Once the dial is off, you can carefully remove the stuck tube with the hand remover, and with a bit of luck, it doesn’t fly 10 yards through the workshop. Continue reading
The question of using an autowinder for watches that aren’t worn has been discussed long and wide, but without a general consent. This is where I want to put some arguments forward … Continue reading
Mark did the right thing, and after putting his watch through the washing machine, he sent us an email and asked what to do. Time is of the essence, so we gave him the right advice. Continue reading
I have been experimenting on cleaning and removing old varnish from dials where the varnish has discoloured and then applying new varnish to protect the raw surface.
I normally don’t do this (e.g. just replacing a balance staff without fitting it into the movement), but Thom asked nicely, so I took on the job. If he would have lived in the UK, I would have invited him to do it himself in my workshop, but Sweden is a bit far …
I used to turn the old balance staff out on the lathe, but I never liked the process, as it’s so easy to get the graver into the balance…
Most of my readers will have bought watches on eBay in the past, and will have had good and bad experiences. The bad ones tend to be very bad indeed, as there are quite a few sellers out there that do not describe what they sell properly.
This watch was bought by my client Stephen from eBay seller tempus.fugit.2012
On first sight, a nice looking Constellation with a stainless steel case and original bracelet. Let’s have a second look… Continue reading
After seeing Christian service a Junghans ‘Max Bill’ in a previous post, I decided I loved the clean dial, and to see if I could get my own. I found this poorly watch in a job lot for £10, and although it’s battered, the dial is in great condition (with the little bauhaus 4 :-)), and it runs. That’s a good start! Continue reading
And whilst we are at it, here is the video of me taking apart the movement:
It’s been a while since I’ve put up a video, and I always wanted to do one of me putting together a watch movement. A bit tricky, as you are of course more nervous with the camera running, and because I can’t use the microscope whilst filming (as you wouldn’t be able to see anything), so I have to do all the things I usually do under the microscope just with the optivisor.
Nevertheless, here we go: