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Any watch repairers for reps in New Zealand - PO crown stripped

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charlesanderika

Has anyone used a watch repairer for any of their reps that is based in New Zealand?

 

My first rep - an Omega PO from WI - arrived with the stem unscrewed and the thread already stripped.

 

I'd like to see if i can get it either fixed or the tube/stem shortened so that it at least sits flush against the watch (even if it doesnt screw down)

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I've since found a number of posts suggesting that this is an all too regular occurance for that model - feeling a bit sad about it really.

 

Any help greatfully received.

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Sparkal

Hey mate,

 

Welcome to the community, bummer about your first experience being bum. Where are you based? I have an old case set fot a 42mm po chrono somewhere at home. I may be able to get you some parts.

 

I am in Auckland.

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Rustynail240

You could contact Paul [email protected]

He has repaired a couple of Omega Reps for me. He is also listed on the Trade-me site in the business section under watch repairs.

He does a good job at a very fair price.

He is Auckland based.

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charlesanderika

Hi thanks very much for the advice guys, I've actually found a small local watch repairer in Lower Hutt who is going to take a look and see if he can sort it. I'll keep you updated as to if he's able to sort it. cheers.

 

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charlesanderika

Great result on my PO, the watch repairers shortened the stem, so that it doesn't matter that it will not screw down, and it behaves like a normal non screw down crown - sweet!

 

I'd post a picture but it just looks like a normal PO should without the crown sticking out now :)

 

They charged $40 to do it, which I thought was pretty reasonable. I'd certainly use them again/recommend them.

 

So if you are in the Wellignton area of NZ and need a repairer it's worth considering these guys - Wideberg Watchmakers and they are in Lower Hutt.

 

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chris9

Another member in Wellington! That make 3 of us so far..Almost enough for a NZ GTG. Anyothers out there?

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DireStraits
On 28/03/2013 at 00:54, Rustynail240 said:

You could contact Paul [email protected]

He has repaired a couple of Omega Reps for me. He is also listed on the Trade-me site in the business section under watch repairs.

He does a good job at a very fair price.

He is Auckland based.

I'd stay well away from Paul Wieringa... I've heard nightmares about this guys work; all nice until he makes a mistake, and it sounds like he makes many.  He build a (bad) reputation on the Seiko and Citizen forums for his work and "shortcuts". There's a reason he left Citizen to go and work as a teacher at a school, and why he works out of his garden shed at home... 

 

A friend of mine took his Panerai and Rolex reps to Paul. The Panerai ended up with a small scratch on the watchface, and the Rolex with a scratched caseback and it was fogging up due to Paul sealing it badly . Paul didn't care, he just said "mistakes happen, but I won't be doing anything about it".   

 

If you don't have any money to take your watch to a half-decent watchsmith you could roll the dice and hope for the best with him. 

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