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    Refreshing a Stowa case - advice needed

    Whilst wiping my Flieger, I dropped the watch from a seating down position. The watch fell face first. No damage to the sapphire glass, but there appears to be several pittings on the case (picture 1 - 8 o'clock), (picture 2 - 1 o'clock).

    Do you guys think a watch repairshop can brush off/smoothen the pittings? My concern is the pittings are at an angular and proximity to the sapphire crystal (will the repair brushing damage the glass?). Another concern is will the brushed case surface be an issue since my impression is a shiny/smooth surface is easier/less obvious to fix.

    At this point, I put sending it back to Stowa as a last resort (due to the shipping costs, and Singapore customs tax involved)

    Please advise.

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Refreshing a Stowa case - advice needed

    Ouch can those be felt with your fingers? If yes then might be too deep to be completely polished out without removing too much metal.

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    Re: Refreshing a Stowa case - advice needed

    Imho a repair is possible. However, the watch needs to be de-mounted and the sapphire needs to be taken off as well. That's the best way to do it without the risk of damaging other parts.
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    Re: Refreshing a Stowa case - advice needed

    1) Yes I can slightly feel them with my fingertips, the ones on the 8 o'clock clearly.

    2) I was thinking of visiting Top Hour tomorrow.

    Obviously I am a total NOOB, never repaired mechanical watches before. Any advice I gladly welcome.

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    Re: Refreshing a Stowa case - advice needed

    Mike,

    Do you consider this a slight repair?

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    Re: Refreshing a Stowa case - advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Nasir Kasmani View Post
    Mike,

    Do you consider this a slight repair?
    Not really. You need to find an experienced watchmaker who has knowledge about working on cases. It isn't just about polishing dremel-like.
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    Re: Refreshing a Stowa case - advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Not really. You need to find an experienced watchmaker who has knowledge about working on cases. It isn't just about polishing dremel-like.
    agreed. i hope the price would be be manageable. Stowa actually quotes EUR33 for repair which is fair i think.
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    Re: Refreshing a Stowa case - advice needed

    If you can put up with it, is it worth waiting? You could get the case done at service time, and that way any further issues could be done at the same time? 33euros is a great price though

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    I wear the watch on my left hand, unfortunately it means the pitting on the 8 o'clock tends to glitter every time i look at the watch.

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    Re: Refreshing a Stowa case - advice needed

    You'll eventually get used to the look of it. The moment something like this happens your eyes are magically drawn to it. Give it a week or two and you will start paying less and less attention to it.

    If the watch itself is running fine after the hit I'd wait until the service to get the case refinished. Unless you use the copyrighted bubble wrap method or don't wear the watch it will slowly but surely collect more and more scratches and dings with time. Collect some more before getting it fixed and your wallet will thank you.

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