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Thanks for the welcome! Im told that setting the time after 6, ie 7 or 8 is the best way to avoid breaking the date gear on these movements. I sounds like they are a bit fragile and the pressure of flipping the date earlier is a too much for them. Ive got a jf lv on the way and theres no one i know of in new zealand that could fix it so i knowing a few tricks to avoid breaking it is great
The concerns are as follows, roughly an hour to two hours before the date change the gears start to engage. They stay engaged afterwards as well. That bit of wisdom regarding the date setting would apply to any movement, genuine or replica. This can be very readily seen in a 7750 movement as they slowly change over the course of an hour and a half. An additional concern is with the replica movements they are not always clean and properly oiled, plus not always are the materials used as durable as a genuine counterpart. The sh 3135 in particular it has some known issues with date change under normal circumstances. Some tend to double change the date has the hands move past midnight, but then setting the date by the crown are fine. Bottom line you might be fine if you change the date but it's better to be safe than sorry. Make sure the hours hand is somewhere between 4 and 8 and you'll be guaranteed that none of the date change mechanism will be engaged. In the unlikely event that you do need a movement repair, customs are usually not an issue shipping between New Zealand and the United States. There's a number of phenomenal watchsmiths here in the US. Welcome and enjoy the site!
Thanks for this info. Much appreciated and a great reference for the future. The other problem with repairs is the shipping costs from here. Sending a watch via tracked postage intl is about 60$ one way plus our dollar only gets you about 65 us cents so the repair bills start to hurt lol. Cheers again. Mike