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Yesterday (Thanksgiving), my wife grabbed a Hamilton for me to wear, sadly I told her it was out of commission. —Field Khaki hand wind ETA 2801, not the new and improved H50.

A couple of wears ago coming to the winding stop it felt like a little “crunch”. The last time it cracked and spun free; no sensation of a mechanism.

The Shop’s a minimum of $250. (maintenance)... checked before bying it used. Whether or not it’s worth $250’s questionable.



Does it sound like a broken spring ...is replacement a task for the expert?

Have you had such an ETA issue that you’ve resolved, and how?




Any thoughts or comments are welcome. Thanks, guys.

couple shots for the hamfan



 

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Hey Cameron, Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone on your end ! 🍂 😀

Wow, this is such a terrific watch actually. It would be a shame not to be
able to fix it. However, I know $250 is a lot of money. Maybe the guys will
see this and give some insight or recommendations. Because I have had
no experience with replacing a spring. However, it seems, or sounds at
least possible, so that’s something. (y)

Not to mention is cheaper than $250. 😉

In any case, thanks a lot for posting this up !!! I hope we can help you
out with this. ..P.S. I will bump it up if it gets moved too far down within
the topics list sir. 😉
 

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Hi Tom, thank You, and Happy Thanksgiving to you, sir!
I'm not in a rush to get into it but I will likely attempt the repairs myself. It's such a comfortable and subtle piece I love it, a tinge small, but that probably adds to the comfortable presence.

I read a post here years back, maybe it was Chaz, he mentioned the delicate main spring seeming like a workable project but it went south for him. After I get some feedback here I'll look into youtube and google it to death before jumping in.

Thanks Tom, it's always a pleasure my friend.
 

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Hi Tom, thank You, and Happy Thanksgiving to you, sir!
I'm not in a rush to get into it but I will likely attempt the repairs myself. It's such a comfortable and subtle piece I love it, a tinge small, but that probably adds to the comfortable presence.

I read a post here years back, maybe it was Chaz, he mentioned the delicate main spring seeming like a workable project but it went south for him. After I get some feedback here I'll look into youtube and google it to death before jumping in.

Thanks Tom, it's always a pleasure my friend.

Right back at you sir. 😉

Yes, honestly it sounds like it might just be worth trying Cameron.
It will save you the stress of worrying about sending the watch out,
as well as the final costs of everything. ..And you will be learning
something cool and new about another aspect of this hobby ! (y)(y)

It’s just a matter of taking your time and learning before starting
as you said above.
 

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Thank you for your condolences.
Hamilton sent me their repair registration. I'll open it up myself first, if it's going to cost a few bills it'll cost it whether I injure it or not attempting to fix it.
It's a "Ham Spring"... ;)
 
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