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so, i brought like 4 of my wifes quartz watches into a place in Naperville this am to get new batteries put in them.....I am appreciative that the guy could do while I wait....I even go get a starbucks for me and bring him back one as a thank you for getting them done while i wait...

When i go back he tells me that 3 of them have bad movements, 1 invicta and 2 ESQ's......So anyway he said that to replace a movt was like 100 bucks and also offered to dispose of them for me.....

I couldnt believe that 3 out of 5 would be bad...CMon, so i went to another real jeweler, he put new batteries in the ESQs and of course they work no prob, The Invicta still no....so hes keeping it to have a look.



CAN YOU BELIEVE the first guy said they were dead and was gonna throw it away for me???? WTF. Not to mention he didnt even put the back on one of the watches so when the 2nd huy looked at it the back fell off in his hands
 

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ericf4 wrote:
so, i brought like 4 of my wifes quartz watches into a place in Naperville this am to get new batteries put in them.....I am appreciative that the guy could do while I wait....I even go get a starbucks for me and bring him back one as a thank you for getting them done while i wait...

When i go back he tells me that 3 of them have bad movements, 1 invicta and 2 ESQ's......So anyway he said that to replace a movt was like 100 bucks and also offered to dispose of them for me.....

I couldnt believe that 3 out of 5 would be bad...CMon, so i went to another real jeweler, he put new batteries in the ESQs and of course they work no prob, The Invicta still no....so hes keeping it to have a look.



CAN YOU BELIEVE the first guy said they were dead and was gonna throw it away for me???? WTF. Not to mention he didnt even put the back on one of the watches so when the 2nd huy looked at it the back fell off in his hands



STAY CLEAR of Elgin Watch shop on Main St in NAperville IL...
:BEYikes!! Many out there are trying to make a quick buck. I will remember that if I'm ever in Illinois. Not cool at all :madd
 

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who knows, it just seemed hard to believe that 3 quartz movements would be bad....how often do quartz go bad? Im not even sure how they go bad.
 

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Just like in my profession Eric; Some of us are plumbers and some are strictly drain cleaners posing as plumbers with NO mechanical skills whatsoever. Looks like you ran across the latter.
 

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who knows, it just seemed hard to believe that 3 quartz movements would be bad....how often do quartz go bad? Im not even sure how they go bad.
unless its an old tuning fork movement, quartz watches don't normally go bad.What does happen is while the batteries get replaced, having the module cleaned and the gears oiled gets overlooked.I had a invicta that I beat for years.one day it just stopped.My jeweler said the movement was bad.That wasn't the case though.I sent it off to a friend of mine who took it apart and cleaned it.Its still working to this day.

Back in the 70's, at least for cars, the life expentancy of electronic components was 7 years.today though, theres no limits placed on them.everything is printed on the circuit board. keep the contacts clean, no problems.
 

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who knows, it just seemed hard to believe that 3 quartz movements would be bad....how often do quartz go bad? Im not even sure how they go bad.
unless its an old tuning fork movement, quartz watches don't normally go bad.What does happen is while the batteries get replaced, having the module cleaned and the gears oiled gets overlooked.I had a invicta that I beat for years.one day it just stopped.My jeweler said the movement was bad.That wasn't the case though.I sent it off to a friend of mine who took it apart and cleaned it.Its still working to this day.

Back in the 70's, at least for cars, the life expentancy of electronic components was 7 years.today though, theres no limits placed on them.everything is printed on the circuit board. keep the contacts clean, no problems.
Very good to know. Thanks Dedward. I have wondered this very thing and you just answered my question.
 

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Eric - that sucks. I am happy to hear that you got a second opinion before spending the money with the first guy.
 

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Just like in my profession Eric; Some of us are plumbers and some are strictly drain cleaners posing as plumbers with NO mechanical skills whatsoever. Looks like you ran across the latter.
Be very careful who you let take the back off of your watches!!! Some so called Jewelers will ruin your watches for you.

I have had batteries replaced and they supposedly get the backs sealed and water gets in and there goes your watch.

I would only use a high end watchmaker that knows what they are doing and can pressure test and certify your watches.
 

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Be very careful who you let take the back off of your watches!!! Some so called Jewelers will ruin your watches for you.

I have had batteries replaced and they supposedly get the backs sealed and water gets in and there goes your watch.

I would only use a high end watchmaker that knows what they are doing and can pressure test and certify your watches.
Agreed, I had the battery on my Movado changed once. Took it to a kiosk in a mall.

You know, it's a battery for cripes sake. Well a few months later it stopped working, I knew it wasn't the battery and took it to the one fellow I use. Well he yelled at me and showed how they goofed up the gasket when they closed up the case. Moisture got in and roached the movement. I don't remember what it cost to fix but I'm sure it was over $100 to replace the movement. He said, "don't do that anymore", and I don't.

At least in their case it was incompetance. The fellow you were dealing with sounds a little more shifty.
 

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... The fellow you were dealing with sounds a little more shifty.
I'd say he was a C R O O K .

Sorry you got had by this clown, Eric, but thanks for the warning. There's something about the watch business that seems to attract a LOT of obfuscation if not outright lying...



Thanks for the info, Sean. Good stuff as usual.
 

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A good watchmaker and repair shop is worth it's weight in gold. I have one and take all my work there to support them.
 
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