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    i think i just broke my vintage omega through over winding

    hi everyone
    i have a new to me vintage omega from 1964 i think... anyways its a cal 610 with date.

    i was just playing around with it so much because i love the watch, and when i was winding it today, i stopped when i felt resistence, all is good...

    about an hour or so later, i don't know what came over me, i thought i'd give it another wind (expecting half a turn or so), and after turning it just a tiny bit, i felt resistence, then i stopped, turned it in the other direction, and then back in the direction of winding and that's when i knew something was wrong.
    the resistence was gone and the crown is now free spinning (no friction and no audible 'clicks' anymore) in either directions when pushed alll the way in.......
    oh no!!
    basically i suspect i broke through whatever mechanism that is in place to give resistence that makes it so you cannot wind it any further.
    please tell me this is a cheap fix? what did i break? the main spring? or click spring?

    edit: watch is still running, but i suspect once the power runs out completely i won't be able to wind it up anymore.
    also by pulling out the crown i can still adjust the time perfectly.
    Last edited by bombardiro; February 11th, 2015 at 19:18.
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    Re: i think i just broke my vintage omega through over winding

    Sounds like the crown wheel is not fully engaging the castle wheel on the winding stem.
    If you had broken the mainspring or click, you would have known it as the watch receives quite a jolt
    as the spring instantly releases tension.
    A common cause is the stem isn't home fully, might be a newish stem which has been cut slightly short,
    perhaps some dirt in the winding mechanism or a broken or weak return bar spring.

    Try pulling the stem to set position and pushing rapidly home a few times, it might free up...should be a straightforward
    fix for a watchmaker.

    Edit
    You can't really overwind a watch, tis all a myth.
    Last edited by radger; February 11th, 2015 at 19:35.
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    Re: i think i just broke my vintage omega through over winding

    It's the Setting lever spring that has broken and this part is very common as they know it wears out so you should be able to find a new one with little trouble. It has actually nothing to do with you winding the watch as it controls the crown setting position but it is under a constant pressure so you winding it just made it give up.
    Last edited by Shum; February 11th, 2015 at 20:25.
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    Re: i think i just broke my vintage omega through over winding

    wow you are the bomb...... its fixed after i tried your method............ pull out and in and out and in a few times!

    edit: anddddd its broken again..... i think the culprit is i tried turning the crown backwards in the winding position, whenever i do that, it becomes loose again

    Quote Originally Posted by radger View Post
    Sounds like the crown wheel is not fully engaging the castle wheel on the winding stem.
    If you had broken the mainspring or click, you would have known it as the watch receives quite a jolt
    as the spring instantly releases tension.
    A common cause is the stem isn't home fully, might be a newish stem which has been cut slightly short,
    perhaps some dirt in the winding mechanism or a broken or weak return bar spring.

    Try pulling the stem to set position and pushing rapidly home a few times, it might free up...should be a straightforward
    fix for a watchmaker.

    Edit
    You can't really overwind a watch, tis all a myth.
    Last edited by bombardiro; February 11th, 2015 at 20:34.
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    Re: i think i just broke my vintage omega through over winding

    You were lucky as the symptoms was a broken Setting lever spring so I suggest you have the watch cleaned.
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    Re: i think i just broke my vintage omega through over winding

    yea i'd like to give it a full oil/clean but they're so expensive T.T
    Quote Originally Posted by Shum View Post
    You were lucky as the symptoms was a broken Setting lever spring so I suggest you have the watch cleaned.
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    Re: i think i just broke my vintage omega through over winding

    Quote Originally Posted by bombardiro View Post
    yea i'd like to give it a full oil/clean but they're so expensive T.T
    You can take it to an old school watchmaker and have it serviced so no need to send it to Omega. The thing is that it will be even more expensive to fix it in the future if you keep using it without a service as you wear it out.
    Last edited by Shum; February 11th, 2015 at 21:06.
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    Re: i think i just broke my vintage omega through over winding

    ahh i see you're in sweden, or else i'd ask you you recommend me one :(
    i live in like a super rural area with nothing close by haha, have to drive 4 hours to reach new york city which is the closest big city to me.

    do you recon this is something that maybe i can DIY fix?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shum View Post
    You can take it to an old school watchmaker and have it serviced so no need to send it to Omega. The thing is that it will be even more expensive to fix it in the future if you keep using it without a service as you wear it out.
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    Re: i think i just broke my vintage omega through over winding

    Quote Originally Posted by bombardiro View Post
    ahh i see you're in sweden, or else i'd ask you you recommend me one :(
    i live in like a super rural area with nothing close by haha, have to drive 4 hours to reach new york city which is the closest big city to me.

    do you recon this is something that maybe i can DIY fix?
    No don't even try to do it yourself as it might look easy in the videos but everything is tiny so it takes a lot of practice to be able to make it look simple. You will only end up with a watch in parts (broken) and a bunch of missing screws and springs. You could always find a watchmaker and have the watch sent off or take that 4 hour trip to New Your.
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    Re: i think i just broke my vintage omega through over winding

    Quote Originally Posted by bombardiro View Post
    ahh i see you're in sweden, or else i'd ask you you recommend me one :(
    i live in like a super rural area with nothing close by haha, have to drive 4 hours to reach new york city which is the closest big city to me.

    do you recon this is something that maybe i can DIY fix?
    Use a courier?

    In the UK I can post away, have a full service with a few consumables (gaskets, mainstpring) and return postage for around £90-120 - roughly $140-200 ish so you should be able to find similar in the US?

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