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    The 1yr curse; how long does your watch last before needing repairs?

    For as long as I can remember, each of my watches can't last more than 1 year.
    Finally, I got a G-Shock that lasted 8 years!

    I have always been a 1-watch guy until I joined WUS 2 years ago.

    During the past 2 years, I build up a small collection of 4 watches.
    Of those 4, 2 have failed. I had to replace the bracelet of a third.

    I don't think I'm rough on watches.
    Accidents happen; my Casio failure was from < 3ft drop from night stand
    which knocked its minute hand loose.

    The frequent breakage is preventing me from considering expensive watches.

    So, I'm wondering: generally, how often does your watch break?
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    Re: The 1yr curse; how long does your watch last before needing repairs?

    I've never broken a watch. I've scratched a bunch, of course, but nothing beyond that.

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    Re: The 1yr curse; how long does your watch last before needing repairs?

    The only two times I broke a watch was 30 and 40 years ago. Same Omega Seamaster dropped to the pavement from a broken strap and was slammed into a soccer goal post. Watch maker fixed it both times and I learned my lesson. Haven't broken one since. You may want to rethink how you wear and store your watches.

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    Re: The 1yr curse; how long does your watch last before needing repairs?

    I have three modern watches that I have had for more than a couple of years. I have had all three for about 15-16 years. Two of those watches have been serviced once and he other has been serviced twice. The only one that damaged was my Sub and it had the bezel jam up after hitting the ceiling of a plane in severe turbulence.

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    Re: The 1yr curse; how long does your watch last before needing repairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by ctt1760 View Post
    For as long as I can remember, each of my watches can't last more than 1 year.
    Finally, I got a G-Shock that lasted 8 years!

    I have always been a 1-watch guy until I joined WUS 2 years ago.

    During the past 2 years, I build up a small collection of 4 watches.
    Of those 4, 2 have failed. I had to replace the bracelet of a third.

    I don't think I'm rough on watches.
    Accidents happen; my Casio failure was from < 3ft drop from night stand
    which knocked its minute hand loose.

    The frequent breakage is preventing me from considering expensive watches.

    So, I'm wondering: generally, how often does your watch break?
    Nah! It's ya watches fault, one picked a fight with a rock while the other one jumped off the night stand

    Well, ya need to learn how to keep em on ya wrist

    I'm rough on watches, no failures so far, maybe I've just been lucky
    "Some day I'm going to buy a real wristwatch"

    "When I only had one watch I always knew what time it was, but now I'm no longer sure"

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    Re: The 1yr curse; how long does your watch last before needing repairs?

    In 26 years of collecting, I had 3 watches fail me. One was a quartz that I dropped about 4ft on a tile floor (it made a sickening sound...). One was a mechanical watch that was dropped on a tile floor from about 4ft by my then 9yo niece, bending a crown protector. The last one was a mechanical chronograph whose upper pusher stopped working abruptly.
    So, the only one that wasn't due to a traumatic event (the chrono), had that problem roughly 2 years from when I bought it.

    All other watches I owned - we are talking probably about 40 watches or so - never had a problem.
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    Sea Dweller 4000, ref 116600 / Datejust, ref 116234 / Milgauss, ref 116400
    Longines Conquest Heritage 1954-2014 (#13 of 60)
    Grand Seiko SBGA011 / SBGV005
    Seiko SBBN015
    Sinn 140 A (#087 of 500)
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    Really ?

    I may be more accident prone as wife describes me as somewhat careless,
    but it is hard to believe that you don't suffer even remotely as many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ring View Post
    Nah! It's ya watches fault, one picked a fight with a rock while the other one jumped off the night stand

    Well, ya need to learn how to keep em on ya wrist

    I'm rough on watches, no failures so far, maybe I've just been lucky
    Obviously, I don't mean the breakages were the faults of my watches.

    Just by using a watch often enough, I think the watch will encounter some impact or other events.

    For example, I've been putting watches on my night stand (because I don't wear them to sleep); never had an issue until a few days ago.
    The Citizen's rock impact happened during a wipeout, a freak event when a rock was near.

    I think each of my breakages happened differently and totally unexpected, but all due to blunt trauma.
    Most happened while I was wearing it.

    I'm very surprised that others have much better luck than I.

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    Re: The 1yr curse; how long does your watch last before needing repairs?

    Quote Originally Posted by ctt1760 View Post
    Obviously, I don't mean the breakages were the faults of my watches.

    Just by using a watch often enough, I think the watch will encounter some impact or other events.

    For example, I've been putting watches on my night stand (because I don't wear them to sleep); never had an issue until a few days ago.
    The Citizen's rock impact happened during a wipeout, a freak event when a rock was near.

    I think each of my breakages happened differently and totally unexpected, but all due to blunt trauma.
    Most happened while I was wearing it.

    I'm very surprised that others have much better luck than I.
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    "Some day I'm going to buy a real wristwatch"

    "When I only had one watch I always knew what time it was, but now I'm no longer sure"

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    Re: The 1yr curse; how long does your watch last before needing repairs?

    I'm very hard on my watches. A few days of normal wear, of not worrying about the watch, and they end up with scratches and dings all over.

    I've never broken a watch.
    Chronographs: Breitling 2 tone Chronomat, Roger Dubuis Easy Diver, DeWitt Academia Sequential, Franck Muller Conquistador, IWC Aquatimer, Hublot Oceanographic 1000, Parmigiani Pershing 45, Royal Oak Offshore Gstaad, Franck Muller Vanguard Carbon, Franck Muller Conquistador, Chopard Mille Miglia, Zenith Defy Aero .. 3 Hand: Angular Momentum diver, Bucherer ScubaTec 2-tone, UN MM Diver 2-tone, Omega Ploprof, Ball Hunley, Omega SM 300 Master Co-Ax 2-tone, Zodiac Super Sea Wolf, Panerai Sub 106, Muhle Glashutte Rasmus blue

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