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What is the worst thing you've done to one of your watches? We all do dumb things every once in a while and accidents do happen. For me, it was leaving the crown unscrewed on my Fortis Flieger. I just picked it up that morning, wound it up, set it, and forgot to screw it in. This was in the middle of summer and it was inside. I keep my house around 67 F during the summers and in Arkansas it gets really hot and muggy out. I got to the office, parked my car, looked at my watch and it was all fogged up inside. That's when I noticed that the crown was unscrewed.

I had to work the rest of the day, so I went inside, left the crown unscrewed and put it by the AC vent. I went home and did the same, tried a hair dryer, but the next day, I could see that the damage was done. There were water droplets on the crystal. The lumed hands and dial looked corroded. The worst part about all of this is that I just had the watch serviced 2 weeks prior and was so happy to have it back.

Anyway, I left the watch for over a year before finally getting it repaired. The internals were okay and Fortis repair says that there was no rust. The repair bill was a little hefty because I had to replace the dial, hands, and they recommended a regular service (again!o|). I get it back this week and I can't wait.

So let's hear your stories!
 

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I have recently done the same with my breitling headwind, fortunately it was the middle of winter when the humidity was low and the air dry.
 

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Two that I remember, one was wearing one while hiking next to a waterfall, slippery rocks, etc, got dinged badly by the end, but luckily it was a beater.

Second one is when I tried to put leather conditioner and wanted to warm up the leather first as per instructions. Didnt have a hair dryer handy so what did I do??? I held it next to the gas stove, got burnt nicely and left a deep blackened area on the strap that ruined it. yeah, i'm brilliant sometimes.
 

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Got a mint anonimo wayfarer 2 from a member on here. Took it on vacation to Jamaica the next day. The second night there I was buzzed and fumbled while putting it on. Dropped it on to a tile floor from waist height. Hands got all knocked out of whack and the case has a big dent in it. Wore it for a total of about 10 hours before that happened.
 

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Ok, I'll play,

I did this long time ago, but still, it wasn't the best idea of the century. I was 11 (1982) and living my digital watch love with my new Timex Ironman. While walking in the house, i hit the watch on a wall and it left white paint marks on the resin case. I tried to rub it off with all kind of product, but no, the damn white marks where still there. That's when I had the genius idea of trying with nail polish remover, and it worked :-! But, after a few hours, the case cracked! Yep, the stuff was a bit to strong for the plastic :-( I felt like crying, It was a watch I wanted for so long and I new my father would tell me '' Though luck son!''. Anyway, I sent the watch back for warranty and they changed the case, for free! (except for shipping). I was impressed and sworn I would never use nail polish remover on a watch, ever! :-d

And you know what? I haven't thought of that story in years, you brought back good souvenirs about my first watches, thanks.
 

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I was 8 when i did this:

I was in the pool and i wanted to time how long i could hold my breath.

So i pushed the buttons underwater.
 

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DM71 might be close, but y'all are going to have to come up with better yet to be in contention.

HPoirot - I am willing to bet 99% of the watch owning public doesn't know you shouldn't push the pushers underwater.
 

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I did something horrible to my JSAR.

I sold it.
 
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Most boneheaded thing? Easy: trying my own repairs without proper tools. Back in 2005 I tried to fix this one:



The chronograph minute hand would jump when engaging the chrono. I found instructions for a fix, and I fixed it all right. I fixed that part right out of the back of the watch and across the room. Needless to say, the chronograph didn't function after that and I quit trying my own repairs. :)
 

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When I was about 12 I got my first ever watch- a Timex handwind. I told my parents the time every 10 mins for the rest of the day till they told me to shut up!
Anyway, I decided to make sure it wouldn't need wound for a week, so I wound and wound and wound til I heard a little ping. Oops.
I had a Royal London '50s VC homage and I wanted to see the movement, so I opened it up, saw it was indeed the ugliest, cheapest Miyota quartz in existence ("Zero jewels, unadjusted") and then could not for the life of me get the snap-on back back on. Eventually I tried plyers! I didn't care anymore- this thing was going back on if I had to ruin the watch to do it. I did ruin the watch, but the caseback was still not on. I called RL to get a replacement and they refused to give me one, so I threw it in the bin- such a shame as it was a lovely watch, which I'd given a great strap and it kept good time.
I did get a wonderful appreciation of the strength of mineral glass though. This 316L case was mauled to nothing, but the crystal was perfect!
 

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DM71 might be close, but y'all are going to have to come up with better yet to be in contention.

HPoirot - I am willing to bet 99% of the watch owning public doesn't know you shouldn't push the pushers underwater.
Do I win something for been the dumbest? :-d
 

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I bought a DW5200 in 1984, I was 13 at the time. I used it a LOT timing my friends on the swim team. The battery eventually died around 1988. I threw it in the trash shortly there-after. Stupid Stupid stupid!!

Wow..that's something!

This thread is really depressing..brings back some bad memories. Bought my wife a nice watch but had to remove the caseback to do some cleaning on the hands..There were 4 philip screws securing the caseback n i almost ruined them by using a screw driver that wasn't pointed enough to do the job right. Rushed down to service centre in a cab to get it done right when in fact i could have just spent $1 getting the right screwdriver froma shop nearby.

Also lost a small part while working on my Fortis movement but thank goodness i had a cheaper spare movement where i transferred the lost part.

A spring bar sprung out while adjusting my Seiko bracelet n spent about an hour looking for it in the room. It was a new watch so i felt very bad during that hour b4 i found it.

Though i managed to solve these problems, the feeling when the mistake was made was just horrible. It's something i hope to never go thru again. My brain isn't as shock-resistant as my watches. For all those who have something to contribute in this thread, i hope such things never happen to you again.
 

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Great responses! I don't feel so bad after hearing all of these responses :D. Keep them coming!
 

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Do I win something for been the dumbest? :-d
No, because you're not.

Let's just say that arc welding while wearing your t-touch is not the best idea... And even after you've scarred the crystal with weld splatter, doing it again was definitely not brilliant.

Aside from the weld splatter, the high magnetic field made all the functions work very strange after that.
 

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:roll: Didn't take off my Lucien Piccard working on a mainframe and shorted it to power on a backplane,
5 volts and lotsa Amps.
Wasn't paying attention and smashed my Fairchild digital against a post in Disneyland in 83. It was
a goner. :-(
 

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Carefully desconstructed it to see how it was made, and then of course was quite incapable of putting it back together again..... tried for weeks.
 

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Carefully desconstructed it to see how it was made, and then of course was quite incapable of putting it back together again..... tried for weeks.

LOL. I've done this to other things before but never to a watch. I've seen to many pictures of the parts and KNOW that if I took one apart, I'd never get it back together.
 
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