I got my replacement Bathys today and I'm happy to report that so far I have had no crown/clutch issues !
Its been great dealing with John at BathysHawaii and his customer support has been just what he said it would be, 100% satisfaction. I can tell you that he has a future customer for his automatic release in early 2007 (can I reserve one now?).
I read a post earlier about someone thinking that the watch might be "too purple". It does have shades of purple, but it actually is multicolored depending on the angle of light that you view the watch in. John's description is apt, but you have to wear one to really appreciate it. The colors are very three dimensional...... hypnotic.
Okay back to work for me. Thank you John for your service and for your awesome watch.