Okay pcs first of this bumper I picked up last week for a very good price:
Now-even though I got it for a great price the watch was decribed as "In good running order..." I even asked seller how it ran and he said it ran well. So I get it and I see that after a few bumps it starts up. Fine. I go to set the time and the crown and stem fall out in my hand. I examine and think its obviously too short and looks broken under loupe. Even when its seated it can't extend far enough to set the time. period. So I wrote seller asking for 1 of 2 resolutions. Either I send the watch back for full refund and he can relist or he pays for a new stem which I estimated at $50. I havnt heard back but I actually found a cal 343 stem for $47 and wrote seller again.
My question is two-fold.
1-Is this fair for me to ask seller to reimburse me the cost of the broken stem that was NOT mentioned and to describe a watch as 'in good running order' when the time can't be set or changed? (in fairness-the 342 is running pretty well -just not the correct time. I also wrote that I "naturally expected to pay to have this watch cleaned and reg'd. and i'm willing to cover the additional cost of repairing the stem if you cover the cost of the new stem part. Thank you" etc.etc....
2-if he does agree to refund $47 for the stem I found is (based on the pic) it a fairly straight forward job? One I could easily do myself with tools? I have taken out many crown stems before but don't remember removing the crown form the stem. Wondering if they are often 'stuck' or hard to remove. In other words-if he goes for the refund should I attempt or have it done? To me it seems like once the stem is attached to crown-the stem is inserted fully and the set screw is tightened enough to secure.Presto! Am I wrong?
3-thanks. I may double post in the omega