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My buddy's CSAR had an accident some months back. As you can see, the movement is intact and the black gunk covering the watch is melted plastic.

I fear repair fees would exceed purchasing a brand new CSAR with today's secondary pricing on these. In any case, please advise if you know of agents that could remove the plastic and/or if you know of any service center or watchman who could work their magic on this CSAR for a reasonable price.


Thank you all in advance for any help.




 

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I sure hope he wasn't wearing it!!!!!!!!!!
Fortunately he wasn't or we'd be more concerned about restoring him.

Are you able to tell the story?
Part of his home caught on fire due to some electrical malfunction while he was away. The bad news: fire started in the corner of his bedroom where he kept his CSAR. The good news: fire was contained thanks to quick thinking neighbors and competent firemen.

My buddy wasn't a watch guy until he saw the CSAR on my wrist and he saved for quite some time before pulling the trigger. I helped him acquire the watch in 2008 and he was instantly attached. I've taken it upon myself to restore the watch for him since the accident and will most likely purchase him another one with my own funds if repairs don't pan out. I still owe him a gift for Christmas 2009 so this should cover that plus a few more birthdays and Christmas'.:)
 

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From the photos, it looks as though the case and bracelet went thru some high temps which caused some discoloration, and the hands and dial look like they are heat damaged. Maybe send these photos to Jim Madrid (US Marathon official repair shop) and see what he thinks. Replacing the case and bracelet and hands and dial may be more than the cost of a new one, don't know.
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Fortunately he wasn't or we'd be more concerned about restoring him.

Part of his home caught on fire due to some electrical malfunction while he was away. The bad news: fire started in the corner of his bedroom where he kept his CSAR. The good news: fire was contained thanks to quick thinking neighbors and competent firemen.

My buddy wasn't a watch guy until he saw the CSAR on my wrist and he saved for quite some time before pulling the trigger. I helped him acquire the watch in 2008 and he was instantly attached. I've taken it upon myself to restore the watch for him since the accident and will most likely purchase him another one with my own funds if repairs don't pan out. I still owe him a gift for Christmas 2009 so this should cover that plus a few more birthdays and Christmas'.:)
You sound like a hell of a friend. :-!
 

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Does your friend have homeowners/renters insurance? I know my valuables are covered under my renters insurance anyways.
Great suggestion.

From the photos, it looks as though the case and bracelet went thru some high temps which caused some discoloration, and the hands and dial look like they are heat damaged. Maybe send these photos to Jim Madrid (US Marathon official repair shop) and see what he thinks. Replacing the case and bracelet and hands and dial may be more than the cost of a new one, don't know.
DW
You guessed right David. Just got Jim's info so I'll shoot over the pictures and see what happens. Thanks for your help.

You sound like a hell of a friend. :-!
I try. :)

if that still runs, marathon may want it for their museum display case!
If my attempts to repair hit a dead end then I suppose this CSAR would be more useful as a display piece.
 

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maybe you can work out a deal with Marathon. If they can repair it (dial/hands/gaskets and a cleaning), then they get the rights to his story for advertisement in exchange for the cost of the repairs. (?)
 

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maybe you can work out a deal with Marathon. If they can repair it (dial/hands/gaskets and a cleaning), then they get the rights to his story for advertisement in exchange for the cost of the repairs. (?)
Will call them Monday and see what can be done. Marathon rep. Jim amongst others have already confirmed repairs are beyond the value of a new CSAR :-(
 

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Hate to say, that watch isn't repairable. As much as it looks clean on back side of movement, imagine under the dial.

Also, even though movement looks clean and not damaged, the heat alone from the fire would have severely affected the movement. Expansion in the metals of the movement, basically gears/parts being warped and may not run or keep time as it should. Balance, mainspring would have to be replaced at minimum.

It would cost less to just buy another CSAR. Or better yet, if he has insurance that would cover getting it replaced. But repaired, definitely won't happen.

Tim
 
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