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      04-05-2017, 07:51 AM   #1

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Bleh - venting on my first nice watch

Hi all,

Bought a 1991 Tudor Sub 79090 Blue from a very reputable online dealer with a 1 year warranty on it. Great condition - super happy with the watch itself, bracelet, etc.

When I received it, it was functioning correctly and felt fully wound (they had shipped it out less than 24 hours before; it's moving in shipping, etc.). It met immediate resistance trying to wind it and felt like the winding clutch mechanism preventing it from winding.

So whatever, I wear it alot and it continues to feel this way while functioning flawlessly. I don't sweat it.

So then I take it off one day and the power reserve lasts less than 14 hours. Then when I go to wind it, it's not winding and feels just off. Too much resistance, or it feels inconsistent. But I did get it positioned right at least one time and it winds beautifully.

So ok, now I'm going to send it back.

I get it ready to send back and go to wind it one last time before I send it...and the damn crown won't screw back in. Watch still functions, can still move into date-set/time-set mode, but won't wind or screw back in.

Ugh, anyway, ultimately minor issues on a beautiful 26 year old watch. But frustrating.
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      04-05-2017, 08:41 AM   #2
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are you sending back for refund or repair ?
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      04-15-2017, 03:54 PM   #3
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I think your last line summed it up, you bought a 26 year old Tudor. I would be leery about that old a Rolex.
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      04-15-2017, 04:40 PM   #4
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Shouldnt matter if its 1 or 40 years old.
Mechanical watches get/need service and then they should be fine. Only if parts arent available it becomes an issue, but I cant imagine that on a '90's tudor. It has an ETA 2824 I think so every jeweler at the streetcorner should be able to service/have parts for it.

When buying an old watch, ask when it was last serviced if known. A reputable dealer services the watch before selling. (depending on what you pay for it of course....)
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      04-17-2017, 02:08 PM   #5
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Sounds like either it was never serviced or its been many years since. Rolex/Tudor should have the S/N on file if the watch was sent in.
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