The dial markers must have come off at one point, and someone has put them back gluing them from the front. I see this too often… Dial markers have little pins that sit in holes in the dial, and you fix them from the back with a bit of shellac. Originally riveted, it’s risky to re-rivet them, as you can damage the dial.
The case is made of stainless steel, which is very thin and light – look at the thickness of the case.
In this photo, you can see the brown glue around the markers.
The dial is in good enough shape and original, so there isn’t much I can do. A restoration would be a bit over the top considering the decent state the dial is in.
This is a small movement for a man’s watch – 8 3/4 lignes, so less than 20mm.
Great looking movement.
As the movement doesn’t have any complications, there aren’t that many parts.
Whilst waiting for the new mainspring, I take the crystal out and clean the case.
All the parts cleaned. The cap jewels are clear and almost invisible (you can barely see them just below the pendant tube).
The new mainspring goes into the barrel.
Movement with the barrel bridge in place.
What a great looking little movement!
Bottom plate complete bar the hour wheel.
I put the dial back on, lightly polish the hands, and press them on.
Simple elegance. Please compare to the five-ton bricks people nowadays strap to their wrists 😉