This Submariner came in, and on first sight, nothing was wrong with it…. Continue reading
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We’ve had one of these before, and quite some time ago… These are quite rare, and were used in the British nuclear submarine fleet. As you can’t have luminous compound there (it would set off all sorts of radiation alarms), they have no luminous compound, but a while dial with black markings and hands, so that the watch can be read nicely in the low light conditions in a submarine.
Finally, I got around to cut mine up and scan them in. I also ran some ocr software over them, so they are searchable.
Update – there is a US company that holds the copyright for the Bestfit catalogues, and they have asked me kindly to remove the download link – no problem, and I wasn’t aware of the fact that someone had acquired the copyright to the catalogues. Please go to https://mccawcompany.com/featured-products/bestfit-encyclopedia-books-111-111a-digital-download-pdf-version.html of you want to buy their copy at a reasonable price.
On first sight, this looks like a normal Omega Speedmaster Reduced. The only give-away is the second hands that ticks twice per second – very odd for a mechanical movement! Continue reading
Peter recently sent his watch in for a service and a new crystal. I’m a big fan of Rolex Submariners and this nice example from 1977 also happens to be my birth year!
It was running when it came in so it was thought that just a routine service was needed so I proceeded to disassemble the movement. Continue reading
I’ve got a new camera for my microscope, and I thought I’d put it to good use. Here is a video of me fitting the shock spring of a Seiko movement.
I’ve been busy with my CNC milling machine, and anything flat (minute recorder springs, setting lever springs, etc.) is no problem at all.
The final frontier are of course wheels and pinions. The fourth axis motor that came with the milling machine wasn’t very accurate, so I had to modify it in order to be usable for watch parts.
A good indicator how small you can machine is making a small pinion. The one in the photo measures 2.5mm across, and has 18 teeth, so that’s not bad for a start. Continue reading
Check out what we are working on …