Paul sent this watch over from the US. He went over the handlebars of his bike whilst wearing it, and it stops intermittently. The crystal could do with replacing as well …
A first look at the Venus 178. Quite different from the 188 we have seen here before. It has a similar hour recorder construction to the Omega 321, e.g. the barrel drives the hour recorder constantly, but when the hammer stops it, a clutch slips. This means that the hour recorder doesn’t “jump”, but it continually moves.
Very low amplitude, and erratic beat rate.The winding stem is rusty, and I will replace it.
I work my way through the chronograph layer.
There is a fair amount of dirt everywhere, and no oil. So I don’t think there is any damaged from the bike accident, but just time for a service.
The bottom plate with the hour recorder mechanism.
Quite a bit of rust around the winding stem. This watch is by no means waterproof, and never will be. No case back gasket, etc., so it was never meant to be worn anywhere near humidity.
All clean and ready to be put back together.
Before I can put the barrel back in, I have to put the lower support with the hour recorder back in.
As usual, I put in a new mainspring.
In this photo, you can see the clutch wheel that is pressed against the barrel by a spring.
The base movement is back together and ticking.
Now that looks a lot better than before!
After a couple of hours, the chronograph is back together and adjusted.
The new winding stem has arrived, and I can cut it to size and fit it.
Lovely – now I want one 🙁