This Roamer belongs to Jeff, my wife’s uncle, and he got it in his early twens. It hasn’t been working for ages, and he would like to wear it again.
The dial and hands have seen their share of bad treatment, but, considering the age of the watch, they aren’t too bad.
Lovely case back, with the Swiss Cross on it.
The dial isn’t too bad – a sizeable scratch at 3, but that’s to be expected at that age.
Very nicely executed date change mechanism, and very snappy.
You can see the gears for the auto winder on the left. The clutches are a bit stiff, so it’s almost impossible to manually wind.
Auto winder clutch wheels and rotor bearing.
If you are wondering about the “3/4” on the barrel bridge – this is the instruction to disengage the auto winder so that you can let down the mainspring. Turn the screw 3/4 turn, and then slide it to the side.
The gear train exposed.
The old mainspring in the barrel.
And all goes into the cleaning machine.
I start off with braking grease on the wall of the barrel, and then put in the new mainspring.
Barrel bridge and intermediate bridge for the centre wheel in place.
Now the gear train goes in.
And the movement is ticking again.
Auto winder and rotor bearing in place.
The winding pinion is missing a tooth, but I’m lucky in finding a new one on cousinsuk.
Bottom plate back together.
First adjustment on the timegrapher, with the mainspring barely wound. Nice.
The movement has a split winding stem, and it goes into the case back, which is then pressed into the case itself.Back together and looking good.