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I have two Steinhart watches and have had 3 quality issues. I'm wondering overall if I should keep bothering or just move on from this brand..
The one I have at the moment is a Aviation GMT (http://www.steinhartwatches.de/en/Av...tic,256.html)- which I absolutely love apart from the quality issues. Firstly the watch band loops split and the watch band itself seemed to fall apart quite quickly (2 weeks since new, I posted on this before and got some helpful suggestions for replacements). It's sat on my shelf ever since as I was a bit over it.
Recently I found a custom watch band maker which I thought would make a really good strap so I got all excited and measured the watch. While measuring I noticed that the screw caps (not sure if that's the term?) that screw into each end of the watchband pins didn't sit flush. I thought firstly that they weren't screwed in properly so I took it apart to have a look but it seems like 2 out of the 4 holes in the case are simply not drilled out all the way and aren't as deep as the two that are done properly.
What this means is that 2 of the screws stick out from the side of the case and the other 2 don't. It's like someone had the case in the drill press and didn't hold it to the end! I never noticed it before but now that I have I see it all the time.. :(
If it wasn't bad enough I went to "the snow" on a trip over the weekend and since I arrived back the watch has fogged up inside. I know this model is not waterproof but the watch wasn't exposed to the snow nor was the crown popped out outside. It simply travelled from one cold place on a road trip to a place that isn't so cold (we're talkin 5 degrees, then a 6 hour drive in a car to somewhere that's like 15 degrees).
So basically wondering if this is to be expected? The case I think is a flat out manufacturing mistake and then a QA failure. With the fogginess I'm not sure if it's just simply the case that I can't take this model Steinhart between different temperatures? I would imagine the Aviation GMT, being a pilots watch (at least in style), would be fine going from place to place where the difference in temp would be more than the 10-15 degrees celsius we're talkin about here..
Am I just having a bad run and should I ask for a warranty or am I being too picky and should just start saving for a more expensive watch that will have a good strap, not fog up after a road trip and have the case drilled out properly? (This is not even mentioning my Ocean 1 which is in the post heading back to Germany now..)