Service: Omega Seamaster Quartz 196.0241 calibre 1420

IMG_2010From time to time, I do the odd quartz watch. I like the technology, and if the movement is well made, it’s a joy servicing them! Not so much if it’s a £2 plastic movement, but this lovely Omega Seamaster that Tony sent in has a great little movement – the calibre 1420.

Even though a local lad has changed the battery, the watch went into EOL indication shortly afterwards. This is a good sign that the movement is dirty, and needs a good clean. Continue reading

Service: Omega Ladies DeVille calibre 1471 Quartz

IMG_9227Those who know me are aware that I’m normally not a great fan of quartz watches. The reason for that isn’t that I’m technophobic – I love the technology behind quartz watches. I just can’t stand the cheap plastic finishes found on most quartz movements.

The good news is that there are exceptions, and the Omega calibre 1471 is one. This is a stunningly beautiful quartz movement, made with all the care that a watch movement deserves! Continue reading

Service: Seiko Diver’s Quartz Watch calibre 7546A

IMG_7142You thought you’d never see the day, but here it is. I’m servicing a Quartz watch 😉

I got myself a proper quartz watch tester, as you have to be able to measure the average consumption, something you can’t do with a run-of-the-mill multimeter.

Not that I am a great fan of Quartz watches, but Seiko at least builds proper movements, and not the throw-away plastic trash that others put in their watches… Continue reading

How To: Re-attach dial feet with a soldering machine

A common problem – broken off dial feet. As a regular reader of this blog you will know that I dislike dial pads (the sticky bits that people stick dials to movements with) quite a bit, and I don’t have any in my workshop, and I hope I will never have.

They are basically pure evil. Not only do they make the dial stick up too far from the movement, but they don’t hold properly and will move with time. So don’t even think about using them 😉

I have a couple of watches in my workshop that need new dial feet, and Neil, one of the poor clients suffering from broken feet, pointed me to a dial soldering machine on eBay. This is just what I wanted, so I went out and bought one. Not cheap, but if it does what it says on the tin, well worth the money.

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Repair + Service: TAG Chronometer 560.206R – calibre ETA 251.262

Robert sent me his TAG Chronometer for a new battery. As you might know, I don’t do quartz watches. Not that I can’t, I just don’t feel too passionate about them. But as Robert had just let me do his beautiful Omega, I couldn’t refuse.

He also has problems with the hands not resetting properly to 0.

With quartz watches, there is only so much you can do when you service them. You take apart all the mechanical bits (there aren’t that many), clean everthing, put them back together and oil. This one has five motors, so that is already a bit of work. Plus the gears for the hour/minute hands, you spend quite a bit of time servicing the movement.

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No luck – Omega La Magique

Before you get the wrong ideas – I don’t do quartz watches. Well, sometimes I do, but very rarely. It’s a religious thing 😉

Here’s an exception, and it’s this Omega La Magique. Gary from Wales opened the watch in an attempt to change the battery, and was quite surprised to have a couple of wheels and other bits in his hand.

So if you are ever tempted to open one of these yourself: remove the screws, keep the watch together, support the back on a little stand, and then take the front of the watch off, keeping the back on your little support.

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