Andrew sent us this Heuer Autavia, and it’s running way too fast – about 5 minutes per hour. Usually, this happens if the hairspring is too short, e.g. two windings stick together, or it’s touching somewhere… Continue reading
- moon phase
- 3 register chronograph
- 24 hour hand
- sub-second hand
- hacking second
- quick-set date
- quick-set moon phase
- quick set day
From the top: the top sub-dial shows the day of the week on the left, and the month on the right. A lot of triple dates require you to manually forward the month, but this one does it automatically on every 31st. If the month is shorter, you have to advance the date by hand. It also has a hand for the minute recorder of the chronograph.
The sub dial at 9 o’clock has a short hand showing a 24 hour display (just in case you can’t tell if it’s day or night) and a longer second hand.
The date is shown by a central date hand with a crescent shaped red end.
The sub dial at 6 o’clock shows the moon phase, and the hour recorder hand. A total of 8 hands!
This lovely Omega came all the way from Norway, and is in need of a service. The owner also would like the luminous compound on the dial replaced, as it’s starting to flake off. Continue reading
Haydn sent in this Patek Philippe for a service. The power reserve is very low, and it doesn’t run reliably, and I can’t pick up a signal on the timegrapher. Continue reading
This Oris came over from the US, and Van sent it in. The power reserve hand turns freely, so there doesn’t seem to be any connection. Continue reading
Mitka saw this watch on eBay, and as he knows that I quite like Accurist watches, he pointed it out to me. The seller claimed that these watches were never sold, as the screw-down crown violated the Rolex patent at the time, so the watches were destroyed. A nice story, but I couldn’t find out if that was true or not. I’ve written to Accurist, but haven’t gotten a reply so far. Continue reading
Ethan from Shanghai sent in this LeCoultre Futurematic. If you are a regular reader, you have seen one of these before on this blog.
The LeCoultre calibre 817 is one of the weirdest movements around. The auto winder and power reserve construction are over-engineered and also not very durable. LeCoultre used a non-automatic hooked mainspring, so in order not to break the mainspring, the winding weight is held to the side with a hook to prevent overwinding. Once the watch winds down a bit, the hook releases the winding weight again… Continue reading
But not only is the movement rusted – somebody had broken off screws, and taken out parts and screws.
This watch will need some serious work and lots of spare parts… Continue reading
Have a look at the rust on the hands. A tell-tale sign that there was water ingress, and that there will be more rust below. This is the type of job that I shouldn’t accept 😉 Continue reading
Sometimes, we are very tempted to send a watch back, rather than attempt to repair it. The risk for us is pretty high, as we don’t charge for unsuccessful repairs, so we can get stuck with hours and hours spent on a watch without getting any money for our work.
This Breitling looked a bit challenging of first sight … Continue reading