I’m not a watch expert but I wanted a nice-ish watch to wear (in addition to my Seiko 5 beater). So about a year ago I bought a 1983 Seamaster. I realize it’s an older watch but I thought, perhaps naively, that it’s not ancient so that if I got it serviced by someone competent and took reasonably good care, it’d serve me well… but that has not been the case and I’m looking for some insight regarding what’s wrong, how it got messed up and what to do.
As soon as I got the watch I sent it away to a guy who is very highly recommended both here and on Timezone. Lots of positive reviews and I’ve never seen a negative word said about his work. Six or seven months later the watch was returned to me. I wore the watch for three or four months before it was so messed up as that it wasn’t functioning. I’m not a watch expert but I think I took pretty good care of it during the couple of months I wore it (with the exception of #2 below)… never got it wet, never wore it during sports, didn’t drop it, etc.
(1) Power Reserve: only holds 6-8 hours. This was the case from day one when the watch was returned to me after servicing. I didn’t do anything about this because I was anxious to wear it after waiting months for it to be serviced and decided that this was something I could live with. In retrospect, maybe I should have done something about this.
(2) Mis-Aligned Hour/Minute Hands: Because of the power reserve problem described above I was setting the time on the watch pretty much every morning. One morning I was setting the time and (based on what was explained to me here) believe I adjusted the time backwards while the date function was engaged. There was a small pop sound and the hands became misaligned (i.e. when the hour hand is at 12 the minute hand is not).
(3) Movement/Dial Move when Crown is Moved: No event seems to have triggered this. One day it was working as usual. The next day the movement and dial seemed to be floating around the case (I’ve included a video that shows this in the event that the description is not clear).
I was frustrated by the ordeal so it’s been sitting in a drawer unused for a few months but now I’ve decided to finally deal with the issues. So I took it to the local Omega authorized repair shop to find out why the movement/dial move when I push/pull on the crown (forgot to mention the power reserve issue) and get a quote. They tell me that the movement ring is broken and they can do a partial service for $135 (includes new movement ring, crown and gasket… not sure why I’d need a new crown) but that I should really have a full service/cleaning for $380.
My questions are:
Thanks in advance!
- How does one break a movement ring?
- Any ideas why the power reserve is so limited?
- Are any of the problems I’m experiencing issues I should bring to the attention of the guy who serviced my watch or are these problems to be expected from an older watch?
- Is the price the local shop quoted reasonable? I’m skeptical of their pricing/advice for several reasons. First, their price for cleaning/servicing was 3x higher than the guy I sent it to. Second, when I went in last week they told me it really should be fully cleaned/serviced when I had had this done only six months ago.