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Glad you got it back. Hate to hear anyone go thru that kind of dilemma. Well you know who not to send it to for any future repairs. You could get those scratches buffed out at a trustworthy place. I hope the movement holds up for you this time! Anyway I wish you better luck next time.
 

ScottyB

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wow a cautionary tale...maybe wear it and beat the piss out of it...yeah amazing how a pro can inflict scratch... been there had that
 

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Thanks fellas, ya I purchased a kit from Esslinger to refinish stainless steel, but I will practice on my knife before attempting it on my Watch. Thanks again for the support and all the kind words.
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i found MARK SIRIANNI KANE,PA on the net ...he posts a lot of good info. I have not tried him but saving for a rainy day broken watch
 

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Sweet pig sticker. Sucky resolution on the DB. Hopefully the movement stays strong so you can move past it. In the past I have thought about selling a piece that is cursed. Some I have and other not....until the bad juju flares back up
 

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Good thing I found this thread again. I was about to ship off a couple of watches to that place. I remembered someone mentioning them, and had intended to follow up the post and read it, but got lost in the work pile.

Sorry to hear it went poorly. So frustrating when trusting things to places that make claims they can't uphold.
 

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That's a good question I will put back to him. I had actually considered, for the Invicta, having someone swap in the STP movement. I have one in my Magrette, and it is 28,800, roughly 40h PR, and apparently the same size as the SW or ETA. Costs a bit less than an SW, which of course is about a hundred bucks less than the ETA, depending on where it is sourced.

Almost seems paying several hundred dollars to buy a new movement makes more sense than service costs.

Frustrating that the SW's are considered, by some brands, to be interchangeable with the ETA in terms of quality, given that the sentiment is not shared, and the SW is considered the "lesser" product.

Even my Oris is SW powered -- and is more accurate, btw, than my B17 (ETA based, and apparently "worked on" by Breitling) COSC Breitling, at least when off wrist an in a winder.

It seems when places are saying it is "either" SW or ETA, they are opting for SW to save money on their side, and while customers are hoping for the latter, probably they are getting the SW, every time, which means, "either/or" claims should probably be interpreted as, "we're giving you an SW because it costs us less."

Now that I know the ML is also an SW, I sure feel less impressed with that "luxury" purchase, lol.

Sad to know that the SW's are not considered to be good movements. Wish I'd known that. Not just Invicta making wild claims, as I've always said. Brands love to mislead. Will be interesting as the ETA supply dries up. Does quality just go down, across the board, when Micros and others only have access to Sellita?

Makes me thankful for all of my NH35's that have thus far remained problem free. What a shame to be paying thousands for a watch with a crummy movement, yikes.
 

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I've noticed the idea that SW movements are crap creeping in more and more conversations lately. After some reflection I recall I've had more trouble with SW movements than any others. I'm certainly sick of paying to fix the damn things, especially when they only see a couple weeks a year of use.
 

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I've noticed the idea that SW movements are crap creeping in more and more conversations lately. After some reflection I recall I've had more trouble with SW movements than any others. I'm certainly sick of paying to fix the damn things, especially when they only see a couple weeks a year of use.
Yup, very frustrating. My first "real" Swiss watch, the Certina DS Action Diver, with the ETA 2824, is still trouble free a decade on, and my first auto, an Invicta Ghost Diver running the Miyota, is even older and still runs perfectly.

And, as I say, I really do think these places saying it is "either/or" are just giving us the SW200, which I'd prefer they just state, instead of saying it like it's a fifty fifty chance we could be getting the ETA.

Frustrating too that some brands aren't declaring the movement, just putting some letters in from of their own numeric designation, as if it's something in-house. It would be appreciated if they'd at least admit it's an SW in there.

My Raymond Weil Freelancer is starting to act up, stopping when it is in the winder, so, probably another sticky rotor issue, and, again, I can't find out what is in there because they say it is an "RW" something or other. It does list 25 jewels, so I'm assuming it's the ETA, but, definitely the watches I've spent more on are the ones needing care as the years go on, while my cheap Invictas that are supposed junk just solider on, costing me fifteen bucks every three or so years for a battery, haha.

Go figure.

Maybe in watches, like high end cars, spending more is not getting anything more robust, just an assumption that, if you can afford the watch, you should be able to afford the maintenance?

But then again, I would hope that doesn't apply to brands producing (hopefully) bullet proof movements. I mean, if an under a hundred bucks NH35A powered watch can tick, for over a decade, with zero problems, I'd surely want the same, if spending 50 to a hundred times that, or more.
 
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