Benjamin sent me this watch that was passed on to him by his grandmother, but nobody in the family knows who actually wore the watch. It doesn’t work, so let’s get going!
A first look inside – one of the case screws is missing, but apart from that, it’s looking good.
The gear train. All is looking well.
No wonder the watch didn’t work – the mainspring is broken.
Everything taken apart, and ready for cleaning.
The new mainspring goes into the barrel.
The caps of the balance jewels get a slight amount of oil and are then secured with the shock spring. I use a modified oiler to close the shock springs.
The bottom plate is coming together. The movement is in great shape, and I don’t think it got a lot of wrist time.
One of the dial screws is missing, and I modify a screw on the lathe to fit.
Dial and hands are on.
The watch also gets a new crystal.
I found a screw that I can modify to use as the missing case screw – it’s a bit too long, and the head is too wide, but that can be fixed.
The new case screw looks good.
What a beauty.
The watch is in very good original condition.
Sheer elegance!And a great performance on top.