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I bought a new Sub no date last October from an AD in the Uk. Being late in the diving season it didn't get much use so it's spent most of its time on a watch winder since then. However for the last week it has been worn 24 hours a day but yesterday it stopped at 09:20 for 40 minutes until I noticed. I gave it a tap and it restarted and kept going until 20:05, another tap restarted it an hour or so later only for it to stop again at 01:15.
Obviously this is going back to the AD today but any ideas what's go wrong with it? I can't tell you how disappointed I am with it right now!
 

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I bought a new Sub no date last October from an AD in the Uk. Being late in the diving season it didn't get much use so it's spent most of its time on a watch winder since then. However for the last week it has been worn 24 hours a day but yesterday it stopped at 09:20 for 40 minutes until I noticed. I gave it a tap and it restarted and kept going until 20:05, another tap restarted it an hour or so later only for it to stop again at 01:15.
Obviously this is going back to the AD today but any ideas what's go wrong with it? I can't tell you how disappointed I am with it right now!
Pastor, hi, sorry to hear about that.

I suggest you give it a full wind (around 30 to 40 turns) (this is what you should do anyway, when the watch stops). Wear it for 3 to 4 days and see what happens.

Then leave it on the dresser and time it until it stops. It should have around 48 hours power reserve.

Sometimes (so I've heard) it depends on the quality of winder, and what settings you have, as to whether it winds the watch efficiently enough.

If the watch still behaves unusually, then I would certainly take it back to the AD. In that case it would be a warranty issue and Rolex service centre would sort it at no cost to you. But try the above first.

Good luck.

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Pastor, hi, sorry to hear about that.

I suggest you give it a full wind (around 30 to 40 turns) (this is what you should do anyway, when the watch stops). Wear it for 3 to 4 days and see what happens.

Then leave it on the dresser and time it until it stops. It should have around 48 hours power reserve.

Sometimes (so I've heard) it depends on the quality of winder, and what settings you have, as to whether it winds the watch efficiently enough.

If the watch still behaves unusually, then I would certainly take it back to the AD. In that case it would be a warranty issue and Rolex service centre would sort it at no cost to you. But try the above first.

Good luck.

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+1 I agree, this might save you some $ and a trip :)
 

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Thanks for the advice guys, sadly the thing has stopped all together now and is back at the AD. They just apologised and said it would get priority as it was a warranty repair, they wouldn't hazard a guess as to what was wrong. My 5513 was on my wrist for 24 years before I gave it to my father, the abuse that watch took was unbelievable, left on the sea bed for 3 months, used as a bottle opener, banged, beaten and hammered and it never missed a beat. I'm not happy at all, definitely up for sale when it comes back!
 

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Thanks for the advice guys, sadly the thing has stopped all together now and is back at the AD. They just apologised and said it would get priority as it was a warranty repair, they wouldn't hazard a guess as to what was wrong. My 5513 was on my wrist for 24 years before I gave it to my father, the abuse that watch took was unbelievable, left on the sea bed for 3 months, used as a bottle opener, banged, beaten and hammered and it never missed a beat. I'm not happy at all, definitely up for sale when it comes back!

Drop me a PM if you do decide to sell it! :-!
 

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Thanks for the advice guys, sadly the thing has stopped all together now and is back at the AD. They just apologised and said it would get priority as it was a warranty repair, they wouldn't hazard a guess as to what was wrong. My 5513 was on my wrist for 24 years before I gave it to my father, the abuse that watch took was unbelievable, left on the sea bed for 3 months, used as a bottle opener, banged, beaten and hammered and it never missed a beat. I'm not happy at all, definitely up for sale when it comes back!
I sure wouldn't sell it when it comes back. It will be a brand-new watch with the personal touch of a RSC watchmaker. It will be better than brand-new IMHO. Give it a second chance........all it needs is a little love :-!
 

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yes i would not be happy also it could have done that during a dive and failed you and potentially endangered your life.
I also would probably sell it, loss of confidence is good enough reason regardless of the brand.

its after all a just an expensive mechanical watch and should not be relied on for diving practice especially as the sole timing device.
i would recommend a specialised diving computer x2 one on the wrist and one in your dive jacket pocket.
twice the redundancy for a tenth of the price and more features to boot.
 

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yes i would not be happy also it could have done that during a dive and failed you and potentially endangered your life.
I also would probably sell it, loss of confidence is good enough reason regardless of the brand.

its after all a just an expensive mechanical watch and should not be relied on for diving practice especially as the sole timing device.
i would recommend a specialised diving computer x2 one on the wrist and one in your dive jacket pocket.
twice the redundancy for a tenth of the price and more features to boot.
Anything mechanical, regardless of price can fail. The watch should come back better than new.

Most don't by a Rolex for the primary diving timing device anymore (obsolete as you've stated) likely including the OP.
 

