This watch probably dates from the early 80s, as the dial is already in Chinese and English, and the movement is the 17 jewel Tongji. Continue reading
Bert sent in this Ebel Triple Date for a service and case replating. The bezel ring that holds the crystal isn’t gold plated at all, and probably comes from another watch. Continue reading
In my book, the Breitling Top Time is one of the chronograph watches that I would happily wear. Two reasons for that – it’s relatively small, and I have a tiny wrist, and it’s non-fussy, simple, and elegant looking.
Charles, who sent this one in, probably feels similarly Continue reading
As the discussion about the free supply of spare parts to the market has flared up with Omega’s decision to cut off the supply as of 1/1/2016, let me show you where a completely non-existent supply of parts leads. Just if you contemplate buying an Omega in the future…
I got approached by Francis, who has a pretty beaten up Patek Philippe, and he wanted a quote, which I gave him. He mentioned that he had gotten a quote from PP, and I was of course interested! Continue reading
It has the calibre 1311 movement, which is a small miracle, and we’ll see in a minute why… Continue reading
This is a very unusual piece, and Michael gave it to me for a service, as it didn’t reset properly to 0, and sometimes stopped when running. You can see that the minute recorder (the red hand) hasn’t re-set to 0.
Michael bought this stop watch at Zurich Airport probably 40 or so years ago, as he was involved in car racing. Continue reading
I went to see friends of mine at their workshop in Frome – George deFossard and his wife Cornelia make exceptional clocks, and he is responsible for the movements, whilst his wife designs and makes the cases and dials. So far, they have done some great pieces, but nothing of the magnitude that they are attempting this time around! Sorry, but the photo of the two of them was blurred, so you have to live with just seeing George… a bit of a shame as Cornelia looks a lot better than George, but then again, I’m a bloke Continue reading
Jenny sent it in, and it doesn’t work at all. It’s fully wound, but doesn’t beat. Continue reading
Between the 861/1861 and the newer ETA/Dubois-Depraz movements, Omega used the ETA (Valjoux) 7750 for a while. This is the lowest end chronograph movement the Swiss watch industry has on offer, with a unidirectional winder and a click spring construction that is slightly dubious Nevertheless a popular movement, and you can find it in many Breitlings, TAGs, and other Swiss watches.
You can tell from the outside by the sub-dial configuration. The 7750 has the sub-dials at 6,9 and 12 o’clock. There are variations available where the sub-dials are in other configurations, but these modifications tend to be problematic. Continue reading