A bit of a story up-front… This watch belongs to my brother Gerhard. He’s had it for around 35 years. My father used to work for PUW (Pforzheimer Uhren-Rohwerke) in the 70s as a management consultant. PUW went into bankruptcy, as there weren’t enough assets and too much debt. A certain Mr. Hayek bought what was left from the administrators, and the rest is history.
My brother asked my father to buy a watch for him whilst he worked there, and so he did…
There is a bit of rust under the case back, but otherwise, it’s looking good.
The dial is of surprisingly bad quality. The letters are badly executed, and there are some spots where it has discoloured.
The movement was PUWs flagship – an incredibly snappy date change that can compete with the best, and a fairly complex but solid auto-winding mechanism.
The date change mechanism at the bottom of the photo. The snake-like spring is slowly pre-tensioned, until it releases the date changer at midnight. The watch also has a quick-set date function which is activated by pushing the crown in. The odd thing is that Arowe made the case in a way that the quick-set date can’t be used, you can only pull the crown out to first position to set the time. An odd thing to do.
The auto-winder mechanism.
The wheel train.
No lack of parts considering this is only an auto/date watch.
As usual, I start off with a new mainspring.
The movement is ticking, and I haven’t put the balance jewels in yet …
Bottom plate complete.
With the balance jewels in, this is looking good.
Half-wound, this is looking good.
I case the movement and put the rotor in.
With a new crystal, the watch is back to its former glory.