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Watch Trouble

From The American Horologist magazine, January, 1946

Watch Trouble

Paul Shideler of Indianapolis, Ind., dropped his watch down a sewer, accidentally. When it was recovered Shideler was amazed to find it still ticking. However, he took it to a local jeweler for inspection. The jeweler advised him to send it back to the factory as a precaution.

So Shideler sent the watch to the factory and with it, a note-praising the watch highly in view of its performance. Three weeks later he received a letter from one department at the factory, saying, "We have your watch. As no note accompanied it, we'd like to know its disposition." Shideler penned another note.

He thought "everything was straightened out but, along came a letter from a different department saying, "We have your note but no "watch." This has been going on for months, Mr. Shideler says, with no result so far but an exchange of letters - all of one trend.

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