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  1. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    @simon2 Back on board.. Replied via email/ yes to a full service. Let me know email received ok? will PM my tel no. thanks zoot. Interesting is simon2's info on the bad bumper mech assembly: the mech, bar the spring dislodge, seemed to work fine before I sent it to Pragnell's for evaluation/ quote for service.. but no word on anything re. the bumper mech, in fact, they said 'nothing wrong with it, watch just needs a service'. Very odd: something obviously wrong with it, even from me not knowing what a bumper mech was. More strangeness followed, as when I rcvd it back (no work done- I couldn't afford their omega-certified-repairer's quote) the bumper mech A) felt different, not nearly as fluid, like weight was inhibited in its movement & the klonk not as apparant.. & B) it simply didn't work properly; it didn't power the watch as it did before wearing it, it kept running out of steam & stopping: before, even once the spring disloged, it worked without ever stopping. Any thoughts chaps?
  2. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    I shall post findings on here. Great resource this forum- much appreciate the info & replies.
  3. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    @sim Hi Simon- watch came to me/ Ive just sent on to you today > getting to you by 1pm tomorrow RM. Do let me know arrived if you would- thanks zoot
  4. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Ok Im getting it back from repairer > then once I can get to it, I can send on to you simon. may be 2 weeks or so. Many thanks for all the replies from folks/ help by the way.. very grateful. zoot
  5. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Ah ok understood. Now more oddness: the word back from repairers is 'the bumper springs are ok & it just needs a service'. Eh? they cant resit themselves, can they?
  6. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Afaik its at this mystery repair place (onwards of Pragnell's I sent it to), & there to be re-quoted.. so a while before I have it. Maybe I can ask Pragnell's to send it to you instead of > me then > you. Thanks, zoot
  7. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Hi chaps- thanks for your replies. Yes altho Ive asked Pragnell's again, to go back & get the quote I asked for (may well be swiss Essex omega repair place itself).. Ive lost confidence with their vagueness. Ive checked with original owner if happy to go other route (yes/ a pickle he agreed too) & so I'll take opinions here & send it to simon. Yes crown winds watch, used extremely rarely tho.. & you see felt A+ perfect, so why on god's earth it should need renewing (&the glass): seems a bit fishy to me. cheers zoot
  8. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    The old gentleman whose it was, wanted me to send it to Pragnell's, a very posh shop/ repairer etc where it has had a service history for 25+ yrs. So I wanted to send it to simon2, but had to go this route 1st. Just had a call from them: where the confusion arises is, & what I'd no idea of, is they send it on to X. Who knows where: not omega, some other place onwards. I mean for chrissakes, me > pragnell's > X > omega. So not only the quote didn't tally with what I asked, I don't know where my watch is at the moment. Anyway. I was quoted so they explain, for a service @ £480.. although the word service, or clean, wasn't even mentioned on the quote (-only- a crown & glass renew 480). I explained again what I'd asked him for.. primarily the bumper spring re-sit.. & he didn't actually know of this part. He understood omega bumper's sure, & difference between 342 & 355 etc.. but not technically minded enough to know about a 'spring'- I had to explain what it was (& the simplicity of the job to resit it, so I thought). Seems he didn't ask X for this repair as he didn't understand.. just the word 'clean' he understood (which means service now I understand) > & sent off with only a service in mind. So now I can entertain idea of sending it to simon2.. & the old gentleman need not even know IMO. Or I do it. What a huage fkn pickle. One thing he asked me, to ask you.. is whether you might know what movement it is, 342 or 355 (or 344).
  9. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Ok, thought.. " Why don't you call them tell them what you're telling us? It could be an honest mistake based on miscommunication.  " ..was you suggesting they might have mixed up a quote, or watch: as this does seem to me the most plausible explanation as to why I've rcvd the quote I have. And no seriel number to ID it I saw anywherte on it, nor they used to ID it to me (I assume no omega seriel numbers back in 1955?) surely not helping rule out a major miscommunication.
