Some watches are defined by who wore them, and this is certainly the case for the Universal Geneve Tri-Compax “Eric Clapton”. His taste of watch straps may be disputable, but I remember having one of those in the early 70s as well 😉
The watch itself is of undisputed taste, and there is also a version with a dark dial with white sub-dials, referred to as the “Evil Clapton” version.
These beasts are rare enough, and even rarer when in good condition, as this one, which was sent in by a customer from Florida.
Unfortunately, the watch isn’t working, so we’ll have to find out what’s ailing it. Continue reading
We quite often have watches in the workshop that don’t have a lot of commercial value, but have great sentimental value to our customers.
This Sicura is certainly one of those.
The repair bill will be quite a bit higher than the value of the watch is, but if the watch belonged to a late loved one, who cares? Continue reading
It’s been a long time that I posted last, which has to do with the fact that we are very busy, and that there wan’t really anything extraordinary that landed on our benches. But today is the day, and extraordinary it is indeed! This is something I haven’t seen before. And Ed White Speedmaster with a blue dial!
The watch found its way into our workshop through a jeweller, who had sent the watch to Omega for repair. They returned it telling him that they couldn’t do it, as they had no parts… Continue reading
Another day, another Speedmaster project 😉
This one came over from Belgium, and there are two cases, an extra dial, a spare movement, and some small bits. Let’s turn this into a Speedy! Continue reading
I’ve done quite a few of these, and blogged about some of them, but this one deserves a post of its own, and you will see in a bit why … Continue reading
In case you didn’t know, we offer a “buy with confidence” service.
At times, this can come in handy, as one of our clients found out. He bought a very nice looking Omega Constellation, with a stellar description by the seller.
Let’s see what’s inside. Continue reading
IWC made the calibre 854B movement starting around 1970.
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
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