The simple magnitism test for watches.
Has your automatic watch stopped? Has the movement speed started to vary slightly or is it acting strangely? It could be magnetized. You can use our simple test to find out.
Try this simple test at home:
- Place your watch near a traditional compass.
- If the needle moves, this can suggest your watch is magnetised.
The inside mechanics of your watch is full of tiny metal components which can be affected easily by magnetic fields. In some cases, the coils can stick together, which speeds up the watch. The most common effect of a magnetic field on a wrist or pocket watch is to cause the watch to run fast.
A quartz watch may only be affected temporarily by magnetic fields and will work again once out of range. However, a mechanical watch may stop working altogether. To avoid this, keep it at 5cm away from magnetic devices.
What causes watch magnetism?
- Airport security scanners
- Tablets and electronic devices
- Fitness trackers and wearables
- Bracelet with magnetic clasps
- Fridges, microwaves
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