After purchasing some nice straps I was ready to do my first strap change on my PAM98 today.
I made sure I had everything set-up properly. I taped the areas around the screws, so there would
be no scratches should the screwdriver slip. I took my watchmaker's screwdriver set and found
a screwdriver that perfectly matched the grove on the screw. I knew this was very important and I checked
the perfect fit up close - with a 20 x loupe.
One side, screws 1 and 2 loosened up, lugs pulled out and strap changed...super easy, took 2-3 minutes.
Other side: - screw #3 came out again very easy, but the last screw would not budge. I tried again. Nothing.
Checked under the loupe if the screw really did not move only to find out in horror that the grove got already mangled with my effort!!
Apparently when they installed the strap in factory, this one screw was over-tightened as it did not budge
at all while the other 3 screws came out SUPER easy. Not sure what to do now..... I do not think that even my watchmaker
can take it out. I wonder if I have to send the watch to Panerai repair center and have the screw carefully drilled out.
Fortunately, besides 1 mangled screw everything is fine and because I taped the watch off - there are no scratches.
Any of you experienced similar challenges ? Should I send the watch to Panerai repair center or
does the NY or Beverly Hills Panerai Boutique have a watchmaker on staff that can help?
Your advice will be appreciated.