Chuck Maddox’s Watch Blog

This page is a journal of my journey in the field of Horology, which is timekeeping. In other words, watch collecting. Which in my case is the collecting of chronograph watches. To contact me, email me at: .

Location: Chicagoland, United States

The Extremely wordy version of my Resumé is located here:

Friday, January 14, 2005

Swatch Group US Secaucus contact information...

From my “things I find while dredging for other information” file:

Swatch Group US Secaucus contact information...

55 Metro Way
Suite #1
Secaucus, New Jersey 07094
Tel. Omega ++ 1 (800) 766-6342
Tel. Customer Service ++ 1 (877) 839-5224
Fax. Customer Service ++1 (201) 558-5099

-- Chuck

Thursday, January 13, 2005

3303 failure after 6 weeks on ACC Ti - epilogue

MarkEg Posts: 3303 failure after 6 weeks on ACC Ti - epilogue [Jan 13, 2005 - 05:07 AM]

Hi all

Just got back from the shop where I bought my ill-fated Seamaster ACC TI 3303 - the problems I had have been listed in this thread link below

(3303 failure after 6 weeks on ACC Ti - MarkEg [Dec 05, 2004 - 07:50 AM],

After several letters and phone calls I have now received a full refund.

The watch was returned to the shop, they sent it to Omega who then told them a month later that it had received a full service and was now fine and could be collected next week…….

I replied with this (abridged…)

"It is clear that Omega have not blamed me for damaging the watch because they have mended it and extended the warranty to cover the lost time. This confirms that there was a manufacturing fault - and as such I have rights under the sale of goods act.

I do not want a repaired watch; I bought new because I wanted a new watch. It failed in a very short period of time and was not fit for the purpose that it was designed for when sold.

As before I require a full refund…."

I would like to thank everyone who offered advice in the earlier thread especially Chuck for the lengthy replies [1, 2] and Neil (UK) for suggesting the sale of goods act.

I am sad that the watch failed but also grateful that it did so in a short period of time, as any longer would have made the refund less likely. I still love my Omegas and will probably buy more, but will be sticking to older watches that have a better track record.

Thanks again for all the help

Best regards



I'm relieved to hear that Mark was able to obtain a satisfactory solution. This goes to show that there are alternatives to the oft-mistated ONLY option of having Omega repair their faulty and defect riddled c.33xx products which Omega continues to sell dispite all of the issues that continue to be reported.

There are likely always alternatives to meekly accepting what a company offers. Investigate all of your other options, seek out the thoughts of others, look in your phone book under Consumer Protection, learn what "Lemon Laws" exist where you live, don't be afraid to ask... You have little to lose and potentially satisfaction to gain.

Just something to keep in mind when people tell you that you don't have any options other than what Omega offers...

If enough people who have failed c.33xx's followed Mark's example, perhaps Omega would have fixed ALL of the c.33xx's by now.

-- Chuck

c.3303 (Broad Arrow) Failure in Brussels...

TheGlos who posts from Brussels reports that his 1 year old Broad Arrow broke without any known reason in the TZOF...


-- Chuck

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Paulo's looking for a 376.0822 dial...

On 10 December 2004 I posted a query from Paulo in Italy who was intending to purchase a 376.0822 with a 176.0012 dial... I'm still looking for a 376.0822 dial for him, but Paulo sent me an email with pictures of the watch he purchased:

As you can see the minute track of Paulo's example doesn't extend to the outer ring of the dial like the proper 376.0822 dial does.

If you have a spare 376.0822 dial or know where to source one, please contact me so I can get you and Paulo together...

-- Chuck

Sorry it's been so quiet...

Sorry it's been so quiet around here lately. Some of this is due to standard post-Holiday doledrums. And today is the high holy day of the MacWorld San Francisco Keynote address for the Mac faithful.

In addition I have been hard at work with a joint project that I really can't talk about yet that has taken a significant amount of my time. I can tell you that this project will be well worth the wait and the effort I and the people I'm partnering with are putting into it. But I really can't say more just yet. Just keep on watching, hopefully in the weeks ahead you'll have reason to agree!

-- Chuck