I’ve done quite a few of these, and blogged about some of them, but this one deserves a post of its own, and you will see in a bit why …
The case and crown are in good condition.
The inside with the setting wheel also looks great – usually, this is the first point where intervention has taken place…
The dial has been re-printed at one point, and the subdials could be better, but hey…
The usual signs of marker removal. Nice to have the original date of the dial manufacture – the 15. of October 1953.
A first look below the dial, and a nice sight. The movement is in almost virginal condition. The less people have taken it apart, the better the chances that there is no damage.
The top side also looks great. Even the hacking lever isn’t damaged!
Considering what we will see later, not bad at all.
With the balance out, there is a lot of dirt to see on the lower jewel setting and the pallet fork.
The barrel with the power reserve indication disc isn’t clean, either.
Now this is astonishing. The amount of dirt and dust in the gear train makes me wonder why the watch was ticking at all.
The lower seat of the barrel, with the little cone for the power reserve indication.
The ratchet wheel and click, and the two little wig-wag pinions.
If you enlarge the photo, you will also see quite a lot of dirt on the jewel setting.
The good news is that everything cleans up very well indeed. The condition of the movement is as good as new, and the best FutureMatic I’ve had in the workshop so far!
Looks fantastic. Check out the regulator, and the balance cock. Pristine.
Nothing worn out, nothing scratched, nothing damaged.
I’ve now set the correct lift angle, and I have a very nice performance indeed.
The banking stop spring was broken, and is now replaced with a new one.
The mainspring is pre-tensioned by 1.5 turns before the plate for the power reserve indication is put on and the two little guiding screws are fitted.
The bottom plate is back together, and looks fantastic as well.
This is what the movement will have looked like in 1953, and this is what it looks like today again.
The setting wheel mechanism needs a bit of cleaning as well.
Out of the cleaning machine, it’s looking very nice indeed.
The setting wheel back in place, and also looking pristine.
Instead of the high-dome crystal that was fitted, I put on a low dome, which looks a lot nicer.
This is a watch I would love to own, and I don’t mind the re-dial. Better to have a non-original dial and a pristine movement, than an original dial with a worn out and battered movement, which is the usual state FutureMatics come in. The best one we’ve seen here, and it will be a long time until we will see one with a movement that is so good.