As you all know, I’ve wanted to get my hands on a Nomos Alpha movement for some time. I’ve done a couple of Nomos watches in the past, albeit with the Peseux 7001 movement. In 2005, Nomos started producing their own in-house movements, and, as you will soon see, they are gorgeous… just like the owner of the watch, Dagmar, who has been a friend of my family for decades.The watch had been serviced 2 years ago, but suddenly stopped working. When I turn the winding stem, the balance doesn’t start up, so I suspect a broken mainspring.
And here is a close-up of the missing teeth.
So what happened? My guess here is that during winding, the mainspring snapped, and the sudden shock knocked the two teeth off the barrel. I can’t quite explain the broken off screw head of the crown wheel, unless huge force was used trying to overwind the watch, which isn’t very likely. My guess is that the mainspring that was put in during the last service was slightly damaged and snapped.
I ordered a barrel and mainspring, and Nomos sent me a complete barrel for £22! Note the Nomos name etched on the barrel lid, a nice touch that the old lid doesn’t have. Now these are spare part prices you can only dream of if you have an Omega or a Rolex…
I love this movement. Nice decoration, simplicity, and great performance. What’s not to like?
One of the most beautiful watches you can buy. At least in my opinion 😉The Tangente with the Peseux 7001 is great, but having in in-house movement of such beauty and simplicity in this case makes the Alpha even more desirable. On top of that, Nomos supplies independent repairers like me with parts at very affordable prices. You know you want one 😉