Service: Lemania Chronograph RN Nuclear Submarine Series 3 / calibre 2220

IMG_0663As regular readers might know, we sometimes invite customers into our workshop if they would like to see what we do, and if the watch is something special. Chances are even better if the watch has an interesting story, and Tim ticked all the boxes, so we invited him down from Scotland to our workshop.

In this photo, you can see the Lemania (and Tim) on boad HMS Valiant at the periscope around 1984. The watch was issued to him in 1983 (it was made in 1964), and he has had it ever since.

The interesting bit about the watch is that it’s a special issue for nuclear submarines, having no luminous compound (as radioactivity is tightly monitored on board nuclear subs, for obvious reasons), and a white dial with black hands. Continue reading

Repair: Omega Seamaster 105.004 – 64 calibre 321

P1010354When Vincenzo sent me an email asking if I would put together his Seamaster that another watchmaker took apart, I did of course decline. I don’t like to mop up other people’s mess, and think that whoever takes a watch apart, should put it back together again.

In this case, though, the watchmaker couldn’t put it back together, as he was late. So stupidly, I agree … Continue reading

Luminous compound

After the auto winder discussion, I would like to offer my opinion on another subject that has almost religious dimensions (e.g. the discussion has become as entrenched as trying to find out which god is better). This subject is luminous compound.

The fundamentalists adore and admire the flakiest and brownest compound, and it’s even better when bits have fallen off that can be found in the movement. Gorgeous. Or not.

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Uhrenautomat

Now that’s what we really need!

Jul. 16, 1963 - One can now acquire an alarm or clock on the street in Berlin if you just have the 5 marks on hand. Having been able to buy just about every kind of food, drinks, cosmetics, and other small everyday objects from machines, this clock vending machine should be a help to all Berliners who, after normal shops close, may need a clock. Now that s customer service. If vehicles were not so big it might be possible to buy them out of machines. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxONLY - ZUMAk09JUL 16 1963 One CAN Now to Alarm or Clock ON The Street in Berlin If You Just have The 5 Marks ON Hand Having been Able to Buy Just About Every Child of Food Drinks Cosmetics and Other Small everyday Objects from Machines This Clock vending Machine should Be a Help to All Berliner Who After Normal Shops Close May Need a Clock Now Thatcher S Customer Service If VEHICLES Were Not as Big IT Might Be possible to Buy THEM out of Machines PUBLICATIONxINxGERxONLY ZUMAk09

Jul. 16, 1963 – One can now acquire an alarm or clock on the street in Berlin if you just have the 5 marks on hand. Having been able to buy just about every kind of food, drinks, cosmetics, and other small everyday objects from machines, this clock vending machine should be a help to all Berliners who, after normal shops close, may need a clock. Now that s customer service. If vehicles were not so big it might be possible to buy them out of machines.

New Lucky Dip feature

Aside

To all of you who don’t like waiting their turn until we give out new workshop slots, we have put together a lucky dip page, that lets you try your luck once a day, with a 1/100 chance to get a workshop slot. At least you can have a flutter whilst you wait for the usual bookings to open!

Best of luck trying!