There have been some great guesses about the problem watch from last week’s post. The key was to really look at the picture. Matthew and Andrew noticed the key fact. The dial (and movement) are rotated in the case. This is easily observable at the cyclops. You can see that the date sits very high in the magnifier, where it should be centered. In the pictures below you will see that the two pieces of the broken stem do not line up.
The movement has rotated in the case. There is really no way the stem would ever have been able to be in this watch with the movement rotated this badly. I don’t know what caused the movement to rotate, perhaps a violent golf swing? But when the movement rotated (from whatever shock) the stem sheared right off.
Thank you all for your guesses. I appreciate your participation on the blog.