About a year ago, after a very extensive search, I finally found a watch I loved, and I bought it through eBay. Ever since, and despite much work by a reputable, experienced watch repair guy, it's 95% worked, which sadly makes it 100% useless. I love how it looks, so I don't want to give up on it, but I don't know what else to do.
It runs fine on my nightstand for weeks at a time, but when I wear it, it stops. When I've worn it next to another, battery-operated watch, it's stopped within hours or a day or two. Once, when I wore it on its own, it ran for a little over a week. I do wind it fully every morning, and I don't expose it to moisture.
About the watch (here's a photo
) (Those hands are a deep teal blue, and the border is mother of pearl.)
-Not sure of its age - 1940's-1970's?
-That's an inset second hand at the bottom
-The text says "Record Geneve" and "Stotsaker"
-On the back, there's a crown in a circle, 386392, and a few other little marks I can try to make out if it would help.
A bunch of repairs have been done, over the course of several visits, and each time he thought it was fixed, but it never was. Here's what was done:
-overall cleaning and lube
-balance staff - replaced bent pivot
Most recently, I took it to a different, well-regarded shop (The Watch Hospital, in Boston), told him all of the above, and he said it was reading perfectly and I'd be throwing money away to keep trying. He also said he couldn't gut it and fit in a modern mechanism because of the second hand at the bottom, even though I am willing to give up its function.
So, is there anything left to try? Does the pattern of when it stops indicate the root of the problem? Any other places you'd suggest asking this question? Or, barring that, any creative ideas on how I can enjoy it anyway?