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    Repairing a Deep Blue watch, worth it?

    My Deep Blue Sea Diver 1K is pushing 10 years old and rarely gets wrist time, sitting mostly in my winder. I noticed the other day that it was stopped. It will start up if wound but keeping it on the winder simply doesn’t keep it running anymore. I assume a broken mainspring(?) and wonder if it’s even worth having my local watch repair see if he can repair it? I will call him today when he opens but wondered if you all thought the cost for such a problem is worth it on a relatively inexpensive piece?
    If anyone has other ideas on why it has stopped, please share.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Repairing a Deep Blue watch, worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry M. View Post
    My Deep Blue Sea Diver 1K is pushing 10 years old and rarely gets wrist time, sitting mostly in my winder. I noticed the other day that it was stopped. It will start up if wound but keeping it on the winder simply doesn’t keep it running anymore. I assume a broken mainspring(?) and wonder if it’s even worth having my local watch repair see if he can repair it? I will call him today when he opens but wondered if you all thought the cost for such a problem is worth it on a relatively inexpensive piece?
    If anyone has other ideas on why it has stopped, please share.

    Thank you in advance.

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    I like my DB very much and when time will come - I will service it for sure.

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    Re: Repairing a Deep Blue watch, worth it?

    Depends which one. I’ve had a few, all gone save one. Daynight Recon Gen II. A superb dive watch that I would definitely fix should the need arise.


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    Re: Repairing a Deep Blue watch, worth it?

    The deciding factor for me was you saying that it got very little wrist time. I’d just let it retire - not break it for parts or anything barbaric like that but just rest in your watchbox.
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    Re: Repairing a Deep Blue watch, worth it?

    It depends on what the cost would be to fix it. If you still like it enough to wear it, it might be worth it just to buy a new one. Most deep Blue watches are very affordable.

    Why do you keep it on a winder if you are not wearing it daily???? The wear and tear on all those moving parts year after year takes its toll. Just wind it and set the time when you decide to wear it from time to time.
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    Re: Repairing a Deep Blue watch, worth it?

    [QUOTE]It depends on what the cost would be to fix it. If you still like it enough to wear it, it might be worth it just to buy a new one. Most deep Blue watches are very affordable./QUOTE]

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    Re: Repairing a Deep Blue watch, worth it?

    What movement? If you want to wear it and it's a SII NHxx then probably cheaper to simply replace the movement then have a watchmaker spend time trying to fix an older movement. JMMMVO.

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    Re: Repairing a Deep Blue watch, worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by ^Gurthang54 View Post
    What movement? If you want to wear it and it's a SII NHxx then probably cheaper to simply replace the movement then have a watchmaker spend time trying to fix an older movement. JMMMVO.
    This. If it's running a Seiko NH or Miyota 8xxx, you can likely have the whole movement replaced for about $100. Those movements only cost $35-$50 and it wouldn't take a watchmaker more than an hour to swap the movement out.
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    Re: Repairing a Deep Blue watch, worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MX793 View Post
    This. If it's running a Seiko NH or Miyota 8xxx, you can likely have the whole movement replaced for about $100. Those movements only cost $35-$50 and it wouldn't take a watchmaker more than an hour to swap the movement out.
    This is excellent advice. That’s what I was looking for. Thank you
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    Re: Repairing a Deep Blue watch, worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by DEMO111 View Post
    It depends on what the cost would be to fix it. If you still like it enough to wear it, it might be worth it just to buy a new one. Most deep Blue watches are very affordable.
    This is as well. A Deep Blue today costs about $500. How much was it 10 years ago? If the service bill would be about equivalent to what you paid for it 10 years ago and it holds no sentimental value, then pitch it. As one WUS Sponsor has said, all watches under $1,000 are disposable.
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