Our own CIrrus sent this one in – a Constellation with the early 1001 movement.
It’s got a nice rectangular case, but it will need some attention as we’ll soon see…
The dial has lots of cracks (not very well visible in this photo, but it looks pretty bad), so it goes off to David Bill & Sons for restoration.
The 1001 looks a bit dirty, but complete.
Way too fast, and a poor amplitude. All signs of dirt and no oil.
The mainspring doesn’t look too bad, but I will put in a new one.
The winding gears.
The date mechanism on the bottom plate.
A bit of corrosion, but not too bad.
I will give the keyless works a good clean by hand before they go into the cleaning machine.
Off into the cleaning machine.
The new mainspring for the barrel.
The rotor post is worn, and I will put in a new one.
Everything nice and clean!
And it pays off – with new lubrication and without dirt, the movement performs much better.
The auto winder gears put together.
The bottom plate almost complete.
David Bill & Sons did a great job on the dial.
And back together.