Service: Hamilton Chronograph / Lemania 5100 (Omega 1045)

IMG_0096Time for one of Anders’ watches again, and this time it’s a Hamilton Chronograph with the Lemania 5100 movement.

The feature list of this movement is a long one:

  • automatic
  • day
  • date
  • central second and minute recorder
  • hour recorder
  • sub second hand
  • quick-set day and date

So quite a comprehensive list of features, and, on top of that, it’s a military grade movement that can withstand large shocks without the chronograph stopping. All that puts the movement high up on the top list of chronograph movements.

But, there is a downside to all this as well, and we will get to that further down.IMG_0098

Performance is pretty bad, so it’s definitely time for a service.IMG_0099

The two grey nylon blocks hint at the extensive use of the stuff.IMG_0235

No less than 7 hands.IMG_0236

The movement is constructed of simple gauge plate type plates, that have a minimum amount of machining done to them, and pillars. That does remind me of the cheap pin pallet movements of the 60s…IMG_0238

The barrel can be removed without taking the movement apart, by pulling the central arbor (at 11.30 o’clock) out.IMG_0240

The wheel / barrel bridge removed.IMG_0242

The movement is in very good condition, with the nylon parts pristine. Above the balance is the vertical clutch / fourth wheel that drives the chronograph components on the other side of the plate. This is the same clutch construction that Seiko uses in their chronographs, and it’s what gives this movement its excellent shock protection. IMG_0245

Here is the vertical clutch, and half of it is nylon, too, which will add to the capability to absorb huge shocks.IMG_0249

The plate with the hammer at 2 o’clock.IMG_0251

The bottom plate has a day and date disc.IMG_0254

The tube of the sub-hand got stuck on its arbor, and I carefully have to remove it.IMG_0257

No lack of nylon here, either.IMG_0258

The plate covering the chronograph mechanism is of clear plastic.IMG_0259

It’s important not to put this stuff into the cleaning machine. The nylon is fine, but the clear plastic will turn milky if put into the cleaning fluid.IMG_0260

The chronograph mechanism is made of fairly easy to machine parts.IMG_0290

All the parts are cleaned and ready to be put back together.IMG_0291

I start on the bottom plate, so that I can fit the central chronograph second runner.IMG_0295

Now the gear train goes in.IMG_0296

And I’m ready for the bridge.IMG_0297

The bridge is on, and the movement is beating.IMG_0298

Very nice performance, so nothing to complain about here.IMG_0300

The chronograph layer is back in.IMG_0302

And the day and date disc are back on.IMG_0303 IMG_0304

With the auto winder oscillating weight put on (the auto winder is unidirectional), the movement is ready for casing.IMG_0494

Anders supplied a new dial and hands (Lemania branded).IMG_0496

The hands are on, bur Anders wants a darker lume colour.IMG_0594

 

Here we go!IMG_0595Cased and ready for action!

For me, the advantages of this movement outweigh the downsides. Whatever you make of it, it’s a very interesting construction, and a good piece for any collector.

 

23 thoughts on “Service: Hamilton Chronograph / Lemania 5100 (Omega 1045)

  1. Hi Anders, What a find, I have an Omega with the 1045 and the plate covering the chronograph mechanism on mine is totally stuffed. As soon as I removed it it crumbled into a hundred little pieces. It Seems Omega do not supply these parts anymore. Can you tell me if you can or where I can source one?

  2. Sorry if I bother you. I am lucky to own the Fortis B42 Cosmonaut chrono with the Lemania 5100 movement. A while ago it stopped winding on the winder and I took it for a service. My watchmaker informed me that the rotor bearing is shot and that he does not have one. He “serviced” the existing bearing and that worked for half a year but now the problem returned. It seems to me that the bearing is not part of the rotor and that the problem can be solved if I bought just the bearing. Am I correct that I need only a bearing? Fortis does not have the rotor any longer. Thank you for your consideration.

