Those who know me are aware that I’m normally not a great fan of quartz watches. The reason for that isn’t that I’m technophobic – I love the technology behind quartz watches. I just can’t stand the cheap plastic finishes found on most quartz movements.
The good news is that there are exceptions, and the Omega calibre 1471 is one. This is a stunningly beautiful quartz movement, made with all the care that a watch movement deserves!
And here it is in all its glory. Fully jewelled with 13 jewels, decorated plates, and the minimum amount of plastic necessary. Now that’s a quartz movement I like!
The back of the dial and the bottom plate with 6 jewels.
The circuit with the quartz crystal, and the coil.
The gear train in its full glory. I do pretty much all the work on this movement under the microscope.
The plate on my index finger.
The parts are split into those that can go in the cleaning machine and those that can’t. As the rotor is magnetic, it won’t go into the cleaning machine, as it just attracts all he metal particles that are in the cleaning fluid.
Most bits just go into the basket for small parts.
Back from the cleaning machine.
I begin the reassembly under the microscope. The gear train takes me a while, as the rotor is magnetic and wants to go anywhere but where it belongs.
The movement is back together. What a beauty!
The bottom plate is no less beautiful.
Back in the case with a new battery.Onto the tester, and I’m done.