Not sure if this goes here or in the Affordables forum but thought it MIGHT have appeal to the broader audience of the public forum...
When I go bike riding I wear a Parnis pilot's style watch (with the Unitas inspired movement). Anyway, got home from my ride and set the Parnis on the fireplace mantle next to my Planet Ocean that had been sitting there when I swapped for the Parnis for the ride.
A bit later in a moment of sheer klutzy-ness I knocked the Parnis from the mantle to the brick hearth - CRAP ! I first thanked my lucky stars that it wasn't the PO but then cursed myself for being a dope. Picking up the watch from the hearth I was amazed to see not a single mark on the case (and I saw it hit the side of the case as it impacted the hearth). Hmm, maybe Parnis and Bremont are sharing case hardening technologies (kidding). I then noticed that the watch stopped running. I tried giving it a gentle wrap with my knuckle (not a recommended technique) but nothing. So, figuring what have I got to lose I broke out the miniture screw driver kit and proceeded to remove the caseback. Soon discovered that the TINY screws that Parnis uses are SOFT. After getting the case back off I used the screw driver to give the balance wheel a gentle nudge and what do you know, the watch started right up again ! Put the caseback back on and set the time to see if it would stay consistent or lose/gain a lot. Next day it was doing fine. Didn't check it's timing against anything other than an eyeball against other watches I have and it was within tolerances (in other words not noticeable).
If this HAD been my PO I would've been sick to see it drop like that. And if it had stopped there's NO way I'd attempt to fix it myself.
So, here's to inexpensive watches and the freedom they give you to experiment.