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    To fix or not to fix

    For a second time in the four years I have owned it, I had to send my Orient in to Orientwatchusa for a repair; this time for the day/date not working. I just got the estimate from Orient, which says:

    "We have received the estimate from our service station and informed us there are more underlying issues with your watch besides just the day/date mechanism and it would be $90 to fix your watch. They also noted that it is possible they will need a certain part which may delay the repair by quite a few weeks if necessary. However they are not able to determine if this part is needed until they take apart the watch."

    Umm, what? Underlying issues? Mystery parts that take weeks to get?

    Would you fix this watch or just put the $90.00 toward new watch (which can be had for $125-$150?


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    Re: To fix or not to fix

    I would buy a new no date watch.

    Seriously, I don't buy watches with a date function because it really isn't necessary and rarely looks good. Having one less thing to break is also a plus.
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    Re: To fix or not to fix

    I would only repair if I really liked the watch and it was a discontinued/hard to find model. I've done that for watches I really like and where the repair was higher than the purchase of a new, similar watch.

    If you can still get it new (or can get a watch you like as much or even more) for the price you mention, then sell the existing watch as non-working and, adding the $90, you might even have enough to finance the new one.
    It also looks like the cost could go higher in which case you would have spend as much if not more than buying a new one.

    Out of curiosity, which model is it?
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    Re: To fix or not to fix

    Weird, you'd think they'd just drop a new movement in.

    Fix it if it means something to you or is discontinued. Otherwise, nope.
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    Re: To fix or not to fix

    Quote Originally Posted by Saxon007 View Post
    I would buy a new no date watch.

    Seriously, I don't buy watches with a date function because it really isn't necessary and rarely looks good. Having one less thing to break is also a plus.
    Unless you're like me and work for yourself which means seven days a week so there's not looking forward to Friday or dreading Monday. Lots of times I have no idea what the date is or worse the day. 2836-2 Forever!!

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    2nd repair needed in just 4 years doesn't sound too good to me. Maybe you got a bit of a lemon with a bad movement or something. Since they already have it why not ask what it would be to just drop in a new movement as it probably would be less than the repair cost! And if they are willing to do that for you then ask about an extended warranty since it'd be a new movement and that might be worth doing. Otherwise I think I'd cut my losses and look for a new watch...

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    Re: To fix or not to fix

    I would move on to a new watch. If you can add a little more to the price consider one of the Monarch hand winds.


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    Re: To fix or not to fix

    Unless it's special to you in some way I would just put the money towards a new watch.

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    Re: To fix or not to fix

    I'd get a new watch.
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    Re: To fix or not to fix

    You either have a lemon or that watch cannot take whatever you are doing to it. I can't see sinking even 90 bucks more into it.

    best bet, get it back ($90 in your pocket) and put it on the bay.
    "Minty Orient AUTOMATIC watch - Keeping excellent time. Day/Date mechanism may not be correct all the time. Don't know much about these, found it in my father's drawer. I remember him saying it was expensive. I showed it to someone who said it was worth way more than my reserve of $60. " ($60 more dollars in your pocket)

    $25 P&H ($15 more in your pocket)

    90
    + 60
    + 15
    ______
    $165
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