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    Fix or replace? What would you do?

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    Wearing My 1960's Helbros today but it's killing me, it's not running very well. And, it's all my fault!!!

    A few weeks ago I was in a rush to get the kids to our neighborhood pool, we only had about an hour or so to swim before it closed for the day.

    Well, guess what I forgot to take off? And I ALWAYS take off my watch when I go swimming



    Next day, took it to my watch guy, he took the back and crystal off, dried it best he could and oiled what he could without taking it completely apart.

    It started right back up. My watch guy said, "if this doesn't do it bring it back and he'll do a complete service on it for $90.00".

    Well it ran great for about two weeks until a couple days ago, and now it keeps stopping.


    I paid practically nothing for this watch, it's one of my favorites, it was pretty beat up to start with, and now the water took some of the lettering off the face.

    I don't know if should get it fixed or just find another cheap one.

    As my 9 year old said... "if you like it daddy get it fixed"


    What would you do? Fix it or find an other?


    I Always appreciate everyones opinions.


    Cheers,

    Chris
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    Re: Fix or replace? What would you do?

    I agree with your 9 year old !!!! If it wasn't that expensive originally, and you like it, it's worth it !!! My two pence from London-Town ! Cheers, Scott


    PS - not only that, then you have this great story to tell while with another watch - no pool story/history !!
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    Re: Fix or replace? What would you do?

    Depends on sentimental value.

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    Re: Fix or replace? What would you do?

    I think you would be better searching for another one and keep this as a spares. It might take some time but if there is no sentimental value might than is nothing holding you back. You will probably end up spending less $$$.
    I like the dial also. Can I ask what movement holds inside?

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    Re: Fix or replace? What would you do?

    "oiled what I could" = most probable problem... over oiling causes watches to stop or run erratic.

    If the watch is a friend, have it fixed.
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    Re: Fix or replace? What would you do?

    Quote Originally Posted by LoveSexAndDrugs View Post
    I think you would be better searching for another one and keep this as a spares. It might take some time but if there is no sentimental value might than is nothing holding you back. You will probably end up spending less $$$.
    I like the dial also. Can I ask what movement holds inside?
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    Not sure, perhaps "Lorsa" Movement??
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    Re: Fix or replace? What would you do?

    I agree, you should fix it. My Helbros says Hi.Name:  image.jpg
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    Re: Fix or replace? What would you do?

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    Not sure, perhaps "Lorsa" Movement??[/QUOTE]

    Yes - Lorsa P62 or P72 bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Lorsa P62 depending on size I think.
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    Re: Fix or replace? What would you do?

    If you are upset, and you are - then get it repaired and be happy.

    Anyway, I doubt you can buy another for $90, but if you can, do that.

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    Re: Fix or replace? What would you do?

    I was really on the fence with this one, I believe the consensus is to get it fixed.

    I really liked what WUS member "Eeeb" said, "if the watch is a friend get it fixed"
    And, I really appreciate what everyone else said as well, it really helped.

    I had plans to get my Grandfather's Elgin serviced, so once that's done and I replenish my watch funds I'll send in the Helbros.
    Thanks for all your input everyone.
    -Cheers,
    Chris

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