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    Unhappy Metallic Dust in Flieger

    Hi everyone !

    I need your advice mates :

    I have bought a Flieger B (cal 2824-2) in mid 2012.

    In my memory, since the beginning the crown was a bit hard to turn (a bit, not a lot) and not everytime, but some told me that it may happens on calibers 2824 and that was not serious.


    Now I am back from a 4 months deployment, and I have let my mecanical watches at home and none have touched or moved it.

    The watch seems to run OK even ifI haven't check its precision. The crown seems to do its job.

    I just looked at the see-though glass, and see a deposit of some "metallic dust" that gather inside against the glass (at the crown side).


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    Re: Metallic Dust in Flieger

    The only advice I can give is to take it to a watchmaker or sent it in to Stowa to determine where the grinding metallic dust comes from. Since it was bought in 2012 a service is due in any case in 2017.
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    Re: Metallic Dust in Flieger

    Good advice. That quality of watch should not have this types of issue.
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    Re: Metallic Dust in Flieger

    Due for service either way. Send it to Stowa and most assured, it will come back good as new.
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    Re: Metallic Dust in Flieger

    First : I wish everyone a happy New Year !
    Health and happiness for 2017 !

    Thanks for your answers guys.
    I hesitate between a local watchmaker or sending it back to Stowa (blue screws in case of...)

    As I never have a watch serviced, I wonder on many aspects and costs of repair and service
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    Re: Metallic Dust in Flieger

    Email Stowa all your questions or just send the watch in for service. Right on receipt of your watch, Stowa will notify you about the arrival and they will check your watch. Already some days later you will receive a quote listing the necessary repairs. Usually a full-movement service comprises the change of all case-gaskets and the lubrication of all jewels in the movement. Cleaning and polishing the case as well.
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    Re: Metallic Dust in Flieger

    I really don't get it, why you should send the watch from France to Germany and back. It is not under guarantee any more. Any decent watchmaker should be able to service such a common movement.

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    Re: Metallic Dust in Flieger

    Sending a watch from France to Germany is a hassle-free thing to do. As hassle-free as sending a watch from Berlin to Munich.
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    Re: Metallic Dust in Flieger

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Sending a watch from France to Germany is a hassle-free thing to do. As hassle-free as sending a watch from Berlin to Munich.
    As usual Mr. Stuffler is right...it's like mailing something from Chicago to New York (but even closer!)...

    Completely worth it in my opinion...knowing you can trust Stowa's repair/service to be top-notch and the customer service just as good. When you've got a company with such a good track record, I think the little bit of extra money for shipping is money spent wisely.

    From everything I've read Stowa's prices for service/repair of out of warranty watches are as good and fair as anyone out there.
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    Trust Stowa, they'll fix it and give you the best service since they made your watch. There are amazing independent watch makers out there but an issue this serious will generally require parts replacement and will be the quickest turn around to and from Stowa.

    Please let us know what they said its happening and how your experience was with them. I can't say as I've ever seen this type of metallic dust on this large of a scale. A tiny bit yes, but not this much. Odd.

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