This time, it’s my own watch! I bought this from Kes, a client of mine, whose Constellation I fixed. He had sent it along for spares, but we didn’t need them, so I asked him if he would kindly sell the “spare” Constellation to me. And he did!
I always wanted one, and here is my chance at owning such a great watch. As you can see, it will need quite a bit of work, but a watch like this is well worth it.
The dial is past what I want to wear… so I send it off for restoration.
Now for the movement. I start with the usual strip-down.
Apart from a bit of dirt, the movement doesn’t look too bad. Some of the screw heads are rusty…
Some more rusty screws, but the wheels look fine.
After the usual cleaning, I put in a new mainspring and start reassembly.
The guys at David Bill & Sons have done their magic again… not a cheap magic, but you get what you pay for. This is an excellent job!
After cleaning the case, putting in a new crystal, and pushing the bezel back on, I put the movement back into the case.
A new leather strap, and I’m ready to go. It’s on my wrist right now, and I don’t want to take it off!