The Watch Appreciation Thread - Part two (Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger LeCoultre,

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mimo, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    Do you have a local watch maintenance place/watchmaker that you trust? An established local watchstore/jeweller may be able to suggest somewhere to you.

    I mention this because the calibre 861/1861 movement in the Speedy Pro is (and has for many years) been based on the Lemania 1873 movement. The 1873 has been used in quite a few other chronographs (although not as many as the other, well-known tri-compax movement, the Valjoux 7750) over the past few decades and so many competent watchmakers/watch repair places will be able to service it for you and will most likely take much less time and do it for a much lower price than an official Omega (or Rolex) service.
     
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    My little collection. First up is a 2012 Rolex Submariner. [​IMG]
     
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    Next is a vintage Universal Geneve mechanical in 18k. I had this restored but left the original dial. It is an heirloom.[​IMG]
     
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    Another restoration, a vintage Hamilton Brock in 14k. I had a replica of the original dial made. Strangely enough, this piece wasn't engraved as ones with this dial usually are.[​IMG]
     
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    Finally the Bond watch - this one was purchased new by me in 2001. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm still relatively new to the city but I found two recommended watchmakers online. Will give them both a ring tomorrow to hear their feedback. The Rolex AD estimated it at $800 to service a chronograph movement which seems like a negligible discount to going thru Omega, minus the service time differential.
     
  8. firenze_rob

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    You could always send it to Bienne. It really depends on what needs to be done. There are a number of independent places you can send to as well. A quick search on WUS will yield lots of results.
     
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    I think of a service as a big deal, and so I'd only send my omega in to an Omega boutique or service center. Though perhaps it's time I check my assumptions for this.

    Of course, a manufacturer would have the highest expertise in tuning the mechanics of their own products ( not to mention they're less likely to get dust where it doesn't belong). But are there any specialized pieces of equipment that ONLY the manufacturer of a given watch/movement would have that apply specially to their own products?
     
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    Don't waste time and money dealing with AD's to get your watch serviced. There is usually some mark up for them doing so. Send it directly to the Omega service center (or whatever the brand may be), and then you know exactly what you are paying for and who is doing the work. Some less honest AD's will send the watch to a local guy and bill it as though it went to the factory service center. That happened to a friend of mine when he brought his Breitling to a Breitling AD. In addition, a friend of mine had his Speedy Pro serviced by Omega in October and before tax, it was $710 (including refinishing which was an extra $35). Most factory service centers provide a minimum 1 year warranty on parts and service, so IMHO using a Rolex AD to deal with an Omega makes little sense both in terms of cost and lack of warranty.

    Some people like to use independent watchmakers (I'm not a fan of that route) and if you do go with your local watchmaker, do not have them refinish the watch. I've seen independent's go nuts with polishing and accidentally over polish a lug or other parts and make a mess of a watch. Good luck!
     
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  11. firenze_rob

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    I'd like to add, that if you bring to an Omega boutique, make sure to tell them to send to Bienne if you don't want them to service your watch at one of the Swatch service centers in the US. The one in East Rutherford being particularly horrible.
     
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    - I'll give my experience - I've always used AD's to service my watches. I have a really good one next to me and consider him a friend. Funny thing is I've never bought anything from him but he still loves seeing/talking watches with me whenever I pass through his store. I have gotten an IWC strap from him once but still nothing big, and he's not on commission or anything.

    anyways I've had to service my JLC, Rolex and Panerai at various times and each time I brought in the warranty cards/papers, and the AD shipped it out (to the appropriate service center), I only had to pay for shipping and whatever service was not covered. (only Rolex charged me, because the watch was out of the warranty period and needed a tune up). I received official invoices from each service center every time detailing the work done and the itemized cost (in the case of Rolex). The charges were standard and fair and consistent with what I've read as normal for servicing, and I had no issue or worry that the watches weren't getting serviced properly.

    One time, JLC tried to balk at taking care of a watch within the warranty period, and in this case the AD argued for me and 'convinced" JLC to take care of the work without charging me. I was thankful to have gone through the AD in that instance as I didn't have to make a single call or argument.

    I guess it depends on your relationship with your AD. I can certainly see the advantage of sending it yourself, but my personal experiences have been quite stellar so I'm not apt to change on that front. YMMV , Plus I really hate boxing/shipping big ticket items - all that's done and insured by the AD for me (of course for a small price, but well worth it for the peace of mind)..
     
  14. firenze_rob

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    Looks like it's time to get a GO.
     
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    I remember seeing this a few months back and thinking that it was worse than this, so this was good to see. The GO Seventies I just bought is around 4 years old (though running about +2/d right now), so it might need servicing before too long.
     

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