Matthew sent in his grandfather’s watch to see what we could do with it…
Nice case back – “Made and cased by Swiss Precision Watchmakers” 😉
Inside lurks a 30 jewel Felsa 1560 – a very nice movement indeed. Bi-directional auto winder, shock protection, escape wheel with cap jewels, …
The dial looks pretty terrible, and has a lot of discolouration. Around the middle, you can get a glimpse of what it once looked like.
The movement is in good condition.
The bi-directional autowinder – well constructed, with jewelled wheels throughout.
The gear train.
The old mainspring is still pretty good, and I can’t find a proper replacement, so I will clean it and put it back in.
All the parts ready to re-assemble.
With a lot of TLC, I carefully clean the old varnish with warm water and vinegar. This takes a good half hour, as you have to be very very careful not to damage the print. Around the edge, some of the printed second markers stick to the old varnish and come off, but you can’t have it all.
Once the dial is clean, I dry it, and varnish it with a model spray gun and water-soluble varnish. Once that is dry, I apply the luminous hour dots.
The hands get new luminous compound as well, but there are limits of what I can do with polishing.
Now I can start on the movement.
The gear train with the central second in place.
And the movement is beating.
Not too shabby – as I said, this Felsa movement is pretty good indeed.
The case was re-plated by Peter from replateit.com,and, as usual, he did a stunning job.Compare that to the first photo 😉