I bought this watch in 1999 for $300 Canadian, it was a great watch And I wore it for four years but broke the Crystal on it when I was trying to change a battery myself, I probably won’t ever do that again unless I invest in one of these (pic to follow). Gave it to dad in 2003 and he had a new crystal installed and I got it back today after 16 years as he gave me a giant bag of watches he did not want anymore.
I said to myself this one is worth fixing/saving and I have a history with it. So a new 371 battery for $15 and a new Hirsch 18mm leather strap for $20 and it feels like a brand new watch to me all over again. It’s amazing what a new leather strap will do to make a watch feel brand new again. I can’t remember how long the 371 battery lasted but it’s one of the smaller ones. If I recall I think I at least got two years out of it but I’m not sure. There is no second hand on this watch to drain it further.
I believe it was 3 µm coats of 18 karat gold and it’s unfortunate that over the years from battery changes it has chipped and got a little worse on the back of the watch (and just wear and tear) but hey I think it gives it some character and I’m going to keep it running as long as I can. If I recall it is a 7 jewelled movement.
Was never a huge fan of leather straps in the past because in the summer they just soak up the sweat like a sponge but this strap is supposed to be a water resistant strap so I wonder how far that will go, I guess we will see as Canada is heating up for summer.
I had the strap and battery installed at the exact same place I bought it 20 years ago but there was another place I went to and they wanted $50 for any leather strap and $18 for a battery change I think that’s pretty insane. So I’m glad I checked back at my original jewellery store.
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