A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

View Poll Results: What's wrong witht this wach and how long should it take to fix it?

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  • Poor lubrication; 5 minutes

    0 0%
  • Balance wheel is bent; a week, including parts delivery

    3 3.61%
  • A screw came loose; 15 minutes

    44 53.01%
  • Corrosion; 20 man hours to clean the affected parts

    0 0%
  • Extraneous part left inside the case; 30 seconds at most

    29 34.94%
  • A jewel fell out of its setting; 5 minutes.

    7 8.43%
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    A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

    This is a game pertaining to a real world watch repair that a watchmaker performed, and I thought it'd be interesting to share it as a game with folks here.

    The photo below shows a two year old watch movement. The watch was taken to a watchmaker because it had "stopped." The back of the watch case has been removed, as has the rotor.




    Game Questions:

    1. Can you see what is *obviously* wrong with this watch?
    2. What caused the mechanism to stop?
    3. What needs to be done to return the watch to good working order?
    4. How long would it take to rectify the problem?


    I'll post the answers later, but for now, just choose the poll answer you feel best corresponds to the answers to questions 1 & 3.

    All the best.


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    Edit:
    Wow! 415 views and only 43 votes.

    Come on people. There're no winners or losers in this game. Choose an answer. Guess if you aren't sure.
    Last edited by tony20009; October 21st, 2014 at 10:58.
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    Re: A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

    Yeah, it's pretty obvious.

    How long it takes to fix it? That depends on whether or not the broken part wants to co-operate.

    (Oh, and from what I can see, your poll does not have the right answer, as far as the actual problem....)
    Last edited by lysanderxiii; October 20th, 2014 at 21:40.
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    Re: A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

    I see what is wrong but it seems it could take longer than the time you suggested for the option but I suppose the watchmaker did do it in the time since if the root cause didn't exist then it would have taken less than a minute for even me to fix. I also think the your option (which I think to be the correct one) needs the word broke or broken in it since your choice of words suggests a far easier fix than is required here. In this case there is some removal required before the fix can begin and one will need a new correct (but rather common) part.

    edit: I see lysander beat me to the punch, while I was typing, on all counts!
    Last edited by ilitig8; October 20th, 2014 at 21:43.

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    Re: A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

    Quote Originally Posted by lysanderxiii View Post
    Yeah, it's pretty obvious.

    How long it takes to fix it? That depends on whether or not the broken part wants to co-operate.

    (Oh, and from what I can see, your poll does not have the right answer, as far as the actual problem....)
    It does. I said choose the best answer.

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    Re: A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

    Quote Originally Posted by ilitig8 View Post
    I see what is wrong but it seems it could take longer than the time you suggested for the option but I suppose the watchmaker did do it in the time since if the root cause didn't exist then it would have taken less than a minute for even me to fix. I also think the your option (which I think to be the correct one) needs the word broke or broken in it since your choice of words suggests a far easier fix than is required here. In this case their is some removal required before the fix can begin and one will need a new correct (but rather common) part.

    edit: I see lysander beat me to the punch, while I was typing, on all counts!
    The answer options I provided are just fine. I said choose the best answer. Folks who know what's wrong will have no trouble choosing the best answer out of the six options.

    All the best.
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    Re: A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

    Quote Originally Posted by tony20009 View Post
    The answer options I provided are just fine. I said choose the best answer. Folks who know what's wrong will have no trouble choosing the best answer out of the six options.

    All the best.
    Fair enough. I did spend years of school arguing with teachers and professors that their questions were vague, misleading or lacking proper detail almost always ending in pretty much the same answer you provided. :)
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    Re: A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

    Poor lubrication; 5 minutes Balance wheel is bent; a week, including parts delivery
    A screw came loose; 15 minutes
    Corrosion; 20 man hours to clean the affected parts
    Extraneous part left inside the case; 30 seconds at most
    A jewel fell out of its setting; 5 minutes.
    EDITED to preserve the fun....
    Last edited by lysanderxiii; October 20th, 2014 at 22:31.
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    Re: A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

    I think I see the problem, and voted accordingly. Will watch to see if I'm right.

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    Re: A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

    I see the problem now :)

    The whole top plate is missing!!
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    Re: A Game -- What's wrong with this watch's?

    Very obvious......It's broke!
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