This movement was used for the famous “Ingenieur” series. Continue reading
I do like Vacheron Constantin movements – they are very well made, and very intricate. What puts me off is that I can’t get any spare parts whatsoever. I can buy brake parts for an Aston Martin that speeds along at 250 km/h freely, but buying spare parts for VC watches is apparently too dangerous for the public…
So, I have to dive in without any recourse to parts. Continue reading
This one has a power reserve (Gangreserve) indication in the little circle at 1 o’clock. The black visible in the slot indicates the state of the power reserve, so it’s powered down at the moment. Continue reading
I tend to write about the more exotic watches we service here, but the bread-and-butter watches can be interesting work as well!
This Rolex doesn’t keep good time, so the customer decided to send it in for a service. Continue reading
We’ve done quite a few El Primeros here at the workshop, but never the calibre 4021. The 4021 is a modification of the calibre 400.
Instead of the hour recorder and date, the 4021 has a pretty nifty power reserve indication. On top of that, the movement is skeletonised around the balance and escapement, so that these components are visible through an opening in the dial.
The dial looks a bit Breguet-like, and there is of course no hour recorder as on the calibre 400.
This watch was sent in from Lithuania, just to make the whole thing a bit more interesting 😉 Continue reading
Kent has sent this nice looking Omega in for a service, but not everything is as nice as it seems. Continue reading
I have another Helvetia in need of a little attention as it is not running and the crystal is a little cracked. Continue reading
Andrew sent us his Breguet XX, as the hour recorder wasn’t working. The second and minute recorders work fine, but the hour recorder just won’t budge…
The Breguet XX was developed after the war, and was issued to the French Air Force. The Vajoux 225 movement is based on the Valjoux 22, which doesn’t have an hour recorder, so that was added to the bottom plate for the 225.
I collect vintage Helvetia watches as they have some really interesting in-house movements and the calibre 800 is especially funky. This watch also has some interesting history as it was issued to the German army intelligence during WW2. Continue reading
As regular readers might know, we sometimes invite customers into our workshop if they would like to see what we do, and if the watch is something special. Chances are even better if the watch has an interesting story, and Tim ticked all the boxes, so we invited him down from Scotland to our workshop.
In this photo, you can see the Lemania (and Tim) on boad HMS Valiant at the periscope around 1984. The watch was issued to him in 1983 (it was made in 1964), and he has had it ever since.
The interesting bit about the watch is that it’s a special issue for nuclear submarines, having no luminous compound (as radioactivity is tightly monitored on board nuclear subs, for obvious reasons), and a white dial with black hands. Continue reading