I'm working on my next watch for the YouTube channel. I want to keep it a secret as to what the watch is, mainly because it'll be a bit of a surprise for most people and I've never seen one disassembled anywhere before. It's from a well known and highly respected brand, with a very good quality high beat (36k) movement. Long story short, I get the full watch taken down tonight, and the very last thing is disassembling the mainspring barrel and removing the spring and arbor. I got it taken apart only to find some serious wear marks in the barrel, and the spring out of flat (beyond repair). Normally this wouldn't be an issue, but I can only find 1 single seller online that has the correct replacement part. $150 for a replacement barrel and spring. OUCH!!! I'm committed at this point, as without it the watch is a paperweight, but this thing better be awesome when it's done.
I Bought it in Madrid in 2007. I have the Box and all the cards and Books that came with it.I'm intrigued. What type of Seamaster? 60's, 80's, modern? If it is more modern, with a co-axial escapement movement, I'll probably have to pass. I don't have the proper testing equipment for those, but if it's an older Seamaster I might be able to help (assuming any needed parts are available).
I've never heard of anyone charging extra for that.I have one of those famous Japanese brands that I purchased new at a good price in the 90's- needed a new battery and so I went to the local jewelry/key/lock folks in town. The guys were out on a lock call so I just left it with the clerk. Called to check on it a few days later- still not ready- after about 10 days they call- it's ready- get there and it's $50.- I thought what the heck- for a battery. The reason given was they had to consult with a factory trained person to figure out how to set the date and month. I needs a new battery now and I am going to youtube and replace the battery only, cause I usually don't care what day it is now days.