With much anticipation, I received my SARB017 Alpinist in the mail Yesterday, straight from Japan through an eBay seller with a good reputation. To my dismay, it seems I have received a lemon as even after winding + Seiko shuffling, and ensuring that the crown is screwed down, the watch fails to produce any movement.
I've reached out to the seller for direction and they said that they will reach out to the manufacturer and be in touch.
I've also called my local watchmaker, who suggested I bring it in so that they can look at it and give me a sense of whether it is a minor issue which they can easily fix for me OR a more significant issue which would probably drive me to return the watch. I asked and my watchmaker said that it wouldn't void any warranty for them to take a quick look at it and that Seiko wouldn't know that they opened it up.
So here's the question:
Is there a significant risk to having my watchmaker look at the watch?
I just don't want to go through the hassle of sending this thing back to Japan to get fixed or even returned if it is a minor tweak that is in order. I'm already dinged $80 in duties that will be difficult to get reimbursed if I were to return...