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February 06, 2014

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Gary

Too bad, Jeff. If it's the threads on the crown itself that are stripped it may be easier to fix than if the threads in the case are stripped.

To avoid stripping a screw down crown, it might be best to rotate it counterclockwise until the threads engage then rotate it clockwise to lock it.

There are many automatic watches that don't have screw down crowns, but most automatic dive watches do have them.

herculodge

Gary, if the repair is more than 100, I doubt I'll fix it. I can still set time and wind the watch. I just can't tighten the crown, so no diving with it.

Angelo

Absolutely no question that quartz is more practical in many ways----and this is one of them. I have both styles and if I could only have one, it would be quartz.

jonnybardo

Yeah, quartz is more practical. In some ways quartz is to automatic what CDs are (or were) to vinyl - more practical, but less warm and human.

Bummer about the threads, but as you say, as long as you don't dive (or swim) with it, it shouldn't be a problem. Of course knowing it might be a bit irking.

Angelo

This might be as simple as it having been cross-threaded one of the times Jeff screwed it back down. But I don't like it, not one little bit. He would have known when he was screwing it down if it felt like too much resistance----it shouldn't strip this easily, not a watch in this price range.

herculodge

I also have the same watch in the black dial and haven't encountered any problems so far.

jonnybardo

Don't sweat it, Jeff - occupational hazard from owning so many watches. Or to put it another way, "Hit Shappens."

Gary

Angelo - My comment above was meant to help avoid cross-threading the crown and damaging the threads on it or on the case. It applied to any type of machine screw (rotate in reverse till it "catches" then tighten).

Jim Steiger

I own numerous dive watches with screw-down crowns, dating back 35 years. I'm extraordinarily gentle and careful threading them, and all my other dive watches have had no problems.

My Orient M-Force diver seemed to thread just fine, but with a slightly "gritty" feel. No real resistance to threading. I took it on a trip and noticed the crown had popped up. It was then I discovered that the crown, when fully threaded, will dislodge and "pop out" if you simply press in slightly.

Ridiculous for a watch this expensive. I have other Orients without the screw-down crown, and they seem really good, especially for the price.

I'm massively disappointed at what I'm certain is a factory defect.

herculodge

Seems like a defect, for sure. My Orient Saturation Diver has much better build quality all around. Thanks for info.

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