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    Planet Ocean service / repair

    I think the main spring has given up - thatís 3 seamaster main springs Iíve killed in the last 5 years . Must be some sort of record ?

    Duncan Ďthe watch blokeí canít work his magical itís co axial - heís suggested genesis are a good shout .
    Any other guys to try while I await a reply from Genesis ? Itís overdue a service anyway so not the end of the world really . Iíd rather avoid Omegas prices if I can , not exactly flush right now

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    I've recently had mine serviced with a light refurbishment by Genesis.
    Came back like new.
    How have you "killed" so many main springs?

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    I really wish I knew how Iíve ruined bullet proof seamasters !
    Casualties in my care are now
    2254 300m (mainspring)
    2531 300m (mainspring)
    And now the Planet Ocean 2500 co axial (mainspring symptoms)

    All have lived a sedate ish life , worn in rotation with seikos and a Pelagos .

    Does anyone have any clue what could cause this ? 2 is unlucky , 3 feels like a pattern !

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    Quote Originally Posted by back to the top View Post
    Does anyone have any clue what could cause this ? 2 is unlucky , 3 feels like a pattern !
    You don't work as an astronaut centrifuge tester by any chance? ;-)

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    I donít get involved with co- axials either so I canít help, if I had easy access to Omega- specific parts I would, but I when the parts restrictions started in 2015 I decided against learning how to fix co- axials even though Iíd bought one to practice on.

    Regarding mainspring failures, I find it v surprising youíve had 3 failures, automatic mainsprings rarely fail, especially on ETA 2892 based movements.

    Unless the barrel is still in v. good condition good practice to replace the mainspring and barrel when servicing a watch, these parts are quite cheap (unless its vintage) so it makes sense to do so. However, the fact that a repairer has replaced the mainspring doesnít imply that it was broken!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouse View Post
    You don't work as an astronaut centrifuge tester by any chance? ;-)
    I really wish I did :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    I donít get involved with co- axials either so I canít help, if I had easy access to Omega- specific parts I would, but I when the parts restrictions started in 2015 I decided against learning how to fix co- axials even though Iíd bought one to practice on.

    Regarding mainspring failures, I find it v surprising youíve had 3 failures, automatic mainsprings rarely fail, especially on ETA 2892 based movements.

    Unless the barrel is still in v. good condition good practice to replace the mainspring and barrel when servicing a watch, these parts are quite cheap (unless its vintage) so it makes sense to do so. However, the fact that a repairer has replaced the mainspring doesnít imply that it was broken!
    Duncan Hewitt repaired my last 2 that had failed , symptoms match on the planet ocean .
    I think I will repair and maybe move on - something that I do or donít do appears to disagree with ETA movements . Cheap Seiko seem fine though - really odd . Bit nervous about my Pelagos now !

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    Can recommend Genesis - serviced a Planet Ocean a long time ago for me, top work and a very nice chap to deal with as well.


    T.G.

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    Another shout for Genesis

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    Quote Originally Posted by back to the top View Post
    Duncan Hewitt repaired my last 2 that had failed , symptoms match on the planet ocean .
    I think I will repair and maybe move on - something that I do or donít do appears to disagree with ETA movements . Cheap Seiko seem fine though - really odd . Bit nervous about my Pelagos now !
    But was a broken mainspring positively confirmed? With an automatic watch itís v. difficult to detect a broken mainspring without taking it apart. Itís usually easy on a hand- wound for obvious reasons, no so on an automatic.

    Duncan at Genesis is a good shout for sorting out a co- axial Omega and heíll be as competitive on price as any accredited Omega repairer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    But was a broken mainspring positively confirmed? With an automatic watch itís v. difficult to detect a broken mainspring without taking it apart. Itís usually easy on a hand- wound for obvious reasons, no so on an automatic.

    Duncan at Genesis is a good shout for sorting out a co- axial Omega and heíll be as competitive on price as any accredited Omega repairer.
    I believe it was on both occasions - it was a couple of years ago now with 18 months between failures so memory isnít what it was .

    Iíve had a message from a forum member Jammt79 whoís said heís happy to do it which is excellent:)

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    Another recommendation for Genesis. I gifted my PO 2500 to my son last Dec. for his 21st. Full service and other bits done (swapping the orange bezel for a black one and new PO strap). Great service and communications. No problems with timekeeping to date and his fees were imo very reasonable - Omega parts on the other hand........

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    Check out Simon Freese too- he specialises in Omega. He was recommended to me and did a good job.

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    I think Simon Freese specialises in vintage stuff thesedays but I`m sure he could sort this. However, if Jammt79 has offered I`d take him up on it, he's got access to Omega parts and he's professionally trained, he'll do a good job.

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    Thanks for the advice gents James has taken on the work with a quick turnaround .

    Iíll give some thought on what I do with it once itís back - Iím a bit hesitant to use it if I keep killing decent watches - itís frustrating !

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    Quote Originally Posted by back to the top View Post
    Thanks for the advice gents James has taken on the work with a quick turnaround .

    I’ll give some thought on what I do with it once it’s back - I’m a bit hesitant to use it if I keep killing decent watches - it’s frustrating !
    Are you sure you 'killed them' or did they just reach a stage where they needed servicing?

    Storing watches on a watchwinder is the only way I know of causing accelerated wear to certain parts, the mainspring barrel will wear out faster and the auto-winding parts will wear too but the mainspring itself won't suffer. Other than dropping a watch, getting it magnetised or getting water in by leaving the crown undone I can`t think of anything else that'll kill one.

    I once had a late 50s Omega automatic with very extensive wear to the rotor post and bearing, turns out the (ageing) owner did lots of fast walking in it for several years. Lack of lubrication took its toll!

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    I have a winder - 4 slots !
    Maybe Iíll turn it off unless Iím planning regular changes .
    They were all coming up to service time I suppose . The joys of owning nice things means you must be prepared to spend out from time to time . I donít begrudge it - Iíd rather not be servicing multiple watches every couple of years though :)

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    Thanks to our very own Jammt79 (James) my PO is back from a service having had the bridge replaced as it was worn and the cause of my problems .
    Not only is it running like a dream now itís also been refinished as youíll be able to see below. Sharp edges intact and original textures have been returned to their former glory - it looks like new now 😁

    Iím so pleased with how it looks , even the bracelet is pristine .




    Iím hesitant wearing it if Iím brutally straight with myself . Iíve now got to decide if Iíll keep or use towards a bigger purchase by selling this and my Pelagos . Decisions decisions . Nice dilemma to have though 😁

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