Perfect watch, and perfect timing (well, almost)...

Since I have been wearing 'The Beast' for a week now (more or less exactly), I have found myself:-

1) admiring it constantly - when drinving the car, when drinking a glass of wine, when in a boring meeting, when in a fairly exciting meeting, when bathing the children, watching the TV and when mowing the mother-in-laws garden. You name it, I am admiring the watch.

2) taking photos of it.... lots of photos of it...

3) Posting some photos

4) Trying to make sure the wife doesn't scratch it (sorry Francois - had to get that one in!)

5) Checking it's rate agains the 'pips' on Radio 4.

Guess what the watch has achieved over that week...

It has lost 1 second. Not bad eh! Not bad at all.

This is easily the most accurate watch (so far at least) I have ever owned.

The first fairly accurate watch I noticed was a Seadweller that gained 2 seconds a day. This is good.

My 5070's are very accurate too... about 1 second a day gain. Interestingly, these watches, when left to wind down, curiously tend to stop with the seconds hand at the 12 position.... spooky.

I then had 3 Milgauss' (recent ones) and they are very accurate... in fact a half a second a day gain.  But to be within 1 second in 1 week.... that is a new surprise. I wonder how long it will last.

Blancpain.... rubbish. it was gaining to begin with. Went for a full service ... and on its return still gains 9 seconds a day. It is a sensitive baby too.

So... folks... could you share your experiences in this area?

a) do you measure it?
b) do you care? (I am not particulary bothered as long as it is OK... meaning adjusting the time no more than a minute once a month). I do not expect these mechanical pieces to perform like quartz. If they do though.... that is marvelous.
c) what is the most accurate you have?

ps when I am bathing the children it is on the windowsill... not on my wrist!
I don't measure it, just...
06/03/2010 - 13:04
admire it No kidding 1 second a week is amazing but I never time my watches, in fact I'm lousy in these things not a single appliance (oven, DVD player etc...) in my house indicates the same time . Glad you're enjoying your watch but what the hell are you wearing it while mowing the lawn!!! Reminds me of Doc using a chainsaw with his Malte on!
1 second per week!!! That's amazing accuracy
06/03/2010 - 13:29
if I had that watch I wouldn't even sleep so I could stare
06/03/2010 - 16:16
at it longer!
I am glad to hear that you are enjoying your watch so much...
06/03/2010 - 18:54
It is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen and only a dream to me. Like Alex said, I do not think I would wear it while mowing the lawn though.  As for timing watches, I try not to get too wrapped up in this area otherwise we should just wear quartz watches. If my watch is gaining no more than about 5 seconds a day or losing no more than 2 or 3 seconds a day, I think this is reasonable. As for gaining 9 seconds a day, I do not think this is acceptable. This is not within chronometre standards and should be sent back to Blancpain for a more accurate regulation. Otherwise, I would get rid of it if they can do no better.  Best, Mike
Those are amazing results for a mechanical masterpiece.
06/04/2010 - 03:31
Even more so for a grand complication watch.  Congratulations! I'm actually quite picky about the accuracy of my mechanical watches.  I know that quartz watches are much more accurate and at a much lower cost, but I look at mechanical watches as wonderful machines first and beautiful pieces second.  My wife actually bought me a watch tester for Christmas last year. I expect my VCs to keep excellent time, if they met your watch's ability - I would be tickled pink.  After full restoration and service by VC of a 1908 pocket watch, it now runs 0 to +6 seconds per day when measured on a watch tester.  When in use recently over a 14 day period, it was running consistently at +3 per day, every day. My 2 Overseas watches are running at +1 and -1 second per day. 2 of my VCs don't have second hands, so while they measure very well on a watch tester (-1/+3 per day) - I can't say for sure how they run on my wrist. My other 2 VCs are vintage pieces that will be taken into VC for full restoration, after which I expect them to be running very well. I honestly think all of these watches can run even better if the time was taken to adust and regulate them to the best of their capabilities.  But that takes a lot of time and I don't think most owners are as picky as I am, luckily the VC Maison in Shanghai is easy for me to get to on a regular basis and the master watchmaker is very patient with me and helps regulate my watches whenever I ask. Best Regards, Dan
Re: Perfect watch, and perfect timing (well, almost)...
06/06/2010 - 13:58
So happy to hear that you are enjoying it so much. It's a stunner! I used to be crazy about mechanical watches' accuracy. My one and only Doxa Sea Hunter was spot on at +/_ 0 secs per day, every day for 18 months! I have never had a watch this accurate! Now, I have no idea; I just enjoy it! After having it as my only watch for 6 years now, I still catch myself looking at ot on my wrist in windows, side-view/rear-view mirrors, how it looks like looking into a live volcano when the sun hits it etc etc. I can look at at 3-4 times in a row and not know what the time is!! Cheers. Gary
Almost perfect timing indeed...
06/08/2010 - 19:18
Your 47212's performance is quite impressive - I wonder how mine would compare... I did try a few times to measure its performance, but then I always forget the next day to compare when I'm supposed to... You can't really ask for more in terms of performance - no, timing would have been perfect if you could have received your watch before I had to send mine for service in Geneva - now the "side-by-side" shot will have to wait a little bit longer...  Funny how you call your "the beast", and mine's "my baby"... Cheers,  Francois
Baby and the Beast
06/09/2010 - 00:05
.. just a few weeks and photo op.
We shouldn't wait for Baby to be back...
06/09/2010 - 14:22
...that way we'll have another excuse for another beer