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Terrible news... While fishing my Tutima 750 Nato chrono (Lemania 5100) out of my pocket yesterday, I fumbled and dropped it from about 3.5 feet onto hard, cold tile. :oops: :-|

The titanium case picked up a few small nicks, which I'm not worried about. No damage to the crystal, bezel, or bracelet. But the worst part is that the watch has stopped running. I had just manually wound to watch to a full wind before I dropped it, and it's now dead silent, no ticks, no movement.

So I need to drop it off for inspection and repair. I am planning to take it to an independent retail/repair shop, as contacting Tutima in my country of residence may be a bit difficult. Does anyone here have any similar experiences or suggestions? :-s How much should I expect such a service to cost? :-s The watch was recently serviced in October by Tutima USA by the previous owner, but I suppose that's a moot point now. By the way, I am located in Tokyo, Japan.

Much thanks, Joe
 

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Oh man, that's a bummer. Why was it in your pocket?

I don't know what to expect from the service, but let us know how it goes, and what was wrong with it.

Good luck!
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Try something first man. START THE CHRONO. This in some cases fixes the problem with chronos that have stopped. Try it and let me know how it goes.
I have the same watch and have banged the hell out of it, never had a problem (though I have never dropped it 3.5 feet on tile...)
 

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Afaik, Hellmut Sinn had a lot of customers in Japan. Maybe a Sinn service in your country can help you with your 5100.

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Thanks for the reads. I've dropped it off at a local specialty shop that is an AD for several brands, including Sinn and B&R, who will send it our for repair. I'll update the board when I find out more, though it will probably take a few weeks.

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Update on my busted Lemania 5100 Tutima NATO...

The shop called me to say that the watch needs an overhaul, that will cost ~$350 USD and take 3 months. I wasn't able to ask what an "overhaul" means exactly -- my Japanese is unfortunately no better than elementary -- but let's assume that it means a full service -- which is a shame since it was recently serviced by the previous owner before I purchased it.

This being the case, is $350 USD a reasonable price for servicing a Lemania 5100? :-s Would I be better off sending it off to Tutima USA or Tutima Germany for the work? :think: I'd appreciate any thoughts.

Much thanks, Joe
 

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Update on my busted Lemania 5100 Tutima NATO...

The shop called me to say that the watch needs an overhaul, that will cost ~$350 USD and take 3 months. I wasn't able to ask what an "overhaul" means exactly -- my Japanese is unfortunately no better than elementary -- but let's assume that it means a full service -- which is a shame since it was recently serviced by the previous owner before I purchased it.

This being the case, is $350 USD a reasonable price for servicing a Lemania 5100? :-s Would I be better off sending it off to Tutima USA or Tutima Germany for the work? :think: I'd appreciate any thoughts.

Much thanks, Joe
Hey Joe, (yes Jimmy;-))
350$ seems to be reasonnable for a full service, which consist in changing all defect parts, cleaning, oiling... If you think to send it to Europe, it'll cost you the same number, but in euros, (so 30% +!!)
3 month is the time it takes to find a good watchmaker nowadays :oops:

Perhaps ask in another watchmaker (traditionnal one) if you want quick service, as 5100 is a very classic mouvement; but the most important is not quick, it's "GOOD"
Good luck
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Update on my busted Lemania 5100 Tutima NATO...

The shop called me to say that the watch needs an overhaul, that will cost ~$350 USD and take 3 months. I wasn't able to ask what an "overhaul" means exactly -- my Japanese is unfortunately no better than elementary -- but let's assume that it means a full service -- which is a shame since it was recently serviced by the previous owner before I purchased it.

This being the case, is $350 USD a reasonable price for servicing a Lemania 5100? :-s Would I be better off sending it off to Tutima USA or Tutima Germany for the work? :think: I'd appreciate any thoughts.

Much thanks, Joe
If you are sure, that it has been serviced before, you should find someone, who does only the needed repair !
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Terrible news... While fishing my Tutima 750 Nato chrono (Lemania 5100) out of my pocket yesterday, I fumbled and dropped it from about 3.5 feet onto hard, cold tile. :oops: :-|


I know EXACTLY how you feel - dropped my Titanium Sinn 103 UTC in almost the same circumstances after only a month of wrist wear, with the same surprising result! My Fortis has been dropped, banged, clanked, wanged and abused for four years without a problem, but the 'shockproof' Sinn may as well have been run over by a bus! It is presently with the the boys in Germany ( we have the technology, we have the power....) and there's a large bill headed my way.

I posted my concerns on the TZ forum at the time and lots of interesting stuff came back about g forces etc.. one guy had worked it all out - the g due to a fall from 3 ft to a hard tiled floor - came in at over 3000 I think! You might find that interesting - search under 'shock proof Sinn' - should come up with the threads if you're interested.
 

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Thanks everyone for all of your comments -- and whifferdill, thanks for commiserating. :thanks I've asked them to go ahead with the service, and I'll post an update when I get it back.

Best,
Joe
 
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