Anyone use these or give them a wide berth? Any recommendations for a decent one?
I use one to regulate watches when needed, and see how new watches are running. I have the Weishi 1000, which seems to be a good choice for a relatively inexpensive, hobbyist model.
Never have,never will.
Side effects include loss of enjoyment of the hobby upon finding the most minor deviations from spot on accuracy.
Blacklisting by AD's for constantly complaining that your watch is running within Mfg. specs. but not close enough for you and your timegrapher.
OCD thay goes way beyond accuracy and eventually has you looking at every watch through a high powered loupe to find the smallest percieved "imperfection".
I respectfully disagree. My timegrapher has brought much more enjoyment from watches that ran 15-20 spd off out of the box. Tightening them up to within COSC accuracy on wrist brings me much satisfaction. But yeah, don't get carried away with it.
I also appreciate that adjusting my NH movements is easy but I'd Rather have a professional do it. Not high on my list of priorities tbh.
I have the Weishi 1900 (at the time there wasn't much price difference to the 1000). I use it to regulate watches and the amplitude tells me when they're in need of attention.
I like to use mine, gives me satisfaction knowing I can bring in the accuracy myself. The Weishi 1000 seems to be the go to for most people. Don't forget to test the accuracy across the different positions!
What madminuteman said
If you aren't planning on cracking your own cases, I'm not sure of the point unless one is obsessive about monitoring things. I'd play around with free cell phone apps first and exhaust that capability before getting stuck with extra special purpose hardware.
I’m a tinkerer by nature, I love my No.1900.
Was frustrated till I got the hang of it, but it’s fun to use, or just to get a visual of the little guy ticking away
Is it relatively easy to use?
A very wide berth, not even interested in the least bit. Still I envy those that have to skills to regulated their own watches.
For the most part, all of my watches are well regulated, even my Seiko’s, except for the Seiko 5, they are all better than their stated accuracy.
But for some, being hands on with their watches is part of their enthusiasm and enjoyment and so timegraphs are a good tool. Enjoy.