Mitka saw this watch on eBay, and as he knows that I quite like Accurist watches, he pointed it out to me. The seller claimed that these watches were never sold, as the screw-down crown violated the Rolex patent at the time, so the watches were destroyed. A nice story, but I couldn’t find out if that was true or not. I’ve written to Accurist, but haven’t gotten a reply so far.
The case is in very nice condition.
The case back gasket has become hard, but it’s easy enough to find a new O ring that fits.
The dial is in very good condition.
The cap of the crown has come off, and the thread on the pendant tube is damaged. I will have to replace the crown and pendant tube with a new screw-down crown.
The ETA 2452 is also in good condition. It’s been serviced before, as there is a lot of lubricant around.
The gear train.
The bottom plate with date ring. This movement doesn’t have a quick-set date.
I start putting the movement back together after having cleaned the parts.
The base movement is back together and beating.
With a new mainspring, the movement has a very decent performance indeed.
The bottom plate ready for the dial.
I case the movement.
The hands got new luminous compound, and I also put a new luminous dot onto the bezel ring.
The crown is now a generic screw-down crown, which is a bit of a shame. I hope Accurist comes back to me with my query, and maybe an original crown?This is actually my first diver’s watch. I’ve tested it wet to 10 bars, and it holds up well, as all the gasket surfaces on the case didn’t have any pitting whatsoever.
If you have any information about this watch, I’d be very interested to hear about it!