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My first Rolex was my primary timing device, along with a set on decomp tables sat in main memory. A dinosaur approach but one that worked and served me well on many very deep air dives but yes now at the age of 50 those days are over. Now my diving activities are purely for pleasure, mostly freediving, so a watch is for telling me when it's time to go home for lunch, Now there lies the real danger! If I tell her indoors that I will be home at 13:00, lunch will be served at 13:30, if my watch stops and I'm late, a fate more painful and frightening than any fizzing knee awaits me.

I'm a little less pissed off that yesterday I admit but when you've had watch on your wrist for 24 or so years with 100% reliability you would hope given the price of a new replacement that it should at least offer similar performance? A loss of confidence is exactly right! I guess today I'm just a little bit disappointed, no the world isn't always a nice place, hell there's even a theory that it isn't flat!

Out of curiosity, does anyone know approximately how long warranty repairs take?
 

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Anything mechanical, regardless of price can fail. The watch should come back better than new.

Most don't by a Rolex for the primary diving timing device anymore (obsolete as you've stated) likely including the OP.
There are those of us that still prefer the reliability of a mechanical device for diving over a computer though. ;-)
 

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There are those of us that still prefer the reliability of a mechanical device for diving over a computer though. ;-)
yep obsolete and ecentric often go hand in hand with old school divers as do fizzy knees.
 

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To my eternal pleasure I never actually got bent but sadly my knees aren't as good as they were, neither is my back but I'll always blame that on other activities ;). I never really trusted computers, neither did most of the people I dived with (in a work environment), give me a watch every time!
 

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its after all a just an expensive mechanical watch and should not be relied on for diving practice especially as the sole timing device.
i would recommend a specialised diving computer x2 one on the wrist and one in your dive jacket pocket.
twice the redundancy for a tenth of the price and more features to boot.
Do you actually have two dive computers and set both up before you dive? Would you continue a dive on any secondary? Even if the first two are the case, what on earth is the point of owning a decent dive watch and then not using it, even if only for the romance of it?



More importantly not keeping proficiency and recency on the basics is both lazy and unwise.
 

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You don't know how many times I have been on a dive boat and seen a perrson on a dive boat on the way to a dive site and they:

Cannot remember how to operate their computer because it has been months or years since they have pulled it out of their bag..........or

Have a computer that is malfunctioning and they don't know whether or not to dive with a faulty computer or just abort.

It is kinda a bad time to be figuring out their equipment is not functioning properly since they have no idea how to dive safely without the crutch.

No thanks........I will dive safely with my Rolex :-!
 

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Thanks for the advice guys, sadly the thing has stopped all together now and is back at the AD. They just apologised and said it would get priority as it was a warranty repair, they wouldn't hazard a guess as to what was wrong. My 5513 was on my wrist for 24 years before I gave it to my father, the abuse that watch took was unbelievable, left on the sea bed for 3 months, used as a bottle opener, banged, beaten and hammered and it never missed a beat. I'm not happy at all, definitely up for sale when it comes back!
I want to hear that story.
 

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Finding it wasn't quite the needle in a haystack it sounds like, it was attached to a somewhat larger object. We had acquired the salvage rights to a local wreck on which was a 12 ton Phosphor bronze propeller. This having been surgically removed a couple of weeks before was to be lifted and towed to the local port where it would be shipped off for scrap.

On the day in question we had hired a large boat capable of performing this task (no small amount!) and a fair weather forecast we set out to the wreck. Three of us set down to the propeller with all the lifting bags, air hose and lines to lift the thing. We attached the bags, sorted them out and promptly started to fill them as the tide window was very small in an area known for its massive tidal race. during the initial stages of filling I noticed that one of the bags was in a bit of a mess and tried to sort it out, at more or less the same time the lines pulled tight in a bight with my arm inside the bight. With a lot of help we pulled my arm out as far as my wrist only to be stopped by the Rolex which had to be removed by my mate who kindly clipped it onto a carabiner on the lifting bags. Finally with my arm out and in considerable pain I ducked out and surfaced and got out, to be followed 5 minutes later by the bags breaking surface.

At this stage I knew where my watch was and was happy to leave it there until we got into port. About that time black clouds started to roll in and the wind got up (weather forecasting has come a long way since then!), coupled with the tide race the sea became dangerous so we had no alternative than to sink/buoy the prop and come back in the morning to retrieve it. During that night a trawler got caught up in its lines and got into difficulty; the result was it had to cut itself free resulting in the loss of the prop and my watch.

The result was now a free for all as anyone was free to salvage our prop, thankfully after 3 months searching in 50m with less than a minute of slack water we found it, along with my watch still clipped in place. There was a lot of scratching but it still worked and after a longish trip back to the factory it was more or less like new. I gave that wach to my father a few years ago as he is now partially sighted and it's the only one he can read, a better watch I doubt I'll ever find and certainly never loose again!
 
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