Even though I’m not accepting new work this year, I still have quite a few watches in the workshop that need fixing… Panu from Norway sent me his Omega 265. The dial has quite some damage, and he would like that restored, and the watch needs a service.
The calibre 265 is a manual wind movement, and it’s beautifully executed as you will see in a bit …
The movement definitely needs a clean – low amplitude and a fast beat rate.
Everything looks original, and in good condition. What a lovely movement.
You can see the dial damage here – the sub-second dial is discoloured, and the numbers have come off in parts. There is a scratch on the bottom plate, but apart from that, the movement looks great.
Time to take the movement apart.
So far, everything is in very good condition.
The movement is taken apart, and now goes into the cleaning machine.
Reassembly starts as usual with a new mainspring.
Barrel and wheel bridge back in place.
Omega at its best. No frills, but beautiful.
David Bill and Sons have done a great job on the dial.
The case gets a new Omega crystal.
Which is pressed in. As these are tension ring crystals, they need pressure to go into their seat in the case.
Now the movement goes back into the case.
That looks a lot better. The little dots that are out of line is me making too much noise 😉
What a great looking watch!
I’m very envious of Panu, but it has to go back to Norway …