Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: A watch you love breaks!

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Wellesley, Ontario
    Posts
    20

    A watch you love breaks!

    Playing with the chronograph function on my IWC Portuguese Grand Complication when the minute counter breaks and actually blocks the minute hand! It is currently in Switzerland being repaired.
    Any other sad stories out there?
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	1B34E7F7-0A4B-4F92-B1B5-4313C375A700.jpg 
Views:	228 
Size:	25.8 KB 
ID:	32620

  2. #2
    Senior Member tng11's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    444
    Yowza! That's an insane piece!!! 6 figures right there... I'm insanely jealous.

    My AP Royal Oak Chrono broke when I used the chrono function for the first time after a 6 month hiatus. Chrono hand wouldn't reset to zero. Resulted in a very expensive trip to the APSC, and I was so upset with it that I ended up selling it when it came back from service.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Ottawa, ON
    Posts
    315
    Although this wasn't a watch with a price someplace in the stratosphere, here's what happened to an Omega Speedmaster with anthracite dial I traded to a good friend of mine last year:

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete's friend
    Well... My Speedmaster took a nasty fall this morning and now nothing works. Buttons don't stop or start the movement, and the time was frozen at the moment of impact. I changed the time and it started again but she is in bad shape...FML

    Sadly the Speedmaster in question had received a full service from Omega and had until losing its argument with the floor been under full Swatch Group warranty, however an impact that severe wouldn't be covered.

    Word to the wise: a lot of good watches get into bad arguments with floors. Although this wasn't what happened in the above example, I recommend keeping a single watch box in the top drawer of your washroom vanity, for use while you're in the shower, to reduce the risk of your 'grail' falling from beside the sink onto the tile floor (harder for it to 'jump' from inside that drawer).
    (plenty of positive feedback)
    Impecunious timepiece aficionado
    "Perpetually addicted to Oysters"

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Ottawa
    Posts
    294
    While setting the time on my Patek Aquanaut the watch slipped from my hand. Of course this had to happen in the only room of my old house with ceramic tile. The watch landed between my feet directly onto the tile. And of course it landed on the crown which had been pulled out to set the time. The result was a bent stem and a damaged crown tube - I actually thought it was going to be much worse.

  5. #5
    Senior Member tng11's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    444
    I know a gentleman who dropped his Platinum Lange 1 on ceramic tile. Shattered the crystal completely. Had to go back to Lange for laser welding, a new crystal and dial, plus servicing. Came back virtually looking new but cost a bomb.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Location
    Niagara
    Posts
    615
    See my Watch Repair Horror Stories Post!
    Tom

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    106
    Wow, that is awful. I don't even want to know what the service cost is on that piece...

  8. #8
    Senior Member Jroyzee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Ottawa, ON
    Posts
    220
    My DJ had an encounter with the tile floor at the gym last week. I was fortunate to lessen the impact by catching it with my foot on the way down, but it still has a nasty little gash on the back of the lug. It could have been much, much worse, but it still hurts the heart.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Speedy Pro || DJ 116200 || GMT 16750 || BBB ETA || Seamaster Calendar || SKX007

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    The Nations Capital
    Posts
    403
    Quote Originally Posted by Santander View Post
    Wow, that is awful. I don't even want to know what the service cost is on that piece...
    I do!

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Guelph
    Posts
    42
    A story about a much less expensive timepiece... One of my first ever “vintage” purchases was a little dress-style seiko in NOS condition that I picked up from a seller on Reddit for a fantastic price. The thing was immaculate and a nice 36mm size. I was smitten the moment I put it on.

    Inexperienced dolt that I was, when winding it for first time I bent the stem, rendering a cosmetically perfect watch useless. Value-wise, I couldn’t justify the expense of a repair (which would likely be a multiple of what I paid for it), so it sits somewhere in a bad in my attic, unused. Lesson well-learned and for little money, so the whole experience was probably a good thing long-term.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •