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Is it normal to have to reset the hands on a chronograph or an indication of a problem that needs to be fixed?

I’ve noticed that occasionally when timing something with my C65 AMGTLE, the tenth of a second counter does not fully reset, requiring me to do a manual reset. And twice now I’ve noticed the center seconds and minutes counters getting knocked off-kilter, requiring a reset.

Is this to be expected?
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I’ve read elsewhere on the need to occasionally allow the chronographs to run through a 24 or 48 hour cycle to clear reset problems.
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It’s happened to me before with my C4, I did reset a few times over the course of a month before that fix stopped working and it had to go back to CW
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andybarry87 wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 3:14 pm It’s happened to me before with my C4, I did reset a few times over the course of a month before that fix stopped working and it had to go back to CW
The C4 is mechanical movement, correct? Mine is quartz. I wonder if that makes a difference?
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jkbarnes wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 3:49 pm
andybarry87 wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 3:14 pm It’s happened to me before with my C4, I did reset a few times over the course of a month before that fix stopped working and it had to go back to CW
The C4 is mechanical movement, correct? Mine is quartz. I wonder if that makes a difference?
Quartz movements usually come with facility to reset the chrono hands. If your chrono is running when the battery cries enough they'll probably (I speak from experience of several Seiko quartz chronos) need resetting to zero. Check your owners' handbook and ISTR the C4 has it in the handbook....let's check......page 17 here https://www.christopherward.com/on/dema ... manual.pdf

OTOH (pun intentional) a manual or auto chrono should reset to zero without fail and will need returning for adjustment/correction.
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jkbarnes wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 3:49 pm Mine is quartz. I wonder if that makes a difference?
Andrew, I’m assuming you have tried the procedure in the manual?
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:00 pm
jkbarnes wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 3:49 pm Mine is quartz. I wonder if that makes a difference?
Andrew, I’m assuming you have tried the procedure in the manual?
Yes, many times. I’m not having a problem resetting the hands. I’m just wondering if the need to do so on occasion is normal or indicative of a problem.
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^^^ Ah, OK. I would say that if you have to keep on doing it there is probably a problem of some kind.
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jkbarnes wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 3:49 pm
andybarry87 wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 3:14 pm It’s happened to me before with my C4, I did reset a few times over the course of a month before that fix stopped working and it had to go back to CW
The C4 is mechanical movement, correct? Mine is quartz. I wonder if that makes a difference?
No, the C4 is also a quartz movement. What was happening to mine was that occasionally (one or twice over the period of a few months) I found the chronographs hands not aligned to 12. I followed the manual and did the reset and this fixed the issue. After those few months the pattern suddenly became more regular so that every time I wore the watch they would not be aligned to 12, and then even more worryingly the reset trick would reset them to some arbitrary point on the dial (e.g it would reset to 1:15 or 9:47). This sudden change happened in a week so I sent it back to CW and they recommended a new movement. It set me back £100 or so as I remember.
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I had the exact same problem Andrew earlier this year. It went back to cw towers for a check up and the diagnosis was it needed a new battery!
I was told that the chronograph starting to act in this way is a sign of the battery on its way out and nothing more sinister.
It was replaced f.o.c as I hadnt had it too long. 8 week wait for a battery change mind, but all sorted at least!
I didnt ask if this was unique to this model or all chronos, but I probably should have!

Hope this helps buddy.
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Apols, I should have stated, mine was also the amgt le
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Dickchins wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 5:43 pm Apols, I should have stated, mine was also the amgt le
That’s good to know, thanks!
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