  3. Very nice article. Is the Sinn 157 with L5100 exactly the same construction or are there any differences? I am considering buying one and getting serviced as soon as I receive it. Thanks

  4. I have a 40’s/50’s era Lemania chronograph that needs service to the chrono. Do you service/restore client watches, as well?

  5. I’ve been looking for precisely that Hamilton, but I do prefer it with the Lemania dial without numbers. Nice work.

  6. what was the reason for servicing the watch ?
    was the watch going slow or was gaining time, i have a fortis 5100 and it gains aalmost a minute per day.

  7. Hello Christian!
    I really love your website, your work is nothing short of amazing. I have a quick question for you if you have the time: I have an Omega “Mark 4.5” with the Lemania 5100. As you know, the rotor is not screwed but instead held in place by a small clip. The rotor on my watch has a bit of “play” in it, it rotates perfectly smoothly, but if i hold the watch vertically between my thumb and forefinger and shake it a bit, I can hear the rotor “clicking”, like it was not held down tightly by the retaining clip. Is this normal for the 5100?

    Thanks and I hope you keep posting these great articles.

    • I just checked, and the rotor bearing is still available, part number 1045-1402, for a very reasonable £13. If you have bad luck, you will also need the rotor post 1045-1400, which is available for £22.

  8. Anders, great choice about changing the dial, I’m with you 1000%!!! I love the end result, it is much better looking in my opinion.

  9. Well the legacy of the 5100 movement (plastic parts plus most of the original mechanical designs) still lives on in the current ETA C01.211.

    • Kind of, but there’s loads of cost savings and a lesser design in several ways. The Central Chrono minute counter is missing 24h indicator likewise.
      15 jewels only.
      No Kif shock protection.
      The legacy kind of lives on, but it is far from an improvement.

  10. The plastic in the 5100 is DuPont Delrin. I learned this when I bought a Lemania twin pusher chronograph (cal. 1872) and saw the brake while my watchmaker had it opened for overhaul.

    I was concerned about the durability of this part so I asked on a watch forum whether it might not be advisable to replace this (Delrin) brake with one of metal. Answers I got reassured me, with one forum member saying that Delrin was tough stuff: the plastic is, according to him, “strong, dimensionally stable, self-lubricating, and doesn’t absorb moisture.” He went on to add that some of the bushings for the flight controls in his airplane are made of Delrin, as are the receptacles for the pins that keep the plane’s canopy closed in flight.

    So, a long-winded defense of something that didn’t really need defending, I guess. But we’re used to thinking “cheap” when we hear something is made of plastic, but that’s not always the case. Lemania, after all, has a long record of producing quality movements for some of the great houses, and if they chose Delrin for some purposes, who can question their choice?

  11. Hey Anders, congratulations on such a beautiful watch! I was surprised to get to the end and see the dial swap, but it’s in such great taste and looks so perfect on that watch. Well done! If you ever want to sell your black Hamilton dial, drop me a line.

    Best regards,

    Myron

  12. Thanks Christian, for another well executed job.

    People may ask why I went for a Lemania dial, and not keep the Hamilton it came with?
    There are several reasons, like it actually having originally been made fully by Lemania. But the key is that this watch will be used (by me), and I am a big fan of Lemania.

    The 5100 is one of the ultimate “tool watch” constructions, and it was never intended to be a piece of collectors jewellery. I had the dial, and hands in the drawer, and when this came along it just lined up nicely. The 5100 construction has been criticised for the industrial finishing and use of plastics. There are also grades of plastic, and the synthetic materials in the 5100 is at least of a proper quality.
    The Lemania signature “sweep minute counter”, basically the hand with the orange “aircraft” at the tip, makes it also the best readable design. Even with my degraded 40+ eyesight I can still use it without glasses. Thats no longer the case with the V7750 and other movements alike. The small subdials are getting blurry….

    The original dial and hands will of course follow the watch if I ever would pass it on, but that again is not very likely.
    The case and layout is identical to the Sinn 156, a watch that Sinn intended to supply to the German Army (Bundeswehr). The 5100 has also been used extensively by other armed forces around the globe.

    🙂

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