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Discussion in 'Panerai Watches' started by Archer, Dec 22, 2011.
This will be interesting to repair....
Excuse my ignorance on this one, but what's wrong?
The watch came to me yesterday after being dropped by the owner. He said it would not wind or set the time. When I first unlocked the lever, it was clear something was up with the crown, as it had a lot more freedom to move around in all sorts of directions than it should. I thought maybe the stem was broken, but when I removed the crown guard I saw that the crown itself has come apart.
For most crowns, this would be the end of it since they are typically crimped together, so once they fail, they are tossed. This one is a threaded assembly, and I'm hoping that the threads are in good enough shape I can put it all back together and make it work. Since Richemont won't sell parts for these (or any other of their brands) to independent watchmakers, this would have to go to the service center if I can't fix it. That is not a good thing in my experience, as I've had to repair watches they they have already "fixed" in the past....
Oh, okay, I thought you had taken it apart. Hope you're able to fix it.
good luck, Al.....from what I've read hear (and elsewhere) you are top shelf in Thoroughness and Effort
Me too. I thought there was dirt and trash in there too. :dummy:
I was thinking how in the world? :thinking:
It's back together, and once the thread locker cures completely I'll see if it will hold up under normal use. If so, I'll be servicing the rest of the watch - this a PAM 104 BTW. :thumbsup:
Did any of those watches by coincidence belong to Jeff? :thinking: :rofl: :banme:
Looks like a shock absorber :lol:
Apparently not on this one
Wow, looks like one you will more than earn your pay on, Al. :lol:
Al, is that your 104?
No - this is from a client, so not mine. This watch is pretty beat up, dirty, faulty crown, and not running very well. Client told me he would wear it all day, and it would stop through the night, so it was obviously in need of servicing, even before he dropped it! :banghead:
It will be looking and running much better when I'm done with it:
I truly am amazed on how someone can work with such tiny pieces. My hands are shaking just thinking about it.
Other than the crown, any major damage from the drop? :thinking:
Nope - I have the movement ticking away on my bench, so no balance staff issues or anything like that. :thumbsup:
Good work Al... hopefully you can get it all running 100% and won't need to send it off to OP for the crown issue!