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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

When Time Stands Still

My wife bought me a Citizen watch as a wedding present, which I only wore occasionally to ensure it would not get damaged. It stopped working some time ago so I decided to have a new battery fitted.
Citizen Chronograph 3510-352742
I visited the jewellers H Samuel's who tried 2 batteries with no success. They told me it would have to be sent away for repair and service a a cost of £110. At the time I thought "Ouch", but it's not really about the value of the watch, so I agreed. I was told it would be about a month.

About 3 weeks later I received a text informing me it was ready for collection. When I went to pick it up, they just handed it to me. On closer examination it was obvious to me that it wasn't going and they were unable to explain why. So back to the repair centre it went, only to be returned in exactly the same condition 4 weeks later. This time there was a note saying it was obsolete and could not be repaired.
I did some research and discovered that the movement, or caliber as it's known, was made by a Japanese company called Miyota between 1984 and 1995. They were fitted in many watches by Citizen and Breitling, among others.
In a last ditch attempt to get it repaired and not particularly trusting H Samuel's, I decided to try an independent jewellers. Unfortunately they gave the same response. The only thing I can think of now is to find a used working caliber myself.


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1 comment:

  1. exactly same story by me ... Lars from Germany