Pull up a chair for a story and give me your opinion...
I purchased a GSAR from a forum member here several months back. I have had GREAT experiences in the sales forum, but this one has been bad. The bezel was a too loose and the watch was running one minute fast per day. The bezel was so loose that it would spin on it's own if it rubbed on jeans, or a shirt too hard. I sent the watch to Jack at IWW for regulation. Jack could not keep it regulated and instead serviced the movement. Now the watch is running nearly perfect (-1sec/day). Kudos to Jack. I also asked Jack to tighten up the bezel while he had it. He was unable to remove the bezel. I decided that a loose bezel was not that big of a deal, so I forgot about it.
After a few weeks, and a few showers, the bezel actually started spinning in both directions, and now it no longer clicks. But for some strange reason, it is tighter now and will not spin with a casual bump. I decided I would try to remove the bezel myself. One deep cut to the bone, six stitches, and an allergic reaction to an antibiotic later, I decided to get a quote from Jim Madrid, Marathon's authorized service repair guy. The quote was reasonable, but he of course gave the caveat that he might not be able to remove the bezel.
Soo.. I ask you, what would you do? Send it in and blow about $30 on shipping on the off chance that he can get the bezel removed that Jack and I could not, or just live with it?
I know one thing is for sure, this watch will be mine forever. Once you bleed together... I'll always have a scar, a watch, and a story.