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The email acknowledging my order had the correct item listed. But the packing slip in the package, and the item itself, were something else, something I really didn't want.
Here's the thing though, there is no way to contact society6.com. They have a form on their website to report problems, and I did, including my order number, a description of the problem, their exact description texts of the product I order, and the one I received, and an image of the email acknowledging my order, with the correct description, and all my information. I received an automated response immediately, saying they would get back to me within 24 hours. They did not, ever.
There is no other way to contact the company. In fact, after some digging, I would conclude that society6.com has deliberately made sure there is no contact information for them anyplace on the internet. Avoiding completely the cost of any sort of customer service what so ever, I assume, is part of their business model.
I have an item I don't want, and I am out the money.
I recommend avoiding society6.com.
Update: Several days later I received a package from Society6 with the correct item inside. No email, no note inside, no other contact. But they sent the item.
Sometimes with watches like this, I am asked about the green (or yellow) dial. The dial is white enamel. The crystal is an early type of plastic, cellulose or acrylic. This material discolors with age.
This crystal should be replaced as they give off corrosive gases. The hands on this watch are already slightly impacted and damaged by this.
See more examples here.
This is a high end Elgin, Father Time, grade 374, 16 size, 21 jewels, made about 1911.
This is the older, English style, tangential escapement. Elgin and other American makes used this design in earlier watches, but soon transitioned to the more stable Swiss style, perpendicular, pallet arrangement which remains the type used in most mechanical watches to this day.
The watch is an Elgin grade 97, 18 size, 7 jewels, made about 1888.
This and the somewhat distorted hairspring lead me to believe that someone has changed the balance staff on this watch, but perhaps did not have the right tools for the job.
The usual technique for "bumping" the dial over won't work here because the dial sits inside the rim of the base plate. This calls for a creative problem solving... It's always something.
This watch is an Elgin grade 303, 12 size, 7 jewels, made about 1919.
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