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Took my 1987 quartz, full size Seamaster 200m to the mall for a battery. I usually went to a watch repair shop that pressure tested after installing the battery. The 25 year experience jeweler didn't. Watch took on a lot of water in my pool. Probaly put the gasket in wrong. Also I somehow pulled the crown and stem out. Never did that before so he prbably screwed tha up too. Is it worth repairing? In '02 I had it totally refurbed by an Omega authorized repairman in Lancaster Pa., no longer there, and a link added. That was $250. I'm wondering if anyone would care to guess a repair cost. I may just try to sell here if not worthwhile. The condition is pretty good for a thirty year old daily worn watch btw. Scratched bezel and 30 years of wear on the steel but hands and face are spotless. Pinprick on crystal. May be worth up to $300 or $400 for me to repair but more than that Ebay for $200. Opinions?

Also, I cannot believe how the prices have gone up and that the quartz will no longer be offered. I'm in the medical proffession so I really prefer the accuracy of quartz. Can someone perhaps recommend a good quartz watch that keeps excellent time and also is at least 100m water resistant? Anyone have a fullsize quartz Seamaster for sale? Kidding on the last, been checking the sales section.
 

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Just for reference, Omega's full service price for a 1441 is $450. Not sure if they would charge more due to extensive water damage. I believe there are quite a few watchmakers in the Lancaster area that may charge less, but I'm guessing the movement may need to be replaced. A repairman would need to be able to source a movement for you, and I would insist the movement be an Omega movement if I were in your shoes.
 

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Welcome to the forums! I am sorry hear about your bad luck. Have a watchmaker take a peek and see what they think would be involved.
 

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I'm sorry to hear that mate.. I love that watch!
I hope you can get it repaired..
 

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That's a bad one.

You already know but I'll say it anyway; never allow a 'jeweler' to work on your watch. Even if it is a cheap watch it needs to be worked on by a watch repair specialist. 2 years ago I had "a jeweler" in Wasilla replace the battery in my old Swiss Army. I did this because it has the pop off case back & I don't have a press. The watch stopped functioning properly soon after. When I made a trip to Anchorage I took it with and had Alex the genuine watch repairman check things out. The Jeweler had installed the wrong battery (too small) and so he had seen fit to use a piece of Scotch Tape to hold the battery into the housing. What the hell right, it's only a Swiss Army watch.

Alex did this while I waited and so I saw the tape. He charged me for the battery and my watch works fine. The Jeweler in Wasilla charged me 20 dollars for the tape job.
 
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