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
Mitka and I were keeping an eye on our internal job numbers, as job #1000 was getting closer and closer… We wanted to mark the occasion somehow, and decided to carry out the work on the watch in question free of charge, and throw in the parts and shipping as well.
So, when the postman brought in a new batch of watches on the 21st of October, we took them in the order we got them handed over, and Gerry was the lucky winner. Continue reading
You can see the luminous compound in the usual “military” style, e.g. generously and not too carefully. Continue reading