I was quite surprised when Mick brought this Movado in for a service – my dad used to have the same watch (I think he actually had a couple in succession), but none of them are left. I remember playing with it as a kid, and it’s great holding one of them in my hand again!
These are fairly rare beasts, and don’t come up too often.
The watch is wound through the opening and closing action of the case – it’s a rack and pinion construction like in a car steering. Each side of the case has a rack attached to it, which slides by one side of the winding stem. The crown has the pinion on it. Great stuff, almost an automatic (well it is if you want to know what time it is a couple of times a day).
You can see the two racks sticking out of the case halves. This watch has a lovely silver case, with a stainless steel spring riveted to the case back that holds the movement in the case halves.
Oh yes, this movement needs a service! Terrible amplitude …
A lovely little movement with Cote de Geneve decoration.
Nice perlage decoration on the bottom plate.
There is quite a bit of dirt, and that will be the reason for the poor amplitude.
This is a well executed movement – I like how the clutch lever is made. All solid stuff with nice finishes.
I remove the balance from the cock, so I can take the cap jewel off for cleaning.
Having cleaned, rinsed and dried all the parts, I put some breaking grease on the barrel wall and slide the new mainspring in.
The barrel and wheels go in.
The balance jewel caps get some Moebius 9010.
I can’t help but polish some damaged screw heads and the clutch lever.
Straight away, I get a decent amplitude.
Such a great little movement.
Into the silver case it goes.
Dial, hands and crystal back on.
With the case back on, we’re ready to put the watch back into the sliding case.
A great watch, and quite unique. If you are collection watches, get one of these!
Case closed 😉