Constantine’s Hamilton Fontainebleau has been sitting on the bench for a bit, as I was waiting for a new shockspring. Now it’s there, no more reasons not to put this watch back together.
The rather grotty looking barrel has cleaned up nicely!
As I go along, I oil the jewels – here with Moebius 9010.
The shockspring (here a KIF 6-2), flew off when I took the jewels out for cleaning. I ordered two, as they are very easy to break or lose.
Top plate complete, movement ticking.
Now it’s time for the bottom plate and the date changer.
The pawl spring is a bit fiddly to put in, but I get there in the end.
Dial and hands back on, into the case, and the split crown is pushed onto the winding shaft.
And we’re back in business. All you need now is sideburns, lots of hair, a tight-fitting shirt with the top 4 buttons open, and a hairy chest!