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
Aitor from Spain is the proud owner of the parts, that will magically transform into a NOS Seamaster 300… Continue reading
Let’s see why … Continue reading