I have a Tag Heuer CL111A, which is called the Kirium Formula 1.
I love the clean look of it and the fact that the date is legible for me without reading glasses. It's very difficult to find good watches that provide a really legible date and that look classy like this one.
But it's been out of production for a few years now.
The one I have has worked fine until recently. It seems to have lost about 18 minutes in the hands but the digital display is still accurate. I didn't notice if the loss in the hands was gradual over a week or happened all at once. It's stayed there for about a week now (I haven't tried to set it back to normal time as of yet). Really, for all I know, it could be losing a minute or so per day. I haven't tracked it that closely.
A local store said it's probably the mechanism and not just in need of a battery (which it's surely due for, though).
I'm told I can send it in and for a few hundred bucks get maintenance that will have it looking "like new" and hopefully get it repaired. It might be around $400 to 4500 total as his rough guess.
I don't know what would happen if I just reset it and see if it loses the time in the hands again or not. Is it possible it was "a fluke" or something? If it "seems" okay after a couple days, would you trust that? I run a business and need my watch to be reliable. It can be very inconvenient to find out the hard way it lost time on me again. (I guess that answers that. No point in even playing around with that kind of risk. Oh, well.)
I also am considering looking for a new one of the same model somewhere, perhaps from an authorized dealer who just didn't sell off all their inventory yet, or maybe eBay (cringe).
Or, alternatively, look at a new model of watch that might make me as happy as this one did. Maybe that's really what I should be asking. What watch might come close to the main design features of this, mainly classy look and readable date?
I'd appreciate any advice at all.