Michael found this Omega Medicus – in very poor condition indeed. The dial has had it, and, if you ever wondered when I actually advocate a dial restoration, this one really needs it!
Both Michael and I first think that this watch just doesn’t have a second hand, but we’re in for a suprise…
Check out the top plate – there is clearly the provision for a central second. And that’s why the Medicus was called Medicus – it was made for GPs who had to take people’s pulses all the time, and the large central second hand is perfect for the job.
Some numpty has filed down a couple of the balance screws. I never understand this. Do these people think that Omega ships balances with screws that are too heavy???
Lots of grime, dirt, and solidified grease.
But all not too bad.
The mainspring is broken.
The parts go into the cleaning machine.
The new mainspring is actually of the old type, and I quite like that. This is original, and how it should be.
The new mainspring is in the barrel.
Now I put back together the jewels in the balance cock.
And the movement is ticking. But how will it tick? Remember the filed-off balance screws…
Yep, that’s what you get. The movement is much too fast. Surprise.
Michael managed to source the missing parts for the central second. Not in perfect shape – you can see that the central second arbor is a bit bent, but I can sort that out.
Michael also managed to find a used balance, and now the movement is complete and running as it should.
Jan at Kronoswelt in Singen did a great job on the dial, and this is pretty much as close to the original as it can be.
Now for the missing second hand … A year ago, I purchased a lot of watch parts from a retired watchmaker – and they always come in handy.
I cut the second hand to size (in the original photos, the second hand reaches just to the black square on the outside), and I have to squeeze the tube a bit to make it fit.Please compare to the before shot!
No case polishing – this is a pretty thin case, and it’s in good condition, and a few scratches just have to be there. Perfectly polished would not only look out of place, but it would take off material that can never be replaced.