  10. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Ok it'salivejim.. appreciate your help/ advice. They made no mention of payment for doing a quote, & I talked to two people at the shop prior to sending it.. so I hope to be able to retrieve it. A shame, its impossibly expensive for me to run/ use it then. I just hope its not been damaged in the post for me to get this strange quote. Ive lost confidence in them anyway due to not coming up with what I asked them for (I think this is just extremely unprofessional) so wouldn't want them to do anything on it now. As to resitting the bumper spring: assuming its not broken & needs replacing.. I'll have to attempt this myself, then hopefully it'll just work as it did (which was pretty much spot-on ok for its age, according to the shop) then alas I can only use the watch until it dies really. With your info I'll get on the phone now, try & establish at least why this peculiar quote. Maybe someone else's watch as you suggest! Cheers, zoot
  11. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Because I don't know the protocol if they say no, this is the quote for your watch. Can I go in, pick it up having established I cannot possibly afford it, & the weirdness of quote nothing to do with what I asked/ & for same things done last time.. or.. am I obliged to pay them to get my watch back?
  12. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Yes: 2001 it had the service, new glass & crown. But, as I said above. Since then, it was used for only 1 year: in 2002 it was left in a drawer in a dry even temp room. Unused for 16+ years. It was then handed to me. I used it for 3 months, the spring disloged. You cannot tell me that just sitting in a drawer for this long.. somehow the nr-new glass goes to being so bad it needs replacing: it was immaculate when I sent it. And somehow the replaced crown goes from nr-new to being so bad it needs replacing too: it was perfect. And the shop makes -no- mention of the 2 things I asked, specifically only, for a quote on. So this is normal procedure and that it 'just needs a service'? I was hoping to ask on here, the protocol of having sent the watch & received the quote, which, had nothing whatsoever to do with the only 2 things I asked them for a quote on. Is this normal to just ignore customers' requests? Does the quote not seem odd to you having coincidentally had the very same things replaced at the last service, & had only 1 years' use? What are my rights, now the watch is with them, & I have no confidence so peculiarly absent my requests for work seem to have been-? am I obliged to pay them for these "findings" or the "work" done to produce this 'quote'? OR can I go in & in ask for my watch back? This is what I'm trying to establish, prior to calling them.
  13. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Hi chaps, appreciate the advice. But I need more help, I'm in a heap of confusion: ok I contacted the Omega-acredited place/ shop its had a history at, for a service &/ or clean, within the last 20-25 years. I have the service documents for the last 2 services too. I called the head service chap, him aware of it just handed down to me (my old gent called him prior) & of the history of it at his place/ shop. I told a brief history: C1955, immaculately owned, regular services, last '01 / then used only a year / then stored (perfect even temp, dry etc).. handed to me xmas '18. Using your info I then said, from my owning: bumper spring -likely- disloged, &, whether it may need a clean so I'd like to send to you re. these points. I also reitterated this in an email, replied to by him to pls send it. Watch rcvd. I then get email (& confusion starts): "Watch rcvd, what would you like me to quote for?" Eh? I said quite clearly to resit the bumper spring, & maybe a clean (& a quote for a clean, should you deem it needed). 2 weeks later a royal looking letter arrives. "On closer inspection the following needed: new glass & new crown, £480". No serial number to ID it. No mention of the 2 things -only- I asked a quote for. Also, oddly, the most recent service document from '01 I have.. work done 'new glass, new button (£130). I assume a new button is a new crown. Eh?? Also, there was nothing wrong with the crown afaict: it worked so far as I can tell, beautifully: the bumper mech obviously did 99% of the winding but when I used the crown for a few times after I felt the spring disloged, it felt perfect. How possibly I have to ask, could an omega crown & glass need replacing again, after barely a total of 1 year's use of the watch since both were new??? Advice please.
  14. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Ok understood- I've PM'd him & appreciate the suggestions & info chaps. FWIW it was last cleaned in '01.. & been in a drawer, w'out use, more or less bar a year or so, from then right up until now. I'm not sure if anyone might guage whether this might mean it should be is as clean now as then, due to the inactivity? in which case/ if so then I wonder if it would -only just- need this spring re-positioned. Nothing more. Surely that couldn't be more than 1/2 work time. thanks zoot
  15. Zoot

    Old omega, issue.

    Christ on a bike £450 minimum?!! ok that rules it out as I cannot afford even half that (to spend on a new watch let alone to minor fix & clean a 55 yr old one). The last clean cost him £130, 10 yrs ago. Prior to this weight spring going, I thought maybe £175, adding simply inflation. thanks zoot
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