This is my first post to this forum, and I did do some searching and read the FAQ, so hopefully this is not a noob post that has been answered previously...
With that disclaimer out of the way....here is my question.
I have a Speedmaster Automatic, about 8 years old, that needs service. I had to do an emergency car wash on my wife's car with a high-pressure hose, and forgot to take my watch off. (A special thanks to the lazy-a** painter who left that open paint can in the back of his truck!)
Anyway, the next day, there was some condensation on the inside of the crystal. Now, about 48 hours later...it appears to be gone, but I figure that I should have the watch checked out. Still keeping time just fine. It hasn't been serviced in about 3 years. That last service was done by Leo Hamel in San Diego, when the watch started picking up time for no reason. Since then, no problems until yesterday with the condensation.
So, the questions are:
1 - who would be recommended service centers in the Bay Area?
2 - Or, should I send the watch to Omega? I am guessing that takes a LONG time and will be the most expensive option. Any thoughts?
3 - what is the approximate cost of a typical service for these watches? I recall that my Leo Hamel repair was about $375. Is that about the going rate?
Any feedback on my situation would be great. Thanks in advance.