My diver off for repair, sad day.

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    My TT1 Titanium Drive is off for repair. I've had it since 12/11/2009 and it's been a great watch keeping very could time (+2 sec, sometimes better). I set the time and date the other morning and as I was winding it - the crown came off in my hand. Broken stem. I always take care of my watches and never try to wind or set them on my wrist. A said day.


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    Re: My diver off for repair, sad day.

    Cana:
    Don't you have a backup watch?
    Back n tha day when I was a RR engr, we were required by law to have our RR Grade watches, cleaned and inspected every 2 years.
    Both inspector/watchmakers kept "Loaner" watches for folks to use. My fave inspector was a Mr. Wheeler. He kept a cigar box full of
    RR Grade watches for his RRer customers.
    Nowadays the Inspector/Watchmaker no longer exists. Nor are there RR Grade watches. RRer can wear a Timex or a Patek Phillipe.
    No questions asked! I wish those days of hi grade RR pocket watches were still here. Just the musing of a has been RR engineer.

    Lou Snutt

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    Re: My diver off for repair, sad day.

    Quote Originally Posted by arogle1stus View Post
    Cana:
    Don't you have a backup watch?
    Back n tha day when I was a RR engr, we were required by law to have our RR Grade watches, cleaned and inspected every 2 years.
    Both inspector/watchmakers kept "Loaner" watches for folks to use. My fave inspector was a Mr. Wheeler. He kept a cigar box full of
    RR Grade watches for his RRer customers.
    Nowadays the Inspector/Watchmaker no longer exists. Nor are there RR Grade watches. RRer can wear a Timex or a Patek Phillipe.
    No questions asked! I wish those days of hi grade RR pocket watches were still here. Just the musing of a has been RR engineer.

    Lou Snutt
    awesome story Lou. the romance of yester-year.

    too bad about the diver. look a few threads down, my 2-week old one is also now off for repair. darn.

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    Angryscientist:
    Do you know the methodology for RR Grade watches? (pocketwatches first then approved wristies later)
    Most RRs operated trains of all ilk, using a Time Table. Which dictated arrival and departure times. Before
    the Guvment appointed a RR watch Czar (a Mr Ball, CEO of Ball Watches) hundreds of RR wrecks due to
    low quality watchpieces.
    Then, in the early 60s (even earlier on some RRs) a system called CTC (or Centralized Traffic Control) was
    devised in which all train movement was operated from a central point. By what the RR called a Dispatcher.
    He illuminated different colored signals on the engineers side of the track. Time meant nothing. You moved
    or stationary on his direction. Adios the need of a standard watch. Unless you just like wearing one.

    Nowadays train movements are facilitated by GPS. Removing the last vestiges of required RR Grade watches.
    Boring RR history over.

    Xtraindriver Art.

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    Re: My diver off for repair, sad day.

    Hence the term "on the ball", correct?

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    Sad day indeed ...

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    Just got a e-mail from Swiss Watch in Montreal, they are the repair for Oris in Canada.

    The new stem is only $6.50. Sounds good but that's not where it ends. Complete overhaul, everything including a new crown and stem (crown $166.75), cleaning and polishing of case and bracelet, made to look like new and covered for one year, plus shipping and insurance and tax - $574.32. CND. The cost of having a good watch serviced. I'm sure it's going to be worth it - right.

    And no loner watch - not that I need one - I have somewhere around 50 wrist watches and being retired I don't care what the times any more. Still I'm never without a watch and always on the look out for something new, new to me that is.

    Makes me think about a no-name divers watch I have, it about 10 years old and has always been one of my favorite watch. Only cost me $350, 10 years ago and has always kept to with-in 1 second a day. The movement locked up on it. It has a 25 jewel EDA movement in it. I'll be taking it to a local watch repair man that I know, I'm sure it will be a lot less.

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    Re: My diver off for repair, sad day.

    These train/watch tidbits are very interesting.

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    Re: My diver off for repair, sad day.

    We will insist on buying nice watches and an equally nice repair price is part of the package. Brent is the best guy to ask about having an Oris serviced in Canada

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    Re: My diver off for repair, sad day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cana View Post
    Just got a e-mail from Swiss Watch in Montreal, they are the repair for Oris in Canada.

    The new stem is only $6.50. Sounds good but that's not where it ends. Complete overhaul, everything including a new crown and stem (crown $166.75), cleaning and polishing of case and bracelet, made to look like new and covered for one year, plus shipping and insurance and tax - $574.32. CND. The cost of having a good watch serviced. I'm sure it's going to be worth it - right.

    And no loner watch - not that I need one - I have somewhere around 50 wrist watches and being retired I don't care what the times any more. Still I'm never without a watch and always on the look out for something new, new to me that is.

    Makes me think about a no-name divers watch I have, it about 10 years old and has always been one of my favorite watch. Only cost me $350, 10 years ago and has always kept to with-in 1 second a day. The movement locked up on it. It has a 25 jewel EDA movement in it. I'll be taking it to a local watch repair man that I know, I'm sure it will be a lot less.
    Were the threads on the crown bad or something? Just wondering why they would replace the crown instead of using it again...

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