This is a watch you don’t see every day… From the heady days when the pin pallet escapement was still widely used. Not only in the British watch industry, but the Swiss were still at it as well. Not long ago, I did a 21 jewel pin pallet movement, a Starlon watch. This lovely Cordura has a 17 jewel pin pallet movement, made by Baumgartner, the 158 31/7. These were the days when some manufacturers claimed that the pin pallet escapement was superior to the Swiss lever… one of the reasons being that the pallet stones couldn’t get dislodged during servicing. A bit feeble as a reason for superiority I’d say, but a nice try 😉
Nice case and case back. The watch isn’t working, but I think it’s only dirt.
The dial is held in place by two screws.
The bottom plate.
The balance with balance cock.
Top plate with balance removed. Some of the wheels for the auto winder still in place.
The gear train.
Barrel with mainspring.
Everything ready for the cleaning machine.
I start off by putting the balance jewels back in, having given the cap jewels a tiny drop of Moebius 9010.
The gear train back in place.
The basic movement is back together, and ticking.
The wheels for the auto winder go back in place. The auto winder has a reversing wheel, so it works in both directions.
Auto winder assembly complete – bar the rotor.
Now I put the bottom plate back together.
Date and day wheel in place.
And the dial and hands are back on.
Cased and on the timegrapher.
This isn’t too bad for a pin pallet. I’ve corrected the beat error, and I will make a final adjustment before shipping.
Back in its case. You can see that the case is chrome plated, and some of the plating has come off.Great looking watch, and as elaborate as it gets for a pin pallet movement – day, date, auto winder, 17 jewels… My guess is that these Cordura watches will be well worth collecting!