I got this watch from Chris (not our Rado collector Chris), as I repaired his CWC quartz watch. Chris is very well known in the world of Turret clocks, and you could say that he’s the UKs leading expert when it comes to them.
The Avia doesn’t work, but with a bit of luck, it’s just dirt …
Everything is complete, and there is no obvious damage. A good start!
The dial has some slight damage, which isn’t too bad, and the hands are still quite good.
A very tidy bottom plate, and you can see that the escape pivot has a cap jewel.
The date wheel removed.
The movement isn’t decorated, but has very nice finishes.
Lovely finishes throughout.
All ready for the cleaning machine.
Lately, I have started to use epilame. Expensive as it is, it makes quite a difference when it comes to the application of oil to the escape wheel teeth and the pallet jewels, which you can see very well under the microscope. The initial kit is a bit of an investment, but it will come out at about £0.50 per watch, and that’s well worth it.
The lovely Schott glass applicator sets you back £130. Not bad for a bit of glass and a plastic basket with holes!
I treat the escape wheel, pallet fork, and the cap jewels.
I start off by putting back the balance jewels.
The top plate is back together, and the movement is ticking happily.
That’s a very good result, considering the watch wasn’t even working, and I didn’t put in a new mainspring.
The bottom plate comes back together.
And the date wheel is back in place.I clean the dial as best as I can without damaging it, and give the hands a slight polish.
I don’t like these cheap tin case rings, as they don’t hold the movement very well.
With a new crystal, this is looking rather nice! Got to order a decent strap…I like the white second hand with the blue dial …