, I'm a little freaked out ...

So, I have a few quartz watches I don't wear all that often. One is a Shinola chrono that I got at a low price, as it was discontinued and a store sample. This was about 7 years ago, and I've only changed the battery since. It otherwise worked fine.

Today I took it out, and the chrono second hand was off-center. Not only was it off-center, it was impacted by the minute hand. How in the world does that happen after all this time, especially if the watch was sitting in a watch box when this occurred? We still have a few months until Halloween.

So, I opened the case, removed the movement, and lifted the second hand slightly with a piece of paper. Now it works fine, but this is so weird. Normally these things occur within a day of the hands being set, not years afterwards.

On a side note: These quartz movements (Ronda 5020) are nice, the movement holder is exactly how they should be, rigid and fits both case and movement perfectly. Very easy to case and remove compared to Seiko mechaquartz watches from AliExpress.

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Quartz chrono movements often need to be reset after a battery change or a long period of non use. Simple fix if this is, in fact, the problem.

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foghorn

Quartz chrono movements often need to be reset after a battery change or a long period of non use. Simple fix if this is, in fact, the problem.

No, the minute hand and the second hand made contact, with the minute hand blocking the second hand. It had nothing to do with the battery, maybe I didn't describe that clearly.

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Gravity perhaps? Or it was loose already from the get-go, since twas a store sample and was most likely banged here and there? Anyways, glad you fixed it.