Militare Automatico Crown Unscrewed?

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    Militare Automatico Crown Unscrewed?

    I received my Anonimo Militare Automatico today and I was so excited that I wasn't paying attention when setting the time and accidentally turned it the wrong direction (I was wearing my Seiko today and those set by winding the crown opposite of my Swiss movement watches). Lo' and behold I noticed I was turning it backwards (only turned it backwards for 5-10 minutes) and started turning it in the correct direction. The hands now slip while trying to set the time and the crown unscrews!

    This is a first for me out of all of my watches. Did I just make a huge mistake or is this fixable?

    EDIT: Pictures of what it looks like when I screw off the crown below. Note that I can simply just screw it back and from what I found in doing research, it looks like other brands (like Rolex) have this problem and I either need some pin vise and/or loctite. I'll report back once it is in the hands of my watchmaker!

    Crown off:


    Crown:


    Crown on, position 1:


    Crown on, position 2:
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    Re: Militare Automatico Crown Unscrewed?

    A picture can help... may be the steam was unscrewed from the crown I think is a easy fix you can make it.
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    Re: Militare Automatico Crown Unscrewed?

    Quote Originally Posted by nelsondevicenci View Post
    A picture can help... may be the steam was unscrewed from the crown I think is a easy fix you can make it.
    Hopefully it is an easy fix! I think I'll stop by my local watchmaker to verify. It took me a while to set the watch to the correct time but it does run and wind correctly. The crown (only the actual crown itself) screws off of the stem when I am turning it counter-clockwise. So I can unscrew the crown but I can still see the stem in the watch.
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    Re: Militare Automatico Crown Unscrewed?

    Well you was lucky is a easy fix... this happen to me few weeks ago but the stem was broken when pull out the crown... I just have it back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsondevicenci View Post
    Well you was lucky is a easy fix... this happen to me few weeks ago but the stem was broken when pull out the crown... I just have it back.
    Thanks for the reassurance! Also, does your crown wobble a little? Mine also feels a little sticky when pushing it in. Like it will click out to the date or time set position with a snap but when I push it back in, it feels a little mushy.
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    Re: Militare Automatico Crown Unscrewed?

    i have a 2004 and its on today after being in a draw for a few weeks. it does slop about a bit and i have read plenty stories about people finding this strange. at least you dont have to wind yours. have you got it back on? good luck.
    every time i try to get out... they pull me back in...


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    Re: Militare Automatico Crown Unscrewed?

    Quote Originally Posted by seanuk View Post
    i have a 2004 and its on today after being in a draw for a few weeks. it does slop about a bit and i have read plenty stories about people finding this strange. at least you dont have to wind yours. have you got it back on? good luck.
    Thanks, the crown just screws off when I keep turning the watch counter-clockwise in the second position (crown pulled out twice to set the time). I can easily just screw it back on and everything works fine. The watch is keeping time to -2-3 seconds/24 hours. It winds, hacks, date changes, etc. all perfectly. I did a bit of research and it looks like other watches have this problem and found that that the crown is simply screwed on to the stem/tube. I added some pictures to the original thread to show what happens when I screw the crown off.
    Last edited by RTea; April 20th, 2011 at 08:45.
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