In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E7 Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad - we see Harry Mudd again.

This time he appears to have a 'time-watch' that enables a Groundhog-day like restarting of the time-loop whilst he learns and solves problems.

When the crew figure it out and break the time-loop, the watch vanishes.

Now we know from the episode that Harry had used this technology previously to rob a bank.

It appears that the second time he uses the time-watch, the watch vanishes at the end of it, but the first time he used it, it didn't vanish.

My question is: Why does Harry's time-watch disappear after using it on Discovery, but didn't disappear before when he used it to rob the bank?

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    Maybe it did disappear on Betazed. Maybe there was more than one.
    – Politank-Z
    Nov 13, 2017 at 11:26
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    If I recall correctly, the wristband was only a remote control for the real time-machine hidden in the space whale. So perhaps the machine can create these one-time remotes?
    – HugoRune
    Nov 13, 2017 at 17:46

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Answer: Because Mudd deactivated it himself, releasing it back to its own time, which was probably set to a time just before the heist.

The time watch was designed to create a loop in time, bringing its wearer back to the point of time the watch was attached to. This allowed Mudd to learn everyone's reactions to his plans, and changing his tactics so he covered all outcomes.

When the crew discovered this fact, they tricked Mudd into thinking he had finally won by surrendering. When Mudd was satisfied on the Bridge that he no longer needed the watch, he tapped some command into the watch. Since the watch was tied to a specific point in time that Mudd set it to, when Mudd released it, it probably returned back to that point in the past.

Going off of sources, there is no other mention of this 'Time Watch' in any other source. So it's probably best to think of it like the Doctor's Mobile Emitter from ST:Voyager; it's a one of a kind item for the current timeframe. Considering that we only see Mudd deactivate and 'release' the watch once, it's possible that Mudd knew what would happen, and we also don't know the point in time Mudd calibrated the watch to.

The likely answer would be that Mudd had the watch set to before the heist, and every time he jumped back, he jumped back to before the heist. This means that Mudd had to repeat a lot of events in order to get back to exacting his revenge on Lorca.

In the episode, Mudd explains to Lorca that he's already killed him 53 times, just before killing him for the 54th time. Mudd also says he has 'all the time in the world'. This would suggest that Mudd doesn't mind repeating a lot of events in order to get what he wants.

This wouldn't be too far fetched, considering that Mudd already has the heist mastered through repeating it many times, and Mudd enjoyed finding new ways to kill Lorca, and then finally in the end wants to defeat him instead.

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