Well, a couple of weeks ago I purchased a Tissot Visodate (silver face). I've been in love with this watch for quite some time, had a hard time finding the silver dialed version, waited, and finally found one. It arrived after about a week and I was immediately in love. Everything was great for about the first 10 days - we were honeymooning, I was neglecting all my other pieces...you guys know how it goes.
Then this morning, I looked down at my wrist to check the time (ok, to gaze at my newly acquired beauty and make 'cooing' noises...) and notices that the time was off. Way off. So it took it off and was about to reset the time when I noticed something: the minute hand was FREELY moving every time I turned the watch. Like if you rotate it 90 degrees, the minute hand just swings around the watch...what the hell?
So I pull the crown out to try setting the time and to see what it'll do...yeah, now the minute hand won't turn with the crown...but it still moves freely whenever I move the watch.
Here's my main problem: I took a chance and ordered this from a gray market seller on Amazon. It was a decent price and, having ordered gray market before, thought "what the hell...I've never had a problem before, it won't happen this time, either..." I emailed them this morning (several hours ago) and have yet to get a response. I called a local watch repair guy, who is licensed to work on ETA movements, and he told me I can bring it in and he'll look at it. Whether he can fix it or not is irrelevant - it'll cost me money when I just paid close to $500 for this brand new Tissot. Hopefully the seller, whose storefront name I won't mention until I get a response, gets back to me today.
I'm very aware of the risk you carry when buying a Tissot from anywhere besides an AD...but man, I didn't think this would happen to me. Anyone have a similar experience with an ETA watch? Anyone know what the issue might be here - and if it's going to be expensive to fix? Perhaps my money will be refunded, but I doubt it - they'll probably ask me to send it back to them, then they'll outsource the work and I won't see my watch again for months...this SUCKS.
Any feedback here?
Here's a crappy pic for reference: