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Can someone PM me the link where they found Snead at? I am looking at getting a new watch and really like the quality of the watch Leigh98 got from him.

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I haven't read this entire thread, so sorry if it's already been talked about, but has anyone bought a highly discounted watch from 1saleaday? What's the quality of the watches that they sell? I too have a Seiko Titanium. My wife gave it to me on our wedding day. It stopped working a few months back, after 8+ years of service. I thought it was a battery issue, but when a new battery was put in by a Macy's watch repair specialist, nothing happened. I was quoted a minimum of $250 for diagnosis and possible repair. I have a problem paying more for the repair than what the cost of the watch was when purchased. But it has sentimental value, and I'd like to pass it on to my son. Decisions, decisions. Is $250 too high?

i would reach out to a local watch repair and get a second appraisal for the cost of repairs.

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Can someone PM me the link where they found Snead at? I am looking at getting a new watch and really like the quality of the watch Leigh98 got from him.

Supermirrors

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Does anyone have experience with Seiko's Kinetic line? I want an automatic and I'm looking at Seikos and Eco-drives.

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I haven't read this entire thread, so sorry if it's already been talked about, but has anyone bought a highly discounted watch from 1saleaday? What's the quality of the watches that they sell? I too have a Seiko Titanium. My wife gave it to me on our wedding day. It stopped working a few months back, after 8+ years of service. I thought it was a battery issue, but when a new battery was put in by a Macy's watch repair specialist, nothing happened. I was quoted a minimum of $250 for diagnosis and possible repair. I have a problem paying more for the repair than what the cost of the watch was when purchased. But it has sentimental value, and I'd like to pass it on to my son. Decisions, decisions. Is $250 too high?

i would reach out to a local watch repair and get a second appraisal for the cost of repairs.
:goodposting: I think what it costs to repair and your willingness to pay is largely dependent on its intrinsic value to you. Based on what you are saying about passing it along, $250 doesn't seem like a ton. But screw Macy's watch repair, take it to a guy with Swiss and/or Japanese watch maker/repair certifications and let them do the work.

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Can someone PM me the link where they found Snead at? I am looking at getting a new watch and really like the quality of the watch Leigh98 got from him.

Supermirrors
Thanks, appreciate the link.

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Does anyone have experience with Seiko's Kinetic line? I want an automatic and I'm looking at Seikos and Eco-drives.

I currently have a Seiko Arctura Kinetic, have had it over close to 10 years now and never have had a problem with it.I did have a Citizen Eco-Drive that stopped charging after about 4 years. Edited by Hawks64

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Does anyone have experience with Seiko's Kinetic line? I want an automatic and I'm looking at Seikos and Eco-drives.

I currently have a Seiko Arctura Kinetic, have had it over close to 10 years now and never have had a problem with it.I did have a Citizen Eco-Drive that stopped charging after about 4 years.
I've had my eco drive for 12 years and it is just fine.Seiko is a good watchmaker, regardless of whether you look at quartz, automatic or something like the kinetic line. it's not sexy but it is very reliable.

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Does anyone have experience with Seiko's Kinetic line? I want an automatic and I'm looking at Seikos and Eco-drives.

I currently have a Seiko Arctura Kinetic, have had it over close to 10 years now and never have had a problem with it.I did have a Citizen Eco-Drive that stopped charging after about 4 years.
I've had my eco drive for 12 years and it is just fine.Seiko is a good watchmaker, regardless of whether you look at quartz, automatic or something like the kinetic line. it's not sexy but it is very reliable.
I was surprised to find that some people rank the Grand Seiko Spring Drive's craftsmanship as high as Rolex.Personally, I'm tired of my quartz battery dying unexpected every 18 months or so. Sure, it's only around $5 to get a new battery put in, but I think I'm ready to graduate to a more sophisticated timepiece.

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Does anyone have experience with Seiko's Kinetic line? I want an automatic and I'm looking at Seikos and Eco-drives.

I currently have a Seiko Arctura Kinetic, have had it over close to 10 years now and never have had a problem with it.I did have a Citizen Eco-Drive that stopped charging after about 4 years.
I've had my eco drive for 12 years and it is just fine.Seiko is a good watchmaker, regardless of whether you look at quartz, automatic or something like the kinetic line. it's not sexy but it is very reliable.
I was surprised to find that some people rank the Grand Seiko Spring Drive's craftsmanship as high as Rolex.Personally, I'm tired of my quartz battery dying unexpected every 18 months or so. Sure, it's only around $5 to get a new battery put in, but I think I'm ready to graduate to a more sophisticated timepiece.
Seiko has been moving away from Kinetics toward solar in their mid-tier quartz range. They still offer both. The older Kinetic models had problems with the capacitors dying after a few years but I think that's been sorted out. It is possible to replace the original capacitor but it wouldn't be easy to find a watchmaker willing to take the project.The Grand Seikos are supposed to be a match for any watch anywhere but I've never seen one in person. They're more available in Asia.Casio's Edifice line is another option in the $100-$500 price range. They also have radio controlled and solar charging options. I'm not crazy about most of their styles but your mileage may vary.

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i found this gorgeous Hamilton Jazzmaster today that might be my latest addition. Simple but looks fantastic.

Did you ever buy this? Anyone else with experience with Hamiltons?

I kind of like their line.

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i found this gorgeous Hamilton Jazzmaster today that might be my latest addition. Simple but looks fantastic.

Did you ever buy this? Anyone else with experience with Hamiltons?

I kind of like their line.

did not. i still like it but i find myself conflicted about auto vs. quartz vs mechanical. if i go quartz then what am i really looking for? aesthetics, maybe. what's a decent value for such a thing? why have a hang up about the brand/maker then if that's the case?

i see value and merit in the auto/mechanical argument for spending the dough but i struggle with the quartz.

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i found this gorgeous Hamilton Jazzmaster today that might be my latest addition. Simple but looks fantastic.

Did you ever buy this? Anyone else with experience with Hamiltons?

I kind of like their line.

did not. i still like it but i find myself conflicted about auto vs. quartz vs mechanical. if i go quartz then what am i really looking for? aesthetics, maybe. what's a decent value for such a thing? why have a hang up about the brand/maker then if that's the case?

i see value and merit in the auto/mechanical argument for spending the dough but i struggle with the quartz.

My link

That is the automatic version of that watch you posted and one I am interested in. I was just wondering the experiences folks had with this brand as I am considering either going with something in this price range, or a Tag I've been eying for around $1k. I suppose this one would be a consideration in that price range as well.

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Are there any high quality Chinease fake Rolex's?

Yes, PM'd you a site. Supermirror has some very nice stuff. I will be getting a Breitling and a TAG from him shortly.

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Are there any high quality Chinease fake Rolex's?

Yes, PM'd you a site. Supermirror has some very nice stuff. I will be getting a Breitling and a TAG from him shortly.
My Omega lasted a month before the crown broke. Sent it back and they said they haven't received it yet even though I have confirmation it was delivered. No more fakes for me, thanks.

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Are there any high quality Chinease fake Rolex's?

Yes, PM'd you a site. Supermirror has some very nice stuff. I will be getting a Breitling and a TAG from him shortly.
Curious approx how much are those are going for?

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Are there any high quality Chinease fake Rolex's?

Yes, PM'd you a site. Supermirror has some very nice stuff. I will be getting a Breitling and a TAG from him shortly.
Curious approx how much are those are going for?
275 for the Breitling Avenger and the TAG Calibre 36 is 105

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Are there any high quality Chinease fake Rolex's?

Yes, PM'd you a site. Supermirror has some very nice stuff. I will be getting a Breitling and a TAG from him shortly.
My Omega lasted a month before the crown broke. Sent it back and they said they haven't received it yet even though I have confirmation it was delivered. No more fakes for me, thanks.
Did you get it from SuperMirror/Sead?

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Okay, I'll just post this here....hoping that some of ya'll can help me out.

I love watches. But, I have a very, very hard time justifying spending a lot of money on one....don't get me wrong, if I could, I would....but, I need some help.

First off, I am genuinely interested in a self-winding, mechanical watch. But, I'm confused about the movements. I see some kinetic mechanical watches have a quartz movement? Doesn't that mean it has a battery?

Second, I would love if someone could point me in the right direction on an affordable sharp looking watch. Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I've checked out a lot of the watches posted here and they are all on the right track. Ideally, it would be less than $1000....it would be much better less than $500.

I love the Omega Seamasters, but they are out of my price range, and I foolishly bought a knock off one. The thing looked and felt fantastic, just perfect....but, well, it stopped keeping constant time after about a week (even using a self-winding machine)....and about 2 months later, it just stopped working period. It looked great, but worked for ####, so I threw it out.

Sooooo, is there like a watches for dummies website out there? Or could someone throw down some knowledge for me por favor? I would greatly appreciate it. :thumbup:

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Okay, I'll just post this here....hoping that some of ya'll can help me out.I love watches. But, I have a very, very hard time justifying spending a lot of money on one....don't get me wrong, if I could, I would....but, I need some help.First off, I am genuinely interested in a self-winding, mechanical watch. But, I'm confused about the movements. I see some kinetic mechanical watches have a quartz movement? Doesn't that mean it has a battery?Second, I would love if someone could point me in the right direction on an affordable sharp looking watch. Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I've checked out a lot of the watches posted here and they are all on the right track. Ideally, it would be less than $1000....it would be much better less than $500.I love the Omega Seamasters, but they are out of my price range, and I foolishly bought a knock off one. The thing looked and felt fantastic, just perfect....but, well, it stopped keeping constant time after about a week (even using a self-winding machine)....and about 2 months later, it just stopped working period. It looked great, but worked for ####, so I threw it out. Sooooo, is there like a watches for dummies website out there? Or could someone throw down some knowledge for me por favor? I would greatly appreciate it. :thumbup:

Where did you get your knock off one from?

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i found this gorgeous Hamilton Jazzmaster today that might be my latest addition. Simple but looks fantastic.

Did you ever buy this? Anyone else with experience with Hamiltons?

I kind of like their line.

did not. i still like it but i find myself conflicted about auto vs. quartz vs mechanical. if i go quartz then what am i really looking for? aesthetics, maybe. what's a decent value for such a thing? why have a hang up about the brand/maker then if that's the case?

i see value and merit in the auto/mechanical argument for spending the dough but i struggle with the quartz.

My link

That is the automatic version of that watch you posted and one I am interested in. I was just wondering the experiences folks had with this brand as I am considering either going with something in this price range, or a Tag I've been eying for around $1k. I suppose this one would be a consideration in that price range as well.

hamilton was gobbled up by the swatch group, i believe. they kept the name and products but the guts of their watches are not the same. the craftsmanship just isn't there any longer. that's not to say that they are bad but, more, overpriced for what you are really getting. i'd look at, say, one of those victoronix automatics instead like this.

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i found this gorgeous Hamilton Jazzmaster today that might be my latest addition. Simple but looks fantastic.

Did you ever buy this? Anyone else with experience with Hamiltons?

I kind of like their line.

did not. i still like it but i find myself conflicted about auto vs. quartz vs mechanical. if i go quartz then what am i really looking for? aesthetics, maybe. what's a decent value for such a thing? why have a hang up about the brand/maker then if that's the case?

i see value and merit in the auto/mechanical argument for spending the dough but i struggle with the quartz.

My link

That is the automatic version of that watch you posted and one I am interested in. I was just wondering the experiences folks had with this brand as I am considering either going with something in this price range, or a Tag I've been eying for around $1k. I suppose this one would be a consideration in that price range as well.

hamilton was gobbled up by the swatch group, i believe. they kept the name and products but the guts of their watches are not the same. the craftsmanship just isn't there any longer. that's not to say that they are bad but, more, overpriced for what you are really getting. i'd look at, say, one of those victoronix automatics instead like this.
Good to know. Victorinox is my favorite brand of watch so I have a long list of them I like, still looking for the right model though in an automatic.

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i found this gorgeous Hamilton Jazzmaster today that might be my latest addition. Simple but looks fantastic.

Did you ever buy this? Anyone else with experience with Hamiltons?

I kind of like their line.

did not. i still like it but i find myself conflicted about auto vs. quartz vs mechanical. if i go quartz then what am i really looking for? aesthetics, maybe. what's a decent value for such a thing? why have a hang up about the brand/maker then if that's the case?

i see value and merit in the auto/mechanical argument for spending the dough but i struggle with the quartz.

My link

That is the automatic version of that watch you posted and one I am interested in. I was just wondering the experiences folks had with this brand as I am considering either going with something in this price range, or a Tag I've been eying for around $1k. I suppose this one would be a consideration in that price range as well.

hamilton was gobbled up by the swatch group, i believe. they kept the name and products but the guts of their watches are not the same. the craftsmanship just isn't there any longer. that's not to say that they are bad but, more, overpriced for what you are really getting. i'd look at, say, one of those victoronix automatics instead like this.
Good to know. Victorinox is my favorite brand of watch so I have a long list of them I like, still looking for the right model though in an automatic.
there are these really lovely automatics that aren't really offered into the US by seiko. you order them direct from japan. i cannot find the link but they have this nice auto that looks smashing and similar to that hamilton, iirc. maybe the link is in the thread here?

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found it - link here . they are a great price for what you are paying for.

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found it - linkhere . they are a great price for what you are paying for.

Yeah Eephus posted these earlier, was actually thinking about getting one of those for my Dad.

Kinda like this one for me though.

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found it - linkhere . they are a great price for what you are paying for.

Yeah Eephus posted these earlier, was actually thinking about getting one of those for my Dad.

Kinda like this one for me though.

those orient star autos on the site are *sweet*.

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found it - linkhere . they are a great price for what you are paying for.

Yeah Eephus posted these earlier, was actually thinking about getting one of those for my Dad.

Kinda like this one for me though.

those orient star autos on the site are *sweet*.
Orient USA is the official USA importer. The Japanese retailers have better styles though. I have an old Orient Star GMT that I bought used. It's very well made piece but Orient doesn't have a lot of brand awareness here except among a very small community of watch nerds. OTOH, you probably won't see anybody else wearing one.

Watch nerd boards include Watchuseek and PMWF. It's an interesting (albeit obsessive) community.

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I ordered a Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph AT0810-55X as a Christmas gift to myself. I'm not crazy about the brown face, I prefer black, but I can't wait for it to be delivered. :)

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Can someone PM me the link where they found Snead at? I am looking at getting a new watch and really like the quality of the watch Leigh98 got from him.

Supermirrors
Its been decent. The face of the bezel (I think thats what they call the ring with 20, 30, 40, 50 on it) has gotten a bit cracked / scratched / dinged up, probably just as much my fault for banging it around. But I've seen people have replaced that with OEM so may think about that. Also, in bright light you can see a bit of a bubble near the 9 on the face where I think the coating may have slightly separated from the glass on the inside. Can't really see it though unless you really look. Has kept time pretty well too.

Pic from today

(You can see the crack to the right of the 50 and the scratches/scuffs under the 30.)

Other than that I like it alot and have gotten compliments on it. The tough part is deciding whether or not to fess up or let people think I dropped $3k on a watch. One guy I work with who wears a (real) Rolex and knows me well enough to think I wouldn't spend $3k said, "Hey, thats a nice watch!" in a surprised tone... I just said "Thanks"

The other downside is I think I want a real one now... :kicksrock:

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They're not $200 and under, but what do you guys think of these five watches I'm considering (along with the best prices I can find for them)?

Hamilton Jazzmaster for $489: http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-H3245.../dp/B0058GRTV4

Hamilton Valiant for $450: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hamilton-H39515134-Watch-Valiant-Mens-Black-Dial-Stainless-Steel-Case-Automatic-/251172714349?pt=Wristwatches&hash=item3a7b0f776d

Oris Classic Date for $750: http://www.watchmaxx.com/watch/oris-classic-date-men-73375784054MB?gclid=CJbbjr3i07QCFQKRPAodgykAfA

Oris Artelier Date for $837: http://www.luxurytimemart.com/oris-artelier-date-73375914054mb.html

Oris Artelier Small Second Date for $963: http://www.luxurytimemart.com/oris-artelier-small-second-date-62375824074mb.html

Edited by Shrugs

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I wear an Oris Classic Date, but the one with numerals instead of tick-marks. It's ok. 2.5 years old. Has a few dings here and there, but keeps great time.

I think I'd like something a little more sporty and less formal for my next one. It feels a bit bland right now.

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That one does seem like the most bland of the five I'm looking at. I was favoring the Oris Artelier Date for $837 until I did some research and discovered that luxurytimemart.com probably isn't a reputable site. The next-best price I can find on it is $1081 at watchmaxx. Now thinking more about the Hamiltons.

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I went to my local authorized dealer today and leaning toward shelling out the extra bucks for the Oris Artelier Date. The Hamiltons are less than half the expense, but the difference between the two on my wrist was really noticeable. Here's my favorite: http://www.friendsoforis.com/store/Oris-Artelier-Date-20.html I discovered that the little circles around the edges of the dial and the hands where it looks white actually glows green at times depending on the lighting or something. Check out the photo of the exhibition back, which I love. The part with the "Swiss Made Oris High Mech" rotates around like in a compass, showing off the mechanisms and jewels. Now I just have to decide whether to buy it off watchmaxx.com for $1081 or from my local authorized dealer for $1300 out the door including sizing.

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I pulled the trigger on the Oris Artelier Date today. Went back to my local authorized dealer and showed him the watchmaxx.com price of $1081 on the watch. I got him to come down to $1250 sized and out the door (from the $1300 out the door we ended at yesterday after his original price of $1380 as 20 percent off retail). So basically it comes to $150 more than the gray market site, and I think that's worth it. Especially since I don't think watchmaxx actually has the watch on hand and watchmaxx lists an incorrect retail price. The local dealer ordered the watch and it should arrive in 7-10 days. My first automatic watch!

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I pulled the trigger on the Oris Artelier Date today. Went back to my local authorized dealer and showed him the watchmaxx.com price of $1081 on the watch. I got him to come down to $1250 sized and out the door (from the $1300 out the door we ended at yesterday after his original price of $1380 as 20 percent off retail). So basically it comes to $150 more than the gray market site, and I think that's worth it. Especially since I don't think watchmaxx actually has the watch on hand and watchmaxx lists an incorrect retail price. The local dealer ordered the watch and it should arrive in 7-10 days. My first automatic watch!

Cool. I have an Oris TT2 (aka Williams F1) with a silver dial. Oris is one of the few remaining independent Swiss companies that hasn't been acquired or changed hands. I think they're using SW200 movements nowadays rather than ETA 2824 but there should be any substantive differences.

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I pulled the trigger on the Oris Artelier Date today. Went back to my local authorized dealer and showed him the watchmaxx.com price of $1081 on the watch. I got him to come down to $1250 sized and out the door (from the $1300 out the door we ended at yesterday after his original price of $1380 as 20 percent off retail). So basically it comes to $150 more than the gray market site, and I think that's worth it. Especially since I don't think watchmaxx actually has the watch on hand and watchmaxx lists an incorrect retail price. The local dealer ordered the watch and it should arrive in 7-10 days. My first automatic watch!

Nice. I really like automatics... the fact that it's a machine on your wrist that relies on nothing other than your natural motion is very cool to me. Plus that clear case back letting you see everything in motion adds another great element.That said, once you start building a collection (more than two, I'd say), invest in a winder. You can get a two watch winder off Amazon for maybe $50-60 and it will save you having to reset your time and date every time you put on a different watch.I started collecting a year or two ago and now have three Seiko automatics (an Orange Monster, a Pepsi bezel and an older one I bought with my first "real" paycheck), a quartz Victorinox infantry watch that my wife bought me as well as my Cartier Roadster.Looking to add an Armida A1 or a Helson Shark Diver to the mix soon.

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Anyone know how to remove a scratch from harden mineral crystal?Did a quick google search online and said to just have it replaced.

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needed a cheap, more casual fill-in watch (my everyday citizen eco-drive band broke...apparently a fairly common occurrence as my father's did the same thing).

ended up going with this for $60...no experience with invicta, but i've seen some models from them that are HUGE. this one is a nice size without being too big. i like the simple, clean design as well.

looks like it is unavailable now. glad i got it while it was still in stock.

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Are there any high quality Chinease fake Rolex's?

Yes, PM'd you a site. Supermirror has some very nice stuff. I will be getting a Breitling and a TAG from him shortly.
My Omega lasted a month before the crown broke. Sent it back and they said they haven't received it yet even though I have confirmation it was delivered. No more fakes for me, thanks.
To his credit, "Josh" sent me a replacement for the broken item. Hopefully this version lasts longer, watch is beautiful.

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So I just got a Wenger that has a screw down crown. I unscrewed it to be able to set the time and date and now it won't screw back down. Any experience with this, I've tried pushing it it to try and get it to catch but it won't.

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So I just got a Wenger that has a screw down crown. I unscrewed it to be able to set the time and date and now it won't screw back down. Any experience with this, I've tried pushing it it to try and get it to catch but it won't.

Push the crown in and screw it to the left until you just feel the thread kind of "sink" a bit then try screwing it down. (Tough to explain, but you're trying to get the threads lined up.)If that doesn't work, my guess is there's a gasket out of place or perhaps you cross-threaded it. Either one would probably require servicing.

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