I'll join, bought this from another member here..I like it better with nato compared to the stock canvas strap..
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Well, I finally got my Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic "Sunstar" back from Jomashop's repair department.
It took exactly 9 weeks from the day I shipped it out to them. I asked for a call from their repair department before they sent it back to me to discuss what might have gone wrong with it, and had 3 different customer service people tell me I would receive a call or email before it shipped back to me. I did not receive a call or email. It just showed up today.
Luckily, it came back with the original box, packaging and Alpina Letter of Authenticity that I had included when sending it to them. There was a checklist inside with checkmarks next to: demagnetize movement, regulate movement, lube gaskets and water resistant test. There is also a print out of test results from 2 pressure tests using a Witschi Proofmaster S, both test results showing "OK". So, without an explanation, I can only assume the movement got so magnetized that it stopped completely and would not start again no matter what I tried. I didn't realize this could happen so easily and so suddenly, and all I can think of doing that was slightly out of the ordinary was wearing the watch while spending about 30 minutes scraping ice from my truck windows in about 30 degree F temps the morning of the day it stopped. Does this sound like something that can magnetize a watch?
Anyway, other than the very slow repair, and the extreme lack of communication from Jomashop during the process, I am satisfied with the result. I do love the look of this watch, and I guess I'll just have to treat it very gently from now on.
After thinking more about it, and reading more about magnetism in watches, I wonder if it got magnetized because of the circumstances leading up to it stopping:
I had the watch shipped to my in-law's house in Denver while I was there for Christmas. They live at about 6,000 feet elevation. This was after being delivered via 2nd day air (the first plane ride). A few days later, it went through airport security (x-ray conveyer belt). Then onto the plane for the flight home to Oregon (second plane ride) back down to 500 feet elevation. Perhaps the 2 plane flights, sudden elevation changes on the ground and a trip through an airport scanner were enough to do it. I really don't know.
This was yesterdays wear... the Alpina Horological Smartwatch on bracelet. Find this much more practical than the FC version, with WR100m and a lot more solid on the wrist.
Last edited by seanpiper; March 10th, 2016 at 22:16.
I switch my bands/straps/bracelets up throughout the week, just to keep things interesting. Today I chose a bright blue NATO. Here is my Alpina today, complete with a few Oregon raindrops:
After getting my Startimer Pilot Auto back from Jomashop's repair department, I have worn it all day every day, except overnight. So far, over the course of 72 hours, it is 16 seconds fast, so it's averaging about +5 seconds per day. That was almost exactly how it was running for the first 2 weeks I had it, before it stopped. So although the repair slip said it was regulated, I don't see much of a difference in accuracy. But I can't complain about +5 seconds, I am happy with this watch.
I'm thinking of ordering a 22mm mesh bracelet with diver clasp from strapcode. This watch looks good on brown and black leather, and on NATO straps, but I'd like a metal bracelet for it, too. Stainless steel mesh bracelets with straight lugs seem to be pretty common on other pilot-style watches.
Last edited by OregonJohnny; March 11th, 2016 at 20:48.
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