Trogedon, AKA nzwatchdotor, AKA Paul,
I was replying to different people who had bad experiences with Paul, but you are entirely correct.SIX posts in different threads, in under an hour, saying almost exactly the same thing ?
I think you've made your point.
It appears to be a Portugieser chronograph, reference IW371609.Is this a genuine IWC product, and if so, which reference?
It also begs the question why somebody would entrust a watch costing £7500 / $10,200 US / $14,750 NZ to a watchsmith on the basis that they're cheap.He's cheap, really cheap, and you damn well get what you pay for.
I’d prefer to hear from the owner of the watch. The one you link appears like a larger version, notice where the “Swiss Made” lines up with the 6 o’clock marker. I also see thinner strokes used in the seconds chapter ring in your link, is why I’m asking the OP about authenticity. No one wants a watch of theirs to be damaged, but all facts should be in evidence, including if this is a genuine product or a counterfeit.
He tried to charge me $40 🤬... Somehow he thought that I'd pay a token amount, after he damaged it. I don't care if he tried to charge me $40 or $200 for what should have been a simple task, I told him I wasn't paying a cent.
Don't paint us all with the same brush 😄, Paul is a character. He threw up red flags when I dropped my watch off in the first place that I should have listened to. The other watchsmith I just collected it from today was exceptional.That is a unique Arctura- we don’t see very many of those around here!
Apologies for possibly impugning your IWC, I just wanted to give the benefit of the doubt regarding printing quality, but I think I have given too much of that already to NZ.
This regrettable situation can be fixed by sending into the factory for a new chapter ring (and likely a service due to unauthorized entry), but I hope this serves as a cautionary tale for those down the road who have a really nice watch that needs something minor- it’s still best to use factory-approved repair providers.