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I snagged a Olympic World time (6217-7000) off the 'bay today, and it has a crack in the case back. I'd never intentionally get the watch wet, so no worries there, but it seems sweat and humidity have an easier time with a crack like that.

I'm assuming my soldering skills won't solve this (or will they?) so I'm wondering if I need this welded/bonded/whatever instead, and who/how?

Ideas?

The offending issue:

The rest of the watch, 'cuz we all love to see watches:
 

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Laser weld or find a donor...Looks pretty good otherwise. I wonder if any moisture crept in there already ?
 

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Movement looked free from intrusion to me:

Being an Olympic case back, I was thinking a replacement might be tough. How much does a laser weld cost, and can someone PM me a purveyor?
 

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A good watchmaker (not watchbodger) should be able to laser weld it - as they use the same for building up dings and scratches.
 

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Looks great :) I have used a guy in the UK, superb but I doubt it would be cost effective for you to use him.
 

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Whelp, nobody local (Michigan) laser welds so far as I know, so if anyone knows a US based source, I'm happy to hear about them.
 

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Whelp, nobody local (Michigan) laser welds so far as I know, so if anyone knows a US based source, I'm happy to hear about them.
I seem to remember Spencer using a guy sometime back to do some work on a 6105 case ?
 

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I had that nice world-timer on my watchlist for a few days , but that small crack keep me from pushing the bid button . Being stainless I am not sure if it can be fixed with silver solder, I was thinking about the local Bead It shop where they teach jewelry soldering .....also I was thinking about taking it to a local muffler shop where I had an exhaust pipe flange repaired once because their welders all had certificates for different types of welding techniques , including stainless . The job they did for me impressed me with the beautiful, clean welding application......Good luck
 

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What I see is a difficult job to repair... I will check here if someone can do the laser welding at affordable price though...:sleep:
 
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