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
When Vincenzo sent me an email asking if I would put together his Seamaster that another watchmaker took apart, I did of course decline. I don’t like to mop up other people’s mess, and think that whoever takes a watch apart, should put it back together again.
In this case, though, the watchmaker couldn’t put it back together, as he was late. So stupidly, I agree … Continue reading
The watch has a broken setting lever spring and is not running like it should.
Clayton sent in this Tissot Chronograph. The crown has come loose, but dial and case are in good condition… Continue reading
I bought this lovely little Cyma as I like the unusual case design and the black and copper coloured dial. In my opinion Cymas from the 40’s up to the 60’s are some of the most undervalued watches on the market. This watch is hardly running and needs a little attention. Continue reading
Fatima from Sweden sent this unusual Seamaster chronograph with a nice panda dial in. It’s not running properly, and some attention is needed… Continue reading
This watch has a special place in my collection. When I was 17 I bought this watch from an antics store and it is the first proper mechanical Swiss watch I owned. I wore this watch until it “suddenly” stopped 4years ago. I delivered it to a local watch store in Oslo just before setting off for the Danish school of Watchmaking, but he never got around to servicing it. I picked the watch up last time I was in Oslo and now it is time to get it running again.