I have a 3 year old base that is having a little difficulty. It is not properly allowing me to wind and set the time. Sometimes it winds in both positions and sometimes it sets the time in both positions... so, clearly repair is in order which leads to the question -> Out of warranty, Unitas movement, can (read "should") I take it to a trusted repairman or send it to Panerai? Is this like a car thing where of course a trusted mechanic will get the job done well and timely and relatively cheaper than the dealership? Or is this something different. If it is of value, I am in Denver.
MHO: I think there are plenty of good repair people out there who can...
March 9 2009, 2:55 PM
more than handle a quality repair job. The only caveat, is if any parts are needed from Panerai specifically, Panerai will not sell them the parts. At least that is what I have been told by some very reputable watchmakers/repair people.
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Sounds to me like the set screw is loose. A simple fix and any watchmaker...
March 9 2009, 3:38 PM
can fix this in a matter of minutes, if that is indeed the problem. Since it does wind, that tells me the mainspring is intact and because it's winding/setting related, I'm guessing it's set screw or crown related. BTW, I'm not a watchmaker but I do know a few basics which I've picked up from my best friend, who is a watchmaker.
FWIW, the only 'panerai specific' parts on any Unitas powered Panerai are the bridges. All the other parts can be ordered by any watchmaker out of the ETA/Unitas catalogue for a 649X-2 movement.