Once in a while, I feel brave, and disregard my urge to earn some money, and take on a complex project. This is one of them. A challenge, a lot to learn, and fun to be had.
Anders sent me this very much neglected Lemania. The dial is a disaster, the hands look pretty bad, and I expect the inside will be no better …
On first inspection, it’s not too bad. The movement is based on the Lemania 3000. The blog post following this one is by Anders, and he will tell you a lot more about the history of this movement.
A closer look at the dial and hands. A pretty bad effort at dial restoration 😉
Just for comparison – this is what the dial should look like.
The bottom plate with the triple date mechanism on top of the Lemania 3000 movement. The month is actually set by hand, and isn’t moved when the day goes from 31 to 1. You could argue that if you don’t know what month it is, you don’t need a watch any more 😉
With the day and month disks removed, you can see the whole triple date mechanism in all its glory.
You can already see rust on the pallet fork…
Yes, there is lots of it, and the top pivot is broken. We will need a new pallet fork.
The gear train is in good condition.
The parts fresh from the cleaning machine.Time for some case cleaning…… and screw polishing.
As usual, I start with a new mainspring.
That’s looking a lot better.
This will need some adjusting… I need 5 attempts to get the beat error down to 0.2ms. The amplitude is a bit feeble, but it will increase after the movement has been running for a couple of days.
With lots of polishing, the bottom plate looks a lot nicer now.
This dial restoration wasn’t an easy project, and Anders and I contacted quite a few specialist restorers. And Jan from Kronoswelt did a splendid job! Not only did he restore the dial, he also did the hands, and the result is great.
With a new Lemania crown, the watch looks great.