A few months ago I take my watch off before jumping in the shower. You know, routine stuff, no big deal.
The days of the humans in my place are usually long, so we have a "food robot" for the cat. He's a big boy with a big boy appetite and he is a persistent beggar. It's necessary. Whatever, he's a good dog... cat, whatever. And one time, for fun, I switched his collar for my SNK to keep it wound. (Just kidding, he's too fat for a 37mm dial.)
Well the robot didn't show up for work, or its batteries were dead, or the food was out, or something. And my then-kinda-new Alpina Alpiner Chronograph was on a shelf above the sink, and the furball, who is preternaturally a stalker to kill and interminably in search of food, was creeping at me while I bathed. Apparently he witnessed this deliberate placement of valuable property.
NO HE DID NOT JUST ... YES HE DID.
I pop my head out of the shower and he's on top of a 5-foot shelf, staring stoically at me, if not with a hint of pride for getting my attention. My Alpina hit the ceramic tile floor. Though there was no evidence he did it, no smoking gun or fur on the watch, there were no gravitational tremors that would have forced the chrono laterally off of its careful positioning.
So I got lucky -- no dent, no scratch, no evidence of the impact. The cat escaped revenge.
SKIP TWO MONTHS.
I rotate watches, and sometimes with travel a watch goes unused for a week or three. I usually wear this watch at least thrice per week as it's my versatile workhorse black-strapped work watch. About a week ago I notice the rotor in the watch was louder than usual. A few days ago I hear clicking. I let the watch totally unwind, but the rotor and hand-winding both worked this morning. Today, the clicking was intolerable: if I simply raised or lowered the watch quickly with the dial flat, it clicked obviously. So I took it in.
Who knows if this was the cat's fault or a fluke watch (bought grey market 5-6 months ago), but I blame him anyway, because he sleeps a lot.
The watch repairman had a confident instinct that sounded on point -- the rotor screw was loose or something. Made sense. He put my watch on some awesome cool techie sensor thing, though, and gave me the good news -- the watch was running on time. Really on time. So an hour later, I come back. It's all good, he said. "It was hard, though... not messing up the timing while fixing the rotor. It's running at zero seconds off."
For someone that keeps their watches wound but doesn't care for the small things (yet?)... frikken' cool surprise!
I'm in DC, so I'm happy to refer the shop I took it to if you're local. Good/quick repairs, great people, and AD for many great brands.
Okay, I'll shut up. Just had to share.