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    Hello all.
    I have a Big Pilot rep with the fake (only 48h) power reserve at 3 o'clock and the date at 6 o'clock. I believe I bought it from ZF, but not for sure any more. The stem seems to be broken - the crown sorta wobbles, but I can move the hands. However, it makes a grinding noise/feel. By report, the watch has a 23J asian 21600 vph movement.

    I took it to a local repair. He opened it and told me:
    1) Has this been opened before? It is loose. (It hadn't)
    2) There is a screw missing.
    3) Repair would require taking out the entire movement and replacing screw - for $185 !! Not sure why couldn't just replace screw - a bit of a language barrier was present.
    4) He knew the watch was a rep but said that the movement was "very expensive"

    I have a few questions:

    1) Is it better to repair or replace with a better movement?
    2) If repair - who can I send it to?
    3) If replace what movement should I get and from where? Can they keep the fancy rotor, etc?
    4) What kind of movement is this?

    Thanks in advance.
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    I would get a new movement. Just search for "vacuum" or "vac". He is a modifies watches and knows the BP well. I has done work for me in the past and is located in Florida. Alternatively, give up on this one and try to sell it for parts and get the new BP with working PR. It is relatively affordable.

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