Watch Pointers Are Not Aligned, Is It A Quality Problem?

The hour, minute, and second hands share a common axis. Each day, the hour and minute hands overlap 22 times, and the number of times that the minute and second hands overlap is even greater. For daily use, the overlapping of the pointers has not had much impact, but there are still inconveniences in special areas such as navigation and reference time calibration. So the watchmakers designed a special hand layout, placing the hour hand, minute hand, and second hand on three different axes, and called it ‘Regulator’, which translates to ‘standard hand’ in Chinese. Although clocks with standard needle styles still have overlapping hands, the chances are greatly reduced, and the situation of ‘three needles and one thread’ will not occur. In addition to the standard needle design, this Glashütte has a power reserve display on the left and a large calendar on the right. There is a small hole at the lower end of the 12-hour dial on the front of the dial. When black is displayed, it means night, and white is day. Equipped with a self-produced Cal.58-04 movement, the beauty is that the board design of the astronomical clock is used. The barrel on the left is sanded with a double-layer sunburst to provide a power reserve of 45 hours; the right is a satellite gear transmission structure for the front power reserve display. When winding by hand, the three golden pinions revolve around, like a star, recurring, very beautiful. The traditional German three-quarter splint is used, supplemented by gold sleeves, blue steel screws, and ruby ​​bearings. The balance splint is hand-carved with a pattern, and the gooseneck is fixed by gooseneck trimming. But this Glashütte ‘normative needle’ is more fun than that! Many watch friends will personally ask a question, why are the pointers of bought watches misaligned, is it a quality problem? There are two types of misaligned watch pointers, the first is the ‘hour and minute hands’ The second is the misalignment of the ‘minute and second hands’. The misalignment of the ‘hour and minute hands’ refers to the fact that at that time the hands were on the full-scale scale, and the minute hands were not at the 60-minute position, but were offset from side to side. The reasons for the deviation are: 1. Reserved clearance for gear processing; 2. Error in pointer assembly; 3. Error clearance for gear processing. In order to allow the gear under the pointer to rotate freely back and forth, a gap is reserved during gear processing. Therefore, the ‘hour and minute hands’ cannot overlap 100% completely, and there will be slight errors. According to our national standards for the light industry, the hand was at the full hour scale, and the deviation of the minute hand before and after 5 minutes was qualified, 4 minutes was good, and 3 minutes was excellent. Of course, in the actual purchase, the hand is at the full-point scale, and the smaller the deviation of the minute hand, the better. The ‘minute and second hands’ are not aligned. When the minute hand is at the full scale, the second hand is not at the 60-minute position, but is offset from side to side. The misalignment of the ‘minute and second hands’ is a very normal and almost inevitable condition on mechanical watches. Because although the minute and second hands have a transmission relationship, they are also independent of each other, so even if they are aligned during assembly, as long as the crown is pulled out later to adjust the time, they will shift again. The misalignment of the ‘minute and second hands’ is a natural characteristic of the mechanical watch’s basic structure, not a quality issue of the watch. Many watch friends with obsessive-compulsive disorder encounter such a situation, often buying a watch with a stop-seconds function, and then each time the second hand is stopped at 60 scales, and then check with the standard time, adjust the minute hand, Very troublesome! This Glashütte ‘normative hand’ comes with two very cool functions to help solve the problem of the misalignment of the ‘minute and second hands’! First of all, it has a ‘stop seconds reset’ function. When we pull out the crown, the second hand will not only stop immediately, but also reset to zero at the same time. Secondly, when we pull out the crown and adjust the time, we find that its minutes are not moving slowly, but are beating one by one, so that the second hand is not at the zero scale, and the minute hand is at the half-div position. . In order to realize this structure, this Glashütte is equipped with a special pin-out wheel train. At the same time, the change is that the crown has only one gear. If you need to quickly adjust the display of the large calendar, you can only use the adjustment hole on the side of the case. And when it was manually wound, the feedback was very special and strange. For the first time, I thought the watch was broken. The summary at the end of the article: 1. The ‘hour and minute hands’ are misaligned. At that time, the hands are at the full-scale scale. The deviation of 5 minutes before and after the minute hand is qualified, 4 minutes is good, and 3 minutes is excellent. Of course, in the actual purchase, the hand is at the full-point scale, and the smaller the deviation of the minute hand, the better. 2. The misalignment of the ‘minute and second hands’ is a natural characteristic of the basic structure of a mechanical watch, not a quality problem of the watch. —END —