Back in September, I wrote about bio-electromagnetic fields. I was thinking some more on this subject just a few days ago. In the previous post, I commented about how I wear mechanical watches, as quartz watches don’t last as long as six weeks for me. I have a couple of quality, automatics that I wear. One is an old, yet nice Tag Hauer chronograph that Jenni bought me for Christmas one year, and the other is one of the last Seiko automatics, which was an earlier gift from Jenni. (I think she’s trying to keep me around!) 😀 Alas, I have not bought myself a Rolex yet, as I haven’t made it to the Rolex-wearing level of success in life.
About two years ago, I had both of my watches overhauled by a local jeweler. Several weeks ago, my Tag no longer kept time, and the timer on it ceased to function altogether. Similarly, my Seiko was consistently losing about six minutes a month as of a few days ago. I don’t know why it only just now dawned on me that it may be that parts of the watches have taken on a slight magnetic field as I have worn them. I don’t know this to be the case, but it does make an interesting hypothesis to test. I mean, a BEMF is not exactly like the magnetic field of a refrigerator magnet, and I hadn’t even thought of the fact that it might affect magnetic metals with long exposure.
As it so happens, I inherited an Elimag watch demagnetizer from my grandfather. This is a bakelite-cased contraption with a push-button, indicator light, power cord, and a recessed area to place a watch head into for the purpose of demagnetization. This is what it looks like (except mine is black):
I’d never used it before, and didn’t know whether it actually works, but the thing is in pristine condition! When I found it, it was in the back of a closet in its original box and packaging. I decided to dig this device out of hiding and see if it would fix the problems with these two watches. What’s the worst that could happen after all?
I plugged it into the wall and placed each watch in the recessed area and pressed the button, one after the other. The push button made a ‘click’ and the light pulsed both times. I coiled up the cord and put the antique device back into it’s still new-looking packaging. Then, I reset the time on my Seiko and put it back on. I believe I did this on Saturday. At the rate it has been losing time, it should be pretty obvious as to whether that has fixed the problem or not in a week or so. As of now, it seems pretty dead-on where I set it. So, I’ll be posting an update when I have news.