Paul sent this nice Patek Phillipe in for a service. He bought it from eBay in Italy, which does make the hair on my neck stand up a bit…
The case is in very good condition, with just a few scratches where the slot for removing the case back is.
The movement has a lot of fine scratches.
And the famous damage by using a screwdriver that’s too wide when removing the winding stem, which scratches the wheel bridge badly. This is something I don’t understand. You have a Patek in front of you, but not a screwdriver that fits. Do you:
a.) mangle the bridge of a watch that’s worth several thousand pounds?
b.) step back from the watch and let somebody with the right screwdriver do the work?
I thought it was obvious, but apparently, it isn’t 😉
Some blue grease on the wheel bridge… sign of a very sloppy service.
All the jewels have considerable amounts of dirt in them.
Paul was complaining that the watch was several minutes fast per day, and with a timegrapher image like that, and the dirt everywhere, that’s quite probable.
The back of the dial – looks like it’s been restored at one point.
You got to admit that Patek Phillipe knows how to decorate a watch!
A gorgeous little movement.
Even the underside of the wheel bridge has perlage decoration. As this movement has the Geneva seal, there are no wire springs – check out the click spring!
The barrel is of course also decorated.
The usual old grease. As the movement had a good amplitude, and I can’t get a mainspring in exactly the right dimensions, I will reuse the old one.
Anglage, Perlage, beautiful finishes throughout.
Epilame treatment for the usual suspects.
As I am reusing the old mainspring, I clean and grease it.
Now we’re ready for reassembly.
I start off with the barrel and wheel train.
And then put together the bottom plate.
The balance goes in – let’s see where we are.
The beat error needs adjusting, and that’s done on the collet for the rough adjustment.
Back onto the timegrapher.
After an hour of collet turning, using the hairspring stud adjustment, and the little weights on the balance, I am where I want to be.
Now I can put the dial back on.With a new crystal, the watch is looking great!