I never thought I’d see another Kelek chronograph with exactly the same dial – never say never!
Raub from Connecticut sent this one in for a service. It’s quite dirty, and needs a new crystal as well.
The case back gasket has completely dissolved and is liquid.
There is a number roughly engraved into the case back, and that makes me wonder if this watch was worn by a soldier…
The amplitude is a bit weak, and the movement is too fast.
The case and bracelet go into the ultrasonic cleaner.
And here is the gorgeous Buren 11 movement.
In my opinion, the most elegant chronograph movement, and that’s because of the microrotor auto winder.
The movement is in very good condition.
I slowly take apart the chronograph layer.
And here is the base movement in all its glory. I especially like the microrotor and the reverser wheel that is mounted between two large ruby discs.
A closer view of the auto winder gears.
It’s important to take photos of every part with its screws, and here I mark in the photo that one of the screws has a left hand thread.
The mainspring is still good, and I will reuse it, especially as I can’t find a new one for this movement.
No lack of parts!
The bezel ring gets a good clean.
And all is ready for reassembly.
I start off by applying braking grease to the barrel.
Then the cleaned mainspring goes in.
And the balance jewels are put in with a tiny drop of 9010 on the cap jewel.
Reassembly starts with the bottom plate winding gear.
Then the base movement goes in.
And I have a ticking movement that’s looking good.
Now the auto winder is mounted.
And the base movement is complete.
Time to reassemble the chronograph.
Just one more bridge to go …
This is the funkiest chronograph dial ever. Ever!
Back into the case.
A new gasket for the case back.
And we are back in business.
Just great looking!
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