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    MBII – crown design issue – anyone else?

    MBII – crown design issue – anyone else?


    I recently picked up a New MBII. I did not realize before I purchased it
    that it had a push/pull crown.


    Push/pull is ok, I guess, except you need a crow bar

    and a towel to wipe the sweat off your forehead
    to budge the crown loose from the case.
    There is NO way humanly possible to use your fingers or fingernail to move it.
    It takes about 15 minutes messing around with it to set the time if it has stopped. The winding action in the closed position is also very stiff.


    I have owned hundreds of watches,
    this being the most expensive, and is by far the worst crown action ever.
    Very disappointing, to say the least, for this kind of money.


    Anyone else have this experience?

    Thanks


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    Yes, I am having the same experience. Usually not a problem if I keep the watch wound, but in short months like last month, I have to change the date, and the process begins.

    I busted a nail (middle finger) trying to pull the crown out. I now use my thumb nail, 'jamming' it in from the back, it seems to work. And yes, there is no way to grip the crown with your fingertips to pull it out.

    Winding action is not as stiff as it used to be. Perhaps it frees up over time, or I have gotten used to the stiffness. I have other watches that were difficult to wind with the crown, but seemed to loosen up after a few months. I do find that the knurled and extended crown is/was easier to wind than shorter traditional crowns.

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    Yes bought 2nd one recently and discovered how hard to pop out with my old thumbnail. Called Rob back to make sure wasnt busted. He sent me video of doing it. My suggestion and what i do is use the forked kinda flat end of sprngbar tool mainly because its handy. If you look on the backside there is a "slot" area between knob and case. Just insert tool slightly and pop up. I dont think it is something you want "fixed" because of the wr and shock resistant of the case.
    Notice in this closeup the gap in orange part of case.
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    Re: MBII – crown design issue – anyone else?

    No problem with mine. Fingernail in the indent behind the crown works fine. Only problem is finding the date set position is a bit tricky.

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    Re: MBII – crown design issue – anyone else?

    I see you decided to sell... good luck.

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    Re: MBII – crown design issue – anyone else?

    The crown issue is a known problem that Bremont keeps on seemingly ignoring, and you're not the first to complain about this. I have the exact same issue with my ALT1-C/PW. In fact, there was a thread posted about this not too long ago on WUS, and I also posted about this on Alt1tude:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f444/al...m-3361242.html
    ALT1-C P/W Crown

    As I said in both threads, this issue could be easily remedied with a screwdown crown.
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    Moving on to something else.......as always
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    Re: MBII – crown design issue – anyone else?

    Quote Originally Posted by Puma74 View Post
    Moving on to something else.......as always
    Any target?

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    Black Bay
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    Re: MBII – crown design issue – anyone else?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vig2000 View Post
    As I said in both threads, this issue could be easily remedied with a screwdown crown.
    Maybe, maybe not.

    On the 247 Ti-GMT - which does have a screwdown crown - one of the issues I observe is that it has difficulty "popping" out into winding mode after you unscrew the crown. You unscrew it, and attempt to wind, but this just screws the crown back down; then you unscrew it again and attempt to pop it into the winding mode, and end up in the date/GMT mode. I've taken to unwinding the crown, pulling it all the way out, and then immediately pushing it all the way in, but this of course causes the hacking second to stop for a moment. This is the only watch I own that has this quirk.

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